Apparently, I’ve been making coffee the wrong way all this time. Here’s the coffee tutorial. Hilarious.
How would you like to be able to re-order household items, groceries and many more items on Amazon by simply clicking on a button. Introducing Amazon Dash. For $5, you can get one of these Dash buttons to re-order a dozen or so household items available from Amazon. Just program it once, and press the button every time you feel you’re running out of supply. The Dash button will place an order for you and deliver it within days. You can cancel the order if you think you’ve made a mistake.
Starting today, you can start ordering your Apple TV. It will start shipping October 30. The 32 GB version costs $149 while the 64 GB version is $199. The new Apple TV will ship with a new remote with a mini touchpad. In addition, Apple TV also comes with a new interface and Siri the voice-enabled application that allows you to control the Apple TV using your own voice. To order, visit Apple’s website.
Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf is finally here. What’s new? Well, there are new enhancements, but they are underwhelming. The latest release has new scrollbars. Ubuntu 15.10 is laying the groundwork for the next version 16.04. The changes are pretty much ho-hum. Like the author of this article said, if you like to see noticeable changes, look at Linux Mint.
I got a chuckle reading an article from Lifehacker entitled “Google Sucks At Naming Stuff.” It talks about all the uninspiring choices that Google has made over the course of several years in naming its own products. From Google Play, Google Now, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Google+, and worst of all, YouTube Red. The latter is just way too close to a website called RedTube. Funny stuff. Read more.
If you don’t want to see any ads on YouTube, then you need to pony up for a subscription. The commercial free service is called YouTube Red and will cost $9.99 per month. It will be available Oct. 28 in the United States and will be available globally in 2016. Just think about the countless minutes and hours wasted watching ads before the videos can load and play. Is this worth the subscription? I think if there’s additional content available with this service, then it would be worth the price. The commercial free service on its own isn’t worth the trouble for me.
Digital Ocean is taking one giant step into making applications highly available. Introducing the floating IPs, an address that can be instantly moved from one droplet into another in the same data center. It can be pointed to a redundant server. The approach is very similar to Amazon Web Services‘ Elastic IP, where an IP address can be assigned to any EC2 server. Since there’s a shortage of IP4 addresses, Digital Ocean just like AWS, charges for any unused IP address at $0.006 per hour.
Read more on how it works.
Microsoft is willing to pay up to $300 for an old MacBook. It’s a program called “Easy Trade Up” to give incentive to Mac users to switch to Windows 10. The program is available in the US, UK, Canada, India, Brazil, France, Taiwan and Germany. I’m not sure how effective it will be since Mac users are quite a loyal bunch. Read more.
Boeing Corporation created the lightest metal ever, a micro lattice material that looks like a mesh or sponge. The metal is 99.99 percent air. Boeing describes the new microlattice as an “open cellular polymer structure.” It will be used mainly for sidewalls and floor panel for commercial jets. There’s no current timeframe when it will be ready for commercial use. From CNN Money.
Linksys upgraded one of their top routers, the WRT1900. The latest version is called WRT1900ACS. This is the second installment with faster processors and faster results. The 2.4GHz band has a theoretical throughput of 600 Mbps, while the 5.0GHz band has a theoretical throughput of 1300 Mbps. Here’s one good review from PCWorld.