AT&T Signs $2B Deal to Run on Microsoft Azure and Office 365

From PC Mag: Google and Amazon will both be upset this week as Microsoft has managed to sign a huge deal with AT&T which will see the telecommunications company shift to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform.

As TechCrunch reports, the deal is thought to be worth $2 billion to Microsoft, with AT&T expected to move most of its non-network workloads to Azure by 2024. At the same time, AT&T's workforce will shift to use the suite of tools that make up Office 365.

Japanese anime studio fire leaves more than 30 dead in suspected arson attack

From CNET: A suspected arson attack on a Japanese anime studio killed 33 people and left dozens injured Thursday, a fire official told the Associated Press. The suspect allegedly poured petrol in several parts of Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building before igniting it in Fujimi Ward, Kyoto, at about 10.30 a.m. local time, according to The Guardian.

GeIL launches the EVO X II and EVO X II ROG-certified DDR4 RGB Gaming Memory to include 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen platform support

From GeIL Press Release: GeIL, Golden Emperor International Ltd. released new additions to their EVO X and EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory today. The new EVO X II and EVO X II ROG-Certified inherit their previous generation, and provide an advanced modder-friendly “cableless RGB illumination design” for offering a fascinating RGB lighting effect without hassles of power cable management.

Introducing New Starter and Streaming PCs from NZXT BLD

From NZXT Press Release: NZXT today announces three new pre-built options for its custom PC building service, BLD, that are designed for content creators and budding PC gamers.
The NZXT Starter PC serves as the perfect entry-level PC for a first-time PC gamer starting at $899. This build can game in 1080p with no compromises with its AMD Ryzen 5 2600 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660. For users who want a little more power, the NZXT Starter PC Plus includes a one terabyte Intel 660p M.2 SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for added performance for $999.

Patriot launches P200 series SSD to maximize performance and cost-effectiveness

From Patriot Press Release: PATRIOT is proud to announce the launch of their P200 series 2.5” internal SATA III 6Gbps solid state drive (SSD) today. The P200 series comes equipped with best-quality NAND and components that have passed a strict quality control process. This process ensures more storage capacities, faster Read and Write speeds, and better reliability. The P200 series is available in capacities ranging up to 2TB meeting current market demands for more storage options.

EU opens Amazon antitrust investigation

From The Verge: The EU’s Competition Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon to investigate whether the company is using sales data to gain an unfair advantage over smaller sellers on the Marketplace platform. The Commission says it will look into Amazon’s agreements with marketplace sellers, as well as how Amazon uses data to choose which retailer to link to using the “Buy Box” on its site.

Google Confirms Project Dragonfly Is 'Terminated'

From PC Mag: With a population of 1.4 billion people, every tech company is desperate to have its services operating in China. Google was even willing to offer a censored search engine to satiate the communist government. But Project Dragonfly is now officially dead.

Nintendo Switch with longer battery coming to Japan in August

From CNET: Nintendo of Japan revealed a new Nintendo Switch is on the way and it's not the Switch Lite. A tweet from the Mario company says in August the Switch will come with better battery life.

The tweet links to Nintendo of Japan's page about the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite. The new version of the console will have up to nine hours of battery life, more than two hours longer than the current Nintendo Switch battery.

There is no indication on whether this revamped Switch will come to the US.

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240P Mirage Review (Page 1 of 4)

When someone asks me what my favorite season is, I am usually split between winter and summer. These two seasons are generally the best because, in the past, these were the times when I would be off of school for an extended period. I liked winter because of Christmas and the fun and food that came with it too. On the other hand, summer is great because as a family we often left the city for some traveling. It also was the time of both my sister and my birthdays, so we celebrated it. However, if there is one thing that makes me like winter more than summer, it is the temperature. While some do not like the shiver-inducing weather, I like snow and cold much more than hot sunny days. I think it just comes from the fact that I am better at finding ways of warming up rather than cooling down. For example, if I really need to warm up, I can throw on another layer of clothing, but there is a limit to how many layers I can remove while remaining decent. Computer processors are similar in the sense that they have no problem warming up, but they require additional help to cool down. Today, Cooler Master has released their MasterLiquid ML240P Mirage. This all-in-one water cooler is one-way Cooler Master thinks we can cool our processors down while adding a neat party trick. Is this the cooler for your hot processor? I guess there is only one way to find out, so let us read on!

Cooler Master GS750 Review

In the words of the late Chester Bennington from Linkin Park in his song, "Leave Out All the Rest", he writes, "When my time comes / Forget the wrong that I’ve done / Help me leave behind some / Reasons to be missed / And don’t resent me / And when you’re feeling empty / Keep me in your memory / Leave out all the rest". This has been one of my favorite songs since "Minutes to Midnight" was released in 2007 for both its lyrics and melody, and it was especially meaningful after a friend passed away last month. His passing came as a shock to all of us, and in the gatherings that followed, everybody shared stories about him that rarely strayed from these two themes: His extraordinary generosity towards everybody and his willingness to help any hour of the day. As I pondered to reflect upon my own life, I found myself asking the question: If it was my funeral today, what would people say at it? When I am gone one day, would I want people to remember me for my character or my career achievements? And if we all want to give people reasons to be missed like the lyrics in "Leave Out All the Rest", why do more of us live to gain money and power rather than building relationships that matter? I will let you ponder these deep questions in your own time, but as I hang my headphones up on the Cooler Master GS750 after finishing yet another play of one of my favorite Linkin Park songs, this headphone stand does not exist to be a run-of-the-mill headphone stand. In fact, it features a Qi wireless charger, onboard 7.1 surround sound output, and two USB ports to make it a hub of all things electronics. Will the GS750 make an impact that we will remember it for more than just its ability to hold headphones? Read on to find out!


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