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PlayStation Busted for Using Xbox One X Footage for Promo

Nintendo tried this a few years ago at E3 and got caught faking graphic quality footage as they "borrowed" it from Sony at the time. Now Sony takes its turn being absolutely stupid and has photoshopped buttons from a PS4 controller onto footage taken from the Xbox One X demo of Anthem. While Sony wants to be as cool as Microsoft, they just can't hack it at this point and don't have the power to produce graphics like the Xbox One X. I'm sure that will change over time, but this publicity is not good for them. Gamers start to consider the competition console. In other news, Microsoft's gaming division just got a raise.

Fans noticed the footage was identical but, given the benefit of the doubt, it could just be the same demo running on PlayStation 4 Pro, right? Nope. Over the weekend, eagle-eyed viewers spotted someone had simply edited the footage to overlay PlayStation 4 controls. There are frames where the edit fades in where both the original Xbox control prompts and PS4 overlay can be seen.

Source: EuroGamer

Unlock Your Windows PC with Galaxy S8 Fingerprint Reader

Samsung has been upping is cross-platform software game with the latest update of their Samsung Flow application. This integrates with Windows Hello and your Windows 10 PC. You will need to install the companion app in the Windows Store as well, but after a simple install on both device, you'll be good to go. Notifications syncronize between both devices and it really extends the usefulness of your mobile device onto your Windows PC. If you own a Samsung device from Note 5 and newer, it will probably work.

"Samsung Flow is a software product that enables a seamless, secure, connected experience across your devices. You can authenticate your Tablet/PC with your smartphone, share content between devices, and sync notifications from your smartphone to your Tablet/PC. You can also turn on the smartphone's mobile hotspot to keep your Tablet/PC connected.

Source: GooglePlay

Ubuntu Linux - Now On Windows Store

In a rather weird move, Microsoft has allowed Ubuntu Linux to show up as an application for installation on the Windows Store. To be fair, this is not a full install, but rather a virtualized client that runs within Windows. If you want to play around with Ubuntu and see how it works (and sometimes doesn't), this is a safe way to give it a try. I still use Linux on my Raspberry Pi and rather enjoy the Ubuntu version for the ARM processor. It's solid.

Ubuntu on Windows allows one to use Ubuntu Terminal and run Ubuntu command line utilities including bash, ssh, git, apt and many more. To use this feature, one first needs to use "Turn Windows features on or off" and select "Windows Subsystem for Linux", click OK, reboot, and use this app.

The above step can also be performed using Administrator PowerShell prompt: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux.

After above is done simply use "ubuntu" command in cmd.exe or launch Ubuntu from the start menu.

Source: Microsoft

Hard Drive Cost per Gigabyte

Hard Drive prices have pretty much hit rock bottom and while the price has been dropping over the past few years, it's now reached a place where companies can't drop the price much more - or they will all go broke. The good thing is that the prices are pretty affrodable all around. Right now if you want the most storage for your money and need to stretch your cost-per-GB dollar, the 4TB drive is probably the way to go. Usually, a smaller drive costs more per GB, but the 6TB and 8TB drives haven't dropped to the point where they are cheaper than the 4TB version at this point. Cost per GB is a mere $0.025 per GB. Yup, less than 3¢/GB.

The manufacturing and marketing efficiencies that drive the pricing of hard drives seems to have changed over time. For example, the 6 TB drives have been in the market at least 3 years, but are not even close to the cost per gigabyte of the 4 TB drives. Meanwhile, back in 2011, the 3 TB drives models fell below the cost per gigabyte of the 2 TB drives they “replaced” within a few months.

Source: Backblaze

The end of Windows Phone

This week marks what is being called "the end of Windows Phone" as Microsoft has officially killed off support for Windows Phone 8.1. While there are some Windows 10 Phone devices out there, 80% of the Windows Phones being used today are still running Windows Phone 7, 8, or 8.1. So to recap, of the already market share that Windows Phone controls, only 20% of the phones are even being supported anymore. I think it's pretty safe to say that Windows Phone won't be taking over the world yet.

The Verge has the details.

Microsoft is killing off Windows Phone 8.1 support today, more than three years after the company first introduced the update. The end of support marks an end to the Windows Phone era, and the millions of devices still running the operating system. While most have accepted that the death of Windows Phone occurred more than a year ago, AdDuplex estimates that nearly 80 percent of all Windows-powered phones are still running Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, or Windows Phone 8.1. All of these handsets are now officially unsupported, and only 20 percent of all Windows phones are running the latest Windows 10 Mobile OS.

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