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Maybe Linux isn't dead?

Linux is always being called dead, however, every few months they see a little spike and then quickly get forgotten about again by the mainstream public. One of the big surges they've seen is that Dell now offers laptops with Linux pre-installed and thanks to a new interview over at OMGUbuntu, it doesn't look like Dell has any plans of stopping that. Dell now offers multiple models with Linux and has no plans of stopping thanks to 'tens of millions dollars' of sales. 

Curious about Dell’s ever-expanding range of Linux pre-loaded laptops?

So  popular Linux personality Bryan Lunduke, who recently took an hour out to talk to Dell’s Senior Architect in the office of CTO — try saying that with a mouthful of doughnut — Barton George.

Netflix keeps growing

2016 was an interesting year for Netflix as they gambled on original content and let some of their movie selection that they were getting from other companies go away. The gamble of course has worked as they've seen over 7 million new users last year and could be hitting 100 million users by March. The stock market also was excited and they've seen their stock surge upwards. CNBC has more on the good new at the Netflix camp.

Netflix shares surged as much as 9 percent in late trading after the company posted subscriber numbers that crushed its own guidance.

The stock was last seen near $144, about 8 percent higher in extended trade on Wednesday as more than 3 million shares changed hands.

The company said it added 7.05 million subscribers during the fiscal fourth quarter. Not only was that figure well above its own expectations of 5.2 million, but Netflix said it was the largest-ever quarterly subscriber growth in its history.

Immersive Cooled Gigabyte Server

The video below shows some nifty immersive cooling on a Gigabyte server using some pretty awesome inert liquid hydrocarbon fluid. It's worth a look and a read as to how Gigabyte plans to push this into the datacenter. Upgrading hardware just became a little more difficult.


Novec 72DA liquid is a solution of 70% 1,2-trans-dichloroethylene, 4-16% ethyl nonafluorobutyl ether, 4-6% ethyl nonafluoroisobutyl ether and trace other similar methyl variants. The liquid has a boiling point of 45ºC at very low viscosity (0.4 cP, compared to 0.89 cP for water), but also a low specific heat capacity (1.33 J/g/K, compared to 4.184 for water).


Oh, is that how it works? Ok. Thanks!

Source: AnandTech

Microsoft Pushes Windows 7 Out the Door

Microsoft really doesn't want to support multiple Operating Systems so they are pushing hard to get people onto the latest Windows 10 platform. While support for Windows 7 should extend to 2020, Microsoft is doing everything they can to get people upgraded. They are already trying to scare people that in the three years until official EOL, security needs won't be covered in Windows 7 and you should upgrade now.

If that’s not enough reason to switch, the page also points out that "Windows 10 is the only version of Windows that provides the appropriate support for the latest chips from Intel, AMD and Qualcomm. In addition, many programs are already being written or developed for the newer versions of Windows".

Source: BetaNews

Tiny Zotac PC Can Run VR

We've followed along with Zotac since their creation about 10 years ago and they've managed to do some pretty amazing things with a super small form factor PC. They were the company that pioneered the NUC from Intel and have really pushed the envelop to get real-PCs into tiny little enclosures. The beautiful thing about Zotac, is that they aren't putting cruddy hardware into small boxes. They have some pretty powerful Kaby Lake boxes that use NVIDIA GTX hardware as well. This would make a great "wearable" PC if you just had to do VR.

The Magnus EN1070K is the latest entry in the Zotac E-series of miniature desktop computers, and measures in with a tiny footprint of 8.27 x 7.9 inches (or a little bigger than a Mac Mini). But it packs some serious firepower into the small size, offering a current-generation Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, up to 32GB of RAM, and both an M.2 SSD slot and a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay for internal storage.

Source: TheVerge

Cloud Gaming is a Big Thing - Seriously, This Time.

Cloud gaming has been in the works for years and there have been a few companies that have dared bring it to market. One of these was OnLive and they promised "Lag Free Gaming to Any Device". The idea is that they render the game on their computers, stream it to your device, listen for your inputs, send them to their servers, make the input selections in game and then send you back the results in the next frame. Obviously, this didn't work well for them. Now LiquidSky has bellied up to the proverbial bar and tries their hand at it. The claim AAA titles on any device 

If all goes well, LiquidSky won't stay contained in the gaming world. McLoughlin dreams of unifying the technology industry through cloud computing. Just like he's attempting to make every Windows, Mac, Linux and Android device run the same games in the same way, he eventually wants to make cross-platform functionality standard across all industries.

Source: Engadget

ADATA SD700 256GB External SSD Review

We have just posted up our review of ADATA SD700 External Solid State Drive. This drive is part of their tough drive series and it adds IP68 dust and water protection as well as shock-proof durability. While it's not the fastest SSD on the market, it does live up to its rated speed and offers a good chuck of storage for a nice value. Take a look at our review for all the details.

While there are certainly faster performing SSDs on the market, the SD700 aims to be plenty fast at up to 440MB/second read, and it shows that you can have a rugged and portable drive for a fair price...


Weekly Tech Update #386 - Nokia Launches Like it's 1999

We have just posted up Episode #386 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing wireless earbuds are not ready for primetime, Nokia makes a comeback and the PC still isn’t dead. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Stanford University Produced a "Self-Extinguishing" Li Battery

While we all may want to poke fun at Samsung as being a big customer of the "self-extinguishing" Lithium Ion battery, the fact is that there were a lot of device this past year; including hoverboards - that had fire related issues caused by poor batteries or poor overall design. The batteries use a polymer shell in the heart of each battery that melts when it gets too hot. Inside this shell is a fire retardent chemical. Poof. Problem solved. It's actually so simple it's ridiculous.

Similar solutions using TPP within lithium-ion batteries have been trialed before, though in those cases TPP was mixed directly with the electrolytes inside the battery itself, degrading performance to an impractical level. In this latest example, it's unclear how much space is used inside the battery at this stage, and whether this will have a significant impact on battery performance, possibly making it an impractical solution in small form devices like mobile phones or tablet computers.

Source: Neowin

The Heart of the Switch is the Goofy Joy-Cons

It's true. The Nintendo Switch really isn't anything all that special in terms of a gaming handheld. There are many companies with tablet ideas that are designed for gaming, and when handheld, the Switch delivers no more than a 720p experience. Plugged into the dock, it ups that game to 1080p, but the real heart of the new console are the two included controllers. Both are motion sensitive, can be used together or separate for two player games, and are actually very comfortable and intuitive to use - unlike the Wiimote.

They're equal parts peculiar and cool. The original Wii was a hit because of its brave attempt to reinvent the games controller, adding smart responsive new control options that coaxed non-gamers into playing. The company is now hoping to repeat that same trick.

Source: Engadget

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