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Amazon Fire HD 10

Amazon has had a few misses when it comes to hardware, but their Kindle and Fire tablets have been winners for sure. The original Fire tablet was a winner with solid specifications and a price of ~$60 USD. They haven't released a new one for a few years, so it's high time that the Fire HD 10 makes its way into the market. It is a mere $150 and competes with tablets twice the price and offers some pretty great value and bang for the buck. There is a full review at the link below.

I don't expect much from a $150 tablet, but the Fire HD 10 surprised me -- first, with its sturdiness. The plastic case didn't flex when I tried to bend it, and there weren't any any noticeable creaking noises either. It feels like something that could take a tumble with ease. That makes it particularly well suited to children and the chronically clumsy. It's odd that Amazon didn't make an extra-strong "Kids Edition," even though it did for the smaller Fire 7 and HD 8.

Source: Engadget

Apple Users Buying iPhone 7 Instead of iPhone 8

Apple users have been flocking to their latest last-generation handset in droves. That's right. The iPhone 7 is outselling the iPhone 8. This is not what Apple was hoping for and it shows that maybe Apple users are getting tired of paying a ridiculous price for the latest devices and instead want to buy good devices at good prices. 

Apple last month introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which resemble the iPhone 7 but have a glass back for wireless charging. While iPhone 8 starts from $699 in the United States, iPhone 7 is retailing from $549 after a price cut. The iPhone X, a glass and stainless steel device with an edge-to-edge display, will start shipping from Nov. 3. The 10th-anniversary iPhone is priced from $999 - Apple’s most expensive mobile till date.

Source: Reuters

Weekly Tech Update #408 - 3 Billion Accounts Breached - Yahoo!

We have just posted up Episode #408 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we are discussing the end of AOL Instant Messenger and Microsoft Groove, Google shows off new hardware and shocking news, Yahoo actually had all of their accounts breached. We have those stories and more at the links below...

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Western Digital to Scale to 40TB HDDs Thanks to MIcrowaves

Not too long ago, when a company claimed it would double the size of hard drive capacity, we thought it was ridiculous. Things have changed and as technology and the way data is stored improves, drive capacity is rapidly expanding. 12TB drives are available to consumers for a very low price per GB of storage. In these new drives, microwaves will be used to write data onto drives making the actual physical unit of data smaller - while storing the same amount of data in that block. Super cool stuff that will probably require helium at the very least to keep it cool. Good luck trying to get your data back when a drive fails.

An allied method that uses heat instead of microwaves was thought to be the best way to help HDDs grow in capacity but it is known to be an expensive and technically tricky way to boost data density. The resulting devices, whose platters must be regularly heated beyond 400C, can also suffer reliability problems. Heat-assisted magnetic recording also requires changes in manufacturing plants and the materials used to make the magnetic platters that hold data. By contrast, MAMR requires far fewer changes to manufacturing and works with materials currently used to make HDDs.

Source: BBC

BlackBerry Motion is Pretty Sweet

Last week, BlackBerry announced their latest phone made by TCL - the Motion. This phone is pretty elegant and is a mid-range device that aims to make an impression. The specifications are nothing too impressive, but it will perform like a champ - plus you get some exclusive BlackBerry features. At the end of the day, I'd be willing to use one as a backup. I do like my S8 though.

The Motion is different from BlackBerry's previous release and does not have a physical keyboard, instead, flaunting a front surface where most of its real estate is dedicated to a 5.5-inch display. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM, and packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for QuickCharge 3.0. It also has a 12MP camera on the rear, 8MP front-facing camera, and an IP67 rating to protect against dust and moisture.

Source: Neowin

 

Microsoft Edge Browser is Actually Very Decent

There has been a lot of work put into Microsoft's Edge browser as the older Internet Explorer was probably the worst browser of the big three. Microsoft has been working tirelessly on their latest browser from start to "it-will-never-be-finished" and this is a good thing. It's fast, secure and blocks more malware and phishing attempts than any browser out there. Of course, Microsoft also uses it to advertise to you within Windows as well. You upgraded for "free" and nothing is free.

