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We have just posted up Episode #434 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing the founder of WhatsApp quits, Sprint and T-Mobile talk about a merger and finally, we talk about what's next for Bitcoin.  We have those stories and more...


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Tesla Losing $6,500 per Minute


Man Banned for Abusing Autopilot in his Tesla


Facebook to Roll Out Downvote Button


WhatsApp Co-Founder Quits, Gives Up $1 Billion Dollar Bonus


Sprint + T-Mobile Merger?


What Happens When Bitcoins are Mined?


"Bitcoin is a Gamble, Not an Investment" - Warren Buffet


Don't Buy the new MacBook Pro


iTunes Finally Hits the Windows Store



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Notes from the Shows / Weekly Tech Update #433 - Twitter is On a Roll!
« on: April 26, 2018, 02:26:38 pm »
We have just posted up Episode #433 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing Twitter is still profitable, speculation on the Amazon Fire TV Cube, and Amazon will now deliver you parcels to the trunk of your car. We have those stories and more...


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Yahoo gets $35 Million Dollar Fine for Losing 3 billion Accounts, thats $0.012 per User


Amazon Prime hits 100 Million Paid Subscribers


Amazon Will Drop off Your Packages in the Trunk of Your Car


Amazon Fire TV Cube?


Twitter is Still Profitable, Somehow


Bitcoin is the Greatest Scam in History


GMail Gets a Redesign



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General Hardware / Re: AMD Unveils Gen 2 Ryzen CPUs
« on: April 25, 2018, 07:37:13 am »
Time will tell, but it doesn't sound that exciting at the moment for sure.

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We have just posted up Episode #432 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing Sega games coming to the Nintendo Switch, Apple's got a problem and it's getting harder to solve and we'll discuss the world's most admired man - spoiler alert, it's not Mark Zuckerberg. We have those stories and more...


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Sega MegaDrive Mini


Sega Retro Games Come to the Nintendo Switch


US Companies Banned from Selling Components to ZTE


Apple Has a Problem that's Getting Harder and Harder to Solve


It's Time to Give Firefox Another Chance


Facebook Paid $7.3 Million to Keep Mark Zuckerberg Safe


Bill Gates is the World's Most Admired Man



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Operating Systems & Software / Sonarworks True-Fi Evaluation
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:22:47 pm »
We have just posted our evaluation of the True-Fi software from Sonarworks. This is a pretty amazing piece of software that lets you setup your headphones to be true reference headphones. If your hardware is on the list, you'll have a great experience and have a music experience that is equal across all platforms. Take a look and see what True-Fi has to offer.

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As much as I'd like to encourage everyone to run out and buy True-Fi from Sonarworks, it's not for everyone. If you are happy listening to bass-heavy music and don't really care about good quality sound, you might want to pass. If you care about audio quality and are willing to browse the list to see if your headphones are supported (list is growing all the time), you may want to give it a shot.


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LAN & General Gaming / Mini Sega Genesis is Real
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:02:00 pm »
Sega has been drooling over Nintendo's success with the NES Classic and SNES Classic, so they too are joining the classic bandwagon with their Sega MegaDrive Mini. This is a mini Gensis console that promises a lot, but I won't get my hopes up until it's actually on the shelves. The Genesis was probably my favorite 16-bit console back in the day.

   First, there was the NES Classic. Then the SNES Classic. And now, the Sega Genesis is making a miniature comeback too. Behold, the Sega MegaDrive Mini, just announced in Japan to commemorate the system's 30th anniversary. (MegaDrive was the original name for the Genesis, in case you didn't know.) Source: CNET

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General Hardware / AMD Unveils Gen 2 Ryzen CPUs
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:58:02 pm »
AMD is getting their act together and is following up their first generation Ryzen CPU with it's successor. At this point we are all hoping for some Intel crushing performance, but I fear that the latest chips will only see minor performance improvements. I'd like to think that AMD is really back in the performance game, but the cynical side of me says they will just release a Ryzen 1.2 instead of a 2.0. Model numbers, specifications and more information at the link below. Pre-orders are available.

   At the more affordable end, there's the six-core Ryzen 5 2600, which will go for $199. It's clocked between 3.4Ghz and 3.9GHz, and it should be a solid competitor to Intel's similarly priced Core i5-8500. The new chips are built on AMD's 12 nanometer Zen+ architecture, so you can think of them as a slight upgrade over last year's models. Its true platform followup, Zen 2, is expected to debut next year.Source: Engadget

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Operating Systems & Software / GMail Gets Confidential
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:54:40 pm »
Google is working on a few things in their next major GMail release, and in addition to putting your calendar beside your emails, quick replies, snoozing and more, they are also rolling out a feature that makes email a little more secure. You will have the option to enter a passcode to open the email (sent by SMS) as well as have the ability to prevent forwarding, copying, download or printing these emails. This is a great step in the right direction for Google if they want to take on the enterprise.

   The features are very similar to some found in Microsoft’s full Outlook application, and Microsoft is also adding the ability to restrict emails on its Outlook.com service. These features will largely appeal to businesses that want more control over how emails are used by recipients, but they won’t stop people from taking a screenshot or a photo of an email.Source: TheVerge

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We have just posted up Episode #431 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing Facebook is on trial and it's not looking any better, Spotify and Hulu join forces and finally removing the sticker no longer voids warranty. We have those stories and more...


