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App Pick - Spending Tracker

A billion people on Facebook....in one day

Facebook just pulled off another first in the history of social media, they had 1 billion people use Facebook on Monday. Yup, 1 in 7 people in the entire logged into Facebook to check what their friends were having for supper and watch shared cat videos. This is an impressive feat for humanity and we will tell our children about it many years from now. Regardless of how you feel about Facebook, it's still an impressive accomplishment. The Verge has the details.

The biggest social network on earth keeps getting bigger. Today Facebook announced a huge milestone: a billion people used the service Monday, founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a post. "On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family," he wrote. "When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world."

FINALLY!

Google Chrome will start blocking auto-playing flash ads and auto-playing videos on non-video websites on September 1st by default. I'm not sure why they are waiting until September 1st and yes I know that you can turn them off already, but seriously, I can't imagine there is a single person that enjoys a blaring laundry soap commercial starting to play when you are visiting a website and then you've got to search for the stupid ad so that you can mute it. Arstechnica has the details.

Google has a set a date of September 1 for when its Chrome browser will block all Flash content that isn't "central to the webpage." Flash content, such as ads or auto-playing videos on non-video websites, will be automatically paused by default—but you can click to play them if you wish. Embedded video players on sites like YouTube and Vimeo will still work, of course.

Windows 10 hits 75 Million

Microsoft has announced that since July 29, Windows 10 has been activated on 75 Million devices so far. Microsoft as hit some pretty impressive milestones with Windows 10 and the number continues to grow to an impressive 75 Million devices so far. ZDNet takes a look at all things Windows 10.

Within the first 24 hours of Windows 10's release on July 29, Microsoft said its newest OS was installed on 14 million devices. Two weeks after Windows 10's launch, 12.6 percent of all unique visitors to ZDNet (roughly one out of every eight, including mobile devices) were using Windows 10.

On August 26, a little under a month after launch, Microsoft officials said Windows 10 is now on more than 75 million devices worldwide. The new total comes courtesy of Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, who tweeted the latest numbers today.

Angry Staff

The makers of Angry Birds, Rovio, have announced that they are going to be laying off 38% of their staff (up to 260 people) after the company has decided they need to restructure. Angry Birds launched Rovio and it appears that the rapid and massive growth wasn't even close to being sustainable. I don't think anyone is too surprised to see them unable to sustain the levels that they hit when Angry Birds became a massive success. The Independent has the full story over here.

Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, is looking to lay off 38 per cent of its staff because it “did too many things”.

The company — whose most famous game is Angry Birds, but also makes other games like Jolly Jam and Stella Pop — said that it would “restructure its businesses around three primary business areas. That will involve negotiating redundancies for up to 260 staff, it said.

Only the staff working on The Angry Birds Movie in the US and Canada will be safe from the cuts, it said.

Weekly Tech Update #325 - Blackberry and Android Get Cozy

We have just posted up Episode #325 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing BlackBerry gets friendly with Android, Music streaming sucks and there is actually one California law that makes sense. Check out those stories and more at the links below.

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Games for Gold Includes Tomb Raider & Crysis 3

Microsoft is stepping up their game with their Games for Gold program this month. Sometimes the free games that you get with your Xbox Live Gold membership are pretty weak, but Tomb Raider and Crysis 3 are still somewhat relevant and are pretty awesome titles to snag for free. The only hitch is that Xbox One users get Tomb Raider, and Xbox 360 users get Crysis 3.

From the ERPs suggested by Microsoft, by downloading all of the above titles, you are able to receive $89.96 in games at no extra cost. Obviously, many stores offer the games at a lower price point, but regardless, these are still great titles to receive for free. It was estimated that over $500 worth of free games were given away though the program last year.

Source: Neowin

Simple Android Device Mirror

There are many different ways that a person can mirror their phone screen on their desktop or TV,  but none are as fast, simple and as easily interactive as Vysor. This little application installs on your Android device and connects with your PC via a Chrome Browser plug-in. Once those are installed, you can mirror - as well as a use your desktop mouse to click on the screen of your phone that is viewable on your PC. Mouse wheel, keyboard and more work seemlessly. It's super DUPER awesome. As this is a browser plugin, it works equally well on Chromebook, Windows, Apple and Linux systems.

Vysor puts a fully controllable window of your Android on your desktop. An easy install Chrome app, compatible with all operating systems.

http://www.vysor.io/

 

Source: Vysor

Office 2016 Coming Next Month

If you've been waiting patiently for the Office 2016 preview to come out of beta, you won't have to wait that much longer. Sources show that Microsoft is just about ready to launch their next office program which seems to rely a bit more heavily than I'd like, on an Office 365 subscription. Of course you can install all the software stand-alone, but I had a couple of issues myself that made me uninstall and wait for the final release. That wait should be over on September 22.

The new release will boast a tasteful and colourful new user interface which will bring parity with the existing Mac, Android and iOS apps, or an alternative dark theme for Funeral For A Friend fans. The biggest change in Office 2016 is collaboration in real time, a first for the desktop version. Web-based versions of Office and its rivals all pride themselves on this functionality, but bringing it to the desktop is something a bit special.

Source: TheInquirer

Android App Pick #190 - Spending Tracker

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we getting all financial on you with Spending Tracker. This little app doesn't require any crazy permissions to your bank account, but it can help you identify and keep track of your spending so you can save money. It's a great little app to help you budget your hard-earned money!

Spending Tracker

 

Enjoy!

App That Can "See" Wireless Networks

There are somre pretty crazy applications that are very useful and some that just appear to be useful. According to the the site below, they've built an application that can help you visualize exactly where the radio waves are. While this may indeed be a bit far-fetched, radio waves are pretty static and I could see this as possible. Take a look at the video at the link below.

The infosphere* relies on an intricate network of signals, wired and wireless, that support it. We are completely surrounded by an invisible system of data cables and radio signals from access points, cell towers and overhead satellites. Our digital lives depend on these very physical systems for communication, observation and navigation.

 

Source: ArchitectureOfRadio

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