Windows 7 mainstream support ends today

From CNET: Unlucky for some: it's 13 January 2015, and that means the end of free support for Windows 7.

Happily that doesn't mean your computer is going to automatically break or stop working, but it does mean Microsoft will no longer offer free help and support if you have problems with your Windows 7 software from this point on. No new features will be added either.

LG G Flex 2 Packs Snapdragon 810, Hits Preorder for ~$699 in Europe

From DailyTech: LG Electronics, Inc. (KRX:066570)(KRX:066575) will test the waters this winter with the upcoming launch of the LG G Flex 2. The smartphone's predecessor drew mixed reviews, with some drawn to the unique concept of a durable, flexible phone, and others less than impressed. The sequel, announced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), should have an easier time justifying its existence as it can now sell itself not only on its unique bent/bendable form factor, but also on its impeccable hardware.

Samsung's new Galaxy A7 packs bigger screen, more processing power

From PC World: Samsung is coming out with a new phablet, that will incorporate a metal frame, and comes at “competitive price point”, according to the Korean electronics maker.

The A7, unveiled on Monday, comes just a few months after Samsung announced its two smaller siblings, the A5 and the A3, in late October.

Android KitKat eats up 39% of market; Lollipop still off radar

From CNET: Android phone makers and carriers are filling up more devices with KitKat. Lollipop? Not so much.

In its latest Android Developers Dashboard posted earlier this week, Google revealed a 39.1 percent market share for Android 4.4 KitKat. Specifically, that percentage reflects the Android devices that visited the Google Play store during the seven days ending January 5.

iPhone 6 Drives Apple Market Share to New Highs in U.S., Europe

From DailyTech: The latest Kantar World Panel data is in, showing smartphone platform sales market share globally for November 2014. The results show a continuation of trends we saw in Q3 2014 -- namely Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android losing a bit of ground in some affluent markets and Apple, Inc. (AAPL) climbing up a bit higher in those same markets, with the help of the iPhone 6.

(Kantar is a market research subsidiary of the UK conglomerate WPP plc (LON:WPP).)

Are you excited about new products demonstrated at CES this year?

I am all over them!
26% (37 votes)
Ehh we will see when I can actually buy them
52% (74 votes)
Not really
21% (30 votes)
Total votes: 141

Western Digital Red Pro WD4001FFSX 4TB Review (Page 1 of 11)

In the modern Protestant church, you may notice worship style vary vastly between congregations of different denominations. Now, for those among us who do not attend church, or are not familiar with this stuff, let me start you off with some technical jargon. In the 'high church' model, which you can see in such as the Lutheran tradition, places a lot of emphasis on liturgy. These practices originates from the Catholic Church, which, during the Reformation, was decided it was acceptable to retain everything in the status quo, unless it was against the teaching of the Bible. On the other hand, in the 'low church' model, popular with the modern Evangelical movement, strips away everything -- the distinctive robes, fancy candles, and traditional creeds -- and rebuilds the entire contemporary style of worship from scratch on the basis of the Bible. While neither is theologically incorrect, the end result is pretty different. When we reviewed the Western Digital Red WD40EFRX 4TB in June of last year, what we have seen is a drive built upon the Western Digital Green series, adding to it everything necessary to give it the right credentials to work in the modern small network attached storage. Today, we are going to look at something different. The Western Digital Red Pro WD4001FFSX 4TB is based on the Western Digital RE WD4000FYYZ 4TB enterprise grade drive, stripping away everything unnecessary for deployment in eight to sixteen bay NAS systems in order to keep the price in check. While neither is technically incorrect, the end product is pretty different for people with varying requirements. If the WD40EFRX is designed on the 'low church' philosophy of hard drives, then is the WD4001FFSX an equivalent example of the 'high church' model? Read on to find out what we have found!

Gigabyte Force M63 Review (Page 1 of 4)

During the first few weeks of starting in my job, one of the biggest things I learned was the SOLID principles of programming. Each of the letters stands for a certain principle, so I started from the beginning. The first letter S stands for Single Responsibility Principle, or SRP. In essence, SRP states every class should only have one responsibility. This responsibility should be completely covered by the class. By focusing on a single concern, classes will be more robust, as it will not inadvertently change other things without the users' knowledge. Furthermore, it allows for better reuse of the code, because future users of this will know exactly what its purpose is, without worrying about side effects. This type of principle can extend outside of programming too. For example, pliers are all trying to accomplish a similar task, but there are specific ones made for different tasks. There are pump pliers, whose main purpose is to act like a wrench, and then there are long nose pliers to reach narrower places. You would not try to use pump pliers in your computer case, nor would you not use a needle nose on bathroom pipes; each of these pliers have their own responsibility. On the other hand, Single Responsibility Principle refers to a class, and not to software as a whole. If your word processor could only type words, but would not open old documents, import in photos, or copy and paste, you would probably look elsewhere for a more competent program. While there are probably specific components accomplishing each of the above tasks, they work together to make a capable piece of software. When I see technology products targeted primarily for a certain purpose, I have to admit I am a bit weary of them. This mouse today, the Gigabyte Force M63, is labeled as a first person shooter gaming mouse, and I can only wonder if this mouse is only for this genre of games. Does it follow the single responsibility principle in a negative way, or can it perform for all kinds of usage? Hopefully this review will answer your questions, and more, so let us read on to find out!

Exploit allows Asus routers to be hacked from local network

From PC World: A vulnerability in Asuswrt, the firmware running on many wireless router models from Asustek Computer, allows attackers to completely compromise the affected devices. Malicious hackers, however, need to launch their attacks from within the local networks served by the vulnerable routers.

Box moves forward with IPO, hoping to raise $187 million

From CNET: Data-storage service Box is back on track with its initial public offering after months of delays.

The company on Friday filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicating that it could offer as many as 14.4 million shares when it goes public. The company has yet to price the shares, but said that they could be as high as $13 per share on its IPO day. In the best-case scenario, Box could raise up to $186.9 million.


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