Motorola Q14 Wireless Mesh Router Review

Motorola Q14 Wireless Mesh Router Review

Motorola's Q14 is an entry-level wireless mesh platform with a flagship price that tries to deliver but ultimately falls short in our testing.

Elon Musk's Twitter takeover drives more than half of top advertisers away

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Nov 28, 2022 1:34 AM CST

A newly published report from Media Matters America claims that half of Twitter's top advertisers have left the company in the last month.

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The nonprofit media research organization published the report on November 22 that claims 50 of Twitter's top advertisers have either announced or stopped advertising on the social media platform entirely, with these top 50 advertisers representing close to $2 billion in advertising spending on Twitter since 2020. Notably, these advertisers, which have now purportedly backed away from Twitter, accounted for about $750 million in advertising in 2022.

Furthermore, as of November 21, there were approximately seven advertisers that are reducing spending on Twitter to what Media Matters claims is "close to nothing," and these advertisers have spent more than $255 million on Twitter since 2020 and about $118 million in 2022. The organization labeled most of the big brands in its list as "quiet quitters", the companies that reduced advertising spending on Twitter without making a public announcement or statement.

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NASA's Orion spacecraft enters the Moon's orbit, surpasses record set in 1970

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Nov 28, 2022 1:03 AM CST

Artemis 1 launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on November 16, and according to officials, the Orion spacecraft has entered the Moon's orbit on Friday, November 25.

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On Flight Day 10, NASA officials announced that Flight Controllers at the Johnson Space Center have successfully performed a burn that placed the Orion spacecraft into the Moon's orbit, entering into a distant retrograde orbit. Orion will remain in this orbit around the Moon for six days, where it will then exit the Moon's orbit and put itself back on course with a trip to Earth for a planned splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on December 11.

NASA has taken to its blog and social channels to document the progress being made by Orion. According to NASA's Artemis 1 Flight Day 11, the Orion capsule broke the distance record for a spacecraft designed to carry humans to deep space and back to Earth. The previous record was set in 1970 by the Apollo 13 mission, where a spacecraft traveled 248,655 miles from Earth, and according to NASA, on November 28, the Orion spacecraft will reach a distance of 270,000 miles from Earth.

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Elon Musk says he'll produce his own phone if Apple and Google 'boot' Twitter

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Nov 28, 2022 12:34 AM CST

In the event that Twitter is banned from Android and iOS operating systems, Elon Musk says he will create an "alternative phone".

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The SpaceX and Tesla CEO replied to a tweet from Liz Wheeler, host of The Liz Wheeler Show, where she suggested that Musk should create his own smartphone in the event that Apple and Google "boot" Twitter from their app stores. Wheeler goes on to write that "Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android" and that since Musk "builds rockets to Mars," he should have the capabilities of easily producing a "silly little smartphone".

This tweet from Wheeler sparked a response from the SpaceX CEO, who wrote that he hopes "it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone". This isn't the first time Musk has discussed the possibility of an "alternative phone", with rumors long circulating about a possible mobile device called a "Tesla Pi Phone". However, these are simply just rumors that, at the moment, have no official confirmation or source to back them up.

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Twitter employee goes to a High Court to stop Elon Musk from firing her

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Nov 28, 2022 12:02 AM CST

A Twitter employee has acquired legal documentation that prevents Elon Musk from firing her from her position at the company.

Sinead McSweeney

Sinead McSweeney

A new report from The Irish Times states that Sinead McSweeney, Twitter's Ireland-based global vice president of public policy, has secured a temporary injunction that stops Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk from firing her following McSweeney being locked out of work accounts as well as Twitter's Dublin office. McSweeney didn't respond to Musk's company-wide email that posed an ultimatum to Twitter employees requiring them to accept longer/harder working hours with higher standards or receive three months' severance.

The lack of response from McSweeney meant she was locked out of work accounts and Twitter's office. The report states that McSweeney didn't respond to the email or click "yes" on the link provided in Musk's email, as she believed Musk's severance package violated her current "contractual entitlements". The email was sent out on November 16, with Musk giving employees about 36 hours to respond. McSweeney received an email on November 18 informing her of her "voluntary resignation" despite her intention to stay at the company.

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CPU-Z update: now supports Intel 13th Gen Core HX, HK, H-series CPUs

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Nov 27, 2022 11:37 PM CST

CPU-Z has been updated with the latest version of the software supporting a bunch of unreleased Intel 13th Gen Core "Raptor Lake" CPUs, including a bunch of new HX-series CPUs that are on their way.

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The new CPU-Z v2.03.1 update supports a slew of new Intel CPUs but leaves new AMD CPUs waiting for support in CPU-Z, including the rumored 55W and 45W SKUs, and their respective H, HK, and HX-series CPUs. The new flagship mobile beast Core i9-13900HK is on the list, which is a desktop-class (BGA) series that will drop at CES 2023 inside of next-gen gaming laptops.

In full, the new CPU-Z now supports the Intel Core i9-13900HK, Intel Core i7 13700H/HX, Intel Core i5-13650HX

Intel Core i5-13620H, Intel Core i5-13500H/HX, Intel Core i5-13450HX, Intel Core i5-13420H, and finally, the Intel Celeron 7305. Out of this list, the Core i7-13700H and Core i5-13500H are seen for the first time, whereas until now we've only seen their HK and HX variants.

