ZTE in jeopardy again as Senate defies Trump with potential new ban

From CNET: Senate Democrats and Republicans don't often work together. But they're joining forces to undo a deal that saves Chinese smartphone maker ZTE.

Senators plan to add a provision that would ban US suppliers from selling to ZTE to the National Defense Authorization Act, according to The Wall Street Journal. The annual defense policy bill is expected to pass the Senate later this week.

Microsoft Buys 4 Games Studios as Work Starts on Next Xbox

From PC Mag: If there isn't a console launch in the near future, E3 is usually all about the games and this year Microsoft certainly delivered on that front. During its E3 press conference, Microsoft showed footage from many new titles including Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War 5, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Fallout 76, Metro Exodus, and Kingdom Hearts 3. But there was also a hint as to what comes next.

EA Play at E3 2018: Madden NFL comes to the PC, Battlefield V battle royale, Anthem reveal

From PC World: After 2017, it’s safe to say EA had to come out swinging. Mass Effect: Andromeda was a disaster, and EA followed that up with the loot box controversies of Need for Speed and, of course, the Star Wars: Battlefront II. 2018 is about EA trying to win back trust.

So for the second year in a row, we trekked out to Hollywood and the historic Palladium Theater on a hot Saturday to attend EA’s press conference and see what the company has in store. Battlefield V, Anthem, and—finally—Madden on the PC!

Fitbit's first kid fitness tracker is now available

From CNET: It's still unclear whether kids really need fitness trackers to stay active, but that's not stopping Fitbit. The company's first plunge into kid fitness trackers, Fitbit Ace, has arrived for the summer, and is now on sale. The band was announced earlier this year during Fitbit's launch of the Versa smartwatch.

Would you install a device to track your driving habits to reduce insurance premiums?

Yes
15% (21 votes)
No
85% (115 votes)
Total votes: 136

Sennheiser GSP 500 Review (Page 1 of 4)

At the beginning of last month, I went through a roller coaster of changes. The first thing on my list was to take possession of my own place. To be honest, there was a lot of steps that worked up to it, which taught me a lot of things. The search itself actually started last year in the fall season, when I looked at various neighborhoods in the northwest. I wanted a new place, but Calgary is very much a sprawling city and so my search was limited to the edges. After some turmoil with work and the situation, I actually thought I would stay put, but after a bit more settling down and finding a place I really liked, I pulled the trigger. The following events happened quickly, as I had to find and meet with a lawyer, meet with the bank, and make several phone calls to different places. There were also a lot of timing things I had to work out to ensure I would take possession on the expected date. I was pretty happy to learn all of these things at this time in my life, but it was also was pretty overwhelming at times. Thankfully, everything turned out okay and I have since been living at my own pad. Obviously, I still have a lot to learn about maintaining my house. In addition, I was telling some my family and friends how, even though all my things are in my new residence, I do not feel at home. However, when I go back to my parents' house, I feel at home even though I do not have any of my things. I guess this move will take a bit longer than a month to get used to. Today's review comes from Sennheiser, who is more than a veteran in the audio industry. However, we have a gaming headset, something we have not seen from them yet. With how "at home" they are in this space though, I fully expect to see some greatness from the Sennheiser GSP 500 today, so let us hope they do not let me down!

MSI Vigor GK80 Review

Although APH Networks has worked with over 140 manufacturers since 2005, it is always exciting for us to review a product from a brand that has never appeared on our website. Do not get me wrong; we appreciate everyone who has continued sending us products for evaluation to this day after all these years despite our unwavering commitment to impartial reviews that can sometimes be quite brutal. Recently, my colleague Aaron Lai shared with me how excited he was to be the first editor to publish a Sennheiser headphone review here a few months back, as well as the opportunity he had in covering a LG smartphone a couple of years ago. To share in his excitement, today I will mark history to say I will be the first one at APH Networks to cover a product from one of the most respected companies in the technology world: MSI. I am not sure why we have not reviewed anything from them in the last thirteen years even though we have extensively covered products from ASUS and Gigabyte. But why bother about the past when we can look ahead into the future? The Vigor GK80 is one of MSI's latest entries into the ever-expanding gaming peripherals market. Equipped with genuine Cherry MX switches, Mystic Light-powered RGB backlighting, and a metal wrist rest with a hidden keycap storage, is this a mechanical keyboard of the times with a few extra tricks up its sleeve? Read on to find out!

Razer is making it easier than ever for third-party hardware to integrate with its Chroma lighting

From The Verge: Razer has announced that it’s once again expanding its Chroma system to include more third-party developers with the Razer Chroma Connected Devices Program. Now, third-party Razer partners including MSI, NZXT, AMD, Thermaltake, Lian Li, Vertagear, and Ducky will be able to integrate Chroma lighting into their hardware on a software level, making it easier to sync and control them with the rest of your gaming setup.

Google's AI Policy: We're Ditching Project Maven, But Not the Feds

From PC Mag: After abandoning its involvement in a Pentagon project, Google has vowed to never develop AI technologies that can be used for war or surveillance.

Google's new policy around AI development is focused on building the technologies responsibly and limiting any potential misuse, the company said in a blog post.

Snapchat adds ticket buying through SeatGeek integration

From CNET: Snapchat users can buy tickets to games and concerts after the social media platform teamed up with SeatGeek.

Fans can buy tickets directly from the teams and artists by swiping up, selecting their tickets and checking out within the Snapchat app.

Snapchat started working on e-commerce features in February and Los Angeles Football Club was the first to sell tickets this way, through Snapchat Story and a Snapcode on its website, for its May 26 match against DC United.

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