Intel just released their seventh generation of CPUs called Kaby Lake. If you read the latest reviews of the new chip sets, the improvement over Skylake is not much. It’s essentially the same CPUs with slightly faster clock speeds. However, the latest chips will have support for 4k media, allowing you to play 4k Netflix. The i7-7700K looks like the direct replacement for the i7-6700K, with higher clocks speeds at 4.2 Ghz and boost at 4.5 Ghz. Benchmarks are slightly higher. If you already own i7-6700K Skylake, there’s no reason to upgrade, but if you own an older CPU, then it makes sense to purchase the i7-7700K for $40 dollars more.
Norwegian officials have decided to replace FM with DAB or Digital Audio Broadcasting. The decision is a move towards the digital age over the older FM analog format. Hurray for progress! Norwegian officials are saying that the move will save broadcasters over $23 million dollars. In addition, it will give listeners a clearer digital sound.
Sixty six percent of Norwegians are oppose to the move, mainly because many Norwegians cars don’t have DAB receivers. Hey, nothing like listening to your voters! To get around the problem, DBA adapters can be installed in cars for $176. Ouch! But, a business opportunity for someone to make money. At the end of the year, there will be 15 million FM useless radios in Norway.
Here’s the the article from Mashable.
Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser reported that it made $421 million dollars in 2015. The reporting is one year behind. It’s not bad for a browser with a market share of just 11 percent. Google Chrome dominates the browser market at 55% followed by Internet Explorer at 23% and Microsoft Edge at 5%.
Microsoft came out with an announcement that it loves Linux. Some don’t believe it.
Here’s an excerpt from a recent article by TechRights:
If one believes the lie, Microsoft now “loves Linux” and has officially joined the Linux Foundation. I have already responded to that over at Tux Machines where I also included many dozens of links to today’s nonsense (reproduced below), which was virtually everywhere. Remember these were quietly prepared in coordination with Microsoft/Linux Foundation before the announcements were actually made. It’s a well-orchestrated PR blitz that came out within an hour or two, reaching a lot of news channels simultaneously and drowning out opposition/scepticism.
It gets better.
There are reactions on the Web from pro-GNU/Linux people who are not so easily fooled or mesmorised by the torrent of Microsoft propaganda, delivered primarily by Microsoft-friendly writers who got groomed and prepared for it at least a day in advance (one writer accidentally published his article half a day too early and quickly took it down, he told us). There is relevance to patents, as one Red Hat employee put it: “I do wonder what #Microsoft joining #Linux foundation means wrt to those 250+ patents #Microsoft licenses to #Android OEMs.”
Read the TechRights article here.
So, Mark Zuckerberg had a bad day at the office. He lost $3 billion dollars in one day when Facebook shares dropped 5.5%. How’s it that possible? Well, the guy owns 418 million shares of his own company, which is worth about $50 billion, making him the 5th richest man on earth.
Of course, he actually doesn’t have all this money in his pocket. The money tied up on the market on the shares he owns, until he dumps some of them and cash them out. Based on his money tied to the market, his net worth will go on the same direction as the market goes.
Essentially, Zuckerberg is going to have good days and bad days.
If exploding phones were not enough, Samsung is now calling back 2.8 million units of its top loading machines because they could literally fall apart during use. There were a couple of injuries already reported. One person had a broken jaw and another with an injured shoulder.
Apparently, this is not new. Earlier this year, there was a class action suit against Samsung because some washers were exploding. Am I the only that thinks Samsung is on the wrong business. They should be selling ammunitions.
If they keep this up, they might as well change their company name to Samsuing.
LastPass is now free on all devices. Previously, you had to pay a little bit extra to use LastPass on all your devices other than your desktop computer. As of today, LastPass is now available free on all your devices. You can now do all the things that you could do on your desktop on all your devices for free! And that includes the ability to save and fill out passwords, a password generator, secure notes, and two-factor authentication. Well, it’s a good thing I resisted to pay extra for my devices. Seriously, if you like to go Premium, it’s only $12 per year. LastPass has to make money somehow. So even with that, it’s not like you’re going to break the bank. It’s an excellent program after all.
What is Ghost?
Ghost is an Open Source software project. What does that mean, exactly?
Firstly: It means that the Ghost application is free. Free to use, free to modify, free to share, free to redistribute. You can do anything you like with the software, without legal restriction. When you download a copy of Ghost, you own it. It’s completely yours.
Secondly: It means that Ghost is created almost entirely by volunteers. The project is organised and run by a small, Non-Profit Organisation called the Ghost Foundation – but it is developed in public, by a large group of contributors all over the world who donate their time and skills to creating a blogging platform for everyone. You can help!
Ghost is an application which is created for and made possible by its community of users.
How to Install Ghost by HowtoForge.
Some are calling for OpenOffice and LibreOffice to join forces. Others just want OpenOffice to go away, so that LibreOffice can become the dominant open-source office suite that it deserves. To give you some history why there are two parallel projects, here’s howtogeek.com’s explanation of open-source suites:
Sun Microsystems acquired the StarOffice office suite in 1999. In 2000, Sun open-sourced the StarOffice software — this free, open-source office suite was known as OpenOffice.org. The project continued with help from Sun employees and volunteers, offering the free OpenOffice.org office suite to everyone — including Linux users.
In 2011, Sun Microsystems was acquired by Oracle. They renamed the proprietary StarOffice office suite to “Oracle Open Office,” as if they wanted to cause confusion, and then discontinued it. Most outside volunteers — including the contributors to Go-oo, who contributed a set of enhancements used by many Linux distributions — left the project and formed LibreOffice. LibreOffice was a fork of OpenOffice.org and is built on the original OpenOffice.org code base. Most Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, switched their bundled office suite from OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice.
The original OpenOffice.org seemed down and out. In 2011, Oracle gave the OpenOffice.org trademarks and code to the Apache Software Foundation. The project known as OpenOffice today is actually Apache OpenOffice and is being developed under Apache’s umbrella under the Apache license.
LibreOffice has been developing more quickly and releasing new versions more frequently, but the Apache OpenOffice project isn’t dead. Apache released the beta version of OpenOffice 4.1 in March, 2014.
Since OpenOffice is nearing it’s end, others are wishing the two projects to merge.
Or just make way for LibreOffice to be the open-source standard.
Version 4.0 of the PCIe computer bus standard will arrive in 2017 according to PCMag.
Version 4.0 of the PCIe specification, which will introduce greatly increased speeds as well as other improvements intended to make it viable in a wider range of applications, is slated to be released in early 2017. PCIe 4.0 will essentially double the interconnect performance bandwidth of the current 3.0 specification, from 8 gigatransfers per second (GTps) to 16GTps. In addition, it introduces new technologies to enhance power efficiency: the use of an L1 substate that drastically lowers power use in idle mode; half-swing and quarter-swing, which cut power consumption by 400mV and 200mV, respectively; and high-speed data transfer bursts with minimum idle power.