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Mario with Unreal 4 Engine

Mario is Nintendo's timeless hit, but lets face it, the graphics are very dated - even in the latest WiiU version. YouTube user, Aryoksini has done a lot of work building an Unreal 4 version of Mario and the results are below.

 

Windows 10 - Now on Flash Drives

This isn't really groundbreaking news, however, it's also a case of 'why hasn't someone done this sooner'?

Windows 10 is reportedly going to be offered for purchase on a USB flash drive, addressing the need for people who no longer have a DVD player in their computer, yet don't want to download the huge installation files online. Nothing groundbreaking here, just another way that Microsoft seems to be thinking about the end user with their upcoming launch of Windows 10. Then again, this could just be a rumor, but it is actually a good idea since not everyone has gigabit internet for unlimited bandwidth! Yahoo Tech has more details.

According to information allegedly obtained by German news site WinFuture, some retail versions of Windows 10 will be sold on preloaded USB flash drives.

A Microsoft spokesperson declined to confirm or deny the news, citing the company’s policy to not comment on rumors or speculation.  

JETPACK!

If you've been waiting and saving up your money for you very own jetpack, that wait is almost over as the first commercially available jetpack will be available for purchase next year. How much does it cost? Doesn't really matter because its a jetpack. Ok, maybe the price tag does matter a little, and the price tag on the Martin jetpack will be around $150,000, which is actually a pretty good deal when you consider that it's a JETPACK!!!!

The Guardian has more details on what $150k gets you. 

The Martin Jetpack is made from carbon fibre and aluminium. It eschews the traditional rockets of science-fiction jetpacks, which are powerful but difficult to control, and instead uses fans.

A two-litre petrol engine drives two fans either side of the pilot to lift the jet pack and up to 120kgs of human into the air, along with a low-altitude parachute for use should things go wrong.

After initial test flights in 2011, an updated version was shown off recently at the Paris airshow. It could fly for up to 30 minutes at speeds as fast as 74 kilometres per hour. Pilots will be able to reach altitudes of 1,000m taking off and landing vertically, meaning rooftops, gardens and parking lots are all viable launchpads.

SSDs aren't taking over the world

SSDs are cheaper and bigger than ever before, however, it appears that they still have a ways to go before they surpass spinning hard drives. While the prices have dropped and the capcities increased for SSDs, the same is true for spinning hard drives and that has been a major factor in mass adoption of SSD drives. Right now SSD prices have dropped down to $0.40 per GB range, but spinning drives have dropped to below $0.10 per GB. SSDs are expected to keep dropping in price, but so are spinning drives. In the end I'd say this only benefits the consumers, lower prices are never a bad thing. NetworkWorld has the full story over here.

In spite of a recent report to the contrary, solid-state drives (SSDs) will not surpass hard disk drives (HDDs) in either price or capacity any time soon, according to industry analysts.

In fact, hard drives will remain the dominant mass storage device in laptops and desktops for years to come.

For example, a data center-class HDD with 6TB of capacity sells for $185 today and will drop to about $165 by the end of the year -- about .03 cents per gigabyte, according to market research firm Gartner. A 4TB HDD for a laptop sells for $95 to computer manufacturers or about .02 cents per gigabyte.

1 Billion Windows 10 PCs by 2017

Microsoft has set the expectations high for Windows 10, really high if we are wanting to get technical. Microsoft has set the goal of having 1 Billion Windows 10 PCs in the market by the end of 2017 and while that seems crazy, according to a new study it really isn't all that crazy at all. Windows 10 has been a topic of discussion every couple weeks on our weekly podcast WeeklyTechUpdate and from what we've seen I think I'd give Windows 10 a much better shot at domination than previous versions. CNN Money takes a look at Windows 10 and Microsoft's plans to take over the world.

It sounds insane. But a study of IT professionals released Wednesday suggests that Microsoft should be able to hit that target with ease.

Spiceworks, an online network of millions of IT professionals, found that nearly three-quarters of businesses plan on installing Windows 10 within two years of the software's July 29, 2015, release.

