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What Steve Did at Microsoft

Jason and I have got into more than a few discussions as to what Steve Ballmer did at Microsoft other than be their "used car salesman" type of guy. In fact, the sweatervest guy actually wrote a few piece of code as well as the dialog for the Ctrl-Alt-Delete screen found in Windows 3.1. Well done Steve. Well done.

Since 16-bit Windows applications are co-operatively multi-tasked, it is easy to determine whether the system is responding, and if not, it is also easy to identify the application which is responsible. In that case, Windows gave you options to close the non-responsive application, restart the computer, or cancel.

Source: MSDN Blog

Dell Shows 5K LCD

The price of 4K displays dropped much quicker than many people anticipated and you can buy great 4K LCDs for your computer for under $700 from brand-name companies. Dell is pushing things even farther with their new 5K UltraSharp monitor that weighs in with an incredible 5120x2880 resolution. If you're keeping score at home, that is a 14.7 megapixel display. Wow. 

UHD is dead. Not really, but it would seem that displays bigger than UHD/4K will soon be coming to market. The ability of being able to stitch two regular sized outputs into the same panel is now being exploited even more as Dell has announced during its Modern Workforce livestream about the new ‘5K’ Ultrasharp 27-inch display.  The ‘5K’ name comes from the 5120 pixels horizontally, but this panel screams as being two lots of 2560x2880 in a tiled display.

Source: AnandTech

Ikea Shows Us How Dumb Apple Is

Advertisements are pretty interesting the way they protray products. The example of how ridiculous you can spin anything is made perfect by Ikea. 

 

Would You Get Windows 9 if it's free?

Windows 8.1 was adopted pretty quickly (for a Windows operating system) when it was made available as an upgrade to Windows 8. Of course, it is more of a service pack than anything and Microsoft was pretty pushy about the upgrade, but it worked. There are rumors that Windows 9 will be free in hopes to get users away from Windows 7 and remove the bad taste that is Windows 8. If Windows 9 is free, are you in for a quick upgrade? Windows 8 was only $20 for a long time and still it didn't do all that well. If you want an idea of what will happen if Windows 9 is free, take a look at the link below.

Over the last 12 months, the no-cost Windows 8.1's share of the combined user share of it and Windows 8 was 8.5 times Windows 8's share of it and Windows 7 at the same point in Windows 8's post-launch timeline. Although the uptake of Windows 8.1 was front-loaded, even in August its share was 3.7 times that of Windows 8 at identical points in their lifecycles.

Source: ComputerWorld

Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Review

We have just posted up our review of the Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This is a pretty awesome little keyboard that has the number pad chopped off so it's super portable, super tidy and could be a perfect fit for your gaming arsenal. If you don't mind a keyboard that sounds like you're stiring a box of Lego, take a look at the Poseidon ZX from Thermaltake. It features a 5 year warranty and their own switches. All the details are in the review.

The Poseidon ZX is a solid product that performed well, feels great and is built like a tank. If you're in the market for a new mechanical keyboard to take to a LAN (and you're a WASD gamer), make sure to check out the Poseidon ZX. There are a lot of other keyboards this size in the wild, but this keyboard just plain gets the job done. There is no software, no fuss and nothing to update.

Poseidon ZX

New Lumia Smartphones

Nokia/Microsoft has announced their two newest Lumia phones, the Lumia 830 and the Lumia 735. The phones themselves aren't anything groundbreaking but also announced was wireless charging capabilities and screencasting features which will make Lumia owners happy. Also announced is an update to Cortana (Microsoft's Siri alternative) and the ability to now get Cortana now in Australia, India, and Canada. 

The Lumia 830 will be their "affordable flagship" phone and will cost around $433 bucks. The Lumia 735 will run you around $288.

PCWorld has the details over here.

Has anyone told Microsoft it’s a distant third in the smartphone race? With two new Lumia phones, accessories for screencasting and wireless charging, and a major software update designed to fix one of the Lumia line’s key flaws, Microsoft is acting like a frontrunner, not an also-ran.

The new Lumia 830 and Lumia 735 phones address holes in Microsoft’s product offerings, while two new mobile accessories—a wireless charger and a screencasting dongle for Lumia and Surface devices—will give Windows owners something to brag about. 

Google Fiber

Google Fiber has announced that it could be expanding to Phoenix, Arizona as part of its expansion plans. In completely unrelated news, Cox Cable (a provider in Phoenix) announced that it will be doubling the internet speeds for its users for FREE!! Isn't it amazing when companies do nice things for their customers completely out of the blue? AZFamily has the story.

The increase in speed and new gigabit Internet were both announced after Google announced the possibility of Google Fiber Internet coming the Phoenix area as part of its planned expansion nationwide.

Google Fiber already offers gigabit Internet speeds in the Kansas City and Provo, Utah areas, while Cox is hoping to launch their new product in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha, Nebraska.

Cox is currently the third largest cable provider in the U.S., with approximately 3 million of the company's customer base being located in the state of Arizona.

Sony: You don't want 2K Smartphones

The biggest selling feature on smartphones as of late has been the resolution of the display. Phone makers have been able to make 1080P screens easily and are now moving onto 2K displays to really wow consumers. Sony has stopped at 1080P claiming that the higher resolution screens aren't worth the battery compromise and are saying that not having them is a benefit to consumers. As someone who loves high resolutions I hate to agree with them, but I would gladly trade a higher resolution screen for a phone that can actually last longer than 12 hours of heavy usage. TrustedReviews has the story.

While some have been left disappointed by the iterative updates made to the newly confirmed Xperia Z3 over the Xperia Z2, Sony has claimed the omission of a 2K display is actually a benefit to consumers.

“Perhaps the most important thing to say about the screen is what we haven’t done,” Calum MacDougall, Sony’s Director of Xperia Marketing said speaking to TrustedReviews. “What we haven’t done is make it a 2K screen.

“We have made the decision to continue with a Full HD, 1080p screen for the Xperia Z3, although we see in the marketplace some of our competitors bringing in 2K screens.”

The iPhone 6 lineup begins already

The next iPhone is expected to be for sale to the public on Sept. 19th (even though it hasn't even been unveiled yet) and already people are lining up to be the first to get their next phone. Quartz takes a closer look at who would line up for 20 days to buy a new phone and it isn't too surprising that the people lining up are being compensated to do so. I guess it would be a good story to tell your grandkids, but I can't imagine 20 days sleeping in a lawn chair is all that fun.

Four people have already lined up to buy the next versions of the iPhone, which aren’t expected to go on sale for another 16 days. But they aren’t really there for iPhones: They are being paid by companies hoping to glom onto the expected frenzy.

Luxa2 GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker w/Wireless Charging

We have just posted up our review of the GroovyW Bluetooth and NFC speaker from Luxa2. What makes product stand out even more is that it charges by way of a Qi charger that is included - and that charger just happens to be a portable battery as well. That's right, this is pretty much three products in one and it is all awesome. If you want to see if this unit is right for you, please check our review for all the details.

When it comes to price, the GroovyW has an MSRP of $120 currently. This is a great deal for what you get. You get a portable battery with built-in Qi Wireless charging, a speaker that boasts NFC and Bluetooth as well as a few accessories to round out the package.

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