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Weekly Tech Update #430 - HTC Vive is Windows Phone

We have just posted up Episode #430 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing Facebook still hasn't fixed its problem, Apple contemplates life after Intel and goodbye Steam Machines - the gaming system that never really was. We have those stories and more...

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Tesla on the verge of bankruptcy?

Analysts are scratching their heads on Tesla right now and some are even predicting that Tesla might be bankrupt in a matter of months. Tesla has had major issues getting their Model 3 cars to market in a timely matter, has seen their demand for their higher end vehicles decrease, and overall just keep losing money.

Interestingly enough, with Tesla's current stock prices, they are currently valued more than Ford. Here's another fun fact, in 2017, Ford produced 6 million vehicles and made $7.6 billion profit. Tesla produced 100,000 vehicles and lost 2 billion.

Marketwatch has the full story. 

Unless Elon Musk “pulls a rabbit out of his hat,” Tesla will be bankrupt within four months, says John Thompson of Vilas Capital Management.

“Companies eventually have to make a profit, and I don’t ever see that happening here,” he told MarketWatch. “This is one of the worst income statements I’ve ever seen and between the story and the financials, the financials will win out in this case."

Mario Kart Monopoly: Fist Fight Edition

Here's a recipe for success:

  • Add 1 part Mario Kart - The video game that has ruined many friendships
  • Then mix in 1 part Monopoly - The board game that ends in a fight and the board being flung across the room

And BAM!! You've got the new Mario Kart version of Monopoly that will most likely end with a fist fight and quite possibly multiple black eyes. 

Seriously, this is a bad idea and needs to be stopped.

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Weekly Tech Update #429 - The Facebook Craptacular

We have just posted up Episode #429 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing the Facebook crap-tacular, Apple's upcoming release event and Uber suspended from Autonomous vehicle testing in Arizona. We have those stories and more...

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LG V30 64GB Smartphone Evaluation

We have just posted our evaluation of the LG V30 64GB Smartphone. This is a solid device that packs in the Snapdragon 835 processor, enough ram and storage to get pretty much every job done. The camera quality is stellar and the overall fit and finish is fantastic. If you need a new wireless device and can score a good deal on one of these, you should seriously consider the LG V30. It's the first device I've used that could happily replace my S8.

It's been a few years since I've ridden the LG Smartphone wagon and I got to say, it was good to be back. The V30 is everything you need in a smartphone and then exceeds your needs and gives you a truckload of things that you want. Great battery life. Check. Amazing wide-angle camera. Check. Fantastic screen. Check. Excellent audio quality thanks to Quad DACs. Check. Smooth, plain interface that doesn't lag - and the list goes on and on.

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Now would be a good time for Zuckerberg to resign

This week has pretty much just been Facebook news thanks to a couple scandals that they are involved from and the fact that shareholders are dumping stock causing their value to plummet.

The guys over at TechCrunch look at the issues that Facebook is faceing and ask the question, whether it might be the time for Mark Zuckerberg to resign?

I've got a funny feeling this will be a topic of conversation on an upcoming WeeklyTechUpdate episode....

Facebook is at the center of a dozen controversies, and outrage is peaking. The social network has failed again and again at expanding beyond a handful of core features. Doubts of its usefulness, and assertions of its uselessness, are multiplying. A crisis of confidence at multiple levels threatens the company’s structure and mission. Now is the time for Mark Zuckerberg to spare himself the infamy and resign — for Facebook’s sake and his own.

I’m not calling for his resignation, and I don’t say this out of any animus toward Zuckerberg; I personally believe him to be genuine and driven in his stated desire to connect the world — but likely increasingly frustrated by the unexpected consequences of this naive ambition and the haste with which he has pursued it. I just think that it has come to the point where the best way for him to advance that ambition is to leave.

Facebook stock plummeting

Thanks to Facebook's privacy crisis, shareholders have been dumping stock and so far in just 2 days Facebook has seen a $60 billion dollar drop in their value. To put that drop in perspective, Tesla is worth $52 billion.

Bloomberg has the details.

Facebook Inc.’s privacy crisis has turned into a shareholder crisis.

The social media giant has lost over $60 billion in market value over the past two days, following revelations that personal data of millions of users was obtained by a data analytics firm. That’s more than the market capitalization of Tesla Inc. at around $52 billion or three times that of Snapchat owner Snap Inc. at about $19 billion.

Facebook Broke more FTC Rules

Facebook doesn't actually offer user privacy - and we all knew that. The thing is, Facebook does some pretty shady stuff with user data that breeches the FTC rules on user privacy. That is not good - but again, not suprising. The downside is that at this point, your data is probably in the hands of Russian hackers and Kim Jong Un. The good news is that I expected that and have won the office pool. In the end, the fine could be huge, but it is probably payable from Facebooks petty cash drawer.

Such a violation, if eventually confirmed by the Federal Trade Commission, could lead to many millions of dollars in fines against Facebook, said David Vladeck, who as the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection oversaw the investigation of alleged privacy violations by Facebook and the subsequent consent decree resolving the case in 2011. He left that position in 2012.

Source: WashingtonPost

Gamers Have to Suck up GPU Prices

According to a Crypto-Rig builder, gamers just need to suck up the high prices of GPUs. The fact is that if you invest big in the mining world, you can pay off your GPU in the first year (potentially). Then, you'll end up with a flaky, heat-stressed GPU for playing video games for minutes between crashing. What a wonderful world we live in where not only can we make the money back we spend on a GPU NOT playing games, but we can also spend a ludicrous amount of money on electricity and contribute to more polution by way of coal-fired electricy to power the system. There are a lot of reasons why mining sucks, and the cost of entry and cost of production are just a couple.

While miners look to make a profit on their expensive investment, gamers just want to have fun. That’s not the tack they should be taking according to Easy Crypto Hunter‘s founder and Managing Director, Josh Riddett. During a sit down with Digital Trends at the London Crypto Investor show, he suggested gamers should be mining, too.

Source: DigitalTrends

World's Largest SSD is now 100TB

SSD storage is usually pretty small when compared to the mechanical counterpart, but that is changing with the latest drive from Nimbus Data. The drive is the ExaDrive DC100 and they manage to cram an incredible 100TB of data into a 3.5-inch drive. It won't fit in your laptop, and it certainly won't fit into many budgets at this time. The price isn't available, but it will be into the "tens of thousands of dollars". Still, it kind of makes me want to see how long it would take to fill up. Four of these in a NAS would be pretty epic.

As you might guess, this is intended for servers where capacity takes priority over everything else, including performance (the 500MB/sec is nothing to write home about). A data center could hold 100 petabytes of data in a single rack instead of needing large swaths of server room space. That's helpful for cloud services, AI and other technologies that may need massive amounts of data.

Source: Engadget

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