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Archos PC stick that offers Windows 10

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We recently covered iBall splendo, the portable PC stick released last week. And, if you think that that’s the end of the PC stick, then be ready to become surprised by Archos PC stick.

The new Archos PC stick is probably the slickest and the most powerful PC stick in the market. With a price tag of only $99, you will get a PC stick smaller than an iPhone 4S and powerful enough to run a portable PC.

The Archos PC stick measures 1.48 inches wide and 4.45 inches long. With so small dimensions, it can easily fit into your pocket, without anyone noticing it. Smaller than a pencil? Hell, Yeah!

With no release date on sight, we hope that the new Archos PC stick comes out soon.

So, what powers the device? According to the official release blog, the Archos PC stick is powered by an Intel Z3735F processor. The processor runs at a speed of 1.33 GHz and has four cores running at the same time.

For multimedia support, the PC stick offers 32 GB of onboard storage and also offers extra space in terms of microSD slot.

Connectivity is also well laid out as it comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and a USB port, more than enough to connect keyboard and mouse to the device.

With so many competitors out in the market, the Archos PC stick is only at $99 pricetag. Other PC stick, for example, Intel Compute Stick is available for $150 and that’s expensive when compared.

The main benefit of having a stick PC in your pocket is portability. The device can act as a multimedia hub for travellers and gaming device for casual gamers.

The Archos PC stick is completely capable of rendering 1080p videos and is a great choice for multimedia junkies out there. It can also act a backup system for many.

So, why are you waiting for? Leave your opinion below!

NASA and Microsoft will send HoloLens into space by the end of this year

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Space is the final frontier. And astronauts are our pioneers. But our boys are very ill equipped. At least our heroes embarking on this journey into the unknown deserves a sidekick. And it turns out; Microsoft with its HoloLens has just got them covered.

Project “sidekick” launched by Microsoft in partnership with NASA will allow all the astronauts to go all IRONMAN.

Currently, astronauts take notes on pieces of paper and receive instructions from NASA by voice only. So old school for people living in space, right!

Well Microsoft previously had demoed their HoloLens technology on stage, and its basically a headsets that create interactive holographic images and embeds them in the real world creating an augmented reality.

Recently Microsoft offered a demo using HoloLens to create virtual Martian (mars) terrain, showing the power and possibilities if its augmented reality headset.

Microsoft will be sending a few HoloLens headsets to the ISS (International Space Station) in the next shipment and speculation is that astronauts will go paperless by the end of this year.

Project “sidekick” is currently said to have two modes. The Remote Expert Mode, which uses Skype to bring real-time annotations and let people sitting at NASA see through the eyes of the astronauts.

Then the Procedure Mode requires HoloLens and brings Holograms into the interactions of the space crew and items they might use.

NASA has reported that project Sidekick and HoloLens will be used and evaluated during NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation) 20 expedition, which will commence on July 21.

A group of astronauts and engineers will go to the only undersea research station, Aquarius for two weeks, where the whole project will be evaluated.

There is no current date for the exact arrival of HoloLens to the International Space Station, but NASA said

“expects astronauts on the station will first use Sidekick by the end of the year.”

Hopefully by then some of us back home on earth would also have access to the HoloLens

Near Miss Collision by two Self-Driving Cars put a question mark on the technology

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Google’s Self driven autonomous cars hit the roads earlier this year but the reliability of the cars is already being questioned as the reports of a near miss between two self-driving cars, owned by Google and Delphi, surfaced this week.

The incident took place in Palo Alto, where other companies are also working on auto-driven cars. The Google car tried to cut off an Audi during a lane change test.

This incident provoked a concern in public about the future of Google cars and self driving cars in general although Chris Urmson, the director of the Google’s autonomous car projects, had made quite some claims regarding the car’s safety.

In his blog post earlier this month, Chris had declared that during 11.7 miles’ Google fleet test, 11 minor incidents were faced but none of them was the autonomous car’s fault.

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Google cars are designed to work without a steering wheel or a pedal, but Google announced it will be introducing a brake, removable steering and accelerator in order to turn the car into a drivable vehicle.

Delphi Autonomous vehicles also possess a drivable mechanism as a backup and though it also has reported an accident, the car wasn’t running in self-driving mode at the time.

Google has also admitted that its self-driving vehicles have undergone 13 accidents in the past six years. But surprisingly two of these accidents occurred in the last month which is a bit alarming.

Google still maintains its safety stand and that the past 11 incidents were not the self-driven system’s fault.

A Google spokesman declared that two of the incidents occurred when their car had stopped for a red light and another vehicle crushed the rear end of the car.

Despite the reassurances form Google, the public at large remains skeptical about the safety of these self-driving cars.

Facebook Messenger can now be used without a Facebook account

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Facebook Messenger is no more bounded to Facebook account. Starting today anyone can use their mobile number and full name for logging into the messenger app.

The unusual premiere of Messenger as a solo application created a fad worldwide. But that was soon to evaporate once we learnt that the feature will be limited to users in the United States, Venezuela Peru and Canada are the only applicants to use this feature.

