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Razer DeathAdder Elite: Should I buy this mouse?

Razer DeathAdder Elite: Should I buy this mouse?

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is an update to the Razer DeathAdder line, which includes the competent DeathAdder Chroma, giving gamers full RGB lighting control while maintaining the look and feel of the previous award winning gaming mouse.The DeathAdder Elite is a fairly affordable gaming mouse with good overall specs. It has seven programmable buttons, two zones of Razer Chroma lighting, and an incredibly high maximum DPI of 16,000, though we don’t believe the max DPI says much about a mouse. What’s more important here is the 1000Hz polling rate, and the fast hand movements the mouse sensor can handle.Inside the DeathAdder Elite is a custom made 5G sensor Razer created in partnership with with Pixart (the maker of most of the best mouse sensors). This sensor can handle accelerations up to 50 G while maintaining accurate tracking at 450 inches per second (IPS), which puts it on an even footing with the best gaming mice. All of this performance packed comes packed into a gaming mouse that costs just $69, though its age makes it easy enough to find for a slight discount.If you’re a fan of the DeathAdder design and want a high performance gaming mouse, this one fits. However, there are some alternatives that may be more compelling.
The Razer DeathAdder Elite’s competition
The Razer DeathAdder Elite’s combination of high DPI, high IPS and high acceleration thresholds may stand out for the price, but there are other competitive mice on the market that may hold more appeal for gamers or other advantageous features.Razer’s own Mamba Elite is a step up from the DeathAdder Elite, adding more buttons and more lighting zones for a small step up in price. The Mamba Wireless, on the other hand, is functional equivalent to the DeathAdder Elite in terms of buttons, specs, sensor and the added ability to use it wirelessly – though that comes at bump in price.Perhaps the most compelling competition for the DeathAdder Elite comes from SteelSeries. The company’s top mice never cease to impress us. For $79, just a hair more than the DeathAdder, the Rival 600 is ready to offer a best-in-class gaming experience. It can handle the same acceleration, but not the same IPS or DPI. However, its TrueMove 3 dual-sensor makes for astoundingly accurate tracking, and it’s design is also remarkable with excellent lighting and custom weights.And, for less than the price of the DeathAdder elite, both the Sensei 310 and Rival 310 offer incredible performance, solid construction, and two-zone RGB lighting to top it off.With the competition in mind, we’d only recommend the DeathAdder Elite if you can’t spare an extra $10, or if you know you need 16,000 DPI and tracking at 450 IPS.
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Google to open €600m Denmark data centre

Google to open €600m Denmark data centre

Google has announced that it will open a new data centre on the coast of Denmark, making this its fifth data centre in Europe.The US tech giant has chosen a location just outside of the town of Fredericia on the eastern coast of the Jutland Peninsula west of the country’s capital of Copenhagen.Google’s latest European data centre will be located on the same peninsula as Apple’s and the two facilities are only a few hours drive apart.Back in 2015, Apple announced that it would build its first data centre in Jutland and the company has since built a second facility in Aabenraa, near the border of Denmark and Germany, that is expected to come online in the next few months.
Offsetting carbon emissions
In an effort to offset its carbon footprint, Google plans to invest in Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to purchase electricity from renewable energy products on the same electric grid as its new data centre. The company aims to create PPAs with Danish offshore and onshore wind and solar energy renewable projects.Google has previously made similar arrangements with PPAs backing Swedish wind farms to indirectly supply power to its Finish data centre.The Denmark facility is expected to complete construction in 2021 and the tech giant estimates that it will create 1,450 construction jobs per year between 2018 and 2021. Once the facility is operational though, it will employ 150 to 200 people.Via ZDNet
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New Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is somehow even smaller and cheaper

New Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is somehow even smaller and cheaper

The foundation trying to bring affordable computing to the masses has just taken another big step in the right direction with the launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+.While the Raspberry Pi Foundation has released condensed versions in the past – the original Pi 1 Model A+ came out in 2014 – the Pi 2 or 3 computers hadn’t received that treatment until now.
Raspberry Pi: Everything you need to knowRetaining the most impressive specs of the Pi 3 Model B+, the Model A+ features a 1.4GHz, 64-bit quad-core CPU as well as support for Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz), but in a smaller, more affordable package.The team behind the device has improved its overall thermal management as well, and booting the unit from external USB mass storage devices should be a more efficient process overall thanks to some tweaks in that area.

