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Application Dependencies: Are They Holding Back Software Innovation? January 26, 2023

In software development, a dependency is a piece of software that another piece of software relies on in order to function. An application’s dependencies are the external components that the application needs in order to work. These can include libraries, frameworks, and other software packages that the application uses. For example, if an application is […]

Futuristic prosthetic officially headed to market soon (Tomorrow Daily 388 show notes) – CNET

LUKE (named after Luke Skywalker) is an advanced, modular prosthetic arm with over 10,000 hours of testing, and it’ll finally be available later this year.
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Another Tesla crash blamed on car's Autopilot system – CNET

Model X crashes Sunday morning after the car’s auto-steer feature failed to identify an obstacle in the road, according to a thread on a Tesla enthusiasts forum.
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Get a jump on Amazon Prime Day with these early deals – CNET

In the market for a 55-inch 4K TV for $550, or a Fire tablet for $33? Amazon offers a glimpse of what’s to come during its sales event.
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Pokemon Go is a certified hit. What's Nintendo's next play? – CNET

The idea of Link or Mario running around on your phone seemed like a no-brainer to everyone but Nintendo. The success of Pokemon Go may be proof that it should rethink its stance.
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Gold bars awarded for top shots in annual iPhone photography competition – CNET

The applicants this year numbered in the thousands and spanned 139 countries around the world, but the grand prize was awarded to a Chinese photographer named Siyuan Niu for his work entitled “Man and the Eagle.”
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Pokemon Go: Gotta catch all your personal data – CNET

If you signed into Pokemon Go with your Google account, you might have just handed your digital life over to the game’s developers.
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Disneyland's Star Wars expansion could look just like this – CNET

A new piece of concept art depicting Disney’s new Star Wars park expansion gives would-be attendees a peek at what could be.
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​Watch a hydraulic press get the last bit of toothpaste and ketchup – CNET

See the awe-inspiring crushing power of a hydraulic press squeeze an impressive amount of condiment and toothpaste out of seemingly empty containers.
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Hands-on review: Beelink BT7 Mini PC

Hands-on review: Beelink BT7 Mini PC

If there’s something peculiar about the Beelink BT7, it’s not the device itself but the box it comes in. You see, the container is highly reminiscent of the box which the Intel NUC (next unit of computing) mini PCs nestle inside. We would go as far to say that the box is a faithful reproduction of Intel’s packaging.

At any rate, inside said box, Beelink includes not just this palm-sized PC but also a driver CD, two HDMI cables (a long one and a short one), as well as a 100mm VESA bracket (plus screws) and a power adaptor.

Mini PCs are all the rage at the moment and it is easy to see why. They are not only very affordable but also pack a powerful punch while not taking up a lot of space. The BT7 has a footprint that’s a tad smaller compared to the recently reviewed Voyo V3, but it’s far thicker.

Being that thick allowed the manufacturer to throw in a protruding antenna to enhance Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a Gigabit Ethernet port, a full-sized HDMI port (v1.4) and an SD card slot, all of which were absent on the Voyo V3 (to the latter’s credit, it still had mini versions of the last two ports).

Beelink BT7 Mini PC underneath

There’s also three USB 3.0 ports, a big red power button and a headphone socket. Underneath the BT7, two pairs of black rubber feet can be found. Interestingly, there is a reset button (accessible via a small hole using a paperclip) to restart your PC should it crash.

All the ports are clearly marked on the all-aluminium, ash grey chassis; it has a silver edge that runs around the top facia as well as slits on the sides for better cooling. Overall, it feels sturdy and well-built, not to mention cold to the touch which points to efficient heat dissipation.

The BT7 is available in three different SKUs, all with 4GB of RAM, but with different storage capacities (64GB, 128GB and 320GB respectively).

Gearbest, which provided us with the sample unit, sells the 64GB version for $169 (around £125, AU$225) with the code GBBT76, the 128GB one for $196 (around £150, AU$260) with the code GBBT72 and the 320GB variant for $250 (around £190, AU$330) with the code GBBT73.

On the face of it, the latter model remains the best value for money, offering a five-fold increase in storage capacity for a 50% higher price. The cheapest unit only has 64GB eMMC memory while the more expensive models run with larger SSDs.

Of course, there’s nothing preventing you from buying the lowest-priced model and manually adding an M2 SSD later on when prices decrease further still.

Beelink BT7 Mini PC antenna

Other than the aforementioned V3, competition in this price range includes the Onda M2 (which is cheaper and uses a Celeron J1900 CPU) and the Vorke V1 (with a smaller drive, but again it’s cheaper).

As always, users need to be aware of the risks and challenges involved in buying overseas from a Chinese online retailer. We have covered this subject extensively in the Voyo V3 review so do refer to it, and take these issues into consideration should you plan to buy anything outside of the UK.

Like many high-end Mini PCs, the BT7 runs on an Intel Atom X7-8700 CPU, a quad-core model clocked at 1.6GHz which can also be found in the Microsoft Surface 3 tablet.

Based on Cherry Trail, it is manufactured using the finer 14nm manufacturing process, sports a 2W TDP and has 2MB of cache. It can support up to 8GB of RAM and does 4K albeit at 30Hz.