Already 60% of IT departments have tested the new Microsoft operating system, and 40% plan to start rolling out Windows 10 this year.

The Retro ThinkPad

The only reason I'm posting this next story if because I've been a ThinkPad user for many, many, years (as have some of the staff around here) and while most people could are less about 'yet another' ThinkPad, I enjoy it.

Lenovo has posted some new information on their blog site about a 'retro ThinkPad' they are working on which will bring back some of the old design features that ThinkPad users will remember from years past. From a multi-colored ThinkPad logo to the good old blue enter key, this new project has them all. Most of the features are purely based on looks (don't worry, you'll still get the latest hardware inside) and takes you for a stroll down memory lane. Lenovo's Blog has all the details over here.

In a fast-paced high technology market where change dominates, the ThinkPad design approach of purposeful evolution is nearly unheard of. Porsche has certainly played this card well within the automobile industry, but I can’t think of any other computer company that has stuck to its guns for so long. None of our competitors can lay claim to a heritage or pedigree as deep as ours. Remember the translucent computer craze of 1999? I’m still trying to forget it. You can buy a ThinkPad today that has a clear connection to the original concept conceived by Richard Sapper in 1992. The simple black box he imagined has served us well.

Amazon Quietly Releases Another Kindle

The tablet craze has died down a little and Amazon is still quietly plugging away with the best portable reading experience possible. The Kindle Paperwhite has just received a refresh and the new one features an e-ink screen that has an incredible 300ppi (pixels per inch). This kind of resolution comes at no extra cost to you and the new 2015 Kindle Paperwhite will replace their current 2013 version in the near future. Amazon has nailed this market and they show no signs of giving up anytime soon.

Unless you are incredibly finicky about the technology of your e-reader, there's just not much reason to spend the extra $80 to get the Voyage. The Voyage gives you improved contrast, quasi-button zones for turning pages, an adaptive backlight, and 12 percent less weight than other Kindles, but I don’t really think those things add up to being worth the extra cost.

Source: TheVerge

Google Play Music is Free - With Ads

Apple music has spurred on a bit of controversy lately, including some major press around Taylor Swift not releasing some of her music unless she gets paid. Let's face it, we all want to get paid - or save some money. Since launch, Google has had a subscription based Play Music service that is cheaper per user that Spotify and now Apple Music, but they are taking things up a notch in order to keep people interested and gain more users. Google announced on Tuesday, that Google Play Music would now offer a free, ad-supported version as well. Free is nice - if you don't mind a few commercials.

At any moment in your day, Google Play Music has whatever you need music for—from working, to working out, to working it on the dance floor—and gives you curated radio stations to make whatever you’re doing better. Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to.

 

Source: Official Android Blog

Google Makes "Undo" A Feature on Email

Google has added the much-talked-about feature, "Undo Send" on their GMail program now. That's right, it's now an official feature of GMail, but you'll still have to be pretty quick. If you sent an email to your boss before work, letting him know how much you hate your job, you won't want to wait until you get to work to "undo" it. You have the ability to choose between 5 and 30 seconds to undo your email, so make sure you're quick.

Google first introduced Undo Send to Gmail way back in March 2009, so you could be forgiven for not realizing the feature was still technically an experiment. Indeed, the feature has stayed quietly in the Labs section of Gmail, where Google tests out new features, which users have to manually switch on to use.

Source: VentureBeat

Skynet is Real - Confirms NSA

If you've watched the original Terminator movie, you'll remember John Connor's attempt to stop Skynet before it started. I'm so glad that is just science fiction. Unfortunately, the NSA says that Skynet is in fact real and they have confirmed that it "watches" over locations and communications of people of interest. That's right. A robot is listening to all of us.

The Skynet program is said to be a collaborative cloud research effort. This came about in a leaked PowerPoint presentation where it said that Skynet applies “complex combinations of geospatial, geotemporal, pattern-of-life, and travel analytics to bulk DNR data to identify patterns of suspect activity”.

Source: Interesting Engineering

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