Microsoft’s Undertakings in Open-Source Soft Sphere

Microsoft Corporation is known for its high performance and compliance with the demands of contemporary consumers. In this light, Microsoft has recently created a subsidiary company, Microsoft Open Technologies, which is called to develop and improve the software with the open-source code. Among other responsibilities of newly-created company, Microsoft Open Technologies is entitled with the liability to track and manage all the corporate investments directed to the open-source software sphere.



It should be stated that software with the open source code is a quite promising sphere in IT field. This is explained by the fact that such soft allows developing, changing, replenishing, and polishing the programs and applications by different users at once. This becomes possible due to the open source code available for several users simultaneously. Microsoft Open Technologies will serve also the unifying factor for the multiple companies and communities that long for cooperation with …

The SilverStone FPS01 Device Returns the Optical Drive Bay into Game

Optical carriers are not popular anymore. Nowadays they are mostly used as license movies carriers, and not as user data storage media. SilverStone offers an alternate variant for those having an unexploitable optical drive of the Slim type.



The new device, called FPS01, is released in two variants, which differ in USB types only: the SST-FPS01 model offers a pair of standard А type ports, and SST-FPS01-C possesses only one С type port. FPS01 is compatible with the standard 12.7 mm Slim ODD optical drive bay and is installed in place of the needless DVD or Blu-ray bay. Though this is not the whole scope of the module’s functionality.


This device features the built-in SD and microSD card reader supporting SDHC and SDXC cards, and the place to install M.2 drive with 6 Gbps SATA interface of 2280 typical size. Unfortunately, the use of FPS01 in laptops can bring some trouble as far as there’s a need to connect the module through standard Molex jacks, USB 3.0 and SATA. …

EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Strix Water Blocks are Built for Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 3D Cards

EK Water Blocks has announced a full-cover water block for Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards, called EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Strix.



The EKWB specialty effectively draws heat from the GPU, memory chips and voltage controller. It is designed according to the scheme with cooling liquid streamflow separation. Due to low hydrodynamic resistance this product is compatible with weak pumps.


The water block base is produced out of copper and nickel-plated, and the lid is made out of acrylic plastic or POM Acetal material (depending on the version). The transparent lid has two openings for 3 mm LEDs. The manufacturer also marks the presence of the décor overlay with a 3D card name, which covers ports for tubes connection. As an option customers can get a plate to be fixed on the back side of the PCB. EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Strix Backplate – Black (the back one) costs 20 EUR, and EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Strix Backplate – Nickel (nickelized) costs 38 EUR.


The approximate price of EK …
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