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Hello and some really great news has surfaced on the Friday the 13th game. Do you like horror games? If you do be prepared to indulge in a game which has some just brutal & gruesome executions. This game is not for the everyone.

Players get ready to play this 1 vs 7 asymmetric multiplayer game where 7 of you will be camp counselors while 1 player will play as the infamous Jason Voorhees in Camp Crystal Lake as well as two other areas. This multi-player mode will be available at launch while a single-player mode will be available this summer.

There are numerous videos of the game’s progress and the trailer is available. The Friday the 13th game is made by Gun Media & Illfonic had been delayed to this year. The game which has been funded through Kickstarter will debut on May 26th for PS4, PC, and XBox One as a digital game. Even better the game will only burn you for $40. How cool is that? Want to see more check the previous post for updates & cool videos.

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As I surf around and use the internet for myriads of purposes I run into post after post after post of news that quite frankly may not be totally true yet people seem to believe the crazy stories. I know we live in a crazy world but to believe everything you read is in itself…crazy. One of the most prominent sources of fake news being social media. I am not going to state any one source but I constantly witness people sharing, posting, tweeting and retweeting news that you can pretty much call fake at first glance yet people share them anyways, exceptions being malware controlled posts.



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There are sites dedicated to publishing fake news and chances are that crazy news post you see pop up on your screen was started by one of those sites. Google is taking a stand against ‘fake news’ by introducing a Fact Check tag in their search results. When you search for info about a contested subject, Google will serve a page from a fact-checking site. The fact check will show up at the top in an area you most likely have seen before where things like recipes, TV show episodes, movie showtimes, and band discographies show as you perform searches on said subjects. The fact checks will be pulled from sites like Snopes and PolitiFact. These fact checks will also show information about the person who made the claim, details about the claim, and whether said site thinks it is true. After the top section traditional news stories will be presented as usual. The fact-check feature won’t remove false and offensive stories on Google but it is an attempt to better educate users on what they are reading about. To add in I would like to add that if Google will be pulling from different fact-checker sites you will run into different opinions on the specific news you are looking at.

Google in a blog post said, “These fact checks are not Google’s and presented so people can make more informed judgements,”

“Even though differing conclusions may be presented, we think it’s still helpful for people to understand the degree of consensus around a particular claim and have clean information on which sources agree,”

Google will not make it easy for fact checker sites to be recognized by implementing criteria that is rather long. Some part of the criteria involves use of Schema.org ClaimReview markup on pages where public statements are analyzed. The content must adhere to Google’s News General Guidelines which has a good amount of the same guidelines as any journalist. The final decision will be based on Google’s algorithms which will determine who is an authoritative source of information.

“If a publisher or fact check claim does not meet these standards or honor these policies, we may, at our discretion, ignore that site’s markup.”

Google News started something similar which was started during the US presidential election where a lot of news was not very trustworthy. Since it was a success Google then expanded the feature to Germany, France, and then went further by adding it in the Google News and Weather app in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

There has been fire shot out at sites who provide fake news online and as mentioned Google is taking steps to identify false and offensive content which is a battle in itself. Some of the shots fired come from different sources like a recent report by The Outline which shows how often Google’s search results can provide such fake news. Fake news is trending and along with that causing increased concern where, for instance, a parliamentary inquiry has been started by the UK Culture, Media and Sport Committee into investigating “fake news.” The inquiry has also urged British newspapers to called for a deeper examination of the issue.

Again I say the move by Google won’t erase the problem, but it will help people to make more informed decisions on the content that they read and hopefully people won’t be so quick to post all that garbage news. I suggest anyone reading this post that as they use Google or Facebook and run into news that sounds weird or crazy that they open up another browser window and do a search on the subject first and look to see if that news shows up on the bigger and widely known news sites. If not, chances are it is not true or has been exaggerated.

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Last Year Twitter streamed the Thursday night NFL games with success, but for this season, football is jumping to the Amazon.  Amazon and the NFL have announced a 50 million dollar agreement for the streaming rights to 10 Thursday Night Football games for the 2017 season which multiplies Twitter’s deal by five.



