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Kanto YU6 Review (Page 1 of 4)

Happy 2018 and welcome to a new year! If you read my updated bio or have talked to me recently, you would know I have always been a bit of a Nintendo fan, though I have only had their products recently. I have a 3DS for about two years now, and I just purchased a Switch a few months ago. Some may roll their eyes when you tell them you are a Nintendo gamer, especially since they can be seen as more casual or fanboy-ism gaming. While this may be true, I do not really care, as what I like is Nintendo's deep content of franchises, whether it is Legend of Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Kirby, and more. The first franchise I was exposed to was from the developer Game Freak and their Pokémon franchise. When I was in Kindergarten, I rode the bus with one friend who had a Gameboy Color and the first generation Pokémon games. We would spend all of the bus ride navigating the Kanto region while fighting random people and wild Pokémon. Even though I enjoy exploring the kingdom of Hyrule with Link more, I think the Pokémon franchise has a place in my gaming heart as well. Today, we have the Kanto YU6 and to be honest, the first thought I had about these speakers was related to the Kanto region in Pokémon. While they are not related, one could say the YU lineup of speakers are like three Pokémon that evolve from one to another. Based on this analogy, the YU2 would evolve into the YU4, which would evolve into the YU6 we have today. As the last evolution of YU speakers, the YU6 should be the best. Is this really the case and does it fight with similarly sized products? Read on to find out today!

Seagate IronWolf Pro ST12000NE0007 12TB Review (Page 1 of 11)

What is being "extra"? While the exact line of where a necessity ends and being extra begins will vary from person to person, the concept of being extra is universal. For example, some may think Mercedes-AMG is the definition of extra in the automotive world. However, I would argue putting a twin turbo V8 and a sport suspension in every vehicle is awesome. I mean, who would not want an eight passenger SUV that weighs almost 6,000 pounds that accelerates from zero to sixty miles per hour in 4.3 seconds, finishes the quarter mile in 12.8 seconds, and pulls 0.91g on the skid pad? In another example, when I pulled out my brand new Apple iPhone X just under two months ago, the first comment I heard was, "This kid is so extra." (I personally think it is a necessity.) With that in mind, we can all agree we need to have extra storage space -- after all, no one wants to operate their hard drives at 100% capacity -- at what point does having too much storage space becomes "extra"? Here at APH Networks, I have covered quite a number of 8TB hard disk drives, including the Seagate NAS HDD 8TB, Seagate Enterprise Capacity V.5 8TB, and Western Digital Red 8TB. From four Western Digital Red 8TB HDDs, I built a massive 32TB NAS box. In the last year or so, I have also covered many 10TB hard drives, including the Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB and Seagate IronWolf 10TB. But 8TB and 10TB drives are no longer the largest money can buy. Recently, Seagate released a trio of HDDs with a whopping 12TB capacity. For about $470 at press time, is the Seagate IronWolf Pro ST12000NE0007 12TB the epitome of extra or a necessity for storage hungry power users? Read on to find out!

Samsung updates the Notebook 7 Spin with faster processors and stylus support

From The Verge: Samsung released the original Notebook 7 Spin back in 2016, and while it didn’t exactly make waves when it came to design, it at least offered plenty of power at an affordable price. And ahead of CES this year, Samsung is announcing an updated version of the Notebook 7 Spin that adds a quad-core eight-gen Intel Core i5 processor and support for an Active Pen stylus, while also cutting down on the weight for a lighter design.

AT&T Announces Plans to Launch Mobile 5G This Year

From PC Mag: AT&T on Thursday announced plans to introduce mobile 5G service in 12 cities by the end of 2018.

"5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment," AT&T Technology and Operations President Melissa Arnoldi said in a statement. "We're moving quickly to begin deploying mobile 5G this year and start unlocking the future of connectivity for consumers and businesses. With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more."

Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling console in US history

From CNET: The Nintendo Switch has sold 4.8 million units within the first 10 months of its release in the United States, making it the fastest-selling console in US history.

In 2007 Nintendo's previous generation of consoles, the Wii, sold 4 million units in the US during the same 10 month timeframe.

Last month, the gaming giant announced it had sold 10 million units worldwide.

Chip Design Flaw Not Limited to Intel, Researchers Say

From PC Mag: The Intel flaw involves two vulnerabilities that can be used to steal your passwords, emails, and any other sensitive data you have on your computer, according to the security researchers who uncovered the bugs.

Intel also isn't the only vendor affected. One vulnerabilty, named Spectre, was found in AMD and ARM-based chips, too. The other vulnerability, dubbed Meltdown, was found mostly in Intel processors as far back as 1995; it's unclear whether AMD or ARM-based chips have the same problem.

Dell surprises with a redesigned XPS 13 that's thinner, faster and a little controversial

From PC World: Dell's XPS 13 is stepping out for 2018 with a major makeover. Maybe the company heard the cries of professional hardware reviewers about the XPS 13's two-year-old look (even though some companies have used the same basic design for nearly eight years)? Right. More likely, it was just time for this laptop to set some new trends in the areas of thin, light, and fast.

Blade thinks it’s cracked PC game streaming with the Shadow cloud computer

From The Verge: The history of PC gaming is littered with companies that thought they could get cloud-based streaming services up and running. From the famously failed OnLive to Sony’s somewhat lackluster PS Now to Nvidia’s still-in-beta GeForce Now service, no company seems to have cracked the code to getting streaming to work for games in the same seamless way that services like Netflix and Hulu made it work for videos.

Mad Catz, maker of gaming peripherals, is back from the dead

From CNET: It looked like an early April Fools' joke. Who would believe that Mad Catz, the bankrupt gaming peripheral company, would rise from the dead on "4.1.18"?

But the teaser trailer, which swept across rakish, angular renders of what was unmistakably a Mad Catz modular mouse, wasn't referring to April 1 -- but rather Jan. 4. Today, in other words.

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