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How to Get the Most Out of Google Chrome

Gizmodo has a great write up about getting the most from Google Chrome.  I tell you, this browser deserves more than just a second look.  It deserves to be installed on your PC or mobile device for some great remote sharing.  I am a big fan and learned a few nice tips, tricks and tweaks.  Check it out.

Let's face it, the light-and-fast Google Chrome browser is the only way to surf the web-no question. But whether you're new to the browser or an old veteran, we've got some tricks to improve your mileage. Our Google Chrome Optimization Guide will show you which Google Chrome extensions to download and ways to tweak settings you didn't even know were there.

Weekly Video Game News

As we kick off the video game post of the week, we've got a few interesting reviews to share with you.  Borderlands 2 is a hit over at eTeknix as well as Vortez.  If you want some survival horror, Resident Evil 6 is being given the twice-over at OCModShop and HardwareHeaven.  Also at HardwareHeaven is World of WarCraft: Mists of Pandaria and FIFA13.

That's right, video gamers are all about killing.  FIFA13 also makes its debut at TweakTown today.  eTeknix looks at F1 2012 to wrap up the reviews.

ShackNews keeps us up to date every week with a bunch of video game releases and this week things are looking pretty interesting as Dishonored comes to several platforms.  If you are a fan and want to try something new, take a look.  The full list can be found if you read more.



Episode #179 - Windows Phone 8 Secrets & iPhone Fails

We have just posted up Episode #179 of Weekly Tech Update.  In this episode we are discussing the big secret of Windows Phone 8, the aftermath of the iPhone 5 launch and we try and find out what is an Ultrabook?  We have those stories and more. . .  



Android App Pick - YouTube Remote

App Pick has been online for a year and on our 52nd week in a row we present YouTube Remote.  This is a pretty cool application that offers some great features and lets you control and watch YouTube videos on your TV or PC screen from the comfort of wherever you are.  Check it out and celebrate a full year of Android App Pick with us!


Please post your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions for next week's Android App Pick of the Week!

We're Mostly Back

Well now, we are mostly back online - and if you have any problems, either visually or with navigation, please let us know and we'll try and get things fixed as soon as we can.  Please post them (with screenshot if possible) at the comments section below this post, or send at email to bcchardware (at) gmail (dot) com.  Thanks so much!

FTC Cracks Down on Fake Tech Support

I'm sure most of you have seen those "You might be infected with Spyware" ad banners that are all over the internet or have received a phone call from someone saying you have a virus and offering to fix it (for a price). Well the US FTC has finally stepping in and has shut down 14 companies that were involved in these scams and is trying to get this problem cleaned up. Obviously there have probably been a few people who fell for this scam and anything that can be done to shut these guys down is a good thing in my books. PCMag has more details on this scam and what is being done to help shut it down.

 The scam was simple: Five of thesix scammers used telemarketing calls while the sixth used Google ads to draw in unsuspecting customers - often by telling them they worked for legitimate firms like Dell, Microsoft, or McAfee. The scammers wouldthen convince a user they had a virus installed on their machine, ask to take over their machines to "remove" the malicious software, and thencharge consumers between $49 and $450 for a task they had not actually completed. In all, they used 80 different domain names and 130 different phone numbers.

Apple Begins Production of a Smaller iPad

After years of rumors surrounding a smaller iPad, it looks like we might actually be getting one in the near future. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Asian manufacturers have begun production of a smaller, 7.85 Inch version of the iPad (which is currently 9.7 Inches). The smaller iPad will feature a lower resolution than the current iPad and is going to compete directly with the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. No word on the specs or pricing yet but since its an Apple product we can probably expect to see a bunch of stories about this in the upcoming months.

 The smaller tablet will have a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display with a lower resolution than the latest iPad, which was released in March, two of the people said. The screen on the current iPad measures 9.7 inches diagonally, a size that hasn't changed since the first model was released in 2010.


Microsoft to Open “Pop-up Stores”

To help celebrate the upcoming Windows 8 release, Microsoft has announced that they will be opening "pop-up" stores that will be open for the holiday season to sell you Windows 8 and devices that run it (like the Microsoft Surface). These stores will just be temporary and right now there are 32 planned and most of them are in the same malls that house current Apple stores. There may be more coming but right now there are 28 planned in the USA and 4 in Canada. Head on over to ComputerWorld for more details and all the locations.

 Microsoft's temporary, or "pop-up," stores will open Oct. 26 and will sell the Surface tablet, according to the company's website.

And in all but a few cases, Microsoft will go toe-to-toe with Apple: 29 of the 32 stores are located in the same mall or shopping center that houses an Apple retail store.


Windows Phone 8: What’s the Big Secret?

Windows Phone 8 is slated to be released at an event at the end of the month, yet still there are very few details around it and much of it seems to be a big secret. No one is really sure why they are keeping it a secret, maybe its that awesome? Maybe they need more time to get it working? Who knows, but The Verge shares their thoughts over here.

Even though Windows Phone 8 is lined up for a launch event at the end of this month, many members of Microsoft’s developer community still don't have access to vital tools needed to bring their apps up to speed with the latest features and capabilities. A Software Development Kit (SDK) for the new platform has been released to a limited number of developers under a non-disclosure agreement, but the software giant is taking a secretive approach to Windows Phone 8 in general. What's the big secret?


Microsoft is Deploying it's own Phone

Apparently Microsoft hasn't been happy with some of the OEM phone companies they've been working with, or maybe they just want a bigger slice of the pie, either way reports have surfaced that Microsoft is developing its own phone. Microsoft has developed their own tablet (Microsoft Surface) so its not too surprising to see them working on a phone and I guess only time will tell if this strategy will pay off or just make all their OEM partners even more angry. Gizmodo has more details.

Microsoft has tried it everyone else's way, and Windows Phone still hasn't made much headway. That could still change, but two separate reports, from WPCentral and BGR, are claiming that Microsoft's taking the next step and making a phone on its own.

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