Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 focuses on thin and light profile

From ComputerWorld: Samsung Electronics' newest Android tablets might as well be called "the Galaxy Air" series. They are the company's thinnest and lightest yet, and could offer an attractive alternative to Apple's iPad Air 2.

The Galaxy Tab S2 will go on sale starting next month. To improve over the previous generation, the company has sought to trim down the product, at the expense of taking a few fractions of an inch off the display screen.

Windows 10 forced updates: Don't panic

From InfoWorld: The blogosphere has erupted over Microsoft's newly acknowledged plans to force updates onto Windows 10 Home customers. Many say the move's long overdue. Some rail against the specter of forcibly bricked machines. Both sides have legitimate points, but three key factors need to be taken into account. Here's the untold story.

Lenovo's Windows 10 PCs should arrive by mid-August

From PC World: Windows 10 will arrive July 29th, but that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone will be ready to go on day one. Case in point: A Lenovo representative told Windows Central that the company will take orders for PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled on launch day, but that those machines won’t ship until about mid-August.

HTC on why 2016 is a 'critical' year for virtual reality

From CNET: When HTC parked a truck at San Diego Comic-Con to show off its new virtual reality system, it quickly drew long lines that took curious folks the better part of an afternoon to get through.

When Jeff Gattis, head of marketing for HTC's emerging devices business, asked a user about the experience, the response was simple: "It was worth it."

That's been a common reaction for anyone who has tried the Vive, the virtual reality setup built by partners HTC and Valve, according to Gattis, who shared the anecdote in an interview on Thursday.

Do you pay close attention to computer/electronics trade shows?

I am totally obsessed!
23% (29 votes)
I follow them occasionally on tech websites
73% (93 votes)
What is a trade show?
5% (6 votes)
Total votes: 128

Noctua NH-D15S Review (Page 1 of 4)

According to the US Department of Labor, if you are working in an indoor environment in the summer, the air conditioner should be set at 76F or below, with humidity between 20% and 60%. Now, for everyone else in the world that uses a real system of measurement, also known as the metric system, this will be 24.4c. Why is it important indoor workplaces are kept within this range? Well, for one thing, it is the law. But even if it was not the law, I am sure most reasonable employers -- especially those in the professional environment -- will be happy to oblige. A healthy and happy employee will be more productive. Try doing accounting work or designing a car when it is hot and humid inside, haha. On the other hand, it is important not to take cooling to the extreme. According to the same law, the minimum temperature standard -- although this is probably related to heating in the winter, rather than cooling in the summer, but regardless of which -- is 68F, or 20c. Recently, my visited Taiwan and Hong Kong, and she said she set the air conditioner at 19c, because it was too hot outside. Clearly, my friend did not understand human beings have an optimal operating temperature, so I told her to might as well sit in a freezer to simulate a Canadian winter instead. ("The freezers in Hong Kong are mini sized," she said. "I am not that mini you know!") Is there such thing as setting the temperature too low? For human beings, definitely. But how about computer processors? Generally speaking, for any normal, sustainable method, the cooler, the better. Today, we will take a look at the newest big daddy of all air coolers, the Noctua NH-D15S. Evolved from the NH-D14 and NH-D15, both mega-sized heatsinks that took air cooling to the extreme, but often criticized for blocking RAM and PCIe slots, the NH-D15S promises to retain the same epic performance, all without the epic interference. Was Noctua successful? Well, let us find out.

Google reports strong earnings, propelling its stock

From InfoWorld: Google's stock jumped more than 7 percent in the after-market hours on Thursday, after the company reported strong earnings results for the second quarter.

Total income for the period ended June 30 was $3.93 billion, up 17 percent from $3.35 billion in the second quarter of 2014, Google announced Thursday. Excluding certain expenses, Google reported earnings of $6.99, beating analysts' estimates of $6.71, as polled by the Thomson Financial Network.

AMD revenue plunges 35 percent, dragged down by merciless PC market

From PC World: AMD suffered a potentially catastrophic quarter, losing $181 million as revenue fell 35 percent from a year ago. Even worse, sales in the company’s Computing and Graphics Segment fell by a whopping 54 percent, as PC makers cut purchases of AMD’s parts.

AMD’s computing and graphics business racked up $532 million in sales a quarter ago, and was the largest AMD business unit. For the most recent quarter, sales fell to $379 million.

Retail video game industry bounces back to life in June

From CNET: In the same month in which the video game industry held one of its largest conferences dedicated to upcoming titles, sales of physical games and game hardware jumped to record highs for the year.

Google Scores Bizarre Court Win as Disgruntled Android Users' Lawyers Ruin Case

From DailyTech: Three disgruntled users of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) mobile Android operating system must be none too happy with their lawyers, who managed to scuttle their federal class action privacy lawsuit against Google in the most bizarre of turns.

Robert DeMars of Calif., Michael Goldberg of Ohio, and Scott McCullough of New Jersey first filed the suit back in June 2012. The suit dealt with the major shift in Google's privacy policy that occurred in March 2012. Prior to that, Google had maintained separate databases of user information for each of its products.


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