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Acronis True Image Next Generation

Acronis released its new premium subscription for True Image 2017 dubbed Acronis True Image Next Generation. Acronis Active Protection which was released for the WIndows version, scans for ransomware-like activity all the while the Next Generation feature prevents malicious changes to the MBR of your system. The new antivirus-like tech from Acronis has some other neat features to add but also adds to the price.

The product debuts Acronis Active Protection on the Windows edition. It’s a real-time behavioral monitoring system which looks for ransomware-like activity on your PC, detecting and blocking any attempted file encryption. Next Generation prevents malicious changes to your Master Boot Record, helping to keep you safe from some ransomware and assorted other threats.

Source: BetaNews

3D TV is dead

I always hesitate to claim any technology is dead, however, 3D TV is spiraling very quickly and will see LG and Sony drop support for it in 2017. Samsung dropped support back in 2016 and all three of the major companies I've mentioned held on longer than Vizio who dropped support back in 2013. No other major TV-makers released any new 3D  TV capable devices this year at CES. 

Will we ever see 3D TV again? It's not looking good, however, you never know when makers figure out a way to improve the technology enough to get people excited again, never is a long time! CNET has more on the seemingly close end of 3D TV.

It's been a walking corpse for the last couple of years, and now 3D TV finally looks dead.

LG and Sony, the last two major TV makers to support the 3D feature in their TVs, will stop doing so in 2017. None of their sets, not even high-end models such as their new OLED TVs, will be able to show 3D movies and TV shows.

Samsung dropped 3D support in 2016; Vizio hasn't offered it since 2013. Other smaller names, like Sharp, TCL and Hisense, also failed to announce any 3D-capable TVs at CES 2017.

No video streaming on the Nintendo Switch at launch

The Nintendo Switch at launch will apparently be missing a couple things, in particular, the ability to steam video from the big sites like Netflix or Hulu. They are saying that feature could be added later but the lack of support for Netflix and Hulu is a bit of a head-scratcher. Support for Wii and Wii U controllers will also be missing (but could be added later). Kotaku has a bunch of other questions that they asked Nintendo over here if you are on the fence about pre-ordering.

The Switch won’t have Netflix or any other video apps at launch, but it will have a Mii Maker app. No video capture, sad to say.

Last week, just after the Switch event, we sent Nintendo a bunch of questions about their new hardware, which launches on March 3. Today, Nintendo sent back responses. Here’s the full list, complete with Nintendo’s answers (and non-answers)

Samsung points fingers on the Note 7

Samsung has been working on trying to figure out what went wrong with the Note 7 battery issue and is pointing the finger at the battery makers. They've hired 3 independent quality-control firms that point the finger to manufacturing faults and irregular sized batteries as the root of the problem that made these phones potentially have a meltdown. Unfortunately for Samsung they were using batteries from one of their subsidiaries. At this point no matter of investigating is going to help public perception on the Note 7, but I'm sure they are pouring the money into making sure this doesn't happen again. The Verge has the full story.

Samsung’s official investigation into the cause of widespread faults with the Galaxy Note 7 will blame “irregularly sized” batteries and manufacturing faults, according to a report fromThe Wall Street Journal. The company is set to announce the results of its inquiry this weekend, but the WSJ claims to have revealed its conclusions early, citing information from “people familiar with the matter.”

The WSJ says Samsung hired three independent “quality-control and supply-chain analysis firms” to conduct its investigation, with these firms concluding that two separate faults affected the Note 7.

Maybe Linux isn't dead?

Linux is always being called dead, however, every few months they see a little spike and then quickly get forgotten about again by the mainstream public. One of the big surges they've seen is that Dell now offers laptops with Linux pre-installed and thanks to a new interview over at OMGUbuntu, it doesn't look like Dell has any plans of stopping that. Dell now offers multiple models with Linux and has no plans of stopping thanks to 'tens of millions dollars' of sales. 

Curious about Dell’s ever-expanding range of Linux pre-loaded laptops?

