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.

Firefox 54

I just updated to Firefox 54. Is it the best Firefox ever as touted by others? I’ve been using Chrome lately. Occasionally, I use Firefox just to check out to see what’s going on with the competition. Firefox 54 contains multiple content processes which prevents it from sucking up the much needed RAM. Multiple content processes improve the stability and performance because it prevents one lousy tab from affecting the performance of other tabs.  You get 4 content processes as the default. If you want more, you can change the configuration from about:config. If you want to learn more about the nitty gritty of Firefox 54, check out this Mozilla’s blog post.

Google Pixel Sold 1 Million Units?

The Verge is guessing that Google has sold roughly over 1 million units of Pixel phones. It’s hard to guess how many were actually sold without Google stating the claim. Verge’s guess is based on the download counter in Google Play. Will Pixel make a dent on the Android and iPhone’s market share? Check out the comparison between Galaxy 8 and Google Pixel XL.

Xbox One X

Is Xbox One X the best console ever? The gaming console from Microsoft is capable of playing games at 4k resolution. It’s also the smallest Xbox console ever. It will be available on November 7 for $499. The good news is that One X will play the older games from the previous Xbox consoles at a higher resolution. For details, see CNet’s article.

Is Thunderbolt 3 the new standard?

Intel recently announced its support for Thunderbolt 3. Intel plans to integrate Thunderbolt 3 in its own processors, in the hope that it will become the most versatile port in which everyone will use. If Thunderbolt 3 becomes the standard, manufacturers can make systems smaller and thinner systems.Intel plans to make the Thunderbolt protocol specification available to the industry under a nonexclusive, royalty-free license. This will encourage third party chip makers to build Thunderbolt-compatible chips, in which it can accelerate its adoption.

Microsoft Patches All Windows

Microsoft swore it wasn’t going to update Windows XP, Windows 7, 8, practically anything below Windows 10, but it did it anyway. It was an unprecedented and rare move. This must have been one those vulnerabilities that affected the entire Windows ecosystem. The patch was necessary regardless of Microsoft’s business policy. Anyways, read more about it from an article in Tom’s Hardware.

Amazon Will Stream on Apple TV

Amazon plans to release an app in Apple TV that will allow you to watch Amazon Prime videos on Apple TV. The app is expected to release in June at the WWDC. The two companies have been feuding over streaming videos. Amazon even stopped selling Apple TVs and Chromecasts in its store back in 2015. Do we see Apple TV returning to Amazon? See report from Ars Technica.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 $336

If you are looking to buy a GeForce GTX 1070 overclock GPU, Amazon is selling the GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 Black Edition for just $336.35. It normally sells for $400. Newegg sells it for $380. Amazon lowered the price to match Walmart. And that’s a good thing. To get details, see PC Game’s article.