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Amazon has been trying to expand its TV offerings and this, I think, would make for a huge win in that area. You have a lot who have ditched  cable for whatever reason (Kodi maybe) who may have put money into Amazon Prime to fill that missing gap. Twitter was a least an option to get some football into that busy schedule. The idea here overall being to cut the cord that comes from traditional TV. So now the NFL livestreams will be limited to paying Amazon Prime subscribers which costs $100 per year. I don’t see anyone forking out that money just to see football on Thursday alone but the attention is sure to attract new subscribers for Amazon.

There are other streaming sources like CBS and NBC but those streams require CBS All Access premium service and cable authentication, respectively. I will add in that Verizon is also an option but that’s limited to Verizon users which would take something extra to get those streams onto your big screen. I could think of a few ways though. If you want to know how just leave a comment.

A good bet still to this day is the over-the-air TV antenna. The NFL only offers their Game Pass subscription which does not stream live games. You can watch the games though about a half hour after the games are over while DirecTV has the only live streaming option in the U.S.

Expect to see Amazon ads for the NFL streams while they toot their own horn on their other video services but this is nothing new as Amazon is always using whatever it offers to attract you into grabbing Amazon even more with their myriads of ads that you see as you perform your web functions.


Netflix has broadened its offline streaming feature to Windows 10 via its Windows 10 PC app. So Netflix users will have another option whenever they are without Internet access.
Netflix added the feature in their most recent update to the Netflix app in Windows 10. Take note the Windows Store doesn’t show you what version of the Netflix app you’re using so just manually check for updates using the large blue button in the upper-right corner of the Windows Store app.

The Netflix app will show you a large popup type screen that shows the new “download and go” ability. The Find me something to download button doesn’t at this time display a list of downloadable titles so you will have to find them yourself.

The offline streaming option was only available for its mobile apps such as Android and iOS which was not without its fair share of flaws but was overall a welcome addition. The Netflix app is a Microsoft UWP app so I am guessing the offline streaming will pop up on Windows phones and on the Xbox.

So what is the big deal right? On a mobile device is cool but this opens up the feature to be used on larger screens which notebooks and desktop PCs have. So more time enjoying content instead of squinting at your mobile device to keep up. There are ways around it with options like screen mirroring to any available TV screen you have but from a PC doing this can be much easier without the occasional text or app notification disturbing your viewing of content.


As I was surfing around I received a notification about Kodi. It sounded like nonsense to me so went to go check the website & this came up…

So it is now official. Kodi has been taken down by the copyright police. As the site now says that it has been taken down by Homeland Security. The domain has been seized. So what does this mean? Not much really if you ask me. Although I will say anyone using Kodi should consider using a VPN from now on. To explain what I mean further, Kodi is open source software so it can be reproduced and rebooted in many ways and the ball will start rolling again. See the Kodi you find one ‘hacked’ devices is altered with 3rd party addons which connect to servers in other countries. So such a move would not remove Kodi from existence.

As of right now Kodi on installed devices is working and you can still get Kodi in the app stores. So this leads me to believe otherwise. Is this some hacker? Kodi website hacked? There has been a lot of news about Kodi with a push to take down Kodi due to copyright infringement. I would also add in all the people benefitting from sales of devices with Kodi loaded on them. To read more on this just visit a previous post on the matter. (Link on bottom of page.) Better check your Firesticks or whatever device you use cause it may not work…

Verizon Leading the Charge - Unlimited Plans

Verizon is known as being the most expensive phone carrier and many would say with good reason. That reason may not always be valid but Verizon has proven itself to many. Recently something non-characteristic of Verizon has occurred and it can pose a real problem to Verizon’s competitors.




The unlimited plan has been shunned by Verizon for years. Unlimited plans were too data-greedy for Verizon’s tastes and yet they have announced straight up from out of nowhere that it would start offering an unlimited plan again. This move marks the first time since in 2011 when Verizon discontinued the unlimited plan in their effort force customers into tiered data plans.

The result, T-mobile, Sprint, and AT&T have day laters followed suit by offering new unlimited plans also. So why would Verizon perform a military about-face in their stance on the unlimited plan? I say this because I remember a commercial where Verizon argued basically that unlimited plans costed a lot and forced consumers to pay for data they would never use. To me the commercial was nonsense (using a better word) and just some attempt to move people from the obviously better choice plans that their competitors offered.

