Chrome 80 Will Adopt Less Annoying Website Notification UI

From ExtremeTech: Getting notifications is a good thing, but only if you want them. Too many notifications can make using a device profoundly annoying, and Google is trying to address that in a new build of Chrome. In Chrome v80, Google aims to make website notifications less distracting while still giving sites the option to push content to visitors.

Intel Provides Sneak Peek at Its Graphics Card (for Developers)

From PC Mag: We still don't know much about Intel's discrete "DG1" graphics cards, even as they're set to go on sale later this year. But at CES, the company showed off a special GPU model it's been handing out to developers so they can optimize their software and games for the upcoming technology.

The test model is a PCIe graphics card that runs on one fan, and can be slotted into a desktop PC. The company's goal is to sample the model throughout the year to independent software vendors (ISVs) across the world, including game developers and application makers.

GE Launches New Kitchen Hub, a 27-Inch, Netflix-Equipped, Widescreen…Microwave

From ExtremeTech: If you own a microwave and use Wi-Fi, you’re probably aware that these two things don’t mesh well (pun intended). The impact of running a microwave while using Wi-Fi tends to vary depending on how much EM your microwave leaks and which frequencies your Wi-Fi network is using. If you’re on a 5GHz network, you may not see much interference, but a 2.4GHz system may choke and die when you cook a burrito, depending on the position of your hardware and the layout of your house. Microwaves and Wi-Fi, in other words, are not two things you would ordinarily combine.

Seagate Demonstrates HAMR and Dual-Actuator Hard Drives in the Lyve Drive Mobile System

From ExtremeTech: Seagate had two major announcements at CES 2020 - one featuring updates to their lineup of external storage devices, and the other related to a modular storage system with the Lyve branding on it. The novelty of the modularity and data storage capacity aside, we found the hard drives being used in the sytem to be more interesting. Seagate's demonstrations included HAMR and dual-actuator drives.

Uber is making big changes to its app in California as new gig work law goes into effect

From The Verge: Uber is making serious changes to its app in California in an effort to comply with the state’s groundbreaking new gig work law that makes it harder for the company to classify drivers as independent contractors.

On Wednesday, Uber emailed over 150,000 drivers and millions of passengers to alert them to the changes. The app will now display prices differently, allow users to select preferred drivers, and discontinue some benefits associated with its Uber Rewards program.

ASUS Announces the Dual GeForce RTX 2070 MINI Graphics Card

From ASUS Press Release: ASUS today announced the new Dual GeForce RTX 2070 MINI graphics card. This new GPU is specifically designed for the new Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit and Intel NUC 9 Pro Kit, as well as other small-form-factor (SFF) solutions.

Kent Chien, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Multimedia Business Unit at ASUS, said, “We are proud that Intel came to us for a GPU solution for their innovative new design and are very satisfied with the performance we are able to squeeze into such a small footprint.”

Thermaltake Introduces All-inclusive Gaming Ecosystem at CES 2020

From Thermaltake Press Release: Thermaltake today announced a new set of gaming peripherals, TK5 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, TM5 RGB Gaming Mouse, ToughDesk 300 RGB Gaming Desk and CyberChair E500 Gaming Chair. An excellent gaming ecosystem extends beyond the custom PC and monitors is how the player connects with their game. The gaming mouse and keyboard are essential for getting the most from the game allowing for faster reaction times and better control no matter what the activity.

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