Revamped Skype for Business rolls out for Office 365, quietly bumping off Lync

From PC World: Microsoft released Skype for Business on Tuesday, replacing its older Lync service. And if that sounds a little boring—well, that’s sort of the whole idea.

As it signaled last November, Microsoft pulled out elements from its older Lync client and rereleased it as Skype for Business on Tuesday. The new software will roll out as part of the April release of Skype for Business. And the online version of the app, known as Skype for Business Online, is making its way to your browser right now, Microsoft said; everyone should see it by the end of the month.

Amazon keeps HarperCollins titles on its digital store shelves

From CNET: Book publisher HarperCollins and Amazon have inked a deal that will keep the company's books on the e-retail giant's digital store shelves.

A HarperCollins spokeswoman confirmed to CNET on Tuesday that it has "reached an agreement with Amazon and our books will continue to be available on the Amazon print and digital platforms." The spokeswoman did not disclose the terms of the deal, but it ends a standoff between the companies that could have resulted in HarperCollins titles being removed from and the company's Kindle e-book store.

Report: Apple Racks Up Nearly 1M Apple Watch Preorders

From DailyTech: Pre-orders of various models of Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) long awaited smartwatch, the Apple Watch opened up on April 10 at 12:01 a.m. PST (3:01 a.m. EST). The stock available for preorder -- priced at $349 USD and up for various models -- quickly sold out, with Apple reporting that some variants would be out of stock until as late as July.

Apple Watch, MacBook ship times slip even more

From InfoWorld: Shipping times for Apple's Watch and new MacBook stretched into the future over the weekend, with most of the former now showing "June" and the latter backordered four to six weeks.

According to Apple's online store, all models of the Sport -- Apple's lowest-price wearable, which starts at $349 -- showed the wide window of June as the ship date. All the 42mm Watch models, the collection defined by a stainless steel case -- were also backordered to the same month, although most of the smaller 38mm choices had "4-6 weeks" as the ship timetable.

LG G4 sports leather, metallic, and other swappable back options in newest leak

From PC World: Formidable gadget leaker Evan Blass—a.k.a. @evleaks—stripped away nearly all the mystery from LG's forthcoming G4, dumping a truckload of images and teaser material that shine further light on the next flagship smartphone.

They give us a pretty complete picture as to how the G4 will look, showing a phone that will offer some Moto X-style customization with various back covers. It also sticks close to the current design and aesthetic of the G3.

Under pressure, Canon cuts prices for 33 lenses

From CNET: Pining for that ultrawide zoom or supertelephoto for your Canon SLR camera? Good news: for the second time in less than a year, Canon has cut the prices of many high-end lenses.

A total of 33 lenses are now anywhere from $30 to $800 cheaper in the US -- though Canon's professional-oriented L-series lenses are still priced for people with serious budgets. Canon lowered some lens prices a second time after a September 2014 price cut.

Sharp Unveils World's First "4K" Phone Display at Mind-Boggling 806 PPI

From DailyTech: For the critics of so-called "quad high definition" (QHD) (aka "2K") displays and the diminishing visual returns that come with them, avert your eyes. Japan's Sharp Corp. (TYO:6753) has unveiled a 5.5-inch display for smartphones that bumps the resolution to a mind-boggling 2,160 x 3,840 pixels. That's good enough to make this the world's first ultra-high definition (UHD) (aka "4K") smartphone display.

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SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism Review (Page 1 of 4)

You have probably heard the old saying, "Third time is the charm". This refers to the fact, generally speaking, the third attempt of anything will produce the best chance of success. People will have learned from their past two trials and would also still have enough motivation to take a third go before giving up. This is a similar situation for electronics. The initial product released is like an experimental run, where the manufacturer starts with a their foundation. Manufacturers could be the most creative here, since they do not have external restrictions. The second product is then an improvement of the first, based on feedback from their customers. Since feedback can include vast, numerous changes, their second product may only focus on refinement, rather than innovation. So when a third iteration is released, the manufacturer should know what their customers want by now, and they can add a few extras. Of course, some manufacturers may quit after one or two failures, especially if they cannot fund their losing effort. Thankfully, this is not the case with SteelSeries and their headset lineup. Today we have the third iteration in the SteelSeries Siberia line, the V3 Prism. Back in 2006, Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Kwan reviewed the original Icemat Siberia. Since then, Icemat and SteelSeries became one brand, and they released the second version of the Siberia in 2010. Both of their past headsets, especially their second version, were positively received by the general public, so I can only wonder what SteelSeries has up their sleeves with the V3 Prism. Does the SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism fit in with the rest of the lineup or, better yet, does it rise above? Let us read on to find out!

SilverStone Strider Gold S ST75F-GS V2.0 750W (Page 1 of 4) | Reports

Last week, I came across an article online, criticizing the Western mainstream media as inciting a culture of "self-hate". The way I interpret it is the foundation of our fundamental values in a democratic society has slowly eroded from a system that holds impartial reporting in the highest regard, to an alliance of organizations trying to shape our minds into their perspective on a daily basis. I would say the Western mainstream media -- as well as education system -- as a whole likes to cherry pick pieces of data to convince the audience outside of what is perceived as the "majority" viewpoint, while ignoring the hugely overarching obvious, in order to demonstrate their mind blowing "insight", (false) humility, and/or political correctness. In a less controversial example, a few years ago, a person called Ragu in Toronto intentionally reversed his car into the guy behind him in a traffic jam in an attempt to scam for $500. Unfortunately for Ragu, the driver behind had a dashcam that recorded the whole incident, which was then uploaded to YouTube. Before long, internet users found out Ragu had a colorful history of similar practices, and his car had cut brake and reverse lights at the time of the staged collision. Needless to say, Ragu was charged by the police, thanks to the crystal clear evidence. However, the CBC actually tried to defend Ragu in this case, suggesting he was actually an innocent victim, because his car had a manual transmission. I could go on all day about this topic, but my point here is this: If APH Networks, as a media outlet, practiced the same thing, today I will try to convince you SilverStone makes terrible power supplies, because my mom's cousin's friend's coworker's son had one that was dead on arrival ten years ago. Similarly, generic $15 PSUs on eBay are amazing, because my neighbor's grandfather's sister's dog has one that did not blow up after three weeks. Now, I am not here to try to convince you to buy into my perspective. Since we hold facts in the highest regard over anecdotal evidence, today, we took apart SilverStone's new Strider Gold S ST75F-GS V2.0 750W to see if quality will, in the end, transcend perspective and tell its own story. First fact of the day: This is an uber short, 140mm fully modular power supply.


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