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[H] Enthusiast Archives: February 2015Archive Listing


Saturday February 28, 2015

Forza Wants to Put You in Fast & Furious for Free

A collaboration between Microsoft, Universal and Turn 10 has produced a video game called Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, a standalone expansion of Horizon 2. If you have been a little leery of the whole Fast and Furious gaming franchise, here’s your chance to try this game out free on Xbox 360 and Xbox One starting March 27th.

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Xbox Live Gold: Make Room for Three Amazing Games in March

Xbox Gold members will be getting three new free games to play in this March edition. Xbox One players will be getting Rayman Legends, while Xbox 360 players will be getting Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite.

Xbox is giving you more of what you love, with twice the free Games in April! Next month, you can look forward to four free games on Xbox 360, and two free games on Xbox One.

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Human Head Transplant Just 2 Years Away, Surgeon Claims

This has to be the creepiest story of the week. An Italian Neurologist, Dr. Sergio Canavero has outlined his head transplant procedure in a medical paper submitted to the Surgical Neurology International. The paper outlines the techniques and the prognosis for a full recovery within a year. The good doctor is looking for a few good test subjects if you are interested in getting ahead. big grin

And that's all without even taking into account the ethical considerations: in order to have the best chance of success, the donor body has to be still technically living. This also means that donor bodies -- even if the procedure could be approved -- would be in very short supply. Unsurprisingly, the concept leaves many uncomfortable.

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Microsoft Man: Internet Explorer Had to Go Because It's Garbage

The title says it all, but it’s not something you would expect to hear directly from Microsoft. The company decided to completely jettison Internet Explorer from the upcoming Windows 10 in favor of its new Project Spartan browser. The main complaint about IE was dragging the vestiges of older Internet Explorer versions that were non-compliant, creating unnecessary problems for new versions of IE (10/11).

Recent versions of IE have included various backward-compatibility modes that force the browser to repeat the errors of earlier versions.

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Windows 10 to Support USB 3.1 Type-C at Launch

Windows 10 impending release date is getting closer each month and more information is being released on what to expect from the new OS. From the WinHec Conference, we now know that Windows 10 will have native support for the new USB 3.1 Type-C right out of the gate. cool

Seeing that Windows 10 will ship in a few months and Type-C has already been approved, it makes perfect sense that the company will support the new connector natively from day one.

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How the 'Memristor' Could Revolutionize Electronics

Are you ready for a revolution in computing that took technology 37 years to catch up with the original concept? Hewlett Packard has been hard at work on the memristor that can and will change the way computers work. HP plans to introduce ‘The Machine", a computer based on the memristor technology in 2020.

The memristor technology is a candidate for this crucial step: It could mean the end of the silicon era, giving us lower power consumption, the ability to compute more information, increased data storage and completely new logic patterns for our computers.

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Netflix Reboots Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget

Netflix announced this week additions to their growing streaming catalog. Look for some of your childhood favorites to become favorites to your own kids when Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget get a reboot into the Netflix lineup. Netflix will also be bringing in three new kids shows, all between now and spring of 2016.

Erik Barmack, Vice President of Global Independent Content at Netflix, says the company "can’t wait for kids and families all over the world to get to know these stories."

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Stan Lee Gets His First Video Game Starring Role

Stan Lee has a habit of showing up for a cameo shot in all of his Marvel Superhero movies, but this is the first for the 92 year old comic book impresario: Stan Lee is now starring in his first video game, called appropriately Stan Lee’s Hero Command on the iOS and Android platforms.

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Apple to Hold Special Event March 9th

Apple chose to debut its long awaited smartwatch at the Daylight Saving Time change to punctuate the importance of the time and the event. The next big phase of Apple’s growth will begin, with revenue estimates ranging from $6.5 to $8.1 Billion attributed directly to the Apple Watch.

If I sit for too long it will actually tap me on the wrist to remind me to get up and move because a lot of doctors believe that sitting is the new cancer. It’s something that you’re going to think, I can’t live without this anymore.

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Lenovo to Ship Windows 10 Computers Without Bloatware

Lenovo swears the company has turned over a new leaf and vows to become the the leader in providing cleaner, safer PCs starting immediately. Most new computers come pre-loaded with all sorts of software that experienced computer users usually remove post haste. Lenovo is now committed to eliminate the need for extra step in removing extraneous software. This new revelation from Lenovo comes on the heels of the widely publicized Superfish Bloatware scandal.

To all who are affected, Lenovo is now giving away 6-month free subscription of McAfee Livesafe security scanner. If you’re already one of its subscribers, your subscription will be extended by six months.

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You Can Now Download Windows 7 ISOs Directly from Microsoft

What’s the deal with Microsoft lately? The company is softening its stance on many of its prior hard line policies. The latest is now you can easily download Windows 7 ISOs directly from Microsoft. The only stipulation to the download is you are still going to have to pony up your product key. There always has to be a downside to a good thing. big grin

If Windows is working you can find out the key by using NirSoft’s ProduKey. Just run it and the details will be displayed in the program window (along with keys for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office if installed). Right-click the entry to copy the key.

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RadioShack Is Selling Its Name for $20 Million-Plus

What’s in a name? Apparently around $20 Million for RadioShack Corporation. The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this month and plans to close the majority of the company stores, while selling the remainder, which will partner with Sprint. The RadioShack brand name goes on the auction block on March 23rd.

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