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OnePlus 2 Leaks

With mere hours left until launch, images of the OnePlus Two has leaked online. It's another 5.5-inch device that puts it just below "phablet" status and keeps it right around the "large phone" market. While I think the design of the OnePlus One was great, this design looks a little rougher in some ways. It looks like the build quality is fantastic though, so if you're a OnePlus fan, check it and the USB Type-C Port at the link below.

The images show a similar - though more square - design to the OnePlus, with a similar black texture to the Sandstone black version of the OnePlus One. It's also removable and it seems that OnePlus will continue with its tradition of allowing you to change the backpanel. The home button will feature the fingerprint sensor that is said to be better than Apple's TouchID.

Source: Neowin

 

NZXT Noctis 450 Mid-Tower Review

We have just posted up our review of the NZXT Noctis 450 Mid-Tower Case. This was part of their "concept" series and this one made the cut and made it to market. A couple of features that make this case unique - other than the classy looks, are the lack of 5.25-inch bays and excellent cable and heat management. If you're looking for a new case that will turn heads, make sure to catch all the details in our review.

Taking the cover off the other side of the case reveals five 3.5-inch drive bays for your hard drives lining the height of the front of the case and your power supply mount at the bottom rear. You will notice a few nice design features including an eight port fan hub, and an angled motherboard tray with rubber grommets leading to the front side of the case, allowing for easy installation and management of all if your power cables.

Noctis 450

Half Life Running on Android Wear

This is pretty cool - albeit completely useless. A modder has managed to get Half-Life running on his Android Wear device and it looks pretty crazy - and something that you would likely never do - except to show off that it can be done.

 

Source: Dave Bennet (YouTube)

Android Auto Still Not Ready

Android Auto was supposed to be the next big thing from Google and it would help link your life that you normally use at work, home and in your pocket - to your car. The execution of this new service looked to be pretty simple, but according to users and those that have had a lot of time playing with and testing AA, it still isn't ready for primetime. That's not good news as this was supposed to be changing the way we drive by now.

The interface is also limited, but that's by design. Google isn't yet allowing any phone app to work with the in-car system. At the moment, only 17 Play Store apps are compatible with Android Auto and they're based on messaging and media activities.

Source: ZDNet

Apple Watch Activity Tracker Doesn't Work

One of the big features of the Apple Watch was the fitness and activity tracking that it offers and enables. Well, it doesn't work. In fact it is so reliable to be unreliable that it basically just annoys you and helps you check the time to see why your Watch is buzzing at you now. That's right - yet another "feature" that the distortion field will spin to make Apple sheep love it even more. Still, there are a growing number of people that are completely fed up with it.

The Apple Watch is supposed to track three things each day: how long you've exercised, how many calories you've burned, and how often you stood up. It's that last one that starts to get weird. The Watch challenges you to stand up at least once during 12 different hours in a single day. It sounds simple, but you'd be surprised at how lazy we all really are.

Source: TheVerge

How to Prep for Windows 10

Windows 10 is set to arrive later this week and there are a few things you can do to prepare your PC and make the upgrade seemless. As far as system specs, they are pretty lean: 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 20GB of disk space and DX9 capable graphics. There are a few things you can also do to prepare yourself for a disaster - of course backing up is always a good idea. Check out those ideas and a lot more information at the link below.

Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 come with a tool that lets you create a system image (a full backup of everything on your computer). Head to the Control Panel and select "Back up your computer" under the Systems and Security section. On the left choose to create a system image, pick the location you want to save it to (I chose my external storage drive).

Source: CNET

Frontback closes the doors

You may have heard of an App called Frontback that had the idea of taking pictures using both the front and back cameras on your smartphone at the exact same time. The reasoning behind this was that you could share your facial expressions using the back camera while you were taking pictures using the front. While this wasn't an App that was going to change the world, they did manage to secure almost $4 Million dollars in investment money which they've managed to burn through and have now announced they are closing the doors and stopping their service. I don't think many people will be attending the funeral for the Frontback App, I just am impressed that they burned $4 Million bucks trying to keep the App going... The Verge has the full story.

Frontback started with a great idea: why not make a photo app that takes a snap from your phone's front and back cameras at the same time? That way you can share what's happening and your reaction. But great ideas aren't enough, and despite attracting two million users over two years in operation, Frontback is shutting down. The app's goal was to "capture a moment," says founder Fredd della Faille in a blog post announcing the news. "This was a fresh idea and truly the heart of our vision, a concept that’s seeing massive adoption today. Unfortunately, Frontback is not the winner."

Apple's Got Cash

Apple has set a new record, they've now got more cash than any other company in the world, $202 Billion dollars. While Apple's stock and performance haven't been top notch lately, they probably don't care and are busy swimming in a vault of money. Google in comparison 'only' has $63 Billion dollars in cash on hand and has a long ways to go to catch Apple. Mashable has the details.

Apple has more cash on hand than any company currently in business, but Wall Street is still not impressed.

Apple shares plunged by as much as 10% in after hours trading Tuesday despite beating earnings and revenue estimates for the June quarter. Driving the decline: a worse-than-expected outlook for the upcoming quarter.

The technology giant answered questions about iPhone sales (down); growth in China (doubled) and sales of the Apple Watch (undisclosed).

Why the Amazon Fire Phone Flopped

A couple years ago Amazon started making rumors that they were going to make their very own smartphone and people got excited. People were excited until they saw the price tag (~$650) and then that excitement quickly disappeared as people were hoping that Amazon would be delivering a good phone at a reasonable price. Amazon has been struggling to move the Fire Phone for the past year and have tried to bundle it with other services and even lower the price a little but neither has been enough to get people excited again. The article over at CNET isn't so much of a breaking news story but more of a "of course it flopped" reminder.

There are times when being the first person with a new gadget will elicit cheers and envy -- like outside New York's Fifth Avenue Apple Store, surrounded by applauding salespeople, curious fans and gawking media.

Then there's buying the Amazon Fire Phone.

Spam emails are dropping

Probably the best news I've heard in a long time is that Spam e-mail levels have dropped to the lowest they've been since 2003. While the way people are spammed and the schemes they've come up with might have changed, at least the sheer volume has decreased which probably will make most people happy. There is still a long ways to go but this is progress. ZDNet has more on this story over here.

Spam email levels have dropped to a 12-year low, new data from security firm Symantec shows.

The overall spam email level has fallen below the 50 percent mark, putting spam levels on the same levels as they were in September 2003.

Levels dropped by 0.6 percentage points from May. By comparison, Kaspersky Lab said 59.2 percent of all email in the first quarter of this year was spam.

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