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Sunday May 03, 2015

Boeing Dreamliner: Reboot Once Every 248 Days to Keep Flying

The next time you fly and happen to draw the Boing Dreamliner, make sure you ask the Captain when was the last time the plane was rebooted. The FAA has warned that findings show that Dreamliners powered continuously for 248 days can lose power and fall from the sky due to a software glitch.

Most importantly, the company's already working on an update that will patch the software vulnerability -- though there's no word on when its jets will receive it.


Internet Explorer’s Successor, Project Spartan, Is Called Microsoft Edge

Microsoft finally dropped the ‘Project Spartan’ moniker and introduced Internet Explorer’s successor, Microsoft Edge this week. Edge will be the primary browser on all Windows 10 devices, while Internet Explorer has been reduced to legacy support.


ISPs Ordered to Block Popcorn Time Sites

Popcorn Time, an open-sourced BitTorrent client carried by streaming services like Netflix, has been ordered to be blocked by ISPs across the United Kingdom. The action in the UK could be the beginning of movements outside of the UK to institute similar rulings.

It is manifest that the Popcorn Time application is used in order to watch pirated content on the internet and indeed it is also manifest that that is its purpose. No-one really uses Popcorn Time in order to watch lawfully available content.


Kim Dotcom Awarded Millions for Legal Bills

Kim Dotcom is back in the news once again and this time he was pleading for the New Zealand courts to release seized funds so that he can maintain his standard of living and pay off his mounting legal fees and monthly living expenses.

I have concluded that Mr. Dotcom does not have the ability to meet his legal and reasonable living expenses from trust assets because, on the evidence, those assets are not sufficiently liquid.


Microsoft Bought 'Minecraft' Because It's Perfect for HoloLens

Microsoft had a method to its madness when it paid out $2.5 Billion dollars for Minecraft, it just wasn’t apparent back then. On the back burner at the time was an unknown quantity to the masses named HoloLens and Microsoft felt that the two were a perfect match.


Saturday May 02, 2015

R.I.P., Windows Media Center

Rumors that have been going around about Windows 10 and Windows Media Center have been put to rest, literally. Media Center will not be included in the Windows 10 rollout this summer and will not be offered as an add-on, according to a Microsoft executive. It's dead, Jim. big grin

The decision is a disappointment to the small but incredibly vocal army of Media Center enthusiasts, who had held out hope that a Windows 10 Media Center add-on, similar to the one offered for Windows 8, might appear at the last minute.


Surface Pro 4 Reveal Tipped for Mid-May

According to a tipster for Slashgear, the the Surface Pro 4 is about to make an appearance at a Microsoft media event scheduled for the middle of May. With the leak earlier this week and the timing of the Surface Pro 3 on May 20th of last year, it’s pretty much a slam dunk surety that the Surface Pro 4 will be introduced within the next two weeks.

If Microsoft holds to a year-to-year schedule for this release, the event will take place on May 20th, 2015. That's just a couple of weeks from now and plenty of time for Microsoft to make room between developer-aimed announcements at BUILD and consumer-aimed announcements at a separate venue.


NASA One Step Closer to Warp Drive?

NASA looks to be getting closer to developing a faster than light drive to power future spacecraft to other planets in relative short time spans and even interstellar travel to explore other stars systems. The drive doesn’t run on Dilithium Crystals or anything as exotic as Star Trek's warp propulsion systems, it’s just a hopped-up electromagnetic drive that will be powered by a on-board nuclear reactor on steroids. cool

The science behind the EM drive is, well, complicated to say the least, but the basic idea is to convert electrical energy into thrust without propellant (the fuel in rockets), which should be impossible because it violates the law of conservation of momentum.


Windows 7 Takes Top Spot in OS Battle, Defeats Windows 8.1

Windows 7 is still the reigning champ of all operating systems for the 14th month in a row. In what has to be an embarrassment to Microsoft, Windows XP is still in the number two position, followed meekly by Windows 8.1, at a dismal third.

