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Nov 14

Gorilla Glass 4 Is Coming, And It’s Stronger Than Ever

Gorilla Glass 4 is coming, and it could save all of our beloved smartphones and tablets.

Sometimes it’s just impossible to keep our devices safe. They come with us everywhere, and accidents do happen. And in that moment that you forget your device is in your lap when you stand up, and it goes falling toward the ground… You always hope that the screen won’t shatter. But, sometimes luck just isn’t on your side.

Gorilla Glass has been around for a while. Yes, it is stronger, but let’s face it… it’s not all it’s supposed to be. I have ruined a few Gorilla Glass screens with very little effort myself. This new generation of Gorilla Glass is supposed to be way more durable than the last generations. They even analyzed a lot of broken Gorilla Glass screens to see the patterns in which they shatter so that they could figure out ways to reinforce them more.

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Gorilla Glass, which first arrived in 2007, remains popular among smartphone manufacturers including Samsung, which uses it on its Galaxy smartphones and, reportedly, Apple, especially because it offers the promise, if not always the reality, of strength and a scratch-and break-proof screen.

They even went as far as to buy 100 new phones and drop them on all kinds of crazy surfaces. One of these surfaces was 180-grit sandpaper. They really went all out on the testing for the new glass. Generally when you see a broken screen, it’s because the phone got dropped on its corner. They did most of their testing by dropping the phones directly on the screen because that would be the highest amount of impact.

Basically what they came up with was the same fusion draw process they have always used but a different chemical process and a slightly different design. They wouldn’t go into details about it, but from what they said, it’s sure to be a great deal stronger and more impressive then before.

The result of all of the new design changes is that phones with Gorilla Glass 4 will be able to survive a nightmarish face drop from a height of up to one meter 80% of the time. That is at least a little bit better than your current screen expectations, right?

 


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Nov 14

Yahoo To Be The Default Search Engine For FireFox

Pretty soon, Yahoo is going to be the default search engine on FireFox web browsers. Chris Beard, the Mozilla CEO, announced the partnership in a blog post on Wednesday. The partnership will be five years long according to the post.

The blog post said a whole lot about how they were really excited about this partnership. It said that the strategy behind the change was to make sure that FireFox was the browser for everyone and that they believe it will empower more people and make things easier in general. One has to think though, that this may not be the best move. It’s not even the obvious move. Just a few short months ago Yahoo was talking about going out of business completely. And can you really do any better than Google?

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It’s not all bad though. The change will take place in December of this year. But for those of you who feel like Google is still the better option, you will be able to switch the default search engine back to it. You will also be able to change it to Bing or any of the other big search engines out there. Even Twitter.

Google has been with FireFox since 2004, and this was the year that their contract was up for renewal. When speaking on why they made the move, Beard said that they were insuring that their strategy aligned with their value of choice and independence. I’m not really even sure what he meant by that. I mean, it’s a search engine. No real reason to make it sound deeper than it really is. In my opinion, I think it’s silly.

Maybe it will end up being a better thing than myself and a lot of other people think though. Since Yahoo got a new CEO, they have been focused on their search engine way more than ever before. Google, on the other hand, has been more focused on mobile and decreasing their dominance on mobile browsers. But even if they haven’t been focusing on their search as much, there really isn’t a need to fix what isn’t broken.


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Nov 14

Dell Desktop Rentals Combine Power And Performance With Great Customization Options

Remember when home PCs were first starting to really take off? My earliest memories are of those old Dell commercials, you know the “Dude you’re getting a Dell!” ones. Well my first home PC was, in fact, a Dell and let me tell you, that thing lasted me about 10 years, far longer than any home PC is supposed to last you.

Aside from that incredibly long life span, Dell is an all around solid choice for a desktop. Dell offers desktops that are capable of dealing with any computing need, whether it be web surfing and checking your email to intense online gaming or high end business computing and production. A Dell PC is an all-in-one … an all-in-one in the sense that it can do everything!

