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Living with Windows 10 S

Paul Thurrott is a Windows Blogger who is not always impressed with the way Microsoft does things, and even though he is quite platform loyal, he does tell things as they are. He has been using Windows 10 S since the middle of July and plans to use it until the middle of August. It's not going well. There are a lot of limitations to the platform and instability runs rampant. Compatibility is another huge drawback, but don't worry, you can pay Microsoft to upgrade. This, in my mind is the real reason to give Windows 10 S away, so people will get tired of it and buy a full license. That's a dangerous strategy.

First, here’s what I’m doing: In the grand tradition of “idiot blogger doing stupid stuff so you don’t have to,” I’m going to try and use Windows 10 S every single day between now and the middle of August, when I return from our annual home swap and move to Pennsylvania. Now, I’ve already used Windows 10 S, so I know what I’m in for. And it’s not pretty. So I’m going to bend the rules a little bit.

Source: Thurrott

Apple Moves to 4K and HDR

Apple is innovating the streaming industry as they have just started to release a select number of titles in 4K and HDR. While their selection is pretty small, it's a giant step for consumers as this type of content has previously only been available on Netfix, Hulu, PopcornTime, PopFlix, Shazam, YouTube, Kodi, XBMC, StreamALot, MyVids, LiveStream, Crave, Shomi, LiveTV, CBC, NBC, CSpan and Teletoon.

Ok, so everyone else has been doing it for a long time. Still, it's nice that Apple finally realized that people want good content.

Not all movies are listed as "4K, HDR" at this time, and it may be region specific for now. One reader from the United States shared a screenshot of Passengers still being listed as "Film (HD)" in his iTunes purchase history. MacRumors can confirm "4K, HDR" has appeared in both the UK and Canada at least. 

Source: MacRumors

ASUS X399 Threadripper Motherboards

ASUS has posted a guide to their X399 motherboards and they cover primarily the ROG and Prime boards. These boards are not for the cheap of wallet as the ROG board will have 10GbE and be priced over $500. The CPU becomes one of the cheapest parts of the equation - which is not normally the case with 8 to 16 core chips. Either way, the future looks pretty bright for AMD at this moment. Take a look at the board information at the links below. In the meantime, check out how to install (and the size of) the Threadripper CPU.


Source: ASUS Threadripper Guide, ROG Zenith Extreme, Prime X399-A

Bill Gates is #1

Yesterday we saw Jeff Bezos (Amazon) dethrone Bill Gates as the "Richest Person in the World". Today we've got a new richest person, Bill Gates. You might remember Bill Gates from Microsoft as he'd occupied the top spot on this list for many, many, years but for a couple hours he was simply #2. Jeff Bezos saw Amazon's stock price drop by 2% after releasing Amazon's quarterly earnings which fell a little short and saw prices drop which in turn dropped his networth back to #2 on the richest person list. CNN explains how it all happened.

Bezos's net worth topped $90 billion on Thursday morning, allowing the Amazon founder and CEO to dethrone Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, as the richest man in the world, according to Forbes and Bloomberg.

However, an afternoon dip in Amazon's stock price caused Bezos to slip back behind Gates, who has been No. 1 since 2013 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Bezos finished the day worth $88.8 billion, just behind the $89.8 billion for Gates.

Sega Genesis Flashback

Thanks to the overwhelming popularity of the retro Nintendo consoles, Sega is jumping in on the bandwagon with the Sega Genesis Flashback. With the Genesis Flashback you get 85 titles (although some of the titles are kinda random additions). You'll of course be getting the classics like Sonic, Golden Axe, Phantasy Star titles which should make the Genesis fans happy. Unfortunately, the Sega Genesis Flashback seems like it need a little more polishing and the guys over at CNET weren't blown away by it.

 My entire childhood was spent in front of Sega systems. I got the Master System when I was recovering from appendicitis. I had the Genesis, the Sega CD and 32X, and the Saturn and Dreamcast. Even Game Gear. I've owned Genesis game compilations. I've downloaded Sega 3D Classics on the Nintendo 3DS. You get the idea.

I was really excited about the Sega Genesis Flashback: it's an HDMI-equipped nostalgia box for Sega games, and on paper it sounds like Sega's answer to the SNES Classic. And, even though it arrives in September -- along with a similar Atari Flashback model -- I got to play an early version of the system over the past week.

If only reality were as good as the fantasy.

