Which gaming gadget should you buy in 2021? Read our gaming guide to find the best options » Gadget Flow

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If you love playing games but are bored of your current arsenal, you're in the right place. We want to salvage your gaming boredom with accessories that will keep you on point and focused. From a monitor to a laptop to an indoor exercise bike that's powered by your moves, this blog has everything to keep you entertained and winning. Gaming is a great way to de-stress after a long day. But if your headphones, monitor, mouse, and other gaming gadgets need some TLC, you might not enjoy your gameplay as much as you used to. And, let’s face it, you don’t want to have to apologize to your gaming buddies all the time because your microphone quality is poor. Related: Pro-quality gaming gadgets and gear to level up your gaming Don’t despair. Create a clean home layout and the right ambiance for action...

Patch Tuesday Options for virtualizing desktop computing discussed

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The monthly Patch Tuesday event contains a less-than-average haul of security vulnerability patches, with Exchange Server, Internet Explorer, Hyper-V, and Windows 10 subject to one or more of the 55 flaws found by researchers over the last month in the Microsoft canon. The patch treadmill is familiar to any systems administrators or helpdesk staff wherever big-name software is deployed: Adobe and Oracle also time their CVE (common vulnerabilities and exposures) announcements for the same day each period, making this week a busy one for many IT professionals. Some organizations prefer to outsource this most menial yet important task in running fleets of servers and endpoints to an MSP or specialist service provider. There are options, too, for at least partial automation of the work by third-party software. End-users tend to notice little...

Cloud computing: Microsoft sets out new data storage options for European customers

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Microsoft president Brad Smith has announced a new pledge for EU commercial customers, allowing them to store and process most of their data within the EU by the end of 2022. With the transatlantic Privacy Shield data transfer framwork in tatters, Microsoft is trying a new approach with a promise that European government and commercial customers can keep all their data in Microsoft's core cloud services in data centers located within the EU.  "If you are a commercial or public sector customer in the EU, we will go beyond our existing data storage commitments and enable you to process and store all your data in the EU," said Smith in a blogpost today. "In other words, we will not need to move your data outside the EU," he added. SEE: IT Data Center Green Energy Policy (TechRepublic Premium)Microsoft and other cloud providers...

DataBank Deal Expands Funding Options for Colocation, Edge Computing

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The exterior of the DataBank SLC5 data center on the comp[any's Granite Point campus in Bluffdale, Utah. (Image: DataBank) A recent financing by DataBank breaks new ground in funding data center growth, and may help colocation and edge computing companies raise money using strategies previously limited to huge hyperscale deals. DataBank raised $658 million through the sale of secured notes, a strategy that allows companies to borrow funds at a lower rate using pools of assets and cash flow as collateral. Previous secured notes have been backed by wholesale data...