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Akitio Thunder3 PCIe SSD review: Blazingly fast external storage for rich kids

If you?d walked by our test bed while we were testing Akitio?s Thunder3 PCIe SSD, external drive, you?d probably have stopped and done a double-take. 2GBps transfers from an external drive? No way.

How could this possibly be, you ask? The Thunderbolt 3 interface is basically PCIe over a wire, and features a massive 5GBps transfer rate. The Thunder3 PCIe SSD is a classy-looking, Thunderbolt 3 enclosure that contains a single PCIe slot. Put a 1.2GB Intel 750 NVMe SSD in said slot, and for all intents and purposes, it?s the same as putting it in an internal PCIe slot. 2GBps? Thunderbolt 3 isn?t even breaking a sweat.

Alas, this marvelous demonstration of advanced technology isn?t cheap. Actually, at $1,299, which includes the $800-plus drive (or even $1,270 onAmazon), it?s not even within shouting distance of affordable. But dang, if its speed isn?t enticing.

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Xbox One S controller review: New features and custom colors make for a great...

My $80 powder-blue-and-orange Xbox Design Lab controller arrived recently, and I?ve fallen in love with its look. Maybe you?re not so easily swayed. Maybe you hate it. That?s fine. More than fine, actually?that?s kind of the whole point.

Last year Microsoft released the $150 high-endElite controllerfora segment of the market traditionally supported by third parties and aftermarket parts dealers. That undertaking was by all accounts a rousing success, way beyond Microsoft?s predictions.

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Companies say IoT matters but don't agree how to secure it

A majority of enterprises say the internet of things is strategic to their business, but most still take a piecemeal approach to IoT security.

Those results from a global IDC survey conducted in July and August reveal both the promise and the growing pains of IoT, a set of technologies that may help many industries but can?t simply be plugged in. The 27-country survey had more than 4,500 respondents, all from organizations with 100 or more employees.

For 56 percent of enterprises, IoT is part of their strategic plans for the next two or three years, IDC analyst Carrie MacGillivray said on a webcast about the results. But the state of adoption varies widely among industries. Manufacturing companies are investing the most in the technology, with retail and financial services ? especially insurance ? also on the cutting edge.

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A robot fish is helping the Navy improve underwater movement

Oscar Curet is an assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University. For the past couple of years, he's studied the movement of the Knifefish, an animal native to the Amazon River, that uses a long ribbon fin to propel itself through the water and navigate its complex environment.

"As a engineer, we try to solve problems, and nature has solved some of the problems that we are facing, and one of them is mobility," Curet said.

Curet, along with other researchers from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), has created a robot fish to identify the differences between engineering systems and what occurs in nature. The prototype is composed of 3D-printed materials, 16 motors, and a number of sensors. The team also recently received a grant from the U.S. Navy to equip their prototype with a Volumetric Particle Image Velocity System, or PIV. The system, which uses four cameras synchronized with a laser light to capture currents in three dimensions, will help researchers measure how fluid dynamics interact with the flexible propulsors the team has developed to make underwater vehicles more maneuverable.

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PCWorld Show Episode 29: Samsung Note7 recall, Google to ditch Nexus for Pixel

Samsung?s recall of the Note7 just keeps getting worse andJon, Jason,and Gordon are here tohelp you make sense of it. On tap:

Jason gives us the latest on just how bad the Note7 recall is and what may have gone wrong. Is Google about to announce new Pixel phones and drop its beloved Nexus line? Does anyone even care? Researchers demo a hack for Tesla cars that lets them remotely apply the brakes and pop the trunk. And in this week?s Right or Wrong: Did the Samsung Note7 just become the new Ford Pinto?

Watch the show as it unfolded live on YouTube.

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This week in games: Blizzard ditches Battle.net, Gears of War 4 adds PC split...

I have another hundred miles of Australia to explore today, and that Forza Horizon 3 icon is just staring at me from my taskbar. Let?s knock this article out in a hurry.

On the docket this week? Blizzard ditches Battle.net, Gears of War 4 adds split-screen co-op on the PC, Kotaku UK looks into problems with Star Citizen?s development, and Sniper Elite 4 shows off a bunch of slow-mo murders.

This is gaming news for September 19 through the 23.

Highway to Hell

Speaking of Forza?s great Australian Outback (and Australian beaches and Australian cliffs and et cetera), here?s a launch trailer:

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Best Deals of the Week, September 19th - September 23rd - Deal Alert
Best Deals of the Week, September 19th - September 23rd - Deal Alert

Check out this roundup of the best deals on gadgets, gear and other cool stuff we have found this week, the week of September 19th. All items are highly rated, and dramatically discounted!

1 Free Amazon Echo Dot When You Buy 5

Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play & control music (either on its own, or through a connected speaker/receiver), control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. If you?re looking to buy them as gifts, or for different homes or rooms, Amazon will throw in a free one ($50 value) when you buy 5, or two free ones when you buy 10 (a $100 value). To take advantage of this limited time offer, select 6 or 12 in the quantity dropdown and add to your Shopping Cart. Enter promo code DOT6PACK or DOT12PACK at checkout where you will see the discount applied. The new Amazon Echo Dot comes in black, and now also white. See the new Amazon Echo Dot now on Amazon.