“At the end of the day the majority of people don’t need unlimited plans. But the people who use unlimited plans can be abusive, they can really wreak havoc to your network. And at the end of the day as we launched LTE, I continue to say you cannot make money in an unlimited video world.” Fran Shammo, Verizon CFO, 9/22/16

I needed to understand this new move from Verizon cause they are still the Big Red (Dog) of the cellular industry. People despite the extra cost still flock to them for their service and they know it.

“When the competitive world launches new price plans — and this quarter it was around unlimited and, obviously, we did not respond to that. But as I’ve said, there’s going to be a two- to three-week period of time where there is an impact to our growth. And we saw that. But, as I’ve always said, after that three weeks everything kind of normalizes back out.” – Fran Shammo, Verizon CFO, 10/20/16

I thought well T-Mobile has been improving since all the changes they have made but are they doing that well? I have not really heard much from AT&T and Sprint there are talks of a possible merger with T-Mobile. Fact is  that Verizon still has more customers than say T-Mobile despite their rise and are only nibbling at Verizon’s feet. What I found is alot of data that suggests a continued decline in Verizon with a continued and gradual increase in other companies like T-Mobile. I will literally quote Walter Piecyk from BTIG Research:

Verizon’s Q2 results were marred by weak ARPU, which could have been a result of losing high-end customers to unlimited rate plans of competitors. We noted this while cutting our wireless EBITDA estimate by $2.0 billion less than a month ago. (Link) Since that time, T-Mobile has offered tax-free rate plans and Sprint cut rates on its Unlimited Freedom plan. The downward EBITDA revisions also happened after Verizon eliminated the option for consumers to purchase phones on subsidized rate plans, a move that we think generated a $1.5 billion non-cash benefit to reported EBITDA, the metric that our peers use for valuation. The bottom line is that it appears that Verizon’s perceived network advantage is no longer strong enough to keep its best customers on unattractive rate plans and it was forced to respond. We look forward to getting updated from T-Mobile on how porting ratios fared when they report Q4 tomorrow.

He has also tweeted on T-Mobile’s Porting Ratio verses Verizon’s.

Since T-Mobile has made their changes they have only improved in their numbers.

So T-Mobile has literally forced the industry into their space and now Verizon has finally jumped the bandwagon. See last quarter T-Mobile gained about 1.3 million new customers which is double the amount Verizon had at around 590,000. This along with a continued decline (yeah I said it again) in revenue every quarter last year Verizon I believe had to make that jump to offering unlimited plans. Problem is the competition has also made some changes.

T-Mobile Response

T-Mobile upgraded its own unlimited plan to match Verizon’s, and adds HD video streaming and 10GB of LTE tethering including also a limited-time discount. If you compare the plans, they are the same unlimited with full-speed data on everything (including HD video and 10GB of LTE tethering) backed by unlimited 3G speeds. But, T-Mobile made a slight improvement by de-prioritizing data after 26GB with Verizon’s doing the same at 22GB. T-Mobile having the cheaper plan at $70 for a single line, $100 for two, and $160 for four lines (including all taxes and fees) while Verizon, charges $80 for one line, $140 for two, and $180 for four.

Sprint Response 

Sprint, who copied T-Mobile somewhat in the past by also offering an unlimited plan but with more restrictions now continues the copying but adds similar tethering and HD video features packed into a cheaper deal in an attempt to beat the competition. Sprint’s plan though is more diluted offering unlimited data, but game streaming is capped at 8Mbps speeds while music tops out at 1.5Mbps. When a customer has used up their 10GB of LTE tethering, Sprint knock them down to 2G speeds, not 3G. It is currently the cheapest plan for $50 per month (plus taxes and fees) and a great deal that gets five lines for $95 (plus taxes and fees) per month which will last until March 31st, 2018.

As for AT&T, no point really in mentioning them at this time. They offered a $100 a month unlimited plan to only their DirectTV customers in the past and has only now made that plan available to everyone making it the most expensive plan now with less to offer. So to conclude, competition is good for anyone looking to buy a phone now. Well I would say a face value mainly cause of all the bills that people have to pay now a days. A cellphone bill with data is redundant when one has to also buy internet at home too but competition will hopefully continue to bring those bills lower and lower. Can you feel me on that?



