Goodbye Freezer 7 Pro, Hello Freezer 7 X

From ARCTIC Press Release: It feels like the end of an era: the Freezer 7 Pro has long been one of our most loyal companions, and even though it wasn’t a high-performance beast, it was known and loved by countless customers around the world. But after more than 10 years together, it's time to say farewell.

Out with the old, in with the new. With the new Freezer 7 X, we’re able to present a successor that not only builds upon the success of its renowned predecessor – it outshines it.

Ring enables mandatory two-factor authentication and new privacy controls in response to scandals

From The Verge: Amazon’s home security company Ring is changing the way users log into their accounts to increase security and control privacy, the company announced today. Starting this week, Ring will mandate a second layer of security by requiring users to enter a one-time six-digit code sent via email or SMS whenever they try and log in to see the state of their indoor and outdoor cameras. The company which makes the popular Ring Video Doorbell is also introducing new options for users to control when their data is shared with other companies.

Instagram CEO: No iPad App Anytime Soon

From PC Mag: You can download the Instagram app on an iPad, but it runs as an enlarged version intended for Apple's smartphones. Instagram turns 10 years old later this year and still doesn't offer an app made specifically for the iPad despite users asking for one repeatedly. It turns out that Instagram, a subsidiary of Facebook, just doesn't feel it has enough people to design a proper version of the app for the world's most popular line of tablets.

Gaming with a 34" Curved UltraWide Monitor: AOC 346B1C | Reports

What does it take to build a driving simulator at home? If you have a virtually unlimited amount of cash, having a driving rig along with three large TV screens and a steering wheel will probably grant you a world-class experience. However, even if you do not have a bottomless bank account and space in your house, you can get a pretty decent setup that can be used for other things during the day. My setup -- which is, for those who know me, is very under-utilized -- consists of a Logitech G920 and a 42" LCD HDTV my friend left behind when he moved back to Vancouver. However, while the TV offers a ridiculous amount of screen area, the resolution is not very high for use with a computer.

SilverStone Precision PS14-E Review (Page 1 of 4)

It is interesting to see most the gaming-oriented computer cases have at least one tempered glass panel. I understand the reason behind it is to show off the fancy RGB parts inside. However, not everyone likes to see bright RGB components all the time. Imagine you are a college student who needs to share a dorm with a roommate, and you often have to work on reports late into the night. You would want your RGB gaming rig to become a low key machine for productivity work, so you roommate will not complain about the light. For some computer cases and motherboards, it is possible to control the RGB feature through buttons. But the problem is you often need to engage the control button for a number of times before you can turn the RGB off, and going back to your preferred RGB mode also requires many tries.

Google appeases Stadia subscribers with the first new game announcements since launch

From The Verge: Following a troubled launch last year, Google has announced that five specific new games will arrive on its cloud gaming service Stadia “in the coming months,” finally giving us some additional titles we can look forward to playing.

Sure, Google already said last month that Stadia would receive more than 120 games this year, including ten exclusives, but it hadn’t named a single new game between its November 19th debut and now — right before early adopters’ three-month Stadia Pro trials are about to expire.

Report: LG and Samsung Are Developing Portable Displays for Phones

From PC Mag: Smartphone displays have increased in size, but they're still no match for working or surfing on a large laptop display. Samsung and LG may have a solution, though, in the form of a large, portable display your phone plugs into.

As Liliputing reports, these portable screens are being referred to as "Cloud Tops." They are nothing more than a display with a battery in the back, but the idea seems to be you can carry around a large, dumb display to connect to your phone rather than investing in a laptop.

PlayStation 5 parts are pushing up manufacturing costs for Sony

From CNET: The Sony PlayStation 5 has harbored many unknowns since its release date was announced in October. One of the biggest questions is price, and a new report gives some insight into how much the console might cost.

The PS5 has a manufacturing cost of $450, Bloomberg reported Thursday. One of the factors in the cost is the supply of DRAM and NAND flash memory used in smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S20 unveiled this week. The coronavirus outbreak has yet to impact PS5 production, according to the report.

PATRIOT launches latest P300 m.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD

From Patriot Press Release: PATRIOT is pleased to announce the official launch of P300 Gen3 x4 NVMe m.2 SSD with capacities available from 256GB up to 1TB. The P300 is designed to deliver the most significant all-around performance for desktop and laptop users. Built with next-generation PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe controller and best-in-class components, the P300 is posed to bring out rapid data transfer speeds and best in class reliability for the user.

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