CES 2020: Razer Tomahawk gaming desktop stays small, powerful thanks to Intel’s NUC 9 Extreme

Razer Tomahawk

We reported the other day on Intel’s new NUC 9 Extreme, the latest Next Unit of Computing kit that allows desktop graphics cards to be used as part of it for the first time. It can work with the modular Compute Element to make swapping components in and out of a small form factor chassis easier. While Intel is prepping its Ghost Canyon NUC complete with a skull-adorned case, other manufacturers are free to build their own mini-desktops around the NUC concept.

Enter Razer, the gaming hardware company that graduated from producing controllers and other peripherals to also offering well-designed full-fledged PC systems. Though it’s had more success with laptops like the Blade family, it’s tackling the desktop realm with the Tomahawk, which will come as both a full PC as well as a standalone chassis. The Tomahawk will make use of the NUC 9 Extreme,

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Swedish consumer-protection legislation will hit fintechs

New e-commerce legislation proposed by the Swedish government to protect consumers from unnecessary debt has ruffled the feathers of the country’s leading digital banking actors.

The legislation, which would give consumers added protections in paying for goods purchased, has been criticised by the Nordic digital banking industry, including prominent player Klarna, as an “unnecessary over-reaction” by the government to growing personal debt in Sweden.         

The Nordic region’s rapidly expanding digital banking sector includes about 100 e-payment firms, and most of the current crop started life as investor-supported financial technology startups (fintechs). Apart from Klarna, the other significant players in this digital e-commerce space include licensed Nordic niche banks Nordnet, Ikano, WyWallet, Mobile Pay, Swish, Komplett, ICA and Avanza.

Sweden’s financial markets ministry has been tasked with introducing the legislation. The proposed regulations are intended to strengthen the country’s consumer protection laws and provide greater safeguards for people using digital

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NSW Department of Education redefining its customer service experience

There are around 2,200 public schools spread across the state of New South Wales, attended by over 800,000 students. The NSW Department of Education also has School Support services present in 33 locations, boasting a workforce of around 700.

What this means, according to NSW Department of Education executive director of School Services Jane Simmons, is there are 33 ways of doing things.

School Services, she explained, is essentially the juncture point between the department and schools; the “window for schools to get support”.

School Services was the subject of a review a few years ago that determined it needed to be better at customer service.

“Be better in terms of providing service to schools, but also being able to connect between each other as a system,” Simmons told Salesforce World Tour Reimagined on Wednesday.

“We wanted to be in a position where we were able to communicate well.


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A five-point plan to get the UK out of the Huawei hole

For the past 10 years Conservative ministers have asked, “Where is the British Google? The Silicon Fen Facebook? The Midlands Amazon?” All the while also condemning the interfering ways of previous Labour governments. We need to be more entrepreneurial, think big, encourage more private sector investment. The big arm of the state was strangling our burgeoning tech startups, they said.

Well, the controversy over the UK’s 5G network has shown that they should have been asking instead, where is the British Huawei?

When I graduated as an electrical engineer in 1987 I had a bit of a challenge. Eight years of Thatcherism meant the engineering jobs in my region, the North East, were few and far between. But I was lucky to be sponsored by a world leader in the emerging telecommunications sector.

Nortel was a Canadian telecoms equipment vendor which grew out of Bell Labs and had recently bought

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