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  1. I don't have any of those smart speakers, not because I'm paranoid of their spying but because they are all bad speakers. Instead I have sonos speakers networked up in most of the rooms in my house. I know some will say they aren't great either but the convenience of them outweighs everything else.
  2. I've known this for a while. I use the google assistant and it will periodically give me a notification telling me my package arrived from amazon. It will also tell me about deals on things I've bought in the past like coffee. This thing is basically tracking my life I think. In the morning it tells me when its time to go to work because I use google maps for traffic!
  3. So about 3 weeks ago I was browsing around bestbuy and came across the Samsung Chromebook Pro. At first I was skeptical that a chromebook could have any value to me but when I was playing with the device a few things popped out at me. First the screen is awesome. It is every bit as good as the screens on higher end 4k laptops or an iPad. Its high resolution, bright, and covered in Gorilla Glass so it feels sturdy and responsive to use the touch portion of the device. The second thing that stuck out to me was the build of the device. Its magnesium like the surface pro but it is thinner so it do
  4. The initial reporting of this was all over the place. The headlines all said intel only when in reality it was pretty much every modern pc. There were also reports saying a 30% hit to performance when that isn't on desktop use but only linux servers. Everything thing I've seen about desktop use has shown benchmarks that are pretty much negligible in performance difference. Now that could change as the patches are updated but I haven't noticed any difference on my computers yet.
  5. I'm not going to switch for a couple of reasons. I had a galaxy s3 and s5 before I went to the iPhone. Both phones started out great but overtime the software updates would kill the experience by making the phone crash or unresponsive. Also at the time those phones didn't have as good of cameras as my wifes iphone 4 and 5. The other reasons is that my professional and social circle all have iPhones too. Last year I did a job interview over facetime and this year when I met my new coworkers they all used Apple's address book share thing to give me their phone numbers. At least where I'm at the
  6. I've been an iPhone user for quite a while. Since the iPhone 5 (2012). I was pretty aggravated by this but I also understood why they did it since some phones were shutting down. I actually still have my 7 because I didn't want the x and the 8 is basically the same phone. (I kept my 7 despite being on a yearly upgrade plan with ATT) So I probably will let them replace the battery. I have replaced the battery in my older iphone 6 a few years ago and it wasn't that hard so if I decided to keep this phone even longer its good to know if I just replace the battery it will be back to new.
  7. So I've been using this version of Firefox for a week now on both my iPhone and my desktops/laptops. I'm not sure I'm going to transition to it permanently from chrome but I definitely could. I would say that this version of firefox is just as clean looking and just as fast. The mobile version is a vast improvement over the previous version and it is a viable alternative to safari and chrome on iOS. It used to have this really clunky interface and was really slow. I read somewhere that this version of firefox is the only browser that truly uses multicore processors. I have a core i7 in
  8. Not free but I liked start 8 on windows 8. They make a version for windows 10 as well: https://www.stardock.com/products/start10/ $5 I like the windows 10 start menu though, its basically the same thing as windows 7 the way I have it set up. Just a list of applications on the left and my most used pinned to the right.
  9. I've been playing a lot of Destiny 2 on my pc for the last few days. My college classes are over for a few weeks and I was dying to get to play ! Only one more semester to go and I will have my specialist and be done with college forever!
  10. That little red dot looks like a dead pixel. Lots of LCDs have them and some companies wont fix it unless there are more than 5 or 6 of them. That weird bubble is most likely what nukecad said, that pc might be overheating and damaging the lcd. What happens if you tap on that part of the screen with your finger? (lightly) That doesn't look fixable without figuring out why its overheating and also replacing the lcd screen.
