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Facebook to launch GoFundMe clone

Facebook will soon be launching a "personal fundraiser" option which will be roughly the same idea as GoFundMe and other crowdsourcing platforms. Now instead of having to use a third party to raise money you can harass your Facebook friends directly through Facebook. The whole crowdsourcing market isn't as popular as it once was but this will be another option if you want to try to raise funds. The Verge has more on this new Facebook feature.

Facebook will soon begin letting users raise money on behalf of themselves and others, as a way to help cover the cost of events like medical bills, tuition, and crises.

The “personal fundraiser” feature will roll out over the next few weeks to users in the US, only for those age 18 and up. Anyone with access to it will be able to set up a dedicated Facebook page with information about the fundraiser, where they can pick a donation goal and receive money through the site.

Dropbox going public?

Dropbox is the latest big name tech company rumored to be working towards a pubic IPO and just recently they've secured an extra $600 million dollar credit line to make it all happen. Dropbox is doing quite well at the moment with annual revenues over $1 billion and it appears the line of credit could be used to snap up other properties if the opportunity presents itself. The estimated value of Dropbox right now is unclear but back in 2014 they were rumored to be worth in the $10 billion dollar range which I guess we'll have to wait and see if that number hold up when they go public. Bloomberg has more on this story.

Dropbox Inc. is opening a $600 million credit facility from six banks led by JPMorgan Chase & Co., said people familiar with the plans, as the cloud file-sharing startup pushes toward an initial public offering as soon as this year.

The line of debt has commitments from the banks and is expected to close on Monday, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deal isn't finalized. The financial security provides Dropbox with flexibility as it deliberates an IPO.

Oculus founder leaves Facebook

Oculus' founder has left Facebook suddenly and is leaving everyone to speculate what's happening over at Facebook. Palmer Luckey was a major shareholder when Facebook paid $2 Billion for Oculus, he was also the one accused of stealing trade secrets and part of the lawsuit that cost Facebook an additional $500 million in damages. BBC News has more on the announcement.

Mr Luckey was closely associated with the rise to prominence of Oculus and its VR headset which finally went on sale in early 2016.

Facebook, which owns Oculus, gave no details about why Mr Luckey left the firm or what he planned to do next.

His departure caps a troubled period for Oculus which lost a $500m (£400m) court case against media firm Zenimax which said it stole trade secrets.

Jeff Bezos is #2

Good news for Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos, he just passed Warren Buffet to become the #2 richest person in the world. Jeff Bezos is currently sitting on about $75.6 Billion dollars of networth and thanks to a couple announcements today that value is still going up (he gained over $1.5 Billion today alone and over $10 Billoin this year). Gizmodo has more on the story.

Bloomberg reports that Bezos’ personal fortune increased by a cool $1.5 billion today following a big jump in Amazon’s stock price. The $18.32 rise in the online retailer’s value was fueled by the announcement that it will acquire the Dubai-based Souq.com, a deal that Goldman Sachs called, “the biggest-ever technology M&A transaction in the Arab world.”

Most important features of the Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming soon and has been generating a fair amount of buzz. Thanks to the rough year that Samsung had it's fair to say they've got high hopes for the newest addition to the popular Galaxy lineup. It's tough to say what the best new feature on the S8 will be, but the guys over at the Verge has come up with a list of their 8 favorite features in the Galaxy S8.

Samsung may still be trying to make up for its debilitating hardware nightmare, but it has one distinct advantage: it’s launching its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, early enough in the year that it gets to help establish a new standard for what a 2017 premium smartphone should be. One analyst even went as far as calling yesterday’s S8 event the launch of the “smartphone innovation Super Cycle.” If you believe that to be true, then that means the features of the new phone are some of the most innovative and important ones to date.

FreeTail EVOKE 256GB 800x CompactFlash Card Review

We have just posted our review of the FreeTail EVOKE 256GB 800x CF Card. This is a serious card for serious photographers - or anyone that needs to write a lot of data to one of the best flash formats ever. There is a reason why Pro's use CompactFlash. It's fast, reliable and works like a champ - and this card from FreeTail is no exception. Check our review for all the details.

Small 75MB files were written to the card at 78.16MB/s. Medium 1GB files were written to the card at a solid 79MB/s. Large 10GB files managed to do slightly better at 79.89MB/s. That is darn close to the “Up To” speeds the card claims and is more than enough for pretty much every device that requires CF cards.

FreeTail EVOKE 256GB

TP-Link Archer C3150 Router Review

We have just posted our review of the TP-Link Archer C3150 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router. If you're looking for a high-end router but the price of some D-Link, ASUS and Netgear products scare you, consider this unit as it offers incredible performance at about half the price. It's the fastest wireless router we've seen to date, and it has extra features not usually found in consumer routers. Check out our review for all the details.

Not only is the TP-Link Archer C3150 an affordable 802.11ac router; boasting features like MU-MIMO and over 3100Mbps of wireless performance, it is the fastest router we've looked at - for any price. This is not a coincidence or something to overlook either. If you need a high-end router, you don't have to pick other brands that cost more. The TP-Link C3150 is solid and it performs like an absolute champ.

TP-Link C3150

Would You Consider a Disc-Free Console?

Back when the Xbox One was in development, apparently there were some ideas floating around that it should be a disc-free console, but that would limit resale of used games, and the option to multi-purpose your console. Still, the idea was there, but was scrapped in favor of a Blu-Ray option. Would you ever consider a digital-only console? It would require much more internet, limit sharing and really cramp people that like physical media. I think that only an idiot would do that. Wait, isn't the Nintendo Switch basically download only? I know it's not, but it's close...

With one less bulky moving part contributing to production costs (not to mention reliability issues/support costs), the disc-free versions of these consoles could probably sell for considerably less than their disc-bound counterparts (a decent PC Blu-Ray drive currently costs around $50 or more, for some context).

Source: ArsTechnica 

Halo Wars Coming to PC

Halo Wars could finally be coming to the PC via Steam if the rumors are true. It appears that Phil Spencer was correct when he said that Microsoft wouldn't limit their games just to the Windows Store. This will make Tim Sweeney happy, well, probably not, but still it's good for Microsoft not to limit their products to one store. I'm sure they will get more sales through Steam anyhow as that is where gamers hang out and spend their  money.

The original version of Halo Wars hit the console market all the way back in 2009, racking up a million copies sold in just under a month, while its sequel, whose Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 and Xbox One included a copy of Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, was only released last month. Furthermore, Halo Wars only made it into the stable of backward compatible Xbox 360 titles for Xbox One a year ago, after having been highly requested by gamers.

Source: Neowin

Another Summer, Another Spider-Man

The trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming looks really good... sadly.


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