Chromebit

Google and Asus finally introduced Chromebit, a device on-a-stick that runs Chrome OS. Chromebit plugs directly to a HDMI port of a TV or monitor. It also has a USB port at the other end. It’s a full-fledge Chromebook computer capable of browsing, playing videos, accessing emails and a lot more. It retails for $85. It’s powered by a Rockchip 3288 quadcore processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, along with WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 support. This means you can use a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to it. At $85, it is one of the more affordable computer on the market.

Node.js v5

Node.js v5 development releases are going to be faster than in the past. It’s an intermediate release and it’s not part of the LTS (long term release) plan. Because of the rapid releases, it’s not recommended to those who find upgrades to be a challenge. The focus of this release is to get the new features delivered to users quickly. Here’s the post from nodejs.org.

Best Steam Machines

Are you looking for the best Steam machine?

Here’s a first batch of steam machine comparisons from FutureMark.

A Steam Machine is a PC for your living room. Play your games on your big screen TV while sitting comfortably on your sofa. Steam Machines run a Linux-based operating system called SteamOS and are controlled with a gamepad instead of a mouse and keyboard.

Google Acquires FlyLabs

Google has acquired iOS videographer Flylabs. It could mean an overhaul of Google’s Photos app which means improvement on the video editing capability of Photos. Fly Labs is making their iOS app available for free which include Clips, Tempo, Fly, and Crop. It’s available for the next three months.

 

Redhat Now Available on Azure

Microsoft and Redhat announced today that Redhat is now available on Azure Cloud Services. Previously only Ubuntu, CentOS, Oracle Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE were the Linux OS options. In addition, JBoss middleware will also be available in the coming weeks. Here’s the announcement from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise.

OneDrive Reduces Storage

Microsoft learned the hard way what “unlimited storage” means. It didn’t take long for individuals to take advantage of such deals. I heard that some were storing as much 75 TB of data online. Microsoft is now reneging on the unlimited plans and are reducing them to just 1TB. Meanwhile, the free plans are being reduced from 15 GB to just 5GB. For paid plans, the 100 GB and 200 GB plans are going away and will be replaced by 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month. If you’re a OneDrive user who’s exceeded the limited storage, at least Microsoft is giving you an entire year to move off your data to an alternative storage. My favorite part of this intriguing story is Microsoft’s explanation to the reasons why it’s reducing its storage offering. They said it was done “in pursue of collaboration and productivity.” Ok, that does makes a lot of sense. Who are you fooling?

  • OneDrive Free – 5GB
  • OneDrive $1.99 per month – 50GB (Starting 2016)
  • OneDrive $6.99 per month – 1 TB (includes Office 365)