Samsung T7 Shield 4TB External SSD Review - Armored High-Capacity Portable

Samsung T7 Shield 4TB External SSD Review - Armored High-Capacity Portable

Samsung is upping its portable game with its new 4TB T7 Shield, designed to deliver high sustained write speeds, broad compatibility, and massive capacity.

GEEKOM Mini IT11 Sale - a Core i7 mini PC for just $510 with $90 off discount

Sponsored Content | Deals | Jan 31, 2023 9:11 AM CST

GEEKOM is back again with another sales event whereby they are offering up its Mini IT11 small form factor computer powered by an Intel Core i7 CPU, 512GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM for just $509.99. Usually this system sells for $599.00, but from 01/30/2023 12:00 AM PST till 02/05/2023 11:45 PM PST, you can save $90 when buying it from Amazon. There's no need to enter any coupon code, as this is a direct price discount already applied at Amazon.

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In addition to the i7 model, GEEKOM also has the Mini IT11 mini PC with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 512GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM on sale for just $429.99. Usually, this system sells for $499.99, but like the deal above, from 01/30/2023 12:00 AM PST till 02/05/2023 11:45 PM PST, you can pick up the system with the $75 discount from Amazon. Again, there's no need to enter any coupon code, as this is a direct price discount already applied at Amazon.

GEEKOM's Mini IT11 is a tiny system weighing just 565 grams and measuring just 117 x 112 x 46mm. It is powered by Intel's 11th Gen Core i7-1195G7 processor (4 Cores, 8 Threads, 12M Cache, and up to 4.7GHz) and Intel Iris Xe graphics. It comes installed with 16GB DDR4 SO-DIMM memory modules in dual-channel mode, with upgradability up to 64GB if required. Also included is a 512GB 2280 M.2 PCIe/SATA SSD, which is upgradable to a 2TB drive.

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NETAC's new Z-RGB memory will offer speeds going all the way up to DDR5-8000

Kosta Andreadis | RAM | Feb 1, 2023 6:02 AM CST

In addition to blistering speed potential that will put it alongside some of the fastest DDR5 memory we've seen, it's built on the highly regarded and high-performing Hynix A-die memory module. Some users have been able to push the SK Hynix A-die to DDR-8600+ speeds with relative ease - leading to the tech being hailed as the fastest memory on the planet.

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With 16GB and 32GB kits available, each featuring a slick layer of RGB lighting, the Z-RGB series from NETAC starts at 6200 MT/s CL32 at 1.35V, going up to 8000 MT/s CL38 spec. That will require 1.5V, so it might be limited to certain motherboards. If you're looking at this sort of kit, you're probably rocking a high-end board.

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Cyberpunk 2077 gets DLSS 3 and a massive boost to RTX 40 Series RT performance

Kosta Andreadis | Gaming | Jan 31, 2023 9:59 PM CST

Cyberpunk 2077 was prominently showcased during NVIDIA's big GeForce RTX 40 Series reveal last year. The visually stunning game was shown taking advantage of cutting-edge DLSS 3 rendering alongside the reveal of an RT Overdrive mode that will push the already intensive real-time ray-tracing in the game even further.

Exclusive to GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs (RTX 4090, RTX 4080, RTX 4070 Ti), DLSS 3 is a combination of DLSS Super Resolution, NVIDIA Reflex, and Frame Generation. The latter needs the new GeForce GPUs because it is an intensive AI process involving specific hardware that can generate new frames to boost performance. As per the video posted by NVIDIA above, we're talking about the sort of leap that has made DLSS 3 one of the most talked about bits of PC gaming tech in the past year.

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Corsair's new RMx SHIFT ATX 3.0 power supplies significantly change PSU design

Kosta Andreadis | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 31, 2023 9:29 PM CST

Corsair has lifted the lid on its latest power supply series, the RMx SHIFT 80 PLUS Gold Fully Modular ATX Power Supply. What makes them stand out isn't that they're all ATX 3.0 certified and come with PCIe 5.0 12VHPWR cables perfect for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs, but that all the connections are on a side panel. "A revolutionary patent-pending side cable interface."

A first for PSUs and something we're surprised hasn't happened until now.

According to Corsair, moving the modular connections to the side panel on the new RMx SHIFT 80 PLUS series makes it easier to manage cables and connect PC hardware. Accessing a PSU and connectors from the side would no doubt be something many potential PC builders would love - and the new RMx SHIFT 80 PLUS series is launching in everything from 750W to 1200W variants.

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VoiceLab, which replicates any voice via AI, is adding safeguards

Kosta Andreadis | Artificial Intelligence | Jan 31, 2023 8:31 PM CST

Some examples include people making it sounds like Joe Biden is announcing that the US will send troops into Ukraine, celebrities reading excerpts from Mein Kampf, and all manner of racist and offensive messages.

ElevenLabs' AI speech tool, VoiceLab, lets you "clone" someone's voice from a one-minute clip of them speaking, allowing you to have at it with the cloned voice able to spit out any 2,500 characters via a text-to-speech interface.

