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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016

If you misseed the Unpacked event earlier, you can now watch it and pretend it's live. It looks like a pretty solid device, but I'm starting to think that smaller 5-inch devices are better suited for most people. Skip to 44:40 to watch it from the start.


Xbox One S Worth Upgrade to the Xbox 360

According to reviews rolling in regarding the Xbox One S, it's a worthy upgrade - if you're still rocking an Xbox 360. That doesn't say a lot for Microsoft latest updated console, but then again, with 4K support being the bit new feature, I guess we shouldn't expect a breathtaking refresh. In fact, if the updated console was significantly better than the Xbox One, all the original users would suffer. Take a look and see what they really thought of the new details.

The benefits of upgrading from 2005's brand-new Xbox 360 to 2010's Xbox 360 S were pretty clear-cut. That isn't the case this time around, though: Microsoft didn't have to fix a loud console with an incredibly high failure rate. No, thanks to a slew of software updates, the Xbox One's most serious issues have already been mostly addressed. And that makes the value proposition of the Xbox One S tricky.

Source: Engadget

Microsoft Releases Updated ISOs for Windows 10

Microsoft has just rolled out their Anniversary Update for Windows 10, and now you can get all of the last years worth of updates in one nifty little (not so little actually) package. They have just put the latest ISO into the wild, so if you're installing a new system for a client - or yourself - you won't have to reboot 30 times after the install to do updates. More details about the latest build and links for the downloads below.

With the long-awaited public release of the Anniversary Update - also known by its development codename, Redstone 1 - Microsoft has now made ISOs available to download from its Windows Insider site. Five editions are available:
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview - Build 14393
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Enterprise - Build 14393
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Education - Build 14393
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Home Single Language - Build 14393
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Home China - Build 14393

Source: Neowin


Hard Drive Stats for Q2 2016

BackBlaze has once again updated their hard drive failure chart with the latest data from the past three months. The big story here is two-fold. First, is the HGST reliability. It's fantastic overall. Their 4TB drives are super solid and have well under 1% failure with over 1.3 million drive days. On the flip side sits Western Digital and they are soaking up a sad ~6% failure on their 2-4TB drives. All the information can be found at the link below.

Q2 2016 saw Backblaze: introduce 8TB drives into our drive mix, kickoff a pod-to-vault migration of over 6.5 Petabytes of data, cross over 250 Petabytes of data stored, and deploy another 7,290 drives into the data center for a total of 68,813 spinning hard drives under management. With all the ins-and-outs let’s take a look at how our hard drives fared in Q2 2016.


Source: BackBlaze

Kingston MobileLite G3 & Pro 3-in-1

We have just posted up our review of the super handy Kingston MobileLite Wireless Pro & G3 in our latest review. We take a look at these two sister products and find out just how handy it is to have a wireless SD card reader, wireless hard drive, portable router and a powerbank - all conveniently packaged to fit in your pocket. It sounds pretty awesome, but there are a couple of quirks that should be noted before you shell out your money. More details in our full review.

If you enjoy your media on the go, you've probably complained that your phone doesn't have enough storage. The Kingston MobileLite G3 and MobileLite Pro aims to help you with your mobile needs. The MobileLite acts as a wireless hard drive, portable router and even gives you extra battery capacity as it does triple-duty as a Powerbank...

Kingston MobileLite G3 & Pro

Real-Time Cinematography in Unreal Engine 4

Cinematography with Unreal Engine and CGI is amazing. Real time video to CGI. Boom.


Gears of War 4 Gets eSports Pro Circuit

Even before the game is actually launched, Microsoft has announced and put a bunch of money behind Gears of War 4 in a Pro eSports league. Later this fall, there will be a million dollars in prize money handed out at eight live regional matches. This is pretty awesome and shows that eSports is growing. Before you naysayers spew hatred for this as a "sport", take a look at the top players. They are actually very athletic and do a lot of physical training away from the video game. Good stuff.

Here's how it works: When Gears of War 4 launches in October, players will be able to earn "Gears Pro Points" by competing in regional MLG online ladder matches. The players with the most points will be able to qualify for open LAN events hosted at cities across the globe. These top players will be flown out to LAN events in London, Paris, Las Vegas and other cities every couple of months -- with each event boasting prize pools between $75-250,000.

Source: Engadget

Apple Wants to Believe the iPad Pro is a Computer

Apple doesn't disclose sales figures very often and they are letting people know how horrible the iPad Pro sales have been. The proof is that they are trying to now market them as a "full computer". That's right, they are trying to pull a Microsoft Surface RT trick and make it look like a full computer, while the connectivity, functionality and usefulness is still that of an iPad mini - which costs about 70% less. Either way, it's nice to see them grasping for straws here.

Apple has a complicated relationship with the 2-in-1 computing device. The company has shied away from describing its iPad lineup — even the wondrously expensive iPad Pro with its keyboard and stylus - as a convertible machine in the same language as competitors Microsoft and Lenovo market Surface and Yoga Tab products.


Source: TheVerge

Free Windows 10 May Still Exist

While the free Windows 10 upgrade offer actually expired on July 29, there may be a way that you can still snag it for $0 money down and zero payments of $0 for a little while longer. This stems from Microsoft's commitment to make it available for free to those you use "assistive technologies". The fact is they aren't checking in with your doctor, and if you download a file from Microsoft and claim that you need assistance, you can still get the upgrade for free.

The process seems to be far less complicated than some had expected. The free upgrade can be initiated from this page on Microsoft's site; an EXE file is downloaded to the user's PC, but as Lifehacker and The Verge noted, beyond a checkbox asking if you use assistive technologies, Microsoft doesn't appear to be making any verification checks before the upgrade begins.

Source: Neowin

Jumping from 25,000 Without a Parachute

If you have a death wish, you could jump out of a plane without a parachute like this guy did. I've jumped before - but I prefer the safety of a thin piece of cloth slowing me down. Just saying.


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