PS5, Xbox Series X|S demand crashes Best Buy online

The PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S consoles today became available for purchase via Best Buy’s online store. And the stock has already dwindled..

The brand announced on their blog that this product release also kicked-off a three-day sale that includes various deals on tech including TVs, laptops, and headphones.

“You don’t even have to change out of your pajamas because these consoles will be sold online only,” Best Buy assured consumers. “Get your completed order only through curbside pickup.”

The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles have caused quite the disruption on the Internet. Yahoo! Money reports that both Best Buy’s and Walmart’s eCommerce sites crashed after becoming overwhelmed with the amount of customers seeking to purchase the products.

Apparently, Best Buy has yet to make a statement as to their current online issues, although other retailers are already pushing out more of the products.

The report additionally states that one GameStop location was blindsided when it received a fresh stock of the consoles without any prior notice. As soon as it was announced that the consoles were available to purchase in-store, a crowd of roughly 40 people made their way to the store. And no, they did not comply with social-distancing guidelines.

But what’s so special about these gaming consoles, anyway?

Tech Radar explains that these next gen consoles are incredibly powerful. They also house new gaming capabilities that make for a faster, more seamless experience. Playing the popular game Fortnite on any of them, apparently, is a whole next experience.

Best Buy will begin selling the consoles in stores beginning 2021.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Review – How to look good on a budget

Though many of us often devote our attention to flagship devices, budget tablets and phones are particularly easy to find today. Samsung has a robust lineup of more affordable devices itself, and one of the more recent additions to that is the Galaxy Tab A7. As always, the major concern with budget devices is whether or not you’re buying something that can last a reasonable amount of time before its hardware begins to show its mid-tier quality. So, with that in mind, is the Galaxy Tab A7 a winner or is it something to avoid?

In my time with the Android 10-based Galaxy Tab A7, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by just how well the tablet functions. Of course, that might suggest that I was expecting this to be some kind of bottom of the barrel offering when it clearly isn’t – it has a Snapdragon 662 at its core, 3GB of RAM regardless of the model you choose, either 32GB or 64GB of storage (with a microSD slot that allows for a further 1TB of space), and a 10.4-inch LCD WUXGA+ (2000 x 1200) display.

Those specs might pale in comparison to something like a Galaxy Tab S7, but so too does the price tag. While a Galaxy Tab S7 or an iPad Air put you on the more expensive side of $500, the Galaxy Tab A7 only costs $230. After using the Galaxy Tab A7, I think that’s a great price for a tablet like this, and it’s worth considering if you want a device with a bigger screen for media, movies, or even to do some gaming.

Starting right off, the tablet comes in at 247.6mm wide x 157.4mm tall x 7.0mm thick. Maybe I just haven’t used a Samsung tablet in a while (and it has been a while), but it’s a surprisingly sleek device considering what you’re paying. The tablet has a metal unibody build which feels good – the back isn’t too slick, so it never really felt like it would slide out of my fingers as I’m holding it. The back doesn’t seem to show fingerprints or oil easily either, which is always nice to see.

The glass on the display is another matter entirely, though, as it clearly shows fingerprints and skin oil. Many devices do, of course, but they’re particularly noticeable on the Galaxy Tab A7’s display. If you’re going to get this tablet, I would definitely recommend some kind of screen protector to go along with it, especially if seeing fingerprints on your display sends you into some kind of wipedown frenzy like it does me.

Behind the glass, the display we’re working with is solid yet unremarkable. WUXGA+ resolution isn’t anything to get super excited about, but it gets the job done. To my eye, colors look nice and the display is plenty sharp. I’m sure when compared side-by-side to a more expensive tablet some flaws would become more obvious, but viewed on its own, there are no glaring issues with the display. It’s also capable of getting very bright, which is something we always love to see because it means you can use the Tab A7 in a larger variety of environments.

