Unlocked iPhone X Now Available in the US

From PC Mag: As 9to5Mac reported yesterday, Apple is now offering the option to buy the tenth-anniversary handset without a carrier. If you choose this option, the device will arrive SIM-free, and you'll be able to activate it with any carrier that supports the iPhone.

Note that if you go with the SIM-free model, you can't take advantage of any carrier financing options and need to pay for the phone in full ($999 for the 64GB model or $1,149 for 256GB version). Orders placed today are slated to arrive by Dec. 13, according to Apple's website.

Text Messaging Is Now 25 Years Old

From ExtremeTech: Virtually every person with a cell phone has sent a text message by now, but 25 years ago just one person had done so. That’s when engineer Neil Papworth sent the first SMS, on December 3rd, 1992. What started as a curious implementation of existing cellular standards eventually grew into a huge part of our daily communication. Now, what comes next as the influence of SMS wanes?

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 845 processor

From The Verge: Qualcomm today announced that its next flagship processor will be called the Snapdragon 845, the company said at its Snapdragon Tech Summit. The 845 is a direct successor to last year’s very popular Snapdragon 835, and it will likely bring improved performance, better power efficiency, and improved image processing. The Snapdragon 845 will likely be found in many high-end Android phones in 2018, though it is also expected to make its way to Windows 10 laptops as well.

Broadcom proposes replacing Qualcomm's board in pursuit of $105 billion takeover

From The Verge: The ongoing efforts of chipmaker Broadcom to take over rival Qualcomm has escalated again. Broadcom is now proposing a new slate to entirely replace Qualcomm’s board of directors after its original $130 billion bid was unanimously rejected by the current board, according to The New York Times.

Sony's 'Try PlayStation VR' Program Sells Out

From PC Mag: Go figure, a brand-new promotion from Sony designed to build interest in its PlayStation VR headset has proven to be a bit too popular. According to multiple reports, select PlayStation Plus members were recently emailed about a new Sony program that would allow them to try virtual reality right in their homes—no catch.

iOS 11.2 update adds Apple Pay Cash, faster wireless charging

From CNET: Apple's new iOS 11.2 software update went live Saturday, adding Apple Pay Cash and faster wireless charging to supported iPhones.

For anyone with an iPhone 6 or later, the update's Apple Pay Cash feature opens up the ability to send cash to friends and family over iMessage. While I didn't see the feature immediately turned on after updating my own iPhone to iOS 11.2, when it does appear it should work similarly to Paypal's Venmo service.

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Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Review (Page 1 of 4)

Since today is the beginning of the last month in 2017, I think it makes sense to take a look back at everything that has happened this year. For me, there has been a lot of changes, both good and bad, but it has been positive overall. In May, I went on my first non-work related trip without my parents to San Francisco. I learned to plan and work through trip scheduling, while learning the patience and flexibility needed when plans do not work out. In June, I went through my first breakup. Despite it being a tough time in my life, it was a learning moment as well. In August, I exhausted myself with my first photography gig at a wedding. I learned the work required not only on the day, but also afterwards when editing photos. September was when I was a part of a wedding party for the first time as a groomsman for one of my close friends. I honestly learned a lot about the things to consider should I ever get married, but thankfully that will probably be a while away. As for APH Networks, I also went through a few firsts, including the first RGB mousing surface with the Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris as well as my first V-MODA headphones and router. Thus, if the theme is not clear enough, we have another first-time experience today. This is in the form of the HD 4.50 BTNC from Sennheiser. This may be a new experience working with this company, but audio reviews are not new to us, so let us see how the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC fares today. Maybe I will learn something new too!

Toshiba OCZ TR200 480GB Review (Page 1 of 11)

Recently, my friend decided her non-Retina MacBook Pro needed an upgrade. Being the last generation of MacBook Pros that still featured an optical drive -- and for some reason, she still thinks having an optical drive is an important feature in 2017 -- she wanted to keep her beloved computer kicking around for at least a few more years. While I am not here to debate the merits of having an optical drive over everything else (After all, you spend a lot more time staring at your screen or using your processor than popping in a DVD), giving that MacBook Pro a performance upgrade is not hard. Unlike the 2015 MacBook Pro I own, its storage and memory is user-upgradeable. She wanted an affordable SSD large enough to replace her hard drive, while giving her system a boost in loading speed and power efficiency. We eventually settled on a Western Digital Blue 500GB SSD and 8GB of RAM to swap out her 500GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. And just how popular are solid state drives are nowadays? I remember back in 2011, when I upgraded my ThinkPad laptop to an OCZ Agility 240GB, it was practically a marvel among my friends; both in its novelty and a not-exactly-affordable $430 price tag. But SSDs have become much more affordable and common nowadays, thanks to considerable progress made in NAND flash production. SSDs are also no longer reserved only for people who want the cutting edge in heavy lifting performance. Value-oriented HDD replacements are readily available for those who are only looking for an improvement in user experience for casual day-to-day computing. Today, we will take a look at one such product. Featuring Toshiba's third generation 64 layer BiCS triple-level cells, the TR200 480GB wants to replace your aging hard drive at an affordable price. Has the goal been achieved? Read on to find out!

Google’s cute voice experiment lets you track the world with paper

From The Verge: Google’s latest voice experiment is the cutest one yet. Paper Signals is an open-source project that lets you build a paper object that can be controlled with your voice. The paper objects let you see how Bitcoin is doing, get a visual representation of the weather, or even track NASA rocket launches. Google has built a number of different signals, and the code has been open sourced to let developers create their own custom versions.

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