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App Pick - Wheel of Fortune

Microsoft Moves to the Cloud

Microsoft has come a long way and they've had some great successes and some horrible blunders. Often, it appears that just when they are ready to break through a market, they cancel the product and leave people hanging. They did this with Zune and I'm pretty sure that their mobile platform is all but dead. Their cloud service - Azure - is alive and very well however. In fact their cloud service grew by 7% and netted them $6.7 Billion in revenue. Clearly, they are doing something right.

The earnings report is particularly interesting for Microsoft, as it's the first since its $26 billion LinkedIn purchase. That was Microsoft's largest deal ever, and despite making plenty of synergistic sense, many considered it a curious move for a company that's trying to double-down on its productive relevance.

Source: Engadget

How to Own at Pokemon

If you've been playing Pokemon Go lately, you may realize that there are ways to get better, and get a lot more accomplished in a shorter amount of time. If you need some pro-tips, watch the video below and then head over for a few more tips, tweaks and hints.

Source: TheVerge

Seagate Unveils 10TB HDD for Consumers

Seagate has make some pretty big drives for the enterprise, but now they are turning to consumers who have rather large Steam libraries - or very impressive video collections. Their latest beast is 10TB and it is more effective at moving massive amounts of data that speedier solid state drives. While mechanical drives have been rumored to be a dying breed, the fact that they are getting larger capacities and much better price points ensures that they will be around for the foreseeable future.

Innovative capabilities in these new 10TB drives include an intelligent multi-tier caching architecture for higher performance; AgileArray technology designed to optimise drive performance using error recovery control, dual-plane balancing and power management; and ImagePerfect, which provides the ability to support more high resolution cameras for surveillance than other drives, according to Seagate.

Source: TheInquirer

Android App Pick #204 - myTuner FM Radio

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we kick back, relax and put on some music. While the app streams music, it's not a regular service like Spotify. This app is a little more old-school and much more regional. myTuner RM Radio is our pick and it's a fantastic app that serves up your favorite FM station from around the world.

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How Old-School Floppy Drives Work

This video does a great job explaining the 5.25-inch tech that I grew up with. Check it out and get your nostalgia on.


Movie Ticket Prices Way Too High

While this may not come as a shock - movie ticket prices are too high. That has been a huge contributing factor as to why box office numbers are so dismal. According to a study, the average ticket price for a movie in the USA is $8.73 - and that would include IMAX as well as budget showings in the average. Up north in Canada, things are much worse. Last time I went to a movie it cost $15.50 for a single ticket. If you're lucky, you can get a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack opening week for $20. That's why I wait for the digital release. Wow.

The latest numbers also represent a 1.7% hike from the first quarter average of $8.58 a ticket, as well as a 1.4% increase from the year-ago average of $8.61. Of course, most moviegoers in major cities such as New York and Los Angeles, where prices routinely top $10, would see that average price as a relative bargain. But these figures are culled from national ticket prices, not only from urban areas.

Source: Variety

Final Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview is Up

If you just can't wait to get your hands on the Nougat version of Android that is supposed to be official in Q3, you can actually head on over, and grab a stock image - or sign up for OTA updates and get them pushed to your favorite Nexus device. There are a few devices on the early release list including Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 9G, Nexus Player, and more.

Preview 5 is listed as "near-final system images for final testing", so the OS should be almost good to go. The final build is slated for Q3, or later this summer.

Here's what's in the latest build:

* System images for Nexus and other preview devices
* An emulator that you can use for doing the final testing of your apps to make sure they’re ready
* The final N APIs (API level 24) and latest system behaviors and UI
* The latest bug fixes and optimizations across the system and in preinstalled apps

Source: Neowin

Xbox One S Coming August 2

If you just can't wait to get your hands on the mildly upgraded Xbox One S, you only have to wait about another couple of weeks. This new console will launch on August 2 - and that's coming quicker than you think. More details below.

Source: Xbox

Modding a SNES Cartridge for an SSD

This is a nifty mod. I'd do this for sure.


TOS Requires First Born - Users Agree

We all know that people don't read the End User License Agreement and the Terms of Service when it comes to software or web services. The fact is that some of these ToS are horrible. A recent study showed what we all expect - people don't read them before they say that they agree. A few people do read them, but even though the demands are horrible, they still agree because they want to use the service. 

Those who did glossed over important clauses. The terms of service required them to give up their first born, and if they don't yet have one, they get until 2050 to do so. The privacy policy said that their data would be given to the NSA and employers. Of the few participants who read those clauses, they signed up for the service anyway.

Source: ArsTechnica

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