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Snapchat is losing more money

Good news for Snapchat, user numbers are up 36% over last year.

Bad news for Snapchat, they've lost $208 million in the first 3 months of 2017.

It shouldn't have been too surprising to most investors, however, the road to profitability isn't going to be a smooth one for Snapchat and some people are saying they might never get there. The Verge has more on this story.

The company’s losses ballooned to over $2.2 billion, but most of those were one time expenses related to stock bonuses paid out after a successful IPO. CEO Evan Spiegel got a sweet $750 million on his own. But even if you ignore that massive hit, Snap’s losses basically doubled. It burned through $104 million in cash in the first quarter of 2016, and lost $208 million during the first three months of 2017. This was despite the fact that the average revenue per user generated by Snap was 90 cents, up 14 percent from last quarter and up 181 percent from the same period last year.

Windows 10 hits 500 million users

Windows 10 has hit the 500 million user milestone, which is a good thing for Microsoft who has seen more and more users happy to stick with previous operating systems rather than take the plunge to something new (even though the plunge to Windows 10 was free). Also interesting to note is that Office 365 has now hit the 100 million monthly active users mark, Mashable has more on this story.

In short, the world appears to really like Windows 10, a not-inconsequential accomplishment considering how the Windows crowd felt about its predecessor, Windows 8 (later 8.1) — an upgrade many PC owners decided to skip.

Half a billion users are nearly double the number Microsoft announced at Build 2016. When asked to characterize Windows 10's growth as compared to previous versions of Windows, Microsoft executives said it's hard to compare. Even so, they're pleased with the adoption rate.

Hard Drive Stats for Q1 2017

Q1 is over and BackBlaze has been putting together all their numbers for hard drive failure rates from the first quarter of the year. Keep in mind that some of these drives are relatively new to their server farm, so there should be less failures on drives that are less than a year old. Still, the numbers do speak for themselves. and you really, REALLY want to stay away from Seagate 4TB drives.

You’ll notice that some of the drive models have a failure rate of “0” (zero). Here a failure rate of zero means there were no drive failures for that model during Q1 2017. Later, we will cover how these same drive models faired over their lifetime. Why is the quarterly data important? We use it to look for anything unusual. For example, in Q1 the 4 TB Seagate drive model: ST4000DX000, has a high failure rate of 35.88%, while the lifetime annualized failure rate for this model is much lower, 7.50%.

Source: BackBlaze

Samsung Galaxy S8 - Most Fragile Phone Ever Made?

According to one report, repair shops are pretty happy with the Galaxy S8 as it will help them stay in business due to the fragile nature of the device. Granted, it has a glass front - and a glass back - okay, and glass sides thanks to the wrap around screen, but it sure looks pretty... right? In terms of performance, it's a solid device, but durability if dropped is lacking. The good news is that the actual screen panel is much cheaper than previous generations so it won't cost as much to fix if you have an accident.

There's an obvious reason for this, of course. The S8 is made almost entirely of glass, and has barely any top or bottom bezel, which is why the phone is marketed as having an "infinity screen." The upshot here is that screen replacements on the Galaxy S8 are cheaper than the Galaxy S7 was at release, and the prices figure to come down even further quite quickly.

Source: Vice

Smartphone with 15 Day Battery Life

If you can't get enough battery life in your device to a few days - or even a single day, perhaps the Oukitel K10000 is the device you've been waiting for. This is a decent spec'd phone that packs in a better-than-average MediaTek processor, 3GB of RAM, a 1080p screen and then they top it all off with a giant 10,000 mAh battery. While the device is certainly not "thin and light", it's still not too bad at all and it will last up to 15 days on a single charge. Zing!

Design-wise, going by the teaser image, there appears to be what looks like a fingerprint scanner underneath the rear camera and a leather-effect rear panel. There's also glimpse of what looks like a pen in the image, which could be a stylus, but that one is up for debate. Details concerning the camera have yet to be released, but the previous version had an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 3-megapixel sensor on the front.

Source: Pocket-Lint

Facebook is Abusive

When it comes to products and services, it's safe to say that nothing is really free. When a company gives you software for "free", remember there is a cost somewhere. It is probably at the expense of your privacy. Facebook is not different, and is in fact much worse. They take and take without really giving you much in return. Oh, sure they give you moments of satisfaction and occasionally even a little levity, but in the end they take everything from you and can create a profile that is actually a little bit scary. Time to divorce - but really, that time came years ago. Get out of the abusive relationship and go explore. For more information, please check my Facebook page. Just kidding.

Earlier this month, news emerged that executives from Facebook's Australian tentacle claimed the social has the ability to create emotional profiles of its users, even to detect and target vulnerable teenagers. Which suggests we’ve paid a lot more than we anticipated for this ‘free’ sharing service. We’ve handed over a bit of our autonomy, sold a corner of our souls.

Source: TheRegister

AMD to Show off Vega and Navi GPU Tech Mid-May

AMD has been on a roll lately and come the middle of the month they are planning on showing off some new GPU hardware, codenamed Vega and Navi. Also planned for the May 16 event is a product brief about the new Zen+ CPU core as well. The amazing thing here is that the new products will be built on a new 7nm FinFET process. In many ways, AMD is way beyond Intel as far as product technology - if they can just keep nailing the performance...

AMD has teased out tantalising details about Vega over the past six months or so, although in April it indicated that graphics cards based on Vega would be coming in the current quarter to the end of June. AMD's anticipated roadmap for Polaris and Vega slipped by around six months last year. Polaris had been expected around March or April, with Vega out in the fourth quarter.

Source: TheInquirer

Prey Speedrun in less that 20 Minutes

Many of today's game focus so much on the multi-player aspect that the single-player game feels like an afterthought. With the Call of Duty series, the single player campaign can often be finished by a standard player in three to four hours. Prey is one of the latest FPS games to hit the digital shelf and a guy has just blasted through this game in under 20 minutes. Of course this is a speedrun, but still it doesn't take long.

To be fair, DraQu does accomplish his feat by taking advantage of several environmental glitches to bypass entire sections of the game. The speedrunner also uses the GLOO Cannon to cleverly manufacture platforms to navigate the space outside the game’s environment.

Source: TheVerge

$1,200 Pair of Bluetooth Earbuds

If you have nothing but money on your hands you might want to drop some extra cash on a good pair of Bluetooth earbuds. If you want some of the best - certainly the most expensive, you could check out the Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless Bluetooth headphones. Much like other wireless earbuds, they have a cable between the two, but unlike other earbuds, they have a central receiver that houses all the electronic goodness. Are they worth a big mortgage payment? I'd think not, but then again, I've never listened to them.

Audiophiles tend to prefer to listen to wired headphones, but they might make an exception for Beyerdynamic's upcoming Xelento Wireless, which will retail for $1,200 (£1,000) when it's released later this year. That converts into about AU$1,625.

Source: CNET

Transformer Mini Takes a Dive

If you are looking for an adequate 2-in-1 device that has just enough power to make you not hate it, check out the Transformer Mini. This is a Windows 10 device that boasts an affordable 10-inch screen, Intel Atom x5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Extra storage is available via an microSD card slot. Other features include 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, and more. All in, this device will cost you $249 - and it comes with a keyboard, fingerprint sensor and a stylus. It's pretty tempting.

Source: Microsoft Store via Neowin

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