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Maintaining Safe Tires – Some Helpful Info

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The tires on your vehicle play a very big role in its overall functionality. Without them, you wouldn’t get very far! But staying on top of their health and maintenance is important, and it actually may include more than you think. Whether you’re driving a small sedan or an SUV capable of tackling just about any terrain, routine service and maintenance is absolutely crucial to ensuring your vehicle lives a long and healthy life. You may have never realized just how important those black rubber circles are, but they can actually impact much more than just ensuring a smooth ride.

Alignment and Adjustment

Remember when you hit that pothole a few weeks ago? By doing something seemingly innocent and relatively common, you may have completely altered your vehicles alignment. Alignment pertains directly to your tires and can often be knocked awry by something as simple as hitting a pothole, bumping into a curb or going over a particularly rough patch of road. While it can sometimes be unavoidable, it’s crucial that you follow up and have alignments done regularly. You may notice a shaking while driving or you could even experience difficulty when making turns. Whatever the case may be, having your tire system realigned will ensure a safe and smooth ride that doesn’t put unnecessary pressure on other systems in your vehicle like the suspension. Remember, one problem can easily lead to another if not promptly addressed in the automotive industry!

Low Pressure Got You Down?

It’s not uncommon for tires to experience low pressure when it is unseasonably cold outside, but could your pressure issue be related to something else? Many people may not realize that they have a tire air leak until it’s too late and they’re stranded alongside the road with no other options. If you’ve noticed that your tire pressure is low or you’re fortunate enough to have a dash light that will warn you of this, follow up on it right away. While you may just need an infusion of air into those tires to get you back on track, it could prevent you from continuing to drive on a faulty one that could flatten out at a very inopportune moment. It’s much better to be safe than sorry in these situations!

Rotation Every 6,000 Miles

While this figure will vary depending on the amount you drive your vehicle and what type of vehicle you have, this is generally what is suggested. Regular tire rotation is very important and it could even help extend the life of your tires which can save you money in the long run. Many rotations can be completed in a short amount of time, meaning you won’t have to find a replacement vehicle for a relatively simple routine service. The bottom line is, the more you know and understand about the wheels on your vehicle, the better you can care for them. Not only will this extend their life, but it will also extend the life of your vehicle as a whole.

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Microsoft’s Office for iPad Team Discusses Ballmer’s Role in Launch, Mac Synergy, and More

Since Microsoft Office for iPad was released shortly after Satya Nadella took the reins at Microsoft, many assumed that he had given the final go ahead for the release of the software. As it turns out, it was actually outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer who gave the green light for the launch of the project.

The details come from a new “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit with Microsoft’s Office for iPad team. On the post, a user asked how many of the company’s recent moves could be attributed to Ballmer and the team states that the decision to ship Office for iPad was made before Satya became CEO.

msftipadwallMicrosoft’s Office for iPad Testing Lab

The decision to ship Office for iPad was made before Satya became CEO. Steve Ballmer approved the plan to ship Office for iPad. — Kaberi, Technical Product Manager, Office for iPad

Office for iPad was in development for years before it was released to the public in March, with hints of the software first appearing in 2011 and a prototype surfacing in 2012. Microsoft was initially focusing on bringing the Office software to its own line of touch-based tablets before bringing it to the iPad, but the company reversed course earlier this year and launched the software. The team commented on the delay:

Since we were designing Office for iPad from a “blank slate” so to speak, we wanted to take the time to deliver the highest possible quality Office experience that is fully optimized for the iPad. A wise man once said, “Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.” That rings true for how we thought about it.Han-yi Shaw, Group Program Manager & Design Manager for Office for iPad

Thus far, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have done well in the App Store, hitting the top of the Free App Store Charts within a single day. Microsoft announced last Friday that the apps had reached a collective 12 million downloads since release, and they remain the top three free iPad apps in the App Store.

