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WhatsApp On Mac & WIndows Desktop

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messenging services on Android and since Facebook has bought the company they are trying to use it to take over messaging on mobile. They've pretty much accomplished that and now have moved onto the desktop with applications for both Windows and OSX platforms. They want to know it all - as there is a lot of money to be made spying on people.

About 16 months after making its messaging service available on the web, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is coming to the desktop. The company said today that its apps are now available for Windows 8 and above, and for Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and above. That's in addition to the existing apps for Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows Phone, among others. "Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device," the company said.

Source: TheVerge

VRidge + Cardboard = VR for Your PC

If you've got a simple Google Cardboard to go with your Android phone and a decent gaming PC, you now have the option to run PC VR games and use your $3 Cardboard as an Occulus Rift headset. VRidge is an application that offers complete runtime capability for PCs VR titles and while the exerience won't be quite Occulus worthy - it is pretty close - and it doesn't cost $800 for a party trick.

There's already one company doing this, Trinus VR, but VRidge claims to have a "complete runtime replacement" for VR titles, "with low level hooks that emulate Oculus." Right now VRidge can only do rotational tracking, not positional (basically, the same limitations as Google Cardboard and Gear VR), but these "low level hooks" should give VRidge a theoretical way to do positional tracking with a phone, and to squeeze out a bit more performance.

Source: TheVerge

GTX 1080 - Faster (and Cheaper) than Titan

NVIDIA launched their latest GPU based on the new Pascal architecture and it's awesome. In fact, this ultra-high-end GPU is faster than NVIDIA's own "Supercomputer" GTX Titan - and it's less than half of the price. For an MSRP of $699, you can get a GPU with nine teraflops of performance and this makes it faster than two GTX 980 cards in SLI.

In terms of clock speed, the Nvidia GTX 1080 will sit at 1607MHz but is capable of boosting to 1733MHz, compared with the GTX 980's maximum boost speed of 1216MHz. The GTX 1080 also makes use of faster Micron GDDR5X memory, resulting in a 10Gbps memory pipe. Power requirement is 180W, and Nvidia lists a 500W power supply as adequate for a PC with a single GTX 1080 cards. 

Source: TheInquirer

Apple Music is Helping Spotify

When Apple talked about getting into the streaming music business with a subscription model, many people were worried that having a giant in the room would crush all the little guys. Included in the area of concern was Spotify. Since Apple joined the streaming music game, Spotify has been growing - and in fact growing at a faster rate than before Apple started to compete. The fact is that Apple Music sucks and is pushing more and more people to the competition.

"Since Apple Music started, we've been growing quicker and adding more users than before," Forster said. The Spotify vice president went on to explain that the streaming business "would be terrible" if competing companies were just swiping each others' users or if there was some cap to the number of customers. "I don't think that's the case," he said. Spotify announced in March that it has 30 million paying subscribers as well as a free ad-supported tier.

Source: Engadget

Microsoft Has Done Okay for Themselves

Microsoft isn't always the hottest topic, but they have done well for themselves. Recently, a consultant discovered that Microsoft has made over $1 trillion in revenue (all time) and they never said a word. The fact is that Microsoft has had more revenue than Apple, Amazon and Google - combined. In terms of profit, it's a close call - but Microsoft edges out Apple by a few billion. Way to go Bill.

Microsoft shares its place in the trillion-dollar-club with Apple. But while Apple is known for making monster profits off devices like the iPhone and MacBook, it's Microsoft that ultimately takes the profit prize, according to Reifman's calculations: $265.2 billion to Apple's $261.6 billion.

Source: CNET

NVIDIA Shows Off Pascal with Vulcan API on DOOM

NVIDIA had a press event last week where they released the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards and showed off some of their rendering prowess. They used DOOM as one of their many platforms of choice and showed off some really impressive graphics screaming along at 200FPS. While AMD may have some better cards than they've had for a while - Pascal just buried any hopes they had of taking the performance crown.


1,000,000 Times No!

The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer was shown off last week and it has been met with overwhelming angst. There are some people who like the idea of space soldiers coming to Call of Duty, but so far the video has well over 1 million dislikes. According to Activision, they are not worried and are pretty happy about the number of pre-orders, but I'd start to worry as well over a million people don't like the video - the idea and are getting tired with a new skin on an old game. Over 1.1 Million dislikes and counting.

Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare returns to the roots of the franchise where large-scale war and cinematic, immersive military storytelling take center stage. Prepare for a gripping war story in which players fight against the Settlement Defense Front to defend our very way of life.

Source: YouTube

Raspberry Pi Gets a Hybrid Tube AMP

I like the Raspberry Pi idea. I have several of them - all commissioned for different projects and I'm a fan. I do love all the stuff that can be done on one of these little units, and I'm really wanting to take my Raspberry Pi 3 and use it as a media streaming hub - complete with a Tube Amplifier and hooked to some nice speakers. This project looks pretty slick and I could get behind it for sure.

Pi 2 Design is excited to introduce the first Tube Amp specifically designed for any of the 40-pin versions of the Raspberry Pi SBC Family. The 503HTA Hybrid Tube Amp HAT, designed and manufactured by Pi2Media (a division of PI 2 Design), is a High Quality I/O Shield designed to bring “Sweet Tube Sound” to the Raspberry PI ® family of Single Board Computers. This HAT allows the Raspberry Pi ® SBC to drive Headphones from 32 - 300 ohm with ease and fidelity.


Source: Kickstarter

Battlefield 1 Trailer Shows off WWI

As we wrap up the game-heavy news today with another game trailer, we get a quick peak at the Battlefield 1 Official Trailer. This game looks to be visiting the battlefield in the WWI era and is a nice change from all the futuristic "BattleDuty" games out there recently.


GoPro delays drone launch

GoPro has announced their launch of their drone called Karma has been delayed until winter while the work on features. GoPro has seen their sales decline rapidly as other companies have become very competitive with action cameras which has hurt GoPro's bottom line. The Karma drone was one of GoPro's new products that had investors and customers excited and a delay isn't going to make anyone very happy. Reuters has the details.

Wearable action camera GoPro Inc said on Thursday it would delay the launch of its drone, Karma, until the holiday shopping season.

The company's shares were down 4.3 percent at $10.25 in after-hours trading.

The drone, which was expected to release in the first half of the year, was seen by analysts as key in turning around the company's fortunes.

"The biggest surprise is that they delayed Karma," Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said.

"They said they wanted to work on the features... they did not explain the delay and why they did not notice it three months ago," he said.

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