Samsung seemingly caught swapping components in its 970 Evo Plus SSDs

Recently, major SSD vendors Crucial and Western Digital have both been caught swapping out TLC NAND in their consumer SSDs for cheaper but much lower-performance, lower-endurance QLC NAND. Samsung appears to be joining them in the part-swapping corner of shame today, thanks to Chinese Youtuber 潮玩客, who documented a new version of the Samsung 970 Evo Plus using an inferior drive controller.

Although the consumer-facing model number of the drives did not change—it was a 970 Evo Plus last year, and it’s still a 970 Evo Plus now—the manufacturer part number did. Unfortunately, the manufacturer part number isn’t visible on the box the SSD comes in—as far as we’ve been able to determine, it’s only shown on a small label on the drive itself.


Not911: When You Need Help, But Not From Police

Not911 was the inaugural, in-house project of this new Emergent Works engineering team. Built by people who had first-hand experience of police-related violence, the app gives 1-click access to other sources of immediate assistance, helping communities to avoid the knee-jerk response to dial 911—and hopefully de-escalate the situation.

As Qin tells us, the Emergent Works team wanted to fund an in-house project for the newly trained apprentices to develop their skills and to show the world what they were capable of.


First DDR5 RAM Module Now on Sale: Are You Willing to Pay $466?

If you want first dibs on DDR5 RAM, it’ll cost you.

On Monday, Amazon began taking pre-orders for the first DDR5 RAM sticks from memory maker TeamGroup. However, it costs $310.99 for the 32GB set, which includes two RAM sticks. Buyers can expect the product to ship in mid to late July.

Hopefully, the price falls as the technology matures. In contrast, a 32GB DDR4 RAM set from TeamGroup can cost between $150 to $180.

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A brief look at electric vehicles from the dawn of the automobile age

If it seems that electric cars are the future of the automobile, the same was true more than a century ago. With automakers planning to meet government laws ending new internal combustion engine production by 2035, this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance—which takes place May 20-23 in Florida—is a reminder that electric cars are far from a new idea.

“The electric carriage has made a good record for speed, and the great ease of control and the absence of noise and odor will commend it to those who are anxious to purchase horseless carriages,” wrote Scientific American in 1895. For a while, it was true.

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Apple sued for terminating account with $25,000 worth of apps and videos

Apple is facing two class-action lawsuits over the meaning of the words “rent” and “buy.”

In the first suit, lead plaintiff David Andino argues that Apple’s definition of the two words is deceptive since the company can terminate people’s Apple IDs and, along with them, access to content they purchased using the “buy” button. Thus, Andino is arguing that Apple allows consumers to rent content rather than purchase it outright. If he had known that his access could be cut off at any time, he says he would have not spent as much on iTunes content.


Security researcher recommends against LastPass after detailing 7 trackers

A security researcher is recommending against LastPass password manager after detailing seven trackers found in the Android app, The Register reports. Although there is no suggestion that the trackers, which were analyzed by researcher Mike Kuketz, are transferring a user’s actual passwords or usernames, Kuketz says their presence is bad practice for a security-critical app handling such sensitive information.


Google plans to release 100 games for Stadia this year

The Google Stadia team will add over 100 games to its cloud gaming service this year, a new post on its community blog has revealed. In the post, the team highlighted nine of the titles arriving on the service in the near future, including FIFA 21 (March 17th) and detective/action RPG title Judgment (April 23rd) by the studio behind the Yakuza franchise.

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