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Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield Review – The SSD Review

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Portable SSDs have been an ideal data storage solution for some time now and are available in, not only different capacity points but also, the speed in which data moves between the drive and PC it is connected to.  The most common connector for external storage remains to be USB 3.1 which will transfer data at just over 500MB/s, however USB 3.2 Gen 2 seems to be moving into that space at transfer speeds twice as fast at 1GB/s.  For those media professionals, we also have the newest USB 3.2 2×2 which double things again to 2GB/s data transfer, and then Thunderbolt 3/4 which bumps things to just under 3GB/s.

Very important to understand is the drive only provides the ability to move data at those speeds, the system of course must be compatible with the chosen interface to match the speed.  A perfect example of this is the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield that we are reviewing today, fully capable of moving data at up to 1GB/s in our latest ASRock Z690 12th Gen Test Bench or any of our many Thunderbolt 3 ultrabooks on hand.  Very important to note, however, is that a Tblt 3/4 compatible system or laptop will only move a non-Thunderbolt USB 3.2 portable SSD at up to 1GB/s, and not the maximum 2GB/s that is described with USB 3.2 2×2 portable SSDs.  The USB 3.2 2×2 interface MUST BE matched with a system with that USB 3.2 2×2 interface to reach above that 1GB/s data transfer speed.

The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield is available in one and two terabyte capacities and is a USB 3.2 Gen 2 device capable of moving data at 10Gbps, or 1000MB/s.  It comes in three colours (black, blue and tan) and the packaging contents include the T7 itself, a USB Type-C to Type-C cable (1GB/s), a USB Type-C to Type-A cable (500MB/s), and a very detailed installation guide.

The T7 shield is constructed of a sealed aluminum shell with a permanently fixed silicon rubber casing covering that assists with shock and weather resistance.  This portable SSD has an IP65 rating for water and dust resistance and is drop resistant up to 3m.  One can find the Type C port on one side of the drive with a small LED beside that which lights up when there is SSD activity.

SSD performance is listed at being 1050MB/s read and 1000MB/s write with dimensions of 3.5 x 2.3 x .05 inches and a weight of 3.47 oz.  Given respect to software, the SSD itself contains Samsung’s Portable SSD 1.0 security software which works with the SSDs AES 256-bit hardware encryption and provides complete data security in only a few steps.

Just as valuable, but not included on the T7 Shield, is the Samsung Magician software which can be downloaded and serves to provide a large number of maintenance and performance features.

The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield is compatible with Windows, Mac and Android, comes with a 3-year warranty, and can be found on Amazon with reduced pricing at $134 (1TB) and $230 (2TB).

Let’s turn the page and take a look at performance…

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Bringing back brunch! – Gazette

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In the spirit of Come Home Year and all things nostalgic, Signal Hill Campus is bringing back brunch.

A collage of vintage Polaroid images of the inside and outside of the Battery Hotel on Signal Hill in St. John's.

Head up the hill this summer to revisit the former Battery Hotel and get the opportunity to visit the remodeled Emera Innovation Exchange.

The former Battery Hotel, which is now Memorial University’s Emera Innovation Exchange, has been an iconic structure overlooking the city of St. John’s since the 1960s. Its first iteration was a drive-in motel and gas bar.

If you have not yet had a chance to visit and are curious to see inside, you can stroll up the hill to experience a nostalgic Newfoundland and Labrador-style buffet brunch inside the beautiful conference hall.

Signal Hill Campus is positioned as an innovation and public engagement hub and a provincial resource. Newfoundland and Labrador’s Come Home Year is an excellent opportunity to re-introduce this dynamic space to the community and its potential to connect individuals both on-site and on-screen.

An illustrated image of Signal Hill Campus in a circle with orange in the top half and the words "Signal Hill Brunch" Memorial University Signal Hill Campus logo below.

An illustrated image of Signal Hill Campus in a circle with orange in the top half and the words "Signal Hill Brunch" Memorial University Signal Hill Campus logo below.Jordan Wright, director of operations, conference and event services at Signal Hill Campus, has been involved in the redevelopment project since Memorial purchased the former hotel in 2013 and is thrilled to host the special event.

Mr. Wright points to Memorial’s new strategic plan, Transforming Our Horizons, as a source of inspiration and welcoming the community to the space.

“Memorial’s new strategic plan places an emphasis on creating welcoming, open-door campuses and we really embrace that spirit here at Signal Hill Campus,” he said. “We’re looking forward to our Signal Hill brunch as a way to welcome the community, both residents and visitors, to our beautiful facilities here at the Emera Innovation Exchange.

“We’re delighted to partner with members of the Signal Hill Campus family, Red Oak Catering, Business & Arts Newfoundland and Labrador and the Johnson Geo Centre to celebrate our province and offer this throwback brunch at the Emera Innovation Exchange. Please join us for food, entertainment, and fun in July and August!”

For more information on the event, taking place on two dates, Sunday, July 31, and Sunday, Aug. 21, including the menu and how to purchase tickets, please visit online.

