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Toshiba rebrands US and EU business

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Toshiba has announced that it is rebranding its US and EU mobile and IoT business to Dynabook Americas and Dynabook Europe respectively.

The name change ensures that its US and EU offerings will have synergy with their parent company Dynabook Inc. which was formerly Toshiba Client Solutions Co.

While the new name will have no impact on the day-to-day business of Dynabook Americas and Europe, it is a unifying measure to align its PC business on a global level. Additionally affiliated companies in Europe, Singapore, Canada and Australia will also incorporate “Dynabook” into their naming conventions to complete the organization's global naming strategy.… Read the full article

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Google+ set to shut down

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Following a serious data breach last year in which the personal information of 500,000 users was exposed, Google will finally shutdown its failed social network today after eight years of struggling to gain market share.

Google+ first launched back in 2011 as a way for the search giant to better compete against the likes of Facebook and Twitter. The platform was initially invite-only before being opened up to the public later in the year.

Google's social network had many of the same features as its rivals including the ability to post photos and status updates on individual feeds.… Read the full article

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It Didn’t All Suck

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

It Didn’t All Suck

Utter the words “early digital” and most audiophiles, even younger ones, will know exactly what you’re talking about. The term references sound lacking body and warmth, the fatiguing deficiency of dimensionality and tonal complexity that characterized digital encoding for much of its first commercial decade. This was the era when, invariably, someone would show up at the local audio society meeting wearing a DIGITAL SUCKS T-shirt. But those of us who were practicing audiophiles at the time remember one important exception, Telarc Records, a label that kindled a hope that the new technology would someday go beyond its undeniably impressive …… Read the full article

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Thales completes Gemalto takeover

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After 15 months, Thales has finally completed its acquisition of Gemalto for €4.8bn creating a new Group poised to be a global leader in digital identity and security.

By combining the expertise of the two companies, the larger Thales now has an unrivalled portfolio of digital identity and security solutions based on technologies such as biometry, data protection and cybersecurity.

Research and development will be at the core of the new Group which has 3,000 researchers and 28,000 engineers dedicated to R&D.… Read the full article

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Red Sox vs Athletics MLB live stream 2019: how to watch today’s baseball from anywhere

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

It's just like it never went away, isn't it? Regular season MLB baseball is finally back and so are last year's World Series winners the Boston Red Sox. They're in Oakland for a four match series and we'll tell you the best way to get a Red Sox vs Athletics MLB live stream today.

Without wanting to get too ahead of ourselves, the Boston Red Sox may just be suffering a bit of a World Series hangover with their 2019 MLB season getting off to a very slow start.… Read the full article

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Public cloud revenues set to soar in 2019

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

As more organizations adopt cloud-first strategies, new research from Gartner has revealed that the global public cloud market is projected to grow by 17.5 percent in 2019 to reach a total of $214.3bn, up from $182.4bn last year.

Cloud system infrastructure services, more commonly referred to as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), is the fastest-growing market segment and the firm forecasts that IaaS will grow by 27.5 percent this year to reach $38.9bn.

Cloud application infrastructure services, or platform as a service (PaaS), will see the second-highest growth rate at 21.8 percent.… Read the full article

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Urban Oasis

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

This installation, by Ed Gilmore and Gilmore’s Sound Advice of New York City, is notable for its open, multi-purpose layout and clever concealment of audio/video components when the system is not in use. In its resting state, the main room is a stylish, comfortable loft area, complete with brick walls from the original industrial building and floor-to-ceiling windows that peer out onto NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood.
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An Integrated Amplifier Shootout: Ayre Acoustics EX-8 vs Cambridge Audio

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

In our February 2019 issue, when I reviewed a new integrated amplifier from Colorado-based Ayre Acoustics, I concluded that “the EX-8 Integrated Hub is a high-end contender at a competitive price” (footnote 1). In that review I promised a Follow-Up in which I would compare the EX-8 with Cambridge Audio’s Edge A integrated amplifier, which Ken Micallef had positively reviewed in our January 2019 issue (footnote 2). While I’d enjoyed my time with the EX-8, I’d found its balance rather on the light side, and that it projected voices somewhat forward on the soundstage.… Read the full article

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PS Audio DirectStream Power Plant 12

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

In the November 2018 issue of Stereophile, Jim Austin reviewed PS Audio’s DirectStream Power Plant P20 AC regenerator ($9999). PS Audio had sent me the less expensive DirectStream Power Plant 12 ($4999), hence this review.

Why use an AC regenerator rather than plugging components straight into the wall?

Consider these two ways of powering an audio system:

1) AC power is available at a precise standard voltage and frequency (in North America, these standards are 120V and 60Hz) that do not vary with time of day or load, with no distortion of the 60Hz waveform, a complete absence of electrical noise, and limited in terms of current flow only by circuit breakers and fuses.… Read the full article

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AMD’s Radeon VII graphics card can now power Mac computers

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

AMD may not have the crown when it comes to GPU performance next to Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, but its graphics processors have held the advantage in one regard, thanks to Apple's reluctance to use Nvidia's hardware. Now, the company's latest graphics card, the Radeon VII, has received support in the macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Beta 1, as Reddit user rsoatz posted.

In follow-up testing by AppleInsider, the Radeon VII graphics card was confirmed to work in high-power external GPU (eGPU) enclosures, but malfunctioned when used with a Mac Pro tower.… Read the full article

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