Though Microsoft’s apps are available for free from the App Store, creating and editing documents requires an Office 365 subscription, which is priced at $9.99/month or $99.99/year. Apple receives a 30 percent cut of subscriptions that are purchased within the App Store, making the apps lucrative for both companies.

Aside from giving details on the release of Office for iPad, the Microsoft Team also gave out information on when to expect new features. Printing, a feature lacking from the existing version of the software is “a high demand feature that [Microsoft] intends to introduce in due course.”

When asked about a possible update to Office for Mac, the team did not hint at a release date, only confirming that the software is indeed in the works. They did note that Office for iPad has sped up development on Office for Mac, however, as the code for the products is shared and the development platforms are similar.


Micro Review: SanDisk 128GB Ultra UHS-1 Micro SDXC Memory Card

Names that you often recognize in the memory card world are Kingston, Samsung, Leef and SanDisk. At least in my mind those are the ones that frequently come to mind. Each company has a variety of card sizes, storage sizes, speed options and price tags. Choosing the right card for what you need or want is often more important that choosing one based on the price tag. 8 and 16 GB cards are a dime a dozen any more. Even 32GB cards are starting to hover at acceptable price tags for the average consumer. Being a bit of a storage junky I found myself rather curious about moving beyond the more traditional 32 and 64GB cards and was able to secure one of SanDisk’s latest releases, a 128GB Micor SDXC UHS-1 card.

SanDisk 128GB card reviewWhat’s in the box

  • A SanDisk Ultra 128GB Micro SDXC UHS-1 micro SD card
  • A micro to full sze SD card converter card
  • Plastic case

It would be a bit redundant to dig out the physical size and weight of the card, so I won’t even go there. However, I do need to cover some of the details that SanDisk lays out for us. While the card is 128GB’s, you should know that you don’t have access to the whole amount.  You actually get to use about 119GBs. That is still quite a lot of space regardless. The card is water proof, temperature proof, shock proof and x-ray proof, as is most high-end SD cards now a days. SanDisk and the packaging put the cards speed at up to 30MB/s read speed, with a lower write speed. Those numbers are based on internal testing and are usually a below average performance rating.

SanDisk SD Card ReviewHow does it perform

For some the speed is more important than the actual memory size. Rightfully so depending on your real world needs. I ran a number of CrystalDiskMark scans on the card on both a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connection with a USB 3.0 compatible micro SD card reader to see what speeds I was able to achieve. Here are those results, with the USB 2.0 test first followed by the USB 3.0 test.

SanDisk 128GB ReviewSanDisk 128GB USB 3.0 ReviewAs you can see you get a slight bump in speed on a USB 3.0 connection in terms of read speeds, but the write speeds stay about the same. It is always nice to see speed that are higher than what the products packaging lists.

The biggest surprise that came from my use of the card was its compatibility. General consumers, and sometimes myself included, take what a manufacturer states is the “Max storage size” for a particular device. For instance, the new HTC One M8 is targeting their marketing with the “up to 64GB” additional storage via a micro SD card. In my case I have a Sony Xperia Z which is stated to support “up to 32GBs” additional storage. To my surprise when I stuck the SanDisk 128GB card into my device for the heck of it, I found that it read the full thing just fine.

SanDisk 128GB Xperia Z SD CardIt makes me wonder how many other devices out there support larger cards, but just don’t state it because of testing, lack of testing or marketing. I did however, slide it into the Lenovo Yoga 8 and Yoga 10 and neither one of those would read the card. Unfortunately those are all the devices I have available to test the card in for additional compatibility. It is compatible with the SanDisk Connect Wireless 64GB thumb drive that I reviewed earlier.

Couple the SanDisk 128GB with a full size card converter and you have large capacity card that can traverse between multiple compatible devices including phones, tablets, cameras and laptops/PC’s.

The bigger question is what the bottom line will be for you to buy one. The SanDisk 128GB Ultra is available at Amazon and Best Buy currently. Both online retailers have them listed as out of stock. Oddly enough, there is pretty dramatic price gap between the two. Best Buy has the card listed at $199.99 while Amazon has it for $119.99. your best bet is clearly waiting for it to reappear on Amazon and save yourself $80.

