Apple Fixes iOS9

Apple has fixed iOS 9 bugs that have prevented many users from upgrading to the latest iOS platform. One of the more common bugs that people have encountered was the stuck on slide to upgrade problem. Some have experienced certain alarms and timers that were no longer playing. The latest version is iOS 9.0.1. If Apple says it has fixed the issues, then it might be worth it to upgrade your iPhone or iPad to the latest and greatest version.

Chromecast 2

Google is coming out with a new version of Chromecast later this month. This is at the heels from an announcement Apple when it released the latest version of the Apple TV a few weeks ago. Chromecast is also competing with Amazon and Roku in the media streaming space. Details of the newer Chromecast have been sketchy, but rumors have been swirling around that the newer versions can connect to the faster wireless signals, namely 802.11ac.

Drones Build Rope Bridge

There are a lot of things that drones can do. This one takes it to another level. Watch these drones build this rope bridge strong enough to withstand a person’s weight. It’s a 24 foot bridge made from a really strong Dyneema rope. The drones receive command algorithms for trajectories from a computer via a wireless network. Courtesy of Mashable.

Microsoft Building Linux Servers

There’s proof Microsoft is building their own Linux distros especially suited for Azure.

From Microsoft’s blog:

The Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) is our foray into building our own software for running network devices like switches. It is a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux. ACS allows us to debug, fix, and test software bugs much faster. It also allows us the flexibility to scale down the software and develop features that are required for our datacenter and our networking needs.

Apple TV Double as Gaming Station

Apple just announced the latest Apple TV which will double as a gaming station.

From Huffington Post:

After years of speculation, Apple has finally announced an upgraded Apple TV that will include video game capabilities and a full range of apps. The device integrates with traditional streaming apps like Netflix, but will also host video games like Guitar Hero and Rayman Adventures, offering people one system for many of their media experiences.

“Our vision for TV is simple, and perhaps a little provocative,” Apple’s Tim Cook said. “When you experience TV this way through an app, you realize how much better it can be.”

The new Apple TV will have more power for a better graphics experience, and a new remote with a touch sensor that doubles a controller. The device also has a universal search function that will allow users to find a show or movie across multiple services. Subscribers who have various applications like iTunes, Netflix or HBO could, in theory, search for an episode of The West Wing and then watch it on the service that had it in the catalogue.

It looked like the rumors were indeed true. The 32GB version will sell for $149 and the 64GB version at $199.

Rushing out to get one? The price though!

$50 Amazon Tablet

Amazon will release a 6 inch tablet for just $50. It’s half the price of the current 6-inch Fire HD tablet. In addition, Amazon plans to sell an 8-inch and a 10-inch versions as well later in the year. Read the rest of the article from WSJ.

My ISP Wasn’t Lying After All

PCMag has an article entitled “How Fast Is Your Internet Connection – Really? If you suspect your Internet provider is lying to you, then visit this page provided by PCMag. The Internet speed test tool is provided by Ookla, which is owned by Ziff Davis. The funny thing is, most people already use speedtest.net to test their Internet connection. It’s the very same tool that PCMag is offering on their page. Anyways, here’s my list of speed test tools that I have used over the years:

Compare your results using the list above. My ISP wasn’t lying after all. The tests between 3 different tools seem accurate. I get almost the same reading from all three.