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Steam Has 33 Million Daily Users - 67 Million Monthly

While Xbox Live and the Play Station Network are pretty popular, they don't hold a candle to Steam when it comes to gaming networks. The numbers are pretty staggering when it comes right down to it. Every day 33 million people log in and play games on this network and more than double that play on a monthly basis. This is absolutely huge and is the reason why I have never believed the hype that PC Gaming is Dead. It's not. It's very much alive as 33 million people can't be wrong.

Overall, this shows why Steam is considered the most popular digital platform. This also shows how stupidly some publishers basically sabotage their own sales by not releasing their games on Steam (as they are obviously trying to promote their own digital services. We are looking at you Microsoft and EA).

Source: DSOGaming

AMD vs Intel Market Share

AMD has come out strong with their new Ryzen CPUs - at least in terms of press. The real numbers are what matter though and the question remains, "Have they taken away market share from Intel?" The truth is that since the Ryzen CPUs have launched, Intel has actually lost 8% of the market to AMD. While 8% may not seem like much, the slope is pretty dramatic, and there is a good chance that it will continue in that direction for a while longer. While Intel is still a huge elephant in the room, the mouse is making itself known and felt.

  • This graph counts the baselines submitted to us during these time period and therefore is representative of CPUs in use rather than CPUs purchased.
  • The Quarters are by the calendar year rather than financial. (i.e. Q1 starts January 1st)
  • Baselines can be submitted from anywhere therefore these are global statistics.
  • We do receive a small number of submissions of CPU types other than AMD and Intel however the percentage is so small as to make it not worth graphing. This combined with rounding off the percentages to 2 decimal places will account for each quarter not always adding up to exactly 100%.

Source: CPUBenchmark

What Games Do You Want on N64 Classic Edition

With the success of the NES Classic and the upcoming SNES Classic, there is little doubt that Nintendo will continue the trend and release the N64 Classic. The downside here is that there were so many great games on the N64 and these "classic" editions only have 20+ games pre-loaded on them. Is this the time when Nintendo releases several different cartridges with 20+ games on them to make sure people get as many great titles as they want? Go share your thoughts in the poll at the link below.

Although it may never arrive, if Nintendo were to release a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition, there is the inevitable question of how many games it should come with and what titles might be offered. So, if this comes to fruition, what will you expect from Nintendo? How many games would you expect to see on the console (15, 20, 25)? What games would be essential in making it a success? Also last, but certainly not least, what price point would you like to see it at ($99)?

Source: Neowin

Linux Still Alive - Mint Reaches 18.2

While Linux is still primarily used for hobby computing and hardcore computer enthusiasts for some really nifty projects, Linux is still alive and well and being developed through a large community. In the past few years, hardware companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and others have really matured their driver support as the platform itself has matured to be much more user friendly. I still wouldn't put it on my mother in-laws computer as I know I'd have to be servicing it all the time, but still, it's come a long way. Linux Mint is one of those distributions that keeps things fresh and if you have a separate computer to play around with, it's worth checking out for a fun summer project.

Cinnamon Spices
You can add themes, applets, desklets and extensions to your Cinnamon desktop. These add-ons are known as "spices" and they are maintained by 3rd party artists and 3rd party developers.

Software Sources
Foreign packages are packages which are not provided by any repository or which version differs from the one provided in the repositories.
To make it easier to remove or to downgrade these packages, new "Select All" buttons were added in appropriate places within the "Software Sources" configuration tool.

Source: LinuxMint

Etihad Airways neighbor-free concept

This next story might be a stretch for tech news on a slow news Friday, but whatever, it's almost the weekend.

Etihad Airways is testing out a new feature that allows passengers to bid on empty seats on the airplane to have them beside them. So basically, if you are successful at winning the bid, you could potentially have the entire row to yourself. So instead of sitting on the plane hoping that a smelly person doesn't sit in that empty seat beside you, you can now guarantee that you get a little elbow room. Pricing and details are still a little unknown, but it's an interesting concept.

The Verge has the full story.