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Intel Core i9-13900KS listed in Canada, costs 22% more than Core i9-13900K

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Nov 27, 2022 11:13 PM CST

Intel only just launched its 13th Gen Core "Raptor Lake" family of CPUs but there is far more to come, with a big tease of the new flagship Core i9-13900KS that will compete against AMD's upcoming Zen 4 range of CPUs with second-gen 3D V-Cache technology attached.

Intel's upcoming Core i9-13900KS, and other new Raptor Lake CPUs coming (source: PC-Canada)

Intel's upcoming Core i9-13900KS, and other new Raptor Lake CPUs coming (source: PC-Canada)

The new Intel Core i9-13900KS processor will be unleashed at CES 2023 alongside some new SKUs for the Raptor Lake CPU family, but there's also news that some of those CPUs will be using an older die based on the Intel 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" CPU family.

A new listing as popped up on PC-Canada which has listed the Intel Core i9-13900KS processor for $972 CAD, which converts to around $722 USD or so. But, what makes the Core i9-13900KS so special? Well, that "S" stands for something, and that "S" is serious speed: the first ever consumer CPU with a CPU frequency of 6.0GHz out of the box, oh yeah.

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ASRock's new Side Panel Kit: 13.3-inch 1080p 60Hz LCD for your PC side panel

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Nov 27, 2022 9:13 PM CST

ASRock has just unveiled something rather new with the introduction of its new Side Panel Kit, which is a 13.3-inch LCD that you can install into the side panel of your PC... awesome.

The new ASRock Side Panel Kit

The new ASRock Side Panel Kit

The new ASRock Side Panel Kit is a 13.3-inch IPS-based display with a native 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 60Hz refresh rate. The new side panel kit measures in at 293.76 x 165.24 (H x V) with an anti-glare LED that has a maximum brightness of 300 cd per m2, and a contrast ratio of 800:1.

If you don't have the space for another monitor on your desk and really wanted one, the 13.3-inch IPS panel will be a great addition to your PC, whether it's being used for productivity, or just to show your PC off in a totally new way. If you've got RGB lighting and a wicked gaming PC setup, obviously the new ASRock Side Panel Kit is going to hide that, but you already knew that.

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Bykski's new gigantic external raditor with 9 fans can cool 4 x GPUs at once

Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Nov 27, 2022 8:07 PM CST

Bykski has unleashed a monster new cooling system in the new B-1080-CEC-X which is capable of cooling not one, not two, not three, but four graphics cards at once. Yes, you read that right... it can cool 4 x GPUs at the same time.

Bykski's new B-1080-CEC-X cooling system

Bykski's new B-1080-CEC-X cooling system

The new Bykski B-1080-CEC-X is a mammoth unit with 9 x 120mm fans attached to a huge radiator, with a pre-installed pump, radiator, and reservoir. All you're going to need are some G1/4 fittings, some coolant of course, and 4 x graphics cards if you've got them sitting around, or building a monster new rig... not for gaming, obviously.

Once you've got the Bykski B-1080-CEC-X installed, you can actually plug it into a CPU waterblock or liquid cooler for your graphics cards -- up to the 4 x graphics cards as stated above. Bykski says that the cooling capacity can handle up to 2000W of "antipyretic capacity" so you can run a cluster of graphics cards in a monster workstation PC without a single thermal issue... very cool, pun intended.

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Sycom's new GeForce RTX 4090, RTX 4080 cards rock AIO cooling, spirit level

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Nov 27, 2022 7:18 PM CST

Sycom has just announced its new GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 4080 graphics cards, with some AIO cooling and a built-in spirit level, if that's your thing.

Sycom's new GeForce RTX 4090 with a built-in spirit level

Sycom's new GeForce RTX 4090 with a built-in spirit level

The Japanese custom PC maker has used a virtually identical cooler to the MANLI Gallardo range of GeForce RTX graphics cards, where it even has the same logo... but with the same cooler, Sycom has used a built-in spirit level and AIO cooler with some Noctua fans attached.

Sycom has replaced the GPU vapor chamber with an in-house AIO liquid cooling kit that is attached to an external radiator, but it doesn't match the style and aesthetics of the graphics card itself, which is kind of disappointing. The Japanese custom PC maker is using their semi-custom design inside of their pre-built G-Master Hydro gaming PCs, where customers can choose between NVIDIA's new flagship AD102-based GeForce RTX 4090, and the second-fastest Ada Lovelace-based GPU in the AD103-powered GeForce RTX 4080.

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MSI teases Project 491C: 49-inch super ultra-wide gaming monitor at 240Hz

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Nov 27, 2022 6:12 PM CST

MSI has teased its upcoming Project 491C with a pre-CES 2023 announcement, with Project 491C being a new super ultra-wide gaming monitor.

MSI's tease of Project 491C, the world's first super ultra-wide curved gaming monitor

The new MSI Project 491C is the world's first super ultra-wide curved gaming monitor, with a 240Hz refresh rate and QD-OLED panel. There's nothing else known about the monitor, other than it rocking a huge 49-inch QD-OLED panel at 240Hz, but we don't know the native resolution yet: but we're hoping for 5120 x 1440.

MSI has already secured itself a CES Innovation Award that we'll hear and see more about at CES 2023, which is right around the corner in early January 2023. We should get all of the details we need, but we need to know that native resolution and pricing before we can pass final judgement (as well as the usual hands-on and eyes-on with MSI's upcoming Project 491C super ultra-wide gaming monitor).

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