Rentacomputer.com has been in the computer and technology rental business for over 25 years and in that time it has become clear that one of the most popular types of desktop rentals that are requested by our customers are Dells. With all the great Dell computers on the market, customers have a lot to choose from.

However, what makes Dell desktop rentals even better is the fact that if a pre-made Dell doesn’t have exactly what you are looking for then you can customize your Dell rental to your exact needs. If your rental needs require a more specific approach then your Tech Travel Agent can help you out. Need specific processing needs? No problem. Need a certain amount of memory or RAM? Done. Looking for a specific piece of software or your own software pre-loaded? You got it.

Another thing that makes Dell rentals from Rentacomputer.com even better is Intel’s newest line of processors. The new Core i3, i5 and i7 processors come with smart new features like Turbo Boost Technology, which allows you to speed up your processor when your computer needs extra performance. And this is just one of countless other customization options available.

A Dell desktop rental is perfect if you need a powerful, dependable desktop for a short amount of time. If you are training a new employee and you don’t have extra computers laying around then a rental is the perfect thing for him or her to train on. Rentals are also great if you are going out on a business trip or to a conference as Rentacomputer.com has local delivery and installation of you rental, meaning you don’t have to worry about packing up and lugging a computer all over the place.

Like I said, a Dell was the first PC I ever had and it was definitely one of the best. Add that to the fact that Dell rentals are among the most popular with Rentacomputer.com’s customers and you have two fantastic reasons to get one yourself. Contact Rentacomputer.com and your Tech Travel Agent today to get a free quote and take your first steps to an amazing experience.


15
Nov 14

Google Put Project Tango Up On Google Play, But It’s Not Available Yet

The Tablet With The 3D Sensor

In case you’ve not heard anything about Project Tango, it’s Google’s new tablet which actually senses the space around you via 3D sensor technology. Not only do the sensors sense the geometry of the area around you, but they also work to understand physical motion while you move with the tablet. At Google’s I/O conference, Project Tango was arguably the biggest hit of the entire event. The speaker there was able to demonstrate how the tablet could actually map out the entire stage he was on in real-time.

The tablet itself isn’t available just yet, unfortunately. The good news is that there are a few specs on the device. It will be coming with a 7-inch display, for one. The tablet with also be accompanied by 4GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of storage space as well. The OS is slated to be Android’s 4.4 KitKat OS. The Project Tango tablet will also come standard with NFC, or near-field technology, which just so happens to be the same type of tech used by the new Apple Pay.

Tired Of Waiting?

When you hear about a tablet that can actually map areas out in real space and in real time, you’re more than likely going to want to give it a try for yourself. Unfortunately, Google likes to tease us. By this I mean they’ve decided to put the new device up on Google Play, but only in a viewing mode. That’s right. You can look, but you can’t touch, so-to-speak. Developers are the lucky ones however. While they might not be available to purchase right now, the tablet that’s currently on Google Play is marketed to have developers create apps on the new technology. Should that be the case, developers should be getting their hands on the new tablet a bit earlier than all of us. For the rest of us “non-developmental” folk, we are going to have to wait until 2015 before we get a chance to walk aimlessly around our houses and map them out.

You Might Want To Wait A Bit Longer…

It’s exciting to hear about what Project Tango can do. That being said, it is slated to come with a nice $1,000 price tag. It’s also been confirmed that the device will be sold WITHOUT warranty. So what does that mean for you? That means that should you become one of the first to jump at this new tablet, you’d better not be upset if and when something bad happens to it.

It might be your best bet to wait on this tablet a little bit longer, even after the 2015 release date. After all, it’s much better to try out new technology after you know that all of the bugs have been taken care of, right?

It will be interesting to see just how many people will go for this new tablet and what the implications will be as well. There’s a lot to do with this new technology, but only time will tell.

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13
Nov 14

No More iPad Mini After This One!

