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WTU Episode #322 - Apple's $202 Billion Cash Hurting Stocks

We have just posted up Episode #322 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Apple has a LOT of money, PayPal is worth a lot of money and Amazon’s Fire Phone makes no money. Check out those stories and more at the links below.

 

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Get Minecraft: WIndows 10 Edition Beta for free!

If you're a Minecraft fan, but don't yet have it on every device your own, you can now get it for free on your shiny new Windows 10 installation. In order to get this version (which was announced at MINECON 2015), you have to go get or log in your Mojang account, sign into your Microsoft account, and BOOM you're playing Minecraft.

If you’re one of the 20 million(ish) players who already own Minecraft for PC/Mac, you get the new version for free. Completely free! To download your copy, first log into your Mojang account (My password is significantly more complex than those dots so don’t bother trying, criminal person).


Source: Mojang

NYC Subway Could Maybe Use an Upgrade

If you think your computer or other gear is getting a bit old, I'm sure it's got nothing on the system currently running the NYC Subway system. They are still using electro-mechanical relays, physical switches and a train tracking system that was built in the 1930's or before. That's right, this system is 85 years old and counting. While it sounds like it is due for an upgrade, infrastructure makes it hard to change things over so it will still be running this for a while yet.

 

Source: Mashable

Customize Your New Start Menu

If you've downloaded and upgraded to Windows 10, you may love the new (oldish) Start Menu. I personally love it, but there are a few changes that I'd like to make as some of the tiles aren't relevant to me and how I use my computer. I want to make it more "me" and less an out-of-the-box installation. Thankfully, customizing the Start Menu isn't actually that hard, and if you want to do it, head on to the link below for all the details from our friends over at Neowin.

If you do want tiles, the first thing you will want to do is add the apps that you will use the most. You can add tiles by clicking on Start, all apps, then finding the apps you want to add, right clicking on them and selecting "pin to start." By doing this, the tiles will now show up on the right side of the Start menu next to all of the other tiles.

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Source: Neowin

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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