According to NSS Labs of Austin, Tex., Edge automatically blocked 92% of all in-browser credential phishing attempts and stymied 100% of all SEM attacks. The latter encompassed a wide range of attacks, but their common characteristic was that they tried to trick users into downloading malicious code. The tactics that SEM attackers deploy include links from social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, and bogus in-browser notifications of computer infections or other problems.

Source: ComputerWorld

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Get Unlimited Photo Storage for Life

There's a part of me that really wants to try this out. According to the latest information from Google, if you buy a new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL they will give you unlimited original file photo storage for life. That means you don't have to resize your photos, instead they will be saved to the cloud in all their original glory. I'd like to test this out, snag a Pixel 2 phone and upload a thousand a day just to see if they will change their policy. Yeah, it is kind of a jerk move, but offering it for life of the device is interesting. I still have my original Nexus One.

Ever since Google went out of its way to put a (very short) expiration date on unlimited photo uploads for the new Pixel 2s, there's been some concern about the original 2016 Pixels, as they never had a limit placed on them. We reached out to a Google representative for some clarification and were told that nothing has changed when it comes to the original Pixels. Both the 2016 Pixel and 2016 Pixel XL will continue to receive free unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos with no time limitations.

Source: AndroidPolice

Razer smartphone

The latest company to try to jump into the smartphone market is Razer, who is best know for their lineup of gaming products. Razer has made a pretty good name for themselves amongst gamers and of course the smartphone they are going to unveiling in the next couple weeks appears to have gamers in mind. From the leaked specs of their first smartphone, most things are pretty standard except the rumored memory of this phone could be sitting at 8GB. Until the official unveiling this is of course speculation, but maybe their appeal to the gaming crowd is enough to get people to buy a Razer phone for their next device. The Verge has the story.

Razer is supposedly planning to position its phone as a device for gaming, which makes sense given that Razer is a gaming company. Extra RAM ought to help with that, but it’s by no means a guarantee that this phone will perform better than its competitors. Ultimately, what’ll matter is how well the whole package has been optimized.

The phone will apparently be running a custom version of Android based on top of Nougat. That means it’ll be slightly out of date when it comes out, but it’s not too surprising to hear that there’ll be some customizations. Razer’s phone comes from the ashes of Nextbit, which built some really smart cloud features into the operating system. It’s possible we’ll see some of those once again here. (It’d be a waste if we didn’t!) And I wouldn’t be surprised to see Razer build in some custom gaming features, too. Here’s hoping for a Chroma integration.

iPhone X shortages

Looks like if you were hoping to grab an iPhone X on launch day you might be disappointed as there is already talk of parts shortages which is of course going to lead to phone shortages. Apparently it's the 3D sensors that are being used for the Face ID feature that are in short supply and might make things really interesting at launch as there could potentially be some very disappointed people who miss out on being the first to get the new model. CNET has the story.

The iPhone X's most talked about feature, facial recognition, could cause a lot of problems for Apple. According to a report by Nikkei Asian Review, iPhone manufacturers aren't building 3D sensors for the iPhone's TrueDepth camera system fast enough to keep up with yield rates. This means that when the iPhone X hits stores on Nov. 3 you're going to have a hard time getting one. 

Hacking is inevitable

Thanks to the recent Equifax hacks, new information coming out about Yahoo's 2014 hacks, and pretty much a new story every day about how some big company has been hacked and your personal information is now floating around the internets. The guys over at Quartz take a look at the current state of the internet and have come up with the conclusion that it's time for us to just assume our data will be stolen. While this is a sad state of affairs, I have to agree with them.

If recent hacking attacks such as the one at Equifax, which compromised personal data for about half of all Americans, have taught us anything, it’s that data breaches are a part of life. It’s time to plan for what happens after our data is stolen, according to Rahul Telang, professor of information systems at Carnegie Mellon University.

Companies are prone to understating the scale of hacks, which suggests that there needs to be better standards for disclosing breaches. Yahoo recently confessed that its data breach actually impacted 3 billion user accounts, three times what it disclosed in December. Equifax also boosted the number of people it says were affected by its hack.

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