So  popular Linux personality Bryan Lunduke, who recently took an hour out to talk to Dell’s Senior Architect in the office of CTO — try saying that with a mouthful of doughnut — Barton George.

Netflix keeps growing

2016 was an interesting year for Netflix as they gambled on original content and let some of their movie selection that they were getting from other companies go away. The gamble of course has worked as they've seen over 7 million new users last year and could be hitting 100 million users by March. The stock market also was excited and they've seen their stock surge upwards. CNBC has more on the good new at the Netflix camp.

Netflix shares surged as much as 9 percent in late trading after the company posted subscriber numbers that crushed its own guidance.

The stock was last seen near $144, about 8 percent higher in extended trade on Wednesday as more than 3 million shares changed hands.

The company said it added 7.05 million subscribers during the fiscal fourth quarter. Not only was that figure well above its own expectations of 5.2 million, but Netflix said it was the largest-ever quarterly subscriber growth in its history.

Immersive Cooled Gigabyte Server

The video below shows some nifty immersive cooling on a Gigabyte server using some pretty awesome inert liquid hydrocarbon fluid. It's worth a look and a read as to how Gigabyte plans to push this into the datacenter. Upgrading hardware just became a little more difficult.


Novec 72DA liquid is a solution of 70% 1,2-trans-dichloroethylene, 4-16% ethyl nonafluorobutyl ether, 4-6% ethyl nonafluoroisobutyl ether and trace other similar methyl variants. The liquid has a boiling point of 45ºC at very low viscosity (0.4 cP, compared to 0.89 cP for water), but also a low specific heat capacity (1.33 J/g/K, compared to 4.184 for water).


Oh, is that how it works? Ok. Thanks!

Source: AnandTech

Microsoft Pushes Windows 7 Out the Door

Microsoft really doesn't want to support multiple Operating Systems so they are pushing hard to get people onto the latest Windows 10 platform. While support for Windows 7 should extend to 2020, Microsoft is doing everything they can to get people upgraded. They are already trying to scare people that in the three years until official EOL, security needs won't be covered in Windows 7 and you should upgrade now.

If that’s not enough reason to switch, the page also points out that "Windows 10 is the only version of Windows that provides the appropriate support for the latest chips from Intel, AMD and Qualcomm. In addition, many programs are already being written or developed for the newer versions of Windows".

Source: BetaNews

Tiny Zotac PC Can Run VR

We've followed along with Zotac since their creation about 10 years ago and they've managed to do some pretty amazing things with a super small form factor PC. They were the company that pioneered the NUC from Intel and have really pushed the envelop to get real-PCs into tiny little enclosures. The beautiful thing about Zotac, is that they aren't putting cruddy hardware into small boxes. They have some pretty powerful Kaby Lake boxes that use NVIDIA GTX hardware as well. This would make a great "wearable" PC if you just had to do VR.

The Magnus EN1070K is the latest entry in the Zotac E-series of miniature desktop computers, and measures in with a tiny footprint of 8.27 x 7.9 inches (or a little bigger than a Mac Mini). But it packs some serious firepower into the small size, offering a current-generation Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, up to 32GB of RAM, and both an M.2 SSD slot and a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay for internal storage.

Source: TheVerge

Cloud Gaming is a Big Thing - Seriously, This Time.

Cloud gaming has been in the works for years and there have been a few companies that have dared bring it to market. One of these was OnLive and they promised "Lag Free Gaming to Any Device". The idea is that they render the game on their computers, stream it to your device, listen for your inputs, send them to their servers, make the input selections in game and then send you back the results in the next frame. Obviously, this didn't work well for them. Now LiquidSky has bellied up to the proverbial bar and tries their hand at it. The claim AAA titles on any device 

If all goes well, LiquidSky won't stay contained in the gaming world. McLoughlin dreams of unifying the technology industry through cloud computing. Just like he's attempting to make every Windows, Mac, Linux and Android device run the same games in the same way, he eventually wants to make cross-platform functionality standard across all industries.

Source: Engadget

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