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OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 2TB SATA SSD Review

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 2TB SATA SSD Review

We test the recently revamped OWC Extreme Pro 6G SSD in its 2TB SATA capacity. Should you consider it? Let's find out.

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AMD's next-gen 'Renoir AM4' APU will kick your desktop CPUs ass

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Jul 8, 2020 at 11:15 pm CDT

AMD just launched their Matisse Refresh CPUs led by the new flagship Ryzen 9 3900XT (our review here), but then leaks on the new Ryzen Threadripper PRO series led by the flagship Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX processor was teased -- and now, the Renoir APUs.

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Some new leaks are from Dutch retailer Centralpoint, which has listed the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G, Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G and Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G processors. The listings state that the two higher-end Ryzen PRO processors will ship within 3 to 5 days, while the Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G will be in stock on July 10.

As for pricing, we're looking at:

  • Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G: $357
  • Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G: $243
  • Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G: $177

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Intel announces Thunderbolt 4, isn't much better than Thunderbolt 3

Anthony Garreffa | Connectivity & Communications | Jul 8, 2020 at 8:17 pm CDT

Intel has just announced the new generation of Thunderbolt, with the new Thunderbolt 4 standard being virtually identical to Thunderbolt 3 -- but Intel being Intel, we have Thunderbolt 4. Check it out:

What does Thunderbolt 4 do exactly? What is Intel's aim with Thunderbolt 4 is to boost up the minimum performance requirements, provide a couple of improvements, and USB4 specifications. The new Thunderbolt 4 standard supports dual 4K displays (versus just one 4K display on TB3) but now you can also connect a single 8K display over a single Thunderbolt 4 connection. Impressive.

Jason Ziller, Intel general manager of the Client Connectivity Division explains: "Thunderbolt provides consumers with a leading connectivity standard across a range of devices, helping to advance computing experiences and delivering on the promise of USB-C with simplicity, performance, and reliability. The arrival of Thunderbolt 4 underscores how Intel is advancing the PC ecosystem toward truly universal connectivity solutions".

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PC gaming business is booming, thanks to COVID-19 pandemic

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Jul 8, 2020 at 7:15 pm CDT

PC gamers across the world might be stuck inside because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are doing what we do best: gaming. The entire global PC gaming hardware business has been thriving because of this -- as well as the countless releases of new games, and the upcoming next-gen consoles right around the corner.

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Analyst firm JPR has released their Worldwide PC Gaming Hardware Market Report, which if you want to buy it and check it out will cost $27,500. The report is written by Senior Analyst Gaming Industry at JPR, Ted Pollak, who explains: "The PC Gaming Hardware market is in a rare scenario where every segment is going up. We see a lot of people buying and upgrading personal and company subsidized computers with better parts, with the intention of playing video games. In the Entry-Level, much of this revenue comes from new gamers".

He added: "The 2020 Entry-Level category is forecast to grow 21.7% which is unprecedented and totally unexpected. The Mid-Range has bounced back from a slide; now in positive territory. At the High-End, 1440p+ display sales (spurred by more affordable offerings) created a chain reaction of upgrades as gamers configure rigs for 60+ frames per second".

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Switch Online adds one of the best SNES games ever made

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 8, 2020 at 6:45 pm CDT

It's been a while since we've gotten big Switch Online NES and SNES games. Thankfully Nintendo breaks the dry spell with one of the best SNES games of all time.

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With its new round of free games like Donkey Kong Country (finally!), The Immortal, and Natsume Championship Wrestling, Nintendo makes good on its promise to add more value to its Switch Online subscription service. The main draw here is obviously Donkey Kong Country, aka the stuff childhood dreams (and nightmares, god that stop and go level has haunted me to this day) are made of.

The Immortal looks pretty interesting too. It's an isometric exploration game that can be pretty maddening, but still looks like a bit of fun entertainment, especially with save states at your command. Check out this James and Mike Mondays episode to see what The Immortal is all about.

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Pokemon GO has made $3.6 billion in revenue over the last 4 years

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 8, 2020 at 6:06 pm CDT

Niantic's immensely popular AR sensation Pokemon GO has generated nearly $1 billion in revenue every year for the last four years, Sensor Tower reports.

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Pokemon GO just turned four years old but the mobile hit shows no signs of stopping. The free-to-play game has earned substantial revenues of $3.6 billion in estimated microtransaction spending across its four-year lifetime. The game is most popular in the United States, which spent $1.3 billion on the game, making up roughly 35% of total global earnings.

The pocket monster mobile hit is most popular on Android devices, Sensor Tower finds. Google Play generated $1.9 billion or 54% of total earnings, whereas the iOS App Store pulled in $1.7 billion, or about 46% of the mobile pie. Pokemon GO's 2020 numbers are on track to match or even beat 2019's performance with over $445 million earned through the year so far.

