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Year: 2017

  • December 29, 2017

    Kodi for the Xbox One

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  • Google started selling the Pixel C about two years ago as its flagship tablet. The price was high, but it was a good Android tablet. Well, as good as Android tablets could be. Google’s commitment to Android on tablets wasn’t strong even then, and now the Pixel C is gone from the Google Store—the listing page redirects you to the Pixelbook. A moment of silence, please. AndroidPolice It’s two-year-old hardware I am not surprised they stopped selling the device.
  • CIRP’s research, which analyzes the first 30 days of iPhone X sales, shows that the device accounted for roughly 30 percent of total iPhone sales. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus combined counted for around 40 percent of sales, with the former coming in at around 23 percent and the latter around 17 percent. Notably, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus captured around 20 percent of sales, despite being over a year old at this point. For comparison’s sake, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus accounted for over 70 percent of sales during the first month of availability last year. This data echoes similar analytics information earlier this month. 9to5mac This does not surprise me users are used to their home buttons.  
  • Apple is scrambling to make things right after “battery-gate”. The tech giant on Thursday apologized to customers after admitting it deliberately slowed down older iPhone models to offset battery wear, and said it will slash the price of replacement iPhone batteries to $29. In a letter published Thursday, the tech giant said it wanted to clear up a “misunderstanding” about the mea culpa, which has spurred at least eight federal class-action suits from angry customers nationwide since last week. NYPost Apple is trying to do right just like it did with the Maps issue.
  • A significant portion of our lives now revolves around the internet. And for those who use the internet to promote their brand, put up videos, craft social media profiles, or run a business, it is even more important to ensure that data is being managed and archived appropriately. Even if some of that data seems irrelevant to you right now, there is a good chance you will need to see that data for some reason or another in the near future. That is why it is important to figure out the best method for backing up and preserving your data forever. Data Archiving Options There are two major choices that you have to decide between when you are deciding to archive a large chunk of data. You will either complete this process using physical media, or you will do everything on the cloud. If you are going with the physical option, here are some choices that you may want to know about. Optical Disks: When using writable CDs, DVDs or Blu-Rays, you have the chance to get a large amount of data in physical form in quick time. If you are storing pictures or regular files, DVDs seem the best bet, as you are getting close to 5GB worth of space on a single disk. If you are going with video files, or other types of files that have very large sizes, you may want to go with a Blu-Ray. With a Blu-Ray, you get up to 25GB of space, which is a significant amount. Hard Drives: If you want almost all your data in one physical place, then a hard drive is the way to go. It is inexpensive to buy quality external hard drives, and you can choose between 1 to 4 TB in file space. We recommend...
  • December 27, 2017

    Verizon Unlimited Plans Are Not Unlimited

    Verizon has been pushing their Verizon Unlimited Data Plans hard is their most recent commercials but like with any advertising it’s all in the wording let’s take a deeper look at Verizon Unlimited Data Plan. The Verizon Beyond Unlimited plan offers Unlimited 4G LTE data, but when you read the fine print it says you could experience reduced speeds at times of network congestion once you exceed 22GB in a billing cycle. Unlimited mobile hotspot data says with up to 15GB of LTE speeds. So, what this means if after 15G of Hotspot data you will be throttled. HD video streaming on smartphones (limited to 720p) and Full HD 1080p video streaming for tablets. There is no way to stream videos at 1080p or higher on phones period unless you upgrade to their other plan Go Unlimited which offers DVD-quality streaming. The Verizon Go Unlimited plan offers Unlimited 4G LTE data, but you could experience reduced speeds if the network is congested at all times. If the network is congested where you are, you might get slowed down — even at the very beginning of your billing cycle. Unlimited mobile hotspot speeds are capped at a maximum of 600kbps but the amount of data is unlimited compared to Beyond Unlimited 15GB cap. DVD-quality video streaming (480p) on smartphones and HD (720p) video streaming on tablets. There’s no way to watch at higher resolution for either. I would like to point out that Verizon is not alone with this nearly all of its rivals have already put in place some arbitrary restrictions on video quality or overall data speeds. My issue is the unlimited data plans used to place no limits on mobile video or usage what so ever and if you’re on a metered plan with an overage charge after...
  • The holiday shopping season is finally over, and that means Amazon has some shopping data for us. This holiday season, Amazon’s Echo Dot was the top-selling Amazon device, as well as the top-selling product available from any manufacturer across all categories on Amazon.com, with millions sold. Meanwhile, Amazon’s newer Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo Spot, Echo Dot and Echo Buttons, sold out this holiday season. However, customers can pre-order those devices to reserve a place in line. Amazon’s Alexa app also topped the charts for Apple and Google Play on Christmas day, suggesting an influx of new customers setting up their devices. In total, Amazon said it sold “tens of millions” of Alexa-enabled devices worldwide. Techcrunch Cortana, Siri, and Google I think will be hard pressed to be number 1 on the market. Apple with there large userbase may have a chance.
  • We’re excited to announce that Blink has been acquired by Amazon! Since launching in early 2016, we’ve been thrilled by your response to our ultra-affordable, truly wire-free video home security cameras and monitoring systems. If you own one of our systems, nothing changes for now. We’ll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella selling and supporting the same great products you know and love. It’s Day 1 for us at Amazon, and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can deliver to our customers together. Blink Amazon starting to buy up companies like Google did with nest and many others.
  • December 26, 2017

    BLS – Christmas Special

    We talk about the christmas holiday. We talk about christmas in a tropical climate. We get into standing in line everywhere and my trip to the dry cleaners. We talk about smart cars and christmas trees and much more.
  • MoviePass — the $9.95 all-you-can-watch cinema buffet — said Wednesday that it has surpassed the 1 million member threshold. That’s quite a meteoric rise from August when MoviePass was a $50 a month niche service with about 20,000 subscribers. But then the company slashed its monthly fee $9.95 and movie lovers started knocking down the door — which an average of 8,000-plus subscribers a day signing up. NYPost If you go to a lot of movies $9.95 a month is worth the price.