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Pepcom Highlights from CES 2014

We stopped by Pepcom this year and saw a few nifty things from Piston, drooled over the Lenovo 4K display and checked out a "fair" way to cheat at gaming. The Red Dot is not a cheat - it's just a fancy way to hipfire accurately - and it's awesome. Check it out!

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

 

Windows 7 Support Ends January 2015

If you are using Windows 7 until Windows 8 "gets better" or until Windows 9 comes out, you may have to rethink your platform of choice a little bit. According to sources, Microsoft is all set to end "mainstream" support for Windows 7, Office 2010 and Windows Server 2003 as early as January of next year. What does this mean to you? It means that no features will be updated, but there will contiunue to be security fixes until 2020.

Some industry watchers have speculated that Microsoft will end up pushing out Windows 7's support dates the way the company did for XP, given Windows 7's popularity and pervasiveness, but so far, there's been no word from Microsoft officials that this is the plan.

Source: ZDNet

Raspberry Pi B+ Now Available

Raspberry Pi was introduced a couple of years ago and this tiny little DIY board has gained a cult-like following. The reason why is that many programs can be written for this little system and it actually runs Linux pretty well. The original platform is a little dated, and in response to that the crew over at RaspberryPi just released a slightly updated version with more USB ports and a redesigned PCB. Take a look if you've got $35 and want to build a fun XBMC or emulator.

Model B+

  • More GPIO. The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B.
  • More USB. We now have 4 USB 2.0 ports, compared to 2 on the Model B, and better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour.
  • Micro SD. The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version.
  • Lower power consumption. By replacing linear regulators with switching ones we’ve reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W.
  • Better audio. The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply.
  • Neater form factor. We’ve aligned the USB connectors with the board edge, moved composite video onto the 3.5mm jack, and added four squarely-placed mounting holes.

 

Source: RaspberryPi.org

FBI Wants Self-Driving Cars Banned

The FBI makes a good point when they state that self-driving cars could actually be used as "lethal weapons" and wants them banned. Of course, many people that shouldn't have their license also make cars into lethal weapons - and stairs. Stairs kill people too. Either way, check out all the details about this claim and how it actually has some merit at the link below.

In an unclassified but restricted report obtained by the Guardian under a public records request, the FBI predicts that autonomous cars “will have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car.”

Source: TheGuardian

Microsoft Stock Hits Decade High as the Fire People

Microsoft recently announced that they were axing a bunch of employees and the stock market responded - by going up. That's right, the stock market celebrated unemployment by pushing the price of Microsoft stock up higher than it has been in a decade. With all the buzz around their manifesto lately, there may be some good stuff coming from Microsoft over the next few years. People seem optimistic at least - well, those that still have jobs.

While there is no doubt that Nadella is changing the way the company is operating and is installing a new "challenger mindset," Wall Strett loves layoffs from a profitable company; investors traditionally look at layoffs from a profitable company as a way to streamline operations and reduce unnecessary expenditures. When Microsoft bought Nokia's devices arm, it also obtained more than 25,000 new employees; with that many acquisitions, there are overlapping roles that results in unnecessary overhead for the company.

Source: Neowin

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