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Bitcoin Prices Dropped

There have been more than a few of us that saw Bitcoin's price drop coming. It was surprising that it rose so high, but the last few months have seen the price double and now it's down to less than half of the peak price. It's rallied a bit, but it's heading down once again. If you bought high and expected it go higher, you'll be very sad to hear that it closed on Tuesday down below $7,500 USD. No word on how low it will go, but I think the bottom hasn't dropped out if it just yet.

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Source: Coindesk

Apple Watch Clone has Mega Battery Life

Most Smart Watches end up in a drawer due to poor battery life. If you forget to charge it daily it's a useless piece of technology. There have been a few devices that offer better battery life, but it usually comes a big loss of functionality and performance. Amazfit's Bip looks like an Apple Watch and it comes with 30 days of on a single charge, or better yet, 45 days with "minimal" notifications. For the price of $99, it's an incredible deal.

The Bip is not a hybrid watch or a stripped down device, either: it has a 1.28-inch touchscreen display, an optical heart rate sensor, true GPS for location tracking, a 3-axis accelerometer, IP68-rated water resistance, and notification support from both Android and iOS devices. The company says that the watch can reach 30 days on a single charge, and up to 45 days with “minimal notifications.”

Source: TheVerge

The end of Xerox

The end of Xerox is here as they've been swallowed up by Fujifilm in a recent merger. Xerox is a household name and at one time dominated the copier market but just couldn't transition to modern times and is now just a part of history. Gizmodo has the story.

Xerox, the brand that dominated the printing hardware market for decades to the point that it became a verb, has lost its independence and will now be managed by Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings Corp.

Per Bloomberg, Xerox and Fujifilm have agreed to a multi-part merger which will leave Fujifilm in control of the combined $18 billion successor company

Facebook drops 1 million users in North America

As Facebook works hard to try and change things so that "fake news" is harder to sneak by their censors, they also saw a decrease of 1 million users in North America in Q4 of 2017, going from 185 million daily users to 184 million daily users. The number of users isn't all that relevant as they've still got a massive user base, but it could be a signal that people are starting to find alternatives to get their social media fix. Facebook is playing it cool saying they were expecting a bit of decrease and that people's usage could go down but the time they do spend would be "more valuable". Usage numbers aside, Facebook did see their profits go up which should make the shareholders happy. The Verge has the full story.

Zuckerberg warned about the decreased usage earlier this month, saying it was an expected effect of the changes being made. “But I also expect the time you do spend on Facebook will be more valuable,” he wrote. “And if we do the right thing, I believe that will be good for our community and our business over the long term too.” Zuckerberg said changes started to be made in 2017, but that it will “take months” for it to be seen across all of the company’s products.

“In 2018, we’re focused on making sure Facebook isn’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being and for society,” he said in a statement this afternoon. “We’re doing this by encouraging meaningful connections between people rather than passive consumption of content ... By focusing on meaningful connections, our community and business will be stronger over the long term.”

GoPro exits drone business

GoPro has been a company that has been struggling and the Christmas season of 2017 saw their revenues drop 37% year over year and as a result they're making changes. Part of those changes is cutting 20% of their workforce and announcing they're exiting the drone market. GoPro had released their Karma drone a while back and just wasn't able to gain much traction in the crowded drone space and as a result is making a swift exit. Engadget takes a closer look at GoPro and their struggles.

The holidays were not kind to GoPro. The action camera company had already issued an earnings warning in January, dropping its projected Q4 revenues from $470 million to $340 million, that's a 37 percent year-over-year decline. The holidays were so dreadful, in fact, that GoPro has since decided to abandon its drone pursuits and a fifth of its workforce, roughly 300 positions. That said, the company did earn $1.18 billion in 2017, flat year-over-year, and the staff reductions did help drop GoPro's operating expenses by 30 percent, which left the company with $247 million in cash and marketable securities at the end of the year. That's $50 million more than it had on hand at the end of Q3.

Mushkin SWAP 32GB USB 3.1 Type-C Flash Drive

We have just posted a quick and simple review of the Mushkin SWAP 32GB USB 3.1 Type-C Flash Drive. This is a nifty little OTG-capable drive that has both USB Type-A and USB Type-C connectors and offers some pretty impressive read speeds for a very attractive price. The downside is that it doesn't write data nearly as fast. Take a look at our review to see if you can live with with the performance for the price.

In a perfect world there is a small OTG drive with lots of capacity and incredible read and write speeds. We don’t live in a perfect world yet, and in order to make this drive small and affordable, you have to give up some things. The only thing you’re giving up is write performance. Read performance is fantastic and the OTG function works perfect on the LG V30 (review upcoming) and my Samsung Galaxy S8...

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Weekly Tech Update #422 - Apple Pinky-Swears to Be Good

We have just posted up Episode #422 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing Apple's no-more-throttling promise, Google hates bad Apps and Whoopsies! We may have lost $400 Million worth of cryptocurrency. We have those stories and more at the links below...

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Google Took Down 700,000 Apps in 2017

In a perfect world, people create good applications that aren't malicious or harmful. In Apple's world, a LOT of vetting and scrutiny happen to applications before they are approved for the App Store - with many being rejected - not because they are bad - but because they are better than Apple's own Apps. In Google's world, Apps are more readily approved to the Play Store, and AI is used to pull bad Apps later. There is still a bit of a vetting process, but updates and other situations allow bad apps to get through. For instance, Google has pulled 700,000 bad apps in 2017 alone. That's both good and horrible at the same time. It's good that they are policing this somewhat, but super bad that almost three quarters of a million apps were available in the store and then later pulled because they were flawed.

Google has a tough job keeping its Play Store free from bad apps and malicious creators. From keeping those apps from ever making it onto the service, to removing them if they actually do make it through, the company has its hands full. But such is the life of a tech company servicing billions of Android users, and Google continues to refine its process.

Source: Neowin

HP Print Security - We Will Be There

HP has had their fair share of ups and downs over the past few years, but one thing they do take seriously is printer security. Before you laugh that off, think of the places that they are used - hospitals, government, financial and more. Combined with the fact that a printer is the original IoT device, this can become a pretty crazy thing. HP has released a couple of videos to demonstrate how big of a deal this can be - thanks to Christian Slater. HP is hosting a security conference next week in Toronto and we've been invited to be a part of the conference. This is YOUR chance to have a say and ask questions. If you want to ask HP a question regarding printer or other device security, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (podcast (at) bcchardware (dot) com) and we'll evaluate and curate the best questions and present them next week in person - with accreditation to you! 

 

Hackers Stole $400 Million from Cryptocurrency Exchange

If you use a cryptocurrency exchange, you should really think long and hard about how much real money you invest in this artificial money. There is no doubt that people can get and have gotten rich from this latest craze, but there are drawbacks. One of these of course is also the greatest strength - it's untraceable. That means that it is a huge target for hackers and just recently another $400 million was stolen from Coincheck - a Crytocurrency exchange. That's a pretty big win for hackers, and a big loss for the exchange. I got to hand it to Coincheck though, they actually are covering the loss. The affected currency was not Bitcoin, it was called NEM, but the same principles apply. Be careful with your real money.

One of Japan’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges has revealed that it’s lost nearly $400 million in a security breach. Coincheck says that it has restricted deposits and withdrawals for a cryptocurrency called NEM, and Bloomberg reports that 500 million NEM tokens have been sent from the company “illicitly,” and that it’s not sure how.

Source(s): TheVerge, Neowin

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