The sides of the tablet are more or less basic. We have a volume button and screen/power button on the right side, nothing on the left side, a pair of speakers on top, and another pair of speakers along with a headphone jack and a USB-C port on the bottom. Imagine that: we can get a headphone jack on a $230 tablet but on $1,000+ flagship phones they’re completely MIA. Truly, we are living in a strange, cruel world.

The quad speakers were one surprising aspect to me. I’m no audiophile but they sound really good to my ears; the fact that there’s four of them means that we’re already doing better than we usually would at this price point, and they’re unquestionably a lot better than many of the laptop speakers I’ve tested throughout the years. They’re capable of getting fairly loud too – loud enough that if you had a folio case or something else capable of propping it up, you could set the tablet up on a desk or table and watch a movie on it without fear of missing out on any audio.

From a performance standpoint, the Geekbench numbers don’t tell us anything we didn’t already suspect – the Galaxy Tab A7 gets a single core score of 315 and a multi-core score of 1425. That’s enough to slot it in just under the Galaxy S8 on Geekbench’s comparison tab – in fact, the Tab A7 finished just a single point under the Galaxy S8 in the multi-core score. Similarly, the compute score from Geekbench is a mere 371, slotting it just below the Redmi Note 8, which obviously isn’t great. In other words, if you’re looking for a tablet to replace a laptop or something like that, this isn’t it.

With those scores, I do wonder how long you’ll be able to use the Tab A7 before you run into noticeable performance issues. I don’t think this is a slate you can use for years on end before upgrading. At a certain point, apps are going to outpace what this tablet is capable of, and that point could only be a couple of years off as opposed to four or five.

In any case, for now performance seems fine to me, even when gaming. In the game Epic Seven for instance, I did notice a little lag when I was in menus and there were a bunch of panels filling the screen, but there wasn’t much lag to speak of during actual gameplay. With its flashy graphics, Epic Seven can put a strain on Android devices, particularly ones using older hardware, so I’m happy that I didn’t experience any major frame drops as I was playing. Swiping between screens is fluid and smooth, though you’ll might bump up against the Tab A7’s 3GB of RAM in some more intensive apps out there.

The 8MP camera around the back is serviceable, but as with many tablet cameras, it’s nothing to write home about. For the few times you’ll want to take a picture with a tablet it’ll get the job done, but it isn’t good enough to be your daily driver – especially not when the phone in your pocket almost certainly has a better camera set up on the back. The test photos I took were decent, but outdoor shots were a little washed out while the indoor shot was on the dark side.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this tablet is the battery. At a whopping 7,040mAh, you get a lot of juice out of a full charge with this battery, especially since it isn’t being used to power a top of the line processor or a super high resolution display. With the screen brightness turned to around 50%, I was able to get around 7 hours of playtime in Epic Seven with the Galaxy Tab A7. You can turn brightness down even further than that and still easily see what’s on screen, so if battery life is a major consideration for you (as it likely is), then you’ll be pleased with what you get in the Tab A7.

Galaxy Tab A7 verdict

I’m walking away from this review impressed by what the Galaxy Tab A7 has to offer at a $230 price point. While it certainly isn’t going to redefine what a tablet can be, it offers solid performance for those who primarily just need a bigger screen or – like in my case – a separate battery to play games on so they aren’t sending their phone’s battery to an early grave.

The Tab A7 obviously isn’t perfect and I do worry about its longevity. I think the tablet might start feeling sluggish in a couple of years, so this isn’t a device that you’ll buy and use on the daily for years and years to come. We wouldn’t necessarily expect that out of a $230 tablet, though, and I think the performance you get here lines up nicely with that price tag.

Is the Tab A7 for you? It is if you don’t need a tablet for any intensive work and want one to use as a media device, or if battery life is paramount. With measured expectations, I think there are a lot of people who will be pleased by what the A7 offers.

