Alright. I’ve recently decided to try Windows 10 out, the technical preview. So far it is running very good. I love how Microsoft put the start button back, that really makes me happy. They also added an option to switch to the Metro Interface like what you see in Windows 8. So Windows 10 is desktop and touchscreen friendly. I’ve been using it for about a week now. It plays a lot of very old games without a hitch, unless it’s Lego Rock Raiders. Intel didn’t have a driver for Windows 10 for my GPU, but a Windows 7 driver took care of that problem. I am running on a Dell Latitude D530. One of the things I don’t like about Windows 10 so far, is the virtual desktop. It is a little confusing. It’s a feature I don’t use in Linux. Granted my laptop is very old, Windows 10 runs very quick. Boot up and shutdown is very quick indeed. The RAM usage without anything running is about 19% on 4GB of Ram. So the resource management is very good so far. When I was transferring a batch of files across my network, the CPU usage was up quite a bit. Averaging around 66-80% CPU usage on a Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 at 2Ghz. I never experienced high CPU usage transferring files across a network when using Windows and Linux. Bluetooth support is very good so far. It pairs with my Samsung Galaxy Centura and my Motorola Droid 3 without a hitch. There is a lot for me to explorer in Windows 10. One of the thing I would suggest is having tabs in Windows Explorer so you won’t have to have a half a dozen windows open at one time. Overall, Windows 10 is looking very good!
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The new iPhone 6 Plus is being hailed by analysts as one of Apple’s most durable smartphones to date, able to withstand a myriad of drops, dunks and other extreme “torture tests” performed by professionals and consumers alike.
According to gadget insurer SquareTrade’s breakability index, the 5.5-inch “phablet” can survive being scratched by wood, dropped from a distance of four feet, and even submerged underwater for up to 10 seconds with little to no damage.
Unfortunately for skinny jean-clad Apple fans, it would appear that there’s at least one thing the 6 Plus simply can’t stand up to: tight pants… ~Source: CBCnews
Microsoft will acquire the maker of the popular game Minecraft for $2.5 billion. The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a virtual world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating system in the U.S. The deal is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft expects the acquisition to be break-even in fiscal 2015. Microsoft is primarily known for business software like Word and Outlook. But this acquisition will help Microsoft expand its gaming division which also includes game franchises such as the Halo shooter game andForza racing game. CBC’s technology expert Jesse Wente says Microsoft isn’t buying a game so much as Minecraft’s network of users… Source: ~CBC
With Google expected to finally release the next iteration of its Nexus smartphone line, rumors continue to surface about the specs and design of the device. With so many leaked specifications, it can be hard to keep up and determine what is and is not realistic. Here’s some help: It was first rumored Google would be scrapping the Nexus line altogether in favor of a new project called “Project Silver.” It was then rumored that HTC would be making the next smartphone in the Nexus line, as well as a new tablet. However, latest rumors indicate Google’s own Motorola Mobility, soon to be acquired by Lenovo, will create the new Nexus smartphone. It seems as though HTC will still make the new Nexus tablet, called the Google Nexus 9… Source: TechTimes
Apple has unveiled two new iPhones and the Apple Watch at its launch event in California. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be 50 per cent more energy-efficient than the previous iPhones, the technology giant says, and will be available on September 19. The two phones are the thinnest iPhones ever made. CityNews technology specialist Mike Yawney was at the event in Cupertino, Calif., where Apple has its headquarters… Source: CityNews
Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Hortons Inc. and form a new publicly listed company that would be based in Canada.
They said in a statement Sunday night that Canada would be the largest market of the combined company.
The statement said 3G Capital, the majority owner of Burger King, would continue to own the majority of the shares of the new company on a pro forma basis, with the remainder held by existing shareholders of Tim Hortons and Burger King.
The companies say Ontario-based Tim Hortons and Miami-based Burger King would operate as standalone brands… Source: CityNews
The year is 2001. Eighteen-year-old Rees Barnett impulsively walks into a tattoo parlour and picks the trendiest designs off the wall display: a tribal arm band and a shoulder tribal tattoo. But over the years, both those symbols quickly went from cool to cliché, leaving Barnett with tattoo regret. “Unfortunately, I can’t blame it on booze,” he said. “[It's] one of those bad decisions that you wake up and realize, oh crap, I’m stuck with these.”
Now, at age 32, the pension fund analyst is erasing this part of his past at Precision Laser Tattoo Removal in Toronto. A technician zaps his two tattoos with a laser while Barnett endures much more pain than when he got inked. “It almost feels like you’re getting electrocuted, pinched all at once and times that by 10.” There’s also the painful price tag. In total, he’ll spend an about $5,000 on multiple treatments over the course of about a year. The original tattoos cost him around $400.
It’s not hard to find electric supercars, but finding one that’s truly American is a challenge. Even Detroit Electric’s SP:01 borrows a British car body. Relief is in sight for patriotic EV buyers, however — Renovo has just unveiled the Coupe, billed as the first “all-electric American supercar.” It combines a Shelby CSX9000 chassis with eco-friendly guts, making it an odd blend of ’60s-era sports car looks with modern responsibility. That still makes it a pretty fearsome beast. Its twin electric motors put out the equivalents of 500HP and 1000lb/ft of torque, which is enough to catapult it to 60MPH in 3.4 seconds — that’s quicker than most exotic gas guzzlers, and substantially faster than American performance EVs like the SP:01 and Tesla Roadster (both of which take “just” 3.7 seconds). It’s quick to recharge, too, and can use a fast charger to top up in half an hour instead of the usual five.
There are some catches. The top speed is only listed as “over 120MPH,” so you probably won’t win any sustained drag races. There’s no mention of range, either, so you might not want to count on any lengthy adventures. And that’s if you can get a Coupe in the first place; the car doesn’t go into its limited production run in 2015, and word has it that the price may be a lofty $529,000. Even if that’s off, it makes Tesla’s highest-end Model S sound like the bargain of the century. Nonetheless, the Coupe may be the only game in town if you want the fastest possible green machine made on American soil.
Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn’t confirm that it was a suicide, they did issue this statement. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Williams, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum this December. ~Source: IMDb