Western Digital Red WD100EFAX 10TB Review (Page 1 of 11)

"I could not start my computer," my supervisor said with a tone of worry in his voice. "Is there any way to retrieve my data?" "Did you back up your data?" I asked him. "No," he replied. Does that seem like a scenario you can relate to? From my colleague Ben's recent article on the Acronis True Image 2018 to my quest to build the 32TB network attached storage system a few months ago, everyone here at APH Networks -- and I would say, across the internet -- will tell you how important it is to back up your data. My theory is if I ever lost my data, I would pay at least a few hundred dollars to get them all back. But if those few hundred -- or even few thousand dollars -- is not enough to recover my terabytes of data should that ever happen, why not pay that money now and ensure I will never lose my data? Of course, there are many ways to keep your documents and memories safe. External hard drives are economical, while always-on network attached storage systems are faster, more convenient, and considerably more versatile in what it can do. As a fan of the latter, earlier this year, I took a look at Western Digital's Red WD80EFZX 8TB NAS hard drive. Although it delivered as promised in every meaningful metric, it was down a couple of terabytes in capacity compared to the excellent Seagate IronWolf ST10000VN0004 10TB. Well, fear not my friends: The Western Digital Red WD100EFAX 10TB brings the lineup back to the game in the capacity challenge. But will it still deliver in speed, power efficiency, and price? Read on to find out!

TUNAI Drum Review (Page 1 of 4)

I found Kickstarter to be a great idea. It allows for entrepreneurs to demonstrate and market their product to a community, and then if the community is interested, the entrepreneur is able to get the funding needed to sell their product. Unfortunately, this also opens up plenty of avenues for abuse. There have been projects that were fully funded, only for the people creating the product to disappear with the money. There were also times when the product took much longer to arrive than promised. From just a little research that I did, most people are satisfied with the entire experience; and the people who post their products on the site are usually quite faithful in providing the finished thing. I have personally never funded anything on Kickstarter, but I have been tempted in buying some of it. I sometimes like to go on the site and peruse all the different ideas. Some of them are indeed pretty cool. What I am usually most intrigued about are all the different and new board games found on the site. Some of them are really creative, and provide a new twist on traditional board games. Even though they seem really good, I still do not buy them, since buying board games is already too expensive for a student budget. That said, today, we have a Kickstarted project from a manufacturer we have reviewed products from before. This product is the TUNAI Drum. These earphones promise a bass enhanced audiophile experience. Will it be a Kickstarter success? Read on to find out!

MSI Fanless Kaby Lake Mini PC Revealed

From PC Mag: Someone at MSI messed up yesterday it seems, and went live with a video detailing a new fanless line of mini desktop PCs. We don't mind the leak, though, as MSI looks to have used Intel's 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors to create a completely silent desktop machine.

The video was discovered by FanlessTech, it shows two Cubi 3 Silent Series mini PCs (black and silver), which use a 15W Kaby Lake U-series mobile processor and an aluminum heatsink for cooling the chip. No fan is necessary. However, to aid cooling the aluminum case looks to be open at the top.

You can remap the squeeze functionality on Google’s Pixel 2

From The Verge: The squeeze functionality on HTC’s U11 and Google’s new Pixel phones is undeniably odd, but HTC’s implementation has the advantage for one reason: the U11 lets you map the squeeze to different functions, while the Pixel 2 only silences calls or summons Google Assistant. Well, not any more, as an app named Button Mapper now lets you remap the squeeze feature in the new Pixel handsets.

Equifax hack may shake up US consumer data laws

From CNET: In early October, Congress grilled Equifax's former CEO, Richard Smith, in four separate committee hearings about how his credit reporting agency put the consumer records of over 145 million people in jeopardy.

We'll be feeling the effects for "essentially a hundred years, until everybody is dead that was exposed by this breach," said Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy at the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

Latest Switch Update Allows Save Data Transfers, But...

From PC Mag: One decision Nintendo took when the Switch launched was to not allow save data and user profiles transfers to another Switch, or backed up to a memory card in case something went wrong. It made little sense and the decision has never really been explained. However, with the latest firmware release (4.0.0) transfers are now allowed, but they are far from perfect.

The Nokia 7 has a ‘bothie’ camera for half the price of the Nokia 8

From The Verge: The Nokia smartphone line is filling in a missing gap today with the Nokia 7, a midrange Android phone that’ll sell for around $400. The phone has a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 630 processor, a 3,000mAh battery, and support for expanded storage over microSD. It’ll be available in two models, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and another with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The HP ZBook x2 is a wildly powerful Surface Pro rival with a tear-off keyboard

From PC World: Whether you call it a workstation or a 2-in-1, HP just designed perhaps the most powerful tablet you can buy. The HP ZBook x2 features a quad-core 8th-gen Intel processor, workstation-caliber graphics, Thunderbolt, and up to a whopping 2TB of SSD storage. Did we mention it’s ruggedized, too?

Google Offers New Security Features for High-Risk Users

From PC Mag: Google has launched a new security program that's designed to thwart even the most persistent hackers from accessing your account.

The only catch? The program wasn't developed for everyone in mind. Google's new Advanced Protection Program, announced on Tuesday, is specifically designed to protect "high-risk" users.

These users include campaign staffers working for an election, journalists uncovering a sensitive story, business leaders, and people in abusive relationships who are looking for safety.

Microsoft claims Windows 10 ARM battery life will be a ‘game-changer’ for laptops

From The Verge: Microsoft first unveiled its plans for ARM-powered Windows laptops last year. The new devices will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, and will support traditional desktop apps thanks to an emulator in Windows 10. While Qualcomm previously promised laptops before the end of the year, we haven’t heard much about them yet. Asus, HP, and Lenovo are all preparing devices, and it seems like battery life will be a key selling point.

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