Porsche Laptop

It's always interesting to see companies that try to get into markets that they aren't familiar with and then 9 out of 10 times struggle. Today's expample is from Porsche who've come out with a "Luxary" brand ultraportable, the Porsche Design Book One. The design is similar to the Surface Book with it's detachable screen, but the price of course is the biggest difference you'll see, starting at a hefty $2,500. Now the market has shown that people will pay a premium price for a premium product, however, The Verge takes a look a the Porsche Design Book One and has a few quetions...

I've been fascinated by Porsche cars for years. Even as a teenager I would keep scrapbooks of the latest models, and visit car showrooms to see the exquisite 911 Turbo. While Porsche is known throughout the world as a sports car maker, its name can also be found on many other products, such as phones and headphones, thanks to a subsidiary named Porsche Design. The latest product from the firm is a computer, one of my other favorite fascinations.

Porsche Design’s Book One is designed to be an alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Book. Unlike Porsche Design’s Huawei Mate 9 phone, the laptop is unique in both its design and functionality. It flips like a Lenovo Yoga, and the screen detaches like a Surface Book. A strange hinge does all the work, while echoing the look of a gearbox that might be found in a sports car.

LG G6 isn't selling as well as they were hoping

LG's mobile division has been fighting the tough battle and in their quarterly filings has revealed that their newest flagship phone, the G6, hasn't been selling as well as they were hoping. The quarterly results aren't terrible, but they fell short and they posted a loss in the quarter for that division (which never makes investors happy). Unfortunately in a crowded mobile market, LG isn't the only ones who've had a hard time setting themselves apart and are just one of a handful that have spent a ton of money to try to compete with Samsung and Apple and have come up short. TechCrunch has more on this story.

LG’s mobile business is in a sticky patch after the company admitted its flagship LG G6 smartphone hasn’t sold as well as expected.

LG Electronics itself posted a business-wide operating income of KRW 664.1 billion (USD 588.2 million) on overall revenue KRW 14.55 trillion (USD 12.89 billion). While LG’s operating income rose by 14 percent year-on-year to outpace a four percent annual growth in revenue, its overall numbers were curtailed by a mobile business that posted a KRW 132.4 billion ($117.27 million) loss for the quarter.

Jeff Bezos is #1

Bill Gates has been at the top of the "Richest Person in the World" list for quite some time but that has changed, Jeff Bezos has moved into the #1 spot. Thanks to a surge in Amazon's stock price and a dip in Microsoft's, Jeff Bezos has taken the top of the list at $90 billion, surpassing Bill Gatest at $89 billion. Even though Bill Gates might not be at the top anymore, reports are saying that he'll be just fine and will be able to continue to live a comfortable life. New York Post has more.

Jeff Bezos just became the world’s richest person.

A surge in shares of Amazon early Thursday — coupled with a slight dip in Microsoft shares — helped Amazon’s 53-year-old founder vault past Bill Gates to top the world’s wealthiest list for the first time.

Shares of the online retailer rose 1.8 percent to $1,071.31 as of 9:30 a.m. in New York, giving Bezos, who owns about 17 percent of the e-commerce giant, a net worth of more than $90 billion, surpassing Gates’ $89 billion.

Huawei Matebook is More Beautiful than Useful

The Huawei Matebook looks like a winner. It is sleek, boasts solid specs and looks pretty darn fantastic. That's about where the good stuff ends though. While the entry-level unit has a Core i5 processor, 256GB of fast storage, 8GB of RAM, a high resolution display and Dolby Atmos sound. The keyboard is even quite nice. Things go downhill from there though as the trackpad is pretty much useless, only one USB-C port works to charge the laptop, and you'll have to get used to a pile of dongles if you want connectivity. It's far from perfect and it's not that much cheaper than a Microsoft Surface that has a proven track record.

Battery life was my biggest concern going into this MateBook X review, and I was unfortunately right to worry. I can’t get more than six hours off a single charge with the MateBook X, even when I’m being frightfully efficient and just writing in a lightweight text editor and browsing the web. Typically, this laptop will start demanding a charger around the five-hour mark, which to me is an unacceptable trade-off for its extreme thinness.

Source: TheVerge 

Lenovo has a Bendable Tablet

Lenovo has beaten the competition to the punch and actually has manufactured a bendable device. The Folio is their 7.8-inch tablet that can be folded in half and then is used as a phone in phone mode. The UI changes to fit only one screen and the back side is used as a preview when taking pictures of people. There are other uses for the back screen as well, and software updates will make this even better. Check out the video below.


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