SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL Review

At my current work place, we have several places that we hit up for lunch that are within walking distance. Majority of them are a bit expensive, at least in my opinion, but I enjoy going for the walk to get some fresh air. As a software developer, you do not really get out of your chair a whole lot, so getting this opportunity is nice. One day on our way back, one of the interns glanced over at a building and pointed out some graffiti on the side of a building. As our office is located in a somewhat industrial area in Calgary, this was not too surprising to see some art from the locals around. "WITNESS THE LITNESS" was spray painted on the side of a building in black. Immediately, I took a shot and sent it off to one of my more meme-craving friends, jokingly asking her if she was responsible. While of course I knew she was not actually the perpetrator, I knew she would get a kick out of it, especially with her deep love of current trends and jokes. However, when I got wind of the fact SteelSeries could send us a new keyboard for review, I immediately wanted it. As you may have read in the past, I have both the Sensei 310 and the QcK Prism, and from those products, I knew I could use their utility to synchronize all of the lighting. This keyboard we have today, the Apex M750 TKL, is a tenkeyless keyboard, which is something I really like. As such, I hope today's review will allow both you and I to truly witness the litness.

Apple Responds to Personal Data Request with 9MB File

From PC Mag: Privacy and personal data are in the spotlight right now due to the Cambridge Analytica debacle and Facebook's complete failure to protect user data. Jefferson Graham, a technology columnist for USA Today, decided to investigate further and see how Apple compares to Facebook and main rival Google in terms of the personal data collected. The results are surprising in a good way for Apple users.

YouTube has 1.8 billion logged-in viewers each month

From The Verge: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says that 1.8 billion registered users are watching videos on the platform each month, not counting anyone who’s watching without an account. Wojcicki announced the milestone at YouTube’s Brandcast presentation to advertisers, alongside some of the year’s most noteworthy successes — like Beyoncé’s record-setting 41 million livestream views at Coachella and the “Despacito” music video passing 5 billion views last month. The company previously announced that it had 1.5 billion logged-in monthly users in mid-2017.

Instagram quietly adds a native payments feature for some users

From CNET: Instagram has quietly added a native payments feature for certain users, CNET has confirmed.

As part of the feature, users of the photo sharing app can register a credit or debit card with their profile and set up a security pin. They can then make purchases without leaving the site. This follows the company's announcement last year that it would allow users to book appointments with businesses through the app.

Cambridge Analytica Shuts Down, Citing Bad Press

From PC Mag: Cambridge Analytica, the UK political consultancy that collected data on millions of Facebook users without their consent, is shutting down.

On Wednesday, Cambridge Analytica said it had no choice but to cease operations, citing bad press. It's also preparing to file for bankruptcy.

"The siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company's customers and suppliers," it said in a statement. "As a result, it has been determined that it is no longer viable to continue operating the business."

Nokia 6.1 'pure' Android phone comes to Amazon, Best Buy for $269

From CNET: You rarely see Nokia phones in the US, but little by little that's changing.

The oddly named Nokia 6.1 is the latest attempt to make waves in the open US market. This is very much a budget device that will go toe to toe with Motorola's Moto G6, a handset with a strong budget pedigree, and the Huawei Honor 7X, which we saw in January.

Specs are appropriately modest, with a 5.5-inch 1080p HD screen, a unibody aluminum build and a processor that promises to handle tasks and navigation 60 percent faster than last year's Nokia 6.

HTC will launch its next Android flagship on May 23rd

From The Verge: HTC’s smartphone division isn’t dead yet. Freshly tweeted this morning, we now have a launch date for HTC’s next major Android release, which is almost certain to be the HTC U12 that has already made a couple of early appearances. Images ahead of the launch have suggested the U12 won’t have a notch, marking a break with the majority of Android flagships this year, and The Verge has confirmed that to be the case with people familiar with HTC’s plans.

Sling TV is bringing its cloud DVR to more devices

From The Verge: Sling TV is expanding its Cloud DVR service to a ton of new devices, including the Google Chrome browser, Chromecasts, Xbox One consoles, LG smart TVs, and Samsung’s 2016 and 2017 model smart TVs, via TechRadar.

The feature was previously available on other platforms where Sling TV is offered, like the Fire TV, Apple TV, and Sling’s Android and iOS apps. With the new expansion, you’ll be able to watch your recorded content from almost any device that works with Sling TV.

First Batch of PS2 Games Added to PlayStation Now

From PC Mag: Alongside offering PS4 games for purchase on disc or digitally via PSN, Sony also runs the PlayStation Now subscription service. It offers nearly 650 games to play for $19.99 a month or $99.99 a year. However, until now the games offered have been PS3 and PS4 titles, but from today PS2 games are joining the service.

In total, nine new games have been added to the service including those first PS2 titles. They include Ape Escape 2, Dark Cloud 2, Hot Shots Tennis, Limbo, Metal Slug 3, Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics, Sine Mora EX, Siren, and The Last Blade 2.

Pentagon bans sale of Huawei and ZTE phones on US military bases

From CNET: The Pentagon has banned the sale of phones made by Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE at retail outlets on US military bases around the world, the US Department of Defense confirmed to CNET on Wednesday.

The ban is based on the potential security threat the Pentagon believes the phones may pose, said the Wall Street Journal, which originally reported the news. It's the latest move in an ongoing crackdown on the companies by the US government, which is suspicious that they could hack into their phones or use them for spying purposes.


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