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App Pick - Frozen Free Fall

WTU Episode #278 - BlackBerry Wins

We have just posted up Episode #278 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing next gen consoles are more last gen, Google joins the drone delivery game and Snapchat is apparently worth $10 Billion.We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Ram Headbutts Drone then Pilot

If you are flying a drone around wildlife and the drone gets knocked out of the sky by the wildlife, maybe you should be a bit more cautious when trying to recover the drone. Just saying. This dummy didn't figure that out - at first.

 

Intel Core i7 5960X

Intel has recently rolled out a bunch of new processors that are based on the Haswell chip, but are not compatible with current sockets. These new chips will require the new X99 chipset and be socketed with the LGA2011-v3. The biggest thing with these new chips is that they support DDR4 as well as higher bus speed and the products currently being shown off have 6 and 8 cores. These promise to be pretty impressive performers at applications that require mutliple threads. Take a look at this review to see if they deliver on those promises.

The Core i7 5960X I will be looking at in this review is Intel's first 8-core desktop processor, which sets it as the cream of the crop of the chipmaker's desktop line of processors. This fully unlocked beast of a processor comes loaded with 2.6 billion 22nm Tri-Gate 3-D Transistors that fit into a large 17.6mm x 20.2mm die and eight physical cores that translate into 16 processing threads thanks to Hyper Threading.

Source: NeoSeeker

NZXT S340 Introduced

If the case is even half as impressive as the promotional video done by NZXT, it's gonna be a pretty nice entry-level case. Take a look at their teaser video - of a case.

Source: NZXT

Windows 8.1 Grows

As I mentioned yesterday, Windows 8.1 is gaining market share and taking over some of the old Windows XP machines that have finally been retired. Of course these numbers still pale in comparison to the number of Windows 7 machines that are currently being used. In fact, over half of all desktop and laptop operating systems are Windows 7 according to sources. All together, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have just over 13% of the market which is still about triple that of Mac OS X.

For the month of August, Windows 8.1 eked out a 7.09 percent market share based on all the desktop OS traffic seen by Web tracker Net Applications. That number was up slightly from 6.56 percent in July, 6.61 percent in June, and 6.35 percent in May. Still in use among many people, Windows 8 scored 6.28 percent of the market last month.

Source: CNET

IE Usage Up; Chrome Usage Down

It's actually been quite a while since I used Internet Explorer, and while things have improved (or so I've heard) at this point I'm still sticking with Chrome. That is not the case with other users though as IE usage is up lately. Of course that could be due to the fact that Windows XP slid this last month and Windows 8.1 is up. My guess is that people can't figure out how to install Chrome and are stuck in the Metro interface using the App version of Internet Explorer.

If you wondered why these companies want you to use their browser rather than a rival's, it is because there is a lot of money on the line for these products even though they are free. How do they make money? Well, it all comes down to searches. For Firefox, Google pays them hundreds of millions of dollars to be the default search engine and on Chrome, Google gets the default search preference too, while on Internet Explorer, Bing gets the nod as the default engine.

Source: Neowin via NetMarketShare

Animals Phased out of Testing: Artificial Humans Used

This sounds creepy. While animal testing is not always a great idea, I do believe it serves some purpose for some products that I'd rather not test out myself. That being said, animals sometimes have to put up with a lot. Things are almost as tough for these rats as it is for workers that assembled your phone in China. That's unbearable so "artificial humans" will be used in the very near future. These "humans" are in fact a bunch of microchips that "mimic our organs perfectly". Maybe this is how the world will end - not actual Zombies, but something engineered like in the Resident Evil movies.

Welcome to the Matrix

Source: DailyMail

Google Joins Delivery Drone Game

Google has thrown their hat into the ring and joined the race for usable delivery drones. They have been testing these out in Australia as authorities down under have less rules about drone use. They are testing out delivery of things such as medicine, battery and other small things with winged drones that could have better range than quadracopters. It's pretty nifty stuff and should be harder for farmers to shoot down.

Google’s drones have a 1.5m wingspan, and is driven by four electric propellers. Each aircraft weighs 8.5kg but can carry an additional 1.5kg for a total weight of 10kg. The aircraft sits on its tail while on the ground. The propellers give it lift, but once its in the air, the drone flips into a horizontal flying mode.

Source: ElectronicsNews

Android App Pick - Frozen Free Fall

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are preparing for the cold of Winter with Frozen Free Fall. This is a remake of the popular Candy Crush, but it's made by Disney and features characters from the movie. If you enjoy matching types of games, I'm sure you'll find this one will keep you entertained for hours. Take a look and see why it's our App Pick of the Week!

Frozen Free Fall

Enjoy!

Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS Review

We have just posted up our review of the Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS Server. This is a very affordable 5-bay unit that takes the term NAS to a whole new level. While it comes pretty bare with the OS, there are hundreds of add-ons that make it truly stand out. When you combine great features with fantastic performance, it's hard not to call this anything other than a winner. Take a look at our review for all the details.

At the end of the day the Thecus N5550 is a very solid product. What it lacks in smooth and polished web interface it makes up for in performance, value and in features. It is one of the most feature-packed NAS units we've seen and comes it at a lower price point than many 4-Bay NAS units without a display. The hardware under the hood is very comparable as well and you're not giving up any performance when you choose this unit as your main file storage server.

Thecus N5550

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