Edifier S1000DB Review (Page 1 of 4)

Although I have been living in Canada for as long as I could remember, I could hardly understand -- let alone speak -- a lick of French. This nation's official bilingualism, to many people in the country, does not mean too much in daily life. The only thing I know is it is practically impossible to survive in Quebec by only knowing English; the same goes for living in the rest of the country being Francophone. That said, thanks to those bilingual food labels and government building signs -- after all, we are still a bilingual country officially -- I could at least read and understand limited French. A few weeks ago, I was in Montreal looking for a place to park my car. After circling the area for about ten minutes, I came across a sign that read "stationnement gratuit". Recalling my extremely limited understanding of the language, "stationnement" is "parking", and "gratuit" is "free". Free parking! Who knew reading food labels and government building signs after all these years could save me seven dollars at a parking meter? Being able to look at something and understanding what it means can go a long way. When I first requested the Edifier S1000DB, I had the impression they were small desktop speakers no more than 20cm in height. As it turned out, they were massive units standing 34.3cm tall and weighs nearly 20 pounds each. Just speaking from experience, seeing something of this size puts them in a totally different performance grade than I first expected. But will it perform according to what we expect of its class? Well, I will be happy to be your Edifier S1000DB size-to-performance interprète today.

SilverStone Primera PM01-RGB Review (Page 1 of 4)

When it comes to hobbies, you may already know I quite enjoy playing on my instruments, video gaming, and watching anime. However, one thing I recently started doing more of is photography. For the longest time, I have been shooting with a basic dSLR in the form of a Canon Rebel T3i, otherwise known as the EOS 600D outside of North America. While it has been a capable shooter, I noticed some things it was holding me back in. This was most apparent in the auto-focus and shutter speed department. As Canon's camera sale comes around once a year, and with the possible prospect of taking on some wedding photography over the summer, I decided it was time to take a step up. I purchased an EOS 80D and then bought a 24-105 f/4L lens to complete the package. I did think about moving to a different system altogether, such as a mirrorless camera, but I decided to stick with Canon. While I think I could have kept working with what I had, I really wanted something that would not hold me back and offer me better endurance and battery life. Hopefully the images you see here on APH Networks will also keep getting better, haha. When it comes to my computer case, I have been using the venerable Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX for almost two years now. While I praised that case for its ease of use to work in and excellent quality overall, I also felt like it was time for a new one. SilverStone recently revealed their Primera PM01-RGB, a rework on the original Primera PM01, with the trending features of tempered glass and RGB lighting. After using the Enthoo EVOLV ATX for so long, is the SilverStone Primera PM01-RGB an upgrade worth moving to, or will I be left a bit disappointed? Read on to find out!

Steam's Summer Sale kicks off with a $15 Steam Link, game discounts galore, and digital stickers

From PC World: School’s out, and you know what that means: Time to draw the blinds and catch up on the games you’ve missed this year. Or, if you’re a working adult...well, business as usual I guess. But hey! The Steam Summer Sale is back for yet another year of discounts, running from today until July 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific.

People are now looking to WhatsApp for news, study says

From CNET: People are increasingly worried about fake news from Facebook, so they're looking to other places to stay informed -- like WhatsApp.

No, really. This trend has "jumped significantly" and is demonstrated in "a number of markets," according to the Digital News Report, a study from the Reuters Institute and the University of Oxford which surveyed 71,805 respondents from 36 countries.

Ruby’s decline in popularity may be permanent

From InfoWorld: Ruby has had a reputation as a user-friendly language for building web applications. But its slippage in this month’s RedMonk Programming Language Rankings has raised questions about where exactly the language stands among developers these days.

Lenovo's new workstation is indeed 'Tiny' but packs a punch

From PC World: Windows users who work in tight spaces and need a small form factor workstation with multiple display ports and solid processing power have a new contender to check out: the new ThinkStation P320 Tiny.

The workstation lives up to its name: At 1.4 x 7.1 by 7.2 inches, it's the smallest workstation on the market that is ISV (independent software vendor) certified, according to Rob Herman, the general manager of Lenovo's workstation business unit.

JVM may get upgrade to support today’s multicore processors

From InfoWorld: Oracle is proposing an update to the Java Virtual Machine to allow for direct-value class types, a modernization required by the advent of multicore processors. There is no schedule for when the changes might appear in the JVM.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 updates Ring's original smart, wireless doorbell

From Tech Hive: Most smart home products sound great on paper but fail to deliver in real-life, which is what makes the original Ring Video Doorbell such a successful outlier. Ring just announced the Ring Video Doorbell 2—available at Amazon and Best Buy for $199—and while its upgrades are modest, everything about the new model suggest it’s worth a $20 price hike relative to the original doorbell.

Samsung developing dedicated chip for the internet of things

From CNET: Samsung Electronics is going all in on the internet of things (IoT). The company announced this week that it is commencing production on the Exynos i T200, a processor optimised for IoT, ZDNet reports.

The chip is a member of its Exynos range of mobile ARM processors, and supports wireless communications and improved security, the company said, boasting a function that prevents illegal copying. It has multiple cores and can support multifunctionality.

eBay now guarantees its Deals offers are the cheapest online

From CNET: eBay has been doling out guarantees this year, from vouching for the authenticity of Rolex watches to promising speedy delivery times. Now, it's guaranteeing its prices, too.

The e-commerce provider on Wednesday launched a new price-match guarantee on more than 50,000 items in its already discounted eBay Deals section in the US.

"This is a way to up our game and also up our promise to buyers," Hal Lawton, senior vice president of North America at eBay, said.


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