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Operating Systems & Software / Android App Pick #210 - Grumpy Cat Weather
« Last post by Tigger on Today at 08:27:22 am »
Android App Pick - Grump Cat Weather

We have just posted up another Android App Pick and this week we continue our Cat Theme (last time around it was Exploding Kittens), with Grumpy Cat Weather. In addition to daily insults, this App is actually quite a solid weather app. Plus, you get the dry humor and loathing of your favorite feline. Check it out!

Please post your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions for next week's Android App Pick of the Week!
Operating Systems & Software / Apple is Upgrading iOS File System
« Last post by Zeus on March 27, 2017, 09:50:18 pm »
There are a few improvements with the latest iOS update (10.3) that includes a "Find my AirPods" option and CarPlay improvements. One of the things that Apple has been using for years is the standard Hierarchical File System (HFS) and in fact, it's 31 years old. They've finally ditched that in favor of the new APFS (Apple File System). I'm sure that will go smooth for everyone.

    Apple has been using its 31-year-old Hierarchical File System (HFS) for iOS devices so far. It was originally designed for Macs with floppy or hard disks, and not for modern mobile devices with solid state storage. Even its successor, HFS+, still doesn’t address the needs of these mobile devices enough. Apple’s new APFS is designed to scale across these new types of devices and take advantage of flash or SSD storage.Source: TheVerge

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General Hardware / Dell's 8K Monitor is Available for $5000
« Last post by Zeus on March 27, 2017, 09:19:12 pm »
Dell is quickly pushing forward past the 4K fad and into the 8K wonder with their 31.5-inch 8K monitor. This Ultrasharp 32 is price right at that magic $5000 mark which makes it a little more expensive than I can afford currently. Still, for that kind of money, you do get an incredible display. Thankfully, it will be shipping mid-April, so you won't have to wait long.

   Of course, you probably won't plunk down that cash to use your fancy 8K monitor for high-end gaming or a VR ride. As we pointed out when we first saw it, the Ultrasharp 32's 7,680 by 4,320 pixels and 100 percent Adobe RGB and sRGB color support will most benefit artists and photographers that need to view and edit massive files.Source: Engadget

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General Mayhem / Prime-Only Kindle Discounts
« Last post by Zeus on March 27, 2017, 08:58:54 pm »
With paper book sales climbing, Amazon is apparently quite interested in pushing their Kindle products a little more. In fact, the current deals on Kindle for Prime members is better now than on Black Friday. If you've been thinking on picking up a Paperwhite, you can now get one for $90 - and the entry-level Kindle is a mere $50. More details at the link below.

   If you’ve got Prime and enjoy reading, Amazon’s offering some of the best Kindle discounts we’ve ever seen right now, with $30 off the entry level models, and $50 off the rarely discounted Voyage. The $50 price point on the entry-level model brings it into impulse purchase range, but just remember that it doesn’t include a backlight.Source: Kinja

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LAN & General Gaming / StarCraft Getting a 4K Remaster This Summer
« Last post by Zeus on March 26, 2017, 08:25:31 pm »
If you are a big StarCraft fan, but can't bring yourself to look at graphics that are pretty horrible and old, you're in luck as Blizzard is working on a full remaster of StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War this summer. It will be called StarCraft: Remastered and it may be worth checking out.

   “With StarCraft: Remastered,” says Mike Morhaime, the CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, “we’re modernizing the original game’s visuals, audio, and online support to ensure that players can enjoy StarCraft for another 20 years and beyond.”   Source: TheVerge

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LAN & General Gaming / Xbox One S Now $249 With Minecraft
« Last post by Zeus on March 26, 2017, 08:19:41 pm »
Microsoft is going after Sony purely on price with yet another round of price cuts and bundles on their Xbox One S. This time around you can pick up an Xbox One S with the Minecraft Favorites bundle for a mere $249. This is great if you are a Minecraft guru as in includes digital downloads for the Xbox One as well as PC. It also includes Minecraft extras such as Halo Mash-up as well as Festive Mash-Up.

   Xbox One S is the only console that offers 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range. With the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live, play over 100 award-winning exclusive games and enjoy a growing library of more than 300 Xbox 360 games playable through Backward Compatibility on Xbox One.Source: Xbox Newswire

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General Hardware / Windows 10 UMPC Running on Snapdragon 835 is Coming
« Last post by Zeus on March 26, 2017, 08:11:50 pm »
There are some good things coming in the Ultra Portable PC market thanks to the power of the new Snapdragon 835 processor from Qualcomm. It appears that they are going ahead with the KS-PRO. This is a Windows 10 (full version) powered device that packs in a beautiful 8-inch 2560x1440 screen and keeps it humming with 8GB of memory, 128GB of internal storage plus a MicroSD card slot. In addition to that is pretty much everything you want and need in a computer or a phone and it's all wrapped up into one. Take a look at the link below. It's a beauty - but for $750, it may be a bit out of my league.

   Source: Neowin

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Operating Systems & Software / Google Talk Dies so Hangouts Can Live On
« Last post by Zeus on March 26, 2017, 08:01:14 pm »
We've talked about how Google has too many chat applications that overlap and don't really offer any new features to the mix. One of the best of their many is Hangouts, but they've been threatening to pull the plug on this app for a while now. Thankfully it will live at least a little longer as Google decided to kill the "Talk" app instead. I'm sure the way Google Labs works that Hangouts will disappear soon, but for now, it lives on.

   And speaking of messaging on Android, Google is trying to clean up that messy experience as well. Removing SMS messaging from Hangouts was the first step in that process, and those messages will be completely turned off starting on May 22. For your texting needs, Google is now directing users to its new Android Messages app, which will be getting additional features like read receipts, group chat and hi-res photo sharing. The changes do not, however, affect anyone using Hangouts as their SMS messaging app for Google Voice or Project Fi.Source: Engadget

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General Hardware / ZTE Grand X 4 Smartphone Evaluation
« Last post by Zeus on March 25, 2017, 08:39:37 pm »
We have just posted our review of the ZTE Grand X 4 Smartphone. This is an Android 6.0.1 device that packs in a very large battery into a device with mainstream specifications. While it's not going to break any benchmark records, it's a solid device that is worth a look if you want a lot of features on a decent device that won't break the bank - or be required to be tethered to a charger all day. Take a look at our review for all the little details.

The ZTE Grand X 4 is a 5.5-inch device that packs an "HD" 720p display, a rear 13MP camera, 5MP front camera, 1080p video recording and a very solid 3,140mAh battery. Under the hood is a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor that is fed by 2GB of RAM and has an internal storage capacity of 16GB. The specifications won?t melt you mind, but with the enormous battery and 720p screen, the battery life should be impressive.   

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