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Android App Pick - Bitmoji - Your Avatar Emoji

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we get personal with our emoji's and avatars. Bitmoji is a creation from the creators of Bitstrips and this app lets you be the emoji and avatar. That's right, you - are the emotion. It's actually pretty fun so make sure you check it out and you'll see why we picked it this week!



WTU Episode #314 - Windows 10 Rollout

We have just posted up Episode #314 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Apple's new "features" that aren't features, everybody wants a piece of Blackberry Pie and here comes Windows 10. Check out those stories and more at the links below.


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Windows 10 Upgrade Matrix

There is a lot of excitement about the upcoming 'free' Windows 10 rollout and what version you are going to get for free. At this point, if you have to purchase a full license (if you're not eligible for a free upgrade), it will set you back $119 for Windows 10 Home and $199 for Windows 10 Pro. It is no surprise that if you are running a "Non-Pro" version of Windows 7 or 8, you'll get Windows 10 Home. If you're running Windows 7/8 Pro or better, you'll get Windows 10 Pro. It's not rocket science, but I'm sure there will be Home users that are mad they don't get the new Pro version.


Image Credit: Neowin

Source: Neowin

Netflix to Get Ads Soon?

It appears that Netflix is starting to play some pre-roll ads on their site and while my initial reaction is a resounding NOOOO, I get it - sort of. While they require a paid subscription, over 36% of all internet traffic is Netflix and their storage and bandwidth bills have to pretty expensive. Upon further digging, it appears that they won't play "any third-party" ads and everything that you'll be spoonfed will be additional content from their site. It will be like a video version of the "Because you Watched..." with movie and show trailers. It's not all bad, but hopefully they allow you to skip ahead.

Since last week I've been testing the Intel Compute Stick, the quad-core Atom Z3735F Atom powered PC that's a little bigger than the size of an HDMI connector. In this article are some benchmarks of this $150 quad-core + 32GB eMMC + 2GB RAM tiny computer in a variety of benchmarks comparing it to other low-power x86 and ARMv7 hardware.

Source: CordCutterNews

Intel Compute Stick on Linux

The alternative OS guys have taken the Intel Compute Stick and jacked Ubuntu Linux on it for a run through the performance numbers. This little Quad-Core Atom box is not much bigger than a Chromecast (yes, it's bigger, but not much), and offers up 2GB of RAM in addition to 32GB of storage. The beauty of this little box is that it is x86 and comes with all the wireless radios you need to set up a fantastic streaming box.

Since last week I've been testing the Intel Compute Stick, the quad-core Atom Z3735F Atom powered PC that's a little bigger than the size of an HDMI connector. In this article are some benchmarks of this $150 quad-core + 32GB eMMC + 2GB RAM tiny computer in a variety of benchmarks comparing it to other low-power x86 and ARMv7 hardware.

Source: Phoronix

Nintendo's Next Console = Android Powered

If you believe everything you read on the internet, you'll soon find out that Google's Android OS may be powering the next Nintendo Console. I'm not sure I like that idea, but I guess the code base is there and new Android games are pretty impressive - and well, pretty. Gone are the days of the OUYA and the blocky 8-bit graphics that we left behind when our SEGA Genesis finally died. Still, I'm not sure that Nintendo is making the right move here.

We now might know a little more if, this rumor is true. An insider tells Nikkei that the NX’s “operating system is loaded with Android.” The same insider continued, “This would be able to speed up getting all game developers on board.” It would also mean that development could be expanded to smartphones, tablets, and other devices, this insider added.

Source: Kotaku

How Google Finally Got Design

According to one guys opinion, Google finally figured out software design and the guy was as surprised as I am. I get it though, Google has come a long way, but are they leading the curve? I'm not so sure as the interface on the new Windows Mobile platform is pretty solid - as in Windows 10. Still, their eye on anesthetics is great and this makes software better for all of us. Check out all the details and reasons why Android M is so much better than anything you've EVER seen before.

It would have been crazy to say just a few years ago. But today, Google produces better-designed software than any other tech behemoth. If you don’t believe that, then set down your Apple-flavored Kool-Aid. Take a cleansing breath, open your mind, and compare Android and iOS.

Source: FastCoDesign

ADATA HD710A Dust/Water/Shock-proof USB 3.0 HDD

We have just posted up our review of the ADATA HD710A Dustproof, Waterproof and Shockproof external hard drive. This drive is IP68 rated and we drown it to find out if they are telling the truth. After that we drop in over a dozen times to find out if it's as rugged as they claim. It lives and we find out how fast this $70 drive is - after it takes a beating. Check our review for all the details.

Anything that is abused will break eventually. ADATA claims that this drive has "Military-grade Shockproof Protection" and cites US Military MIL-STD-810G as their reference. Exploring this shows that the drop is a 4-foot drop onto 2-inch thick plywood laid over concrete and I can say from experience that this drive would survive that drop distance all day long. Before we dropped this drive, we did stick it in a tub of pretty nasty rainwater... and it survived.


NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti Launches as Solid 4K Gamer

The "problem" with 4K displays is that many current cards simply cannot game at full resolution. There are a lot of pixels to push at 4K and unless you could invest in a GTX Titan, you had to SLI or Crossfire a couple of cards to really be able to push your display. NVIDIA has answered the call with their latest card that just dropped over the weekend. This new GTX 980 Ti has 2,816 CUDA cores and 176 texture units - about 38% more than the current GTX 980. In addition to the extra power, there is also 2GB of extra GDDR5 that helps push all those textures. The best part? This crazy powerful card is MSRP'd at $500.

NVIDIA claims its memory bandwidth is also 50 percent faster than its predecessor, which makes a big difference when throwing huge textures around. Of course, the Titan X is an even faster option than the 980 Ti, but its high price makes it far out of reach for most, even hardcore gamers.

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(Image Courtesy Engadget)

Source: Engadget

Google Updates Chromecast for Gaming

Google has been working hard to stay current with their streaming stick, and this is really the best part about competition. Google has to do more - all companies do - in order to keep your business. The update coming for the Chromecast will make it easier for developers to work more closely with this platform. The idea is that your mobile device can become the controller and the content is displayed on the TV. That sounds like a great update to me!

Google said it will begin offering new capabilities that make it easy for developers to create more interactive apps that run on a smartphone, tablet or PC, and then wirelessly stream to its Chromecast device, which plugs in to a television. One example is with video games, whose developers can stream a game's visuals to a television and use mobile devices as controllers.

Source: CNET

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