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[H] Enthusiast Archives: November 2014Archive Listing

Sunday November 30, 2014

Microsoft Offering 50 Free Albums for Download

Looking for a sweet deal on some good albums, but running a little low on cash? You should check out Microsoft’s Holiday Freebies promotion. Microsoft is pushing 50 free albums to draw attention to its Xbox Music Service now through December 15th.

The Xbox Music application is available through the Windows Store, Windows Phone Store, Apple App Store and Google Play.


The Best Cyber Monday Deals in Tech

Black Friday deals may be over, but there are still another round of sales tomorrow for the savvy shopper coming up on Cyber Monday. Internet shopping means no pushing, shoving and best of all, you can do all of your shopping in your underwear. big grin Business Insider has listed some of the better deals, but there will be great deals all over the Internet for those of you who know where to look and get there first.

Most stores like Best Buy and Target aren't announcing deals until Dec. 1, but we've rounded up the best discounts we've come across so far.


NASA to Launch First Orion Spaceship Test Flight This Week

NASA is preparing to get back into the business of space exploration with the first live test of Lockheed Martin’s Orion capsule. The capsule will most likely be the craft that will eventually take astronauts into deep space and other planets, namely Mars, and return safely to Earth. The launch is scheduled for Thursday and will be broadcast live on the Internet.

During its 4.5-hour trip, Orion will orbit Earth twice and travel to an altitude of 3,600 miles into space," NASA officials said in a statement. "The flight is designed to test many of the elements that pose the greatest risk to astronauts and will provide critical data needed to improve Orion’s design and reduce risks to future mission crews."


Eleven Gadgets That Died Too Early

Gizmodo has compiled a list of eleven of what they consider to be devices that didn’t catch on with the public long enough to become a long-term fond memory. Instead of becoming a classic, they just were discarded and forgotten. See what you think and add to the list if you have an unloved favorite.

Maybe it was poor marketing, an unfounded lack of support, or simply bad timing that did them in, but whatever the case, they died much too soon.


Counter-Strike Tournament Reveals Exploits Equal Cheating In eSports

eSports is the new kid on the block as far as professional sports is concerned and is still evolving into what it will eventually become.There will always be growing pains with rules being written and re-written as the situation warrants. Such is the case in point at Dreamhack. Was it a cheat or a legal move?

Dreamhack in Sweden hosts the world’s largest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, and the matches in question occurred during a quarterfinal match between Swedish team Fnatic and French team LDLC.


Test Your IQ with the Pew Internet Quiz

So, you think you know everything there is to know about the Internet? MakeUseOf would like to test that knowledge of yours against a control group. Pew Research came up with the short test to see if you are as knowledgeable as you think you are. cool

You’ll also be able to compare your results to the representative sample of 1,066 people who officially took the quiz.


Vinyl Records Are Making a Huge Comeback in 2014

Call it retro, call it nostalgia, but the fact is there is a resurgence of vinyl records going on. To take advantage of the renewed interest in vinyl records, companies are responding with new and improved turntables to accommodate the new trend.

The market is clearly defined by nostalgia for music from past decades, but that does not mean the niche can’t continue expanding for quite some time.


Steve Jobs Has Won 141 Patents Since His Death

Steve Jobs legacy continues to grow even in death. Over the past three years since his passing, Jobs has won 141 patents posthumously from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Altogether, a third of the 458 patented inventions and designs credited to Jobs have been approved since he died.


LG Names New Mobile Boss in Annual Reshuffle

The news out of South Korea’s LG Electronics is the change in CEO’s in the LG Electronics’ mobile phone division. Juno Cho will be replacing current CEO, Park Jong-seok on December 1st due to health issues. Park Jong-seok will remain with the division as Chief Technical Adviser.

LG also commenced a group-wide realignment of affiliates LG Display, LG InnoTek, and LG Chem on the same day, though only minor changes in the mid-level were announced.


Ubuntu Powered Meizu MX4 to Hit the Market Early 2015

For years now, smartphone users have been clamoring for the world of smartphones to produce a workable Ubuntu-powered mobile phone. The wait is almost over. The official announcement of the Ubuntu-powered Meizu cellphone will be made in the first quarter of 2015.

The main feature of an Ubuntu-powered smartphone is that we’ll get a single device for all our needs. When you’re out and about, you’ll use it as a regular phone; when you’re at home or in the office, you’ll be able to put the device in a dedicated dock that is connected to the monitor and get a full-blown PC.


Microsoft Predictions on Future Technology from 1999

Microsoft has not been associated as being a leader in cutting edge technology lately, but back in the 90’s, Microsoft seemed to have a firm grasp of what the future of technology would look like. The big question here is why didn't Microsoft act on any of these predictions and bring them to market?


Netflix Content for December, Gains and Losses

A heads up for all of you cord cutters and Netflix aficionados alike; The Hollywood Reporter has the list of new movies and TV shows that will be on over the month of December on Netflix. The flip side of new content also means some of your old favorites will be disappearing at the same time.

Other December highlights include the new Netflix series Marco Polo, American Horror Story: Coven, Almost Famous, American Beauty and, of course, Sharknado 2: The Second One.