Some concessions have to be made to get the price and size down to what it is however, and that means halving the 1GB of RAM down to 512MB, dropping the ethernet port, and reducing the USB 2.0 ports down from four to one.While the larger (but still tiny) Model B+ goes for $35 (£34 / AU$64), the Raspberry Pi Model A+ is now available for only $25 (£23 / AU$50) from select resellers.
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Intel launches neural network on a stick

Intel launches neural network on a stick

In an effort to make it easier to add intelligence to smart home gadgets and other network edge devices, Intel has launched the Neural Compute Stick 2 (NCS2) ahead of its first AI developers conference in Beijing.Edge devices generally refer to any piece of hardware responsible for controlling the flow of data between the boundaries of two networks. In addition to routers, switches and gateways, they also include IoT devices such as smart doorbell cameras, smart medical devices, industrial robots and self-guided camera drones.Since Intel’s NCS2 is a self-contained neural network on a thumb drive, it will make developing these devices much easier and faster since the onboard Movidius Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU) can provide the processing power needed to train them.Now developers will be able to use a laptop or any system that can run Linux to create AI algorithms and computer vision systems locally without the internet. The only requirements are that their system is running a Linux-based OS and that it has a USB 3.0 port to plug in the NCS2.
NCS2 use cases and availability
Intel’s new NCS2 is apparently eight times faster than its predecessor and the chipmaker has provided a handful of developers with the new device for testing. So far they have developed a variety of useful applications including Clean Water AI which uses machine vision and a microscope to detect harmful bacteria in water, BlueScan AI which scans a patient’s skin for signs of melanoma and ASL Classification which can translate American Sign Language into text in real-time.The NCS2 is available directly through Intel for just $100 and multiple sticks can even be used simultaneously for more demanding tasks. The device is not only available to researchers but also to the general public so anyone can begin adding intelligence to their IoT or edge devices.Via Engadget
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Roccat Taito Control: should I buy this gaming mouse pad?

Roccat Taito Control: should I buy this gaming mouse pad?

If you really sit back and think about it, the best mouse pads really haven’t changed all that much in the last decade. Sure, new materials have cropped up, and some even have some slick RGB lighting, but the core concept remains the same. Get a block of low-friction fabric that’ll last a while, put a nice design on it and call it a day. While they might not be super exciting anymore, mouse pads like the Roccat Taito Control are definitely worth your attention. Because, at just $14.49 (£16.97, AU$19.95), you’re getting a fantastic, long-lasting mouse pad that will see you through all the best PC games and more.The Roccat Taito Control is definitely a pretty simple piece of kit. You’re not going to find any RGB lighting or wireless charging, but this mouse pad does what it sets out to do and does it well. Really, we couldn’t ask for more from a mouse pad that’s as affordable as the Roccat Taito Control. And, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner, what more could you ask for?
The mouse pad
Measuring in at 15.75 x 13.78 x 0.14 inches (400 x 350 x 3.5mm), the Roccat Taito Control is the perfect size no matter what your desktop setup is like. The main body of the mouse pad is black, as you may expect, but it’s bordered by this aesthetically pleasing teal border that will really make it stick out — especially if you have other Roccat peripherals.What really sticks out to us about this mouse pad is the fact that you don’t need to worry about it sliding around all willy-nilly. It has this fantastic rubber grip on the bottom that makes it impossible to slide around your desk — unless you want to slide it. No more readjusting in the middle of an amped-up Battlefield V match.You might find yourself disappointed with the lack of flashy lighting or unique features, but the Roccat Taito control is all about awesome performance at a bargain price.
The cost
Perhaps the most compelling element to the Roccat Taito Control is just how inexpensive it is. Most of the best gaming mouse pads, like the $39 (£32, AU$89) Roccat Hiro+ or the $35 (£32, AU$48) MSI Thunderstorm, make the $14.49 (£16.97, AU$19.95) Taito Control a downright bargain. You’re getting a pretty huge mouse pad for half the price of some of the competition. And, with Black Friday gaming deals underway, we’re pretty sure that this mouse pad will be even more compelling. You might even be able to pick this thing up for less than 10 bucks. 