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Facebook is the Least Trusted Major Tech Company


Mark's Reputation is Hurting


Mark's Not Going Anywhere


Mark Says Fixing Facebook is Going to be Expensive


Facebook to Hire 20,000 Employees to Monitor 'Hate Speech'


Facebook's Fines from the FTC Could Hit $7.1 Trillion


Spotify and Hulu Team up to Offer Bundle Deal


Aftermarket iPhone Screen Replacements Experiencing Issues after iOS Update


The "Removing This Sticker Will Void Your Warranty" Plot Isn't Exactly Legal


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General Mayhem / Facebook's Financial Contribution to Lawmakers
« on: April 11, 2018, 03:05:26 pm »
With Mark Zuckerberg in the spotlight this week regarding security, user privacy and more, there has been a lot of scrutiny about what exactly is going on behind closed doors at Facebook over the past few years. It seems in fact, that Mark doesn't attend meetings regarding privacy, and he doesn't want to. What he does want to do is contribute money to lawmakers so maybe they can go easy on him and let things slide. While it is not a ton of money to any specific individual, the fact that Facebook donates to individual congressmen and women as well as to individuals in the senate seems a bit sketchy.

   Cory Booker, who has received $44,025 from Facebook since 2014 (the largest amount), questioned Zuckerberg on the 2016 ProPublica investigation that showed Facebook allowed advertisers to target by race. Kamala Harris, who took the second largest amount ($30,990) grilled the CEO on why Facebook did not notify users in 2015 that Cambridge Analytica had misused their data, causing Zuckerberg to squirm uncomfortably.Source: TheVerge

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General Mayhem / New iOS Update Kills Aftermarket Screens
« on: April 11, 2018, 03:00:43 pm »
If you have an iPhone and have broken the screen out of warranty, you know how expensive it is to get Apple to fix it. Thankfully there are a number of companies that can replace the screens for MUCH cheaper with units that are equal in vibrance, color, brightness and more. The downside is that if you have the nerve to let someone other than Apple touch your device, the latest iOS update may actually kill the digitizer on your device so touch input will no longer work. This is a move by Apple to protect you from yourself (and make sure they make way more money doing costly repairs). Thanks Apple!

   According to Oberthingy, every iPhone screen is powered by a small microchip, and that chip is what the repair community believes to be causing the issue. For the past six months, shops have been able to replace busted iPhone 8 screens with no problem, but something in the update killed touch functionality. According to several people I spoke to, third-party screen suppliers have already worked out the issue, but fixing the busted phones means re-opening up the phone and upgrading the chip.Source: Vice

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General Hardware / AMD Patches Spectre Variant 2
« on: April 11, 2018, 02:56:37 pm »
AMD is on the ball about as much as any company can be when it comes to trying to patch hardware flaws in their processors. The good news is that they've patched the Spectre issue that cropped up with the second variant, but the bad news is that you'll have to wait for a BIOS update for your mainboard - or system board in your laptop in order to apply the patch. Hopefully things get figured out sooner rather than later.

   AMD's update has been made available to its hardware partners, with patches designed for processors going back to CPUs built on 2011's "Bulldozer" architecture. While that's likely most in current operation, it's not clear exactly which processors have received the patches. It's also not clear when end users will see the fix, as you'll have to wait for the maker of your desktop or motherboard to release a new BIOS with the patch wrapped in.Source: Engadget

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General Mayhem / BlackBerry is BACK!
« on: April 11, 2018, 02:53:27 pm »
BlackBerry was pretty much out of the fight for a few years, but with TCL at the helm of the hardware ship, they are once again making pretty compelling hardware. The Passport was their big (emphasis on BIG) return to the physical keyboard and was followed up by the KEYone. Now they are following up the KEYone with the Athena. I've got a big of a soft-spot for physical keyboards and with a name like Athena, well, I'm sure it going to be great!

   The rear looks to be made from a different texture from the KEYone and you can also see that Athena will have dual camera sensors and an LED flash. Furthermore, the physical buttons like the power, volume rocker, and convenience key - have all been moved to one side. The Athena will still have a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type C, and downward firing speaker. While things look good, we still do not have any information about a release date or a price.Source: Neowin

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We have just posted up Episode #430 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing Facebook still hasn't fixed its problem, Apple contemplates life after Intel and goodbye Steam Machines - the gaming system that never really was. We have those stories and more...


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The End of Steam Machines


HTC's Vive Pro


Tesla of the Verge of Bankruptcy?


Samsung Launches the Notebook 5 and Notebook 3


Apple Prepares for Life After Intel


Facebook's Troubles Aren't Getting Any Better


Not Even Close to Getting Better


Nope. Not Getting Better. At All.


Postage Delivery Drones Gone Wrong



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We have just posted up Episode #429 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing the Facebook crap-tacular, Apple's upcoming release event and Uber suspended from Autonomous vehicle testing in Arizona. We have those stories and more...


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Facebook May Have Violated FTC


Facebook Stock's 'a Droppin'


Facebook Tracking Text and Calls on Android, Because You Said They Could!


Maybe It's Time for Mark Zuckerberg to Resign?


New Upcoming Stuff from Apple


Foxconn Buys Belkin


Uber Gets Suspended from Autonomous Testing in Arizona





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