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21 Century Old Analog Computer

"More than 21 centuries ago, a mechanism of fabulous ingenuity was created in Greece, a device capable of indicating exactly how the sky would look for decades to come -- the position of the moon and sun, lunar phases and even eclipses. But this incredible invention would be drowned in the sea and its secret forgotten for two thousand years."


Source: Antikythera (YouTube)

Worst Product Ever KickStarted

Not everything that launches on Kickstarter is that great. In fact, according to Snazzy Labs, the "Ring" by Logbar is probably the worst product ever made and it still qualifies as a "successful" launch. Be careful about what you fund.


Nintendo FIles Patent for Gameboy on Mobile

It looks like Nintendo might be finally getting the idea that not everyone wants to carry around a dedicated gaming device. While they still want to sell hardware, selling software has some benefits as well. According to sources, they've recently filed a patent for an emulator that will run on mobile phones and will bring classic gameboy games to your favorite device. I wish them the best as they do need to switch things up a bit if they want to quit losing money.

Many have called for the company to consider making its signature titles available on smartphone devices as a way to shore up struggling hardware sales, but thus far the company has seemed reluctant to the idea. Lately, it has been offering spin-off games from the Pokémon series on iPhone and iPad, but it has yet to provide full ports, as Square-Enix has with the Final Fantasy series, for instance.

Source: TechCrunch

New Fanless Design on ThinkPad Helix

Lenovo has cheapened up the ThinkPad line a little more than I'd like, but they are still putting a lot of thought and some cool (literally) innovation in their latest version of the ThinkPad Helix. It has a fast Intel Core processor that uses a vapor chamber in place of a fan to keep it cool - and silent. This is nifty stuff.


Disney's Star Wars Trailer

As I watched the new trailer for the latest Star Wars movie - the first one made by Disney, I couldn't help but expect to hear Mickey Mouse or Donald Ducks voice come out of some of the characters. Sadly, the trailer doesn't showcase this, but here's hoping!


SSD Toolbox Software Roundup

SSDs are pretty amazing when it comes to performance improvements, but in my opinion, reliability is not quite as good as the old mechanical hard drive. Software tools were pretty lean in the early years as well and it was difficult to find good software to diagnose and clean up your SSD. If you are looking for the best of the best, TweakTown has a roundup of their best choices and has all the details at the link below.

In our consumer SSD product reviews, we usually mention if a product has a software package and gloss over the features without a lot of detail. In reality though, the SSD Toolbox / Dashboard / Magician software is very detailed, with multiple functions, features and packed with useful information. Today we're taking a deep dive into the major software releases from SSD manufacturers. We're going to roll through them in alphabetical order and see what each company has to offer.

Source: TweakTown

Windows 10 Build 9888 Has Major Updates

While the changes aren't huge in the Windows 9888 build since the last official update, there are some nice changes and improvements such as unified context menus, new animations and a bit more. It appears that Microsoft is really listening to a bunch of their users and those that are participating in the preview program. This shows that Microsoft could actually be ready to head in a direction that listens to their power users.

‚ÄčOf course, build 9888 is also one of the first builds of Windows 10 to feature version 10.0 of the NT kernel. WinBeta understands that build 9888 is not the first build to feature NT 10.0. According to our sources build 9884 was the first NT 10.0 build, meaning 9883, which was sent out to partners a couple of weeks ago, was the last NT 6.4 build.


Source: WinBeta

Netflix additions (and subtractions)

If you are a Netflix subscriber and would like a list of movies and shows that you can look forward to having added to the Netflix service in December then you are going to want to bookmark this link over at the Hollywood Reporter. With a bunch of new additions there are a few subtractions that will be happening December 1st.

Holiday season is here and with it comes a new batch of movies and television shows on Netflix that can help you escape enjoy time with your family. However, Netflix giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other, so in addition to the list of movies and TV series coming to the streaming service in December, there's also a list of content that will be removed from the lineup on Dec. 1. 

Amazon drops price on Fire Phone

When Amazon originally launched the Fire Phone it wasn't met with a whole lot of enthusiasm due to a high price tag (as much as $649). Amazon has since dropped the price but it now slashing prices even more and is now offering their 32GB version of the Amazon Fire Phone (unlocked) for $199. At this price the Amazon Fire Phone is a very viable choice if you are looking for an unlocked smartphone. The Wall Street Journal has more.

Amazon is slashing the price of its Fire phone by $250, offering an unlocked version of the device for $199, mirroring a typical starter price for competitors’ higher-end phones that are locked into two-year service contracts with wireless carriers.

Global tablet market slowing down

The IDC is reporting that the tablet market is slowing down, which probably won't come as too much of a surprise as most people aren't upgrading their tablets as often as they used to (or as often as their smartphones). The tablet market grew 52.5% in 2013 but will only see a 7.2% increase this year. These numbers aren't terrible as the market is still growing, but there are now literally hundreds of different tablet options which makes it tougher for companies to make a profit. Much like the smartphone market, Android is leading (67.7% market share) and Apple is 2nd (27.5% market share). Android saw a 16% growth rate this year while Apple saw a 12.7% decrease. Thanks to the "slower" sales you should be able to find some pretty good deals on tablets during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I know my inbox is already full of tablet offers. Gigaom has more.

It’s been clear for a while that iPads and other tablets follow a much longer upgrade cycle than smartphones. A new report from IDC backs up this anecdotal trend with sales estimates. According to the report, the worldwide tablet market will only grow 7.2 percent this year, a huge drop from the 52.5 percent growth it saw in 2013.

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