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Free Chromebook with 1TB Drive Purchase

Google is following up with the Microsoft outages with an offer that sounds pretty good if you're getting tired of Microsoft and have been sitting on the fence when it comes to purchasing a Chromebook. Right now, Google has upped the 200GB of Drive storage to 1TB for two years if you buy a new Chromebook and activate the offer before January 1, 2015. I know I'll be looking seriously at picking one up around Black Friday for sure. Although those cheap Windows laptops are tempting as well... Both make a great take-it-to-CES rig for casual duties.

They say that this represents a $240 value and considering that most Chromebooks are in the $200 to $300 range, it’s almost like the purchase pays for itself. Contrast this to the 50GB of Dropbox you typically get for free with the activation of a new Samsung smartphone or tablet, for example, and that full 1TB is starting to sound pretty juicy.

Source: MegaTechNews

Microsoft Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week of Outages

Following a new Cortana ad (that was a win), they tried to stay positive when Bing went down last week. Upon trying to fix that issue, Xbox Live went down and then their Windows Store failed as well. There were even reports that Outlook was even down for a bit and this makes it really hard to trust the guys in Redmond when they tell us that we need to move everything to their cloud. I'm going to take a wait and see approach before I grab my Office 365 membership and move all my data to their "free" storage. Sometimes you get what you pay for.

Considering that Microsoft had a series of outages this week, while their cloud infrastructure has typically had good up-time, this will place a small bit of doubt in the mind of consumers if they were impacted and could not access their content. Because the market is extremely competitive, companies are not measured by how often they are online but how often they are offline.

Source: Neowin

4K and Gaming: Two Monitors - Fight!

If you are getting excited about 4K gaming and what that will look like, you'll need a great system with graphics that are better than a R9 270X - I'd say R9 280X at the minimum as well as a decent 4K display. There are a few options and getting to be more and more all the time. A couple of the affordable contenders are put head-to-head and now that these start at $700, it's pretty hard to pass up one of these for your next major monitor purchase.

Of the two, the 4K U2868PQU came closer to what I would need out of an everyday monitor, though it's certainly not perfect. On the downside, AOC managed to hit such a low price point for a 28-inch 4K monitor in part by going with a cheaper TN panel, rather than IPS. As such, viewing angles and color accuracy took a hit, and editing photos got a bit frustrating. Such drawbacks are easier to forgive on a gaming-centric display like the G2460PG, but less so on a more "professional" monitor.

Source: Engadget

Siri vs. Cortana - Bigger

If you're Microsoft, you don't usually post ads that are catchy and that attack other companies. There are several reasons for this. The biggest reason is that Microsoft doesn't always have what it takes to back up their smack-talk. Here's hoping for their sake that Cortana can turn this around - all while staying slim and trim.

 

iLuv TimeShaker Micro Radio / Pillow Shaker Review

We have just posted up our review of the iLuv TimeShaker Micro Radio. This is a Bluetooth alarm clock/radio that features USB charging and a "pillow shaker" to help you get up without waking your partner. If you have a hard time getting out of bed, strap this to your forehead before you go to sleep and you'll wake up with a start and get to work on time. You might think you're having a stroke as well, but that will just make the day better when you find out you're healthy! Take a look at our review for all the details.

The shaker feature of the clock is spectauclar. For the first couple of mornings I put it under my pillow as recommended. After that I would gently slide it up the sleeve of my girlfriend and watch her freak out in the morning as I yelled "spider" when it started to vibrate. It was a very effective wake-up call.

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Kinect Sensor + Music = Awesome Video of the Day

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In their first collaborative work „MOMENTUM“ the user and his surroundings transforms into a fluid creature in an ever-transforming system of particles. A virtual reality, in which movement becomes sound and music and matter seems to dissolve.

Far Cry 4 Benchmarked on PC

If you want to know if your system is up to the task to run Far Cry 4, make sure you head on over and find out before you drop $70 on this new title. It is tested on a very decent PC with a whole bunch of graphics cards to show you how it scales. You should find everything you need as far as information at 1680x1050, 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 using DX11. Enjoy!

For benchmarking we used fraps to record 60 seconds of gameplay. The section of the game used for testing was the first objective to take the tower offline. At the start we jumped into a car with auto-drive enabled so it would take us on the same path to the tower each time. This made each run easy to repeat accurately and allowed us to record the kind of frame rates you should see when playing Far Cry 4.

Source: TechSpot

Loon Baloon Crashes in Africa

If you think that having your internet crash is a bit of a pain, be thankful that you are not depending on Google's Project Loon just yet. As part of the testing process, there were a lot of these baloons deployed and not all of them were met with success. One didn't work out well over Africa and a sheep farmer discovered one of these crashed on his property. Thankfully, no sheep were harmed.

Botha didn’t know what to make of the balloon, especially since it contained several electronic components. His 20-year-old daughter, Sarita, was just as intrigued, and took photos of the balloon on her smartphone, sending them to her brothers John, 30, and Benny, 27. The brothers identified the words “Made in the USA” and “Google X” on the pictures, and so Googled “Google X” and balloons.

Source: WSJ

Nearly All Top 100 Apps Have Been Hacked

When it comes to getting Apps from sources other than the official markets, you're taking serious chances. Last year just over half of the Apps available on both iOS and Android platforms had been hacked, infected with malware and then released on less-than-reputable sites, and today those numbers climb up  to over 87%. That's not great news - if you like to pirate applications for your device. There are other apps affected of course, but the Top 100 are always the biggest target. PSA: Pay for what you get. It will be cheaper in the long run.

As a specialist in application protection, Arxan has an obvious vested interest in talking up the threat from poorly protected mobile apps. However, that's not to say it isn't onto something. The recent discovery of the WireLurker iOS malware provides evidence that the issue of tampered apps is a real and present danger.

Source: TheRegister

Destiny Trial & Demo

If you weren't a part of the beta demo for Destiny, you are still able to try out the demo - or a trial here right away. The good news is that the progress and characters you develop in either of these test versions will carry on into the full game if you decide to pull the trigger and pick one up. This is pretty cool and I'm glad to see more and more companies take this approach. It makes the decision a little easier and starting the full game a little less painful.

Beginning November 18th, 2014, players will be able to try Destiny for free via Trial or Demo. Both experiences offer a sampling of character creation and progression, story mission content, along with cooperative and social activities.
  • The Destiny Trial is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • The Destiny Demo is available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


Source: Bungie

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