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Amiga Still Running Enviroment Systems in Schools

Just when you thought that you needed to upgrade your computer that is a couple of years old, the Grand Rapids Public School District shows off that they are still running their climate control system on Commodore Amiga computers that they purchased back in the 1980s. That's right, they have been running non-stop for probably about 30 years and have been going strong. Take that Intel!

The Amiga uses an unusual 1200-bit modem and a wireless radio signal to communicate with the 19 buildings. Each building reports temperature and the status of its heating and cooling systems. The computer can then toggle boilers, spin up fans, activate AC compressors, and so on.

Source: Geek

Buy Xbox One - Get Any Game Free

Microsoft is keeping the Xbox One train rolling after E3 with a new announcement that whne you buy a new Xbox One until June 27, you will get a free game of your choice with the console. The limits on this deal are up to a game worth $60 and must be a disc-based game. That covers most games in the USA where this offer was announced. Good for Microsoft to keep putting the pressure on Sony. Competition is always a great thing.

This special offer is valid with all Xbox One 500GB consoles, now $349 in the U.S., in addition to our recently announced Xbox One 1TB console, which includes the newly designed Xbox One Wireless Controller that comes with a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and Halo: The Master Chief Collection at no additional cost.

Source: Xbox

Sony's PS4 Will NOT be Backwards Compatible

At E3 2015, Microsoft blew the doors off with their announcement that the Xbox One would play Xbox 360 games here in the relative near future. Sony showed off, well, nothing really in terms of hardware features or enhancements and said that they were surprised that Microsoft could pull this off. They also disclosed that they have absolutely no plans to put forth this kind of engineering effort required to make this happen on their console. If you still want to play PS3 games, go buy a cheap PS3. You're welcome.

Microsoft surprised everyone earlier this week by bringing some Xbox 360 games to the Xbox One. Sony was equally startled by Microsoft’s announcement. "It was surprising," says Sony’s Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida in an interview with Eurogamer. "I didn't think it was possible. There must be lots of engineering effort." Microsoft has built a special Xbox 360 emulator than runs on the Xbox One console to support the old titles. 

Source: TheVerge

464GB Android Phone is Coming

If you've ever complained about lack of storage on your mobile device, Saygus has you covered with their upcoming V SQUARED device. It is currently being funded on IndieGoGo and has reached the $1,000,000 mark in just a few days. The reason for this is that it is a decent spec'd phone, and it has a few amazing features including a pair of MicroSD card slots that can handle 200GB+ cards. That way if you need more space, you can add 400GB to your already 64GB device. Check it out and help fund the project is that there is still 24 days to go (currently).

 

Source: IndieGoGo

AMD May Be Breaking Up

AMD is considering splitting up the company to better compete with Intel and NVIDIA. Currently AMD is a distant second when it comes to performance desktop processors, and their graphics division is holding well, but could use a noteworthy kick-in-the-pants to ensure that it keeps up with rival AMD. All in all, this is not the end of AMD, but rather a better way to focus on each division. Those are my thoughts, but others think it could indeed be the beginning of the end for our beloved AMD. Thoughts?

AMD, which has a market capitalization of around $2 billion, has competed with much larger Intel since the 1980s, and at times has made inroads with its PC and server chips. AMD has an extensive cross-licensing agreement with Intel, an issue AMD would have to study carefully in the case of a break-up.

Source: Reuters

How its Made: Beats Headphones

Are you considering dropping a couple or maybe a few hundred dollars on an expensive set of headphones? Chances are good if you are Beats are one of the brands being considered and this next article over at Medium.com takes apart a set of Beats headphones to show you just what you are actually getting. I don't want to wreck the entire article, but 30% of the weight of your headphones is actually just weight to make it feel heavier and sturdier..... Check out the entire teardown over here.

Lots of optimizations are to be expected in a product manufactured in the millions of units: snaps and glue are used for assembly rather than screws (which require lots of human manipulation) and almost every part is injection molded plastic (which is essentially free at high volumes).

Anytime I take a product apart there are a few exciting surprises to solve some tricky problems. Here’s what I found for Beats:

Dell tries Linux (Again)

Every once in a while Dell makes an announcement that they are going to be offering Linux on some of their desktops or laptops and the open source community cheers and Dell makes headlines. After a couple days it seems that everyone forgets and life goes on and Dell drops the models. Dell is now trying once again to offer a couple laptops in the Inspiron 15 3000 and Inspiron 14 3000 series that will be shipping with Ubuntu Linux. So far the advertising is limited to just a tweet, but that more that in the past so we will see how long this lasts. TechRepulic has the full story.

Ask any fan of Linux about the on-again, off-again relationship Dell has had with the flagship open-source platform, and you'll get mostly negative reactions. There's a reason for that. Every time Dell teases the Linux community with a new Linux-powered desktop, the relationship lasts for a few months, and then it's over.

Well, guess what? Dell is at it again. However, this time, something feels a bit different. Instead of being secretive about Linux on their laptops or desktops, Dell is actually (gasp) promoting the things!

Game makers cautious about VR @ E3

At CES 2015 there were a bunch of companies dipping into the VR (Virtual Reality) headset market. Fast forward 6 months and now gamer makers are getting the stage at E3. While the hype is still there surrounding VR headsets, the game makers aren't jumping in as quickly as the hardware makers and overall the attitude can be summed up as 'interested and cautious' when it comes to the people making the big name games. The NY Times has more on VR at E3 2015.

Game developers have seen fads like 3-D games come and go in recent years. They’ve also seen technologies like mobile come, stay and upend the entire industry.

Which bucket does virtual reality fall into?

It’s clear the technology has passionate believers. But at this week’s E3 game convention here, it became equally clear in conversations with executives at big game companies that many of them aren’t ready to proclaim the next big thing in entertainment.

How Apple and IBM marketed in 1977

Back in 1977 both Apple and IBM were trying to convince people that they needed a computer. Both companies became huge players in the personal computer markets and The Atlantic is taking a look at the early days and how the personal computer was marketed. I've even included a video explaining how a 50 pound IBM 5100 computer will change your life.

 

 

Control Your Range Rover with Your Phone

Although Jaguar has a nice idea by interfacing their vehicles with your mobile device, did none of them ever hear of the game "Watch Dogs"? Yeah, that's not really a good idea. If you tend to spend more time in the real world, you will see that this technology is pretty cool and could help you get out of a few scrapes.

Source: Jaguar Land Rover

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