Twitter will begin aggressively booting trolls and abusers
It's no secret that Twitter is a haven for trolls. You know it, we know it, and even Twitter CEO Disk Costolo knows it. The question is, will the company ever do anything about it? It appears so -- in a heartfelt memo to employees, Costolo held himself accountable for the level of trolling and abuse that takes place on Twitter on a daily basis. He used words like "ashamed" and "embarrassed" to describe how he feels, calling the situation a "truth" that needs to be dealt with, and he intends to do just that.
We also formally introduce new Maximum PC Editor-in-Chief Tuan Nguyen
Yes, we know we’ve been away from the podcast room for quite some time, but hopefully episode 236 makes up for most of the delay. We talk about a bunch of interesting things in the show, including HoloLens, Windows 10, CES 2015, and the recent GeForce GTX 970 RAM issues. And we (finally!) formally introduce Maximum PC’s new Editor-in-Chief Tuan Nguyen.
For all intents and purposes, Windows RT is finally dead. That was actually true a week ago when Microsoft discontinued its Surface 2 tablets, thereby removing life support from Windows RT. But now that Microsoft announced it's no longer producing Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets, it's okay to write Windows RT's obituary -- this is, after all, the final nail in the coffin of an OS that died a slow and uneventful death.
Are you rocking a copy of the Windows 10 Technical Preview? If so, you can kick the tires on three of Microsoft's Universal Office apps -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. All three are immediately available to download in the new Windows Store beta, which you can gain access to if you've joined the Microsoft Windows Insider program (and if not, go here to become one), just as Microsoft promised they would be.
The war over net neutrality isn't over, but it did just swing somewhat in favor of those who support a level playing field, one that's devoid of paid fast lanes. Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), confirmed today that he wants to reclassify and regulate the Internet as a public utility under Title II, a section of the Communications Act of 1934.
Over the past few years, mechanical keyboards have surged in popularity, expanding a category that was once defined by just a handful of models to one that's beginning to overflow with options. And we're not complaining. An interesting side effect of this growing popularity is a desire by manufacturers to make their keyboards stand out from one other. Tt eSports (a division of Thermaltake) has chosen to do that with its Poseidon Z Forged mechanical plank by giving it an aluminum faceplate.
If you're a regular reader of Maximum PC, then a name you're likely to remember is Backblaze, a cloud-based backup firm that routinely shares its data about hard drive failures and various operations. The level of openness is pretty rare, as not too many companies offer the same level of transparency -- Puget Systems comes to mind -- and even fewer would splash the Internet with raw data. Well, that's what Backblaze just did, offering up raw data collected from more than 41,000 disk drives in its data center.
You know that friend of yours that can't help but to go over the speed limit at every opportunity? That's G.Skill, a memory maker that's heavily involved in the overclocking scene, and with DDR4 RAM being relatively new, there's plenty of uncharted memory frequency territory to explore. A month ago, G.Skill set a DDR4 memory record by taking a single 4GB module and pushing it to 4,255MHz. And this month? G.Skill broke its own DDR4 frequency record by hitting 4,355MHz.
If nobody ever bothered to reinvent the wheel, we'd all be riding around on four semi-circular stones with uneven surfaces and poor braking performance. Keeping that in mind, we won't necessarily dismiss a startup's attempt to reinvent Wi-Fi as we know it. In short, startup Eero wants to blanket your home in fast, reliable Wi-Fi that doesn't suffer from annoying issues like dead spots, buffering, and complicated passwords.
Out with the old and in with the new, or in this case, MSI is anxious to bid a fond farewell to the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) and get cooking with Non-Volatile Media Express (NVMe). To get the party started, MSI issued a round of BIOS updates for a whole bunch of motherboards based on Intel's X99, Z97, and H97 chipsets, making the company the first motherboard maker to fully support NVMe.