Azulle – Access Plus – Fanless Mini PC Stick



The Azulle – Access Plus – Fanless Mini PC Stick is my first exposure to a mini-computer running Windows 10. When we updated our flat screen this spring I wanted to be able to bring up a few sites that have content my family enjoys but does not have a channel on the Roku or similar devices. The Azulle Mini PC Stick was the perfect solution. The Mini PC simply connects to an HDMI port and using the Azulle – Lynk Remote control I was able to have a separate window system that we could utilize hooked directly to the monitor.

Now let me be upfront the Mini PC is not like your desktop and or a top end laptop it comes with a 64-bit Quad-core Intel Atom CherryTrail processor with and option of 2 or 4GB of onboard ram with 32gb of onboard storage with USB 3.0 x1 and USB 2.0 X1, Dual Band Bluetooth and a USB Mouse, Keyboard supported wirelessly and dual band Wifi  The HD Graphics card outputs a 1080P to allow for full-screen Video playback, gaming, and home theater usage.

I will be honest I was surprised how well it operates and the best part it is a 100% out of site. You can expand storage either with a USB stick or an external hard-drive. You use it just like any other PC in your home only this one can be hooked up to a TV in the living room, standard monitor in a kids room to provide them an inexpensive PC for homework etc. The use cases go beyond the home you could use it in a board room. digital signage the list goes on. Tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand but powerful enough to run Windows 10.

Priced between $139/$169 depending on ram choice you cannot beat what this brings to the table as a mini-pc.


Azulle – Lynk Multi-Functional Remote Control Review



I have been using the Azulle – Lynk Multi-Functional Remote Control with their Access Plus – Fanless Mini PC Stick see review. which is essentially a computer that you can plugin into an HDMI port on your TV. The Lynk Multi-Functional Remote Control allows me to have a mouse and keyboard combo within the confines of a remote control.

Allows me to point and click the mouse with their Gyroscope technology that provides remarkable control for a mouse you wave around in your hand. The keyboard is backlit and has a standard layout for quick typing in website addresses or
standard keyboard functions. It has the capability to learn the functions of more remotes that comes with televisions or other devices you find in an entertainment system.

It comes with a microphone if you’re doing a skype call or want to use voice recognition software like Cortana. Compatible with all major operating systems. The best thing is it reasonably priced at $29.99 a great choice for those that need a remote keyboard. mouse, microphone combination.


King Partners with Moschino to Launch Candy Crush Capsule Collection



King, the creators of the Candy Crush game, have partnered with Moschino and the acclaimed creative director Jeremy Scott to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Candy Crush franchise. Together, they are launching a limited edition colorful capsule collection comprised of “summer festival must haves”.

Candy Crush is a game that is played by millions of people around the world. The partnership with Moschino, a fashion house at the forefront of merging pop culture with fashion, brings fans of the Candy Crush franchise an opportunity to show they are fans of the game by wearing the styles from Moschino’s Candy Crush Collection.

The collection will be available exclusively on Moschino.com until the collection sells out. The designs were created by Jeremy Scott, Creative Director for Moschino. The collection includes a backpack ($650 USD), a phone case ($70 USD), and swimwear for men and women ($250 USD and $300 USD).

The celebration of Candy Crush’s fifth anniversary will culminate at the exclusive Moschino Candy Crush Desert Party during the Cochella music festival, where the entire space will be transformed into a Candy Kingdom. Key visuals and moments from the game will be brought to life with tangible props that will be as vibrant in-person as they are on screen.


GNC #1193 Artificial Intelligence Profiling



It will not be long and Artificial Intelligence Profiling will be the norm and corporations will use AI to deny job seekers because a profile algorithm developed by shrinks says you may or may not be compatible within a corporate structure. Mark my words if a form of this is not already happening it will be hastened with the development of AI.

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Nintendo Reveals Games for Nintendo Switch



Nintendo revealed a list of games that are coming out for Nintendo Switch. The games were revealed in a video that was posted on Nintendo Direct (which has more details).

