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Steve Wozniak Says Computer Will Take Over

Steve Wozniak is a pretty brilliant guy and after a recent interview he says that "Computers are going to take over from humans, no question". That is a pretty bold statement and while there have been a lot of advancements in artificial intelligence, the idea that they can take over is still hundreds of years away in my opinion. Still, Steve is a visionary and he says it's inevitable. Make sure that you treat your PC nice as one day you may be working for it.

"Will we be the gods? Will we be the family pets? Or will we be ants that get stepped on? I don't know about that … But when I got that thinking in my head about if I'm going to be treated in the future as a pet to these smart machines … well I'm going to treat my own pet dog really nice."

Source: AFR

WTU Episode #306 - Apple Users Just Don't Care

We have just posted up Episode #306 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the battle for your boot-ee, 60% of Apple users just don’t care and potentially the coolest malware for you Android phone - compliments of Microsoft. We have those stories and more so check it out!

 

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Samsung interested in AMD?

Here comes the rumor of the week, Samsung is eyeing AMD up for a possible purchase.

Obviously neither company is commenting and this could be nothing more than a rumor on a slow news day, but after a bit of thinking it over, an acquisition by Samsung could be a good thing and would probably benefit both companies. Samsung gaining access to CPU and GPU technologies from AMD (and ATI which they own) would put them on a level with the big guys like Intel. AMD would obviously also benefit from becoming part of the Samsung family and would probably open some doors for them and help them compete on a higher level. 

Once again this is just a rumor at this point but AndroidHeadlines has more over here.

A new report out this afternoon originating from the South Korean media claims Samsung Electronics is potentially trying to purchase AMD, a global semiconductor company who makes processors for a wide variety of computer manufacturers and other devices. Samsung themselves produce their own in-house processors used in many of their handsets and other devices, and an acquisition of AMD, if proven true, would be a great benefit to Samsung in allowing them to bolster their own semiconductor offerings. AMD has a longstanding relationship with many of the top PC brands and is well known throughout the industry in addition to being a major competitor to Intel for the PC-based CPU and GPU markets.

WhatsApp to remain closed

People have been hoping for quite some time that WhatsApp (which is now owned by Facebook) would be opening up for 3rd party App developers, however, after the F8 developer conference that appears to not be happening anytime soon. WhatsApp wants to control 'user experience' and they don't want anyone else messing it up for them. Developers are obviously upset at not being able to piggyback on WhatsApp but I don't think anyone can be too surprised at their decision to keep things closed. CNET has the story.

What does $19 billion buy you? Sometimes, it's a spot of trouble.

That's what Facebook found out at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday when executives tried to explain to an eager crowd of app developers why it wasn't going to offer a way for them to plug their programs and services into the 700-million-user-strong messaging service WhatsApp.

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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