HP’s 2018 Spectre x360 laptops adopt bold, clever design, stylus in the box

HP’s 2018 Spectre x360 laptops adopt bold, clever design, stylus in the box

HP has pulled the veil back on a brand new look and feel for its storied Spectre x360 series of 2-in-1 laptops. Both the HP Spectre x360 13 and Spectre x360 15 models come in an all-new design for 2018 – and with stronger silicon to match.The new laptops, still convertible through a duo of 360-degree hinges, come encased in CNC aluminum shells that have been machined to adopt angled expansion ports (i.e. Thunderbolt 3 USB-C). This allows for better cable management than before and makes for a distinct look.Of course, the new laptops come with 8th-generation (Whiskey Lake) Intel Core i7 processors, but from there it’s basically that bigger is better in the case of HP Spectre x360 2-in-1s. That is, unless, you prefer a smaller 2-in-1 laptop.The 13-inch model is powered by integrated Intel graphics, 8GB of DDR4 memory and 256GB of SSD space (to start) – all behind a 13.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) touch display. Meanwhile, the 15-incher gets discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics inside, along with 16GB of memory and a 256GB SSD, behind a 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) touchscreen.If interested, you can boost the 13-inch model’s storage and memory offerings by up to 512GB and 16GB, respectively. Likewise, the 15-inch model can be upgraded to double its storage on offer to 512GB.With that, HP rates the Spectre x360 13 for up to 22 hours of mixed use on a single charge, while the 15-inch model promises more than 16 hours. We’ll be putting both to the test soon enough.

Built for practicality and privacy
These two words that start with the letter ‘P’ seem to be a core ethos behind HP’s new Spectre x360 laptops. For instance, both versions come with a bevy of ports USB-C and otherwise. The 13-inch model holds two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-C 3.1 ports and a single standard USB 3.1 port; the 15-inch variety offers one Thunderbolt 3 port, one USB-C 3.1 port, one standard USB 3.1 port and an HDMI 2.0 port. Finally, both laptops come packing microSD card slots, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5, as well as support for Gigabit LTE (with a data plan to match).Better yet, both devices come with fingerprint readers and IR webcams standard for secure login via Windows Hello – as well as HP’s own Digital Pen stylus in the box.Perhaps the most interesting feature found within both versions of the HP Spectre x360 is an electrical kill switch for the webcam. According to HP, this feature cuts the electrical signal from the rest of the laptop to the camera, which could be even better than some mechanical shutter we’ve seen on other laptops.HP will start selling the Spectre x360 13 and Spectre x360 15 in November on its website starting at $1,149 (about £890, AU$1,620) and $1,389 (about £1,070, AU$1,960), respectively. In the US, both laptops will hit Best Buy stores this December.
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Newegg Black Friday and Cyber Monday: what to expect this year

