Microsoft announced today that they will purchase Minecraft from Mojang for two and one half Billion dollars! They are indicating that they will continue to allow access to the application across all platforms that currently have the app, but are expected to leverage users towards their Xbox Game system. Projections show that Microsoft will break-even on the acquisition by the end of 2015. Look out for BVA to release ChaChingCraft which allows you to virtually build with Lincoln Logs!
On September 9th Apple announced the launch of the new improved iPhone 6 which has two versions, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus that are two different sizes. The new iPhone has a new look with rounded edges, similar to the iPod Touch and is now the thinnest iPhone yet (6.9mm thick). The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches diagonally while the iPhone Plus is much larger at 5.5 inches diagonally. Much like the iPhone 5 the iPhone 6 has an aluminum back and the rumor was that the new phones would have a sapphire screen but unfortunately that’s not the case. You will still need to protect your screen with a large bulky otter box type case. In order to lock your screen you press the button on the side as opposed to the top of the phone. The screen is retina HD which packs 38% more pixels than prior phones! Apple has also added a new feature called NFC and Applepay which allows you to store your card information on your phone and replace your bulky wallet. These are just a few of the new features you can expect with the new iPhone 6, for more information please click on this link.
Are you considering getting a Chromebook? Do you know what chromebook is? The chromebook is Google’s aim at bringing computing to the masses without all the bulk or high-end price. It runs Chromes OS and relies primarily on the cloud to store data and applications. You are essentially using the Chrome Web browser to perform most of your actions so having an internet connection is generally necessary, though there are some offline functions that can be performed. Chromebooks usually come with a small ssd drive and low processing power because it relies on the internet to do most of its functions. You’ll have to setup a Google account, you’ll have access to the google apps, and you will have the ability to change the wallpaper. They keyboard on the chromebook is different than a traditional pc so that will take time to get used to the various keys that do things you’re not used to, on top of new keys, some of the standard keys such as the HOME, END, Page UP, ect are missing, or accessed with function keys. Chromebooks are cleaner by some standards as it can only do so much. If you’re looking to just browse the internet, email, and use online apps this could be the machine for you.
Fitness trackers are becoming the norm for many people, whether it’s a watch, a wristband, a necklace or something your clip to your belt, they are used to track your fitness, they have alarms and reminders and they get connected others who are using the same device you are. Many of devices hold your personal data, and link to websites, which can expose that data to the greater population. Many of these fitness trackers connect to other devices and sync data. The various relations with these devices and create a security concern. If a hacker hacks your fitbit and gain access to your health data/trends, and if that fitbit is associated with other apps, the hack can extend into other apps and programs. Be aware of the data you store and the data you are willing to share.
Usually when you hear about recalls its about vehicles, toys, and even foods. The recent recall is from HP and their notebook power adapters as they have the potential to overheat, posing fire and burn hazard. The recall is for accessories sold from September 2010 through June 2012. The AC power cords can be identified by an “LS-15” molded mark on the adapter end f the cord. Not all of the power cords with the “LS-15” mark are affected. You can go to the HP Notebook PC AC Power Cord Replacement program website at this link, to see if your power cord is affected. If your cord is affected, HP recommends you stop using it immediately. HP will replace eligible power cords at no cost to the consumer. If you might have one of these please check and get it replaced immediately.
Lenovo has been a great innovator in regards dual notebooks (pc and tablet) machines. They have now created a chromebook that functions as both a regular laptop and tablet. The Lenovo N20p Chromebook looks like any other laptop computer. It comes with a 11.6 inch screen the Chiclet-style Chrome-OS keyboard. The hinge on this machine rotates 300 degrees. This machine will have 4gb ram and 16gb of storage space. This is still a basic machine that uses the internet for 99% of its work, however the look and feel is getting closer to a notebook which makes it easier for people to transition to such a machine if all they need is internet tools.
The LG G3 Stylus is nifty phone with a 5.5 inch display and a whopping 13MP camera! This phone is aimed at budget buyers who what a nice android-based phone but can’t afford the $500 price tag when purchasing without contract. This phone is powered by 1.3ghz quad-core processor, 8gb of integrated storage and microSD card to expand that storage, there is also 1gb of ram. A key feature is the Knock Code software that lets users unlock their phones with personal pattern on the display. Another neat feature is the ability to remove the battery which many smartphone today lack making it easier to power up by just switching batteries.
Displays have come a long way and Dell’s new 34-Inch curved display speaks volumes! This display has is Dell’s 21:9 1440p IPS cinema display, and its curved. The monitor has a resolution of 3440 by 1440 pixels. There is an adjustable stand that allows you to tilt, swivel, and adjust in height with a range of 115mm. This monitor is expected to have a very thin bezel. It will also feature HDMI, displayport and mini displayport. The refresh rate is slated at 60 Hz. No pricing has been listed for this display, but its expected to be available sometime in December.
Are there any Windows Smartphone fans out there? HTC Once (M8) for Windows is HTC’s latest release. This phones hardware is exactly the same as its Android counter-part. It has an aluminum body and a 5-inch display with 1080p and 441 pixels per inch. This phone has a 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon cpu with 2gb of RAM and 32gb of storage. One major complaint for the Windows phone is boot-time apparently it takes a full-minute to boot up. The HTC One (M8) will come with the Windows 8.1 update and the most important feature of this update is Cortana, similar to Siri, this is Windows version of the personal assistant.
Are you an avid iPhone user? If you are, you know apps are essential to using your phone. The Launch Center pro allows you to quickly launch pre-setup functions. Basically this is a speed dial for your everyday tasks. You create the short-cuts for task you do on a daily basis and simply launch the shortcut and choose the task you want to perform. You can create shortcuts for contact, for email, or for facebook/twitter.