Surface Duo availability expanding (for better or worse)

Microsoft suggested today that they’d be increasing availability for Surface Duo in the year 2021. Back in October of 2019, Microsoft first revealed the Surface Duo (and the Surface Neo), and in August of 2020 the Surface Duo was released on a relatively limited basis. According to Microsoft Devices VP Pete Kyriacou, “since introducing Surface Duo in August of 2020, people have asked when we would make this product available outside the US.”

Starting in “early 2021,” Microsoft will be making the Surface Duo available for sale in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. This was the plan in part back in November of 2020 for the UK, Canada, and Japan.

In September of 2020, the first reviews of the Surface Duo were in. They weren’t particularly fantastic. It felt like the Surface Duo was a stopgap before the truly usable version came in 2021… with 5G. This first version was released before it made a lot of sense to deliver more than 4G LTE.

The first exploratory photos showed the device as an elegant piece of industrial design, if nothing else. Our first look suggested Microsoft’s initial success would be all about the impressions this device would make from afar.

As of October of 2020, Microsoft made the Surface Duo $200 cheaper than it was at launch. The good news for early buyers in that case was that they’d be able to get a slight refund so long as they were within a 60-day window – which would allow them to return their device and buy a new device for that slightly cheaper price.

Web hosting: When shared hosting servers get too crowded

In recent years, shared hosting has been the most popular form of web hosting across the entire web hosting industry. This is largely due to shared hosting’s affordability and ease of use. However, shared hosting won’t satisfy every business’s needs, and there are a few reasons you might need to switch to another type of server such as one for cloud hosting.

One of shared hosting’s biggest cons is that you have to share a single server with a collection of other clients whose behavior you have no control over. If your hosting provider places a massive amount of sites on the same server, it might start running out of RAM and CPU power, which are essential for sites to run smoothly. This causes sites on the server to slow down and reduces their performance quality.

Furthermore, there will be shared hosting clients who push the limited resources of a shared server to their limits. Shared hosting is the most popular option because it is the cheapest, which means that people who should be on a more expensive server with more RAM and other resources will still use shared servers for complicated tasks they are not equipped to handle. Other clients’ usage habits are one aspect of shared hosting you will not be able to change, so it’s important to make sure your provider has set measures to prevent this. If not, you’ll want to consider switching to another type of hosting server such as a VPS or a cloud hosting service.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

The Note Edge, very much like its predecessor, is a large thin phablet. The screen dimension is of 5.6 inch. Users will also be able to experience the Amoled Quad HD+ on this device. The highest HD resolution of its screen is 524 ppi. The size and weight do not differ much from the Note 4, only that the Note Edge is slightly longer, thinner and lighter by a few grams. Among the features of the Note Edge there are the heart sensor, fingerprint ID sensor and the popular S-Pen which can be slotted to the side.

Screen
The right side of the phablet’s screen curves around its side. This extension is not part of the main screen though. It constitutes of a second screen for other menus and alerts. The smaller screen has a resolution of 2560 x 160 px. The information featured on this screen can be customised.

Software & Processor
The Note Edge’s processor consists of a 2.7 GHz quad-core along with a 3GB RAM. For Operating System, quite surprisingly, rather than the most updated Android version, users will have the Android 4.4.4 KitKat. However, software upgrades might be on the way.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge does not offer much of an improvement. The main noticeable feature on the Note Edge is the curved alert panels found on its side. This feature, apart from being aesthetically pleasing, is also genuinely useful. The phablet still does not bear waterproof features, which might be a let-down for the price.

This revolutionary desk chair keeps you active and healthy

Would you like to ease back pain and sit more comfortably at work? Then you should check out the CoreChair active sitting desk chair. This innovative chair promotes active sitting, promotes good posture, and looks pretty cool.

A concern of almost every profession is the amount of time people spend working while seated. So many professionals spend their workday seated in front of a computer, only getting up for a cup of coffee or to eat their lunch. Standing desks have become popular over the last decade since they encourage a more active, seated position. But not all of us have employers willing to spring for a standing desk, and sometimes you really do want to sit. If you’d like to sit more actively and avoid back pain, check out the CoreChair active sitting desk chair.