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Comcast and Time Warner Cable try to convince the FCC why their merger is a good thing

The day before their executives go in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have filed joint FCC applications for their merger. Available as a blog post from Comcast EVP David Cohen or a 180 page Public Interest Statement, it carefully explains why two giants in the TV and internet business joining to become one, bigger, giant, works in everyone’s best interest. It’s worth a read, especially if you want to hear good things about anyone who competes with Comcast or Time Warner Cable. While we didn’t spot a direct reference to Reed Hasting’s issues with “weak” net neutrality, the Netflix CEO is quoted for praising Comcast’s X1 platform.

In the blog post, Cohen argues the merger will extend net neutrality, since former Time Warner Cable customers will fall under the agreement Comcast made when it purchased NBC. Discussion of the suddenly controversial peering market is saved for the PDF, where the two boldly claim “there is no plausible basis to conclude that the combination of Comcast and TWC will harm competition in any market for peering and transit services.” A key part of their pro-merger arguments is that Comcast and TWC already don’t compete in the areas covered, but as the New York Times notes, that’s the result of government-granted local monopolies in TV. For TV, Comcast says it can offer Time Warner Cable customers more services, more options whether live or on-demand, and better technology upgrades on the back end to increase capacity and quality.

Still, internet connections are both the focus of the deal and much of the scrutiny it will be under. One of the images (above) lays out alternate ISP options in many of the largest markets a joint Comcast/TWC covers. There’s also a large portion of the filing spent laying out competition from DSL, Google Fiber, wireless broadband and internet services like Amazon and Netflix. Skeptical? You’re not alone, as Senator Al Franken has detailed his concerns about the merger, while the CEO of consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge will join Cohen and others in front of the Senators tomorrow at 10AM — you can watch live on C-SPAN 3.

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Source: Comcast / TWC Public Interest Statement (PDF), Comcast Voices Blog


Samsung is giving the Gear Fit smartwatch a vertical display mode

Samsung Gear Fit showing info in vertical view

The curved AMOLED screen on Samsung’s Gear Fit smartwatch is alluring, but it currently has a catch: without a vertical display mode, you occasionally have to contort your arm to get a good view. That shouldn’t be an issue by the time the wristwear officially launches on April 11th, though. Business Insider, Pocket-lint and SamMobile have spotted an update that lets you rotate the Fit’s interface to a more watch-like (and sometimes more comfortable) portrait view. It’s just one change, but it could make a big difference if the lack of rotation was steering you toward the Gear 2 and other less exotic-looking wearables.

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Source: SamMobile, Pocket-lint, Business Insider


Windows XP support officially ends today, still used by over 25% of PCs

It’s been over 12 years, folks: it’s time to let that aging operating system go. In case the insistent cries of all your favorite applications and anyone who’s used your computer recently weren’t enough indication, we’re here to make it totally clear that today is the day Microsoft ends official support for Windows XP. That means no more security updates and no more customer service calls. A paid option is available to organizations (think: governments, corporations, etc.) which offers “critical” patches and support, but even Microsoft suggests upgrading to a newer version of Windows instead of footing the bill.

We won’t rib you too much for sticking to XP, though; over 25 percent of you are still running Microsoft’s 2001 release, according to NetMarketShare. And that’s to say nothing of the world’s ATMs, 95 percent of which still run XP. Egads!

Relax, y’all — the company in charge of those ATMs says it’s in the process of upgrading and (as of last check-in a few weeks ago) should have one-third upgraded ahead of…today. We reached out to the company (NCR) and have yet to hear back on progress.

A variety of countries are also still dependent on XP for governmental affairs, such as The United Kingdom and The Netherlands, both of which had to work out paid measures with Microsoft for continued security support. China’s population is largely dependent on XP as well, with nearly half of the country’s computer users running the aged OS. Still, between years of warning, financial incentives to upgrade, and an update to XP that outright told users of today’s news, it’s hard to be upset at Microsoft. There was even free software for migrating content over.