Etihad Airways has introduced a new “Neighbour-Free Seat” concept, allowing passengers to bid on up to three extra empty seats adjacent to their booked seat. If the bid is won, the extra seats will remain vacant for the duration of the passenger’s journey, meaning you could have an entire row all to yourself.

According to Etihad’s site, the bid can be placed when buying your seat. There is a minimum and maximum bid the site will accept per seat, and priority will be given to members of the airline’s frequent flyer program, Etihad Guest. If you win the bid, you will be notified 32 hours before your flight departs.

Weekly Tech Update #403 - Nintendo: All They Do is Win!

We have just posted up Episode #403 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode, we will be discussing Amazon goes brick and mortar with their Whole Foods acquisition, Nintendo keeps winning with their new and old consoles and a robocall scammer gets slapped with a $122 million dollar fine. We have those stories and more at the links below...

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How Google beat the iPhone

The iPhone was officially released 10 years ago this week and officially started the smartphone revolution.

Google was over a year behind with their release of Android, however, they managed to leapfrog Apple and have command the top of the smartphone charts for many, many, years. 

How'd they do it? CNN Money takes a look back at the first 10 years of the smartphone industry and how Google has kept top spot.

Ten years ago this week, Apple's first iPhone went on sale and redefined the industry.

Fifteen months after that, Google crashed the party.

Google's first Android phone was unveiled on September 23, 2008, in partnership with T-Mobile. The smartphone, called the G1, looks like an oddity now. It had a bulky frame, slide-out keyboard and a BlackBerry-style trackball in addition to the touch screen.

Yet, this device officially kicked off the fiercest tech rivalry of the century. By early 2011, Android's operating system had become the most popular smartphone platform in the U.S. -- and Apple CEO Steve Jobs had declared "thermonuclear war" against Android.

HMS Queen Elizabeth - still running Windows XP

It's been revealed that the brand new aircraft carrier that Britain just paid $3.5 Pounds (~$4.6 Billion USD) for, is being run by the tried, tested, and true, Windows XP.

Big deal your thinking, why would they spend the extra $100 for Windows 10 when Windows XP would do the job and they probably had an extra license laying around?

Well the concern over a $4.6 Billion dollar piece of equipment was enough to get people talking about how we've seen an increased number of attack on old operating systems because people just don't like to upgrade, but from the sounds of the article, they've got it covered. The Guardian has the full story.

During a tour of the carrier, screens were spotted using what appeared to be the outdated 2001 Windows XP operating system. That OS was targeted by the WannaCry ransomware attack in May that disrupted parts of the NHS and other companies worldwide. Parliament came under cyber-attack on Friday with the accounts of about 90 MPs hacked.

Questions have also been raised about the vulnerability of the UK’s new Trident nuclear submarine system, though the Ministry of Defence insists that submarines are isolated when at sea.

Joshua Topolsky Doesn't Love the iPad Pro

Apple has marketed the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement - and they are trying to compete directly with the Microsoft Surface. The reality is that the iPad Pro still runs a mobile OS and it's not much good for much. In fact, if you like to draw, that is pretty much all it's good for. I found a pad of paper works pretty well also, is much cheaper and doesn't require constant charging.

"Couple of tweets about the new iPad and iOS 11. It is inferior to a laptop in almost every way, unless you like to draw."

Source: Twitter

Where to Pre-Order the SNES Classic

The SNES Classic is going to be a huge hit. The NES Classic did very well, but I have a feeling that the SNES version will do even better. Nintendo claims they will produce "significantly more" units, but they will still be short. They always are. Your best bet (and probably only bet) is to pre-order one. Even Pre-Orders will be pretty limited, so make sure to check out your favorite game and electronics e-tailer for those details.

Nintendo has committed to shipping the Super NES Classic from its release in September until the end of 2017. Nintendo, perhaps more than any other video game company, knows the power of scarcity. Expect resellers to grab as much inventory as possible, and flip the consoles for ludicrously inflated prices on eBay and Craigslist.

Source: TheVerge

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