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How SSDs Work and How to Make Them Work Longer

Most machines I use currently have SSDs for storage. While the speed boost is nice, SSDs are limited to a specific number of reads and writes per cell before they wear out. The number is usually very high and expected lifespan is 5+ years. Still, there are things you can do to make them last longer - and to do that, it's important to understand how they work. Check the link below for the information!

First, aside from when an SSD is brand new and contains no data, writing to an SSD is the process of erasing existing information from the flash memory cells and then programming new information onto them. No new information can be programmed to a cell unless the old data is first erased. For this reason, the process of writing to an SSD is often referred to as program/erase cycles or P/E cycles.

Source: CNET

Only 13 Phones Getting Windows 10 Mobile Update

While Microsoft insists that they are continuing to work with their mobile partners and have a mobile strategy, it's pretty obvious by their latest announcement that their mobile strategy doesn't include Windows 10 Mobile. They pretty much bailed on Continuum and now they are only providing 13 different phones with the Creators Update - the latest and best update to Windows Mobile. So, if you have a Windows mobile device - although it is probably pretty good, you should really think about switching to a platform that doesn't cancel projects instead of support them. Check the link below for the list.

Devices not on this list will not officially receive the Windows 10 Creators Update nor will they receive any future builds from our Development Branch that we release as part of the Windows Insider Program. However, Windows Insiders who have devices not on this list can still keep these devices on the Windows 10 Creators Update at their own risk knowing that it’s unsupported.

Source: MSPowerUser

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

There was a lot of uncertainty when Lucasfilm was taken over by Disney. Many thought the resulting films wouldn't be all that good, but we've seen so far that they are pretty solid, tell a good story and are actually quite true to the original feel. The official trailer for The Last Jedi is making its rounds, and I have to say that I think I'm quite impressed.

 

AMD May Have Leaked Halo 3 PC Details

It seems that AMD may have let a little detail slip regarding the upcoming Halo 3 title. If you believe everything you read on the internet, Halo 3 may be coming to PC. It was during a launch event for their R5 CPUs, artwork showcasing this title was shown in reference to it being a PC title. As always, take it with a grain of salt, but it is promising as Gears of War recently arrived on PC as well.

It’s still unknown whether this will be the original version of Halo 3 or a remastered/Anniversary version. According to reports, Microsoft may reveal Halo 3 Anniversary at this year’s E3, and will be an Xbox Play Anywhere title for Xbox One, Scorpio and Windows 10.

Source: DSOGaming

Toshiba in trouble

No company ever wants to have to tell investors that they've lost over $9 Billion dollars in the past year, Toshiba just did that however. In addition to announcing huge losses, they also couldn't agree with their auditors so the results aren't even official.

Toshiba is looking to sell of some of their divisions to keep things going, but it seems like it's going to be rough year for Toshiba. USA Today has the story.

The Japanese electronics giant released unaudited results Tuesday, reporting steep losses related to the bankruptcy filing of its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. last month. For the first nine months of the year, which ends in March, it lost $4.8 billion.

The maker of computer chips and household appliances said expenses related to nuclear power construction by Westinghouse will "significantly" impact its liquidity.

"There are material events and conditions that raise the substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern," the company said in its twice-delayed financial report.

OnePlus 5?

The people over at OnePlus have the internet talking about what they've got up their sleeves. Some specs have leaked on the next-gen OnePlus which could be called the OnePlus 4. or because the number 4 is an unlucky number overseas, may be called the OnePlus 5. Whatever name they go with if the specs are true, it'll be a popular choice for an unlock phone. DigitalTrends has the details.

It seems like it was only yesterday that OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone maker with a dedicated following, released the latest flagship in its eponymous series: The OnePlus 3T. But rumor has it that a brand-new model is on the horizon. It might be called the OnePlus 4, or even the OnePlus 5.

Here’s everything we know about it so far.

Nintendo ends NES Classic console

It looks like the NES Classic console that was released late in 2016 is coming to an end already. It's been a tough task finding one of these as Nintendo hasn't been able to get the consoles into stores fast enough so it's a head scratcher as to why they are stopping production so soon. My prediction is there might be a new version with different games that might appear later down the road but in the mean time you might want to grab one quick. IGN has the details.

Additionally, a representative told IGN, “NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans.” The company has no plans to produce more NES Classic systems for North America. This announcement includes the discontinuation of the NES Classic Controller. As for third party accessories, Nintendo said the decision whether or not to continue production of accessories will be up to each individual manufacturer.

Facebook Messenger hits 1.2 Billion Users

If you like Facebook Messenger or not, you've still got to admit that them hitting 1.2 Billion users is a very impressive feat. When you consider the world's population is 7.5 Billion that fact that number is even more impressive. WhatsApp has a similar amount of users, which of course is also a Facebook property. Instagram has surged to 600 million users, which is impressive but when you compare it to the competition they've still got a ways to go. CNET has the full story.

Facebook Messenger appears to have made it to the big time.

The social media company said Wednesday its messaging app now has 1.2 billion people actively using the service every month -- that's a big chunk of the world's 7.5 billion population.

"I keep on hearing powerful stories about how our product is becoming a more important part of your daily lives," David Marcus, head of Messaging products at Facebook, wrote in a post. "So from all of us here at Messenger, a heartfelt thank you."

BlackBerry wins vs. Qualcomm

BlackBerry got some good news from the courts with a preliminary $815 Million dollar award award in their case against Qualcomm. Qualcomm and BlackBerry couldn't agree on some royalties and so their lawyers stepped in and apparently the judge agreed with BlackBerry. This settlement could be appealed but I'm sure it's a pretty happy back at old BlackBerry HQ this week. CNBC has the story.

BlackBerry said Wednesday it has been awarded a preliminary $814.9 million in royalty overpayments made to Qualcomm.

The Canadian company's U.S.-traded shares jumped more than 18 percent on the news. Qualcomm share prices were down more than 2 percent.

Ahead of the announcement, trading in BlackBerry was briefly halted.

A final award, including interest and attorney fees, will be issued after a hearing on May 30, the company said.

Weekly Tech Update #397 - YouTube TV is Live!

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