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Samsung has been upping is cross-platform software game with the latest update of their Samsung Flow application. This integrates with Windows Hello and your Windows 10 PC. You will need to install the companion app in the Windows Store as well, but after a simple install on both device, you'll be good to go. Notifications syncronize between both devices and it really extends the usefulness of your mobile device onto your Windows PC. If you own a Samsung device from Note 5 and newer, it will probably work.

"Samsung Flow is a software product that enables a seamless, secure, connected experience across your devices. You can authenticate your Tablet/PC with your smartphone, share content between devices, and sync notifications from your smartphone to your Tablet/PC. You can also turn on the smartphone's mobile hotspot to keep your Tablet/PC connected.

Source: GooglePlay

Gaming Smartphones Are Still a Thing - In China

In North America, mobile gaming is a bit more casual on our smartphones than it is in China. Here if we want a good mobile gaming experice, we invest in a Nintendo 3DS, Razer tablet or other game-centric device. In China - they have some pretty sweet smartphone/portable gaming consoles. In fact, the Snail Mobile i7 is the illegitimate child of a PS Vita and a Nokia Lumia 1050. It's large, and the gaming experience is very solid. Why can't we have nice things here?

Now, the i7 is powered by MediaTek's 10-core, tri-cluster Helio X20 (MT6797) processor, so it's more of a mid-range device. You obviously wouldn't be getting the same level of performance as you would with Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 835, but it's still a good chipset for this price. It also features a 5-megapixel front camera and a 16-megapixel main camera on the back, though there's no word on what kind of image quality to expect from them.

Snail Mobile i7

Source: Engadget

PlayStation Busted for Using Xbox One X Footage for Promo

Nintendo tried this a few years ago at E3 and got caught faking graphic quality footage as they "borrowed" it from Sony at the time. Now Sony takes its turn being absolutely stupid and has photoshopped buttons from a PS4 controller onto footage taken from the Xbox One X demo of Anthem. While Sony wants to be as cool as Microsoft, they just can't hack it at this point and don't have the power to produce graphics like the Xbox One X. I'm sure that will change over time, but this publicity is not good for them. Gamers start to consider the competition console. In other news, Microsoft's gaming division just got a raise.

Fans noticed the footage was identical but, given the benefit of the doubt, it could just be the same demo running on PlayStation 4 Pro, right? Nope. Over the weekend, eagle-eyed viewers spotted someone had simply edited the footage to overlay PlayStation 4 controls. There are frames where the edit fades in where both the original Xbox control prompts and PS4 overlay can be seen.

Source: EuroGamer

Windows 10 Growth Is Stunted

Windows 10 jumped out of the gate with a pretty solid start thanks to the upgrade option that Microsoft used, but since the initial year, things have slowed to a crawl. It's hard to believe that it's been out almost 2 years and in that time it only has a 26.8% market share. This past June was pretty rough as the growth was a mere 0.02% - basically, my parents just upgraded their OS - probably by mistake and they'll call me tomorrow. This growth is not what they were hoping for, but at the same time, those running Windows 7 are pretty happy and it's hard to get happy people to change what isn't broken.

Windows 7 went from having 49.46 percent share to 49.04 percent, a dip of 0.42 percentage points. Windows 8.1 fell 0.34 percentage points and now stands on 6.40 percent. Windows 8 dropped 0.22 percentage points and is on 1.37 percent. Combined, Windows 8.x has a 7.77 percent share, down 0.56 percentage points in the month. XP enjoyed a mini resurgence as people fired up their aging PCs for the first time in a while -- perhaps to install the new security updates from Microsoft -- posting a gain of 1.28 percentage points. It now has 6.94 percent of the market.

Source: BetaNews

Steam Has 33 Million Daily Users - 67 Million Monthly

While Xbox Live and the Play Station Network are pretty popular, they don't hold a candle to Steam when it comes to gaming networks. The numbers are pretty staggering when it comes right down to it. Every day 33 million people log in and play games on this network and more than double that play on a monthly basis. This is absolutely huge and is the reason why I have never believed the hype that PC Gaming is Dead. It's not. It's very much alive as 33 million people can't be wrong.

Overall, this shows why Steam is considered the most popular digital platform. This also shows how stupidly some publishers basically sabotage their own sales by not releasing their games on Steam (as they are obviously trying to promote their own digital services. We are looking at you Microsoft and EA).

