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Hard Drive Cost per Gigabyte

Hard Drive prices have pretty much hit rock bottom and while the price has been dropping over the past few years, it's now reached a place where companies can't drop the price much more - or they will all go broke. The good thing is that the prices are pretty affrodable all around. Right now if you want the most storage for your money and need to stretch your cost-per-GB dollar, the 4TB drive is probably the way to go. Usually, a smaller drive costs more per GB, but the 6TB and 8TB drives haven't dropped to the point where they are cheaper than the 4TB version at this point. Cost per GB is a mere $0.025 per GB. Yup, less than 3¢/GB.

The manufacturing and marketing efficiencies that drive the pricing of hard drives seems to have changed over time. For example, the 6 TB drives have been in the market at least 3 years, but are not even close to the cost per gigabyte of the 4 TB drives. Meanwhile, back in 2011, the 3 TB drives models fell below the cost per gigabyte of the 2 TB drives they “replaced” within a few months.

Source: Backblaze

Microsoft Bundles Office and Windows 10 into One Subscription

I called it. Microsoft denied it, but I called it. There WILL be subscriptions of Windows 10 and in the future, Windows will end up being a full subscription model. In the meantime, they are trying to ease you into it with a combo-subscription for Office 365 and Windows 10 - all wrapped up in one neat little package. They are throwing other services and tools into the bundle, and in truth it is probably a good deal - if you like paying some something forever. So far it's still focused at "business", but it has trickled from "enterprise" already and will end up in "professional" and "home" packages.

Microsoft 365 Business will launch in public preview on August 2, and is designed for "small- to medium-sized business with up to 300 users. It includes Office 365 Business Premium, along with "tailored security and management features from Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security", as well as a "centralized console for deploying and securing devices and users in one location."

Source: Neowin

Amazon Prime Day Yields Big Cuts

If you're an Amazon Prime Member, you'll be happily enjoying Amazon Prime Day Deals. If not, go become a Prime Member Now

One simple reason to is to get great deals (as well as free shipping) on things like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. There are more super savings all over the place. For us Canadians, things like the Kindle Paperwhite are under $100! Go check it out!

Source: AmazonPrimeDay

Ubuntu Linux - Now On Windows Store

In a rather weird move, Microsoft has allowed Ubuntu Linux to show up as an application for installation on the Windows Store. To be fair, this is not a full install, but rather a virtualized client that runs within Windows. If you want to play around with Ubuntu and see how it works (and sometimes doesn't), this is a safe way to give it a try. I still use Linux on my Raspberry Pi and rather enjoy the Ubuntu version for the ARM processor. It's solid.

Ubuntu on Windows allows one to use Ubuntu Terminal and run Ubuntu command line utilities including bash, ssh, git, apt and many more. To use this feature, one first needs to use "Turn Windows features on or off" and select "Windows Subsystem for Linux", click OK, reboot, and use this app.

The above step can also be performed using Administrator PowerShell prompt: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux.

After above is done simply use "ubuntu" command in cmd.exe or launch Ubuntu from the start menu.

Source: Microsoft

Biggest VAC Ban Happened After Steam Summer Sale

The Steam Summer Sale is over and Valve made a lot of money selling games. If you bought a bunch of new games, you'll want to make sure you're not a cheater. There were over 40,000 cheaters that got banned right after the sale - and I'm sure the Valve is not willing to refund these pond-scum suckers any money. That's the price you pay if you want to cheat, and I have no sympathy for them. Still, it would have been a little more honorable if Valve had banned them before they took their money. Karma is rough.

July 5 was the last day of the Steam Summer Sale; subsequently, Valve cracked down on cheaters the next morning, knowing that they’d want to get their game on another account at a discount. Cheaters have been an unrelenting force, especially during the summer, in Dota 2 and even more prominently in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive because of this cheap workaround.