  11. I have been a full time chrome user for a few years now. The immediate thing I notice upon loading this version is that it looks like chrome and seems about as fast. The reason I was using chrome was the mobile version would perfectly sync with the desktop version. The mobile version of firefox was terrible, but I've been using the new version for a few hours now and it is significantly better. The interface doesn't look ancient and it is much more responsive. I actually like its new tab page a lot more than what chrome does and the multiple search engine options are nice. I haven't tri
  12. Anyone tried the newest version of Firefox. They have revamped it on both the PC and iOS(and probably android but I don't have one to see). The interface basically looks like chrome. I will say that it seems very fast/responsive and the mobile version is miles ahead of where they were. I'm going to play with it a little but my initial impression for both versions is that its pretty good. What do you think?
  13. That article is interesting hazelnut. The section about marketshare really caught my eye. I've thought for a while that firefox needed to do something about its mobile browser. Its awful. With chrome I get pretty much the same experience on every device I use. Everything syncs, and I can start reading where I left off no matter what device I'm transitioning too. I liked firefox a few years ago but the convenience of chrome really drove me away from it. I however do worry that their numbers are looking so bad. I feel like they really missed the boat. On the same vain, the new Edge brow
  14. This was a pretty bad move by Lenovo. I usually like their hardware but this would honestly make me think twice about buying a laptop from them in the future. They make some of the best windows laptops on the market right now(thinkpad carbon, yoga) and they sell some pretty expensive machines. I know they are trying to find ways to make money on their cheaper(IE sub $300) computers but this is unacceptable. If you ever want to buy a nice windows computer without the junkware, I suggest you get it from the microsoft store: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/home I bought a
  15. Yeah I saw that hazel! I'm going to hold out and see if they really do release it for ipad. If not then I'm sticking with office 2007.
  16. My initial reaction was that Microsoft is crazy. However when I saw you could have it installed on 5 devices with mobile apps coming soon, that piqued my interest a little more. I'm not gonna subscribe for now but I haven't completely ruled it out yet. I'm also interested to see if Microsoft leaves the free Office applications in the Windows RT tablets.
  17. How do you guys feel about the new office subscription model. You get to install it on 5 devices(rumored ipad and android apps coming soon) for either $10 a month or $100 per year. You also get 20 gigs of skydrive and 60 minutes of skype calling each month. How do you guys feel about this? On the one hand your paying monthly on the other you don't have a big up front cost and you get skydrive space and skype minutes each month. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/
  18. I'm using chrome regularly(even though I don't like it) because firefox is so slow. I have done clean installs and even tried it on a fresh windows install. Chrome does some weird stuff but it has been nice having synched bookmarks between my phone, tablet, desktop, and laptop.
  19. Back to firefox: Anyone else think the last few firefox releases have been dog slow compared to the previous versions? I also hate the new default interface. Really disappointed with the direction FF is going.
  20. Something to consider Nodles: Use a free hosting site to create a website like Calendar of Updates: http://www.calendarofupdates.com/updates/index.php?app=calendar Except talk about all kinds of software rather than just security stuff. I'd be up for creating a pinned topic for you on the forum. Only if your up for it though, would be a lot of work. I wonder if you could use google calandar and just publish it for others to see? May be more work than that, I have no clue.
  21. Just like the freeware topic, I think its time we reboot the firefox extensions topic. The first firefox extension recommendation thread was started 5 years ago and can be found here: http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showtopic=6328 Firefox has come a long way over the years and I know a lot of us are using very different stuff than we were using five years ago, so this is our chance to get a fresh start. Please try not to post the same things as another member unless you have something fresh to say about it, this will shrink the amount of reading required to find something useful and
  22. The time has finally come to reboot the freeware thread! After six years I think its safe to assume that many of us have changed our minds on the software that we consider to be the best. The old freeware thread can be found here: http://forum.pirifor...showtopic=17921 In order to keep this thread useful I purpose a new posting method this time around. When recommending a program I suggest you do it in this format: -Program name (bold) -Link to program -Short description of what the program does -Reason you like above others/discussion of the program This way we can keep
  23. Sorry, I probably did(you can still post in it.) I was reading a post in this part of the forum and then noticed those topics again and remembered that I meant to restart them.
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