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Here's what you should know, and do, about the Yahoo breach

Yahoo?s announcement that state-sponsored hackers have stolen the details of at least 500 million accounts shocks both through scale?it?s the largest data breach ever?and the potential security implications for users.

That?s because Yahoo, unlike MySpace, LinkedIn and other online services that suffered large breaches in recent years, is an email provider; and email accounts are central to users? online lives. Not only are email addresses used for private communications, but they serve as recovery points and log-in credentials for accounts on many other websites.

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Well, I never! iOS 10's voicemail transcription has a potty mouth

Anyone who has looked at automatically-generated subtitles on YouTube can tell you that asking a computer to describe what a human says can lead to hilarious results. Now, Apple has brought that issue to iOS 10 with support for transcribing voicemails.

It?s a cool feature that makes it easy to know what your Aunt Matilda said about the gastrointestinal problems her dog is having, without actually having to listen to a three-minute-long, blow-by-blow description. But be careful about trusting it?or reading the transcriptions around sensitive eyes.

I learned that the hard way Thursdaywhen someone left me a message about a reorder special on a wine club shipment. Except my iPhone didn?t hear it that way, proudly telling me about ?wearing your c**k s**t.?

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Google tweets that it's 'whipping up something sweet' in honor of Android's b...

The official Android Twitter account caught our attention this morning with a rather mysterious tweet. It features the Android mascot with a hand whisk and a bowl of eggs surrounded by KitKat bars, marshmallows, and nougats.

We?re whipping up something sweet for a big day tomorrow. ? #Android pic.twitter.com/I4idH0F4am

? Android (@Android) September 23, 2016

You probably get the reference to the Android versions, but beyond that it isn?t clear exactly what?s going on here, other than Google having some fun at our expense.

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How to search the full text of web pages in your Chrome browsing history with...

Finding a website in your browsing history is easy if you know the title of the webpage or site. But if all you remember is the general topic, things get a little harder to find. There?s a new Chrome extension called Falcon that attempts to solve this problem.

Falcon describes itself as a ?full text browsing history search.? What that means is Falcon indexes the text in the body of nearly every webpage you visit. Then when you need to find something, all you have to do is search for a keyword from any part of the webpage you?re looking for. If you only remember that the page mentions Alabama that?ll be enough.

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Google's Daydream VR platform graduates out of beta

Google?s ambitious foray into VR just passed an important milestone. Daydream VR is now out of beta, which means that developers can start getting their apps ready for the platform?s official launch.

The only eligible test device so far has been the Nexus 6P, and even that came with the caveat that it would run quite hot and ?thermally throttle CPU and GPU performance after a short period of use, depending on workload,? according to Google?s developer documentation.

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Privacy groups urge US FTC to investigate WhatsApp promises

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should stop mobile messaging service WhatsApp from sharing user data with parent company Facebook in violation of earlier privacy promises, several privacygroups said.

The FTC should step in to stop WhatsAppfrom violating "commitments the company previously made to subscribers," the 17 groups said in a letter sent to the agency Thursday.WhatsApp has long billed itself as a secure and private messaging service.

WhatsApp's recently released plan to share user data with Facebook as a way to target advertising could amount to an "unfair and deceptive" trade practice, said the groups, including the Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Watchdog, and Demand Progress.

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Following Pandora, iHeartRadio reveals new premium radio and on-demand music ...

Stop me if you?ve already heard this one: A major Internet radio service is improving its core service and adding an on-demand, Spotify-style product. No, we?re not talking about Pandora?this time it'siHeartRadio's turn.

The company behind the services, iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel), announced iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access on Friday. The two new subscription plans will roll out in January.

The story behind the story:With so many music services competing for our attention, iHeartMedia hopes it can lure more people to its offerings by focusing on radio. The company says even the new Spotify-like service, iHeartRadio All Access, will focus on improving your radio experience. The company is short on specifics, but from the sounds of it the music you listen to using All Access will inform the selections you hear on iHeartRadio's Internet radio.

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50% off Inateck USB 3.0 Dual-Bay Hard Drive Cloning Station - Deal Alert

This gadget from Inateckwill duplicate any 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch SATA HDD/SSD drive quickly and automatically without the need for a computer, by just pushing a button. Once cloning has started, an LED indicator shows you 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% completion status. Or don't kick off the cloning process, and the unit allows you to move files freely between drives as you would an external HDD/SSD. Built-insafeguards protect against overheating, overvoltage, current leaks, short circuits, peak voltage, and other disturbances to ensure safe data access and transfers. The unit currently averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 530 customers (read reviews). With a typical list price of $69.99, this 50% off deal puts it at just $34.99. See the discounted Inateck HDD/SSD cloning station now on Amazon.

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