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Software we use (but hate using it)

It must be Friday because the "Best of, Worst of, or Top 10" lists are hitting the news bucket. Today's list comes courtesy of PCMag and they've come up with the "Top 10 pieces of software that we use but hate". Not to spoil the surprise, but yes, Facebook and iTunes made the list.

 Many of us spend a large chunk of our day on the computer. So, when you add up all that time—at home, at school, at work, and on commutes—it's not surprising that we occasionally get frustrated with something on our laptops or desktops. No system is perfect (no, not even a Mac), nor is any peripheral or gadget. And don't get us started on apps and OSes. Actually, let's do sound off.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 16GB

BundleWe have just taken a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Tablet.  This tablet packs in a dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos CPU that powers the 7" 1024x600 screen.  This is the WiFi only version is quiet affordable at a MSRP of $349.  There are a couple of issues though so make sure to take a look and find out all the details.

For those of you that are Android fanboys and fangirls, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet runs Honeycomb 3.2.  We have the 16GB version on our bench, but if you need more you can insert a microSD card as it has a slot for that on the side.  The tablet claims up to 8 hrs of battery usage - mind you the more you use it the less battery life (and intense applications and games will make it drain faster).

Thursday Case Collection

Zuckerburg sells shares

When Facebook went public last week everyone was interested to find out just how much money Mark Zuckerburg was going to make as a result. According to security filings from Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg sold 30.2 Million shares of Facebook for $37.58 and walked away with a cool $1.13 Billion dollars. One of Facebook's directors (Peter Thiel) also sold a few shares and made himself $633 million bucks. Both of these guys should now be able to afford that vacation they were saving up for and might have enough left over to go on a shopping spree. MarketWatch has all the details.

Facebook Inc. FB +0.41% Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has sold 30.2 million shares and director Peter Thiel has sold 16.8 million shares of the social-networking company, according to securities filings published late Tuesday.

Google News

A couple of good news stories for Google have become official in the past 24 hours. First up, Google has officially sealed the deal and purchased Motorola in a deal that cost them a mere 12.5 Billion dollars. This deal was announced quite some time ago, but thanks to the complicated nature of the takeover and all the government approvals necessary it took some time before it became "official". PCWorld takes a closer look at this deal.

Google has officially closed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, putting the search giant in charge of a major smartphone, tablet and set-top box maker.

“Motorola is a great American tech company that has driven the mobile revolution, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation, including the creation of the first cellphone,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. “... And as a company who made a big, early bet on Android, Motorola has become an incredibly valuable partner to Google.”

In other Google news, a jury has found that Google did not infringe on Oracles patents and has awarded Oracle nothing. This Google vs. Oracle lawsuit has been going on for quite some time and has produced some interesting information about Google and more specifically Android. I'm sure Google is pretty happy to not have to pay Oracle and is a good thing for Android which may have had to be changed to avoid using the alleged "patents" that Oracle says they were using. PCMag has the full story.


A jury on Wednesday found that Google's Android operating system did not infringe on Oracle's patents.

Judge William Alsup dismissed the jury, which found unanimously that Google did not infringe the two Oracle patents in question.

The jury's decision wraps up the second phase of a trial between the two tech behemoths. At stake is Oracle's claim that Google copied its Java code without obtaining a license to create the Android mobile operating system.




Windows 8 Boots too fast

Microsoft is showing off Windows 8 and just how fast it can boot up (with a UEFI motherboard and a fast SSD). Windows 8 can apparently boot so fast that if you need to make settings changes in the UEFI (BIOS) you won't have enough time to hit a button to stop it from booting so Microsoft is showing off new ways to get into the UEFI to make changes. Arstechnica takes a closer look at Microsoft's presentation. Obviously this isn't a bad problem to be having and its about time Microsoft was able to have an OS that booted "too fast".

Combine Windows 8 with a fast SSD and a UEFI motherboard and you have a system that could POST in two seconds and boot in seven. That's fantastic until you want to go into Windows' boot menu to fix a problem, or tell the firmware to boot off the USB key you just plugged in. The fast booting means that you have just a few hundred milliseconds to press space or F8 for the Windows boot menu—or F1, F2, F12, delete, or whatever your motherboard vendor picked this week to get into its boot device menu.

Episode #160 - Facebook IPO Gets Suckerberged

Episode #160 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 Facebook Flops, Apple brings the banhammer plus Max Payne 3 and Diablo hit the shelves.  We have those stories and more...

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Motorola Doesn't Like ICS

I'm a big fan of ICS on my Nexus S - and while it's getting a bit long in the tooth, the phone runs great with this latest OS.  Motorola has been slow on releasing updates and have now released a statement saying that Android 4.0 makes some phones worse and that's why they are delaying the updates.  You can't blame them for not wanting to ruin the customer experience, but I do get their point.  CNET has more info.

"We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update," Motorola says. "And obviously we want the new release to improve our devices. If we determine that can't be done -- well then, we're not able to upgrade that particular device."

Cooling Collection

If you live in a part of the world where it's warming up, you may want to starting thinking about the summer heat and the issues you may face if you picked up a new Ivy Bridge CPU.  Below are some cooling options that may help you out.

App Attack

If you enjoy your apps as much as we do, you'll be interested to see that you can now snag an app that will let you know when you're subjecting yourself to high levels of radiation.  Um, ok.  Maybe you'd rather rock out with your iPhone/Guitar?  Check it out.  gTar for the iPhone.

Not all apps are free and even paid apps may be cheaper than "free" ones.  CNET looks at in-App purchases and some "freemium" apps and tells how some companies get it right, while others do not.

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