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Lenovo Y50 UHD Laptop

If you are enjoying your new, affordable UHD desktop monitor and don't want to give up that 3840x2160 resolution, Lenovo now has an option that takes all that pixel density on your desktop and makes it even tighter on the Y50 laptops. This series all come with UHD displays that are a nice and tidy 15.6". They come equipped with 4th Gen Core processors and a lot of RAM, plus dedicated NVIDIA graphics to push that display. If you're looking for a new machine for back to school, this should be right near the top of your list.

  • Power to Keep Pace with Today's Latest Games
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Source: Lenovo

Minecraft Billionaire Can't Buy/Build Happiness

It's quite unfortunate for some people that money can't actually buy happiness. It seems that the creator of Minecraft, Markus Persson recently outbid Jay Z and Beyonce for a $70 Million mansion in Beverly Hills, but is pretty disgusted with being so filthy rich. I guess he should have just given it away and kept on working for a living...

He began: "The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance."It depends on how you define everything. For many people, Persson might seem like the man with everything. Instead, he bemoans the difficulty of having relationships.

Source: CNET

Nintendo Announces Another Two New 3DS Units

If you're a fan of the Nintendo 3DS platform, you may be a bit excited to know that they are launching a couple of new 3DS units as early as this fall. At this point, you can only buy the massive 3DS XL here in North America and I'm betting that this all-new "compact" model is pretty much the original model that was really a better platform. We will have to wait until later this month to find out all the little details.

"More than 15 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "These new models offer additional fun ways to experience some of the great upcoming Nintendo 3DS games launching in the next few months."

Source: BusinessWire

Self-Driving Cars Having Trouble With Cyclists

Google's self-driving car tech is pretty impressive, but there are a few things that it can't do very well. The latest one of these to surface is the struggle that the AI has with a bicycle "track-stand". A track-stand is performed by the cyclist when they stop, but don't put a foot down. As the bike wiggles at all, the car promptly moves ahead, then sensing an object, applies the brakes - repeatedly. This will be a relatively easy code-fix, but things like this show that perfect self-driving cars are still a ways off.

Google is upbeat about the whole affair, telling the Washington Post that this is the kind of real-world input it's looking for as it develops its intelligent vehicle tech. However, this is also a friendly reminder of how far autonomous vehicles have to go. There are many, many road hazards that are hard to anticipate, even if you've had a lot of experience on the road. 

Source: Engadget

FInal Fantasy XV to Release in 2016

Final Fantasy XV is one of the most anticipated games for a while and during PAX, it has been confirmed to be released in 2016. This is good news for all of the RPG players that have been waiting for many years for a decent sequel. This is the series that just won't die, but unlike the Call of Duty series, this series is packed with new features, a compelling story and an actual reason to buy it - it's fun. More details at the link below.

Square Enix brought some news about Final Fantasy XV along to PAX Prime 2015 yesterday. Square held a panel to show off some of the game's features, as well as an indicator of the development team's progress to this point. It was also revealed that Final Fantasy XV would indeed arrive in 2016, with a specific release date set to be announced in March of next year.

Source: ShackNews


MSI Pushes GTX 950 Cards Down MOBA Lanes

According to MSI, the GTX 950 is a perfect card for MOBA players as it balances performance and cost just right. They are pushing this idea with their marketing as well as some software that allows you to choose specific profiles for your audio levels. With a smaller footprint, and power efficiency, they do enable a user to build a very small, and adequately powerful gaming rig that will handle any current MOBA at 1080p.

MSI is billing the GTX 950 GAMING 2G as a card perfect for 1080p and MOBA games such as DOTA2 and League of Legends. The card features MSI's Twin Frozr V cooler, which delivers a silent gaming experience. This cooler provides a smaller than 2-slot design, and features twin 10cm fans. To further the customizability of the card, MSI offers the MSI GAMING App. This tool allows you to quickly switch between OC, Gaming and Silent modes.

Source: FutureLooks

Rocket Engine Lands in Living Room

While this be "no big deal" for people in China, I'd be rather shocked, surprised and a bit excited over the prospect of making a good sale on eBay if a rocket engine crashed through the roof and into my living room. While things like this happen more than they should in China, I'd maybe consider relocating. The problem is that many of China's launch facilities are a long ways inland - making spent engine parts sprinkle down on the citizens like a refreshing rain - of death.

It’s not clear exactly how often people living within a few hundred miles of China’s launch sites end up with engine nozzles falling into their houses or whole first stage engines crashing by the side of the road, but it’s not unheard of. China’s rocket launch facilities are all inland, and although their surrounding areas are largely rural, they’re still populated densely enough that there’s a risk.


Source: Gizmodo

Office is the New WIndows

Microsoft has really changed their face over the last couple of years. From what I've observed, the turning point was when Windows 8 didn't sell like hot-cakes and Satya Nadella came on the scene after Steve Ballmer took off for greener pastures. At that time, Microsoft really started to push their mobile software - and not on their own platform. They focused on Android and iOS with some of their applications and have now been pushing Microsoft Office on as much hardware as they can. They are swapping out one monopoly for another - and office could just be the software that can make them great - again.

Office workers and students both rely on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the rest of the suite. Google Apps (recently rebranded Google for Work) is providing some solid competition, particularly in smaller businesses and tech startups, but almost every big business in the world still has thousands of Office licenses.

Source: BusinessInsider

A billion people on Facebook....in one day

Facebook just pulled off another first in the history of social media, they had 1 billion people use Facebook on Monday. Yup, 1 in 7 people in the entire logged into Facebook to check what their friends were having for supper and watch shared cat videos. This is an impressive feat for humanity and we will tell our children about it many years from now. Regardless of how you feel about Facebook, it's still an impressive accomplishment. The Verge has the details.

The biggest social network on earth keeps getting bigger. Today Facebook announced a huge milestone: a billion people used the service Monday, founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a post. "On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family," he wrote. "When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world."


Google Chrome will start blocking auto-playing flash ads and auto-playing videos on non-video websites on September 1st by default. I'm not sure why they are waiting until September 1st and yes I know that you can turn them off already, but seriously, I can't imagine there is a single person that enjoys a blaring laundry soap commercial starting to play when you are visiting a website and then you've got to search for the stupid ad so that you can mute it. Arstechnica has the details.

Google has a set a date of September 1 for when its Chrome browser will block all Flash content that isn't "central to the webpage." Flash content, such as ads or auto-playing videos on non-video websites, will be automatically paused by default—but you can click to play them if you wish. Embedded video players on sites like YouTube and Vimeo will still work, of course.

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