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Oculus Skipping out on E3

E3 is the biggest game-centric even here in North America and it's at an event like this where you see some really cool things - like up and coming technology for gaming. Speaking of up and coming, VR isn't. Nothing has really improved since 2014 when Oculus showed off their device and with all the legal trouble they've been having - and with nothing being new - they are bowing out this year.

Oculus' absence at E3 may be a noticeable one, considering its presence at the event had reportedly been doubling in size each year since its debut at E3 2014. However, attendants can still expect the Oculus Rift headset to show up at Oculus partners and other VR related booths on the show floor.

Source: Neowin

Hard Drive Stats for Q1 2017

Q1 is over and BackBlaze has been putting together all their numbers for hard drive failure rates from the first quarter of the year. Keep in mind that some of these drives are relatively new to their server farm, so there should be less failures on drives that are less than a year old. Still, the numbers do speak for themselves. and you really, REALLY want to stay away from Seagate 4TB drives.

You’ll notice that some of the drive models have a failure rate of “0” (zero). Here a failure rate of zero means there were no drive failures for that model during Q1 2017. Later, we will cover how these same drive models faired over their lifetime. Why is the quarterly data important? We use it to look for anything unusual. For example, in Q1 the 4 TB Seagate drive model: ST4000DX000, has a high failure rate of 35.88%, while the lifetime annualized failure rate for this model is much lower, 7.50%.

Source: BackBlaze

iPhone 8 Will be Pretty & Expensive

The leaks have been trickling out regarding the upcoming iPhone 8 and it seems that Apple is stepping up their game to the level of Samsung with the new iPhone 8 design. The downside is that this device will cost about $1,000 USD. Keep in mind that is the starting price. It looks like the larger version will set you back at least another $100. It's not going to be cheap, but it looks almost as nice as the Galaxy S8.

The good news is, despite the price hikes, Goldman Sachs’ report also confirms all the biggest and best changes Apple is expected to make to the iPhone 8. These include a massive new 5.8-inch OLED display, a “no bezel, all screen” design, removal of the home button, “biometric authentication” (position unknown), an A11 chipset and no 64GB option.

Source: Forbes

No Netflix for Root

If you have a rooted Android device, you will no longer be able to update the App on install a new version. They've updated the DRM to ensure that you can't just download a bunch of movies and then keep or share them with everyone and this update detects if the device has been rooted to help prevent piracy. I'm sure there are a few people that are mad about the security update - as there are legitimate reasons for rooting your device. Still, you can't blame Netflix for keeping things secure for their content providers.

Some rooted users are currently still able to use the app, though. Widevine sorts out devices on the criteria of whether they are running in the Trusted Execution Environment whereas the Google Play Store listing goes on SafetyNet, what Android Pay uses. Perhaps that will change with time as users just won’t be able to work the app through the Play Store. Third-party sources will likely help you out in this case.

Source: PocketNow

Google I/O

Google I/O was this week and we saw a couple new announcements from Google. This year there wasn't much at all on the hardware end of things, but we did see some software updates and new features that will be available in the near future. Google Lens and Google Home are both going to see some updates which isn't too surprising as they are both pretty popular right now. The BBC has a breakdown of what you can expect from Google.

At Google’s annual developer conference, held this week near its Mountain View headquarters, the company showed off some of the best practical applications of AI and machine learning I’ve seen yet. They may not make your jaw drop - or, thankfully, put you out of a job - but it’s an incremental change that shows how Google is putting its immense computing power to work.

We weren’t expecting any major new hardware launches this year, instead it was time for Google to build on what we saw here last year with regards to personal assistants, AI, and cloud computing.

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