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In a race car, there are two things that require a high level of protection: The driver and the fuel cell. For one, the chassis of a race car should be strong enough to handle crashes and collisions to prevent as much damage as possible to the driver. However, when protecting the fuel cell, the placement needs to be carefully considered in the design. In addition, the fuel cell itself should be strong enough to handle forces from all the directions. Just like the race car relies on fuel to provide power, a desktop computer requires the power supply unit to run. A good power supply unit should be safe to use and it should be able to generate the required power. Not just that; the power supply unit should have a long lifespan as well. All of those requirements combine leads to two important points of evaluating a power supply unit: Good circuitry design and use of high quality components. That is why in an APH Networks power supply unit report, we will not only talk about the external design, but we will also open the power supply unit, even at the cost of waiving the warranty to carefully investigate the internal design. As for today’s review unit, the SilverStone SFX SX500-G 500W, we will take a good look at it inside and out. Is it a good power supply unit? Let us read on and find out.

Intel promises to be more transparent about Spectre CPU performance impacts

From The Verge: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has penned an open letter to the rest of the technology industry, addressing concerns over the two major CPU security flaws. Intel has been issuing cleverly-worded statements, and altering its guidance on performance issues related to security fixes, but the company now says it’s ready to be transparent. “As we roll out software and firmware patches, we are learning a great deal,” admits Krzanich. “We know that impact on performance varies widely, based on the specific workload, platform configuration and mitigation technique.”

Microsoft Tests End-to-End Encryption in Skype Conversations

From PC Mag: Microsoft is partnering with encrypted communications app Signal on a new end-to-end encrypted messaging feature called Private Conversations.

In a short blog post, Microsoft announced that Private Conversations are now in preview for Skype Insiders. Skype users will be able to have end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls and text conversations, including the ability to upload multimedia files, using the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems.

Samsung S-Ray speaker is like a death ray for your ears, without the dying part

From CNET: A new Samsung C-Lab project called S-Ray lets you to listen to your devices without disturbing others by beaming sound straight into your ears.

The company says the technology could be used with a number of different devices including a Bluetooth speaker, a phone cover and a personal neckband. It's a bit like the Bose SoundWear, except other people can hear the SoundWear while you're listening to it.

NZXT's debut motherboard is one of the most breathtaking motherboards ever

From PC World: NZXT makes motherboards now.

That’s the news—but saying “NZXT makes motherboards now” is perhaps the greatest understatement of 2018. (Hey, we’re only ten days in so far.) At CES this week, NZXT announced it’s done what’s almost impossible: Made a motherboard that looks good.

TiVo Adds Alexa, Google Assistant Control to its DVRs

From PC Mag: If you own a TiVo, you'll soon be able to control it through your Amazon Echo or Google Home. TiVo just announced Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility with its DVRs, enabling menu navigation and control with hands-free voice commands.

The Google Assistant, meanwhile, is also headed to the Dish Hopper, Joey, and Wally devices.

OnePlus CEO: We're going to start talking to US carriers

From CNET: OnePlus could be inching closer to breaking into the mainstream.

Pete Lau, chief executive of the niche Chinese phone manufacturer, said the company would begin talks with US carriers this year.

"If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we'll be very happy to experiment," he said in an interview at the Bellagio outside of CES on Wednesday. He declined to give any specific time frame for when a deal might be struck. (Lau spoke Chinese, and Carl Pei, co-founder and global director, served as the translator.)

Huawei Chief Slams US Carriers After Collapse of AT&T Deal

From PC Mag: The end of a rumored deal to sell Huawei phones through AT&T doesn't just hurt the Chinese company's plans for the US market. It also hurts consumers, Huawei said Tuesday.

"I think it's quite a big loss for us and also for the carriers, but it's more of a big loss for consumers," Richard Yu, chief of Huawei's consumer business group, said during a CES keynote.

Intel announces Optane 800P SSD for the rest of us

From PC World: We've been waiting for this: Intel announced the first consumer Optane SSD on Tuesday at CES.

Dubbed the 800P, Intel said two models of the 800P will ship in M.2 trim: a 58GB version and a 118GB version. Both will be bootable and will come with a two-lane (x2) PCIe configuration. The drives are rated to write more than 200GB per day.

Samsung Galaxy S9 launch confirmed for MWC in February

From CNET: Samsung will launch its 2018 flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, according to the company's mobile boss.

DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division, confirmed the phone will be unveiled at the trade show in February to ZDNet at CES in Las Vegas on Tuesday.


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