Cooler Master MasterAccessory MP510-L Review (Page 1 of 4)

As part of filling up my house, I thought it would be a good idea to get some sort of book to place in the living room. This way, if I had company over and they were looking around, they could pull out this book and read through it. As it turns out, I was browsing Amazon when I found the full collection of Calvin and Hobbes on sale. To me, Calvin and Hobbes is one of my favorite series of comics, mostly because it contains a lot of wholesome humor with thought-provoking dialogue. The typical boyhood mind from Calvin combined with a whimsical Hobbes made for a fun read. However, like a lot of things from my childhood, it would seem a lot of youth today have no idea who this duo is. To be fair, Calvin and Hobbes only lasted for about ten years from 1985 to 1995. While it may be a dated comic, Calvin still complains about the same things that bothers kids and asks Hobbes the same philosophical questions that people dabble upon today. To me it shows the strength in writing of Bill Watterson, the cartoonist behind the series. Another thing that has disappeared from a lot of computer desks is the humble mousepad. While I was growing up with mice with trackballs inside, most mice are made with sensors that can generally track on most tables. However, we are no strangers to mousing surfaces. Today we have the Cooler Master MasterAccessory MP510-L, which is a large sized fabric surface. Does it hold relevancy for today's crowd and, more importantly, is it any good? Let us find out!

Western Digital Unveils iNAND MC EU321: a UFS 2.1 Drive Based on 96L 3D NAND

From AnandTech: Western Digital has announced its new lineup of UFS 2.1-based embedded storage devices for smartphones, tablets, PCs, and other mobile applications. The new iNAND MC EU321 drives are based on the company’s 96-layer 3D NAND memory and offer performance comparable to that of entry-level SSDs.

Samsung's Foldable Smartphone Might Also Be a Tablet

From PC Mag: Samsung's foldable smartphone, which it's reportedly unveiling this year, will also have the functionality of a tablet with multitasking capabilities.

In an interview with CNET, DJ Koh, CEO of Samsung's mobile business, said the approach will allow for a more portable tablet. But he left open the possibility that the foldable phone won't come to market. "If the user experience is not up to my standard, I don't want to deliver those kind of products," he says.

Surface Boosts Microsoft Into Top 5 PC OEM Status

From ExtremeTech: Microsoft has broken into the top five PC OEMs in the US thanks to the overarching success of the Surface family and the collapse of Acer’s business over the same time period. While Acer remains a major worldwide vendor, with some 6.1 percent of the worldwide market and over 4 million PCs shipped worldwide in Q3 2018, Microsoft’s US performance was enough to knock it out of the local rankings.

Google+ Updated for Enterprise Users As Consumer Version Shutdown

From eWeek: If you're not a regular user of the Google Plus social networking service, you're not alone as the consumer service first announced by Google in 2011 has never been a challenger to incumbents like Facebook.

At long last, after seven years in the market, Google announced on Oct. 8 that it was shutting down Google Plus. Rumors of Google Plus' demise have been circulating for at least the last three years. This time however the shutdown isn't a rumor, but it isn't a complete shutdown either.

Intel Veteran Becomes Chairman of Toshiba Memory

From AnandTech: Toshiba Memory Corp. (TMC) on Thursday disclosed that Stacy Smith, a former high-ranking exec of Intel, was appointed executive chairman, effective October 1. Mr. Smith brings a wealth of experience when it comes to strategic and operative management to the maker of NAND flash memory and products on its base.

Facebook's 3D photos are ready for your news feed

From CNET: Now you can post 3D photos on your Facebook news feed.

Facebook on Thursday started rolling out a feature that turns 2D shots taken with a compatible dual-lens phone into 3D photos. On your news feed, you can scroll, pan and tilt to see the photos in 3D.

Everyone is able to see 3D photos in their news feed now, and the ability to create and share them will roll out in the coming weeks.

MSI announces custom GeForce RTX 2070 series

From MSI Press Release: As the world's most popular GAMING graphics card vendor, MSI is proud to introduce its full line up of graphics cards based on NVIDIA’s new Turing GPU with supreme performance. Equipped with revolutionary thermal design, MSI GeForce® RTX 2070 series are optimized for higher core and memory clock speeds for increased performance in games. MSI’s GAMING Z and DUKE series deliver the best-in-class thermal performance that gamers have come to expect from MSI. A solid and sharp appearance, ARMOR provides a sturdy dual fan design with excellent performance.

Cooler Master Debuts ControlPad via Kickstarter

From Cooler Master Press Release: - Cooler Master today announces the debut of ControlPad, the world’s first PC keypad with analog Aimpad™ technology, designed for gamers, content creators, musicians, and more.

“Designed as a passion project from the ground up, ControlPad aims to change the way we interact with our most used programs and applications on a more intuitive scale,” says Bryant Nguyen, Peripheral General Manager.

Apple buys part of chipmaker Dialog for $300 million

From The Verge: Apple is buying part of European chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in an effort to bring more of its silicon design in-house. The deal includes $300 million in cash to license some of Dialog’s power management technologies, acquihire 300 engineers, and take control of some assets. A further $300 million is being committed for products from Dialog over the next three years.

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