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HP Delays Windows 10 PCs Until mid-August

Although Windows 10 is only a couple of short weeks away, HP has joined a few other PC manufacturers that won't be shipping Windows 10s for launch day. As Windows 10 builds are still rolling out very quickly, I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft misses their lauch day - at least with a finished product. Either way, the OS feels pretty close to me and it would feel all finished if companies would make Windows 10 drivers available. Yes, I know Windows 8 drivers work, but it feels that something is missing when you can't find the proper download.

On Monday, HP said in a press release that it doesn't anticipate having products available with Windows 10 preinstalled until "mid-August into October." That means it will be a minimum of two weeks after Windows 10 ships to Windows Insider members and as possibly as long as a couple of months before HP product running the OS becomes widely available.

Source: TheRegister

Comcast Offers 2Gb Internet

Comcast is the first company that offers 2Gb internet for your home or business and while the price isn't super cheap ($299 / month), the fact that you can actually get 2Gb internet is pretty amazing. The crazy thing here is that any router I've seen anywhere only has a 1Gb WAN port. This is truly a "first world problem" as you will have to have a crazy new router or split up your internet with a pair of good routers. Oh, and it's 2Gb down as well as 2Gb up. Yeah.

Multi-Gigabit LAN Requirements
In order to connect multiple devices to the fiber handoff, a compatible 10 Gbps Layer 3 switch or router is required (in addition to the single-computer requirements for each device to achieve 2 Gbps)
+ (1) 10G switch/router
+ (1) 10G SFP+ transceiver (850nm MMF)
+ (x) single computer requirements (required for each computer to reach 2 Gbps from the Layer 3 switch/router. The actual number of devices and configurations supported will vary by switch brand/model)

Source: Xfinity

Android App Pick #187 - Relic Run

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are stepping into the boots of one of my favorite heroines. Relic Run puts Laura Croft in the spotlight and this game is perhaps the best of any "Temple Run" style game there is. In addition to the standard movements and controls, you get to wall-run, parkour, ride ATVs and more. Check it out and you'll be hooked for hours!

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"Fling" Content to your Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has had a lot of hits on their hands in the shopping world, and has revolutionized the way we read content. If it weren't for Amazon, we would know what e-ink is. They are ready to sit back on their success and are trying to tackle Apple TV as well as Google Chromecast and more. They have just released a SDK for their Fling software which will allow you to push photos, videos and music from your Android, iOS, or FireOS apps sharable with your Fire TV. I think this is a very crowded market and while Amazon has the content library in the USA, they are still too late to this party to really make a dent.

According to Amazon, when users open apps that support Fling on their smartphone or tablet, they'll see a Fling icon appear. Upon tapping on that icon, they'll be able to send the content to the Amazon Fire TV. So, if a user is watching a movie on an iPhone within an app and decides to put it up on the big screen, they need only to tap the Fling icon and the Fire TV will display the content on the connected television.

Source: CNET

Samsung Rushes 11K Smartphone Screens

Much of the world is very happy to use a 1080p screen and while there are some 2K, 3K and 4K screens on different electronics and TVs, we've only seen tech-demos of 8K screens at CES. That's not stopping Samsung from dreaming big. They are working on an 11K screen for an upcoming device and that this 2250 pixels-per-inch display allows the screen to "create optical illusions, mimicking certain 3D effects without the need for glasses". Yeah, 'cause we all know how awesome 3D is on a small screen...

This technology will, however, take a couple of years to be feasible, not only because it's only research at the moment but also because battery capacities today are not equipped to deal with the excessive drain that results from driving a higher resolution - perhaps Samsung's own work using graphene and silicon to create Lithium-Ion batteries can come to aid.

Source: Neowin

Farewell Satoru Iwata

The much loved president of Nintendo, Saturo Iwata has passed away. He had a medical issue that was undergoing normal treatment and his health deterioted rapidly and he passed on July 12. Iwata lead the company as president for 13 years and forever changed the face of Nintendo during his time.

Bloomberg reports that under his leadership, the company tripled its revenue on the back of the Game Boy Advance II and the Wii. In recent years the company had suffered from competition from smartphones, leading to the company's April announcement that it will work with DeNA to bring Nintendo's iconic characters to smartphones.