Clean Out Your PC Day

Your computer running slowly?  You may wonder what’s causing it. The problems can be vast, and not all of them have to do with what is on your hard drive but that is an excellent place to start, but one must remember that body and mind are tied in people, and that’s just as true in computers. Clean Out Your Computer Day reminds you that you need to take care of the whole system, inside and out, digital and physical! The Yin and the Yang.

Inside Dirty Tower PCOutside area of PC REALLY dirtyWhen was the last time you cleaned out the inside of your computer? Have you looked inside that dust infested cesspool? For that matter, have you ever swept and dusted the area where your computer sits? Before going inside your PC though make sure it is powered down and disconnected then find a good online tutorial to show you the way to get it done safely. All that dust traps heat, and if you aren’t aware, computers really don’t function well under high stress and heat.

Once you’ve cleaned out the inside, you’ll want to put it back together and boot it up. Once that’s done, it’s time to go through and clean out unnecessary files from your computer, a clogged up hard drive can be just as bad as a clogged up fan on your computer, though it won’t as often destroy your computer.

History of Clean Out Your Computer Day

National Clean Out Your Computer Day was originally sponsored by the Institute for Business Technology in the year 2000.

HOW TO OBSERVE (RECAP)

Open it up and clean the inside as mentioned above. Take a look at your files and programs on your computers:

  • Organize your files and folders.
  • Delete junk files.
  • Delete duplicate files.
  • Delete old files and programs not being used.

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There is a growing number of complaints around the web of iPhone paint chipping going on. While this is not a major issue at first glance until you hear a few stories. To start when the iPhone 7 launched, the glossy, Jet Black version could admittedly scratch easily. So now the matte black version (called Black) are suffering from chips in the paint. The owner making the complaints are saying even with use of a case this still happens. I remember this happening with the iPhone 5 when it was released and the problem now with the iPhone 7 so far seems limited. You know with so many iPhones sold especially after the Note 7 debacle (yeah I added that in) the number of complaints so far is rather small in comparison. Or are people just not caring enough to wanna make that big a deal about it?

The issue is being talked about in the Apple Support Forums while I believe the complaint started in Reddit (of course). A lot of sites are giving specifics as to location of the chippings but it really does not matter. If you just buy an iPhone 7 and days to 2 weeks later you find chips, you will not be too happy about it. Especially with the rising costs of cell phones these days. Going through all the clutter it sounds like the chipping affects the larger iPhone model more. The kicker though is Apple response to the issue. Apple has been basically useless in resolving this issue on the affected devices. Reason being is that the insurance you pay for does not cover cosmetic damage/flaws.



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One Owner Posts:

I have been using iPhone 7 Plus Matt Black for about one month with fully covered by a TPU casing and full screen tempered glass most of the time. I just open the casing once a week to wipe the dust off from the phone. Until yesterday when I take off the casing, and notice there is something at the edge of the phone body next to UP Volume button. At first I thought it just the dust. I try to wipe it using microfibre cloth as usual. Until I look closely it is the metal part of the body. It seems that the black anodised paint had been chipped off from the phone body. I am really disappointed with what happen to the phone because I was using it very careful.

I have chat with Apple Customer Support and it is not covered under warranty since it is under cosmetic damage. Seems that the anodised paint quality on iPhone 7 is same as what is on iPhone 5. The iPhone 7 body paint will chipped at anytime regardless you are using it very careful. Just to share with you guys

Some owners are stating that they are very careful with their phones to run into this issue anyways. There have been some that actually took it upon themselves to fix the issue by painting it using acrylic paint from local craft/hobby shops which would only be a sort of workaround until some other location on the phone chips… (wow)

I mean wear and tear on any phone is expected but some owners have even claimed the chipping occurred right after purchasing the phone. As I looked at a chipped iPhone 7 what I see makes me think, “Ooh, an iPhone 6 in disguise.” As I am hit with post after post on this problem I would still call it vague still in how widespread the issue is. Will it ever warrant a response from Apple? Probably not or Apple just gives the same response that they gave during the iPhone 5 days. (I’m just saying.) I do think though that anyone who owns an iPhone 7 or is looking to buy one should keep their eyes ‘peeled’ (pun intended) for this issue. lol

Sources:

9to5Mac
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Reddit
Apple
The Next Web
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