ECS LIVA One Skylake mini-PC Review

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The desktop PC market has been subject to many challenges over the last few years. However, the miniaturization trend (including the introduction of the ultra-compact form factor – UCFF – NUCs) has provided some bright spots. The recent introduction of the mSTX (5×5) form factor has provided yet another option between the NUC and the mITX form factor for PC builders. Companies like ASRock and Zotac have been marketing mini-PCs based on mSTX-like custom boards for a few years now. ECS joined the fray in early 2016 with the launch of the LIVA One based on a Skylake platform. Read on for our review of the pre-configured version of the ECS LIVA One.

First Click: Galaxy S7 event, Drake’s new single, and a preview of the week ahead

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Earnings continue this week with Google’s parent company Alphabet announcing later today, followed by Nintendo on Tuesday, and GoPro on Wednesday.

For the first time, Alphabet will breakout the revenue, operating income, and capital expenditures for both Google and “Other Bets” — you know, Nest and some of Alphabet’s more far flung businesses such as Access/Google Fiber, Verily (formerly known as Google Life Sciences), and X (formerly Google X). It’ll also provide historical figures back to 2013.

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Audience Measurement Consolidates As ComScore Closes $732M Rentrak Acquisition

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ruler Some more consolidation in the online measurement and analytics space: today comScore has announced that it has closed its $732 million deal to acquire Rentrak in an all-stock deal that brings together Rentrak’s TV and cinema audience tracking business with comScore’s business covering Internet and mobile audiences to better compete against the likes of Nielsen. The deal was… Read More

Cuba bringing broadband service to some homes in Havana

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Cuba is launching a pilot program that will bring broadband internet access to homes in two Havana neighborhoods, the country’s state-run telecommunications company announced on Sunday. As the Associated Press reports, the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) said it will allow Cubans to order broadband service through Huawei, marking an important development for one of the world’s least connected countries. Cafes, bars, and restaurants will also be allowed to order fiber-optic service under the program, though ETECSA did not say when it will launch or how much access will cost.

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Telenor Jumps Into Ad Tech, Acquires Tapad For $360M

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your ad here Verizon isn’t the only carrier that wants to ramp up in ad tech to complement (and offset) its legacy business. Today, Norway-based Telenor announced that it has acquired Tapad, a New York-based ad tech startup co-founded by two Norwegians, Are Traasdahl and Dag Liodden, for $360 million “on a debt and cash-free basis.” The price covers 95% of the company. Traasdahl… Read More

Create a Slack-ish Desktop Chat Application Using the CEAN Stack and Electron

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So, you’re interested in creating a desktop chat application like Slack, but aren’t sure where to start. Slack was very open in saying that they used Github’s Electron platform for building the desktop version of their software. This means that Slack was developed using web technologies.

We’re going to see how to create a real-time chat desktop application that is nowhere near as feature rich as Slack, but it will give you perspective on how you could expand to that point.

European VC Creandum Closes New €180M Early-Stage Fund

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Creandum I can barely keep up with the amount of new venture capital sloshing around Europe, as new funds are closed. And, if my sources are correct, we aren’t done yet. The latest to close a new fund is Stockholm and Palo Alto-based Creandum. ‘Creandum IV’ is a €180 million early-stage fund, and will be primarily targeting seed and Series A investments, but also follow-on rounds,… Read More

Samsung Announces Galaxy Unpacked Event, Teases Major Emphasis On Mobile VR

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Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 11.44.24 PM Samsung is ready to show off some new phones again and it’s becoming overwhelmingly clear that the company believes VR is a key to the company’s future strategy for mobile. Samsung just sent out invitations and released a teaser video for the company’s Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event where it is expected to unveil its new Galaxy S7 devices. The teaser definitely places a… Read More

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