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Russian Woodpecker Sees Over the Horizon

While this story is not about modern technology, it is a pretty awesome feat of engineering during the Cold War that enabled Russia to see over the horizon with radar and harass nations around the world. The Woodpecker Radar Array at Chernobyl was probably the biggest and most advanced (at the time) arrays to spy on other nations and see if they had launch cruise missiles. Take a look and see this behemoth still standing.


How to Clean Up WIndows 10

So you've got Windows 10 installed, but there is a bunch of extra apps that you don't really want and you're not going to use. How do you get rid of them? It's not as simple as the Control Panel and Add-Remove Progams with these integrated apps. To make things quick and simple, you'll need to become a bit familiar with the Windows 10 PowerShell. More details at the link below.

Open the Start menu, and type 'PowerShell'. Launch it by hitting enter. Run the 'Get-AppxPackage -User username' command (replacing 'username' with your actual Windows 10 username). This will display all of the installed applications. Locate an app you want to remove and copy the actual PackageFullName for it.

Source: BetaNews

Inside Amazon Fulfillment Center

I'm sure that most of the readers of BCCHardware have shopped at Amazon more than once. Why not? They have good prices, fast and affordable shipping and they often get your item out in the mail the same day. It's pretty incredible how they can pull this off, and we have a link today that shows the inside of one of their fulfillment centers as they walk us through the process. It is pretty awesome to see how few employees there are and how most of it is robotic.

Upon arrival, each new product is identified using a computer vision system that catalogues it rapidly, feeding its weight and dimensions into a central tracking system. At the heart of the building, items stored on tall, square shelves are kept stocked by humans working with a team of 2,000 squat orange robots.

Source: TechnologyReview

NYC Subway Could Maybe Use an Upgrade

If you think your computer or other gear is getting a bit old, I'm sure it's got nothing on the system currently running the NYC Subway system. They are still using electro-mechanical relays, physical switches and a train tracking system that was built in the 1930's or before. That's right, this system is 85 years old and counting. While it sounds like it is due for an upgrade, infrastructure makes it hard to change things over so it will still be running this for a while yet.


Source: Mashable

Sharp Makes Deal with Hisense

It looks like Sharp is the latest company to decide that the highly competitive TV market just isn't for them, at least not in North America. Sharp has announced that they've sold their manufacturing plant and have licensed their brand name in North America to Hisense. It's not surprise that Sharp is making a move like this as they've had a rough go for a while now, it's just more interesting to see that one of the 'budget' brands is the one that is taking over for them. Companies like Hisense have figured out how to produce TV's cheaper than the big guys and still make them look just as good. PCWorld has more on this announcement.

Yet another TV maker is calling it quits on the hyper-competitive U.S. market, while keeping the brand name alive through licensing.

This time the victim is Sharp, which plans to sell its manufacturing plant in Mexico and license its brand name to Hisense for the Americas, Reuters reports. The news follows an especially rough quarter for Sharp, in which it posted an operating loss of nearly $232 million.

“Sharp has not been able to fully adapt to the intensifying market competition, which led to significantly lower profits compared to the initial projections for the previous fiscal year, and has been suffering from poor earnings performance,” the company said in a statement.

14 Million Windows 10 Users

It's not too surprising that Windows 10 is going over well so far (especially since it is free for most people). Yesterday was the first day people were able to upgrade and they saw 14 Million people take the plunge to Windows 10 already. Most people who reserved their upgrade from Microsoft are still waiting to be given notification that they can start downloading so I'd think that their first week of download should be pretty impressive. Microsoft has more on their blog.

As we’ve shared, our top priority has been ensuring that everyone has a great upgrade experience, so, we are carefully rolling out Windows 10 in phases, delivering Windows 10 first to our Windows Insiders. While we now have more than 14 million devices running Windows 10, we still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade. Rest assured we are working 24×7 to continue the upgrade process and are prioritizing the quality of your upgrade experience over anything else. We are grateful for your excitement and enthusiasm and we appreciate your patience over the days and weeks ahead as we carefully roll out Windows 10 in phases to all of you that have reserved.

Facebook Wants to Make Money on Messenger

Facebook has laid out their plans for Messenger and from the sounds of it, they want it to replace email as your go-to form of communication. Normally Facebook has waiting until they've reached 1 Billion users on each service before they start to monetize but I think investors have probably put a little pressure to start earlier with Messenger (which now has 700 Million users). Business Insider has the full story.

We know the plan for Instagram. Earlier this quarter, Facebook rolled out a major app update for Instagram and announced plans to open up all of Facebook's ad-targeting tools to the photo-sharing service. It also now lets brands use a new format in which they can create slideshows of multiple photos, with links.

Messenger's road to dollar signs hasn't been quite as clear, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out Facebook's plans much more clearly during the earnings call.

Kentucky Man Shoots Drone

I'm amazed this doesn't happen more often but a guy in Kentucky had enough of his neighbors $1,800 drone flying over his house so he fixed the problem.... with a shotgun. My drone prediction of the day is that this will happen more and more often because lets face it, drones are just expensive targets tempting people to take a quick shot at. Arstechnica has the details.

The way William Merideth sees it, it’s pretty clear-cut: a drone flying over his backyard was a well-defined invasion of privacy, analogous to a physical trespassing.

Not knowing who owned it, the Kentucky man took out his shotgun and fired three blasts of Number 8 birdshot to take the drone out.

"It was just right there," he told Ars. "It was hovering, I would never have shot it if it was flying. When he came down with a video camera right over my back deck, that's not going to work. I know they're neat little vehicles, but one of those uses shouldn’t be flying into people's yards and videotaping."

Amazon TV snags Top Gear Trio

Ever since the BBC canceled Top Gear, the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, have been making headlines speculating where they'd land for their new show. Netflix and other competing cable networks in the UK were the front runners until today when it was announced that Amazon had scooped up the trio for a new show. Top Gear was one of the top shows and the fact that Amazon had snagged them shows they are serious about adding top quality content. The Standard has the full story.

Top Gear trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have signed to present a new car show on the Amazon Prime streaming service in one of the biggest coups in TV history.


The programme will air for the first time next year and be produced by former Top Gear executive Andy Wilman, an old school friend of Clarkson’s who is credited with revamping the format and turning it into the world’s most successful factual TV show.

The deal ends months of speculation about the future of the most bankable star on British TV following Clarkson’s spectacular departure from the BBC after 27 years.

Windows 10 Could Break the Internet

Microsoft has already started gearing up and rolling out Windows 10, but with the launch day set for today (Wednesday, July 29), they say that things may not be as smooth as they hope. The fact is that huge Apple events and software rollouts use up to 8TB/s and Microsoft has already reserved 40TB/s. It's quite likely that they could exceed that bandwidth, but hopefully all their third-party CDNs will hold up.

Unless Windows 10 is a complete flop and people don’t upgrade as quickly as Microsoft expects, Windows 10 is going to create some serious havoc with regards to the user experience. Expect to see some download times in the days, not hours, especially if any other content owners happen to have larger than expected traffic at the same time.

Source: StreamingMedia

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