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Western Digital Black NVMe SSD 1TB Review (Page 1 of 11)

"What is the difference between a PDF file and a pedophile?" a Grade 6 kid asked me. I was a little dumbfounded given I have personally never thought of this question before. "You can be safe around one and not the other," I replied. Sometimes, you have to give it to little boys to draw two completely unrelated things to one another, and regardless of what is on his mind, he certainly got the pronunciations right. Thankfully, there is little correlation between the two beyond that, even if they sound similar to a certain extent. About three years ago, I took a look at the Western Digital Black WD6001FZWX 6TB hard drive. In the WD6001FZWX review, I said "the latest flagship consumer drive from Western Digital is seriously fast for a mechanical hard drive" and it was "delivered with class-leading performance for power desktop users". Today, we will take a look at the Western Digital Black NVMe SSD 1TB. While they are both called Western Digital Black, in the same way there is little correlation between a PDF file and a pedophile, these two products could not be more dissimilar. The Western Digital Black WD6001FZWX 6TB was a big and heavy 3.5" mechanical hard drive that runs hot and sucks power at 7,200 RPM, while the Western Digital Black NVMe SSD 1TB is a slim M.2 2280 NVMe solid state drive that does not even require an external power connector. But will the latest from Western Digital continue to take home the performance crown among its solid state peers? Read on to find out!

SilverStone Lucid LD01 Review (Page 1 of 4)

If there is one thing you need to know about the drive between Calgary and Yellowknife, it is the fact there are unpaved portions of highway in the Northwest Territories. In one section of these roads, I was driving when all of a sudden I heard a loud ping and crack. I gasped aloud and the rest of the passengers looked up front. Smack in the middle of the windshield was a sizable chip, measuring about one or two centimeters. With my typical “Type A” personality, I started internally freaking out. I knew this could be taken care of because I was covered by my credit card insurance, but I still worried about what I had to do next. When we got to our next stop, Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Kwan came over to inspect the damage. He looked at it and laughed saying, "Thank goodness it is a rental!” Clearly, we had two different lines of thought, but I knew he was right. Even if the chip was on the car he rented, he would probably still be as nonchalant about it. As you can see, you can have two different perspectives that will affect your outcome. As we have seen with recent computer cases, the trend is often moving towards premium materials. One approach to this could be a slow and steady route by incorporating more metal and a glass panel for a revision of the same case. On the other hand, case manufacturers could just go straight to the edge by going glass and metal everywhere. This is what we have with the SilverStone Lucid LD01. Unlike my situation, these two different approaches result in different outcomes, but they target the same goal. Is SilverStone's approach a winning option or will we find some figurative chips and cracks when we are finished? Let us read on to find out!

Nintendo Isn't Making an N64 Classic

From PC Mag: In 2016, Nintendo gave us the NES Classic, and we bought millions of them. Then is 2017, Nintendo gave us the Super NES Classic and we bought even more millions of those. The two Classic systems have combined sales of over 8.8 million, so you might be surprised to hear we aren't getting an N64 Classic next.

Microsoft opens the door to better Windows on ARM apps

From The Verge: Microsoft is removing one of the big limitations of Windows on ARM this week by allowing developers to create 64-bit ARM (ARM64) apps. Developers will be able to recompile existing win32 or Universal Windows Apps to run natively on Windows 10 on ARM hardware. That means 64-bit app performance should get a lot better, as long as developers take the time to recompile.

Text message database reportedly leaked password resets

From CNET: A massive database managing millions of text messages was reportedly discovered unsecured, exposing sensitive information such as password resets and two-factor security codes.

Vovox, a San Diego-based communications company maintained the server, which was left unprotected by password, offering anyone knowing where to look a real-time glimpse at a steady stream of text messages, TechCrunch reported Thursday. The unsecured server was discovered on Shodan, a search engine for publicly available devices and databases, TechCrunch reported.

Roku TV Wireless Speakers launch November 16th for $200

From The Verge: Roku’s wireless speakers designed to work exclusively with Roku TVs will ship beginning tomorrow, the company announced today. The set, which includes two speakers, a Roku voice remote, and the new Roku Touch tabletop remote, will sell for $200. But if you purchase between this coming Sunday and Cyber Monday, Roku is discounting it down to $150.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Launches for $25

From PC Mag: Back in March, the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched a new version its single-board computer called the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. It offered a faster processor, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet while retaining the $35 price point. Now we're getting a new A+ version of the board for just $25.

Zuckerberg reportedly told Facebook execs to use Android, not Apple, phones

From CNET: It looks like Mark Zuckerberg can hold a grudge.

The Facebook CEO reportedly ordered his management team to start using only Android phones after Apple CEO Tim Cook made public comments about the social media company's Cambridge Analytica data scandal, according to a report Wednesday in The New York Times.

"We're not going to traffic in your personal life," Cook said, referencing the scandal in an MSNBC interview in March: "Privacy to us is a human right. It's a civil liberty."

Samsung’s next flagship processor has an NPU for on-device AI

From The Verge: Samsung Electronics is the latest mobile system-on-chip vendor to start using dedicated hardware for on-device machine learning. The Exynos 9 Series 9820, which will undoubtedly be used in the international versions of the Galaxy S10, has a neural processing engine (NPU) that is claimed to deliver up to seven times faster AI performance than the S9’s 9810. NPUs can be used to speed up tasks like image processing and AR.


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