Cooler Master MasterKeys L PBT Review

If you are a motorsports fan like me, you probably have wondered how cool it could be to drive a race car to on the street. I remember a YouTube video about Lancer Evolution rally car serving as a taxi. It is just so cool to see or hear a race car, despite the fact it may not be legal to drive on public road, haha. However, while driving a race car for fun is one thing, on a daily basis, it is totally different. First of all, there is no air conditioning and audio equipment due to weight reduction measures. Secondly, the race car is slow in traffic due to the low torque output at lower range RPMs. Thirdly, everything is so heavy to use on a race car, since the whole car is mechanically reinforced. For example, a twin plate clutch is implemented to deal with the high horsepower. The twin plate clutch requires double the force you need to apply to a single plate clutch. The extra energy you have to spend on driving itself is probably the most significant drawback of driving a race car for daily use. However, all of these sacrifices are essential if you want to win a race. When you get to the competition level, being mushy or soft is the last thing you want, because you know you are going to push the car to the limit. I guess for some people, being hardcore is more important than saving energy. The same for using a keyboard, if you are really into those keyboards that require higher actuation force than any other things in the market, then the Cherry MX Green switches will be a nice choice. Today's review unit, the Cooler Master MasterKeys L PBT keyboard, features the hardcore Cherry MX Green switches, and is also designed to deal with heavy and longtime use. Is it just a mechanical gaming keyboard for a hardcore gamer, or it can really balance both the gaming and productivity work? Let us read on and find out.

In China, VR Using HTC Vive Doesn't Need a PC Anymore

From PC Mag: Virtual reality headsets may be slowly dropping in price, but they aren't the only hardware you need to enjoy VR. There's also the small matter of a PC powerful enough to cope with the demands of whichever virtual world you wish to experience.

In China, the PC problem is being solved by removing it from the equation. As Engadget reports, HTC China announced a new partnership with Dalian Television and Beijing Cyber Cloud. What that allows is for the HTC Vive to be connected to a set top box and the VR experience streamed over the Internet.

Windows Store rebranded to Microsoft Store in Windows 10

From The Verge: Microsoft is rebranding its Windows Store to the Microsoft Store today. The software maker is rolling out a new Store update to Windows 10 testers on the Release Preview ring that includes the name and logo change. While the store won’t change much apart from by name, Windows 10 users will notice that the taskbar icon for the store now has a shopping bag and Microsoft’s company logo.

Uber loses license to operate in London

From CNET: Transport for London, the British capital's transport regulator, refused to renew Uber's private hire license on Friday.

Uber currently holds a license to operate in the city, but it will expire on Sept. 30. TfL holds private hire regulators to high standards in order to ensure passenger safety, and companies are not allowed to operate if not awarded a license.

HTC Announces $1.1BN Cash Deal With Google

From PC Mag: HTC and Google have been working together for a decade, and it's important to remember what that partnership has achieved. It gave us the very first Android smartphone called the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1), the Nexus One, the Nexus 9 tablet, and most recently the Pixel smartphone. The second generation Pixel will also be a phone created with HTC. This partnership is clearly very important to Google, so Google just spent $1.1 billion in cash ensuring it continues.

Nvidia’s Shield TV now sells for $179 to compete with the Apple TV 4K

From The Verge: The 4K version of the Apple TV comes out tomorrow — so to get a jump on prospective buyers, Nvidia is making an announcement about its own 4K streaming box today: it’s introducing a new configuration of the Shield TV that will sell for $179, the same price as Apple’s latest streaming box.

Google kicks off Android One in the U.S. with the Project Fi-equipped Moto X4

From PC World: Google is finally bringing its Android One program to the U.S., but not in the way you think. Instead of a super-low-priced phone with bare-minimum specs, the first U.S. Android One phone is actually the Moto X4. And it’s a Project Fi exclusive.

The Android One Moto X4 is essentially the same phone as the one you get direct from Motorola, with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 630 processor, 3,000mAh battery, dual rear cameras (12MP and 8MP), and fast charging. What’s different is all on the inside.

Bose adds Google Assistant to top noise-cancelling headphone

From CNET: Back in August Bose accidentally leaked shots in a newsletter of what appeared to be a new version of its top noise-cancelling headphone, the QuietComfort 35. The tip-off was an extra button on the headphones that tech sleuths speculated had something to do with a possible voice assistant.

Xbox One X Standard Edition Pre-orders Begin Today

From PC Mag: On August 25, Microsoft proclaimed that the Xbox One X was the fastest selling Xbox pre-order ever. Microsoft was referring to pre-orders of the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, but without mentioning how many were made available for pre-order. Today, pre-orders are open again, only this time it's for the standard edition of the Xbox One X.

The pre-order announcement was made by Microsoft's Major Nelson. You can place your pre-order directly with Microsoft via the Microsoft Store, or opt to use Amazon, GameStop, or Best Buy.

HTC is halting trade of its shares in anticipation of expected takeover

From The Verge: HTC, one of Taiwan’s premier tech brands and a true pioneer in the development of the Android hardware ecosystem, has today announced it is about to halt trading of its shares tomorrow in anticipation of a “major announcement,” as first reported by Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan. Earlier this month, the company was rumored to be in the final stages of negotiating a takeover with Google, and today’s news appears to be setting the stage for that buyout becoming official.

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