Source: TheRegister

Crytek Steps in the VR Arena

As much as I really don't get VR - for anything more than a passing fad - many game companies are stepping into the VR arena and the latest of these to take the plunge is Crytek. Now, Crytek is not a dummy when it comes to game development, and while I'm sure that there will be a small number of people that purchase and play "Robinson", I think it will pale in comparison to their other blockbuster titles, namely the Far Cry series.

However, there's a new frontier in the form of VR, and the demo at GDC, titled Return to Dinosaur Island, showed fans that the same jaw-dropping graphics engine can be implemented for virtual reality. A second act for the demo was also shown at E3, further cementing CryEngine's place in VR development.

Source: TomsHardware

IBM announces 7nm CPUs

As 14nm CPUs are now making their way to the public, IBM has stepped up and announced they've figure out 7nm CPUs. What does that mean for everyone? Well, like everyone time CPU makers are able to make things smaller, the more to 7nm technology will allow for more efficiency and more performance, two things everyone likes. 7nm isn't so important for your desktop, but for your smartphone and even laptops, the reduction in power consumption and increase in performance is a nice treat. This technology is obviously also going to be used for server farms and cloud computing which demand as much performance as possible. This whole move to 7nm isn't going to be overnight, but IBM in conjunction with Global Foundries and Samsung will obviously working as hard as possible to get it into the marketplace ASAP as this will give them an edge while the competition tries to catch up. Engadget has more on this announcement and what it all means.

While Intel is finally getting its 14-nanometer sized chips out to the public, IBM today announced an even more impressive silicon breakthrough: The production of the first working 7nm chip. It's particularly impressive since it took years for chip makers like Intel to move from 22nm chips to 14nm, which offer better power efficiency and faster overall speeds thanks to their denser manufacturing. IBM's 7nm chip, produced together with partners including GlobalFoundries (which is taking over IBM's semiconductor business) and Samsung, will offer similar benefits, but the road to get there was vastly more complex than 14nm chips. 

People want Gigabit Broadband

I think if you asked any person who has ever used the internet if they'd like faster access, chances are good they would say yes (as long as it didn't cost them much more). The process for most cities to get faster (yet still affordable) internet hasn't been a quick process and 101 cities in the USA have taken matters into their own hands by agreeing to work together to offer gigabit-speed internet connections to their residents. Google has been making headlines by rolling out gigabit in a few cities but it hasn't been fast enough so people have started taking on the telecom companies by installing their own networks. Rolling out this infrastructure is obviously expensive which is a major factor for both public and private companies and will be slow regardless, but if nothing else it shows that there is a demand and maybe lights a fire under the major players to step up their game. Motherboard has more details on the Next Century Cities group that already has 101 members.

The US has a big and rather complicated internet speed problem. Its broadband infrastructure is woefully behind in speed and price compared to a broad swath of other countries, and much of this has to do with its tenacious commitment to maintaining the status quo: that is, giving big telecommunications companies a lot of our money without being able to demand a fair amount in return.

But here’s a change: 101 cities are have agreed to band together to bring their residents gigabit-speed internet connections, even if they have to build it themselves. They’re part of the Next Century Cities coalition, which promises to help cities make sense of how to tackle the mess of making all this possible. The coalition took shape last October with an inaugural 32 members after the FCC decided that cities can build their own broadband networks despite some states’ efforts to ban or restrict municipal internet services.

T-Mobile knocks down borders

T-Mobile has made an announcement that they are going to be offering a plan called 'Mobile without Borders' that will allow their users to have exteneded coverage into both Canada and Mexico at no cost if they are on the plan. T-Mobile isn't promising full coverage in Canada and Mexico, but according to the list of cities being covered it seems like all the major ones have been covered. While this plan might not be for everyone, it may finally put pressure on companies to strike deals with each other across borders to give customers the ability to travel without being killed by roaming charges or having to buy expensive roaming 'packages' before they leave. BGR has more over here.

“Ok, I’m back.”

Those three simple words are enough to turn wireless executives’ stomachs when they’re uttered at the beginning of a video blog by T-Mobile CEO John Legere. The company announced Thursday morning during its earnings call that it added 2.1 million net new subscribers in the second quarter, but it also set the stage for its latest Uncarrier move: Mobile Without Borders.

Legere explained the new initiative by… bashing AT&T, of course.

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