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Fractal Design Define S2 Review (Page 1 of 4)

Last Christmas Eve, I was finishing up my cards and I headed to the local dollar store so I could pick up some supplies to complete them. When I walked in, I was surprised at how many people were doing last minute buying before the stores would close for the next day. I was not in a huge rush so I walked around the store. I was perusing their small gadgets when I overheard a conversation. A young boy walked by and passed another girl with her mom. The kids exchanged glances and waved when they realized who each other were. "I know your face!" exclaimed the boy. His mom was close by and asked him, "Who is she? What is her name?" Thinking for a second, the boy looked at the girl and back at his mom and said without hesitation "I dunno!" It is pretty hilarious to sometimes recognize people or things, but completely blank on their name. If I were ever in that situation, I probably would have avoided the other person until I knew their name, haha. For products, it can be a good or bad thing depending on how much or little they remember about the product. If a similar looking item can generate brand recognition, it can be a positive thing. However, if they do not remember or it brings up bad connotations, it may be time to switch their image. With the Fractal Design Define S2 arriving, I definitely made several takes, especially with how similar it looked to past Fractal Design cases. This manufacturer is known for its quality cases through their lineup, so does this keep up with this reputation inside and out? Let us read on to find out!

Microsoft expands Windows 7-to-Windows 10 app compatibility pledge

From ComputerWorld: Microsoft this week announced that an application compatibility guarantee it gave to enterprises migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has gone global.

The "Desktop App Assure" program, which launched in October and was then available in North America only, has been expanded to all markets, Brad Anderson, the executive who leads the Microsoft 365 group, said in a post to a company blog.

Twitter admits bug exposed some Android users' protected tweets for years

From CNET: A Twitter glitch left some Android users' protected tweets exposed since 2014.

The security flaw disabled the "Protect your Tweets" option for some people who changed their settings, such as updating the email address associated with the protected account, between Nov. 3, 2014 and Jan. 14, 2019, the company wrote in its Help Center Thursday.

Those using the iOS version of the app or Twitter for web weren't impacted.

Google Buys Up Smartwatch Tech from Fossil Group for $40M

From PC Mag: Could a Google Pixel smartwatch be in the works?

Timepiece maker Fossil Group is selling some of its smartwatch technology to Google for $40 million. As part of the deal, Fossil is also transferring a portion of the company's R&D team over to Google.

Google hasn't elaborated on how it'll use Fossil's team or technology, except to say the deal will pave the way for a more "diverse portfolio of smartwatches." But it isn't the first time the company has purchased technology from a device maker.

Phanteks announces the release of the new Glacier Series products

From Phanteks Press Release: Phanteks today launched three new products: GLACIER G2080Ti STRIX, GLACIER G2080Ti XTREME, and GLACIER G2080Ti BACKPLATE. The new GPU water blocks are designed specifically for the new ASUS STRIX and Gigabytes Aorus Extreme RTX 2080/2080Ti cards and the new GLACIER G2080Ti BACKPLATE is the perfect complement for Nvidia’s RTX 2080Ti Founders Edition cards.

'We need new privacy laws' urges Apple CEO, Tim Cook

From ComputerWorld: In a sidelong slap at the business model of Facebook, Google and others, Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an article in which he urges the U.S. government to put surveillance capitalists/data brokers under transparent legal oversight.

“In 2019, it's time to stand up for the right to privacy - yours, mine, all of ours.” Cook writes in an article for Time Magazine.

Microsoft to Remove Cortana From Windows 10 Search Bar

From PC Mag: Heads up, Windows 10 users: Search and Cortana are breaking up.

The latest Windows 10 preview build, released today for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, moves Microsoft's digital assistant out of the Search bar, where it currently resides.

"Going forward, we'll be decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar," Microsoft's Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc wrote in a blog post. "This will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases."

Shareholders demand Amazon end facial recognition sales to government

From CNET: Concerns over Amazon's facial recognition program have now reached the company's shareholders.

Along with civil liberties groups, members of Congress and Amazon's own employees, a group of shareholders is now also calling on the retail giant to stop selling Rekognition to government agencies.

BIOSTAR Introduces The S100 Plus series SSDs for Gamers and Content Creators’ Computer Upgrades

From Biostar Press Release: BIOSTAR announced the S100 Plus series SSD, an affordable solid state drive (SSD) with outstanding performance for laptop and desktop computer upgrades. Built in a beautifully designed 2.5-inch unibody with ultra-slim 7.0mm casing, featuring an ultra-stable shock-proof design. The S100 Plus Series SSDs are available in 240GB and 480GB, making upgrading or replacing previous generation storage more accessible than ever.


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