Patriot Viper V570 Blackout Edition Review (Page 1 of 4)

'Twas three nights before Christmas, when all through the house
A single creature was stirring; indeed 'twas a mouse;
Its exterior was lit, with rainbow lights so bright,
In hopes that a hand would hold it quite tight.

The reviewer was nestled all ready to game,
Trying for headshots, as kills were his aim,
And mouse in his hand, he said with a grin
"I think it's time for Overwatch-in'"

When all of a sudden, his palm felt strange matter
A mouse that was longer and notably fatter!
Looking down at his desk, that's when he realized,
The Viper V570 was in front of his eyes!

Bitcoin's inevitable plunge is here

From CNET: Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has soared in value this year, plunged below $11,000 Friday morning, sinking by nearly half from a record high it hit less than a week ago.

Coinbase, one of the biggest cryptocurrency marketplaces, said later Friday that trading in Bitcoin may be offline because of high traffic. "We're working on restoring full availability as soon as possible," the exchange said.

LG Unveils Nano IPS HDR, 5K Ultrawide Monitors

From ExtremeTech: LG is taking a pair of gorgeous monitors to CES, and they’re both loaded with goodies. The first is a 4K 32-inch display (32UK950) with LG’s new Nano IPS technology. LG defines Nano IPS as “the application of nanometer-sized particles to the screen’s LED to absorb excess light wavelengths. This greatly enhances the intensity and purity of on-screen colors for a more accurate and life-like viewing experience.”

Toshiba's Investing ¥7 billion In 7th NAND Fab

From Tom's Hardware: With the dust settled, the feud wiped clean with manufacturing partner Western Digital, and a $17.7 billion cash infusion from investor Bain Capital, Toshiba is ready to let loose with new memory technologies coming from new manufacturing facilities.

Eric Schmidt is stepping down as executive chairman of Alphabet

From Recode: Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt is stepping down from his role as executive chairman of the company, according to a press release published Thursday.

Schmidt was Google’s CEO for a decade, stepping away in 2011, and has been chairman of Google, now Alphabet, since 2001. He helped oversee Google’s transition into Alphabet and will remain on the company’s board, but in a “technical advisor” role focused on science and tech projects. The key change is he’ll be stepping away from his day-to-day work leading Alphabet’s board.

Tidal Offering 12-Day Free Trial for Christmas

From PC Mag: Tidal on Friday announced that it will be offering a 12-day free preview starting Dec. 25. Just head over to Tidal.com on Christmas and activate a preview account with just your email address to access the service's Hi-Fi and Premium tiers gratis. You won't even need to enter your credit card number.

Tidal's Premium tier, normally priced at $9.99 a month, offers standard sound quality while the $19.99 monthly HiFi tier comes with "lossless High Fidelity sound quality." Both tiers offer HD music videos.

North Korea to the US: We aren't responsible for WannaCry

From CNET: A spokesperson for North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday reportedly responded to the Trump administration's accusations that it was responsible for the WannaCry cyberattacks, via the state-owned Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), calling them "absurd."

"As we have clearly stated on several occasions, we have nothing to do with cyberattack and we do not feel a need to respond, on a case-by-case basis, to such absurd allegations of the US," the spokesperson said, according to KCNA.

Uber has hired former Orbitz CEO Barney Harford as its first-ever COO

From Recode: Uber is filling another key role in its executive ranks just as the year turns. The ride-hail company has hired former Orbitz CEO Barney Harford to be its first-ever chief operating officer.

Harford, who has been learning the ropes at Uber as an adviser since October, worked closely with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at Expedia. Before becoming CEO of Orbitz — which Expedia later acquired — Harford led Expedia’s push into Asia while Khosrowshahi was CEO. He begin his official work as COO on Jan. 2.

Samsung Starts Production of 8 Gb DDR4-3600 ICs Using 2nd Gen 10nm-Class Tech

From AnandTech: Samsung late on Wednesday said that it had initiated mass production of DDR4 memory chips using its second generation '10 nm-class' fabrication process. The new manufacturing technology shrinks die size of the new DRAM chips and improves their performance as well as energy efficiency. To do that, the process uses new circuit designs featuring air spacers (for the first time in DRAM industry).

Facebook found a better way to fight fake news

From The Verge: Facebook has announced it will no longer use Disputed Flags to identify false news. Starting from today, the company will use its Related Articles tool instead to combat misinformation in the News Feed, which it says gives people more context about the story, with the added benefit of reducing the frequency a hoax article is shared.

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