Source: DSOGaming

AMD vs Intel Market Share

AMD has come out strong with their new Ryzen CPUs - at least in terms of press. The real numbers are what matter though and the question remains, "Have they taken away market share from Intel?" The truth is that since the Ryzen CPUs have launched, Intel has actually lost 8% of the market to AMD. While 8% may not seem like much, the slope is pretty dramatic, and there is a good chance that it will continue in that direction for a while longer. While Intel is still a huge elephant in the room, the mouse is making itself known and felt.

  • This graph counts the baselines submitted to us during these time period and therefore is representative of CPUs in use rather than CPUs purchased.
  • The Quarters are by the calendar year rather than financial. (i.e. Q1 starts January 1st)
  • Baselines can be submitted from anywhere therefore these are global statistics.
  • We do receive a small number of submissions of CPU types other than AMD and Intel however the percentage is so small as to make it not worth graphing. This combined with rounding off the percentages to 2 decimal places will account for each quarter not always adding up to exactly 100%.

Source: CPUBenchmark

What Games Do You Want on N64 Classic Edition

With the success of the NES Classic and the upcoming SNES Classic, there is little doubt that Nintendo will continue the trend and release the N64 Classic. The downside here is that there were so many great games on the N64 and these "classic" editions only have 20+ games pre-loaded on them. Is this the time when Nintendo releases several different cartridges with 20+ games on them to make sure people get as many great titles as they want? Go share your thoughts in the poll at the link below.

Although it may never arrive, if Nintendo were to release a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition, there is the inevitable question of how many games it should come with and what titles might be offered. So, if this comes to fruition, what will you expect from Nintendo? How many games would you expect to see on the console (15, 20, 25)? What games would be essential in making it a success? Also last, but certainly not least, what price point would you like to see it at ($99)?

Source: Neowin

Linux Still Alive - Mint Reaches 18.2

While Linux is still primarily used for hobby computing and hardcore computer enthusiasts for some really nifty projects, Linux is still alive and well and being developed through a large community. In the past few years, hardware companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and others have really matured their driver support as the platform itself has matured to be much more user friendly. I still wouldn't put it on my mother in-laws computer as I know I'd have to be servicing it all the time, but still, it's come a long way. Linux Mint is one of those distributions that keeps things fresh and if you have a separate computer to play around with, it's worth checking out for a fun summer project.

Cinnamon Spices
You can add themes, applets, desklets and extensions to your Cinnamon desktop. These add-ons are known as "spices" and they are maintained by 3rd party artists and 3rd party developers.

Software Sources
Foreign packages are packages which are not provided by any repository or which version differs from the one provided in the repositories.
To make it easier to remove or to downgrade these packages, new "Select All" buttons were added in appropriate places within the "Software Sources" configuration tool.

Source: LinuxMint

Etihad Airways neighbor-free concept

This next story might be a stretch for tech news on a slow news Friday, but whatever, it's almost the weekend.

Etihad Airways is testing out a new feature that allows passengers to bid on empty seats on the airplane to have them beside them. So basically, if you are successful at winning the bid, you could potentially have the entire row to yourself. So instead of sitting on the plane hoping that a smelly person doesn't sit in that empty seat beside you, you can now guarantee that you get a little elbow room. Pricing and details are still a little unknown, but it's an interesting concept.

The Verge has the full story.

Etihad Airways has introduced a new “Neighbour-Free Seat” concept, allowing passengers to bid on up to three extra empty seats adjacent to their booked seat. If the bid is won, the extra seats will remain vacant for the duration of the passenger’s journey, meaning you could have an entire row all to yourself.

According to Etihad’s site, the bid can be placed when buying your seat. There is a minimum and maximum bid the site will accept per seat, and priority will be given to members of the airline’s frequent flyer program, Etihad Guest. If you win the bid, you will be notified 32 hours before your flight departs.

Weekly Tech Update #403 - Nintendo: All They Do is Win!

We have just posted up Episode #403 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode, we will be discussing Amazon goes brick and mortar with their Whole Foods acquisition, Nintendo keeps winning with their new and old consoles and a robocall scammer gets slapped with a $122 million dollar fine. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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