Puzzlingly, the BT7 has a small, low-speed fan that runs all the time, and given that the processor also has a massive copper heatsink, this is something that shouldn’t be necessary given the low-power dissipation of the Atom CPU.

We suspect it is more of a safety precaution from the vendor to avoid any throttling in warmer territories or under harsh conditions (when used in a shop window for example).

Beelink BT7 Mini PC side view

All the components are soldered onto the motherboard, but you should be able to swap the on-board M2 SSD for something beefier simply by removing the back-plate.

The rest of the spec sheet includes Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Windows 10 Home Edition.

While no benchmarking was carried out on the BT7, we expect it to perform on par with the Surface 3 which has an identical processor and the same amount of system memory.

The antenna coupled with 802.11ac should translate into much better wireless connectivity with the Gigabit Ethernet port providing a welcome option.

Early verdict

Businesses will love the subdued look of the Beelink BT7, the amount of ports available, its affordable price, performance, versatility and the ability to mount it at the back of a monitor or television set.

As a thin client, it is a shoe-in replacement for desktop PCs especially as Beelink bundled the driver CD with the PC.

What will make a lot of potential buyers balk are the potential issues associated with importing these devices such as VAT and aftersales.

In a worst-case scenario, 25% VAT (20% + handling fee) coupled with a 10% failure rate (assuming a company buys 10) adds around 30% to the price of the BT7. Given this, the base model starts to approach the £200 mark, and in this sort of price bracket a myriad of other options are available from retailers servicing the UK market.

However, for businesses looking for the best value-for-money route and considering claiming VAT and stocking a couple of devices (just in case), the BT7 represents a great alternative to existing brands.

Source: Tech Radar

Pokemon Go: Where it's available now – and coming soon – CNET

Still don’t have Pokemon Go? You’re not alone.
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Warner Bros. settles with FTC for not disclosing it paid PewDiePie, YouTubers – CNET

The government agency is slamming Warner Bros. Home Entertainment over how it handled its campaign for 2014’s Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
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Pokemon Go pumps up Nintendo's value by billions – CNET

Nintendo is part owner of Pokemon and the company is reaping the rewards of this mega hit. Meanwhile, criminals are using the game to their own advantage.
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Pokemon Go: Have you caught the fever? (The 3:59, Ep. 75) – CNET

On our big 75th episode, we talk about the phenomenon that is Pokemon Go, and we discuss Amazon’s Prime Day.
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Serious flaw fixed in widely used WordPress plug-in

If you’re running a WordPress website and you have the hugely popular All in One SEO Pack plug-in installed, it’s a good idea to update it as soon as possible. The latest version released Friday fixes a flaw that could be used to hijack the site’s admin account.

The vulnerability is in the plug-in’s Bot Blocker functionality and can be exploited remotely by sending HTTP requests with specifically crafted headers to the website.

The Bot Blocker feature is designed to detect and block spam bots based on their user agent and referer header values, according to security researcher David Vaartjes, who found and reported the issue.

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Hamster-powered machine draws a hamster portrait – CNET

A hamster takes its rightful place beside the luminaries of the art world thanks to the efforts of a very strange drawing machine.
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Disappearing text on receipts leaves consumers unable to return gadgets – CNET

Technically Incorrect: In the UK, some stores use receipts printed using thermal printers, but the text can fade quickly.
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Baseball fans can catch the Home Run Derby in VR – CNET

NextVR teams up with Major League Baseball to show the T-Mobile Home Run Derby in virtual reality for the first time.
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Star Trek Christmas ornaments just keep getting weirder – CNET

A salt-starved shaggy alien monster stars in the latest strange Star Trek ornament from Hallmark.
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This new robotic furniture is inspired by origami – CNET

Ori is a system of smart furniture that makes a single room feel like four.
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You can sign up for Cricket Wireless in Sam's Club locations – CNET

Cricket Wireless services will be available at more than 400 Sam’s Club locations.
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Walmart's response to Amazon Prime Day? Free shipping and discounted electronics – CNET

The mega retailer says its website will give customers free shipping with no minimum purchase July 11-15. It’s also offering discounts on TVs, phones, game consoles and other electronics.
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Saving sound in the streaming age, iOS 10's pros and cons and Pokemon Go's craziness (CNET's Open_Tab Ep. 6 show notes) – CNET

Join us live Fridays around 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT on CNET’s YouTube and Facebook pages to be a part of our next show with your questions and comments.
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How to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 10 in 8 reboots or less

Tick tock. Every second gets us closer to July 29. And every second gets us closer to the point when Windows 10 won’t be a free upgrade. If you’re still running XP, here’s how to migrate quickly and easily, without tears.
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Michael Dell is reportedly taking a stake in UFC – CNET

The founder of one of the biggest PC companies in the world is said to be among several backers of the $4 billion deal to buy the mixed martial arts organisation.
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Verizon hopes to set 5G agenda with latest milestone – CNET

The carrier agrees to a set of standards with its partners — standards it hopes may eventually flow into the international community.
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