Nintendo now sells Switch solo, minus dock

From CNET: Want an additional Nintendo Switch game system but without a cumbersome dock? You may not have long to wait. Nintendo Japan just unveiled a Switch package that will come all the gear needed to link to home entertainment systems.

Typically that would include a dock cradle, power cord, HDMI cable, etc. Priced lower (24,980 yen) than the full version (29,980 yen), the kit includes the Switch body, Joy-Con controller, and Joy-Con Strap.

Sony: PS4 Is Entering Final Phase of Life Cycle

From PC Mag: For this generation of console hardware, Sony has been a clear winner when compared to its only real rival Microsoft. Nintendo is making up lost ground with the Switch, but it won't catch the PS4 before Sony shifts its focus to what comes next. And the question of what next isn't that far away based on recent comments by Sony Interactive Entertainment president John Kodera.

Intel and Micron announce QLC dies, which means SSDs are about to get a lot bigger

From PC World: SSDs are about to get a whole lot bigger and a whole lot cheaper. Intel and Micron on Monday afternoon announced the delivery of the industry's first Quad-Level Cell NAND dies, which will offer a third more space than previous technology.

QLC technology stores four bits per cell on a NAND cell, which is a significant increase over today's common TLC (Triple-Level Cell) NAND.

Xiaomi Mi 8 coming on May 31, follow up to great budget Mi 6

From CNET: Chinese mobile-device maker Xiaomi delivers some excellent budget phones which have thus far not been easily available in the US; given the rumor that they'll be venturing onto our shores as early as this year, hopefully the 8th-anniversary Mi 8 the company teased for a May 31 launch will be the first.

The follow up to the Mi 6, which we called "the best phone you can't get," the Mi 8 is reported to have:

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1MORE Quad Driver Review (Page 1 of 4)

Several Fridays ago, our company hired a new group of cleaners. Over the weekend, they came in to do the cleaning. On Monday I came in but noticed something was a bit strange as I noticed a few things on my desk were moved around. It was not until one of our interns came in when he asked, "Where is the iPhone 8?". Since we are a software company, we often use current generation devices for testing purposes. We looked all over the office, but we could not find it. I decided to turn on the Find My Phone feature, but the phone in question was turned off. We later had a meeting and somehow the conversation got around to talking about how sketchy Northeast Calgary was. Most crimes and gang-related activity often happen in that area of the city, so it was an easy target. The intern tried to defend the northeast as he lived there, but it fell on deaf ears. At the end of the meeting, it seemed someone had turned on the missing device. Lo and behold, we tracked it to an address in the northeast. While it may have seemed premature to blame the theft immediately on someone in that area, it goes to show sometimes you cannot really shake a reputation after you have one. So what happens if you do not have a reputation yet? We are in this situation today, as we have a new product from a new company at APH Networks. 1MORE sent us their Quad Driver earphones for us to take a look at. As a reviewer, we look at every product without preconceptions or biases from previous experiences with other products from the same company. So how do these IEMs compare and are they capable of being my daily drivers? Let us read on to find out!

Antec DF500 Review (Page 1 of 4)

Here in Calgary, spring has finally arrived after a grueling winter filled with lots of snow shoveling and bundling up. The arrival of spring brings its own host of new ventures before summer fully kicks in. For myself, it is going through and cleaning a couple of different things. This ranges from getting rid of old clothes, emptying out the bookshelf of some books, cleaning the car, and reorganizing a couple of things in the house. This spring it also includes cleaning out the computer. I have had the same case since February of last year, which was the SilverStone Kublai KL07. The case has served me well, but I have not bothered to properly clean the case in all that time. I was quite surprised after removing the front panel, lots and lots of dust fell out the front. It was not the greatest sight to see. The inside of the case was also filled with the nasty stuff, even with the filter at the front. The graphics card and the back fan had visible streaks of dust. After removing the graphics card and blowing on it, plenty of powdery stuff came out of the heatsink. Needless to say, it was satisfying cleaning everything out. The reason for finally opening up my case is because today we have the Antec DF500 up for review. The Antec DF500 is definitely in a completely other genre of cases than the SilverStone Kublai KL07, focusing more on looks than on silence. Read on to find out all the different features it offers!

Valve's Steam Link app lets you stream PC games to Android and iOS devices

From PC World: Valve’s in-home streaming tech is proving to be its most forward-thinking development. First it helped kill off the company’s own short-lived Steam Machines, with the $50 Steam Link perfectly capable of putting PC gaming in your living room without the need for another high-end PC. And now it’s putting PC gaming...well, anywhere you’d like.

Next Galaxy flagship, likely Note 9, will have a better Bixby

From CNET: Gray G. Lee, head of the AI Center at Samsung Research, says the company's next flagship smartphone will incorporate an upgraded version of its AI, Bixby 2.0, according to an interview with the Korea Herald.

Enhancements to Bixby will include better natural-language processing, improved noise cancelling and faster response.

The next big Samsung unveiling is probably its summer Unpacked event, which the company's been using to announce its annual update to the Note line of phablets, as it did with last year's Galaxy Note 8.

Leaked pics of the HTC U12 Plus show off a translucent design ahead of May 23rd announcement

From The Verge: HTC has officially started teasing its next flagship, the U12 Plus, promising a full reveal of the device next week on May 23rd. Unfortunately for HTC, another leak (courtesy of Evan Blass) has revealed even more details of the upcoming phone, including our best look yet at the design and what appears to be a translucent variant that subtly shows off the internal hardware of the phone.

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