CoreChair active sitting chair
CoreChair active sitting desk chair top view
CoreChair active sitting chair
CoreChair active sitting chair

The CoreChair is different from the typical office chair. It has a short back that supports the lower spine, and its ergonomic design comes in four models: CorePerch, Tango, Classic, and Sport. This chair’s overall shape is compact, and it’s not so sprawling that it takes up more space than your desk. In fact, depending on how tall your desk is, it could fit right underneath. Best of all, this unique chair allows you to move while you sit, stimulating your muscles and improving joint flexibility.

CoreChair active sitting chair
CoreChair active sitting desk chair in a modern office
CoreChair active sitting chair
CoreChair active sitting chair

Choose a posture-supporting chair
According to the company’s website, poor posture is one of the leading causes of back pain in office workers. Ergonomic chairs usually try to correct this problem with a high back. Unfortunately, the tall back design can worsen poor posture, because it can cause the pelvis to tilt backward and prevent the muscles from engaging. Thankfully, this revolutionary desk chair supports the pelvis with a unique stabilizer and sculpted seat cushion. With this kind of support, users’ spines are more balanced.

Enjoy a chair that promotes active sitting
The CoreChair promotes active sitting. But what does that mean? The inventors of this revolutionary desk chair say that it’s a way of sitting that encourages the body to move, sway, rock, and twist. These small movements actually help strengthen the back and core and relieve the load on your joints. This ergonomic office chair promotes active sitting with its pivot point just beneath a person’s center of balance. According to the company, this feature allows for natural movement and improved circulation all over the body. It can even burn calories and lessen fatigue. That’s good news, because we all want to be more productive and active in our office and home workspaces.

CoreChair active sitting chair
CoreChair active sitting desk chair in a home office

Strengthen your core with this active chair
Although you won’t get the same range of motion as you would with an exercise ball, for example, this revolutionary desk chair still engages your core stabilizing muscles. The company says this agrees with findings from a study by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. The CoreChair delivers continuous low-level stimulation of stabilizing soft tissues which increases score strength. So yes, your abs will get some exercise while you use this chair.

CoreChair active sitting chair
CoreChair active sitting desk chair in use

Ease your back pain with this ergonomic chair
If you suffer from back pain while you work, you’ll do anything to solve the issue. Luckily, this revolutionary desk chair was developed by Patrick Harrison, a kinesiologist and human movement expert. He created this chair using a research-based approach. The unique pelvic support cushion of the CoreChair realigns the pelvis with the spine, giving you a more balanced spine. This chair also allows you to move, which, the company says, works the back muscles in a controlled way that avoids stiffness and lessens pain. So moving, not resting, could actually be the key to less pain when you work at a desk all day.

CoreChair active sitting chair
CoreChair active sitting desk chair in a living room

Avoid discomfort with a no-armrest design
Armrests are another design flaw of the typical ergonomic chair, according to the makers of the CoreChair. In fact, incorrectly positioned armrests can push the shoulders too high, leading to discomfort in the upper back and can affect the nerves in the forearm and the neck. In contrast, this revolutionary desk chair doesn’t have armrests. It doesn’t need them, because its design already gives you a balanced seated position. So you won’t have to lean your arms against something for extra support. It’s another way this ergonomic office chair allows users more freedom of movement while they sit.

Choose a design that suits you
We mentioned in the beginning that CoreChair is available in four models: Classic, Tango, CorePerch, and Sport. Each model helps you work in an active sitting position that’s customized to your needs. For example, the CorePerch provides ergonomic seating as an office stool. It’s a great chair for workbenches and standing desks.

The CoreChair active sitting desk chair offers an excellent option for a healthier working position while you’re seated. Its balanced, low-backed design supports correct posture, and its pivot point allows you to move while you sit. It really is revolutionary in terms of office furniture design. What’s more, this chair is aesthetically pleasing and blends well into any office.