Worldwide expansion is in the cards but no one knows for sure.

Though Facebook Messenger is untied from its parent, new users will still see an option to “Log In With Facebook”. This button will link your pre-existing Facebook account with the Messenger, synchronising your contacts.

Facebook, in the F8 conference, declared that linking Facebook with Messenger will only result in synchronising of the contacts, features like HD video calling, emoticons etc will remain the same.

Facebook Messenger now falls under the list of leading competing social applications like Whatsapp, Hike, Skype etc.

While all of them has more or less the same features, Facebook Messenger can be logged into using a Facebook account.

In the distant future, Facebook is preparing exclusive upgrades for Messenger like the Location sharing, VOIP Video calling and a platform for sharing data like images, music or videos.

Most interesting update of all is going to be the Friend-toFriend payment options. Rather than opening another third party app like PayPal or Venmo for any online transaction, you can simply use Facebook Messenger to split bills between with your friend.

Securing the application for such delicate uses is Facebook’s prime concern now.

Batman: Arkham Knight for PCs Pulled Because of Glitches

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Batman: Arkham Knight has been withdrawn from the market due to numerous bugs and technical issues. Game developers confessed of improper sequence and diverse performance from the game.

Within a few hours of the game’s release, the reports said game play is unpleasant and filled with glitches.

The Batman game will be withdrawn

“While we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards”

Warner Brothers, owner of Batman franchise, publicly announced.

Based on the current survey on steam accounts, the game records “mostly Negative” status now. Repeated reports of audio glitches, frame rate drop, and Screen freezing covered the whole page with over 8,700 posts about numerous problems.

According to reports, the largest number of players to report issues were those using AMD Graphics in their PCs.

The game also launched on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with zero technical issue. People enjoyed playing it on console and has already reached the climax in the game.

But, the game failed miserably on the PC with graphics and other technical issues. Overall frame rates were poor and gamers with high-end machines are also not able to play the game properly.

A refund option is available in steam or any retailer you got your game from and this announcement can save many gamers from frustration. The company is promising a refund for every piece that got sold.

Removal of bugs, glitches, and other technical problems will take time and it is in the best interest of both consumers and company to take way the game from the market.

This might not be the worst game created in the history of gaming, but for a reputed company like Warner Brothers, this type of incident is definitely a setback for them.

Microsoft Office apps for Android Phones are live!

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With Windows 10 launch near, Microsoft is introducing its popular Office apps to Android Phones. The announcement is made by Kirk Koengnsbauer in a blog post published on Microsoft’s official blog.

Microsoft Office is very popular in the PC world, but while its popularity is decent and rising in the mobile world it no where near its PC dominance. According to the blog, Excel, Word and PowerPoint apps will be available for the Android users.

With the release for Android phones, the Android experience for MS Office will be complete as the apps were already available for the Android Tablet versions.

The Office apps for Android phones have been in the testing phase for the past five weeks with hundreds of thousands of Android users participating.

Overall, the app was installed on over 1,900 Android smartphones and spanning across 83 countries, according to the Microsoft blog.

To make sure that users easily transit from Google drive, the latest Microsoft Office apps offers Google Drive connectivity.

So, what makes the App unique? According the official blog, the app offers tons of features including on the go reviews and edits, Presenting from the phone, Quick access to the documents, and of course the biggest one being that it is the most widely available Office solution.

The only limitation is that you need to login into the Microsoft Cloud account to use the app. Many users are complaining with the requirement of account login, but Microsoft needs to accumulate the documents in one place, and hence require the account association.

The downloads for now are separated as Work for Android, PowerPoint for Android, and Excel for Android.

The app has already been download by thousands of users already and the reviews are mixed for now.

We hope that the office apps bring more features compared to already available and powerful Google Drive Apps.

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Sony releases super thin Android powered 4K TVs

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Sony’s super slim Android powered 4K TVs first unveiled earlier this year at the Consumer Electronic Show CES, 2015 have started hitting stores in the United States starting at $2,499 for the 55-inch model.

Currently, Sony has released pricing for three of the Android-powered super slim TVs. The first one, XBR-55X900C, a 55-inch 4k TV costs $2,499, while price of the 65-inch model is put at $3,999.

The top of the family X910C, which is only available in 75-inch screen will set you back $5,499. All of the ultra HD TVs are planned to release in July and are currently available in the United States for now.

So, what makes them so costly? The higher price is attributed to its super slim size. The 0.2-inch (5.08 mm) thickness is super slim, slimmer than most smartphones.

All the TVs are powered by the Android TV OS and are all Smart TVs. According to many sources, the Sony super slim TVs offers great visual quality with a great color combination.

The 4K TVs also supports Sony’s PlayStation Now, which allows users stream games on their TV.

Sony is one of the big players in the TV market, but there are many speculations from the Sony’s CEO on the future of Sony in the TV market.