Only time will tell if 7 will be able to maintain its title as everyone’s favorite OS by the time 10 comes along, but if early adoption numbers are any indication, the two could be deep in competition for the years to come.


Is the Phablet the Future of Smartphones?

A new report from Flurry Analytics confirms that the phablet is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. The phablet is a combination of a medium-sized tablet and smartphone, giving the user a wider range of use over just owning one or the other devices or having to carry both.

The report noted that phablets usage has more than tripled over the past two years, growing from 5% to 20% of active devices.


Microsoft Patents Wearable Emotion Detection Glasses

Microsoft has just been awarded a patent for glasses that are able to sense the emotional state of anyone within the glasses viewing area. If you thought Google Glass was creepy, this will really freak you out. eek!

The patent for "a wearable emotion detection feedback system," was filed in October 2012, and awarded earlier this week, according to a public filing by the U.S. patent office. It’s unclear whether Microsoft is serious about any near-term commercial applications, or is just tinkering.


How to Install Windows 10 IoT on Your Raspberry Pi 2

So you have a Raspberry Pi 2 or maybe a Galileo or an Arduino mini-computer and want to give Windows 10 a test run on your device, now what? Fortunately for you, there is a page on GitHub with complete instructions on how to pull off the install and what you will need. cool

It’s a surprisingly friendly move by Microsoft to bring this to market, however, and I think even the most die-hard open-source fan will agree that getting more people to use Raspberry Pi in embedded projects is a noble goal – whatever the OS.


T-Mobile Slow Down ‘Unlimited’ LTE Data in Some Circumstances

T-Mobile has a new name game it’s playing with its subscribers. It’s called slowing down connection speeds of unlimited customers, while claiming the company still doesn’t use throttling to adjust connecting speeds. A rose is a rose is a rose and all that. big grin

Officially, T-Mobile says that this isn’t throttling but "de-prioritizing" certain users, however the effect is the same: During times of heavy congestion, your connection slows drastically.


Zombie Apocalypse Averted: 'Dead Island 2' Delayed to 2016

If we’ve heard it once this year, we’ve heard it a thousand times: We will not release a game before it’s the best it can be. Yager Development is the latest in a long line of developers to announce delays in a game’s release. Dead Island 2 will be released sometime in 2016 after tuning and tweaking. With all of the game developers deferring until 2016 to perfect their games, we should look forward to a truly phenomenal year in gaming. big grin

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Should Students Be Allowed to Use Google During Exams?

It usually takes a while for education to catch up with technology. It wasn’t that long ago when calculators were banned from testing and all that was allowed was pencil and paper. The Internet is used in everyday classroom activities and most certainly for research and term papers, so why not during testing?

Though he doesn’t think that the Internet will be ushered into exams any time soon, he does say that it’s "inevitable" one day.


Apple Confirms Tattoo Issue with Apple Watch

We told you this week about the problems the Apple Watch is having with buyers that had wrist tattoos. Apple has been fast and forthcoming in confirming the problem, but it's obvious that none of the Apple Watch beta testers had a wrist tattoo during the trial period. big grin Apple has offered no patches, no software workaround and no promises of any in the future to correct the flaw.

Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.


The FAA Is Switching to Satellites for Air Traffic Control

The FAA has finally completed bringing air traffic control soundly into the 21st century with the completion of its new satellite-based system. The system is known as NextGen, and should be deployed in most major hubs during 2015.


Windows 10 Builds to Continue After Microsoft Ships It

This gives the phrase ongoing project an entirely new meaning for Microsoft Windows. Windows 10 is looking more and more like the last ‘free standing’ version of Windows and will become more like Microsoft Office, being updated constantly rather than staggered periodic releases.

This is an entirely new way for Microsoft to develop and release software, more like Google's ongoing Chrome builds than anything else.


Hollywood: Piracy Sites Must Shut Within 24 Hours

File this one in the ‘Yeah, Like That’s Ever Going to Happen’ file. The MPAA issued an ultimatum to all piracy sites to shut down operations within 24 hours or face legal action.

