The Morning After: Herman Miller's first gaming chair

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Buying a gaming chair when space is often at a premium and when it has to at least make some effort to blend with your home is mostly impossible. Now, iconic furniture company Herman Miller and Logitech’s gaming…

Source: Engadget – The Morning After: Herman Miller’s first gaming chair

Google's latest VR app lets you gaze at prehistoric paintings

Over the years, Google has digitized countless museums, galleries and landmarks for Arts & Culture, an encyclopaedic platform that anyone can access through a browser or mobile app. Today, the company is launching a new collection based on the Ch…

Source: Engadget – Google’s latest VR app lets you gaze at prehistoric paintings

The Fedora Project's One Sentence Vision

Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller recently talked about his vision for the Fedora Project over the next decade and it to become an “operating system factory”, among other advancements he hopes to see out of the project in the 2020s. A one-sentence vision for Fedora is now drafted as their vision statement…

Source: Phoronix – The Fedora Project’s One Sentence Vision

Xbox Series X's game resume feature even works after a reboot

Microsoft has been gradually dropping nuggets of information about its next generation Xbox. The first Xbox Series X games will be cross-gen, the console with have a 12 teraflop GPU and — possibly — it will rely on one HDMI port instead of two. Now…

Source: Engadget – Xbox Series X’s game resume feature even works after a reboot

Daisy is a tiny $29 computer for building custom musical instruments

Coding your own musical instruments just got a lot more convenient. Music tech company Electrosmith has launched the Daisy, an open source microcomputer packed with everything you need to code your own pedals, synth, modules and instruments — and it…

Source: Engadget – Daisy is a tiny computer for building custom musical instruments

FCC begins collecting data to help carriers replace Huawei and ZTE hardware

In late 2019, the FCC officially banned companies receiving Universal Service Fund subsidies to use that money to buy equipment from companies deemed a “national security threat.” In other words, companies like Huawei and ZTE. The agency proposed a r…

Source: Engadget – FCC begins collecting data to help carriers replace Huawei and ZTE hardware

Drivers of Expensive Cars Less Likely To Yield For Pedestrians, Study Finds

ClickOnThis writes: Many of us know the old joke about BMWs and hemorrhoids. Now it seems that science can back it up. In a study perhaps deserving of an Ig Nobel, scientists found that the likelihood a driver will stop for a pedestrian is inversely proportional to the value of their vehicle. CNN reports: “A new study has found that drivers of flashy vehicles are less likely to stop and allow pedestrians to cross the road — with the likelihood they’ll slow down decreasing by 3% for every extra $1,000 that their vehicle is worth. Researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas speculated that the expensive car owners ‘felt a sense of superiority over other road users’ and were less able to empathize with lowly sidewalk-dwellers.

They came to this conclusion after asking volunteers to cross a sidewalk hundreds of times, filming and analyzing the responses by car drivers. Researchers used one white and one black man, and one white and one black woman — also finding that cars were more likely to yield for the white and female participants. Vehicles stopped 31% of the time for both women and white participants, compared with 24% of the time for men and 25% of the time for black volunteers. But the best predictor of whether a car would stop was its cost, researchers discovered. ‘Disengagement and a lower ability to interpret thoughts and feelings of others along with feelings of entitlement and narcissism may lead to a lack of empathy for pedestrians’ among costly car owners, they theorized in the study.” The research has been published in the Journal of Transport and Health.

The research “backed up a Finnish study published last month that found that men who own flashy vehicles are more likely to be ‘argumentative, stubborn, disagreeable and unempathetic,'” adds CNN.