Newegg Black Friday and Cyber Monday: what to expect this year

Newegg’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 deals are approaching soon, and we’re already anticipating big savings any and all electronics. When Black Friday officially kicks off on November 23, Newegg will be on of the best places to save on components, PCs and more even general electronics. Trust us, your wallet will thank you and we’ll tell you everything you need to know to reap the best deals and lowest prices during the holidays.
Quick links to early Black Friday deals
Early Amazon dealsEarly Walmart dealsEarly Jet dealsEarly Newegg dealsEarly Dell dealsWhen to get the best deals at Newegg on Black Friday / Cyber Monday 
Hot tip: Newegg has traditionally launched its Black Friday sales page well before Black Friday, which is November 23 this year. However, it’s appearance should be considered more of a cheat-sheet as it doesn’t list individual deal prices until later. The same goes for its Cyber Monday deals.
How to get the best deals at Newegg  on Black Friday / Cyber Monday
Newegg has earned its reputation as a trusted retailer of computers and components, dealing in everything from laptops and desktops to motherboards and liquid cooling systems. Whether you’re building your own PC or buying one ready-built, Newegg is the place to find what you’re looking for.However, Newegg’s price cuts don’t stop at PCs. On Black Friday 2018, we expect the company will offer massive savings on phones, drones, home goods, smartwatches and car tech, just to name a few.How do we know? Because Newegg offered deals on these very same product categories last year.Now beyond the main Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals pages, the company also serves up its own version of Amazon Lightning Deals in the form of Newegg Flash Sales and Shell Shockers. These deals often offer even deeper discounts than your typical sale price, but they’re often only available for a short time.Newegg also sends out email deals, so you’ll want to sign up for their newsletter ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday festivities. Users on Newegg’s Mobile app will also be able to shop for deals exclusive to smartphones, tablets and the odd Chromebook.For the ultimate Newegg deals, you may want to sign up for a Premier account. Like Amazon Prime, this Newegg subscription service grants you free expedited shipping, rush processing and, most importantly, exclusive deals.
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You should be able to find stellar savings on just about any electronic device you could want, including PCs, laptops, components, peripherals, gaming consoles and drones. You really should check Newegg first before any other retailer to see what deals are available on Black Friday. You may save more on Newegg than anywhere else on some items.
Reasons to choose or avoid Newegg
Not only does Newegg serve up some of the best deals, it’s one of the few e-tailers that doesn’t charge sales tax. Technically, you’re supposed to pay back that use tax later on – but that’s later on!Buying from Newegg will net you the lowest prices possible between all the dollars and percent off deals as well as skirting the man with your online purchasesNewegg carries just about any kind of device you can plug into a wall or run on a battery, however it’s catalog is focused much more on electronics. It has some home goods, but you’ll find more of that and furniture on sale from Amazon and Walmart.
Stick with TechRadar to get the best deals
And it won’t just be sales on the “usual suspects” like PCs, laptops, game consoles and components, but also home goods like coffee makers, vacuum cleaners and power tools. We can’t predict what products will go on sale and for how much, but we’ll be here with you every step of the way, giving you latest deals, bundles and other discounts you shouldn’t miss from Newegg on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.We’ll also be reporting on the best deals from our TRDeals account on Twitter, so don’t forget to follow us here. You may also want to enter your email address below to join our mailing list so you’ll get all of the information ahead of the Black Friday deals later in the year.
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Upgraders rejoice: Surface Pro 6 is compatible with older Type Covers

Upgraders rejoice: Surface Pro 6 is compatible with older Type Covers

If you’ve recently picked up a Surface Pro (2017), but now want the latest model with its vastly improved quad-core processor, Microsoft has good news for you. The company recently confirmed to Windows Central that the Surface Pro 6 is backwards compatible with older Type Cover accessories.This is mainly thanks to the fact that the tablet’s design has largely gone unchanged year over year. Microsoft itself said as much in a statement to the outlet.“As there are no changes to the exterior of Surface Pro 6 compared to last year all cases, adapters, accessories, skins, and more all work without issue,” Microsoft confirmed.Since the Type Cover is rather inarguably essential to the Surface Pro experience, this should come as good news to existing Surface Pro owners. Folks that already own a Surface Pro can essentially avoid a $159 (£149, AU$249) premium on the new hotness.So, here’s your PSA for the day: upgrading from an older Surface Pro to Surface Pro 6 won’t cost you as much as you might have assumed. Granted, if Microsoft just included everything in the box, like Samsung does, this very article wouldn’t exist.
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Facts You Must Know about Cloud Data Protection

Facts You Must Know about Cloud Data Protection

What is cloud data protection? Can it be used both for personal and business purposes? What are the legalities associated with cloud data token protection? Cloud data protection is a data protection model used by the users to protect the stored, moving, and static data in the cloud. It is considered best for optimal protection, data storage, and security methodologies.