Source: Dot eSports

Self-Charging Smart Watch Will Win the Wearable War

Smart watches have one thing in common - poor battery life (especially now that Pebble is gone), but if a company could pull off a solid smart watch that would charge itself via kinetic energy, solar and even thermal induction from the wearer, it could turn the world of wearables on it's head. I know that it would turn my head as it could solve a lot of my frustrations. I know I'm not alone in the world were our nifty wearables are in a draw because they are always dead when we want them. Here's hoping they call pull it off.

The biggest question surrounding a kinetic power source for a smartwatch is, of course, how long can it go with little or no movement before it’s dead? (And how long will it take to recharge at that point?) If kinetic energy sources were viable for smartwatches on a major scale you’d think a major company would’ve tried it by now. Either way, Sequent is giving it a shot.

Source: TheVerge

$140 ASRock Board Supports 13 Graphics Cards

If you really need to get your Bitcoin mining going, you need to add another GPU to your rig - or a total of 13 - whichever the case may be. ASRock has just put together a pretty amazing little board for a mere $140 that can support up to 13 graphics cards. You will need a pretty solid PSU to make it happen, but that's easy when compared to cramming 13 graphics card slots on a single E-ATX motherboard. Check it out.

Last month at Computex, ASRock announced that its new H110 Pro BTC+ cryptocurrency mining motherboard will support 13 GPUs through PCI-e. However, the only way you can effectively use all that potential is by running Linux, until Microsoft patches this arbitrary limitation in Windows. The motherboard will cost a reported $140, which is an excellent price and option, especially for those that were thinking about building a unit with more than six cards.

Source: Neowin

Honda Bets on Luxury - Not Range in EV

While we all want to be pampered, Honda has bet big on luxury with the Clarity electric vehicle. What they've sacrificed in order to give you all the luxury is range. Currently the Clarity has a mere range of 80'ish miles. That's it. It's like buying a Smart Watch and then having to charge it up at noon. Sure, it's nice - just like many other cars that burn fuel and get 600 miles range. Either way, it's a bold move - but I think it will leave you underwhelmed.

The Prius took off while Honda continued to produce the less-popular Insight along with a few other hybrids including a V6 Accord. The company even tip-toed into the electric market with a limited run of Fit EVs. But as for a proper electric platform, it wasn't until this year that the automaker decided to enter the market with the Clarity.


Source: Engadget

Best Keyboards From 80's is Back

If you worked in an office back in the 80's - or remember your parents working at home on a company computer, you may remember the IBM Model F keyboard. This is heralded by many as the best keyboard ever. In many ways current mechanical keyboards have gleaned their style and inspiration from the Model F. While it is not officially back, a historian has re-created the keyboard faithfully and is making the "buckling spring" switch back.

Modern-day mechanical keyboards are different. Instead of rubber domes, they tend to use individual switches with innards made of plastic and metal. Cherry is the brand name to know in this world, offering switches of varying design to provide different feelings—stiffer sprints for firmer pushback, and, of course, keys designed to clack.

Source: PopularMechanics

Amazon and Dish to enter wireless market?

Well here is a good rumor for a Friday, Amazon and Dish are looking at a partnership to enter the wireless industry. I think it would be fair to say not many people saw this one coming and lately the only news coming from the wireless industry is the small guys getting gobbled up by the big guys at a record pace. Both companies have some big dollars behind them and Amazon in particular has lots of future plans that having their own wireless network could be a huge plus. I'm sure most people will agree that more competition in the wireless market wouldn't be a bad thing, especially by a company like Amazon who is famous for undercutting everyone on price. TechSpot has the story.

Two of the largest players in their respective industries have reportedly discussed a partnership to enter the cutthroat wireless business.

Sources familiar with the matter tell The Wall Street Journal that Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen – both described as eccentric billionaires with “geek tendencies” and similar interests in robotics and space – have developed a friendship over the past year.

The two have reportedly even discussed a possible joint venture to enter the wireless business with a couple of different ideas having been floated.

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