All opportunities provided by the Website to download, stream or otherwise obtain access to the Entertainment Content should be disabled permanently.


Paying Hulu Subscribers Jumps by 50 Percent in Last Year

Hulu is having a good year; a very good year. Hulu announced this week that the streaming service had increased its paying subscriber base by 50% within the last year.

Hulu also announced a new deal with AMC to stream content that AMC makes from its own studio, which includes the brand new 'Fear the Walking Dead' spinoff series.


PC Prices to Go Up Later This Year

The research firm Gartner is predicting a price rise in the cost of PCs and laptop computers, compounding the already declining PC market. The reason behind the rise in cost is not increasing prices of components, the usual cause for an increase, but something entirely different.

The PC price increases will likely affect Windows PCs the most. That's because more storage, memory and hardware features go into Windows PCs than competitors like Chromebooks or Chromeboxes.


Friday May 01, 2015

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our Grand Theft Auto V Single GPU Performance Review Part 1, followed by our evaluation of the IN WIN 707 Gaming Version full-tower case. Finally, we wrapped things up with a look at the SilverStone Argon AR06 low profile CPU cooler.

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Xbox Game Streaming Demonstrated At Build

It looks like Microsoft is getting into the game streaming business now too.

Now let’s be honest. This is certainly not the first game streaming that has been announced, and some companies already have shipping solutions for this. Steam for instance can game stream from you desktop PC with a GPU to another lighter weight PC. There are also solutions that will stream from your PC to your TV for playing games on the couch.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 BW Rev.A @ NikKTech

ETC.: PC Perspective Podcast #347 @ PCPer

Power Supply: Enermax MaxPro 700W @ CowcotLand

Storage: Kingston HyperX Savage SSD @ Tweak.dk

Samsung SM951 NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD @ Legit Reviews

Best Star Wars Bedroom EVER

You know everyone will want to stay the night at this kid's house. I'm not just talking about other kids either. cool

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Microsoft Details Windows 10 Staggered Release Schedule

Windows 10 for you! Windows 10 for you! Windows 10 for everyone! Well...except for Windows phone users. wink

Today at a special breakout session, Corporate VP of the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore confirmed that the launch schedule for Windows 10 is going to be summer (he would go no more specific than that) but that it will be a staggered release. Those in the insider program may be aware that builds for the desktop PC are quite a bit ahead of those on the phone, and Joe said some of that is due to Windows 8.1 on the phone coming out later than 8.1 on the PC.


Google Forced To Update Password Alert After 'Embarrassing' Weakness Exposed

Whoops! I believe "an embarrassment" is an accurate description of the situation. eek!

Just seven lines of code were required to bypass Google’s Password Alert service when it was released earlier this week. Security expert Paul Moore tore into the Chrome browser extension, which warns a user when they are typing their Google password into a scam, or phishing site, with some simple JavaScript that would kill alerts as soon as they started to appear.


Torrents Are One Quarter Of All Encrypted Traffic

According to a new report, one quarter of all encrypted downstream traffic in the U.S. is BitTorrent transfers.

Encrypted Internet traffic is surging according to data published by Canadian broadband management company Sandvine. A new report reveals that 25 percent of the encrypted downstream traffic in North America is consumed by BitTorrent transfers, second only to YouTube.


FBI Release 5,000 Redacted Pages On Its Cellphone-Tracking Device

Most of the info in this release was redacted but at least the FBI has actually admitted the device exists.

Many of the pages are nearly blank, but despite not offering much on the surface, those who've fought for any shred of info on the program say it's a big victory. For instance, there's the massive volume of PowerPoint slides and other materials related to training so how big the project is. These indicate that not only was the FBI training a lot of agents to use the device, but that it was also passing on its knowledge to state and local departments around the US.


Gaming [H]eadlines

H1Z1 Adds Female Survivors @ Shacknews

New Witcher 3 Screenshots Highlights Wardrobe @ VG24/7

The International Compendium 2015 Details @ Blue's News

Xbox 360 Update Adds 2TB Hard Drive Support @ Major Nelson

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