March 29, 2017 brianradio2016

Currently discounted 33% on Amazon the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Motherboardfeatures a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 clocked at 1.2 GHz. The Pi 3 features on-board 802.11N WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Specs:

  • 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU, 1 GB RAM
  • 802.11n Wireless LAN, 10/100Mbps Lan Speed
  • Bluetooth 4.1, Bluetooth Low Energy
  • 4 USB ports, 40 GPIO pins, Full HDMI port, Combined 3.5mm audio jack and composite video
  • Camera interface (CSI),Display interface (DSI), Micro SD card slot (now push-pull rather than push-push), VideoCore IV 3D graphics core

This Raspberry Pi 3 motherboard currently averages 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 1,000 customers (read reviews) and its list price of $59.99 is currently discounted 36% to $38.39.

This story, “36% off Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Motherboard – Deal Alert” was originally published by TechConnect.

March 29, 2017 brianradio2016

Hot on the heels of Docker’s container runtime becoming a Cloud Native Computing Foundation project, CoreOS has also donated its container runtime to the CNCF.

Rkt, aka Rocket, was conceived as the container runtime for CoreOS and its Linux distribution. It was built to stand apart from Docker with better security and a stronger focus, while maintaining cross-compatibility with Docker images.

Earlier this month, CoreOS and Docker elected to submit both rkt and containerd to the CNCF. Now they’re official CNCF projects, overseen by a foundation separate from Docker and CoreOS’s business operations (although both companies have members on the CNCF’s boards) and open to contributors regardless of their affiliations.

Now comes a bigger question: With two container runtimes under the CNCF umbrella, could one of them become redundant? Could they merge into a single project designed to address everyone’s needs?

March 29, 2017 brianradio2016

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagship phone is here

and it’s showing off some curves

Rounded sides are the new standard on the S8 and S8+

The AMOLED displays measure 5.8- and 6.2-inches respectively

And the home button, it’s now virtual

It comes with an AI assistant called Bixby

It’s Samsung’s answer to Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and the Google Assistant

You can connect a monitor via the wireless charging dock

It’s Samsung’s first major phone since the Note 7 recall

And a test of whether consumers still have confidence in the brand

Sales of the S8 and S8+ begin on April 21st

They’ll cost around $720 and $840 respectively

March 29, 2017 brianradio2016

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Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh rolled out the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus with curved edges and a bezel-free design. Toss in some virtual desktop tools, services, and artificial intelligence, and Samsung may have a hit on its hands.

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But Koh’s launch of the Galaxy S8, which is supposed to provide a new start in what has been a “challenging year for Samsung” and a ticket out of hell from the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, had a big elephant in the room. That elephant: Apple’s upcoming 10th anniversary iPhone. Apple’s next iPhone is expected to kick off a “super cycle,” according to Wall Street analysts.

Should those analysts be correct, Samsung is at a pivotal moment. Samsung has to move on from the Galaxy Note 7 battery issues. Samsung must offer a design with the Galaxy S8 that captivates tech buyers and spurs an upgrade cycle.

CNET: Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything just announced at Samsung Unpacked | Galaxy S8 is the ticket out of Note 7 ‘hell’ | TechRepublic: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: The smart person’s guide

In other words, Samsung needs a bit of perfection. And, if the upgrade cycle for the Galaxy S8 develops slowly — entirely possible –Samsung will be months away from Apple’s September-October launch.

Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White sums up Samsung’s hurdles: “Although we believe Samsung will unveil some cool new devices today, we believe Apple has Samsung on the ropes like never before in recent memory,” said White in a research note. “With Apple operating on all cylinders and a strong iPhone launch expected this fall, combined with the rise of more China-based competitors, we believe the pressure is on Samsung to deliver a strong upgrade without any missteps. We believe if Samsung stumbles again, the company’s position in the smartphone market could be permanently impaired.”

Justin Denison, head of product strategy for Samsung US, cited a commitment to innovation, quality, and safety. Those attributes were a common theme throughout the S8 launch. Biometrics, facial and iris recognition, and other tools were interesting additions to the Galaxy S8 line.

To be sure, the Galaxy S8 with its camera improvements, hidden home button below its screen and DeX dock could be enticing. However, White noted that potential buyers of the S8 line may wait for the new iPhone to be unveiled.

Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri said in a research note that new iPhone builds for the 10th anniversary edition of the device “forms a powder keg for this launch.” Arcuri estimated that new iPhone builds will total about 110 million to 120 million in calendar 2017. Of that total, 55 million to 60 million will be the 5.8-inch version of the iPhone. Like the Galaxy S8, Apple is expected to go bezel-free with the Touch ID button integrated into the display.

Arcuri estimates that Apple will ship 87.5 million iPhones for the quarter ending Dec. 31, up from 78.3 million for the previous year. That shipment tally, juiced by the 10th anniversary iPhone, would set records.

Korea Investment and Security analyst Jay Yoo is projecting that Samsung will ship 42 million units of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in 2017. In other words, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will be strong, but it will face its doubters over the Galaxy Note 7 issues.

Bottom line: Samsung’s biggest challenge may be dueling with expectations relative to an Apple iPhone launch that’s months away.

VIDEO: The DeX for Galaxy S8

March 29, 2017 brianradio2016

Hot Logic Mini averages 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 1,800 people (87% rate a full 5 stars: read recent reviews).  A cross between a lunch bag and an oven, this personal, portable cooker is great for the office, job site, the campsite, the car, or anywhere you have an outlet. The Hot Logic Mini will prepare fresh-cooked hot meals, reheated meals or perfectly cooked prepackaged meals without overcooked edges or frozen centers. Whether you’re cooking uncooked, frozen chicken breasts with fresh beans on top or reheating last night’s pizza, HotLogic will cook it and hold its temperature until you’re ready to eat. Its typical list price of $39.95 has been reduced, for now, to $29.95. See this deal now on Amazon.

This story, “25% off HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven – Deal Alert” was originally published by TechConnect.

March 29, 2017 brianradio2016

Privacy advocates haven’t given up the fight after Congress voted to allow ISPs to sell customers’ browsing histories and other personal information without their permission.

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted 215 to 205 to strike down ISP privacy regulations approved by the Federal Communications Commission only months ago. The House’s passage of a resolution of disapproval followed a Senate vote to pass the same resolution days earlier. 

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the Republican-pushed bill. But Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said he will introduce new legislation to require the FCC to pass new ISP privacy rules.

“The Republican-controlled Congress wants broadband companies to use and sell sensitive information about Americans’ health, finances, and even children, without consent,” Markey said in a statement. 

March 29, 2017 brianradio2016

After months of waiting, beta tests, and trickles of information about new features, the next major update for Windows 10 will arrive on April 11. Microsoft announced Wednesday that the Creators Update, as it’s known, will start rolling out to users of the company’s latest operating system in roughly two weeks.

The update includes a slew of new features, including changes to the Microsoft Edge browser, improvements to gaming on Windows 10 and more features for devices with touch screens. As the name implies, the Creators Update includes new tools for people who make and consume media on their PCs, including a new Paint3D app that updates Microsoft’s classic drawing tool to create three-dimensional models.

When it’s released, the Creators Update will be Microsoft’s second major update for Windows 10, which was released in July 2015.

It’s important to note that April 11 is just the start of the Creators Update rollout. Microsoft makes the update available to different users at different times, and will withhold the update from people if the company is unsure that it will work with their hardware.

March 29, 2017 brianradio2016

The U.S. House of Representatives has followed the Senate in voting to repeal privacy rules that can prevent broadband providers from selling customers’ internet-browsing histories and other data without their permission.

On Tuesday, the House voted 215-205 to do away with the privacy rules that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission passed last year. The rules had yet to come into effect.

They require broadband carriers to first obtain opt-in approval from customers before using and sharing their sensitive personal information, such as web browsing history, geo-location data and what applications they’ve used.

However, the new Trump administration and Republicans have opposed the rules, claiming they go too far to regulate the internet industry. The Senate’s vote happened last week.

March 28, 2017 brianradio2016

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk today indicated he may be helping a new company that would develop technology that lets humans communicate their thoughts to computers.

While Musk hasn’t made many details about the new venture public, he included the name “Neuralink” in a tweet.

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In that post, Musk alluded to information about his plans that would be released on the blog site, WaitButWhy.

WaitButWhy, whose co-founder and principal writer is Tim Urban, has published a series of interviews with Musk about his companies and the industries in which they exist.