09 Jan 2012

Space.com is showcasing this story of G-Form, a company that features extreme electronics cases, and their video of an iPad falling from the edge of space, in this case around 100,000 feet (30,480 meters) before the weather balloon they used, burst.  The iPad stayed on the whole time and remained functional after its journey.

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06 Jan 2012

Google demotes Chrome, iOS face recognition, 100% quantum efficient solar cells, moon minerals in Australian rocks, Minecraft 3D print outs, 2012 predictions and more. 
Tip of week:  WhatFont
App of week:  Action Movie

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05 Jan 2012

 

Windows 8 will have a feature called Reset and Refresh, users can restore Windows to a clean state without install media or 3rd party recovery partitions, similar to what tablets, smartphones and other appliances use.

This ability can be found in Control panel, through the pre-boot windows recovery environment or through a bootable USB drive (which is created via a special tool).

There is a quick and thorough option.  The thorough will wipe it on a deeper level by writing random data to each sector (currently only 3rd party tools can perform such feats).

A command-line tool called recimg.exe can define which state their PC will be reset.  The tool will capture custom images that include any installed apps and drives.  Hence, recipients of OEM PC’s that have their PC full of bloatware can easily uninstall anything they don’t want and make a new image.

The option to refresh is the light weight option, it just tries to preserve more of your programs, data and settings, however… Only Metro apps will be preserved and reinstalled.  Standard Windows programs will still have to be reinstalled manually.  Since Metro apps are a Microsoft entity, this will ensure there isn’t malware or so this is the current line of thought.

In the event you don’t want certain settings restored, that were causing problems originally, the system will only preserve wireless and cellular network connections, Bitlocker settings, drive letter assignments and personalized themes.

It has been claimed that the Developer Preview Build takes around 8 minutes and 22 seconds in one example for the refresh while the quick reset took around 6 minutes and 12 seconds and the thorough took 23 minutes and 52 seconds.  In this test, it was done on a 64GB SSD drive, this is hardly a standard hard drive for most users, so most will experience longer times.


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05 Jan 2012

We chat about the big games that came out in 2011 as well as the ones coming in 2012, while reminiscing about gaming in years past.

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30 Dec 2011

The OnLive gaming platform continues to grow with its collection of games.  As I've commented in some of our Podcasts, I personally play a few games on the system and find it to be an enjoyable experience.  I've commented on how the graphics are solid, though not quite as "sharp" as PC counter-parts.  I decided to grab a few screenshots from both the PC and the OnLive system and compare.  In both cases the original resolution was 1920x1080, but to show more detail I have cropped them on particular areas.

Before we get to the comparison here are some details on the OnLive experience and requirements.

To play a game you simply have to go to their site and sign up for a free user account.  Once you have an account you can then try virtually every game they have in their library with the demo option, usually a 30 minute timed demo. 

22 Dec 2011

The Top 11 in 11

Here is a brief survey of the top technology, gadgets and science articles that made headlines in 2011.  We could not include everything in this list, but here are the top 11 of 2011.

This list includes the iPAD2, CPUs that operate like a brain, the Higgs Boson, Neutrinos faster than light and the Kindle Fire to name a few:

Up first...

11.  iPad2 launched

             

21 Dec 2011

There is finally an official Microsoft branded app for connecting to your companies Microsoft Lync communications server on iOS.  A week after a bunch of other Microsoft apps arrived for iOS and Android, Microsoft has released versions of the Lync 2010 client on iPhone and iPad.  You can find the iOS app here.  Previously if you wanted to connect to a Microsoft Communicator or Microsoft Lync server, you would have to use a third party app like iDialog, which was pretty good as well.

Both versions are free, just as they are for Windows Phone and Android.  The Lync app requires a corporate connection to Lync 2010 Server or Lync Online.  Lync Online is part of Office 365.

I personally think this is a great move by Microsoft, a giant software company, extending its line of applications onto other platforms.  Hopefully this will be a continuing trend and prove beneficial to Microsoft.

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19 Dec 2011

Special "guest" opens the show, Universal pulling an episode of Tech News Today, Google indoor maps, A new segment called Young Gamers, the self driving car by Google, the Windows Store and many more.

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