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Destiny | Bye Bye Gjallarhorn

Destiny | Bye Bye Gjallarhorn

Well, the Gjallarhorn is still important in Destiny, for now.

This week in Destiny, Xur, the mysterious merchant that appears once a week to peddle exotic weapons and armor, is selling the horn.

The rocket launcher is part of Xur’s latest inventory refresh and marks the second time the weapon has been sold. Although it isn’t particularly useful in PvP, the weapon bestows significant advantages in PvE, even allowing players to solo high-level raids and make short work of bosses such as Crota.

Xur can be found at the bar near the jukebox, and his Gjallarhorn is being sold for 17 Strange Coins.

What Could This Mean?

I would assume that the exotic and rarely dropped weapon will not have the same usefulness in The Taken King. If it would, Xur would NOT be selling, as this is only the 2nd time of the sell.

Bye bye to those elite groups that try to use the Gjallarhorn as a rite-of-passage…and here I am with 3 of them. (Two from Crota’s End, and one from Vault of Glass.) I actually made an exotic shard out of a 4th dropped from the Prison of Elders Level 32 chest.

LETECH | Vivaldi – The Answer to Multiple Tabs

LETECH | Vivaldi – The Answer to Multiple Tabs

Vivaldi – The Answer to Multiple Tabs?

Former Opera CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, launched a new browser on Tuesday, Vivaldi. The target for this is the power user, who could use more features that the current browsers (IE, Chrome) do not offer.

With features such as “tab stacks,”quick shortcuts, notes, screenshots, and more, the browser appears to be rather powerful in its beginning stages. Will it hit the market that Chrome and IE have? I doubt it. Opera, itself, is even struggling in this market, so a new contender would need to target more than the advanced user market.

“Most of the browsers seem to have a goal of making something simpler and simpler,” von Tetzchner told Mashable in an interview. “The advanced user is not really being covered.”

The browser is in its Technical preview stages, so have fun before the polish gets on it. Click here to view the Vivaldi website.

Vivaldi seems to be an interesting concept, especially for a guy such as myself, who lives through multiple tabs and windows. Hopefully, the development of this browser will continue. Since it’s geared towards advanced users, I hope it does not follow the path of the original Mozilla, Maxthon, and many other browsers.

 

LETech | Wireless Mobile Rollovers

Forget rollover minutes for wireless, here’s rollover data.

Introducing Data Stash: Don’t lose what you don’t use.

T-Mobile is apparently taking the, “It’s your data, keep it for a year,” approach to users’ unused data. The concept is known as Data Stash, which allows a consumer to save unused data for each month.

Here is an excerpt from T-Mobile’s website on the technology.

Here’s how it works:

  • Available for all T-Mobile customers on a postpaid Simple Choice plan who purchase 3GB or more of 4G LTE data (1GB or more for tablet plans)
  • Starting in January, you’ll have access to your one-time 10GB of Free 4G LTE data
  • Once you’ve used up your Free 10GB, you’ll automatically start rolling your unused 4G LTE data into the next month
  • At the end of the month, all your unused 4G LTE data – rounded up to the nearest megabyte – rolls into your stash to be used any time in the next 12 months.

Plus, if you have an eligible plan, we’ll pre-build your stash with a one-time up to 10GB 4G LTE Free Data Stash. Once you’ve used up that stash, you’ll automatically start rolling your unused 4G LTE high-speed data into the next month.

-T-Mobile.com

Not to be outdone, AT&T has now introduced their version of this.

Rollover Data is used only after the full data allowance for your Mobile Share Value plan in the current bill cycle is used. Once you exceed your plan’s current allowance, you’ll automatically start using your available Rollover Data. If all Mobile Share Value plan allowance and Rollover Data are used, an additional allotment of overage data is automatically charged to your account. Overage data does not roll over.

Rollover data expires after one billing cycle, when you change your plan (including changing your data amount), or when your account or Mobile Share Value plan is ended.

-AT&T

It is the same concept, but different terms. Do you want to throw away the data in a year or a month? Shop wisely and shop carefully. No brash decisions, people!!!!

Click here for AT&T’s plan

Click here for T-Mobile’s.

 

 

You can be sure that Verizon and Sprint will be next on the horizon to offer something similar. T-Mobile is one of those in the top 4 that were ignored. The company’s strategies are no longer being ignored.

 

iTunes 12 – We Have A Red Logo

iTunes 12 – We Have A Red Logo

With a red icon and a new, sleeker UI, iTunes has escalated to version 12.0.1.26 as of 3 days ago. Users will find play listing simpler and its much easier to switch between browsing a music library and to the iTunes Store. A new Recents view makes it easy to access the media that has just been purchased or recently played.

 

 

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As you can see from the images, the above menu is replaced and revamped with neat buttons and the appearance is sleeker and lighter. The text is also bolder and sticks out. The side menu is no longer available from iTunes 11, however, once you click the Playlist button, it appears to the side traditionally. A lot of users have tolerated this sidebar, so the change would be attractive to them; however there are many, like myself, who utilized the sidebar a lot.

 

Overall, I like change and this is something that was an interesting thing to wake up to this morning when I synced my iPhone. I am definitely looking forward to playing with the new playlists features, especially when coming up with the music and tunes for those crucial gym workouts.

 

Enjoy iTunes 12 and its red logo. It brings color to all the blue logos that I have on my laptop at the moment….and red is my favorite color.

Windows 10 – The Return of the Start Menu

Windows 10 – The Return of the Start Menu

Wait….

After all this time of killing it, Microsoft decides to bring it back! We get a start menu with Windows 10!!!!

At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next version of its Windows operating system: Windows 10. Windows 10 is the first major update since Windows 8 It will also be the name of the next mobile operating system for Windows Phone.

This may be a step in a move to get as FAR away as possible from Windows 8. Perhaps we can say it was the Windows ME of this generation, as businesses avoided the OS and stuck with Windows 7. I recently moved my media server to 8.1 with so much reservation, but I wanted to be up-to-date. The technical preview for Win10 is coming, and I will definitely take part.

Stay tuned for updates.

Mashable has a great write-up about it here.