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General Hardware / GPD Pocket Unboxing - A Tiny Windows 10 Laptop
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:48:16 PM »
The GPD Pocket is pretty nifty - in theory. It's a small little machine that is quite powerful and has a solid overall fit and finish. During the unboxing, they are impressed with the fit and feel of the keyboard, although it is a little cramped. When folded up, it's a small 7.17 x 4.29 x 0.78 inches. 

    

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General Mayhem / How to Block Spam Calls on your Mobile
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:40:53 PM »
Spam calls to mobile devices have been ramping us as these numbers change and many of them are not on the "do not call" list. There are ways to help prevent, block and get some relief from the onslaught. My particular carrier offers free anti-spam protection on their devices and it works great. If you don't have something like this available, you should check out the guide over here. It's good stuff that will save you time, energy and frustration.

   Robocalls have become so infuriating that the Federal Trade Commission received over 375,000 complaints about them every month last year. The agency routinely says it’s doing its best to get a handle on the situation, and yes, there are occasionally significant crackdowns. But real-world feedback indicates that things are getting worse — not better — and it’s starting to feel a little out of control.Source: TheVerge

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General Hardware / Dell Releases Fresh Batch of AMD-Powered Laptops
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:37:52 PM »
My latest laptop is packing some Ryzen goodness, and it seems that Dell is on board with AMD processors as well. I've got to hand it to Dell, because they actually try some different things. They are one of the few companies that have Linux machines available to buy online and now they are packing a bunch of new Inspiron machines with AMD. They aren't high-end machines, but it's a start.

   With the Ryzen 3 and 5 series chips inside (and more specifically, the 2200u and 2500u processors), depending on how much you pay, supported by up to 32GB of user-upgradeable RAM, Dell wants you to think these machines offer great bang for your buck.Source: Neowin

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General Hardware / 600 Bitcoin Mining Machines Stolen
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:35:02 PM »
If you don't have the knowledge on how to steal Bitcoin virtually, you can always steal a huge bunch of hardware dedicated to mining said coins. That's what a group of people have pulled off in Iceland. They've stolen a total of 600 machines that include pretty sweet graphics cards and solid processors. The Icelandic police are sitting back and watching power meters. If they are plugged in, some landlords electricity bill is going through the roof. Also, there will be a warm spot visible from space.

   The thefts, which occured between late December and early January, were reportedly captured on surveillance cameras by Advania, the server company hit by two of the three thefts. (The graphics cards, processors and so on were allegedly stolen from a home.) Advania had been offering its customers access to bitcoin-mining rigs, and it sounds like those were the type that were stolen. The Associated Press reports that the stolen computers are worth nearly $2 million.Source: CNET

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We have just posted up Episode #426 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing Apple confirms it uses Google's Cloud, 46% of cryptocurrency failed last year as well as smartphone news from Mobile World Congress. We have those stories and more...


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Apple Confirms They Use Google Cloud Services


Apple Looking at Releasing Three New Phone Models


Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Everyone Else


Windows Lumia Phones Were Briefly Back on Sale


OnePlus Fixes HD Streaming Glitch, Kinda, Sorta


46% of CryptoCurrency ICOs from Last Year Have Already Failed


Coinbase Turns Over Info to IRS




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We have just posted up Episode #425 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing Microsoft telling us why Windows on ARM sucks, we have some Galaxy S9 goodness and finally, we talk security solutions with HP. We have those stories and more...


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The Problem with Windows 10 on ARM Processors


Here Comes the Galaxy S9 from Samsung


Apple HomePod Not Ready for Primetime


Amazon Offers 2 Hour Food Delivery from Whole Foods in Select Markets


Xbox One Keyboard and Mouse Support


Google Exposes Flaw in Microsoft Edge




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General Mayhem / HPs Commercial PC Security Strategy
« on: February 20, 2018, 10:20:47 PM »
It probably doesn't come as a surprise that HP is big in the printer game and have taken some extreme security measures to protect the corporate print environment. What may surprise to you is how big they are in the PC market as well. According to their numbers, they are #1 in Commercial PC by 7 points and #1 in Consumer PC by 9 points. Things are looking up and in the past few years their Envy line has really taken off.


Check the article to see how they lock down commercial PC security on a hardware level.

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General Mayhem / HP Tackles Print Security
« on: February 20, 2018, 10:13:05 PM »
In a world that contains billions of connected devices, security breaches are as common as Tim Hortons up here in Canada (Starbucks for you USA readers). As we've discussed many times on WeeklyTechUpdate, in this day and age you should probably assume that any personal data you enter online will be viewed by someone that isn't authorized at some point due to a security breach. The thing is, it shouldn't be this way.


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Operating Systems & Software / Google Shares Microsoft Edge Exploit
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:22:29 PM »
Google and Microsoft have an arrangement. When one company finds a security issue in any product (theirs or each others), they have 90 days to fix the issue before it is released to the public. Now, I don't know why they are ever released to the public - unless it's to broadcast the flaw so the company takes greater strides to fix it. The fact is that Google has given Microsoft a bit of extra time to fix the flaw in Edge, but like any good relationship with a browser, Microsoft says "It's Complicated". It will be fixed in under a month though - maybe. Until then, now that the flaw is public, it could be a good idea to cease using Edge for a bit.

