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General Mayhem / Razer smartphone
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:46:34 PM »
The latest company to try to jump into the smartphone market is Razer, who is best know for their lineup of gaming products. Razer has made a pretty good name for themselves amongst gamers and of course the smartphone they are going to unveiling in the next couple weeks appears to have gamers in mind. From the leaked specs of their first smartphone, most things are pretty standard except the rumored memory of this phone could be sitting at 8GB. Until the official unveiling this is of course speculation, but maybe their appeal to the gaming crowd is enough to get people to buy a Razer phone for their next device. The Verge has the story.

   Razer is supposedly planning to position its phone as a device for gaming, which makes sense given that Razer is a gaming company. Extra RAM ought to help with that, but it’s by no means a guarantee that this phone will perform better than its competitors. Ultimately, what’ll matter is how well the whole package has been optimized.   The phone will apparently be running a custom version of Android based on top of Nougat. That means it’ll be slightly out of date when it comes out, but it’s not too surprising to hear that there’ll be some customizations. Razer’s phone comes from the ashes of Nextbit, which built some really smart cloud features into the operating system. It’s possible we’ll see some of those once again here. (It’d be a waste if we didn’t!) And I wouldn’t be surprised to see Razer build in some custom gaming features, too. Here’s hoping for a Chroma integration.

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General Mayhem / iPhone X shortages
« on: October 13, 2017, 06:13:27 AM »
Looks like if you were hoping to grab an iPhone X on launch day you might be disappointed as there is already talk of parts shortages which is of course going to lead to phone shortages. Apparently it's the 3D sensors that are being used for the Face ID feature that are in short supply and might make things really interesting at launch as there could potentially be some very disappointed people who miss out on being the first to get the new model. CNET has the story.

   The iPhone X's most talked about feature, facial recognition, could cause a lot of problems for Apple. According to a report by Nikkei Asian Review, iPhone manufacturers aren't building 3D sensors for the iPhone's TrueDepth camera system fast enough to keep up with yield rates. This means that when the iPhone X hits stores on Nov. 3 you're going to have a hard time getting one. 

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General Mayhem / Hacking is inevitable
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:57:56 AM »
Thanks to the recent Equifax hacks, new information coming out about Yahoo's 2014 hacks, and pretty much a new story every day about how some big company has been hacked and your personal information is now floating around the internets. The guys over at Quartz take a look at the current state of the internet and have come up with the conclusion that it's time for us to just assume our data will be stolen. While this is a sad state of affairs, I have to agree with them.

   If recent hacking attacks such as the one at Equifax, which compromised personal data for about half of all Americans, have taught us anything, it’s that data breaches are a part of life. It’s time to plan for what happens after our data is stolen, according to Rahul Telang, professor of information systems at Carnegie Mellon University.   Companies are prone to understating the scale of hacks, which suggests that there needs to be better standards for disclosing breaches. Yahoo recently confessed that its data breach actually impacted 3 billion user accounts, three times what it disclosed in December. Equifax also boosted the number of people it says were affected by its hack.

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General Hardware / Facebook announces Oculus Go
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:52:52 AM »
It's been pretty quiet from the Oculus bunch, but this week they showed everyone what they've been working on, the new Oculus Go. According to Mark Zuckerberg, the new Oculus Go will be the most accessible VR headset yet and will start out at $199. We don't know much about the headset but it looks pretty similar to some others but in the VR world the software and support seems to be a bigger issue that coming up with drastically different hardware. TechCrunch takes a closer look.

   Onstage at Oculus Connect 4 in San Jose, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new mobile headset called “Oculus Go.”   According to Zuck, “it’s the most accessible VR headset yet;” it starts at $199 and it’s going to ship early next year. It appears that the mobile headset will be a similar experience to the Gear VR, allowing users to spin around but not move freely.   Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra called the device, “hands-down the easiest way for developers to get involved with VR.” He said it’s lightweight and “feels incredibly soft to wear.” It will sport lenses that have the same wide field-of-view as Rift and will have a small controller similar to the one that ships with the Gear VR.

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General Mayhem / Bitcoin hits $5,000 mark
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:47:58 AM »
Well this seems to be a trend, Bitcoin is hitting new highs! Oh no, Bitcoin is dropping! Oh wait, it's coming back up again!

Well this week Bitcoin is on its way back up again and has hit its all time high crossing over the $5,000 mark for the first time. While Bitcoin has never been higher, based on the trends we've seen over the past few months it will probably drop off a little, however, I would have never bet that it would hit $5,000 this soon.

The Gaurdian has the full story.