In the current condition, hardware and software are not used by users to protect and store data. Instead, they are using some service providers like the cloud to protect and store the data. The cloud enables users to access the data through the internet. It provides the storage capacity for customers for data processing.

What are the procedures?

Cloud ensures different types of services and processing methods. A few of them are the followings.

Infrastructuresecurity: The infrastructure security comes as a great combination of collective policies, processes, and measures that will ensure the security of cloud infrastructure storage.

Storagemanagement: The service provider needs to offer a secure and regularly available interface for data access whenever required. In fact, the logs of data access, copying, and editing need to be maintained to ensure optimal security.

Integrity: The data will remain in the same form in the stored version. Then the data encryption procedures will be applied to ensure the security of the data from corruption and illegal editing.

Who are the users?

The cloud data protection secure file transfer service  are used by individual customers, companies, as well as organizations. The cloud features the provision of data calculating and storage capacity.  Besides, it offers data management system, web hosting, webmail services, a growing number of software applications, customer relationship management, and supply chain management. Cloud computing service offers flexible and cost-effective options. Instead of purchasing a specific software and hardware, the users can use and pay on the basis of requirement and uses. They will also have an option to choose the fixed cost.

What are the cloud data protection laws?

If you want to use cloud data protection, you need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. As the law says, the customers of the cloud will be viewed as the data controllers. Therefore, users will have the responsibility for data processing. You should know how the data is handled. As a data controller, the users need to ensure the followings.

  • The processing data is secure even if it is carried out by a cloud provider.
  • The data need to remain within the European Union area. If it transfers outside the area, adequate protection is required to ensure the safety of data.
  • With a written contract with the service providers, the users wi ll have to maintain the high level of security.

The users must inquire about the level of the responsibility the providers will take to ensure security leads, continuity, and functionality of data. There might be provisions for compensations in the case of a security breach. A proper understanding can help to use the service in an efficient manner to protect and store your data. If a service provider does not offer security assurance for any specific location, it means that they do not have enough measures to ensure an optimal security.

Apple MacBooks with custom ARM processors may not show up until 2021

Apple MacBooks with custom ARM processors may not show up until 2021

You’ll likely have to wait longer than previously expected to buy Apple’s MacBooks with a 100% Apple-made (and ARM-supplied) silicon inside, according to the foremost Apple analyst. It may be 2020 or even 2021 before we see the first ARM-based Apple computers released, says TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, reports 9to5Mac.All reports up until this point regarding what’s known as Apple’s ‘Kalamata Initiative,’ the firm’s big project to get its computers onto its processor platform, stuck rather closely to a 2020 debut for the end products.In the prediction, Kuo notes that Apple stands to profit even more from its Mac sales without the need to purchase processors from Intel, something it’s done for more than a decade now. So, the incentive for Apple to complete this project is massive.This analyst projection follows reports from Bloomberg and The Oregonian, both of which seeming to corroborate the same information.For those concerned about a loss in performance from a computing brand said to pride itself on power and portability, we have seen even the Apple A10X produce numbers close to that of the latest Intel processors in tests like Geekbench 4 – and Apple is now up to the A12 Bionic in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. The iPad Pro 2018 it supposed to feature an even more powerful A12X Bionic chip.However, one major piece that we can’t wait to see unfold is how Apple will handle supporting the swathe of productivity apps currently built for Intel processors using the x86 instruction set on its ARM-based processors. Microsoft and Qualcomm have had a rough time of that, so godspeed, Apple.
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