SilverStone PP07E Review

There is an old saying that says you do not realize what you have until it is taken away. This reminds a lot of people about the good things they have in life and how it is important to be content with what we have or the situations we are in. On the flip side, I think it is also true you sometimes do not realize you want something until you have tried it once. Unfortunately, this can often happen when you experience something more luxurious than you are used to, putting you at a new standard or giving you higher expectations. One example for me was when I acquired a KitchenAid stand mixer at the beginning of this year.

WhatsApp tests new feature that lets you add contacts via QR codes

From The Verge: WhatsApp’s latest beta version lets you add contacts by scanning their QR codes, WABetaInfo reports. The feature, which is available in beta on both iOS and Android, can be found in the app’s settings menu, where there are options to display your own code, as well as to scan other people’s. A QR code can also be revoked if it gets shared with someone who you don’t want to have your number.

Interest in Nvidia's Cloud Gaming Service, GeForce Now, Goes Up During the Pandemic

From PC Mag: The pandemic is helping to drive more gamers to try out Nvidia’s cloud gaming service, GeForce Now.

On Thursday, Nvidia indicated that GeForce Now has two million users, up from over one million back in mid-February, when the cloud gaming service moved out of a public beta to become available to all.

“Just launching in February, GFN has added two million users around the world with both sign-ups and gameplay boosted by stay at home measures,” said the company’s chief financial officer Colette Kress during an earnings call.

Logitech's Circle View Camera only works with Apple's HomeKit Secure Video

From CNET: Logitech on Monday announced a new indoor security camera -- the Circle View Camera. This $160 security camera has a very specific audience: it only works with HomeKit Secure Video.

HomeKit is Apple's iOS-only smart home platform. Like Alexa and Google Assistant, HomeKit is voice-enabled via Siri and has its own app -- the Home app. The Apple platform links your various smart home devices together, but HomeKit has been slower to grow than its competitors, sparking criticism.

ASUS Launches New Motherboards with AMD B550 Chipset

From ASUS Press Release: ASUS is announcing new motherboards featuring the AMD B550 chipset which brings the potential of PCIe 4.0 to mainstream builds everywhere. AMD B550 motherboards enable 20 general-purpose PCIe 4.0 lanes from 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors. The primary PCIe slot on all new ASUS B550 boards offers 16 lanes of Gen 4 connectivity, and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ parts feature as many as four USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports running at up to 10Gbps direct from the CPU itself.

Thermaltake launches TOUGHRAM RGB DDR4 4600MHz Memory 16GB

From Thermaltake Press Release: Thermaltake proudly announced our high clock rate memory, the TOUGHRAM RGB DDR4 4600MHz 16GB Memory (2x8GB), which comes in both black and white versions. Besides the previous TOUGHRAM RGB 4000MHz and TOUGHRAM RGB 4400MHz Memory, we have now reached a new level, the TOUGHRAM line with a new higher clock rate of 4600MHz in 16GB (2x8GB) to ensure that we meet the users’ needs. To provide high and stable gaming performance, all ICs are tightly-screened and coated with a ten-layer PCB.

Chrome 85 to erase ads that hog network, CPU resources

From ComputerWorld: Google last week said that this summer Chrome will remove resource-hogging web advertisements from websites, including ads that mask unauthorized crypto-mining operations.

Arguing that a very small number of online ads - three-tenths of a percentage point of all on the web - disproportionately account for major portions of total network and CPU consumption, Google plans to scrub sites of such ads starting with a Stable build of Chrome near the end of August.

Lexar Announces New Professional NM700 M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD

From Lexar Press Release: Lexar today announced the new Lexar Professional NM700 M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD to its family line of SSD products.

As the need for faster performance and uninterrupted application experiences increases, Lexar has developed a solution to keep videographers, photographers, and designers in the driver’s seat with speeds of up 3500MB/s read, and 2000MB/s write. The NM700 is supported by PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe and built with 3D NAND flash for higher capacity and more efficiency without unnecessary slowdowns.

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