Twitter blocks access to analytics around its data for US intelligence agencies

From PC World: Twitter has blocked Dataminr from offering analytics around real-time tweets from the social networking site to U.S. intelligence agencies, according to a newspaper report.

The social networking company, which provides Dataminr with real-time access to public tweets, seems to be trying to distance itself from appearing to aid government surveillance, a controversial issue after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the government was collecting information on users through Internet and telecommunications companies.

Amazon pledges to fill gaps in Prime service, Bloomberg

From CNET: Amazon will fill gaps in its same-day delivery service, according to Bloomberg, responding to criticism the service excluded some minority neighborhoods,

The online retail behemoth pledged to expand its Prime Same Day Service to all zip codes in the 27 cities in which it's offered, according to an Amazon statement obtained by the Congressional Black Caucus and seen by Bloomberg.

Do you plan to buy a 3D printer anytime soon?

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Total votes: 142

Fnatic Gear Rush G1 Review

Are scores always perfect indicators of competence? A few years ago, I met a guy whose academics were just phenomenal. His grade point average was high, and if you ask him a textbook question, he can give you a textbook answer in no time. However, beyond what is written in a textbook, he really has no idea. How can it be? Personally, I would say someone who is book smart does not necessarily always mean they are also smart in the real world. Being a reviewer here at APH Networks for the last decade and a bit, I would say our scoring system has similar limitations to some extent. Although the number at the end of each review is usually a pretty good indicator of how good a product is, there are rare times where hitting all the right notes does not mean I actually want the product, and on the contrary, there are times where products that do not score very high somehow makes out to be a great daily driver in the real world. In December 2013, I reviewed the Func KB-460 (Cherry MX Red) keyboard, which scored a rather average 6.4/10. For $130 at the time it was released, the Func KB-460 did not have RGB lighting, had primitive macro key implementations, and the way the wrist rest was attached was flimsy at best. However, in the real world, I loved the keyboard. In fact, I liked it so much, I have three of them. The only problem is it was a bit expensive for what you get, but for a no-nonsense mechanical keyboard with a smooth rubber coating, it is a real joy to use every day. Apparently, I am not the only one who thinks that. After Fnatic Gear bought out Func, they simply incorporated the KB-460 into their lineup by changing almost nothing, and called it the Fnatic Gear Rush G1. Call it my fourth KB-460 with a different name, will the Rush G1 rekindle my love for a good old mechanical keyboard? Since I already reviewed the MX Red and MX Blue version of this product in the past, I took in a MX Brown variant to complete my collection.

Cooler Master GeminII S524 Ver.2 Review (Page 1 of 4)

Calgary has had a minor winter this year, with only a few days where it was super cold. Since about February, the temperature has been rising constantly, and most of the snow melted early. With summer now fast approaching and much warmer days coming ahead, there is so much more to do outside -- especially since university final exams are over. The extra time is great to go biking in a forest close to my house. During the summer months, especially on weekends, the forest gets very busy. It is great for walks or for biking, and I have even seen some people try to fish in the river, although I have no idea if they have ever caught anything. Even though I have been spending more time outside, I still have to deal with the entire house heating up quite a bit inside. Fortunately, I do live in the basement, and it is usually much cooler downstairs compared to upstairs. But my computer runs all day, it actually heats up my room quite a bit. In the winter, it was not as big an issue, but now with summer around the corner, the heat generated by my PC became much more noticeable. As such, a good heatsink is important to keep the exhaust heat away from my CPU rather than with the CPU. Today, we have the Cooler Master GeminII S524 Ver.2, a new air cooler from a company familiar to all of us here at APH Networks. Read on to find out how it performs!

Businesses can now buy apps in bulk from the Windows Store

From InfoWorld: App developers now have an easier way to sell their wares to businesses running Windows 10.

On Thursday, Microsoft said developers can submit paid apps for inclusion in the Windows Store for Business, a version of the online store for Windows 10 that companies can use to distribute software to their employees over the Web. (The store previously offered only free applications.)

Qualcomm flaw puts millions of Android devices at risk

From PC World: A vulnerability in an Android component shipped with phones that use Qualcomm chips puts users' text messages and call history at risk of theft.

The flaw was found by security researchers from FireEye and was patched by Qualcomm in March. However, because the vulnerability was introduced five years ago, many affected devices are unlikely to ever receive the fix because they're no longer supported by their manufacturers.

Apple Music streaming subscription chopped in half for students

From CNET: Apple Music is getting cheaper for young people. In a bid to compete with rivals Spotify and Google Music, Apple is offering half-price subscriptions to its streaming service for students.

Students in the US, the UK, Australia, Germany Denmark and New Zealand will be able to make use of the discount, TechCrunch reports.

A monthly subscription to the service currently costs $10, £10 or AU$12 per month, bringing the cost down to only $5, £5 or AU$6 per month with the student discount.

AMD gets back into SSDs with value Radeon R3 drives

From InfoWorld: AMD is jumping back into the SSD (solid-state drive) market with Radeon drives for laptops and desktops.

The SSD offerings are four Radeon R3 drives with storage capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. AMD launched Radeon R7 drives in 2014.

The new drives are affordable, with the entry-level 120GB SSD priced at US $40.99. The drives will plug into a computer's 2.5-inch drive slot and are compatible with the SATA III 6GB interface.

Apple patches vulnerable OS X Git version that put developers at risk

From PC World: Apple has released a new version of its Xcode development tool in order to patch two critical vulnerabilities in the Git source code management client.

The Git vulnerabilities, CVE‑2016‑2324 and CVE‑2016‑2315, have been known since mid-March and can be exploited when cloning a repository with a specially crafted file structure. This allows attackers to execute malicious code on systems where such cloning operations were initiated.


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