According to a new report out of East Asia, the iPad Mini 3 will probably be the last small tablet that Apple puts out for a while. The rumor is that it will be ¬†discontinued in favor of the bigger 12.2-inch iPad Pro. This is of course just a rumor, but if we have learned anything from previous reports, it is that they are generally more than ‘just a rumor”.

One reason Apple may be giving up on the smaller iPad is there really isn’t a place for it in today’s market. Phones these days are literally almost as big as the iPad Mini, and no one wants to buy a worse version of something that they already have. Even the company’s own line of iPhones are almost the same size. Not only that, but the market for iPads in general has really been suffering over the last year.

No one should really be surprised at the iPad being discontinued. The new iPad Mini 3 was really kind of a failure. It had nothing new going for it besides a Touch ID fingerprint reader, and that has been old technology for a while now. They didn’t even really talk about it much at the iPad event that they had on October 16th. Their main focus was on the iPad Air 2.

There are a few companies that are putting out hybrid devices right now that are absolutely killing the iPads. They are bigger, better, faster, stronger, and can do way more. If Apple is going to be throwing away the iPad Mini completely, there may be a strong chance that they might try their hand at making a hybrid device as well. Some people speculate that by the time the iPad Pro comes out, it may come with a detachable keyboard and a few other cool features. Judging by Apple’s past, I’m just going to go ahead and say I do not think that is what will happen. Apple is always putting out stuff five years too late, but people always pretend like it’s cutting edge. Not that I care about that, I’m just saying that the iPad Pro will probably just be a slightly bigger iPad and nothing more.

Whatever it ends up being, the iPad Pro is now supposed to come out in the third quarter of next year. There was talk of it coming out sometime in the first quarter, but it got pushed back last minute because of the iPhone sales.

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Nov 14

LG Put Out The Weirdest Line Of Phones You Will Ever See

Generally when you see a new smartphone is coming out, it’s all about the huge screen, crazy processor, and whatever else it can do when it comes to productivity. The new LG AKA model phones are really weird though. The big draw to these new phones is the fact that they have their own personalities.

The line of phones literally have different character names. It almost feels more like a pet than an actual phones. All of the characters have their own back stories and everything. The weirdest part is that the phones actually have eyes above the display that actually move and go with the phones personality.

There are different characters and personalities you can choose from when buying the phones. You can choose from Eggy, who is always in love, Wooky who is a white phone that speaks in urban slang (hilarious), Soul who is a dark navy phone who loves music, or YoYo who is a pink girl who really loves to eat burgers and drink lots of soda.

If you are still reading, you probably think this is a big joke. It’s not.

All of the characters are based off of some sort of stereotype, which is pretty funny. And if you get bored of the color or the eyes start to creep you out too much, apparently you can buy cases to cover those up and change up the feel.

There is so much craziness here that you might have already forgotten to care about the technical aspects of the phones. But in case you’re curious, they have 5 inch displays, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.2GHz quad core processor. They also run Android 4.4 KitKat. So, nothing outstanding or super impressive, but they are probably pretty on par with most other stuff out there that people are buying.

Right now the phone is available in Korea. Although there are no official plans to release in the U.S., a lot of smart phones start out as a Korean only thing before making their way here. So I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see these pop up soon, especially if they do well in Korea. They actually cost a lot too, almost $500 for one of these weird little guys.


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Nov 14

Dell’s Venue 11 Pro Comes Back With An Intel Core M Processor And Slimmer Design

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When the original Dell Venue 11 Pro came out, it was very popular because of it’s extremely long batter life. It was sturdy, and it had a really impressive HD screen. It was pretty pricey though, and it was a little bit thick and bulky.

Dell just announced the Venue Pro 11 7000 today, and the idea is that it will offer better portability and still have the same great performance. It has a new Core M processor that will keep it performing well while using the least amount of power possible.

