Frontback closes the doors

You may have heard of an App called Frontback that had the idea of taking pictures using both the front and back cameras on your smartphone at the exact same time. The reasoning behind this was that you could share your facial expressions using the back camera while you were taking pictures using the front. While this wasn't an App that was going to change the world, they did manage to secure almost $4 Million dollars in investment money which they've managed to burn through and have now announced they are closing the doors and stopping their service. I don't think many people will be attending the funeral for the Frontback App, I just am impressed that they burned $4 Million bucks trying to keep the App going... The Verge has the full story.

Frontback started with a great idea: why not make a photo app that takes a snap from your phone's front and back cameras at the same time? That way you can share what's happening and your reaction. But great ideas aren't enough, and despite attracting two million users over two years in operation, Frontback is shutting down. The app's goal was to "capture a moment," says founder Fredd della Faille in a blog post announcing the news. "This was a fresh idea and truly the heart of our vision, a concept that’s seeing massive adoption today. Unfortunately, Frontback is not the winner."

How to Prep for Windows 10

Windows 10 is set to arrive later this week and there are a few things you can do to prepare your PC and make the upgrade seemless. As far as system specs, they are pretty lean: 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 20GB of disk space and DX9 capable graphics. There are a few things you can also do to prepare yourself for a disaster - of course backing up is always a good idea. Check out those ideas and a lot more information at the link below.

Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 come with a tool that lets you create a system image (a full backup of everything on your computer). Head to the Control Panel and select "Back up your computer" under the Systems and Security section. On the left choose to create a system image, pick the location you want to save it to (I chose my external storage drive).

Source: CNET

OnePlus 2 Leaks

With mere hours left until launch, images of the OnePlus Two has leaked online. It's another 5.5-inch device that puts it just below "phablet" status and keeps it right around the "large phone" market. While I think the design of the OnePlus One was great, this design looks a little rougher in some ways. It looks like the build quality is fantastic though, so if you're a OnePlus fan, check it and the USB Type-C Port at the link below.

The images show a similar - though more square - design to the OnePlus, with a similar black texture to the Sandstone black version of the OnePlus One. It's also removable and it seems that OnePlus will continue with its tradition of allowing you to change the backpanel. The home button will feature the fingerprint sensor that is said to be better than Apple's TouchID.

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.

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!

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