So today we say goodbye to Windows XP: you were there for us back before the Internet was cool, and you set the standard for desktop OSes.

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iPhone 6 Renderings Based on Leaked Schematics Highlight Larger Displays

Late last month, a set of alleged design drawings was published by Japanese magazine MacFan, showing dimensions for upcoming 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone models. It’s not uncommon for us to see design and case leaks in the months leading up to the new iPhone release.

In some cases, as with the iPhone 5C, early design leaks turn out to be quite close to the final product, though in other instances they turn out to be inaccurate.


Based on those drawings, MacRumors commissioned designer Ferry Passchier to create some full product renderings of the rumored iPhone 6. While these aren’t the first renderings, we asked Ferry to also show how they would compare in size to existing devices such as the iPhone 5s and iPad mini.

iPhone 6 (4.7″) and iPhone 6 (5.7″)

The iPhone designs in the drawings include several differences compared to the iPhone 5s. The top power button has been moved from the right side to the left side of the device. The rear camera on the larger model is also shown as protruding slightly from the rear shell, as is the case with the current iPod touch. The camera flash has also reverted back to a round-design unlike the one found on the iPhone 5s.

Left to Right: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 (4.7″), iPhone 6 (5.7″), iPad mini
This image shows how the new iPhone 6 design compares to the existing product line. The iPhone 5s is depicted on the left with a 4″ screen, while the iPad mini (7.9″) is on the far right. In between are the rumored 4.7″ and 5.7″ iPhone 6 from the design document.

Over the weekend, an Apple slide deck from April 2013 surfaced from the ongoing Apple-Samsung patent trial, illustrating Apple’s awareness that smartphone growth was coming from the low end of the market and in phones with screens larger than the iPhone’s 4-inch display. With the slides noting that “customers want what we don’t have”, it’s clear why Apple is reportedly planning to increase the size of the iPhone’s display with this year’s models. The iPhone 6 is expected to debut this fall, although a recent report from Reuters claims that the larger version may not be ready to launch at that time.

We can’t be certain these schematics are accurate, but Apple clearly sees the need to address the larger smartphone market. We expect more leaks in the future as production of the iPhone 6 begins ramping up.


WWDC 2014 – What to Expect

WWDC 2014 will kick off on June 2nd with a keynote address from Apple CEO Tim Cook. iOS 8 is the mostly likely focus of the event, but there are a number of other possible topics, including OS X 10.10, Apple TV, MacBook Airs, and the long rumored iWatch.

Read full article for more details.


LG G Watch 2 already in works, report says


The upcoming LG G Watch may not be here for another few months but that doesn’t mean we can’t look to its successor. In fact, we probably should be looking at the second generation device, according to new chatter.

Reportedly, LG is already working on the follow-up wearable device which could debut shortly after the first G Watch arrives. There’s no indication yet as to what the differences might be between the first and second model; we don’t even know the full details on the first one. Really, we should expect that companies like LG would always be be working on the next model.

We’re anxious to get our hands (or wrists) on Android Wear and can’t wait to see what LG has in store for us.

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Engadget giveaway: win a V.I.O. Stream Battery System HD camera!

We can’t help you with the lights or the action, but the professional video folks at V.I.O. will provide the camera for one lucky Engadget reader this week. We have one V.I.O. Stream Battery System, which is a seriously rugged little POV shooter capable of capturing and streaming 1080p HD video using the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP). It’s waterproof, dustproof and shockproof (earning it an IP67 environmental standard rating), so it can handle all the extreme action you want to throw at it. And the battery add-on, which is included in this model, lets you roam free and capture footage for up to two and a half hours on a charge without any wired entanglements. Whether its documenting base jumps, birthday parties or kickstarting a budding film career, this HD video camera is up to the task. All you need to do is head on down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning this V.I.O. Stream Battery System.

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