Silicon Power Diamond D06 1TB Review (Page 1 of 8)

Is there any objective measurement to the quality of art? To illustrate this point, one of my professors displayed a piece of painting on the projector screen a few weeks ago, and asked the class if it was beautiful. Unsurprisingly, in this graduate-level engineering course, most students shouted "no". I was no exception -- I said I would pay $5 if it came with a frame. As it turned out, that piece of painting in question was sold for $150 million dollars a few years ago. Who knew? This is why, a lot of times, when it comes to evaluating appearance, we will use the line, "Beauty is in the eyes of its beholder". However, I would like to challenge this statement just a little bit. While I will agree "beauty is in the eyes of its beholder" to an extent, in most cases, our appreciation for beauty also has some degree of universal agreement. For example, an overwhelming majority of people will not deny that the modern PC looks significantly better than the beige boxes we had in the late nineties. Today, we will take a look at the Silicon Power Diamond D06 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive. With a luxurious classic diamond-check pattern exterior design in a slim and lightweight package, while no one could say this is objectively the "best looking hard drive in the world", I think it is definitely one of the best looking ones I have encountered in the last little while. Will it perform as well as it looks? Here at APH Networks, you got questions, we got answers.

Sony's new mobile chief has hands full as handsets struggle

From PC World: Sony’s new mobile chief has a tough job ahead of him—convincing people to buy Xperia smartphones.

Hiroki Totoki will be in charge of a business that hasn’t yet had a winning product, and which is expected to post an operating loss of ¥204 billion (US$1.8 billion) for the year to March 31, 2015, according to an earnings report Sony released on Friday.

Samsung Gear S slated for US launch on Nov. 7

From CNET: Samsung's Gear S smartwatch, which lets you to make calls, receive notifications and check emails when not tethered to a smartphone, is heading to US store shelves next week.

Samsung on Thursday said the Gear S will be available in the US starting on November 7. The smartwatch will be available in both black and white, and all four major carriers -- AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile -- will carry it in store. The Gear S will also be available at Samsung Experience Shops found in Best Buy stores.

Samsung Reveals Metal Unibody Galaxy A5, A3 Smartphones

From DailyTech: The newest members of Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha lineup of smartphones were first revealed in early October via photo leaks, but the South Korean electronic giant is now ready to officially reveal its new 4.5” and 5” offerings.

Following its dreadful earnings report yesterday, Samsung Mobile exec Kim Hyun-joon stated the company would, “fundamentally reform our product portfolio, and significantly enhance our competitiveness for each price tier.”

HTML5 finally reaches official status

From InfoWorld: At long last, HTML5 today reached the official Recommendation stage, meaning the World Wide Web Consortium finally endorsed it as an official standard, even as the technology already is in use in browsers. But there is more work to be done, with the "Open Web Platform" expected to focus on security, streaming, and push notifications.

China's Xiaomi surges to become world's third largest smartphone vendor

From PC World: Phones from Xiaomi still haven’t arrived in the U.S., but the company’s booming sales in China have been enough to make it the third largest smartphone vendor in the world.

Xiaomi reached the ranking, behind Apple and Samsung, in the third quarter, said research firms IDC and Strategy Analytics on Thursday.

The Chinese vendor only began selling phones three years ago but it has quickly risen to become a leading vendor in its home market, by offering feature-packed Android phones at affordable prices.

Samsung's steep Q3 profit decline shows ongoing struggles in mobile

From CNET: Samsung's third-quarter results were just as bad as the company warned, as tougher competition caused profits to tumble 74 percent year-over-year in its mobile business.

Overall, the South Korean electronics giant on Wednesday reported a 60 percent drop in company-wide operating profit -- its fourth consecutive decline and its lowest since the second quarter of 2011. The company also recorded a 20 percent decline in revenue for the September quarter.

HP Reveals Sprout PC with Built in Projector, 20" Touch Sensitive Mat for Input

From DailyTech: Hewlett-Packard may be struggling to find its way as a company, but that isn’t stopping the it from thinking outside of the box when it comes to PCs. HP has just introduced its new Sprout PC which is unlike any other all-in-one desktop PC that you’ve seen before.

The device integrates an overhead DLP projector above the 23” touch screen display that can “beam” content down to a 20”, 20-point touch sensitive mat. Joining the projector is Intel’s RealSense 3D camera, and a 14.6MP camera.

Microsoft slates Office 16 for second half of 2015

From InfoWorld: Microsoft will launch its next version of Office for Windows in the second half of 2015, according to an online report.

ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley first reported on comments made by Julia White, general manager of marketing for Office and Office 365, at Microsoft's Tech Ed Europe conference in Barcelona.

LG smartphone sales soar, boosted by G3

From PC World: Strong demand for its flagship G3 boosted LG Electronics’ overall smartphone shipments to a record 16.8 million in the third quarter.

The results appear to be sharply in contrast with that of rival South Korean company Samsung Electronics, which in its earnings guidance earlier this month warned that its third quarter operating profit could fall by almost 60 percent because of sluggish sales of mobile devices.

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