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Smash Bros. Gets Scientific

Ever been crunching numbers on your TI 83/84 calculator and just felt like you needed a gaming break but had none with you? Well you can actually play a version of Smash Bros. on it now! It is availiable for download fromwww.omnimaga.org and is open so you can make modifications yourself. Amazing!

On that screenshot, you can only see one Fox moving. That's only because I don't want my left hand to play against my right hand but I checked, everything works with the other Fox too. For now, they are played on the same calc (with different keys obviously) but for future versions, I was thinking about two solutions: either you use a second calculator as a pad without its screen being used or I use CalcNet as geekboy suggested. That's for future versions anyway, I have other problems to solve.

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Source: Omnimaga

Facebook Tries a Cleanup

We all know how annoying those Facebook posts that are actually more like ads, and that seem to slip by every filter that we put up and wish that FB would do something about this. As it turns out they are! In January of next year they will start limiting even more of these ad posts from your feed! So we can look forward to a more relevant news feed, hopefully…

Beginning in January 2015, people will see less of this type of content in their News Feeds.As we’ve said before, News Feed is already a competitive place – as more people and Pages are posting content, competition to appear in News Feed has increased. All of this means that Pages that post promotional creative should expect their organic distribution to fall significantly over time.

Source: Facebook Newsroom

Pixel Density War is Awesome!

I love pixel density. The more pixels you can cram together on a display, the better. I like having a laptop with a 3K display and wish I had enough green saved up to buy a 5K display to go with it. When it comes to smaller screens, pixel density used to be owned by Apple, but others have come out and beat them down, cramming 2560 x 1600 displays on 5-inch or bigger displays. Sharp is giving the small(er) screen the same love and has packed in an amazing 736 pixels per inch on their new 4.1-inch display. Yup, even this tiny screen has a native resolution of 2560 x 1600.

According to Sharp, the new display has the same ppi as that of a 4K display that measures 6 inches. We know what many customers might be thinking at the moment. How much battery life will this screen consume? And will the super-high resolution make that much of a difference on a smaller display? Whether you get your answer or not, Sharp is said to be planning to provide companies with sample panels sometime in 2015 and mass production of the screens might happen in 2016.

Source: MobileMag

Apple Kills SSD Performance on Competitor SSDs

If you needed another reason to hate Apple, we've got some ammunition for you. With the latest version of their OS (Yosemite 10.10), Apple has pulled the pin and killed off TRIM support for competitor SSDs. There is no reason to do this as the "user experience" will be the same (or better) with a different SSD, but Apple has decided to push their own brand to the point where a part that could be serviceable for the average guy - no longer is. Removing this will make the experience worse for users that upgrade their drives. #BadApple

TRIM marks data to be deleted that was removed at the filesystem level. Normally, SSDs do not keep track of the blocks that are no longer in use. This is where TRIM enabled SSDs would come into play by  helping increase the life of of the SSD, and performance over that lifespan.

Source: FutureLooks

$149 Chromebooks Are Coming

With the drop in price on Windows machines, Google has had to help with a little problem. Chromebooks became more expensive than a full on Windows machine. Granted, the performance on these Windows laptops for $199 is nothing great, but neither is a Chromebook when it comes to multi-tasking. The solution? Lower the price of Chromebooks - and they will. According to sources, new machines from Lenovo and ASUS show that $149 Chromebooks are expected soon.

In October 2014, Lenovo announced a 10.1-inch Android notebook using Rockchip's RK3188 solution and Digitimes Research estimates that Lenovo's RK3288-based 11.6-inch Chromebook will become available in the market at the end of 2014 at the earliest or in the first half of 2015 at the latest. Asustek's 11.6-inch Chromebook is expected to be released in 2015.

Source: DigiTimes

Microsoft Patches 19-Year Old Bug

There are some bugs in software that are pretty important to be fixed and then there are others that "aren't that big of a deal" that sometimes get put on the back burner. Microsoft had a little extra time on their hands so they got around to patching a bug thats been in on every version of Windows since Windows 95. I know what you're thinking: "It was probably minor". Well, if remotely running malicious code is minor, you're right! WinShock has NOW been patched. Welcome to 1996.

The security hole was discovered in May by IBM researchers, who then teamed up with Microsoft to fix it before publicly releasing its existence, BBC News reported Wednesday. The Windows bug, dubbed WinShock, could be used to remotely run code on a computer if the user views a malicious webpage via Internet Explorer. Once a machine would be infected, the attacker could control it remotely.

Source: CNET

Gigabyte Preparing for Massive Tri-SLI GTX 980 LCS

Gigabyte is pulling out the stops and making some pretty awesome hardware happen. They have a trifecta of NVIDIA GTX 980 cards all lined up with custom liquid cooling blocks on them - and running to an external unit that will sit on top of your case and cool this massive heat-load. This is a closed-loop system that probably has more cooling capability than your Ford Focus. Take a look and start saving. Three of these cards will not be cheap.

While the PCB sticks to the same design as featured on G1 Gaming, Gigabyte has updated the cooler shroud to make it manageable for the AIO liquid cooling setup. In terms of technical specifications, we are looking at 2048 CUDA Cores, 128 TMUs, 64 ROPs and a 4 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 256-bit interface. Each card is clocked at 1228 MHz core, 1329 MHz boost and 7010 MHz for the memory frequency. Display outputs on each card include Dual-link DVI-I, DVI-D, 3 DisplayPorts and HDMI outputs.


Source: WCCFTech

Rosetta's Philae Probe Lands of Comet

This isn't tech - but it is pretty nifty. Rosetta has just dropped a probe that has landed safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (we'll just call it 67P). Not that truth is trying to mimick the fiction of the movie "Armageddon", but it's pretty nifty that man has the science, technology and engineering to figure something like this out. Well done European Space Agency!

After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET). The confirmation was relayed via the Rosetta orbiter to Earth and picked up simultaneously by ESA’s ground station in Malargüe, Argentina and NASA’s station in Madrid, Spain. The signal was immediately confirmed at ESA’s Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, and DLR’s Lander Control Centre in Cologne, both in Germany.

Source: ESA

Google Starts Handing Out Candy to Kids

Google has hung the proverbial "free candy" sign on the side of their creepy van and has started to roll out Android 5.0 "Lollipop" as of yesterday. At this point, the factory images are available if you want to wipe your device and flash it fresh, or if you are waiting for an Over-the-Air update, you'll have to keep checking in daily for a while yet. No word on how fast it will roll out to your device, although Nexus 5, 7 and 10's should start to see it this week.

The latest version of Google's mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop, was originally expected to begin rolling out to the company's Nexus devices on November 3. But after that date came and went with no update, it later emerged that Google had pushed back the rollout to November 12, possibly due to the late discovery of a battery-draining Wi-Fi bug.

Source: Neowin

YouTube Music Key Beta

YouTube has officially launched their new Music Key Beta. Before you think that Google Play Music is going away, think again and get a grip. YouTube Music Key is all about viewing music videos and listening to music on YouTube - without ads. In order to get an ad-free YouTube experience, it will cost you $7.99 a month as an introductory price and $9.99 if you wait. I watch so little music videos on YouTube, I think I'll just save my money.

Thanks to your music videos, remixes, covers, and more, you’ve made YouTube the biggest music service on the planet. To turn YouTube into your perfect music service, we’re launching YouTube Music Key as a beta with our biggest music fans first, and then we’ll bring YouTube Music Key to the whole world together. So, if you see an invite in your app or email, try it out for six months for free.

Source: YouTube

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