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This new version of the tablet is 1.6 pounds, 11.01 x 6.96 x 0.42 inches which makes it about 15 percent thinner than the last version. When you are talking about the thickness of a tablet, 15 percent is actually quite a bit. It is still about the same weight though, but we can deal with that because of the performance. As far as the design goes, it still shares the same looks as well for the most part. It has a black soft touch back with magnesium sides and a gloss black bezel. The Intel Core M processor is available in either 2GHz or 2.6GHz. And thanks to the processor, the tablet doesn’t get hot enough to require any type of cooling. It also makes it quite a bit faster than the old model as well.

Just like the version before, this new Venue 11 Pro also has a 10.8 inch 1920 x 1080 display with a 10 point capacitive touch. According to Dell, the panel will provide 400 nits of brightness as opposed to the 151 that the previous model offered. It also comes with a keyboard that you can attach, making it possible to replace you laptop if you’d like. There will also be a few different keyboards coming out for it in the future that will be geared toward traveling, and will have keys designed to be easier on your fingers. Whatever that means. It also comes with a docking station for hooking up a monitor and a full sized mouse.

Other connectivity options include a full sized USB 3.0 port, a micro HDMI out, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack. It also has Bluetooth 4.0 and a built in wireless card for connecting to Wi-FI.

As far as what is to be found under the hood, the Intel Core M processor isn’t the only thing. It also comes with either 4 or 8 GB of RAM and 64, 128, or 256GB of solid state storage. It comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera, which would be more than enough for video conferences.

Overall, the new Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 looks to be pretty impressive in more than one way. It could really be a worthy investment.


05
Nov 14

HP Breaks Into The Gaming Laptop World To Compete With Lenovo

HPThis year has been absolutely crazy for gaming laptops. There have been a lot of great ones to come out that are pushing more power than ever before. Lenovo, Asus, Razer, and Alienware have all come out with a ton of new products. Now, HP is looking to compete with all of them with the new Omen.

A lot of people don’t realize it, but HP used to put out a lot of gaming computers. They even own the Voodoo brand. Lately though, they haven’t really been in the gaming scene too much. The Omen is the first gaming computer they are putting out in quite some time, and they say it’s because they are trying to grow their company and appeal to more people and different markets.

The Omen has a 15.6 inch screen and is sporting an Intel Core i7 CPU. It also has Nvidia’s GeForce 869M graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. It is obvious that this machine is competing with the Lenovo Y59 Touch, which has almost the exact same specs except that you can get a 4K display as an option.

LenovoThe body is a solid piece of aluminum, really simplistic and just black. It’s clear that it is all about the business and not about the gimmicks. All of the connections and ports are on the back because the edges are tapered on the side. This actually seems pretty cool to me. The keyboard is backlit with a red light, which makes it look even cooler. Let’s face it, you can never go wrong with black and red. The Lenovo Y50 even looks pretty similar with its red backlit keyboard, but the HP looks way better because it’s less boxy and just pulls off the look better.

You will be able to order the Omen from the Microsoft Store on November 4th. You will also be able to get it at BestBuy.com and a few other major online stores. The regular configuration of the computer will cost $1,499. There will be a few different upgrade options for you to pick from and they go all the way up to $1,699.

If you were looking into getting the Lenovo gaming laptop, you might want to reconsider. The Omen is basically the same thing except executed a little bit better. And it for sure looks better.

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Oct 14

Big Name HP To Enter 3D Printing Market, Smaller Companies Welcome The Competition

HP could be on its way to becoming the biggest name in 3D printing, which means great things for the company and not necessarily bad things for smaller companies. At least that’s what CEO of 3D printing firm Stratasys David Reis believes. In a recent interview, Reis was mostly positive about the new competition from HP, which unveiled plans to enter 3D printing by 2016 with its new technology known as Multi Jet Fusion.

According to a statement from Reis at a event his company at Normal’s headquarters in Manhattan, “My initial reaction is it’s good news. It’s good news to the extent that a company like HP endorses an industry that’s a relatively small industry. I think HP coming into the market will increase awareness of what we’re doing.”

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3D printing has created a niche in helping manufacturers with developing and prototyping products before they go into mass production. However, the industry as a whole has yet to break into mainstream manufacturing and isn’t used oftwn in finished products or tools. Some experts believe that this will change in the near future as the technology improves in making stronger products and generating them faster.

