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Tech retailer Newegg finally scraps 15-year ban on the name 'Mohammad'

Mashable

Newegg users can now give their name as "Mohammad" when leaving reviews, because apparently they couldn't do that before. The online tech retailer is revising its language filter after it was called out for banning one of the most popular names in the world -- for 15 years. The issue was brought to light by Mohammad Al-Tayyar, a government worker in Kuwait, who discovered it after attempting to review one of the products on Newegg's website. "I was writing a review @Newegg and the system marked my name (Mohammad) as: "UNACCEPTABLE WORDS USED -- offensive language," Al-Tayyar tweeted on Wednesday, sharing a screenshot of the error message. "Is my name offensive @Newegg?" Other users were quickly able to duplicate this, indicating that Al-Tayyar's experience wasn't just an unfortunate bug. "Just verified this - I guess @Newegg wants your reviews unless you have the most common first name on Earth," tweeted game developer Rami Ismail. I was writing a review @Newegg and the system marked my name (Mohammad) as: "UNACCEPTABLE WORDS USED - offensive language". Is my name offensive @Newegg? Speaking to Mashable via DM, Al-Tayyar said he'd been trying to review a laptop and NAS storage he'd purchased for his 6-year-old daughter, who was using them for remote learning. He was shocked to see Newegg flag his name as potentially offensive "in a big red alert all in caps." For Al-Tayyar, the alert was yet another example of the damaging, pervasive nature of Islamophobia. Fear and hatred of Arab and Muslim people has caused even the most innocent elements of their culture to be regarded with suspicion, inflicting undeniable harm to these communities. "Every time I see a movie in the media or the video games...[a]ll the Arab/Muslims [are] displayed as the bad, evil, stupid thieves," said Al-Tayyar, noting that Arab people are often negatively depicted as "in the desert with the camels." "Now the system [is] telling me I have to change my name?" Our team looked into the list of words and looks like it was added in 2006. Words were added when used inappropriately on our site, so likely there was an incident back then that led to this. Regardless, we feel this is wrong and are updating the list as we speak. Al-Tayyar told Mashable he emailed Newegg about this issue, but has not yet received a response. However, Newegg did quickly respond on Twitter, apologising and stating that "Mohammad" has now been removed from its list of prohibited words. According to Newegg, the name had been on its banned list since it was first added in 2006. The company stated it had banned religious terms that were being misused, including "Jesus" and "God." "Words were added when used inappropriately on our site, so likely there was an incident back then that led to this," wrote Newegg's official Twitter account. "Regardless, we feel this is wrong and are updating the list as we speak.


Great gaming for ludicrously cheap: Get a PowerColor Radeon RX 570 with 3 games for $140

PCWorld

You can find some wickedly good deals on AMD's Radeon RX 500-series cards right now, and today's might just be the best one yet. We get excited when we see this card selling for $170. Newegg doesn't indicate when the sale price will end. And you don't just get the graphics card for your money. You'll also receive AMD's Raise the Game bundle that tosses in codes for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Star Control: Origins, and Strange Brigade for free.


Upgrade your gaming rig with these smoking-hot graphics card deals

PCWorld

It's a great time to upgrade if you're looking to score a new graphics card for cheap. With Nvidia's high-end GeForce RTX 2070 and GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti now available, we're starting to see some seriously enticing discounts on graphics cards for lower budgets too--a merciful situation after a year of cryptocurrency-induced price inflation. If you're looking to level up to no-compromises 1080p gaming or push a 1440p monitor screaming past 60fps, we've found deals worth checking out. The most enticing deals come in around the $200 price range, where you'll find graphics cards that deliver superb 1080p gaming experiences. First up: The PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570, which is on sale for just $160 at NeweggRemove non-product link.


Newegg's got an EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming for $180 right now

PCWorld

Consider this your weekly reminder that we are still in the end throes of the graphics card crisis. That means sometimes the sales drop down to the original MSRP, and sometimes they get closer than before--like today's deal. Right now, Newegg's got the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming for $180 with code EMCPWPV24. While that's still $40 more than its $139 MSRP, it's about $30 cheaper than the next lowest price you'll find right now and the same price Amazon offered during the retailer's PC hardware sale back in April. Newegg says its sale ends on Thursday, July 12.


Newegg's got an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for well under $450 with rebate

PCWorld

The graphics card sale pricing keeps on getting better. Today only you can pick up an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Duke 8G for $420 with the checkout code EMCSPVRW2 and a $20 mail-in rebate. That makes the up-front cost $445, which is still $45 cheaper than what you'll see for this same graphics card on Amazon right now. As our GPU expert Brad Chacos wrote in our roundup of the best graphics cards, a GTX 1070 Ti is a good card to get for 1440p gaming on fast 144Hz displays. That's why we were so excited in early June when we found the EVGA GTX 1070 Ti SC Black for $470, which was that particular card's MSRP.


Newegg's got a 24-inch 1080p 144Hz FreeSync monitor for under $200

PCWorld

It's gamer deal day here at PCWorld, and by that we mean we found a great bargain on a nice monitor--especially if you're into 1080p gaming. The deal ends on Saturday. This monitor features a 1 millisecond response time, which in combination with the 144Hz, should tip off longtime gamers that this is a TN panel. The great thing about TN panels is they deliver blisteringly fast response times, but they don't always have the same vibrant colors and wide viewing angles as slower IPS displays.


These Are the Best Black Friday Video Game Deals

TIME - Tech

Whether you're gaming on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, these are the best Black Friday deals we've seen so far.


Newegg's got a $10 discount on Call of Duty: World War II

PCWorld

You thought it would never come, but the end of the year is almost upon us, and with it the latest Call of Duty release from Activision. Now's your chance to catch the game at a discount before it rolls out: Today, Newegg's selling Call of Duty: WWII for $50. Here are the caveats: This is for the disc-based version of the PC game, and it's one of those "see price in cart" deals, so you won't see the price on Newegg's listings. The game is set to release on November 3, and Newegg says the disc will ship "after" this date. That means you probably won't be playing on day one, but you're saving 10 bucks.


Save 40 percent on Overwatch GOTY Edition

PCWorld

Newegg's got a sale on video games going into the weekend. Right now you can get Blizzard's Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition for $36 with coupon code EMCBRBD25. This game is normally $60--the standard edition is $30--meaning you're getting 40 percent off. In the case of Overwatch, the GOTY tag means you get 10 bonus loot boxes as part of the package--don't tell Hayden. Newegg's sale lasts until just before end of day on Thursday, October 19.


Our favorite affordable smart plug is at a new low price right now

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Our favorite affordable smart plug is at a new low price right now (Photo: Reviewed.com) If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Smart home devices can make everyday tasks easier, leaving more time and energy for other more important aspects of your life. But, they also often carry a hefty price tag.