   According to the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), the problem turned out to be more complex than initially believed, due to which it was given an additional 14-day grace period by Google. Although the company missed this deadline in its February Patch Tuesday too - which forced Google to make the flaw public - Microsoft is confident that it will resolve the issue by March 13, aligning the shipment of the fix with the Patch Tuesday in March.Source: Neowin

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Operating Systems & Software / Windows 10 on ARM is Half-Baked
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:12:00 PM »
Windows 10 for ARM was announced a while back and while it sounds great to have Windows on a device that can easily get all day battery life, there are some limitations - other than the slower processor performance. Microsoft has released the entire list and there are some areas of concern. While it's obvious that x64 applications aren't supported, things like the "Windows Experience, Anti-Cheat for games, OpenGL 1.1 or newer and more is an issue that will probably affect how your PC works and how you use it. While it'a a great idea, it seems like it's still not ready for prime-time.

   Apps that assume that all ARM-based devices are running a mobile version of Windows may not work correctly. Some apps that have been coded for Windows Phone won’t work correctly and could appear in the wrong orientation or have UI layout problems. This won’t be a huge amount of apps, though.Source: TheVerge

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General Hardware / iwown P1 Power Sport Watch Evaluation
« on: February 17, 2018, 04:03:48 PM »
We have just posted our evaluation of the P1 Power Sport Watch from iwown. This fitness tracker enters a very crowded market, but brings a lot of features, performance and battery life to help it rise to the surface. The app support is very well thought out as well. There is a lot to like, but a couple of things to note. Check the article for all the details.

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The fact is that the P1 can hold its own in the market and do very well. It offers fantastic week-long battery life, a bright and clear display, touch interface, buttons as a backup, a comfortable band, enough sensors to keep most people happy and to top it off, it's water-resistant to 50M.

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General Hardware / Linner NC50 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Earphones
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:15:44 PM »
We have just posted our review of the NC50 Active Noise Canceling Wireless Earphones from Linner. This is a company you've probably never heard of, but they make products that are worth checking out. We take a look and find out if the NC50's are not only worth the $70 asking price, but if they can hold up to other more expensive offerings from other companies. Check our review for all the details.

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As for audio quality, the NC50 exceeded my expectations. The bass is nice and heavy when it needs to be without being muddy and thick. The mid-range is very balanced for a $70 set of earphones - let alone noise-cancelling earphones. The treble isn?t sharp and balances very nicely as well. Even for $139, they sound great. For half that, they are solid gold.



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We have just posted up Episode #424 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing the headphone jack is alive and well, Amazon to launch their own delivery service and Facebook is shifting demographics. We have those stories and more...


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Amazon to Launch Delivery Service to Compete with UPS and FedEx


The End of Windows 10 S?


The Samsung Galaxy S9 to Keep the Headphone Jack


Nokia is Back!


SnapChat Re-Design Doesn't go Over Well


The 55+ Crowd is Flocking to Facebook


In Other News, 2.8 Million Teens Leave the "Grandparents" Network (Facebook)


Cryptocurrency LoopX Disappears, Taking $4.5 Million with Them



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Operating Systems & Software / Google Working on Texting from Browser
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:13:52 PM »
Google is stepping up their game with Android Messages and will soon allow you to pair your phone with your PC and then use your PC to send actual SMS's. This integration is what HP rocked with the Elite X3 Windows Phone and is something that other companies lack. Yes, there are 3rd party applications that do something similiar, but I've tried many of them and nothing worked as good as the Windows solution. Still, this is a step in the right direction. Also coming in Android Messages is the ability to send payments directly using Google Pay - or something similiar. 

   All told, Google appears to be transforming Android Messages into an Allo-like app, except for mobile SMS texts instead of web-based ones. It could also be monetizing it to a degree via Google Pay. Considering the power it yields over the Android smartphone ecosystem, that could amount to a lot of dollars. Take all the changes with some salt, though, because APKs don't necessarily mean features are set in stone, and some of the aforementioned features are still half-baked.Source: Engadget

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Notes from the Shows / Weekly Tech Update #423 - Who's the Biggest Loser?
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:16:25 AM »
We have just posted up Episode #423 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing the winners and losers of the tech industry. Disney loses money on Hulu, GoPro lost a bunch of money, Bitcoin is losing money and of course Twitter loses money - Wait, no, no, they actually made money. We have those stories and more...


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GoPro Exits the Drone Market


BitCoin is Down


Disney to Lose $250 million on Hulu in 2018


Facebook Loses in the USA


iPhone Source Code Gets Posted Online


If You Switch to OneDrive, They'll Pay for your Old Service for the Remainder of Your Contract


Xerox is No More


Twitter Made Money in Q4 (this is not a typo)


Twitter Posts First Profit - Shares Jump 22%



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