Adblock gets sold

It seems like the popular topic for the last few weeks has been web browsers popup blocker software. In an attempt to make more money, popup or ad blocking software companies have started allowing 'good' or 'friendly' ads to show up on the webpage you are looking at in exchange for them getting paid. Obviously, most people aren't too excited about this change and one of the more popular choices for ad blocking software, Adblock, have been trying to do damage control assuring people this is actually a good thing.

Well apparently the plot has thickened as it was announced that Adblock has been sold. The company who has purchased Adblock is not being named at their request. Great, sounds legit to me. My money is on this not going well for the 40 Million Adblock users...

Business Insider has the full story.

Adblock, the popular extension for Chrome and Safari, has announced via a pop-up to users that it has been sold — but doesn't mention a price or a buyer. The company was previously privately owned by its founder, Michael Gundlach.

Apple Music Honeymoon is Over

Apple Music made it's debut a little over a month ago and there was a lot of love for the streaming service - when it was free. Now that it has rolled into a subscription service, there are many users that have decided to pull the plug and go back to their previous streaming service of choice. There is some good commentary as to why this is a valid choice - even though Apple Music integrates really well into all your favorite Apple devices. Check the link below.

Before and after the update, significant bugs I've encountered include music purchased from iTunes not appearing in the "My Music" section of the app and playlists not syncing from mobile to iTunes on the desktop. Another bug asks you to sign up for Apple Music when you select a track to play, even after you've signed up for a subscription. I've also encountered issues with the live Beats 1 radio station abruptly stopping or freezing.

Source: CNET

WTU Episode #329 - Microsoft's Surface 4 Surface

We have just posted up Episode #329 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Microsoft's Surface 4 Surfaces, Google and Microsoft stop suing each other and Apple Music didn't take over the world. Check out those stories and more at the links below.

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Lumia 950XL Takes on the Superphones

If you are looking for a phone that is great for play - and you can also do a bunch of work on, you really need to check out the new Lumia phones Microsoft announced on Tuesday. Their flagship is the 950 XL and it's ready to lay the smack down on both Apple and Google's latest devices. This comes with a lot of power, but the big news is that it can pull off full Windows 10 and the universal apps look and work amazing. My next device could easily be one of these - time will tell.

If you're looking for a flagship phone running your platform of choice, now's a great time to be in the market. The most notable difference about these devices is what operating system they run, but if you want to see how they stack up on a spec-by-spec basis, check out the table below.

Source: Engadget

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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