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360° Selfies are Coming

With VR still trying to find a killer app, companies are pushing out their 360° cameras that can caputure pretty interesting images. It's still not worth the cost of a camera, and a VR headset, but some of these do offer pretty decent quality. There are a bunch more cameras capable of 360° stills and video than I thought. If this is your thing, take a look at the link below.

Once people discover spherical videos, research suggests, they shift their viewing behavior quickly. The company Humaneyes, which is developing an $800 camera that can produce 3-D spherical images, says people need to watch only about 10 hours of 360° content before they instinctively start trying to interact with all videos.

Source: TechnologyReview

ZTE Shows Off Their $192 Wearable

There are a lot of smart wearables that look pretty tacky, and others that look really nice but cost a months rent. ZTE has impressed us time and time again with solid products that are powerful, well designed and are actually quite affordable. They just unwrapped their Android Wear 2.0 watch and it looks amazing - for a mere $192. That's about half the price of a basic Apple Watch and this is arguably much nicer and more functional.

The watch will offer:

  • 1.4-inch AMOLED display with Corning's Gorilla Glass
  • Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100
  • 768MB RAM with 4GB storage
  • GPS
  • Built-in speaker and microphone
  • IP67 rated
  • 500mAh battery or around 36 hours
  • 1.81 x 1.81 x 0.56 inches
  • 3.14 ounces

Source: Neowin

Play a Game to Unlock Ransomware

Ransomware sucks and the biggest reason it's so popular is because people don't back up their data. When something like this happens, you don't want to lose your data so you pay. Now there is a new ranssomware making the rounds that will unlock your files if you get a high-score in a game. The crazy thing is that all you have to do is play "TH12 ~ Undefined Fantastic Object and score 0.2 billion in LUNATIC level. It sounds pretty easy, right? Good luck.

As you may have guessed from the specifics here, the Rensenware bug was created more in the spirit of fun than maliciousness. After Rensenware was publicized on Twitter, its creator, who goes by Tvple Eraser on Twitter and often posts in Korean, released an apology for releasing what he admitted was "a kind of highly-fatal malware."

Source: ArsTechnica

Maware up 744 on Mac

Well, there is some more bad news if you're an Apple fanboy/girl. It seems that malware attacks are up just a little bit on the most secure platform that used to claim to be unhackable and virus-free. It seems that the only reason it was virus free is because people weren't using it. If you have a Mac, please be just as careful as you should be on a PC. Thinking before you click will help save you a lot of time, energy and headache.

Malware attacks on Macs were up 744 percent in 2016, according to the latest Threat Report shared by McAfee Labs [PDF]. Mac users don't need to be overly alarmed, though, because much of that huge jump can be attributed to adware bundling. macOS malware samples jumped up 245 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 alone just from adware.

Source: MacRumors 

LG Goldberg Machine Torture "Test"

The point of the video below is to show off the features, quality and durability of the new LG G6 device, but I can't help but notice that most of that "machine" is computer generated. I'm sure the device would stand up to what they show off, but the fact that it is mostly CGI really turns me off. Just my thoughts.


How Much Should Project Scorpio Cost?

There are a few analysts that think that Microsoft will win the console war this year as they are pushing hard with their current hardware and with the Project Scorpio being the most powerful console ever built (duh?), it could take them into new territory and give them an edge over Sony. The thing is, this console won't be cheap. Also, there is no way that if it costs $100 or more above the original that it should be considered an Xbox One. At that point, it's a new console - breaking Microsoft's goals of releasing new consoles every 5-8 years. Gamespot editors give their opinions about price.

If Scorpio sells for $400--where Microsoft (likely) sells the system at a loss--people might forgive the current lack of enticing Xbox exclusives due to the perceived value of the hardware compared to PS4 Pro. Microsoft wouldn't be the first manufacturer to subsidize the cost of a new console, and doing so with Scorpio may be the only way it can revive Xbox's competitive edge in light of the current lukewarm game forecast.

Source: Gamespot

AMD Ryzen Crushes Mac Pro

While this article is pretty nifty and all, you have to remember that the Mac Pro is getting long in the tooth. While it is a fantastic piece of hardware in its own right, the price now at $5,660 for a load Mac Pro is a little steep when compared to current PC prices and the fact that a Ryzen 1700. This is pretty cool as they have it running a Photoshop benchmark, which is a good indicator of real-world performance in the content creation space.

Using a Photoshop Benchmark based on a Radial Blur action released by photographer Keith Simonian, Tech Guy found that an operation that takes the Mac Pro 15 seconds to complete only takes 8.8 seconds on the Ryzen-powered PC. He then overclocked the Ryzen PC to 3.5GHz and was able to complete the test in 7.7 seconds.

Source: PetaPixel

iPhone 7 Repairability = 0

Here's a bit of "good news" if you have an iPhone 7. It seems that there is software embedded in this device that will prevent a third-party from fixing your device. They can try and actually do the hardware swap, but afterwards it won't work unless it's plugged into a machine at an Apple store to be "recalibrated". This is a blatant move by Apple to put people out of business and help increase their revenue stream by charging you big money when they do the repairs themselves.


In a video demonstrating the block, Michael Oberdick, owner of the independent iPhone repair shop iOutlet, swapped the front displays (and home buttons) of two iPhone 7 devices. When swapped, the phone displays an error message that says "The Home Button May Need Service." Its functionality is disabled and "Assistive Touch" automatically pops up on the device, creating an onscreen, software-based home button.

Source: Vice

Twitter co-founder is selling his Twitter stock

The co-founder of Twitter, and largest individual shareholder, Evan Williams, is selling off some of his Twitter stock for "personal reasons". According to reports he's going to offload no more than 30% of his holdings which has people scratching their heads. He of course didn't make mention that Twitter's stock has been going down and the company has been having a tough time making money but instead he's going with "personal reasons" as the reason for the sale. One of the personal reasons may include, he'd like to personally have some money before the company implodes. Recode has more on the sale.

Twitter co-founder and current board member Ev Williams is going to offload some of his Twitter stock.

Williams, who was once Twitter’s CEO and is the company’s largest individual shareholder, said Thursday that he plans to sell a “minority of my TWTR” stock over the next year. A Twitter spokesperson said that he doesn’t plan to sell “more than 30 percent” of his holdings.

Williams was careful to say the sale was for “personal” reasons, not company performance reasons. Twitter’s stock is down more than 15 percent over the past three months.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5

It's been pretty quiet over at the Microsoft camp in regards to the next Surface devices, but finally someone has let the beans spill that there will be a new Surface Pro 5 coming (hopefully soon). Nothing too major in terms of details other than we'll see the new Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel inside the new device and Microsoft will not be changing the power connector. We'll probably know more shortly as it is expected that Microsoft will have a special launch event in the next couple weeks. Until then, The Verge has a little more info on the next Surface devices.

While we’ve heard some rumors around Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 plans, very little has emerged about the Surface Pro 5. Paul Thurrott has now revealed that the Surface Pro 5 will not change the proprietary Surface power connector, and that Microsoft’s next laptop / tablet hybrid will switch to Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors. Thurrott claims there’s “nothing dramatic” about the Surface Pro 5, which could mean the device is simply a refreshed design with upgraded components.

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