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The Zotac ZBOX pico PI430AJ is the first computer to feature Frore’s AirJet solid state cooling technology, which is designed to offer active cooling without the use of noisy fans. First unveiled earlier this year, the PI430AJ is now available in select markets and the first reviews are starting to come in.

Hong Kong-based website HKEPC managed to get their hands on one, and they’ve torn it apart to see what makes it tick, run some benchmarks, and generally found that the AirJet system works as promised… at least on a computer with a 7-watt processor like the Intel Core i3-N300.

Zotac ZBOX pico PI430AJ with AirJet (via HKEPC)

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

Zotac ZBOX pico PI430AJ with AirJet Mini PC review [HKEPC]

The Zotac ZBOX Pico PI430AJ is the first mini PC with Frore’s AirJet “solid state” cooling system. This review (and teardown) shows that it’s capable of keeping the compact PC with a low-power processor running smoothly and silently. Last I’d heard, Zotac wasn’t planning to sell this model in North America, which is why we haven’t been able to get our hands on a review unit. But as tristar notes, Zotac seems to have reconsidered, because the PI430AJ is  now available for $600… new tech comes at a premium price, I guess. 

Schenker VIA 14 Pro [Schenker]

The new Schenker VIA 14 Pro is a 3.1 pound notebook with a 14 inch, 2880 x 1800px 120 Hz display, a Ryzen 7 7840HS processor, 32GB of LPDDR5-6400 RAM, and two M.2 slots for PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs.

Exclusive: Bose discontinues its Frames line of audio smart glasses [Digital Trends]

Bose is discontinuing the Bose Frames line of “audio glasses” with build in mics and speakers. They’re pretty close to being out of stock, but Bose plans to honor warranties and continue to support existing customers. If you still want a pair, Bose is selling the Bose Frames Tempo for $125 (which is half the list price) while supplies last. 

Bose Frames Tempo

G4 Edge Mini PC First Look, Ryzen 9 7940HS RTX 4060 [ETA Prime / YouTube]

This mini gaming PC features an AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS processor and NVIDIA RTX 4060 discrete graphics. It’s supposed to be available from AliExpress, but I haven’t found a listing yet, so no word on the price. Another thing to keep in mind is that Chinese mini PCs like this that have discrete graphics often chip with non-standard graphics drivers, and may not work with official NVIDIA drivers, which could make it harder to keep the GPU drivers up to date. 

Epic win: Jury decides Google has illegal monopoly in app store fight [The Verge]

A jury has sided with Epic, ruling that Google abused its power over distribution of Android apps by prohibiting 3rd-party app stores & billing from Play Store. But Google will appeal, so any major changes are unlikely in the near future.

Google Fiber reveals pricing & availability for its 20 Gig plan [GFiber]

Google Fiber’s 20 Gig + WiFi 7 plan will roll out in Q1, 2024 to Kansas City, North Carolina’s Triangle Region, Arizona, and Iowa for $250/month.

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  1. What about the Amazon App store.. I wonder why Google couldn’t use the existence of other app stores in its own defense? Either way I doubt this will change anything.

  2. I was told that the real issue was that Epic was trying to convince a bunch of phone manufacturers to pre-install fortnite on their phones, and google threatened to revoke their access to Play services if they did that.
    Of course it still seems really damn absurd to me that Apple gets to only allow applications it approves to be installed on their phones (except in the EU, and even then, only maybe) and google doesn’t. If you asked me I’d say locked bootloaders were an anti-competitive monopolistic practice but either no one has thought to sue or they did ages ago and some stupid judge decided they weren’t.