New Versions of Windows 10

To make things easier for customers, Windows 10 is going to come in many different versions.

You'll be able to get the following flavors of Windows 10:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 Education
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
  • Windows 10 IoT Core (for low cost, small footprint devices, eg. gateways)
  • Windows 10 Enterprise for Industry (devices like ATM's, Point of Sale Devices, etc.)
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for Industry (devices like ATM's, Point of Sale Devices, etc.)

Quote from Microsoft:

We designed Windows 10 to deliver a more personal computing experience across a range of devices. An experience optimized for each device type, but familiar to all. Windows 10 will power an incredibly broad range of devices – everything from PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub. It will also power the world around us, core to devices making up the Internet of Things, everything from elevators to ATMs to heart rate monitors to wearables. No matter which Windows 10 device our customers use, the experience will feel comfortable, and there will be a single, universal Windows Store where they can find, try and buy Universal Windows apps.

Should be interesting to see how the multiple versions are received. For the average consumer there aren't too many choice outside of Home and Pro which isn't overly confusing but Microsoft has always taken some flak over too many versions which doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. You can read more about all of the versions over at Microsoft's Blog.

Martian Watches @ CES 2016

Martian was one of the companies that started the smart-watch thing - and they've done it with style from the get-go. Their watches have always focused on one thing first - the watch. They are great analog timepieces that also have a few smart features thrown in for good measure. They have a pretty wide distribution in the USA and have limited retail locations in Canada. It's too bad, because their current generation of "Active" watches - including the Envoy, Alpha and Electra have been doing very well.

As CES, Martian announced some new watches that are geared more toward female users. These do not have a notification display, but instead use different vibration pulses and a mutli-colored LED to indicate what app is sending a notification. It could be a text message, incoming call, Facebook post or pretty much anything that sends notifcations. You have the ability to specify a ton of options and notification settings via their handy app. 

CES Releases

The battery life on their devices is about two years for the actual watch, while the new watches should last about a week on a charge for the smart features. The new watches charge via pogo pins, while the current "Active" series charge by way of a microUSB port that gets covered up for water resistance.

There are a lot of very attractive products coming later this spring from Martian - and the best thing of all - they are watches, that just happen to be smart. Sometimes there is more beauty in less features than a watch that drains the battery by 2:00pm.

Please check out more images from our CES coverage here and be sure to check out all the current lineup of products from Martian here.

Real-Time Cinematography in Unreal Engine 4

Cinematography with Unreal Engine and CGI is amazing. Real time video to CGI. Boom.


Internet Archive Adds 10,000 Agima Games and Apps

The Internet Archive is an amazing organization. They have done a lot of cool things to preserve our digital history and the latest is to add a mere 10,000 Amiga games and applications to their archive. The most amazing thing about this is that there were actually 10,000 different games and applications for the Amiga! Take a look and enjoy them right in your browser.

Some of the classic titles like Bubble Bobble and R-Type have already been added to the archive, but notably for other platforms, as in this lower-resolution Sega Master Drive version of the latter game. If you want to play games exactly as the Amiga ran them, this is your ticket. But it's unclear how many of them were previously available.

Source: Engadget

Adblock Plus vs. Facebook

So Facebook announced a few days ago that they were going to be restricting software that removes its ads, basically they were going to make sure you saw their ads and not pay companies like Adblock Plus to whitelist their ads (which unfortunately is an option). Adblock Plus worked hard for 2 days and has already found a way to circumvent the new Facebook ad system. Now the ball is back in Facebook's court and they say they have found a way to show the ads anyways, which should buy them another day or two before the Adblock people figure it out again. Engadget tries to explain the story better over here.

The war between Facebook and ad blockers is heating up. Just two days after the social network announced plans to restrict software that removes its advertising, the popular utility Adblock Plus has already unveiled a workaround. All you need to do is update your Adblock Plus filters to banish those ads once again. Facebook previously said that it didn't pay to be whitelisted by any ad blocking company, instead it changed how its ads are recognized, and also gave users more control over what sorts of ads they see.

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