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Google Starts to Manually Review Apps

Google has had a very open policy when it came to App submissions to the Google Play store. Unfortunately sometimes this didn't work out in their favor and there were a few really bad apps that got through the automated process. Google is trying to clean up the sloppy app approach by going through and manually reviewing apps, and is now included age-based ratings. While this may be a pain for a few developers, overall I think this is a good move on Google's part.

Google Play, Google’s marketplace for Android applications which now reaches a billion people in over 190 countries, has historically differentiated itself from rival Apple by allowing developers to immediately publish their mobile applications without a lengthy review process. However, Google has today disclosed that, beginning a couple of months ago, it began having an internal team of reviewers analyze apps for policy violations prior to publication.

Source: TechCrunch

Star Citizen SXSW Video Montoge

This game looks good. It looks like it has some depth, variety and I'm actually looking forward to it! It might be a great filler until Mass Effect 4.

 

Yahoo Helps Get Rid of Passwords

Yahoo is stepping up two-factor authentication with a new service that is basically "on demand" passwords. When you try and log into a site that requires a password, Yahoo a random password will be emailed to you. This will help eliminate the need for remembering complicated passwords and hopefully keep people from using simple passwords and then getting their accounts compromised. 

We’ve all been there…you’re logging into your email and you panic because you’ve forgotten your password. After racking your brain for what feels like hours, it finally comes to you. Phew! Today, we’re hoping to make that process lessanxiety-inducing by introducing on-demand passwords, which are texted to yourmobile phone when you need them. You no longer have to memorize a difficult password to sign in to your account - what a relief!

Source: Yahoo

Google Feud

Google Feud is a new online game that makes a challenge out of guessing what Google's Auto-complete suggestions are. You get three guesses to complete their search results on categories such as Culture, People, Names and Questions. It's pretty fun, but be aware that some people search for some pretty odd things. Some results could be questionable.

Bonus tip: there’s no built-in multiplayer option, but it’s still a pretty great game to play cooperatively with a friend. I spent the morning brainstorming guesses with my fiance — and while the game totally kicked our ass, we had a blast.

Source: TechCrunch, GoogleFeud

Windows 10 Updates Go Peer-to-Peer

There is a lot of new information coming out regariding Windows 10 lately. While I've been using it for quite a while now, there are a lot of new changes being revealed with every new build. The latest information shows that Microsoft plans on pushing out update via a peer-to-peer connection, making the load on Microsoft servers much easier to manage. I really like this idea and it shows where the future of the PC is headed.

Microsoft is planning to distribute future Windows 10 updates using a peer-to-peer (P2P) protocol. While Microsoft has traditionally uses Windows Update to deliver OS and some application updates from a single source, the latest leaked build of Windows 10 reveals that the company is moving towards P2P. A new option allows Windows 10 users to enable "updates from more than one place," with the ability to download apps and OS updates from multiple sources to obtain them more quickly.

Source: TheVerge

New Macbook 'Features'

Apple stunned the world with the new new Macbook. It's slim, has great battery life, is powered by a cell-phone sized system, has a single USB port and an amazing 480p camera. Oh, and this Netbook will cost you $1,299. While there are some good points at the link below, one of my favorite highlights is the Apple "Engineer" that is being interviewed below.

 

Source: VentureBeat

Apple May Have Invented USB Type-C

Apple has recently shown off their new Macbook that is pretty unique in that it is Macbook Air thin, and yet is still touted as a full-featured Macbook. One of the things that this unit has is a single USB Type-C connector that allows USB cables to be plugged in upside down or rightside up. According to a recent interview, Apple blogger John Gruber claims that Apple innvented USB Type-C and just gave it to the USB Standards Council so they could make the world a better place. That's interesting and so characteristic of Apple to give away design ideas and forego trademarks, copyrights and patents. What a wonderful company Apple is...[sarcasm]

I have heard, can't say who, but let's call them "informed little birdies", that USB-C is an Apple invention and that they gave it to the standard bodies. And that the politics of such is that they can't really say that. They're not going to come out in public and say it, but they did. It is an Apple invention and they do want it to become a standard.

Source: Neowin

Everything Valve Does is Because of Steam

While Valve and Steam are actually two separate entities, they do have the same parent company and sometimes we wonder what Valve is thinking when the try different products, games and technologies. The truth is that Valve is thinking about Steam. It's always all about Steam. Pushing their online store and community makes sense as whatever games they sell, they get a cut. The are trying to be Apple's App Store for gamers. So far, they are leading the charge.

Maybe you didn't know, but Valve generates a ton of revenue from Steam. It's not clear exactly how much, so here's some context for that assertion:
  • The most current numbers on Steam usage are from last week, with 125 million "active accounts" -- that's not total accounts, but accounts being used with some regularity.
  • The Steam library is around 4,500 games, depending on what you count (that number excludes game add-ons and non-game software -- thanks to Ars Technica's Kyle Orland and his Steam Gauge database for this number).
  • Valve gets approximately 30 percent of each sale made on Steam.

 

30% is the reason why they are all about Steam.

Source: Engadget

Windows 10 Build 10036 Details Emerge

Windows 10 is coming along nicely, and while the latest updates broke my test rig for gaming at VulcLAN over the weekend, it really is a nice improvement and a big change from Windows 8.1. While many of the changes are cosmetic, they are nice changes indeed. Take a look at the video below to see the updated Start Menu for this build as well as System Tray changes and more.

 

VulcLAN 2015

All of us here at BCCHardware.com would like to thank everyone who was able to come out to the 13th annual VulcLAN LAN party. 4 days of video games are in the books and everyone survived (I think). Once again we couldn't have done it without all of our amazing sponsors (check them all out here), as well as all of the dedicated people who come out year after year and make the event a continual success. We had a bunch of new faces in the crowd this year and are looking forward already to seeing them again next year. Anyone who has ever attended a LAN party probably knows that the gaming comes second to all of the socializing with fellow gamers and VulcLAN is no exception. 

Thanks for the good times everyone, we'll see you again in 2016! - BCCHardware Staff

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