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With the state of discourse on the internet and anonymity, it's not a surprise that people have been taking advantage of and abusing the tool to create objectionable material and spreading it online.

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Robot lawyer that was going to contest a traffic ticket is no longer on the case

Kosta Andreadis | Artificial Intelligence | Jan 31, 2023 7:58 PM CST

Recently we reported that legal advice startup DoNotPay was planning to have two defendants dispute speeding tickets with AI "robot lawyers" feeding them what to say. DoNotPay even describes its app as "the world's first robot lawyer," using AI text generators like ChatGPT and DaVinci.

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These traffic ticket disputes were just the first step in what the company hoped might lead to AI helping defendants take on corporations or even suing someone on their behalf. Well, as it turns out, these robot lawyers won't be pleading any cases anytime soon. The planned February 22 California traffic court hearing will now be robot lawyer free.

Like most of us, it looks like the legal system is a little scared of a potential robot uprising - and enslavement of the human race via what we assume would be lawful means. DoNotPay CEO Joshua Browder has told NPR, "Multiple state bars have threatened us; one even said a referral to the district attorney's office and prosecution and prison time would be possible."

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LOL Verifier is a device to make sure you're actually laughing out loud

Kosta Andreadis | Internet & Websites | Jan 31, 2023 7:01 PM CST

Since the dawn of the internet and digital social interaction, typing "lol" has meant that you found something so funny - you're laughing out loud. At least, that's the idea. In 2023 it's become shorthand for amusement on any level, and "lol" has become a part of everyday conversation.

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You've probably said or typed "lol" when you thought something was slightly amusing without actually laughing. We've all done it. The same sentiment applies to the rise of laughing emojis and social media platforms. There's nowhere near as much laughing as we all imply.

This raises the question - who's out there laughing out loud?

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EA says Apex is a 10-year franchise: 'There's a lot of new things we can do'

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jan 31, 2023 6:12 PM CST

EA teases new Apex Legends content, modes, and expansion onto other platforms.

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EA CEO Andrew Wilson displayed surprising candor in a recent earnings call. During EA's Q3 FY23 conference call, Wilson discussed a few key points about the Apex brand and where it's going. The megaton free-to-play shooter helped define battle passes and the current FPS market, innovating on both monetization and gameplay. As a result, Apex managed to make over $2 billion in lifetime revenues.

This level of investment should continue. EA isn't about to abandon the Apex series any time soon. Wilson says that Apex is a 10-year franchise that's rife with possibilities including new games, gameplay modes, and inter-connected services.

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EA delays Jedi Survivor by a few weeks, now launching in April

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jan 31, 2023 4:40 PM CST

Jedi Survivor has been delayed a few weeks and will now release in April on all platforms.

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Respawn has been given clearance to delay Jedi Survivor to April 28 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, Electronic Arts today announced. The publisher is incredibly bullish on Jedi Survivor's success and EA CEO Andrew Wilson believes the game will add significant value to the Star Wars brand.

Jedi Survivor's dev team will use the extra few weeks to make the interstellar adventure game shine brighter while also squashing bugs, glitches, and issues. Respawn confirms that Jedi Survivor has been 100% completed insofar as content and the final stage will be optimizations and adding an extra layer of fine tuning to the experience.

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Xbox 360 classics being delisted, this might be your last chance to buy them

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jan 31, 2023 3:04 PM CST

Microsoft may be forced to permanently delist nearly 50 classic Xbox 360 games from the digital Xbox marketplace.

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Microsoft has warned gamers that a significant number of Xbox 360 titles may soon be removed from its online storefront. The list of games was published on the Xbox support site and can be found in a drop-down menu that varies on region.

The list of affected games in the United States includes some very high-profile Xbox 360 games. Affected titles include the original Dark Souls, Mass Effect 2, Skate 2, Star Wars KOTOR 2, The Witcher 2, four Assassin's Creed games, Blue Dragon, and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare and Ghosts. There's also some Xbox LIVE Arcade games that may be delisted too including Daytona USA and Jet Set Radio.

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DualSense Edge controller battery is 33% smaller than the $70 PS5 DualSense

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jan 31, 2023 2:27 PM CST

Sony's new $199 DualSense Edge PS5 controller offers many upgrades over the stock PS5 DualSense, but battery size is not one of them.

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Sony is currently selling a vastly upgraded PlayStation 5 controller called the DualSense Edge. Almost everything is better on the new DualSense Edge, which features new back paddles, swappable analog sticks, custom button combos, and a more advanced adaptive trigger setup. There's just one thing that has consumers worried: Battery life.

For $199, which is half the price of a disc-less PlayStation 5 console, you'd expect everything on the DualSense Edge to be better than the base $70 DualSense controller. According to multiple teardowns, the Edge's battery has a capacity of 1050mAh, which is 33% smaller than the 1560mAh battery found in the basic DualSense.

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