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Matthew Merkey
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If you haven't heard of it, Sony's Playstation Vue is probably the first true and widely available Internet-only TV service in the US. They've recently added Roku support, and Android/Chromecast support is coming very soon. There's live TV, and cloud-based DVR service. Local channels may or may not be available depending on where you live. The best part: the basic tier which has 55 of the most common cable networks is only $30/month.

Of course, there are strings attached. The cloud-based DVR only holds recorded episodes for one month past the original air date. Some networks may not be available on certain platforms, though in my testing I was able to watch several that they said weren't available. The biggest issue for many, though, will be the limited platform support. Granted, Sony is rectifying this problem as fast as they can, but right now you can only watch TV on a Playstation 3 or 4, a Roku device, an iPhone/iPad, and a Chromecast when combined with a iPhone/iPad. Android support on Chromecast is supposedly coming very soon. There is not an option for viewing on the web.

Then there are the technical problems. The Roku app was stuck in an infinite profile creation loop until I power cycled the device. The PS3 was stuck at the profile selection screen until I switched it over to a wired connection (not sure if that's what fixed it or not). My old iPhone 4S will only cast live TV to the Chromecast; it consistently fails to cast any recorded program.

Because of the technical problems and lack of Android support, I've cancelled the service. If Android support arrives next week I'll give that a shot. If it works, then I may reconsider.
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I picked up a Moto 360 (2nd gen) a week or so back, and while hunting for good watch faces, I found Pujie Black. I don't buy too many apps from the Play Store, but Pujie Black immediately became a must-have for me. The sheer level of customization is great, and every face works well with ambient mode (unlike certain other custom face apps).

I've got a couple of questions.

1. I've noticed that on analog/digital faces, occasionally the analog and digital clocks with fall out of sync with each other (the analog side will often be ahead of the digital side). Switching from ambient to full power mode seems to correct this. Is this an issue with Wear in general, or something unique to Pujie? The stock faces don't have any analog/digital hybrid faces (at least not in ambient), so there's no real way to compare.

2. Is there any way to make notifications opaque in ambient mode, like they are with the stock faces? Certain Pujie faces that have numbers at the bottom of the face will often make notifications difficult to read, and it would be great to have a way to enable/disable opaque notifications in ambient mode. If it is an option, I'm afraid I haven't been able to find it.

Geeks get excited over things that most people would just find weird. Case in point, I just bought a new keyboard, and I'm in love. So yes, this post is mostly an excuse to type with this keyboard, because I'm enjoying it so much.

The keyboard in question is a Corsair K70, and I opted for the blue variant of Cherry's MX switches. If you have no idea what that means, don't worry, you're a normal person. Trust me, though... if you tried this thing, you would want one.

Back in the 80's and 90's, the majority of keyboards were mechanical.  Computers were still mainly the realm of businesses and hobbyists, and these people generally didn't mind shelling out $100+ for a keyboard. They were going to get their money's worth. However, as computers became more mainstream, the need to lower costs became a bigger concern. So we got the cheap, mushy rubber membrane keyboards that are the norm these days.

For some of us, those cheap keyboards would never be good enough. We kept our old IBMs and Northgates around for two or three decades. A few dedicated hardware makers kept producing mechanical keyboards, and now they're catching on again. Well-known brands in the DIY hardware space are making mechanicals... Corsair, Thermaltake, even NewEgg's Rosewill house brand, just to name a few.

They're still expensive, but now they're not just clones of old models. Corsair and others are putting their resources behind modern designs, and the results are pretty awesome. Even Logitech is using Cherry MX switches in one of their gaming keyboards.

Believe me, once you've used one, you'll never be able to go back to anything else.
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No micro transactions, no mobile nonsense. This is the full XCOM game adapted for mobile devices. It's probably the best game on Android right now. Just make sure you have the space... it's 3.6 GB.
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Methinks the FCC is a bit unpopular right now.

Seriously, though. The cable companies have enough of a monopoly on this country's Internet access. They don't need more control of it. If anything, they need less.
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Definitely not your average mobile game. The 3.6 GB download is one clue.
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My epic first attempt to land on Duna in Kerbal Space Program.
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Whatever you may think of Tim Cook, it's fun to watch a CEO smack down a stupid shareholder. Especially when it's for the right cause.
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My take on Windows 8 as a tablet operating system. In short, it works, but only for a very specific set of users.
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Me and Star Trek Online had a falling out last night.

Also, I'm testing this out because I'm thinking of ditching wordpress.
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