Nintendo Launching New $80 2DS Bundle August 25

From PC Mag: With the launch of the 2DS XL for $149.99, Nintendo is offering the best combination of all its 3DS handhelds in the lightest package. It's also likely to be the last iteration of the 2DS/3DS hardware. But Nintendo hasn't given up on selling more of the smaller, non-clamshell 2DS handheld and is launching a new bundle.

The LG V30 will reportedly go on sale on September 15th in South Korea

From The Verge: Earlier this month, LG sent out invitations for an upcoming event expected to reveal the company’s flagship LG V30 phone on August 31st. It now looks like consumers will be able to get their hands on one soon thereafter: Android Authority reports that it’ll first go on sale in South Korea on September 15th, and in the US on the 28th.

The cheapest Ryzen Threadripper yet: AMD's new Threadripper 1900X will cost $549

From PC World: Continuing its attack on Intel’s high-end desktop chips, AMD on Monday unveiled a third Ryzen Threadripper CPU priced at $549. The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X will feature 8-cores and 16-threads of computing power, but unlike the Ryzen 7-series, which also features 8-cores and 16-threads, the 1900X will slip into the company’s X399 socket.

AMD is back in the high-end PC gaming game

From CNET: AMD unveiled a bunch of GPUs on Sunday, designed to Nvidia a run for its money in the high-end PC gaming stakes.

The announcement of the Radeon RX Vega family mark AMD's return to this competitive corner of the market after several years of allowing Nvidia to dominate graphics provision for the most sophisticated gaming PCs.

We've endured plenty of teases about Vega architecture over the past few months, but now the processors are officially here, with release dates and pricing to boot.

Apple Discontinues iPod Nano, Shuffle

From PC Mag: With the Apple Music app now built into iOS devices, there's no longer much of a reason to purchase a standalone iPod. With the exception perhaps of hipsters carting around their ancient iPod classics or runners who rely on Apple's smaller MP3 players, most of us now listen to music and podcasts on our phones.

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LG G6 | Reports

I think in life, it is important to challenge yourself in terms of learning new things. As such, I decided to pick up the cello recently. I went to a local music store with my colleague Jonathan Kwan to look at the cellos I could rent. On an aside, he too is looking at picking up an instrument, but I will let him talk about that later. The store associate showed me to the cellos, gave me a bow, and let me try them out. I grabbed the first one I found and played around. Listening to the natural wooden resonance, I was impressed with the warmth and fullness of sound. Ignorantly, I grabbed another one without looking at the price tag and tried it too. Immediately after playing one note, I heard the resonance and fell deeper in love with the sound. The sound quality of the first cello was immediately diminished in awesomeness compared to this one. I asked Jonathan how much this cello was, and I almost cried when I heard him say it was practically double the original one. From the exterior, the two cellos looked quite similar. However, it was not until I tried the instrument did I realize the difference. As you have seen from the various Android phones we have looked at, many of them had different price tags, and in general their price reflects the performance. Today, we have LG's 2017 flagship device, the G6. Priced like a top-tier device, one would have to wonder, what is the G6 like? Will this phone resonate with me, or will I be left wanting more? Read on to find out!

Focal Spark Wireless Review (Page 1 of 4)

Although it has been almost a decade since I graduated high school, I still have many vivid memories of being in class. I remember my Grade 11 math teacher was a funny and helpful man. The most outstanding trait, however, was not the fact he was funny and helpful -- but the fact he was always very relaxed and trusting. In fact, he was so relaxed and trusting, he even let us listen to music during exams. Now, our digital audio players did not hold a lot of music back then -- that 256MB of storage meant you can hold forty songs or so, depending on how much you care about quality -- so you will be repeat the same set of songs at least a few times over throughout the day. And which band occupied the most space on my Creative Zen Nano Plus at the time? Linkin Park. From Mike Shinoda's rap in the famous verses of "In the End" to Chester Bennington's brilliant screaming in the bridge of "From the Inside", these were the songs that rocked many of our earphones during breaks between classes. When the band released "Minutes to Midnight" in 2007, my colleague Kenneth Kwok and I were one of the first to pick up the album, and since then we have conducted every audio review here at APH Networks by listening to "Shadow of the Day" as part of our benchmarking collection. As I write this introduction upon hearing the sad news of the passing of Chester last week, let us take this time to remember the music we have grown up with, rendered through the drivers of the Focal Spark Wireless, as the voice of our longtime friend continues to speak through the lyrics from "Hybrid Theory" to "One More Light" and everything in between.

SilverStone LSB01 Review

For those of you who know, our Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Kwan and I work in the same research lab at the University of Calgary. What you probably do not know is our research topics are extremely different. My research is about the traditional wireless communication systems, while Jonathan’s research is about the radio frequency energy harvesting. Even though we are in the same industry -- electrical engineering -- we have totally different perspectives toward the signal received by the antenna. In my case, among the countless signals picked up by an antenna, only the signal destined to the receiver is useful. All other signal is interference. However, in Jonathan’s research, all signals with energy are useful. There is actually no reason to reject or filter out a signal simply because the signal is not intended to be received by the antenna. In other words, all signals are welcome to the RF energy harvester, since they all have energy. One thing could be treated differently from different perspectives. In the world of computer users, there is an equally interesting phenomenon: Some people like to hide the computer hardware away, while some other people are eager to show off their gear. For the first group of people, a Google Chromebook could be a good choice, since a big portion of their computers' processing power is hidden behind the cloud. As for the second group of people, a computer case with a big window or tempered glass is a necessity. Apparently, RGB devices are designed for the second group of people. If you happen to be a big fan of RGB stuffs, but somehow your computer does not have enough ports for all your RGB devices, today's review unit, the SilverStone LSB01, is here to help. Can it really help people to show off their computer? Let us find out.

Amazon launches The Hub locker delivery system for apartment buildings

From The Verge: Amazon has revealed a new delivery locker designed for apartment blocks and other housing complexes that may not have mailroom services to securely process packages.

First spotted by Engadget, The Hub is essentially a set of lockers where packages are delivered and stored. When someone is ready to retrieve their parcel, they enter the pickup code into the system and a corresponding door will open with the item inside. Amazon says its locker system accepts delivery from all carriers.


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