Uber to let loose loads of ride data

From CNET: Uber is known as a secretive company that isn't keen on divulging its data. It's had public spats with lawmakers from New York to Seattle to ensure data on its rides isn't released to the public.

But now the ride-hailing company appears to be changing course.

Uber announced Sunday that it's planning to share the ride and traffic data it's collected from billions of rides. The company is releasing the data to "help urban planners make informed decisions about our cities," it wrote in a blog post.

More than 10,000 exposed MongoDB databases deleted by ransomware groups

From InfoWorld: Groups of attackers have adopted a new tactic that involves deleting publicly exposed MongoDB databases and asking for money to restore them. In a matter of days, the number of affected databases has risen from hundreds to more than 10,000.

The issue of misconfigured MongoDB installations, allowing anyone on the internet to access sensitive data, is not new. Researchers have been finding such open databases for years, and the latest estimate puts their number at more than 99,000.

Razer's stunning prototypes stolen from CES, CEO reports

From CNET: Razer had a great CES, wowing many with Project Valerie, a triple-screened laptop, and Project Ariana, a smart projector that makes use of the company's Chroma lighting to make your gaming experience more immersive.

But the trade show didn't have the happiest of endings, with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan reporting that two prototype devices were stolen from the company's CES booth.

EVGA's SC-15 laptop woos gamers with a glorious 120Hz G-Sync display

From PC World: EVGA shocked the world when it revealed the no-compromises SC-17 gaming laptop—the company’s first-ever notebook—at last year’s CES. This year, EVGA’s following it up with the SC-15, a slightly smaller gaming laptop that learned some lessons from its larger sibling.

In fact, the 15-inch (hence the name) SC-15 largely resembles the 17-inch SC-17 at first glance, sporting the same sleek industrial design, the same flat power brick, and the same easy-open lid that can be lifted with a single finger. The biggest differences are under the hood.

Nokia is back at it again with an Android smartphone for China

From CNET: Remember Nokia? It's back! Again. Well, sort of.

HMD, the company which last year bought the rights to sell Nokia phones, announced on Sunday the Nokia 6. It's a stylish, inexpensive Android smartphone -- but it's exclusive to China.

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Phanteks Eclipse P400S Tempered Glass Edition Review (Page 1 of 4)

Happy New Year! As a big time Honda fan, owning a Type-R has always been my dream. Comparing with other car manufacturers in the world, Honda is a unique engineering orientated company. Their products including cars, bikes, and even generators can always deliver a high level of perfection. Meanwhile, the Type-R engineers bring those already perfected products to a whole new level. Take my favorite model, the Integra DC 5 Type-R, for example. The engine output is increased from the base model's 160HP to 220HP, despite the fact both engines have the same displacement. This, in combination with the four piston Brembo brakes, 17-inch wheels with Bridgestone Potenza tires, and the leather wrapped MOMO steering wheel make the Integra DC 5 Type-R drive and feel like a dream. Most importantly, the price is affordable for young people -- well, at least for the young people in Japan, since the car was only sold in Japan domestic market. In my opinion, Type-R models define a standard of how a company should develop a better version of an existing product. Enough for cars, let us just focus on the review unit of today, the Phanteks Eclipse P400S Tempered Glass Edition. As the name suggests, the most significant change from Eclipse P400 or the Eclipse P400S to Eclipse P400S Tempered Glass Edition is the upgrade to the glass side panel. Can it be considered the "Type-R" version of the Eclipse series? Keep on reading and find out!

Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS Review

Welcome to the first published review here at APH Networks of 2017! To think Christmas is only one day of the year, and yet it seems like we have gone through a month of the holiday season already. By now, you have probably gone back to your regular music, all tired of the Christmas tunes. In addition, the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, decorating, entertaining, and partying has now become something to recover from. However, with all the cheer and glee, it is easy to get caught up in the moment, and forget the real reason of Christmas. We may think we are celebrating this holiday in the best way possible by getting prepped for everything, going out lots, and partying, but we end up losing track of the things and people we care the most about. To me, I love Christmas, because there is a bigger meaning behind the holiday than just giving gifts and things, which is to celebrate the birth of Jesus. But for others, it is also a moment in the year to settle down and spend time with your family or friends. Sure, you may need to prepare some things, but I think it is important to be with the ones you care for. In essence, I much prefer a return to the simpler times of just having company over to catch up with while building more memories. With this in mind, today we have a Kingston keyboard, which is actually their first time at making a typing instrument. However, rather than throwing everything and the kitchen sink into this mechanical keyboard, the HyperX Alloy FPS is a stripping down of the unnecessary extras or distractions and instead going back to the basics. With a return to the foundations of a solid mechanical keyboard, is it any good? Read on to find out!

Samsung expects big profit despite Note 7 crisis

From InfoWorld: The financial impact of the Note 7 recall seems to be largely behind Samsung Electronics, which on Friday forecast that its profit has grown year-on-year by close to 50 percent in the fourth quarter.

A major proportion of the profit of the largest smartphone company is expected to come from components such as memory chips and display panels, rather than from smartphones, according to analysts, a shift that was noticed in the third quarter as well.

​TV industry paves way for humongously high-res video

From CNET: If you just got a new TV, chances are good it's a high-resolution 4K model. But the electronics industry, ever eager to get you to upgrade yet again, has laid important groundwork for televisions that quadruple the pixels of 4K.

The HDMI Forum, a group of electronics companies that includes everyone from LG and Sony to Google and Netflix, has announced plans to release HDMI 2.1 by the end of June. On Wednesday at CES 2017, HDMI backers said it means that TVs and computer monitors will be able to display video at a remarkable 7,680x4,320 pixels.


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