App That Can "See" Wireless Networks

There are somre pretty crazy applications that are very useful and some that just appear to be useful. According to the the site below, they've built an application that can help you visualize exactly where the radio waves are. While this may indeed be a bit far-fetched, radio waves are pretty static and I could see this as possible. Take a look at the video at the link below.

The infosphere* relies on an intricate network of signals, wired and wireless, that support it. We are completely surrounded by an invisible system of data cables and radio signals from access points, cell towers and overhead satellites. Our digital lives depend on these very physical systems for communication, observation and navigation.


Source: ArchitectureOfRadio

Games for Gold Includes Tomb Raider & Crysis 3

Microsoft is stepping up their game with their Games for Gold program this month. Sometimes the free games that you get with your Xbox Live Gold membership are pretty weak, but Tomb Raider and Crysis 3 are still somewhat relevant and are pretty awesome titles to snag for free. The only hitch is that Xbox One users get Tomb Raider, and Xbox 360 users get Crysis 3.

From the ERPs suggested by Microsoft, by downloading all of the above titles, you are able to receive $89.96 in games at no extra cost. Obviously, many stores offer the games at a lower price point, but regardless, these are still great titles to receive for free. It was estimated that over $500 worth of free games were given away though the program last year.

Source: Neowin


Google Chrome will start blocking auto-playing flash ads and auto-playing videos on non-video websites on September 1st by default. I'm not sure why they are waiting until September 1st and yes I know that you can turn them off already, but seriously, I can't imagine there is a single person that enjoys a blaring laundry soap commercial starting to play when you are visiting a website and then you've got to search for the stupid ad so that you can mute it. Arstechnica has the details.

Google has a set a date of September 1 for when its Chrome browser will block all Flash content that isn't "central to the webpage." Flash content, such as ads or auto-playing videos on non-video websites, will be automatically paused by default—but you can click to play them if you wish. Embedded video players on sites like YouTube and Vimeo will still work, of course.

A billion people on Facebook....in one day

Facebook just pulled off another first in the history of social media, they had 1 billion people use Facebook on Monday. Yup, 1 in 7 people in the entire logged into Facebook to check what their friends were having for supper and watch shared cat videos. This is an impressive feat for humanity and we will tell our children about it many years from now. Regardless of how you feel about Facebook, it's still an impressive accomplishment. The Verge has the details.

The biggest social network on earth keeps getting bigger. Today Facebook announced a huge milestone: a billion people used the service Monday, founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a post. "On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family," he wrote. "When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world."

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum


Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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