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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.

Windows 10 hits 75 Million

Microsoft has announced that since July 29, Windows 10 has been activated on 75 Million devices so far. Microsoft as hit some pretty impressive milestones with Windows 10 and the number continues to grow to an impressive 75 Million devices so far. ZDNet takes a look at all things Windows 10.

Within the first 24 hours of Windows 10's release on July 29, Microsoft said its newest OS was installed on 14 million devices. Two weeks after Windows 10's launch, 12.6 percent of all unique visitors to ZDNet (roughly one out of every eight, including mobile devices) were using Windows 10.

On August 26, a little under a month after launch, Microsoft officials said Windows 10 is now on more than 75 million devices worldwide. The new total comes courtesy of Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, who tweeted the latest numbers today.

Angry Staff

The makers of Angry Birds, Rovio, have announced that they are going to be laying off 38% of their staff (up to 260 people) after the company has decided they need to restructure. Angry Birds launched Rovio and it appears that the rapid and massive growth wasn't even close to being sustainable. I don't think anyone is too surprised to see them unable to sustain the levels that they hit when Angry Birds became a massive success. The Independent has the full story over here.

Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, is looking to lay off 38 per cent of its staff because it “did too many things”.

The company — whose most famous game is Angry Birds, but also makes other games like Jolly Jam and Stella Pop — said that it would “restructure its businesses around three primary business areas. That will involve negotiating redundancies for up to 260 staff, it said.

Only the staff working on The Angry Birds Movie in the US and Canada will be safe from the cuts, it said.

Weekly Tech Update #325 - Blackberry and Android Get Cozy

We have just posted up Episode #325 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing BlackBerry gets friendly with Android, Music streaming sucks and there is actually one California law that makes sense. Check out those stories and more at the links below.

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Games for Gold Includes Tomb Raider & Crysis 3

Microsoft is stepping up their game with their Games for Gold program this month. Sometimes the free games that you get with your Xbox Live Gold membership are pretty weak, but Tomb Raider and Crysis 3 are still somewhat relevant and are pretty awesome titles to snag for free. The only hitch is that Xbox One users get Tomb Raider, and Xbox 360 users get Crysis 3.

From the ERPs suggested by Microsoft, by downloading all of the above titles, you are able to receive $89.96 in games at no extra cost. Obviously, many stores offer the games at a lower price point, but regardless, these are still great titles to receive for free. It was estimated that over $500 worth of free games were given away though the program last year.

Source: Neowin

Simple Android Device Mirror

There are many different ways that a person can mirror their phone screen on their desktop or TV,  but none are as fast, simple and as easily interactive as Vysor. This little application installs on your Android device and connects with your PC via a Chrome Browser plug-in. Once those are installed, you can mirror - as well as a use your desktop mouse to click on the screen of your phone that is viewable on your PC. Mouse wheel, keyboard and more work seemlessly. It's super DUPER awesome. As this is a browser plugin, it works equally well on Chromebook, Windows, Apple and Linux systems.

Vysor puts a fully controllable window of your Android on your desktop. An easy install Chrome app, compatible with all operating systems.



Source: Vysor

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