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Linux-ready SBCs and mini-PCs run Ryzen Embedded, including new 8-10W R1305G

Sapphire unveiled NP-FP5 and BP-FP5 SBCs with Ryzen V1000 and R1000 SoCs plus a G-series board, and Simply NUC revealed Red Oak (NP-FP5) and Post Oak (BP-FP5) mini-PCs based on the Ryzen SBCs. The NP-FP5 and Red Oak support AMD’s new 8-10W R1305G. At Embedded World, Sapphire Technology announced a pair of 4 x 4-inch […]

Source: LXer – Linux-ready SBCs and mini-PCs run Ryzen Embedded, including new 8-10W R1305G

5 Tips For Buying Your Home Well in 2020

Becoming a homeowner is a beautiful and big life project. To successfully embark on this adventure this year, take the time to discover all the options available to you at each stage of your real estate project. It is the best way to be successful in your real estate acquisition. Do you want to buy […]

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2011 is Calling: Biostar Relaunches H61 Chipset in 2020

Almost a decade ago, with the launch of Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors, came the H61 chipset. Compared to the high-end P67 and Z68 models, the idea behind H61 is that it was cheap, and it was long-life. At a time when low power embedded Atom CPUs still didn’t have enough power, H61 was there to be equipped with one of Intel’s new-fangled Core processors, with the systems that designed for it destined to last a couple of decades. We’re now 9 years into that life cycle, and Biostar deems it necessary to create a new H61 design for the new decade.


We’re getting to a time now where the cheaply made H61 boards of yesteryear are starting to go pop. When you save a tenth of a cent on capacitors, eventually you get to an age where one doesn’t work and the magic smoke appears. Systems which are built on these have two options: replace the failed component, or upgrade completely. What may surprise some people is that the easiest option is always the first one: replace the broken component. By replacing hardware like-for-like, the system is already set up and ready to go when the new part is installed. If a customer decided to go a different route with a Gemini Lake, sure there might be more performance, but then the signalling standards have changed, the memory has changed, the capabilities of the CPU have changed, etc.


By introducing its new H61 motherboard into the mix, the H61MHV2, Biostar is hoping to capitalize on a decade of experience with newer high performance motherboards, and the ability to play the supply chain for the best deals. As a result of a decade of advancement, elements such as the Ethernet have been updated – up from a 100 Mbps chip to a 1 Gbps chip. DDR3-1600 slots are now in line with the rear IO panel to help airflow, and the socket has changed orientation as well. We should expect to see a few updates perhaps in the BIOS and software as well.



The Biostar H61MHV2 doesn’t quite meet the strict requirements for a mini-ITX board, being one slot longer – presumably for those customers that need the extra PCIe x1 slot. The main PCIe slot is actually PCIe 3.0 x16, but only when a Core i5 or Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor is used. This motherboard supposedly supports all the way up to the Core i7-3770K.


The SATA ports are only SATA 3 Gbps, half the speed of modern SATA connections, and there are no USB 3.0 ports here. Audio is the simplest Realtek ALC662 chip that money can buy, and the same one used by the Biostar IH61MF-Q5, which the company states is what this new board is replacing. Over the IH61MF-Q5, the only spec-sheet difference between the two seems to be the HDMI output, as well as support for Windows 10. In a visual inspection between the two, we can see some of the layout has changed as well.


Users buying this new H61 board, we expect, are just going to be replacing their original $50 designs with something similar. However kudos to anyone building a new system with it. 2011 was the year that William and Kate got married, Steve Jobs passed, and Thailand got flooded so a lot of PC components got more expensive. Hopefully 2020 isn’t a repeat of similar news.



We have asked Biostar’s PR agency for pricing, and will update the article when we get it.


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Source: AnandTech – 2011 is Calling: Biostar Relaunches H61 Chipset in 2020

Volkswagen's 2021 GTI adds a hybrid powertrain and tech-filled interior

Last year Volkswagen unveiled its new eighth-generation Golf, and now for the Geneva Motor Show it’s revealing some performance-tuned variants.

The good news is that the 2021 GTI has more horsepower inside with an updated EA888 engine that manages 2…

Source: Engadget – Volkswagen’s 2021 GTI adds a hybrid powertrain and tech-filled interior

Common Reasons for Going Over Budget When Building a New House

Having a new home built is a bit like getting married. At first, you’re romantic, starry-eyed, and full of hope and passion. However, as the days go by, you start experiencing problems and difficulties. All of a sudden, you begin to wonder if you’ve made the right choice. This is why when you’re building a […]

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Source: TG Daily – Common Reasons for Going Over Budget When Building a New House