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New Security Features in Android 5.0

Android 5.0 Lollipop is much more than a pretty face. This new OS deserves a new version number for many reasons and some of those are the new security features in this release. According to Google, the new OS is like Kevlar wrapped around your data. Of course, Apple said the same thing with their iCloud so we'll have to see just how this works in the real world. The long and short of it is this: don't forget or lose your passcode as the filesystem is encrypted by default - and the key is your PIN.

More secure, from the first time you turn it on 
People use safes and combination locks to protect their physical goods. With digital information, encryption acts like a safe to protect your information from thieves and snoops. That’s why we’ve worked hard to provide this added security for our users, which will now be the default from the moment you power on a new device running Lollipop, keeping your data safer without needing you to fiddle around in the settings.
 

Anti-Glass Laws

There is a sad event that I must inform you of; if you live in the States you are no longer allowed to where your Google Glass into a movie theatre. The Motion Picture Association of America has made it clear that any of these such wearable devices are not welcome by stating that they must be powered off when the movie hits the screen.

Individuals who fail or refuse to put the recording devices away may be asked to leave. If theater managers have indications that illegal recording activity is taking place, they will alert law enforcement authorities when appropriate, who will determine what further action should be taken," said a joint statement from the MPAA and the National Association of Theatre Owners, which maintains 32,000 screens across the United States.

Source: ArsTechnica

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.

Google Play Christmas Giveaway

Android App Pick has been a weekly feature here at BCCHardware.com since October 2011. We've looked at thousands of Apps over the years and brought you want we thought were some of the best applications and games for your favorite Android devices. As the holidays approach, we are feeling a little generous and want to give back a little bit more. To make your holidays a little less painful, we are giving away a $25 Google Play gift card to one of our readers. You can buy some Apps, rent or buy a movie, read a book or just about anything else your Android-loving heart desires.

$25 Gift Card

To enter the draw for the $25 Google Play Gift Card, simply comment or post in the forum. Yes, it's that simple. Each comment you make on one of the previous "App Pick of the Week" posts will gain you an entry into the giveaway. You can stuff the box if you are active in the forum. The little details are below.

  • Register and comment on any Android App Pick of the Week
  • Any (non-spam) post will count toward an entry into the draw bucket
  • $25 Gift Card is in Canadian Funds (winner must have a Canadian Google Play Account)
  • Winner will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries on December 25th, 2013 at 12:01am
  • Winner will be notified using the email address they used to register at BCCHardware.com
  • Winner will have one week to reply and claim his/her prize
  • Google Play Code will be emailed so prize receipt will be immediate.

 

If you have any questions, please post in the forum at the link below. Good luck and Merry Christmas!

MSI Gaming Laptops and All-in-Ones at CES 2014

We stopped in at the MSI Suite to look at their latest gaming laptops and other goodies. They have a very thin 17-inch unit that can hold four hard drives (drools). This beast will run a RAID 0 array on three drives and a single drive for other storage. It's crazy. Details here!

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

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