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  • I’ve had a physical console for decades. Since 1979, there has not been a moment that that I did not have some video game console hooked up to something, even during my flirtation with PC gaming in the late 90s and early 2000s.

    2 weeks 5 days ago

  • It sounds to me like there could have been a write error when the files were being saved to the SD card, and if so, the data may have never actually been saved to it. If the data wasn’t properly saved, no amount of effort will recover it. Good luck, hope that's not the case. 

    2 weeks 5 days ago

  • As far as I know, no console of the current generation (Wii U, PS4 and XBox One) have suffered the same sort of reliability issues that were experienced with some of the previous generation consoles.

    2 weeks 5 days ago

  • How can I make sure TRIM is working after I install a new SSD on a Windows 7 PC that came with a HDD (will be reinstalling Windows 7)?

    4 weeks 6 days ago

  • I had an early flat screen that did this, and by turning down the backlight it makes it much less noticeable but didn’t make it go away. Short of disassembly of the monitor and adding something like a thin foam strip or electrical tape to block the light, I don’t think there is anything you can do to really fix it.

    4 weeks 6 days ago

  • I just wanted to add two quick things. The replacement for the Pi isn’t expected until 2017, so you should only expect to see incrementially upgraded versions until then. Also, the Raspberry Pi B+ is still the same price as the original, $35. 

    4 weeks 6 days ago

  • I know how to clean data from an old hard drive, including to the point of physical destruction, but what about a SSD? What steps need to be taken to ensure that data is erased and not recoverable from a solid state drive (SSD)?

    8 weeks 4 days ago

  • Usually the cause is poor WiFi connection with the Chromecast. Since everything is actually going over your WLAN to the Chromecast, it is important to have a strong signal. Turn the display, go to the Chromecast input and look for signal strength.

    9 weeks 4 days ago

  • That’s the challenge of big data - taking a massive amount of data and applying analytics to extract useful, actionable information. Keep in mind, I’m not a data scientist, but analysts sometimes refer to the “Three Vs of Big Data”:  data volume, data velocity and data type variety.

    9 weeks 5 days ago

  • A lot of the discussion about Swift is speculation, since the beta was just released and the full version won’t be out until Fall 2014. According to Apple, “Swift is like Objective C without the bulk of C.” It was designed to make it much easier for less experienced programmers to develop applications for iOS platforms and get them published.

    10 weeks 5 days ago

  • The both save power. When your PC enters sleep mode, it continues to keep everything you are working on in RAM, but pretty much everything else gets shut down. Of course, keeping memory up and running takes some power, but when you wake up your PC, it happens quickly because it doesn’t have to boot up.   

    10 weeks 5 days ago

  • How does one go about getting an educational discount on Apple products? What proof needs to be provided and where to I submit it?

    11 weeks 6 days ago

  • It's hard to get hard numbers for development costs, but it can be very, very expensive. I do know that Bungie has up to a $140 million budget for Destiny. A good estimate for a "typical" AAA title like COD or Gran Turismo would probably be $40-60 million dollars.   

    11 weeks 6 days ago

  • There are two main possibilities. The first is that someone at your office is behind it (“the call is coming from inside the house” scenario). There has been a push, particularly on Reddit, to vote for a guy named Josh Wise to drive the Dogecar in a NASCAR race.

    13 weeks 4 days ago

  •  It’s a little harder to monitor which laptop is visiting which site than it is to see all traffic over the router. If you don’t really need to break it down by each device, all you really need to do is set up a free OpenDNS account and change your router settings to add the OpenDNS server.

    13 weeks 4 days ago

  • Symantec's Senior VP Brian Dye said during an interview with The Wall Street Journal that antivirus software “is dead” and the company no longer considers it a money maker.

    14 weeks 7 hours ago

  • I like the concept of, basically a paid version of twitter with more features and without the advertising...and without the user becoming the I was a little disappointed to hear today that the company has cut back to the point to having no full time employees.

    15 weeks 7 hours ago

  • If you want to do it for free, try MP3 Skype Recorder. If you are using it for business or need more features, Pamela for Skype is probably your best choice.   

    15 weeks 13 hours ago

  • Is there a source that lists the various laws regarding notification of data breaches in each state? It would be preferable if it was a plain language site, since not all of us went to law school.

    16 weeks 3 days ago

  • I believe that it is currently opt-in, but you never know when Facebook is going to completely flip on a policy. If you want to make certain, you can go into your smartphone settings and turn off location settings.

    17 weeks 1 day ago

  • I used to play a lot of video games back in high school and college, and now that I have a kid I’d like for them to experience that there is more to gaming than first person shooters, which is all he seems to play.

    20 weeks 6 days ago

  • This is really interesting. It uses the multipeer connectivity framework to provide access to other iPhone users and allow them to send SMS and MMS messages even neither of them don’t has an WiFi/3G/4G connection.

    21 weeks 12 hours ago

  • Since 2011, Google has been scanning all apps with Bouncer as they are uploaded to Play and then randomly afterwards. Bouncer does two main things. First, it looks for matches to known malware signatures and, second, it runs the apps in sort of an Android VM to make sure it doesn’t do anything to take advantage of Android in a malicious way.

    21 weeks 13 hours ago

  • Can I call someone who is not added to my contacts using Facetime?

    21 weeks 4 days ago

  • When setting up a home network, is it worth the extra effort to assign static IP addresses to everything, or is DHCP the way to go?

    21 weeks 6 days ago

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