TabPro S
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Samsung CFG70 Curved LCD

EpicGear MorphA X Mouse

Super Mario Run
App Pick - Super Mario Run

Computer Designs from the 70s

If are 30 or younger, you may get a brain-full of knowledge when it comes to computers from the 70s. I don't remember many of these myself and never saw them in use. I'm sure some of these were still around when I was a kid, but I don't remember stuff from back in that day.

What Can PCs Learn about 4K Gaming from the PS4 Pro?

The PS4 Pro brings a lot more powerful hardware, but also some cool tricks and tweaks to give you an "almost 4K" experience on your 4K display. For some games and applications it is fully 4K, but when the bar is raised and the game stresses the hardware too much, there are ways that the PS4 can cope. While this is not true 4K now, it is a much more elegant solution that the PC experience where framerates fall to horrid levels and the game becomes unplayable. Hopefully some of these ideas are adapted to make the experience better for the PC gamer.

Going into these tests, the objective was simple. We wanted to match or improve PS4 Pro's 4K outputs on PC, using an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 - the firm's best GPU in terms of price vs performance. Yes, out of the box we have a power advantage over Pro, and we would be using all of the tools at our disposal for best results - including aspects not available in the console space, such as overclocking. However, the received wisdom is that this card isn't powerful enough to power 4K gaming, and we wanted to put that to the test.

Source: Eurogamer

Citrix Ready to Bring VM to Windows 10 S

Windows 10 S is keen on ensuring that only Apps purchased or otherwise acquired through the Windows Store and are UWP Apps work on said devices. While this seems like a good idea, it is very limiting and in sense is Windows RT 2. Thankfully Citrix has come out with a way to circumvent this for some applications. If you have Windows 10 S, you can go snag an application through the Windows Store called "Citrix Receiver". This allows you to run specific Win32 applications or environments that wouldn't otherwise be available. It has a broad range of compatibility and more applications will be added down the road.

Citrix Receiver connects to XenApp and XenDesktop, where you can leverage TLS 1.2 or lower. There is also an option of using SecureICA encryption for the connection if you are running an older version of XenApp. Due to being a UWP app the service would also work on UWP-only devices such as Windows Phone, HoloLens and Surface Hub and supports Continuum for Phones. It also offers full support for touch, pinch and zoom and drag and drop.

Source: MSPowerUser

Judy Malware - Another Strike Against Android

Android has been under the gun recently when it comes to security and malware and the lastest revelation shows that the "Judy" Malware is probably the largest malware campaign found on Google Play. This is not good as this Malware is contained in legitamate apps and doesn't require any rooting of the device in order to affect the devices. I'm not sure how Google can shut this entire idea down without becoming a bit more like Apple, but maybe they will have to inspect advertisers and developers a lot more closely going forward. I'd rather have a few things denied and keep my device secure rather than allow anything and everything in the name of being open.

Check Point researchers discovered another widespread malware campaign on Google Play, Google’s official app store. The malware, dubbed “Judy”, is an auto-clicking adware which was found on 41 apps developed by a Korean company. The malware uses infected devices to generate large amounts of fraudulent clicks on advertisements, generating revenues for the perpetrators behind it. The malicious apps reached an astonishing spread between 4.5 million and 18.5 million downloads.

Source: Checkpoint

Streaming users share passwords

Chances are good the trend of sharing passwords between family members and friends for streaming services could be the next big issue that companies like Netflix have to tackle. In a study that was recently conducted it was revealed that over half of people who were paying for a streaming service like Netflix were sharing their password with someone else. So far most streaming services have said that they don't see sharing accounts as a problem, but I'm sure some consultant will draw them up a bar graph eventually and show them just how much they could be making if everyone was forced to have their own account. The Streaming Observer has more on the story.

There’s no denying that the television landscape is changing the days, with cable TV putting up dismal numbers (their worst ever, actually). But as more people migrate to streaming video, the scenery there is changing as well.