   The price of bitcoin has smashed through $5,000 to an all-time high.   The cryptocurrency rose by more than 8% to $5,240, having started the year at $966. Bitcoin has soared by more than 750% in the past year and is worth four times as much as an ounce of gold.   But the price has been volatile. The digital currency plunged below $3,000 in mid-September after the Chinese authorities announced a crackdown. Beijing ordered cryptocurrency exchanges to stop trading and block new registrations, due to fears that increasing number of consumers piling into the bitcoin market could prompt wider financial problems.

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General Mayhem / BlackBerry Krypton
« on: October 06, 2017, 07:15:14 AM »
For the less than 1% of you that are still rocking a BlackBerry, good news, the BlackBerry Krypton is coming and there are some leaked photos making their rounds on the internet. This phone of course is made by TCL and appears to be rocking mid-range specs, but overall it looks pretty stylish (which already sets it apart from a few previous models). Further details are unknown but who knows, maybe this is the one that brings BlackBerry back? (or not).

The Verge has the story.

   BlackBerry is preparing to release its second all-touchscreen smartphone in as many years. After releasing the DTEK50 last year (which is actually produced by TCL, as all Blackberry devices are these days), the company is getting ready to release the BlackBerry Krypton. Now, Evan Blass has leaked the first image of the upcoming device.

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Operating Systems & Software / AOL Instant Messenger pulls the plug
« on: October 06, 2017, 07:09:37 AM »
After 20 years it was announced this week that AOL Instant Messenger will be shutting down. Chances are good most people hadn't given much thought to AOL Instant Messenger or didn't realize it was still a thing, but chances are good if you're old enough to have been an active internet user in the late 90's or early 2000's you probably at some point had a AOL Messenger account. The number of users have obviously sunk to all time lows, but you have to give credit to any internet service that can last 20 years. TechCrunch has the story.

   The pioneering chat app that taught us to text is pulling the plug. On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down after running since 1997. AIM dominated online chat in North America at the turn of the century. But with SMS and social apps like Facebook and WhatsApp having conquered chat, AOL is giving up the fight with no planned replacement.

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General Mayhem / Groove Music calls it quits
« on: October 05, 2017, 06:26:31 AM »
If you can't beat them, join them.

Microsoft has announced they'll be calling it quit with their music system Groove Music and joining the big guys Spotify starting January 1st, 2018. It all comes down to in the end that Spotify was just too big of competition and Microsoft was probably tired of dumping money into a horse that wasn't catching up. The only silver lining is that at least Microsoft is offering its users the ability to migrate playlists into Spotify which will make their transition much easier than just closing the doors and wishing your ex-customers the best of luck. Windows Central has the full story.

   Microsoft is announcing that its Groove Music Pass is coming to an end, with sales in the Store for music and its pass ending December 31. The streaming portion of Groove Music will continue to function until December 31, after which the service will be turned off for good. Refunds will be issued in a pro-rated fashion from the December 31 date.   To make the transition easier, Microsoft is partnering with Spotify, which will let users import their current Groove playlists to the popular streaming service.

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General Mayhem / Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
« on: October 05, 2017, 06:13:11 AM »
Google launched their Pixel 2 devices yesterday and overall it seems like they were pretty well received. Hardware specs have been improved over the original and you can start to preorder them right away. The biggest interesting move is that Google has also jumped on the "let's get rid of the headphone jack" bandwagon.

Also announced were a couple new Google Home devices, a new Pixelbook, a new version of their Daydream View VR headset, new wireless headphones, and even an intelligent camera. Overall I'd say it was a pretty good day for the Google people and The Verge breaks down all of their annoucements over here.

   Google’s Pixel event today confirmed a lot of leaks and rumors, but it also held some surprises and software upgrades developed with machine learning. Marking its second year making hardware, Google announced the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL; an interesting new camera called Google Clips; a new Google Home Mini and Max; a Pixelbook, and an updated Google Daydream.   If you missed any of it, we have the biggest announcements right here.

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LAN & General Gaming / Nintendo Super NES Classic Launch Day
« on: September 29, 2017, 06:45:01 AM »
The Nintendo SNES Classic edition launches today, and chances are good by the time you read this they'll all be sold out... Sorry. 

Stock will be limited, but you might get lucky and I've got a couple links for places you might want to try:

United States: List of stores carrying stock for the SNES Classic

Canada: List of stores carrying stock for the SNES Classic

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General Mayhem / Exploding iPhone 8?
« on: September 29, 2017, 06:37:24 AM »
Uh oh, are we in for another round of exploding smartphones? Looks like there have been a few reports of bulging, and even exploding, iPhone 8 devices coming out and all of them seem to be faulty batteries. It didn't take much research to find out who made the batteries and ironically enough its the same company that built the Samsung Note devices that became famous for exploding. While this might just be coincidence, it might also be the beginning of a big problem for Apple. The Inquirer has more on this story.