The CEO is not sure on the future of Sony’s presence in the TV market. According to him, Sony will move out of the TV industry in the future, to focus on their mobiles.

So, which TV are you planning to buy? The collection is costly and will keep many buyers from buying it, but the enthusiast may have a different plans altogether.

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Google Free Music Streaming launched ahead of Apple Music debut

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Google understands competition and when it comes to rival Apple, things can get a bit more personal. Yesterday, Google launched their free music streaming option in the Google Music Service in the hopes of getting ahead of the competition.

The free version of the Google Music service is live and will only cost the free users limited skips, ads and no offline plays. The monthly subscription of the paid version of the music service is currently at only $9.99, which is not really that much.

On the other hand, rival Apple is also planning to release similar service which will cost same as paid Google music service. Apple monthly subscription will cost $9.99 per month whereas a better package for the whole family will cost 14.99 dollars.

The only limitation for the Google free music streaming service is its operational area. Currently, Google free music streaming is only available within the United States, although according to sources, the service will expand to other parts of the world in the near future.

The main aim for the Google free music streaming is to entice the free users to buy the paid version, though it will be funded by Ads while Google waits.

According to Google, not many people like to purchase a subscription-based music streaming and the number one aim for their platform is to entice those people.

The free version of Google music service will act as a gateway for paid customers, i.e., potential customers.

Services like these are not new to anyone who is on the internet for some time. There is free music streaming services online and even established music streaming brands like Spotify also offer free music streaming services.

Google also aims to curate playlists and it’s more human-oriented than machine learning oriented. Many other companies are also preferring a human touch, for example, Twitter will offer human curated tweets for their users.

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WhatsApp enables voice-calling for Windows Phone

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WhatsApp, the most popular chat app on mobile has finally landed their voice-calling feature on the Windows Phone platform. The video-calling feature has been active on other mobile platforms for few months now.

With WhatsApp voice calling feature on Windows Phone, many users can now take advantage of making voice calling over mobile data or Wi-Fi. This feature is technically known as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).

The version of WhatsApp which supports voice calling on Windows Phone is 2.12.160.0. Voice calling is not the only new feature that is released with the update.

Non-Windows phone users can now send audio files to their friends easily. The option of sending audio files was previously present in Windows phone’s WhatsApp version.

If you are thinking of downloading the update, you can go forward and download the update from the Windows Phone Store.

Many small changes were also added in the update. They have clearly mentioned how you can not use their WhatsApp calling for emergency services, such as calling 911 or ambulance.

With this update, the WhatsApp voice calling has been made available to all the major platforms. The major platforms include Windows Phone, Android and BlackBerry 10.

Many windows phone users might find the feature useless as there are reports of bad call quality of WhatsApp.

Other users are advocating the feature as it gives them the option to call their friends for free. Well, opinions do matter, but we hope that the voice quality increases in the near future.

WhatsApp is no stranger. It is one of the highest used chat messenger on the internet with over 800 million monthly active users, it is only bound to grow from here.

In other news WhatsApp has been reported for the worst privacy features.

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Samsung Computers quietly installing a Program that Maliciously disables Windows Update

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Samsung have been alleged to be stealthily installing unwanted software to its branded computers which seems to disable Windows update on such computer.

According to a Microsoft forum post, a Microsoft MVP found out how a background service installs an unwanted program secretly that disables Microsoft’s Windows update automatically.

If you are using a Samsung computer, you should be familiar with the “Samsung software updater tool“. The updater tool takes care of all the updates, including drivers and apps related to the laptop.

This kind of service is not new and all major laptop vendors, for example, Dell also use special software backup and update tool for keeping the computer system updated.

The main culprit in Samsung fiasco is the program, known as Disable_Windowsupdate.exe. The app/service back-doors to the system without anyone’s permission including the owner.

The program is not loaded to the Samsung computer at factory, but is secretly loaded to a users computer without their permission, probably when they connect online. To make matters worse, the Samsung Update tool completely blocks Windows update.

Even if the user re-enables Windows update, the tool will reverse it back to disabled, making this tool effectively a malware if you ask me.

To make the scenario much worse, the malware is download through a non-secure (i.e. non-HTTPS) server. The non-secure line can be used by a hacker for load malicious payloads, all without any permission requirements.

To check whether your Samsung computer is affected by the tool, type the following in the run dialog box. Run dialog box can be opened by pressing, Windows Key + R. Paste the following command in the Run dialog box:

%ALLUSERPROFILE%\ProgramData\Samsung

If you find the program on your Samsung computer, you can remove it from your system through the Control Panel.

The flaw was first pointed out by Baker, a Microsoft MVP, who discovered the issue while trying to troubleshoot a PC that could not keep the Windows Update ON even after manual resets.

Samsung has seriously broken a lot of protocols and has also played with the users trust. Let’s hope that this bug gets fixed soon, most especially in time before the launch of Windows 10.

For it is not clear how extensive the issue is or which Samsung computers are affected, you can just check your PC using the solution above.

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