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OnePlus 10T design leaks – TrustedReviews

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The OnePlus 10T design has been leaked in full, with high quality renders outlining some interesting changes.

We’ve been hearing that a launch for the OnePlus 10 is back on the cards for several weeks now, which has clarified into news of a slightly more advanced OnePlus 10T.

Now tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer (more commonly known as @OnLeaks) has supplied detailed design renders and a 360-degree video to Smartprix.

The renders reveal a phone that follows the basic design template set out by the OnePlus 10 Pro (pictured above)earlier in the year, albeit with a plastic frame rather than the 10 Pro’s metal one. You still get a glass back, however.

As previously tipped, it seems the OnePlus 10T is going to do away with the signature OnePlus alert slider. We’re not going to lie, that’s a bit of a bummer.

These renders also confirm that the camera placement is going to be a little different within that familiar 2 x 2 configuration. The flash is moving up to the top right module. The camera module doesn’t merge with the frame this time around either.

We also get confirmation that the hole punch selfie camera is moving from the top left of the display (like on the 10 Pro) to the top-centre of the display (like a Samsung phone).

While the OnePlus 10T will be a downgrade from the OnePlus 10 Pro in the design stakes, it’s expected to come with a faster Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. It could also have faster 150W charging (vs the 80W Pro), albeit with a slightly smaller 4800mAh battery.

Elsewhere we’re expecting to see a 6.7-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED display. The camera system, meanwhile, is rumoured to feature a 50MP main sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro. The selfie camera could be a 32MP unit.

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Quebec-area game devs are worrying about impact of new language laws – Game Developer

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A recently-passed law in the Canadian province of Quebec called “Bill 96” is starting to worry those in the local game development community. As several of them explain to the CBC, the law’s restrictions on access to English-language government resources might hurt development studios trying to hire international talent.

If you haven’t heard yet, Bill 96 is a piece of legislation that aims to mandate the use of the French language when accessing government services (with the exception of healthcare). 

Enforcement of the bill is complicated, because there are two groups of Quebec residents (“historic” English-speakers who were educated in English, and immigrants who’ve been in Quebec for less than six months) who are still allowed to access English-speaking services.

That means that on paper, game developers headed to Quebec from other regions or countries will have six months to get caught up on la langue Française after moving to the area. That’s not an easy task, made harder if they have to do so while helping build games with primarily English-speaking teams.

Bidding Quebec adieu

Some developers (like an anonymous one named “Remy”) told the CBC that they accepted employment at Quebec-area studios because they were told that learning French was “optional,” and that their coworkers would mostly be speaking English. He says that he knows several developers making plans to abandon the region.

Unity senior partner relations manager Osama Dorias (formerly of WB Games Montréal) explained that he’s been advising colleagues only to take jobs in the area if they speak French. “It’s like night and day. I shifted from being an advocate for people to move here, to warning people away,” he stated.

Even though many game developers pass through Montréal’s university system, Dorias says that they’re likely to leave the city if they get better offers from developers in the United States or Sweden.

The Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec, a nonprofit organization representing Canadian studios, says that it supports the spirit of Bill 96 but is also worried about its impact. Representative Christopher Chancey told the CDC that the organization fears the bill’s passing will send a message to international game developers that other cultures aren’t welcome in the province.

The CBC has also reported on the broader tech industry’s worries over Bill 96.

It’s worth noting that Quebec-area game studios appear to have not previously emphasized the need to learn French among international hirees. Part of the issue being faced by game studios may be that they have not built up any services to help developers learn French despite it being the official business language of Quebec since 1977.

Francophonic conflict

The repercussions of Bill 96 are causing headaches for Quebec residents in all walks of life, as the bill also changes the rules for filing contracts, access to 311 services, and more. 

Developers not familiar with Quebec or other Francophone countries may not be aware of the cultural conflict that surrounds the French language. In both France and Quebec, many French speakers take extreme effort to allow the language to be overtaken by English language usage. These actions range from specialized language for video game industry terms (mostly harmless, also charming) to public condemnations of multiculturalism (possibly harmful, tacking too closely toward xenophobia).

Part of this conflict even manifested during revelations about allegations of abuse at Ubisoft’s Canadian studios. In 2020, associate producer Stephane Mehay was accused of refusing to speak English to some colleagues in order to exclude them from conversations. He even would allegedly insult them in French, thinking that they could not understand his words.

It isn’t fair to cast the English language as a victim in this scenario, (it’s still the most-spoken language in the world, only rivaled by Mandarin and Hindi). However, Canada’s game development boom over the last decade has been partly centered in the Montréal area, and such growth could be impacted if the region is unable to attract English-speaking talent.

The Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec and other developers hope that the government will recognize the potential damage, and are open to the idea of extending the timeline for new immigrants to learn the French language. Hopefully the architects of Bill 96 will heed their warnings and work to adjust the impact on immigrants, rather than dictate a six-month timeline to learn a whole new language.

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