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[H] Enthusiast Archives: April 2015Archive Listing

Wednesday April 29, 2015

Faulty Taptic Engine Slows Apple Watch Roll Out

Could this be the reason behind the slow roll out of the Apple Watch?

The part involved is the so-called taptic engine, designed by Apple to produce the sensation of being tapped on the wrist. After mass production began in February, reliability testing revealed that some taptic engines supplied by AAC Technologies Holdings Inc., of Shenzhen, China, started to break down over time, the people familiar with the matter said. One of those people said Apple scrapped some completed watches as a result.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

ETC.: Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX @ NikKTech

Gaming.: Alien Isolation @ Real Hardware Reviews

GTA V Shadow Technologies Showdown @ HiTech Legion

Memory: Patriot Viper 4 DDR4-3000 @ ThinkComputers

Storage: Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe M.2 SSD @ BmR

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Anonymous Messaging App 'Secret' Closes Down

I wish I could get $35 million in funding so I could live high on the hog for a year before closing up shop. eek!

Byttow's decision comes more than a year after the company, which promised users anonymity when they share secrets with friends and strangers, went public in February 2014, raised about $35 million in funding and had as many as 20 million users.


New Law Would Ban Customers From Being Penalized For Negative Reviews

I am amazed that we even need laws like this in this country. frown

For the last couple of years, we’ve been telling you about ridiculous, so-called "non-disparagement" clauses that threaten customers with financial penalties for writing (or threatening to write, or even encouraging someone else to write) something negative online about a company. California has already outlawed these clauses, which tend to fail when challenged in court, but an attempt to enact legislation at the federal level has so far fallen short. But that’s not stopping some members of Congress from trying to ban this form of consumer bullying.


Kickstarter For Fart Tracking Device



Apple Watch FAIL Video of the Day

There is so much FAIL in this video, I don't even know where to start. Come for the accidental one-touch ordering of an Xbox One, stay for the guy in the background that actually says "LOL" in real life. Horizontal video courtesy of the "LOL" guy.


Microsoft: Windows 10 Will Be On 1B Devices

Windows 10 on one billion devices in two to three years? That would be pretty damn impressive if Microsoft is able to pull that off.

The 1 billion figure encompasses all kinds of devices that will be able to run the OS in some flavor, including desktops, PCs, laptops, tablets, Windows Phones, Xbox One gaming consoles, Surface Hub conferencing systems, HoloLens augmented reality glasses and various Internet of Things (IoT) devices.


Software-Guided Supersonic Air Blower Sweeps The Rails Clean

You might want to turn the volume on your speakers down a bit before you watch this video.


Microsoft Demos Windows Holographic Running Windows 10 Apps

I don't know how well this would replace a traditional monitor / keyboard / mouse combo but it looks pretty damn spiffy. cool

During the on-stage demo, apps could be placed on walls or floated in space, and resized based on the user's needs -- something we'd only seen in videos up to this point. Of course, this means that users in different locations can collaborate on 3D models without having to be in the same room. Any Windows 10 app can be used as a hologram with the headset, so getting work done at a place other than your desk will soon be a possibility.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Destiny: Trials of Osiris Livestream @ Twitch

Hatred Coming In June @ Blue's News

Just Cause 3 Gameplay Trailer @ VG24/7

Xbox One Gets Screencasting Feature @ Shacknews

Drone Operator Tased By Ranger In National Park

Pro Tip: If you are operating a drone in a national park, and a ranger has to tell you to stop, a tasering is soon to follow.

"A guy approached me in the dark and said, 'Bring it down!' and he was very angry. I had no idea he was a ranger. He sounded very angry, confrontational -- like he wanted to fight -- and I didn't really want to stick around for it so I just told him, 'I don't have ID and I'm leaving'," described Sanders.


How Tattoos Mess With The Apple Watch

Another reason for me not to buy an iWatch....I might want to get a wrist tattoo some day. big grin

Apple Watch's plethysmograph sensor plays not-so-nicely with wrist or arm sleeve tattoos. The ink pigmentation interferes with the sensor's ability to read your heart rate and with it, the Watch's ability to assess whether or not it's maintaining skin contact.