Opera 51

Opera 51 is 38% faster than Firefox 58. This is based on performance benchmarks performed¬†on Apple’s Web Speedometer 2.0 browser kit. The other week, Firefox boasted a speed improvement over Chrome browsers. Opera has a market share of only 1.59% according to the site netmarketshare.com. Chrome browsers dominate market at 60%. Firefox and IE are competing for 2nd place each at around 11-12% market share.

Don’t Build, Buy Instead

A recent article by PCWorld encourages gamers to consider buying a rig instead building one. This is mainly due to the current exorbitant prices of video cards and memory. PC builders acquire parts in bulk with a much deeper discount which they can pass along to consumers. Buyers can therefore save hundreds of dollars by buying pre-built systems. You lose the fun and freedom of building one, but you will be rewarded by a few hundred dollars, which you can spend on other things.

Amazon Prime $12.99

Amazon just raised their Prime monthly subscription from $10.99 to $12.99. The price for a yearly subscription remains at $99 per year. Prime Student went up by a dollar from $5.49 to $6.49. The yearly subscription for Prime Student remains at $49. Amazon Prime offers 2 day shipping and access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, Prime Photos and special discounts at Whole Foods.

Firefox Quantum

It’s Mozilla’s biggest release since version 1.0. Introducing Firefox Quantum aka Firefox 57. It’s claiming to be as twice as fast. It has a newly revamped rendering engine written in Rust language, a programming language developed by Mozilla’s research team. Firefox also ditched Yahoo and replaced it with Google as its default search engine. With all these improvements, is it poised for a comeback or is it a little too late?

SMS is 25

Text messaging has been around for 25 years old. The first text ever was sent by Neil Papworth on December 3, 1992 when he sent the message “Merry Christmas” from his computer to a cell phone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. That was the beginning of it all.

BioTech Campstove

Charge your phone using the Biotech Wood Burning Campstove. It’s available on Amazon for $129. If you’re out camping in the middle of nowhere, and you just need to charge your phone, you can try the Biotech Wood Burning Campstove. 20 minutes of charging will give you 60 minutes of talk time. You can even boil a cup of water for less than 5 minutes. You can even roast a marshmallow while you wait.

YouTube Crashes

Remember several years ago when Twitter crashed quite often. They have not had that issue in a while, at least to my knowledge. Now, for YouTube to crash a few minutes ago, that’s something else. I’ve never seen it, ever. The problem was short lived. YouTube recovered less than a minute, but it was very interesting. The 500 server error and the monkey graphic was pretty cool. Here’s a snapshot of the crash.

NASA Humans on Mars

NASA admitted that it doesn’t have funding to put humans on Mars. It needs to fund projects on the SLS rocket and the Orion spacecrafts, as well as the need to design vehicles to land and take off from Mars. It needs the funding. Well, there’s always the moon as the other option, but we’ve already done that in 1969. So, what’s next? Is space exploration dead?

Amazon Prime Day 2017

Amazon Prime Day started last night July 10 at 9 pm Eastern time and will run for about 30 hours. Prime Day is basically the Cyber Monday in July. It’s for Prime members only, which costs members about $99 per year. Of course, you’ll get free 1 day shipping for all orders, as well as deep discounts on special days such as Prime Day. ¬†This year’s big discounts are:

  • Amazon Echo Dot at $34.99 (30% off)
  • Amazon Echo at $89.99 (50% off)
  • Fire 7 at $29.99 (40% off)
  • Bose Soundlink Mini at $129.00 (35% off)
  • Sony 55 inch 4K TV at $499.00 (37% off)

Prime Day ends in less than 17 hours.