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Android App Pick #172

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we take a look at a quick and simple program that allows you to add text to your square-cropped photos. This is the best of text-editing and Instagram and it's called Textgram. The possibilities are endless, so take a look and see what all the fuss is about with our 172nd App Pick of the Week!

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WTU Episode #298 - Windows 10 is Setting up to be Awesome

If you are into technology, you should check out our latest episode of WeeklyTechUpdate podcast. This time around we talk about Google trying to get into the wireless carrier business, malware in League of Legends, cable companies are betting their business that you're too lazy to cut the cord and we also talk about the awesomeness that is Windows 10. We have those stories and even more goodness below!

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Digging Deep into Windows 10

Windows 10 is still considered an early preview, but there has been a lot of changes in this major update and with Microsoft allowing you to download it for free if you're a Windows 7 / Windows 8 user. As such, there has been a lot of deep digging into this operating system to discover and disclose it's secrets, hints, tips and tricks and no one does that better than @BradChacos. Take a look and see just some of the cool new things it holds in store.

Despite still being very much an early preview, Windows 10 is already brimming with dozens of handy tweaks and tricks-and, because the operating is still in preview, a handful of those tricks unlock powerful functionality hidden to everyday users. Others, though, simply let you mold some of Windows 10’s new features into the shape you see fit. Here are some of the most useful Windows 10 tweaks, tricks, and tips we’ve found.

Source: PCWorld

Microsoft Gold Deals

The Xbox One is doing much better now that the price has dropped once again to the $349 sticker, but in order to sweeten the deal Microsoft is continuing to push their Games for Gold promotion as well as offering great deals to people who pay their token $49 a year for the Live 'Gold' membership. Take a look at the list of deals at the link below.

  • Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Xbox One Game 67-75%
  • Titanfall Xbox One Game 67-75%
  • Titanfall Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 67-75%
  • Titanfall (Season Pass) Add-On 67-75%
  • NBA Live 15 Digital Edition Xbox One Game 60-67%
  • Dragon Age Inquisition Xbox One Game 33-40%
  • Dragon Age Inquisition Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 33-40%
  • NFS Rivals Complete Edition Xbox One Game 67-75%
  • Peggle 2 Magical Masters Edition Xbox One Game 60-67%


Source: Neowin

The Music of League of Legends

One thing that League of Legends has going for it (among many) is the musical score. It is one of the things that you may not notice right off the bat, but the music is epic and equal to that of pretty much any movie made. You can listen on YouTube or at the link below.


Source: League of Legends

Lizard Squad Claims Facebook, Instagram, Tinder & More

The hacking conglomerate Lizard Squad is trying to make a name for themselves and have claimed responsibility for Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, MySpace, AIM and more outages late Monday evening. I'm not sure what they are trying to prove as they were basically DDoS attacks that required no real skill. The biggest thing is that these are relatively large outages - but still, their goal wasn't to take anything - just to take it down.

It's a short, sharp impact but on wide selection of sites. Indeed, if its is the work of Lizard Squad, the ability to take out such a wide range of sites in one go is worrying. We currently have no more details, but will update if we find out more.

Source: Gizmodo

Microsoft's Surface Business is Finally Booming

After years of Microsoft hemorrhaging money on their Surface Tablet series, it appears that things have finally started to turn around. Between Xbox sales and Surface tablets, they are doing pretty well in the hardware business. Now if they can just get mobile figured out a little better, and find a way to make money on Windows 10, they will be back at the top of their game. All jesting aside, it's nice to see another real player in the tablet/convertible market as there are a lot of devices that are less than stellar.

Microsoft appears to be well past the days when it was writing off unsold Surface tablets and struggling to match Sony in game console sales. The Windows developer reports that its Devices and Consumer group's revenue grew 8 percent year over year in the last calendar quarter of 2014, thanks in no small part to healthy Surface and Xbox sales. 

Source: Engadget

Apple to Use Samsung Processors in Next Phones

It wasn't long ago at all that Apple decided to cut ties with Samsung in pretty much every way, and they tried. They tried pretty hard. They almost did a full revision of a phone without the Korean giant, but they are back in bed with the enemy as they are rumored to be providing the next generation of processors for the next generation of iPhone. I'm sure that Apple will claim that they have a better processor than Samsung though - and the world will clap and cheer themselves into blissful ignorance.

Samsung will be responsible for around 75 per cent of the chip production for the next iPhone, the South Korean newspaper said. The newspaper did not say how much the contract is worth and what other company will be supplying Apple. Samsung will make the chips from its factory in Austin, Texas, according to the report.

Source: IBNLive

Real Railgun of the U.S. Navy

I don't get any sound with this video myself, but what it showcases is the Navy's Railgun that fires projectiles at 6x the speed of sound... They do make a bit of a mess when they hit.


Google Responds to Leaving Users Unsecure

Last week Google took a lot of flack for not updating their WebKit package in Android 4.4 devices and in a sense leaving millions of users vulnerable. This is not good news if you're sitting on anything other than Android 5.0.x and Google took some time to respond as to why they made this choice. As part of the AOSP (Android Open Source Project), this WebKit is over 5 Million lines of code and different developers are adding tons of content and lines of code to it all the time. Google simply can't update something that has been twisted, contorted and changed by other developers. If you want to be secure, get Lollipop.

But WebKit alone is over 5 million lines of code and hundreds of developers are adding thousands of new commits every month, so in some instances applying vulnerability patches to a 2+ year old branch of WebKit required changes to significant portions of the code and was no longer practical to do safely. With the advances in Android 4.4, the number of users that are potentially affected by legacy WebKit security issues is shrinking every day as more and more people upgrade or get new devices.

Source: Adrian Ludwig (Google+)

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