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[H] Enthusiast Archives: January 2016Archive Listing

Sunday January 31, 2016

What Happens To Free Windows 10 Upgrades After July 29?

Do you think Microsoft will actually start charging for the OS, or will they simply extend the free upgrade period?

When the company first announced the terms of that offer last May, it literally included an asterisk and fine print. Those terms have changed slightly over the intervening months, but one element has remained constant: The offer is good for one year after the availability of Windows 10.


What 25 Popular Websites Used To Look Like and eBay were absolutely stunning in 1995/1996.

We found the earliest versions of some of the most visited websites today, like Facebook, Google, and Buzzfeed. Here's what the sites looked like then, and what they look like now. Web design has come a long way — oh, and the ads have gotten a lot more in-your-face.


iPad Air 3 May Have 4K Panel And 4GB RAM

Many are skeptical of the next iPad having such a high-resolution panel, as that would make it superior to the iPad Pro’s offering.

Apple is expected to unveil new models of its iPad Air in March 2016 and production will start in the second quarter, with General Interface Solution and TPK Holding to supply touch panels, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. The new 9.7-inch device will reportedly come equipped with a 4K resolution panel and up to 4GB in RAM, in addition to improved battery life.


Jim Keller Now Leads Tesla’s Autopilot Team

The automaker believes that Keller’s hardware engineering experience and low-power design expertise will be of great benefit to the company’s various programs.

Keller first worked at AMD in the late 90’s when it was in fierce competition with Intel in the CPU market. He was a key player in the creation of the Athlon K7 architecture, as well as the lead architect of the company’s K8 architecture. He left AMD in 1999, but came back in 2012 as ‘Chief Architect of Microprocessor Cores’ after a big role at Apple where he played a major role in developing the Cupertino company’s A4 and A5 processors, which powered most of Apple’s mobile devices from 2010 to 2012.


Google Fiber May Be Adding Phone Services

This would effectively make Google a true triple-play provider, offering customers broadband, television, and telephony.

The service, known as Google Fiber Phone, closely resembles another Google product, Google Voice. That application lets users link all of their various telephones, including landline and mobile devices, to a single phone number. Fiber Phone comes with Google Voice features, such as voicemail transcriptions and automatic call screening based on the time of day.


Smartphone vs. DSLR Shootout

I’m at a loss as to why someone would bother comparing the two, as one obviously trumps the other in quality. This writer even believes that smartphones are better because of their portability, but I can’t take him seriously because mirrorless cameras aren’t even mentioned.

…the smartphone may not produce the same massive, high-detail 22MP images as the full-frame DSLR, but the smartphone does manage to be good enough. Under most lighting conditions indoor or outdoor, the iPhone produced images that were perfectly acceptable—more than good enough to post on Facebook or e-mail to friends and family. If you're taking photos for print publication, a DSLR is the way to go; for personal use, a smartphone is perfectly fine.


First Look At Galaxy S7 And Galaxy S7 Edge

What do you think? I still prefer the non-beveled, regular Galaxy. It also seems that Samsung can’t decide what shape they want the home button to be, as it keeps getting tweaked.

So what are we seeing? It should be obvious that the overall design language here is almost identical to last year’s S6 and S6 Edge+. The only real differences standing out to me at the moment, are potentially slightly less bezel in the new models, a bigger front facing camera, and a more rectangular home button. The color also appears to be black, rather than the deep blue we saw last year.


The CIA Shares Their Real-Life "X-Files"

I’m pretty sure these were declassified decades ago, but for whatever reason, the CIA desperately wants everyone to know they have at least some awareness of popular culture.

To help navigate the vast amount of data contained in our FOIA UFO collection, we’ve decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting. Below you will find five documents we think X-Files character Agent Fox Mulder would love to use to try and persuade others of the existence of extraterrestrial activity. We also pulled five documents we think his skeptical partner, Agent Dana Scully, could use to prove there is a scientific explanation for UFO sightings.


FPS Campaigns Often Cost "75% Of The Budget"

Here’s a shocker—Cliff Bleszinski suggests that you don’t see campaign modes as often because nobody wants to spend the money. Too bad publishers don’t even blink when they charge $60 for an MP-only game.

Lawbreakers wasn’t actually available to demo at PAX South this year, but we still managed to catch up with Cliff Bleszinski to ask him how the game is going. I also asked about some current trends we’re seeing in the shooter genre, like the lack of single-player campaigns. Bleszinski said the trend away from shooter campaigns is because "campaigns cost the most money."


Apple Working On Wireless Charging For Upcoming iPhone

Before you make fun of Apple for being late again, this is a rendition of wireless charging that will work at greater distances than what is currently available.

Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. The iPhone maker is looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed, they said.


MIT Students Win Contest To Design Hyperloop

The good news is that at 700mph, you won’t even have time to scream if something goes wrong.

…Massachusetts Institute of Technology was named the winner on Saturday after a competition among more than 1,000 college students at Texas A&M; university in the city of College Station. The Hyperloop is a high-speed ground transport concept proposed by Musk to transport "pods" of 20 to 30 people through a 12-foot diameter tube at speeds of roughly 700mph (1,127km/h).


Elon Musk Unveiling Mars Spacecraft Later This Year

How long do you think it’ll take for us to ruin Mars once we begin settling there?

Musk said space travel to Mars is part of a larger vision of one day establishing a city on the Red Planet – partly to ensure the survival of the human race but also "because it would be an incredible adventure, the greatest adventure ever. It would be exciting and inspiring. There need to be things that excite and inspire people."