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HP has sold printers and personal computers for decades and is hoping to take advantage of that supposed rapid expansion of the industry by becoming one of the first major tech firms to transition into 3D printing. HP could very well reshape the industry as a whole, an industry that currently involves several much smaller names.

Resi noted that 3D printing as an industry is so broad, touching aerospace, medical and consumer electronics, that it should be able to sustain a large company like HP. It is forecasted that spending on 3D printers will increase from $1.6 billion next year to $13.4 billion in 2018 and, as a result, Reis believes, “There’s enough space for everyone.”

In addition to that, HP doesn’t even plan to have 3D printing technology generally available until 2016, which Reis says gives competitors enough time to catch up on innovations. Stratasys merged with Israel’s Objet in late 2012, becoming one of the larger 3D printing firms in the world. Since then it has posted stronger sales in its June quarter with an increase of 68% to $178 million from a year earlier.

HP recently announced its new Multi Jet Fusion technology and claims that it is 10 times faster than existing 3D printers, is more affordable and prints stronger products than current offerings in the market. With improvements like this, HP claims that it can make 3D printing more widely adopted than it is today.

Moreover, HP is also jumping into 3D printing around the same time that it is planning on splitting itself into two separate companies. That’s right HP is planning on splitting its business and government software and services side, separating it from its PC and printing business. The split will be completed by the end of October 2015.

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Oct 14

Windows 8.1 Finally Showing Signs Of Life After Harsh User Criticism

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It seems as if Windows’ OS releases are hit or miss with consumers. Windows XP released as one of the top selling operating systems of all time and was followed by the hugely unsuccessful Windows Vista. Then Windows 7 came and completely revitalized the Windows OS. Then Windows 8 dropped and again, consumers were left wanting more from the operating system that focused more on touch-screen devices, leaving PC users a bit miffed.

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Well, Windows 8.1 has been around a little over a year now and the update is finally starting to see some positive feedback from users. The market share of PCs that run Windows 8.1 increased to 10.9% in October, an increase from 6.7% in September and 7.1% in August. These numbers come from Net Applications, which tracks activity through analyzing the browser hits of specific websites.

The numbers gathered suggest a slight shift in momentum as Microsoft seeks to upgrade all users to the latest version of its Windows OS. Even though consumers did not initially respond well to Windows 8 and its focus on touch-screen features, Microsoft has been successful in bringing back features that users wanted with 8.1. In August the company added things like a Shutdown button on the Start screen and the ability to run modern apps from the desktop, features that were surprisingly missing from the original release.

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Despite these changes, a majority of users have been hard pressed to let go of their Windows 7 operating systems. Windows 7 currently has the largest market share with 53.1%, followed by Windows XP at 17.2%. The share of Windows XP users has been consistently falling after Microsoft ended support for that operating system back in April.

In addition to that, there are a number of users that are waiting to see what the next iteration of Windows has to offer. Last month Microsoft unveiled Windows 10, the next version of its operating system. Windows 10 will move away from the Windows 8 tiled interface, known as “Metro”, replacing them with live tiles. Moreover, Windows 10 will have a more classic Windows look and feel, which addresses the primary complaint with Windows 8.

windows 10 desktop-preview

If Windows 10 follows the Microsoft operating system trend that previous versions has, then users can rest assured that this one will be everything they’ve wanted from an operating system. It seems that every other OS released by Microsoft is good so users will have their fingers crossed for Windows 10.

windows 10 product familyThat being said, Windows 8 is bringing people around, especially since the 8.1 update. I’m currently using Windows 8.1 on my desktop. While I was hesitant to get rid of Windows 7 in favor of Windows 8 I can say that I am not disappointed. Sure the tiles are a bit strange and a little hard to get used to but overall the OS isn’t that bad. I can definitely see that I would enjoy it more were I using it on a touch screen device but overall I don’t hate it.