ARMS is a fighting game where players equip two customizable ARMS per fighter. The ARMS range from standard gloved ARMS to curved weapons like boomerangs. Each ARM has a special attribute like fire, ice, or electricity that activates when delivering a punch. The game can be played as 1-v-1 matches or 2-v-2 matches. A new character, the super-fast, ramen-armed Min Min has been revealed. This character is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

Splatoon 2: Salmon Run has a new four-player co-op mode. Players can team up to battle the new Salmonid species. When players fail in co-op mode, their teammates can revive them by inking them on the battlefield. Splattoon 2 launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 21, 2017. There are three new amiibo figures for the game – a new Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, and Inkling Squid – which will all launch on the same day and grant special limited gear in game.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will launch on April 28, 2017. It will include more characters, karts, and tracks unlocked from the start than any other game in Mario Kart history. Traditional racing and redesigned battle modes can be played in Local Wireless mode with up to 8 players and Online or LAN mode with up to 12 players. Nintendo will be hosting two Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online tournaments in game.

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers launches for Nintendo Switch on May 26, 2017. It includes all the classic characters and two new fighters: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. A “Way of the Hado” mode lets players throw HADOKENS with first-person motion controls.

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will launch in the Nintendo eShop on May 11, 2017 (and stores on a later date). It includes the Super Mario Mash-Up pack along with new multiplayer play and control options.

These are just a few of the games coming to Nintendo Switch. In addition, Nintendo announced some new games coming to Nintendo 3Ds and some new amibos. The Nintendo Switch Standalone Dock will be available for purchase starting on May 19, 2017.


Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza 2017



Niantic announced that the Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza has started. It began today, April 13, at 1:00 PM PDT. The event will last through April 20, 2017. The announcement doesn’t specifically mention Easter, but the egg reference makes me think that this is Pokémon GO’s Easter holiday event.

During the Eggstravaganza, a greater variety of Pokémon can be found in 2km Eggs. Those are the Eggs that require the fewest kilometers of walking in order to make them hatch. It seems to me that the 5km Eggs, and the 10km Egg tend to hatch more interesting Pokémon than the 2Km Eggs do, so more variety on the 2km eggs will be fun.

I just put a 10km egg into my only Incubator yesterday, so it is going to take some work for me to get that one to hatch so I can put a 2k Egg into the Incubator. If only I had waited! The Eggstravaganza doesn’t change the variety of Pokémon that hatch from the 5km or 10km eggs.

Players will earn more Candy during the Eggstravaganza, and will level up even faster with double XP. Niantic suggests that players use a Lucky Egg (which gives players double XP for 30 minutes) during the Eggstravaganza – to maximize their XP. If you don’t happen to have a Lucky Egg, Niantic says you can purchase one in the in-game shop for 50% off during the Eggstravaganza.

Players are asked to share the Pokémon that they hatch on social media, using #PokemonGO. Niantic also would like players to share their stories.


NODE Is an Advocacy Group for Drone Pilots



NODE LogoRemote-piloted drone aircraft are becoming more commonplace. Once, drones were only the domain of government agencies with big money to spend. But the advent of smaller craft, such as quadcopters, has opened up drone usage to anyone with the time and money to take up drone piloting.

As drones have become more popular, it was only a matter of time before more rules and regulations would be implemented to direct how, when and, where these aircraft can be used. In response to increasing government oversight of private drone use, a group called the Network of Drone Enthusiasts (NODE) has formed to advocate for the rights and interests of drone users:

The Network of Drone Enthusiasts (NODE) is a coalition of drone users and manufacturers dedicated to ensuring fair and responsible drone regulations. NODE makes room for safer skies, but also provides a voice for those participating in the advancement of new technology, which benefits millions worldwide.

Legislators have introduced regulations that greatly impact our ability to fly our drones. However, since these regulations are often overreaching and inconsistent, these guidelines are often misinterpreted and cause confusion.

NODE is currently working on two campaigns on behalf of its members. The first is in Canada, where regulators recently imposed recreational flight restrictions that threaten the future of drone use within the country. The second campaign is focused on the city of Richmond, CA, where officials are proposing new drone ordinances that could be confusing and detrimental to drone users.

If you’re a drone enthusiast and would like to get involved with NODE, you can join the group here.