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From Verizon’s press release today:

Today, Samsung announced an update to the Galaxy Note7 that would stop the smartphone from charging, rendering it useless unless attached to a power charger. Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note7 users that do not have another device to switch to. We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.

The lawyers are gambling on where the lawsuits might come from: the fires or the communication cutoff.

For the mass market, it was an obnoxious technology that gave rise to the term, “glasshole”. But despite Google admitting its failure in trying to make it the next big thing, Google Glass has found willing adopters:

One of Europe’s busiest airports, Amsterdam’s Schiphol hub in the Netherlands, is trialling Google Glass for use by airport authority officers as a hands-free way to look up gate and airplane information.

It’s also testing Google’s face computer on travelers passing through the terminal in a bid to better understand the ‘customer journey’, thanks to Glass’ first person perspective.

It’s more proof, if proof were needed, that Google Glass is another Segway — i.e. a technology not destined for the mass market, but for niche industrial and service industry applications.

No shit. There’s absolutely no need to strap a camera to your face for people’s everyday life. Not only for lack of tangible benefit to yourself, but for the sake of everyone else around you also.

It’s the natural evolution for this kind of computing: first it was someone at a PC station, now it’s mostly employees walking around with iPads, and soon it could be people wearing something like Google Glass in that role.

Hot Hardware recently had an article about upgrading an old computer with a new GPU:

New video card launches from AMD and NVIDIA are almost always reviewed on hardware less than 12 months old. That’s not an arbitrary decision — it helps reviewers make certain that GPU performance isn’t held back by older CPUs and can be particularly important when evaluating the impact of new interfaces or bus designs.

The downside of this policy is that it leaves a gap in product coverage. Gamers with older systems often miss out on whether or not a new graphics card will be a meaningful upgrade for aging systems. That’s particularly important as the speed of the desktop replacement cycle has slowed.

I recently went through something similar when my EVGA GeForce 9800GTX KO died and I had to replace it. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti had just been released, and all reviews pointed to it being a great deal so I bought an EVGA SuperClocked GTX 660 Ti (which was the same price as the non-overclocked version at the time).

Here is my system apart from the video card:

After I swapped the cards out, I was able to turn the settings up in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. But, I ran into a problem: the bottleneck shifted to the CPU. I had to back the settings down a little because all 4 cores of my CPU were maxing out at 100%. I hate to think what would happen if I ran a game like Crysis or Battlefield 3.

The results from the Hot Hardware article were a little more optimistic, but they do show great results. It seems that their old system was still a much more modern setup than mine, which I built back in 2008.

I recently had to swap from an Apple keyboard to a Dell keyboard here at work on my iMac, and I had a problem with where the Windows and Alt keys are located on the Dell keyboard. By default, Mac OS X treats the Windows key as the Command key, and the Alt key as the Alt key. However, this is backwards from where the keys are located on the Apple keyboard, as shown in the picture above.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to fix this.

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Prediction: Microsoft, gunning for market share, eventually tries to pull a Yahoo on Nokia and get them to switch to Windows Mobile. #

But which is worse? Symbian or Windows Mobile? After using a Nokia phone for 1.5 years, I honestly don’t know anymore.