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Windows 95 Smartwatch

If you are a regular here at BCCHardware you've probably noticed that we aren't huge smartwatch fans, however, that might be about to change with someone figuring out how to put Windows 95 on a Samsung Gear Live smartwatch. It looks like there are still a couple bugs to work out, but just think of the possibilities?

 

1000TB on a DVD?

A researcher in Australia has figured out a way to blow the top off of optical storage by packing 1000TB's of data onto a DVD that normally has a 4.07GB capacity. This is a pretty amazing increase and we will have to wait and see how long it takes to hit the public market. I'm looking forward to the day that I can backup everything on one DVD, but undoubtedly you'll still have that friend who brags about their need for 2 DVD's "because they've got so many movies.....". Full story over here.

In 2013, Gan and his colleagues found out how to fit 1,000 terabytes (TB), or 50,000 high-definition movies, onto a DVD - an increase from the 4.07 gigabytes they’re currently capable of storing. And he’s now been awarded one of 12 Victoria Fellowships in 2014, which will help incorporate his research into practical, mass storage devices.

Gan and his colleagues managed to increase DVD storage so significantly by using light to create extra small dots or ‘bits’ - the unit used to store information. This means they could write far more information than ever before onto discs the same size.

 

Apple vs. Google

If I go 2 weeks without a good, Apple vs. Google story I feel like I am not doing my job. This week, Google's CEO Eric Schmidt fired back at Apple's claims of being "more secure". Eric Schmidt made a pretty good quote on the subject:

“Someone didn’t brief him correctly on Google’s policies,” Schmidt quipped. “It’s unfortunate for him. In the first place, in Google’s case, we have always been the leader in security and encryption. Our systems are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else, including Apple. They’re catching up, which is great.”

I doubt we are going to hear anything back from Apple for a bit on this one.... BGR has the full story.

Windows 10 Download Links

If you want to be among the first to try Windows 10 head on over to Brutable and follow their instructions on how to get your preview copy of Windows 10 for free. Be warned, this is Windows 10 in a very early stage and most likely will contain glitches but if you are brave enough to give it a try follow this link.

Just 2 days ago windows released their new operating system. And most surprisingly it’s not version 9, it’s version 10. We know that you’re eagerly waiting to install it on your pc and test it down.So let’s have a look at some of the windows features.

Kickstarter video game funding declining

Last year we saw video game after video game gaining huge amounts of funding from Kickstarter and the whole indie game market was on the rise. 2014 has been another story as funding appears to be drying up and people aren't so eager to throw money at a good idea. In 2013, $58 Million dollars was pledged to games, 2014 has only seen $13.5 so far. There are probably a number of reasons why this is happening, but I think most people that are supporters of indie gaming aren't happy to see this trend. Kotaku has the story.

Kickstarter's had a mixed 2014: canceled games, shady goings on but also successes and feel good stuff. Numbers don't lie however, and this year less games were funded and less money was spent. A lot less.

WTU Episode #282 - Windows 10; Because 7 Ate 9

It's been a big week as Windows 10 was just announced and Apple had their share of problems with bendy phones, iOS8 updates and more. Don't forget that PayPal and eBay are separating... On a positive note, the Tetris movie is coming and Bill Gates is still doing pretty good financially. We have those stories and more in Episode #282 of WeeklyTechUpdate.

 

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A Tetris Movie? Really?

We've seen video games hit the big screen as Mortal Kombat made a few ripples years ago. Also adaptations of things like Battleship have also surfaced and were quickly sunk. The fact that there even could be a possibility of a movie based off the game Tetris should shock me, but it doesn't. According to the people working on the project: "What you [will] see in ‘Tetris’ is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance,"

“It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff tells Speakeasy exclusively. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”

 

Thank goodness. I thought it might actually be crappy. This makes it much better.

Source: WallStreetJournal

Another iOS Fail

Apple has had a pretty crummy week. From bending phones to software issues with iOS 8.0; no iOS 8.0.1; wait, that's iOS 8.0.2 they've had a rough time of it. The latest update to fix some things actually caused more trouble that it was worth. It not only can delete all of your iCloud Drive documents, it can also render your phone into a very nice large iPod touch - or iPad nano. That's right, it can also disable your cellular service. The latest blunder is the deleting of users data in the cloud. After the celebrity picture scandle, Apple might try and spin this deletion into a security "feature".

Apple's Time Machine feature is supposed to automatically back up your files so you can restore any that are lost. A couple of users said they checked Time Machine but were unable to retrieve the lost iCloud Drive files. However, a third person reported success with Time Machine, at least running the beta of OS X Yosemite.

Source: CNET

Hands on with Windows 10

Microsoft bucked the trend and decided to count in a new modern way and skip Windows 9 altogether. I'm not exactly sure why they wouldn't go from Windows 7, Windows 8 and then to Windows 9, but Windows 10 is now announced officially. I think this is mostly to appease the Germans. Either way, there is a lot of details that are now public today and if you want to see what it looks like in action - there are some official screenshots at the link below.

Microsoft is launching Windows 10 as the new face of both Windows and eventually Windows Phone. At one point during Microsoft’s Tuesday press event, Terry Myerson, the executive vice president in charge of Microsoft’s OS group, called the new OS “our most open, collaborative OS project ever.” Collaborative, indeed. Microsoft is looking for user feedback, and what I demo'd on Tuesday may not be the same OS that customers receive next year.

Source: PCWorld

Total War: ATTILA Trailer - Yup, Rome is going down.

Check out this trailer and tell me that your console has some graphics prowess (hint: it doesn't). PC Gaming is where it is at.

 

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