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Sony to reveal more first-party PlayStation 5 games in August

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 8, 2020 at 5:04 pm CDT

Sony hasn't thrown all of its next-gen cards on the table, and reportedly still has a few PS5 surprises in store for the rest of the year.

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According to new reports from Eurogamer's Tom Phillips, Sony has held back some of its major game reveals for its rumored State of Play event in August. Phillips has a close ear with the going-ons in the games industry and has a good track record when it comes to inside knowledge--he was among the first to cover Nintendo Switch specs and hardware capabilities.

The move admittedly is common sense. Sony wouldn't benefit from showing everything at a singular PS5 reveal event. The better plan would be to show off the PS5, its games, and do some light talks about how the games will run and play on the system, then reveal more content, games, and features closer to the system's launch. That way the console is kind of refreshed in the public's eye before it hits store shelves in Holiday 2020.

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Valorant's new cosmetic skin bundle costs more than a AAA game

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 8, 2020 at 4:13 pm CDT

Valorant's new Elderflame cosmetic skin set costs roughly $95 to unlock, which is roughly $31 more than current AAA game releases.

Like all of Riot's games, its new free-to-play hero shooter was built with microtransactions in mind. Now we're starting to see the upper limits of the game's monetization. The devs have announced a new Elderflame cosmetic set that transforms your guns into dragons, but the full set of unique skins come at a steep 9900 VP price tag.

This equates to roughly $95 or thereabouts, or about 48% more than your average $59.99 game plus tax.

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These people are the ones who are spreading coronavirus to everyone

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Jul 8, 2020 at 9:33 am CDT

In the last couple of months, the United States has been struggling to maintain the coronavirus outbreak, and with so many states being hit hard with the virus, many people are wondering how it's spreading so quickly.

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A study has decided to take an examination at what is causing the coronavirus to spread too rapidly, and have managed to find a specific category of people who are spreading over 50% of COVID-19 cases. The study has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and found that "Our results indicate that silent disease transmission during the pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic stages are responsible for more than 50 percent of the overall attack rate in COVID-19 outbreaks", say the authors.

The scientists gathered the findings by using a model that took into account existing research on what would be the best methods to implement in an attempt to contain the outbreak. The authors of the study say, majority of cases "may be attributable to silent transmission from a combination of the pre-symptomatic stage and asymptomatic infections. Even if all symptomatic cases are isolated, a vast outbreak may nonetheless unfold." The researchers explain that the "silent transmission" is from asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus, which is when the person is infected with the virus but doesn't develop any symptoms.

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WHO is now considering that coronavirus is actually airborne

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Jul 8, 2020 at 8:30 am CDT

Yesterday over 200 scientists came out and warned the public of the coronavirus being airborne, and now the World Health Organization is reconsidering its position of COVID-19 airborne spread.

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239 scientists and researchers from multiple scientific fields all signed a statement that said "Studies by the signatories and other scientists have demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that viruses are exhaled in microdroplets small enough to remain aloft in the air and pose a risk of exposure beyond 1 to 2m by an infected person. At typical indoor air velocities, a 5-micron droplet will travel tens of meters, much greater than the scale of a typical room while settling from a height of 1.5m above the floor."

Now, the WHO has responded to this report, and according to the WHO's technical lead for infection prevention and control, Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO isn't ruling out any possibility of the airborne transmission for the coronavirus. However, Allegranzi does say that substantial evidence needs to be fathered and interpreted before any changes are made to the WHO's coronavirus guidelines. If substantial evidence is gathered an interpreted, we could possibly see a change in the WHO's advice on keeping 1 meter apart from individuals extended to a further distance.

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This is why everyone may not get the second coronavirus stimulus check

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Jul 8, 2020 at 7:31 am CDT

If you have been out of the loop when it comes to the second coronavirus stimulus check, it was recently confirmed by President Trump that a second cash injection is on its way. But who will get it?

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As previously mentioned, it wasn't too long ago that President Trump confirmed the second round of stimulus payments are on its way to struggling Americans. Unfortunately, Trump didn't confirm what that check would include, or who the money would specifically be going to. Recently, rumblings have been heard about the second coronavirus stimulus check being more specifically targeted to certain categories of Americans, instead of a widespread nation-wide cash injection.

This means that everyone who received the first stimulus payment may not be eligible to receive the second one. Right now, speculation is being made that the second round of stimulus payments will be more targeted towards struggling businesses, and now, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has alluding to that very thing. According to The Hill, McConnell said, "I think the people that have been hit the hardest are people who make about $40,000 or less. Many of them work in the hospitality industry ... That could well be a part of it."

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