EU lawmakers Propose Banning Under 16s From The Internet Without Parental Consent

Well this is, err, something, reports are circulating that under 16s could technically be banned from online services that include Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat unless they get permission from a parent. This quirk of fate if you will is all down to proposed new EU data protection rules which look set to be agreed.

So, how did we get to this? Well, new regulations would make it illegal for companies to handle data from anyone 15 years or younger without parental consent. These proposals open up a can of worms for various social media companies who have based their business models on targeting a younger audience with their products with hopes of an increased adoption of services.

The “ban” would leave millions of kids and teenagers having to ask their parents for permission to use internet services including email accounts, social media platforms and the downloading of apps. Somewhat understandably US tech groups are aiming to amend such a proposal through intense lobbying.

The proposal of new data protection regulations is much more stringent and companies must comply or face fines up to 4% of their global turnover, which could result in a massive bill for the biggest of online giants.

On the flip side, a petition has been launched by “The Diana Award Youth Boardwho state that “We don’t believe young people should be required to seek their parents’ consent every time they use a new app or website.”

It is certainly bizarre and impossible to police against, it will be compelling to see the outcome of these proposed regulations.

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Lian Li Announces TU-300 Portable Case and Trolley Wheels

Lian Li has released yet another chassis and this time it is another portable one for the people who like to take their rig with them, may it be for LAN sessions or something completely different. The new Lian Li chassis is however not a mini-ITX chassis as most portable ones are, but one that can house a full-sized ATX motherboard, multiple graphics cards, and everything else that you’ll want in your rig. Lian Li named it the TU-300 (PC-TU300).

Despite being able to hold a full ATX system, the TU-300 only weighs 3.8kg and measures just 218mm x 398mm x 440mm, making it both compact and lightweight. It comes with a handle mounted on the top that makes it easy to pick up and carry where you need to go and it also features aluminium bumpers on the corners to protect the valuable rig. If that still shouldn’t be portable enough for you, then you can get the optional trolley cart (Lian Li TC-01) that will give your rig wheels and a handle to pull it.

The TU-300 features a bottom to top airflow with two 120mm filtered intake fans at the bottom and two 120mm filtered exhaust fans on top. There is also a rear 120mm fan space that could be used well with an AIO CPU cooler. The power supply, which can be an ATX sized PSU with a length up to 160mm is mounted at the front and has its own intake and exhaust vents.

Seven expansion ports allow for triple GPU setups when thinking dual-slot cards with one to spare for something else. There is plenty of space behind the motherboard tray for cable routing and thanks to the PSU orientation you’ll have a very clean setup. CPU coolers with a height of up to 160mm can be mounted and you can use graphics cards with a length of up to 300mm.

Every hardware part inside the TU-300 is accessible without the use of tools. Either they use tool-free fasteners or thumbscrews. The PCI cover and drive cage are attached with thumbscrews, the drives slot into their respective bays with no tools, and the side doors use lever mechanisms to pop open.

There is really only one downside to this chassis and that is when it comes to how many drives that you can mount. Then again, with today’s capacity and availability of drives, it might not be so bad after all. You can mount up to two 3.5-inch drives in the removable hot swap cage where there’s also space for a 2.5-inch SSD. You can also mount an optical disk drive in the top of the chassis.

The new Lian Li TU300 comes either in full black, inside and out, or alternatively in silver. It will be available in the UK in early October at our friends from Overclockers UK. The PC-TU300A will set you back £179.90 and the PC-TU300X with all black interior can be yours for £199.90. That’s actually not bad compared to the TU-200 mini-ITX brother and only a minor increase in price for a lot more space.

Silicon Power Unveils Latest 4TB USB3 External Hard Drive

SP/ Silicon Power unveiled their new-designed 3.5-inch USB 3.0 external hard drive, the Stream S06. Taking all aspects into consideration without compromising, the Stream S06 is build upon the USB 3.0 interface and with high capacities up to 4TB. The elegant look and exclusive handle design is the wonderful combination of beauty and functionality and allows for an easier carrying.

With a capacity of 4TB it can store up to 1.952 million high-resolution digital photos, 976 thousand songs or 1,760 hours Full-HD videos and with the USB 3.0 interface the transfer should be swift, may it be backup or storage. The Stream S06 features special-designed case that can be put upright or flat to perfectly fit in different space conditions. Equipped with ventilation holes, Stream S06 enables excellent energy-efficiency and great cooling effect.

To satisfy different users’ needs, the Stream S06 USB 3.0 external hard drive is available in three sizes, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB. All Silicon Power external hard drive products are backed by a 3-year warranty and come with the free download software SP Widget, which provides seven major backup and security tools and a 60-day trial version of NIS (Norton Internet Security). No word on pricing yet.

Stream S06 Product Features:

  • Extremely high storage capacity up to 4TB
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Intelligent handle design, easy to carry and use
  • Special-designed case that can be put upright or flat
  • Exclusive ventilation holes, enabling incredible cooling effect
  • LED indicator, easier for users to recognize the transferring status
  • Power saving sleep mode
  • SP Widget free download software, providing 7 major back-up and security functions


Stream S06 Product Specifications:

  • Dimension:199 * 117.7 * 36.3 mm
  • Weight:770~876 g (by capacity)
  • Capacity:2TB、3TB、4TB
  • Material:Plastic
  • Color:Black
  • Interface:USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible
  • Data transfer rates:Max. 5 Gbps (USB 3.0 Mode)
  • Power supply:DC12V
  • Supported operating systems:Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, Linux 2.6.31 or later, Mac OS 10.5 or later
  • Operating temperature:5℃~ 55℃
  • Storage temperature:-40℃~ 70℃
  • Warranty:3-year warranty

Thank you Silicon Power for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Silicon Power.