The $150 Samsung 850 EVO 500GB is a great SSD going for one of its lowest prices ever


Our friends at Thrifter are back again, and it’s time to upgrade your PC’s SSD!

Update: The 250GB version is down to $ 90 from a normal price around $ 105. That’s easily one of its lowest prices ever. Great option if you don’t want to spend more for the extra storage, but the 500GB is still on sale as well.

The Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD is down to $ 149.99 on Amazon. This SSD normally sits above $ 170, and for the last few months has fluctuated between $ 170 and $ 180. The 850 EVO has been around si…
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Spotify Hits 60 Million Paid Subscribers Ahead of Going Public


As it prepares to go public, Spotify has reached 60 million paid subscribers, reports TechCrunch. The 60 million mark comes nearly five months after the company announced its 50 million paid subscriber milestone in March.

When adding in customers who listen to the free ad-supported tier, Spotify has more than 140 million subscribers worldwide. Comparatively, Apple Music now boasts 27 million paying subscribers, a number Apple shared at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Since its 2…
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RuneScape Finally Going Mobile, Early Registrations Now Open


Jagex took to Twitter to announce that the long wait to be able to play RuneScape on your phone will finally be over in early 2018. The game will be ported over to mobile platforms in its entirety, the company said, without clarifying on which platforms would be receiving it, though it is to be presumed that RuneScape is to launch on Android and iOS devices. As a bonus, a mobile port of the old-school version of the game will be released this Winter, though an exact date was not announced for either game. Online sign-ups for gamers who want to register their interest in RuneScape Mobile are already open. Signing up will keep you up to date on the project as it moves forward, and give you … |

Jawbone Going Out of Business as CEO Moves on to New ‘Jawbone Health Hub’ Startup


In May of last year, speaker and fitness tracker company Jawbone ended production of its fitness trackers and started seeking a buyer for its speaker business, leading to speculation that the company was going out of business.

Jawbone denied claims that it was shutting down and planned to pivot to medical products for direct sale to clinical practitioners, but that may not have panned out, as The Information reports that the business is officially shutting down.

Jawbone has reportedly started liquidat…
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Virgin Mobile innovates by going iPhone-only


In an effort to regain relevancy in the ridiculously competitive mobile network space, Virgin Mobile CEO Richard Branson revealed today that his company is going all-in on iPhone. Virgin Mobile is set to become the first-ever iPhone-only carrier and to kick things off the company is offering a deal for Apple fans that just might […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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IDG Contributor Network: Going interstellar with Microsoft Cosmos

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At Microsoft’s Build developer conference last week, the company announced Cosmos DB, a new cloud database offering that, if you believe the hype, entirely changed the database game. Before reelecting on what this means for developers and organizations, it’s worth taking a look at what Cosmos is.

Cosmos is a schema-free database service built with the aim of delivering high performance, fault tolerance, automatic indexing of data and truly globally distributed scalability. Cosmos is, at least in part, the evolution of Microsoft’s previous DocumentDB offering. DocumentDB was Redmond’s first foray into the NoSQL world. And while DocumentDB was…
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