WTU Episode #318 - One Billion Windows 10 PCs!

We have just posted up Episode #318 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing SSDs are not replacing hard drives, Microsoft hopes for 1 Billion Windows 10 PCs by 2017 and you can buy your own jetpack - next year. Check out those stories and more at the links below.


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Xiaomi on the rise

Xiaomi is a relatively unknown name in North America, however, elsewhere they are really starting to make a name for themselves, especially after moving 34.7 Million phones in the first 6 months of 2015! These sales figures show a 33% growth this year and makes them now the 3rd largest exporter of phones. Xiaomi is expanding into new markets and with this momentum have become a big player in the market very quickly. TechCrunch has more details over here.

Xiaomi, which is valued at $45 billion and is the world’s third largest exporter of phones, this week expanded into Brazil and is thought to have a slate of other international expansions lined up for this year. That’s important because CEO and co-founder Lei Jun previously estimated that the company would sell 100 million smartphones this year. While 34.7 million in the first half of 2015 is impressive — Xiaomi said it represents a 33 percent increase on the first half of 2014 — the company is going to need to kick up its sales if it is to hit Lei Jun’s lofty target for 2015.

Chevrolet's Cell Phone Cooler

Chevrolet has announced that one of their new features in their 2016 lineup of vehicles will be the option for a 'air conditioned cell phone cooler'. Yup, we've reached the point in history where we are now providing cooling options in our vehicles for our precious cell phones. Keeping your cell phone 'cool' isn't the worst idea as technology just generally functions better at reasonable temperatures and Chevrolet's technology (AKA putting a vent in a compartment that you store your cell phone in) is probably a cheap selling feature, I just have to laugh at the poor salesman who will be trying to sell this as a good reason to trade your old car in on a new one.... Engadget has more.

Early summer on the East Coast hasn't been its usual level of brutal this year, but it's only a matter of time before smartphones start wigging out in the heat. Things only get trickier when you're charging up in your sweltering car, so Chevy cooked up an "active phone cooling" system to keep gadgets from overheating in their 2016 range of vehicles. Don't get too carried away, though: That's just a high-falutin' name for an air vent that points at a warm phone while it's wirelessly charging.

How to Fix Windows 10 Update Failure

If your Windows 10 is not updateing like it should, there are a few possible fixes that can get you the latest build to your computer. There are some obvious things to try and a few that are little tricky. Make sure that you check this out if your are stuck in build 10130 with many other people. 

This one's a big deal, as going forward from build 10130, you'll need to be logged in with your Microsoft Account. After upgrading to new builds you'll be able to use local accounts once again, but during the upgrade, you must be signed in so Microsoft can do some licensing magic on the backend. If you're not signed in with MSA you won't get the updates.

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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