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Windows 7 Mainstream Support Ended

If you're still using Windows 7, you may be a bit miffed to find out that mainstream support just ended on January 13th. Extended support will still be active until 2020, but if you want major updates, you'll have to update to a new OS. Windows 8.1 is pretty solid in my opinion and with Windows 10 coming soon, I think you'll be ok. Still, it's something to take note of - there will be no more new features and enhancements, but security will continue to be updated.

Support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product's support lifecycle, whichever comes first. For more information, please see the service pack policy here.

Source: Microsoft Support

3D Printed Shelby Cobra

There are not a lot of vintage Shelby Cobra's in the world anymore - but if you have a really big 3D printer and a lot of time and patience, you can print yourself one.


PR: NZXT DOKO PC Streaming

A PC streaming device that brings you the full functionality of your pc, anywhere in your home.

Los Angeles, CA – DOKO is a PC streaming device that connects to your network and allows you to easily use your PC in the comfort of your living room. Run office software, stream limitless media content and play PC exclusive titles – do anything and everything your PC can do, anywhere in your home.


The current problem with modern PC streaming technologies and set-top boxes is that they all come with their own pre-defined limitations. TV boxes are restricted to their own set of media channels, file formats and limited applications. PC game streaming and screen mirroring devices are all restricted by their own platforms, proprietary technologies or latency issues.


Google Enabling Boot OS from USB on Chromebooks

If you use a Chromebook and feel somewhat limited and tied down to Google's cloud, things are getting a little easier here in the near future. It looks like Google is allowing the ability to boot into a sort of debugging mode where you'll be able to boot an image - or a different OS from a USB stick and even be able to install that OS. Of course, you'll be on your own if you happen to hose the system, but if you're brave, it will be a little bit easier.

The chromium team is currently adding the ability to easily enable Debugging Features¹ when the device is booted in Developer Mode. These features will allow enthusiastic developers like you to:

  • Remove rootfs verification² so you can modify OS files
  • Enable SSH access to the device using the standard test keys so you can use tools such as cros flash
  • Enable booting from USB so you can install an OS image from a USB drive
  • Set both the dev and the system root login password to a custom value so you can manually SSH into the device

Source: François Beaufort (Google+)

China iPhone Donkey

There are a bunch of drug-mules that run drugs across borders, but the amount of dangerous iPhone smugglers is rising. One guy was recently busted for wearing 94 iPhones and trying to get them across the line. He was trying to play it "cool" but the fact that he had 94 iPhones strapped to his body made him walk a little funny - BUSTED!

Even though the newest and freshest iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, are now legally available in mainland China, hauling them over the border from Hong Kong is still a profitable enterprise. Apparently. According to a report in Chinese media, an enterprising young man created a plastic suit that held 94 iPhones, strapping them around his arms, legs, hips, and torso.

Source: Consumerist

Forza Motorsport 6 is Coming Starring Ford GT

Ford is making a push to get some serious screen-time in the next installation of the Forza franchise. In addition to the all-new Ford GT, they will be showing off the Shelby GT350 Mustang, the F-150 Raptor and more. This will almost be enough for me to go buy a Xbox One - the only platform on which the game will be available.

Today, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios officially announced Forza Motorsport 6, which is in development and will be arriving exclusively on Xbox One. The news came alongside the announcement of the worldwide debut of the all-new Ford GT, which will serve as the cover car for Forza Motorsport 6.

Source: Xbox

Google Quits Some Security Patches

If you're following Google lately, you'll know that they have been bashing some competition (Microsoft) about a security patch that went an entire two days without a fix. WebView is the Android method for show web pages on Android devices and Google has (in their wisdom - or lack thereof) decided not to patch the exploits that currently exist "only" on Android 4.3 and prior devices. Google's main response in below.

If the affected version [of WebView] is before 4.4, we generally do not develop the patches ourselves but do notify partners of the issue[...] If patches are provided with the report or put into AOSP we are happy to provide them to partners as well.

Source: Rapid7

WTU Episode #296 - CES 2015 Wrap-up

We kick off 2015 and wrap up CES 2015 with Episode #296 of Weekly Tech Update Podcast. In this show we are discussing the death of texting and CES 2015 coverage, what we liked, what we didn't like and what we can expect to see in the coming months. Make sure you check it out and hear our top choices from the show!

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WhatsApp is replacing Texting

WhatsApp has recently announced that they've hit the 700 million user mark which puts the messaging app in first place against other competitors. The even more impressive number is that WhatsApp is sending 30 billion messages per day (yes, billion with a b) which is 10 billion more than are send daily via SMS. Texting numbers have been going down for a few years now thanks to the impressive growth of WhatsApp who started in 2010 and has grown steadily to over 700 million users. Business Insider has the details.

WhatsApp revealed last week that it had more than 700 million monthly users, putting the messaging app in first place among its competitors, including Facebook Messenger and WeChat.
But there's also proof that WhatsApp is replacing texting. Thirty billion messages are sent over WhatsApp each day - 10 billion more than the global SMS system.

Source: BusinessInsider

ASUStor at CES 2015

We stopped by ASUStor once again this year to see what they've been working on over the past year as well as to see what is coming in 2015. They haven't been around all that long in the grand scheme of things, but they have a lot of expertise in their company as many of their employees are not new to the NAS product line.

At CES they didn't launch any new hardware specifically, but they show us a lot of features of their upcoming ADM software revision. When it comes right down to it, software is really what drives these Network Attached Servers - they are not just for raw storage anymore. Before we jump into the software however, they did show us their two main lines that they are excited about this time around.


They have a great lineup of AS5x0 units that are divided up into two performance lineups based on their processor. The Home/Power user bays in this series are AS5002T, AS5004T, AS5008T and AS5010T that are 2-bay, 4-bay, 8-bay and 10-bay units. These all have dual core Intel Celeron processors with 1GB of DDR3. The Power users/SOHO/SMB products in the 5x0 line are the AS5102T and AS5104T that are 2-bay and 4-bay units. These come with 2GB of DDR3 and have a 2.0GHz Celeron Quad-Core processor.


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