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MetallicGear Neo Review (Page 1 of 4)

Despite being in Canada, I did my own share of Black Friday shopping, though most of it was online. Interestingly enough, I did also go to a mall, but it was to buy something from a person through Kijiji. Anyway, because Canada Post's workers were going through strikes, most online shops were forced to find an alternative means to transport its goods. Unfortunately for me, a lot of my products ended up being delayed. The timing of the whole debacle was also pretty frustrating as it collided with the start of the Christmas shopping season, though I think this was intentional. On the other hand, I found it intriguing that almost all of the retail shops I shopped at acknowledged the delays and had their own backup plan rather than expecting anything else to change. Most of them shipped with UPS or Intelcom Express for Amazon purchases. Thankfully, everything did come by the time of this review, so I guess the alternatives were effective enough. Today's product comes from a less familiar face, which is MetallicGear. However, if you remember Computex from earlier this year, you would know this was launched then by Phanteks. To me this new brand is meant to be an alternative, especially since this brand and its lineup is targeting a different market and style. We have praised Phanteks in the past for producing some really good creations, so it is interesting to see what this Dutch company can do with the new MetallicGear. Is this case a worthy option or does it let me down like Canada Post? Let us see as we head into our review!

Crucial BX500 480GB Review (Page 1 of 11)

It was a late evening near the end of 2017. Christmas break has been on for a week now, and I was walking around my house looking for some jobs that I should have done during the year but have not. As I was climbing my stairs, I noticed three of the nine light bulbs in the chandelier suspended from my foyer's nearly twenty-foot ceiling was out. Since the light was suspended by a chain and it was in the foyer next to the stairs, replacing the light bulbs are not complicated as you think: Simply stand on the stairs, pull the chandelier in, and unscrew the covers to access the light bulbs. As I pulled the chandelier in and rotated it around the chain, I heard a sound. I looked up. I saw its ceiling cap became unscrewed and the socket came off the reinforced crossbar that holds the light up. Well, that just made everything much more complicated. It was not the first time I have done this job, but in this particular incident, it turned out to be not as easy and high reward as I thought it would be. (I ended up spending a few hours trying to figure out how to get up there to screw it back in with a friend a few days later.) But there are other things in this world that claim to be easy and high reward. In recent times, the budget and mainstream SSD market has grown considerably, convincing the average user that swapping out your mechanical hard drive for a solid state drive is an easy task that will grant you exponentially higher system performance. The Crucial BX500 480GB is one of such products. Will it be as easy and as high reward as it advertises, or will it be like my chandelier incident? Read on to find out!

Apple Plans to Resolve China iPhone Ban With a Software Update

From PC Mag: Apple and Qualcomm are not the best of friends at the moment, and the relationship breakdown is playing out in the courts. Earlier this week, Qualcomm saw some success in the Chinese courts and got most iPhones banned from sale and import into China due to patent infringement. However, Apple believes it can overcome the ban with a software update.

Intel unveils Foveros 3D chip stacking and new 10nm ‘chiplets’

From The Verge: At an Architecture Day event hosted this week, Intel articulated an unusually lucid strategy for its development of future processors, most of which will revolve around fragmenting the various elements of a modern CPU into individual, stackable “chiplets.” Intel’s big goal for late 2019 is to offer products built on what it calls Foveros 3D stacking: an industry-first implementation of stacked processing components inside a chip.

Influential Apple analyst cuts iPhone shipment estimates

From Tech Crunch: TF International Securities Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo delivered a less than stellar iPhone forecast this week with the straightforwardly titled note, “2019 iPhone shipments likely to be under 190 million units.” The letter puts the number of Apple handsets well below previous analyst predictions of 212 million for next year.

ASUS Chief Exec Jerry Shen Steps Down

From AnandTech: ASUS on Thursday announced the resignation of its long-time CEO, Jerry Shen. The step down follows a major change in the company’s smartphone strategy and precedes the company’s switch to a co-CEO management model. Meanwhile, Mr. Shen will be moving on to lead iFast, an AI+IoT startup, which will be partly funded by ASUS.

Starbucks adding delivery services to more than 2,000 stores via Uber Eats

From TechCrunch: Starbucks is expanding its partnership with Uber Eats to more than 2,000 stores in the United States next year, about a quarter of all of the company’s locations in the country.

The relationship bolsters Uber’s mission for its on-demand food delivery service, Eats. Uber has said it plans to cover more than 70 percent of the U.S. population by the end of 2018. The partnership with Starbucks, while it won’t start in earnest until next year, will help the delivery meet or even exceed that goal as it battles Postmates for market share.

Intel Shows Off New Gen11 Graphics, Teases Xe Discrete GPU

From ExtremeTech: Intel’s Architecture Day 2018 this past Tuesday wasn’t just a CPU show. The graphics market is poised to be a significant component of Intel’s strategy going forward, and the company’s Gen 11 solution looks like it’ll be a potent improvement over Skylake. These improvements are long overdue.

Netflix is testing an instant replay feature

From The Verge: Netflix is currently testing a rewind-like function that will give users the ability to replay a specific scene more conveniently. The new tool allows people to immediately rewatch a scene without having to mess around with Netflix’s standard time bar at the bottom of the screen, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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