Nearly 3 out of every 4 (72% exactly) Americans who have cable also have access to at least one streaming service and 8% of cable subscribers plan to eliminate their service in the next year. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re paying for their streaming service. New numbers from a study conducted by Fluent show that the majority of Americans are sharing passwords to their streaming video services. Well over half of millennials (aged 18-34) – 60% –  are either using someone someone else’s password or giving their password to someone else.  And just under half – 48% – of non-millennials are doing the same.

The cable industry is getting less popular

In a new survey of customers opinions of 43 different industries the cable industry and ISPs have come in at the bottom once again. 64% of people surveyed thought their cable company was doing a good job (which is probably higher than I would have guessed). Fun fact on a Friday, even the postal service managed to score higher! Fortune has the full survey and all the details.

It seems nobody loves their cable TV or home Internet provider. Wireless carriers, however, are on the upswing.

That's the news from the huge annual survey of 43 industries from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. In 2017, cable operators and ISP tied for last place, with an average customer satisfaction rating of just 64%. The wireless industry was still near the bottom of the rankings, in 38th place, just below the U.S. postal system. But its 73% score was up almost three percentage points from last year.

Many of the same companies, like Comcast and Verizon, dominate both fields, ACSI noted. And neither industry offers much choice to consumers, with most localities having only one or two cable and Internet providers. The cable industry's rating slipped 1.5 percentage points from last year, while the rating for ISPs was unchanged.

Weekly Tech Update #400 - AMD is on a ROLL!

We have just posted up Episode #400 of Weekly Tech Update! In addition to a great giveaway to celebrate our 400th Episode ($320 in software), we are discussing Snapchat is burning cash, Windows 10 reaches the 500 million user milestone, look out Intel, AMD is on a roll. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Sony ditches mid-range Xperia lineup

Sony is ditching their mid-range Xperia phones to focus on their flagship models. Along with the announcement that the mid-range offerings will be disappearing, Sony also announced they'll be adding at least two new devices before the end of the year. Chances are good we won't see much from Nokia until IFA in September, but if you're a Nokia fan you're probably used to waiting for longer periods of time between releases. The Verge has the story.

Changes are on the way to Sony’s smartphone lineup. The company is discontinuing its Xperia X and Xperia X Compact lines of devices, which it considers “premium standard” (midrange), Sony announced at its investor conference, according to XperiaBlog.

Sony has decided to shift its focus to its flagship devices, and says it will launch at least two new devices that fit into that category before the end of the year under the Xperia name. Given the trend of smartphones and Sony’s design prowess, those devices should be something interesting to say the least. But as usual with Sony smartphones, the software will remain the big question.

Bitcoin soaring

Bitcoin hit another all time high on Wednesday breaking the $2,400 dollar mark, today it's been trading over $2,700. Chances are good there might be a little correction, but for the time being Bitcoin is soaring high and proving a lot of people wrong. Reuters has the story.

Digital currency bitcoin hit a fresh record high on Wednesday, surging above $2,400, as demand for crypto-assets soared with the creation of new tokens to raise funding for start-ups using blockchain technology.

Blockchain, the underlying technology behind bitcoin, is a financial ledger maintained by a network of computers that can track the movement of any asset without the need for a central regulator.

Apple offers cash to switch to iPhone

Apple is switching to a new approach to get you to switch from Android to iPhone, they'll now pay you cash to make the switch. In an attempt to take some market share away from Android, Apple will give you up to $260 dollars worth of cash incentives if you trade your Android in on a new iPhone. Not sure what areas will see this incentive right now, but it's a complete opposite approach to how Apple has been competing with Android in the past. NewDaily has the story.

Apple is offering smartphone users a $260 bonus in a bid to poach Android customers, as it attempts to muscle in on Google’s dominant market share.

The iPhone giant launched the Switch website on Tuesday, to convince users to ditch their Google devices with a series of videos and lavish statements to outline the iPhone’s superiority.

It even offers users cash incentives ranging up to $260 to trade in their existing smartphone to be used as a credit towards a new iPhone.

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