   AN EARLY ADOPTER of the iPhone 8 Plus claims that the handset has done its best Note 7 impression and 'exploded' while on charge.   According to reports, a woman named Wu from Taichung City in Taiwan purchased a 64GB iPhone 8 Plus on 23 September.    On the third day of owning the device, Wu put her smartphone on charge and reports that, three minutes later, the handset 'exploded'.    'Explode' is probably a bit dramatic, though. There are no burnt arses here, and instead, Wu saw the screen of her iPhone 8 Plus pushed out by what appears to be an inflating battery (above). 

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General Mayhem / Bitcoin is going up again
« on: September 28, 2017, 06:52:52 AM »
A month or so ago, Bitcoin was at all time highs. A couple weeks ago Bitcoin was crashing. This week, Bitcoin is going up again and the Bitcoin people are already talking about another split. While Bitcoin might be more than just a fad, the ups and down make it a fun and unpredictable ride which is a tab bit scary. Business Insider takes a look.

   Bitcoin surged back above $US4,000 overnight and kept climbing, a short time ago trading at more than $US4,200.   There were smaller gains for Bitcoin Cash, while Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, also saw renewed demand. It’s back above $US300 for the first time in two weeks.   Bitcoin has been rising steadily in recent days — it kicked off the week with a push towards $US4,000 in a more risk-off environment, as the market responded to more tensions between the US and North Korea.

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General Mayhem / Even Bill Gates doesn't use Windows Mobile
« on: September 28, 2017, 06:39:29 AM »
Windows Mobile has never caught on like Microsoft was hoping, and even though there are still a couple models kicking around, I think it's fair to say that most people have moved on to other platforms. Bill Gates is one of those people, even though he founded Microsoft, even he isn't using Windows Mobile anymore. 

So the question then is, if Bill Gates won't use Windows Mobile, what does he use? Well I guess seeing as there are only two options, and chances are good you'll probably never see him using an Apple device, Bill Gates has made the move to Android. In Bill's defense though, he has a bunch of Microsoft Apps installed on his Android device so it's all good.

BBC has the full story.

   Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has revealed he uses an Android-powered smartphone, rather than a Windows one.   "Recently, I actually did switch to an Android phone," he said, speaking on Fox News Sunday.   Microsoft's own Windows-powered phones have failed to make a significant impact on the smartphone market, which is dominated by devices running Google's Android operating system.   However, Mr Gates said he had installed lots of Microsoft apps on his phone.   When asked whether he also had an iPhone, perhaps as a secondary device, he replied: "No, no iPhone."   He did not reveal which particular smartphone he currently uses.

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General Hardware / Amazon hardware event
« on: September 28, 2017, 06:33:54 AM »
Amazon had their hardware launch event this week and showed off some of their "new products". Now most of the products weren't new, but more "newly updated". The main highlights are some updated Amazon Echo devices to fit any budget (or space requirements) with the 3 new models retailing between $99 and $149 USD. In addition to some new Echo devices, Amazon also showed off a new Fire TV device and announced a new partnership that'll see their Echo technology show up in some new vehicles. The Verge takes a closer look at the highlights from Amazon.

   Amazon surprised everyone today with a press event that unveiled a bunch of new Echo hardware. The Echo speaker, originally launched in 2014, was overdue for an update after the company spun off devices with a camera and a touchscreen. Today’s event also introduced a refreshed Fire TV, just days after Apple launched its updated Apple TV with 4K support.   If you missed any of it, we have the biggest announcements right here.

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Operating Systems & Software / Facebook + WhatsApp
« on: September 22, 2017, 07:40:48 AM »
Ever since Facebook forked out big bucks for WhatsApp we knew that more and more integration would be happening (or we at least assumed so). Android users appear to be the first to see that integration in their Facebook app with a new WhatsApp button magically appearing which will allow you to communicate with your WhatsApp friends without having to close the Facebook app. I'm sure this is just the first piece of integration we'll see. TheNextWeb takes a closer look.

   Facebook appears to be running a trial that features its subsidiary WhatsApp a lot more prominently in the main app.   Users are reporting seeing a dedicated WhatsApp button in the main Facebook app on Android. When clicked, the button acts like a shortcut, opening WhatsApp without the need to leave the Facebook app.

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