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Audioengine HD3 Review (Page 1 of 4)

I recently submitted a paper to an academic journal for peer review. After about a month, I got an email from the editor with the decisions and recommendations. Although a typical submission to a journal of this caliber gets looked at by three to five experts in the field, my paper was reviewed by only two people, to which both had completely opposite opinions. The first reviewer absolutely hated it; claiming my work had no novelty and no value. On the other hand, the second reviewer absolutely loved it; stating my work was highly novel and gave it a best paper award nomination. As I began to write my official response to the editor and reviewers, I also realized this process seemed like something I used to be very passionate about: Internet forum debates. When I was a young child, I often engaged in long, pointless forum debates to convince my e-opponents the validity of my assertions. And what makes this any different? Whoever Reviewer 1 is, he may have a PhD in Electrical Engineering, but he does not know who he is up against -- I have over ten years of experience in debating people on the internet! Jokes aside, it seems elements of one thing can be adapted to another to fit its context for their similarities, despite their differences. A little less than a year ago, I reviewed the Audioengine HD6, which, in my opinion, are some of the best desktop speakers money can buy. However, just like how I needed to tone down my official response to my academic peers rather than formulating it like an actual forum debate for practical reasons, the HD6 is not practical in many applications either simply due to its sheer size. Therefore, in order to make it fit for more people, Audioengine took what they learned in the HD6, and did as much as they could to fit it into A2+'s form factor to make the HD3 we are reviewing today. How well will this work? Read on to find out!

SilverStone SX800-LTI 800W (Page 1 of 4) | Reports

I have often been asked what I do now that I am out of school, and my response is that I have been working for Calgary Scientific. In case you are not aware, CS is a software development company, with applications based mainly in the healthcare industry. Most of my work as a software developer has been on the HTML5 client, with some bits and pieces of work on our iOS app. Other teams take up the server-side work, though I too have worked here. Of all the things to build and compile, everyone knows the server takes the longest. While our clients build in less than five minutes, changes in the server can cause us developers to wait for up to forty-five minutes for builds. There were talks about reducing this time, but I personally never saw this as a big issue. It sure is a long time, but I am quite accustomed to waiting for even longer. At my internship, the C++ code could take upwards of two hours to build. This is not even the worse, considering I have heard these times of larger corporations can be much longer. So in relation, the builds I wait for now are quite low in time. However, I really wonder to what extent we should go to optimize our builds before we are really satisfied with the time it takes. Today we have another sort of optimization, except instead of build times, we have size. With the growing popularity of small form factor builds, units like today's SilverStone SX800-LTI 800W are increasing in demand. Considering this small fry can dish out a whopping 800W and maintain an 80 Plus Titanium efficiency, I have to wonder how these constraints of size are kept. Today's look at this SX800-LTI 800W may not answer all our questions, but it will give us a better idea, so read on to find out!

Intel projects decline in chip prices, and AMD's Ryzen is one reason

From PC World: Intel is forecasting a "slight decline" in its premium chip prices for the remainder of the year, and AMD's Ryzen chips could have played a part in that.

Prices of Intel's chips in both desktops and laptops went up in the first quarter. That helped drive up the quarterly revenue for Client Computing Group -- which deals in PC chips -- to $8 billion, which was up 6 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

Windows 7 update lockout claims older Intel, AMD processors

From InfoWorld: Microsoft continues to shoot itself in the foot with buggy detection software, no documentation, and an infernal drive to block Windows Update on seemingly random machines. Now, some older Intel and AMD processors are unexpectedly getting the blockade treatment.

Nintendo unveils 2DS XL, a $150 portable game system

From CNET: Hot on the heels of discontinuing its wildly popular NES Classic mini gaming console and reporting hot sales for the Swift console, Nintendo on Thursday unveiled the 2DS XL. The new portable gaming system features a clamshell design and the same size screen found on Nintendo's new 3DS XL.

Nintendo said the 2DS XL will play all Nintendo 3DS, new Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games. But as its name suggests, the new handheld hardware will display visuals in 2D.

AMD updates Ryzen drivers with a new power profile and the promise of better performance

From PC World: AMD's Ryzen power management plan that aims to improve gaming performance for AMD's new processors is now available as part of a chipset driver update. AMD released chipset driver 17.10 WHQL on Wednesday. The new drivers include the AMD Balanced Power Plan, which first became available in early April as a separate download. The new drivers are only available to 64-bit Windows 10, according to AMD.

How HP reclaimed the title of world's top PC maker from Lenovo

From InfoWorld: In late 2015, HP was reborn as a PC maker following a split of its parent organization, Hewlett-Packard. At the time, HP was a lost cause, and its double-digit decline in PC shipments was a main reason for the split.

The new HP then set out to reclaim its spot as the world's top PC maker from Lenovo, a title it lost in 2013. It reached the goal in the first quarter of 2017, during which its PC shipments grew by 13.1 percent year over year.

Samsung will launch new flagship smartphone months after Galaxy S8

From PC World: Samsung Electronics said Thursday it was planning to launch in the second half of this year a new flagship phone, leading to speculation that the company is planning an alternative to the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 that had to be recalled last year.

The launch of a new flagship smartphone this year and continuing sales of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will help Samsung counter Apple’s launch of a new version of its iPhone. Apple usually unveils new phones in September.

BlackBerry KeyOne to launch in US and Canada in late May

From InfoWorld: The BlackBerry KeyOne, an Android-based smartphone with a hardware keyboard, will be available in the U.S. and Canada from May 31, the phone's maker said Thursday.

TCL Communications, the Chinese company that acquired rights to produce BlackBerry-brand handsets, originally had said the phone would go on sale in April, so the delay may disappoint potential users. This could be a bad time to test the patience of potential buyers, as Samsung and LG are both heavily promoting their new flagship handsets, the S8 and G6.

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