SteelSeries Rival 700 Review (Page 1 of 4)

A few weeks ago, I was hanging out with some of my friends, when suddenly someone I did not know jumped into a conversation with me. About ten minutes later, I realize the guy just would not stop talking, even though I was clearly not interested in carrying on the discussion. When he started to go on about how the FBI wanted him because he knows some secret the American government does not want out (Seems legit -- I mean, we are in Canada), there was only one thing going through my head: How do I get out of there in a respectful manner? I texted my friend, who was sitting no more than two meters away from me watching Korean dramas on her phone, for advice. Much to my dismay, she told me there is nothing I can do based on her experience. As a last ditch attempt, I asked her to give me a phone call, so I could at least provide a plausible reason to walk away, to which she happily obliged. Within ten seconds, I was out of there. As you can see here, effective communication is important to get you out of critical situations. While we may not get into situations like these too often in the real world, I will not be too surprised if it happens quite frequently in the virtual world. Information delivered on time and acted on accordingly will always give you an upper hand, and SteelSeries understand this. To take it beyond the usual means of information delivery, such as using your headphones or computer monitor, the renowned manufacturer of computer peripherals thinks they can do so with what is traditionally an input device as well: Your mouse. Featuring an OLED display and customizable tactile alerts for real-time information and notifications to aid you in critical decision making, the Rival 700 is simply not your ordinary mouse. Excited? We are as well.

Intel spreads 3D NAND to inexpensive consumer and enterprise SSDs

From InfoWorld: Intel is expanding its lineup of SSDs with its 3D NAND chips with more affordable consumer and enterprise drives.

The 3D NAND chips have a structure that makes SSDs durable and fast but was only available in a handful of drives. The new SSDs support the NVMe protocol, which offers faster throughput than the SATA controller originally designed for hard drives.

Sprint launches pricier unlimited plan with HD video

From CNET: Sprint now has an unlimited plan for people who can't get enough video on their phones.

The nation's fourth-largest carrier unveiled "Unlimited Freedom Premium," which offers the same free-for-all as its "Unlimited Freedom" option, but also throws in high-definition video. The plan costs $80 a month, a $20 premium over its basic unlimited plan.

Dropbox urges some users to change their passwords

From PC World: Dropbox is asking users who signed up before mid-2012 to change their passwords if they haven’t done so since then.

The cloud storage service said it was asking users to change their passwords as a preventive measure, and not because there is any indication that their accounts were improperly accessed.

Google Fiber reportedly ordered to cut costs, downsize

From CNET: Google Fiber, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, has fallen "well short" of its subscriber goals and is now looking to cut costs, according to a report Thursday from The Information.

Alphabet co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have been unhappy with the rollout and costs of Google Fiber, unnamed sources told The Information. Last month, Page reportedly ordered Google Fiber chief Craig Barratt to halve the size of the team and significantly reduce the cost of bringing the service to customers' homes.

Google Fiber flips the switch on super-fast internet in Salt Lake City

From CNET: Google Fiber is live in Salt Lake City and ready to serve the internet needs of Utah's capital.

The web giant made the announcement Tuesday in a tweet that invited residents to check whether the super-high-speed Internet and TV services are available at their address and sign up for service. One gigabit service will run $70 per month, while 100 Mbps service will cost $50 per month -- both without data caps. TV and phone service cost extra.

New GDDR6 memory could hit GPUs in 2018

From InfoWorld: Virtual reality and gaming are changing the way PCs are built and driving the development of new types of memory for GPUs.

A successor to the GDDR5 memory used in most GPUs -- called GDDR6 -- will be on its way by 2018, according to a presentation by Samsung executive Jin Kim at the Hot Chips conference this week.

GDDR6 will be a faster and more power-efficient form of graphics memory. GDDR6 will provide throughput of around 14Gbps (bits per second), an improvement of 10Gbps with GDDR5.

Best Buy's online sales soar despite competitors

From CNET: Even as big retail chains like Target reported weak second-quarter earnings, Best Buy swooped in Tuesday with surprisingly strong numbers.

Its 0.8 percent growth for comparable sales, while modest, exceeded expectations, and online sales growth reached 23.7 percent compared to 17 percent during the same quarter last year.

Google is bringing its Wi-Fi Assistant feature to all Nexus phones

From PC World: One of the clever features of Google’s Project Fi is the ability of your phone to automatically connect to open Wi-Fi networks. This can help you save some data usage and possibly give you better download speeds if you’re in an area with shaky cellular service. Google maintains a list of over a million public, "high-quality" Wi-Fi hotspots and, when the Wi-Fi Assistant is enabled, will automatically connect to one.

YouTube's TV app gets a facelift

From CNET: YouTube updated its design for TVs, aiming to make it easier to watch when you're sitting back on a couch with a remote in your hand.

The new looks adds carousels based on 12 categories that people like to browse -- news, gaming, sports, beauty, travel, tech and so on. The redesign also adds more recommendations.

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