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More people mad at Facebook

Last week Facebook had a great idea to start displaying everyone's default Facebook emails that they give to every user. People naturally got upset that these addresses were not showing up for them without their permission and Facebook quickly reverted the change. Well, people are still mad and now a advocacy group is asking the FTC to investigate Facebook as a result. Bloomberg has all the details.

The Washington-based advocacy group that triggered U.S. scrutiny of Facebook Inc.’s privacy practices asked the Federal Trade Commission to review the company’s shift to displaying default e-mail addresses for its users.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center wrote the FTC today urging the agency to investigate Facebook’s decision to display @facebook.com e-mail addresses under the ‘Contacts Info’ section of users’ profiles.


Samsung HMX-QF20 Wi-Fi Enabled HD Camcorder

HMX-QF20We have just taken a look at the Samsung HMX-QF20 WiFi Enabled HD Camcorder.  This video camera is more than meets the eye and it has an impressive list of fun features.  Having fun is one thing, but it should do a great job with quality as well.  We find out how it fares on both of these fronts.  Please check our review for all the details.

How do you do a camcorder right these days?  You either have to have some insane quality that you can't get in a smaller device, or you have to offer great functionality and convenience.  Samsung HMX-QF20 tries to capitalize on quality, performance, convenience and features - all with an attractive price tag.  They do this by using flash storage for your video (SD, SDHC or SDXC) and putting WiFi in the camera for backup, sharing and viewing convenience.


5 Signs that Apple is a cult

If nothing else the headline over at The Week makes this next article worth checking out. The Week has come up with 5 signs that point towards Apple being a cult and goes on to explain why. It's pretty funny and worth a read.

The average salesperson at an Apple store racks up nearly $500,000 in revenue per year for the gadget purveyor, says David Segal at The New York Times. But that same salesperson's yearly salary comes to just $25,000 or so — better than Gap, but far below the six figures that commission-earning employees at Verizon can rake in. Delving deep into the culture of the Apple store, Segal says Apple's 30,000 retail employees are often worn out by the hectic pace of sales life and frustrated by a dearth of opportunities to climb the corporate ladder. Yet Apple's retail success continues, largely because it has a "built-in fan base that ensures a steady supply of eager applicants and an employee culture that tries to turn every job into an exalted mission," says Segal. The result is a workforce that in many respects eerily resembles a cult.


Android App Pick - WiFi File Explorer PRO

We have just posted up our 38th App Pick of the Week and this week we are getting crazy useful with an application that lets you explore the file system of your Android from the comfort of your PC - wirelessly.  You can move files on and off your Android device with a couple clicks and even make ZIP files to save space.  It super handy and it's our pick of the  week!


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

Audio Bytes

As we kick off the hardware bits today, we've got a few audio reviews to share.  Enjoy!



PC Failure Analysis

Ever wondered what happens when you decide to submit a crash report in Windows?  It gets filed away over at Microsoft and they analyze it and figure out why.  Many times it is software, but more often than you'd think, hardware glitching can be to blame.  What causes this?  How likely are machines to crash again?  Is overclocking, brand, laptops or desktops more likely to fail?  If you've got the time, the PDF file over at Microsoft Research is a great source of information.

For example, machines with at least 30 days of accumulated CPU time over an 8 month period had a 1 in 190 chance of crashing due to a CPU subsystem fault. Further, machines that crashed once had a probability of 1 in 3.3 of crashing a second time. Our study examines failures due to faults within the CPU, DRAMand disk subsystems.


Small Motherboard Roundup

As we start to wrap up the news, we've got a nice small motherboard collection to share.  They all have the Intel Z77 chipset in common, so the biggest difference will be features.

EVGA Z77 FTW Motherboard - HiTechLegion (5x PCIe 16x Slots) --=-- Biostar TZ77XE4 Motherboard - TweakTown (Fanless Cooling) - TechPowerUp --=-- ASUS P8Z77-V LX Motherboard - eTeknix (Lucid MVP) --=-- ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional - TweakTown (10x SATA, 8x USB 3.0)


Eclipse Stealth Gaming System

Vortez has a look at the Eclipse Stealth FX812R795 Extreme system today and gives us the lowdown on what you can expect for £1,999.63.  This system is built in the sweet NZXT Phantom case and it comes packing AMD power for CPU and GPU.  Overall, it is spec'd pretty nicely.

Building a custom PC is quite a task for many people. Some may not know how to construct a system and others may be weary of choosing compatible components. Whilst there is a huge market for the individual sale of computer components, online retailers have to cater for those who may not be up to the task of building their own machine.


Episode #165 - Windows 8 Ups and Downs

Episode #165 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will be discussing Windows 8 is coming, the Nexus 7 Tablet may be coming and here comes new Apple Accessories.  We have those stories and more...

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