Aug 14

Microsoft Patch “Blue Screens” PCs, Updated Version Returns “Error Message”, Users Lose Hope And Start To Panic

Microsoft recently re-released a security update that was pulled about three weeks ago when Microsoft users started bombarding the company’s support forum with reports of crippled computers. The update in question, update MS14-045, was rolled out on Patch Tuesday (August 12) and within 24 hours customers started posting messages on a now lengthy thread stating that their systems had been turned into glorified paperweights with an error message and the dreaded blue screen of death.

Some customers were eventually able to get their computers back in working order, though not everyone was as fortunate. Even booting the computers in Safe Mode didn’t seem to help. A majority of the computers that experienced the problem were PC’s running the 64-bit version of Windows 7. Microsoft told customers on August 15 to uninstall one of the two components that made up the patch, but made the recommendation only in an updated version of the MS14-045 advisory. Basically Microsoft didn’t blog or send any other public message out about the problem.

Between August 16 and 17 Microsoft pulled the patch from its Windows Update service altogether. The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) recapped the sequence in a blog post but did not explain what had actually gone wrong. In the statement the MSRC stated, “A small number of customers experienced problems with a few of the updates. As soon as we became aware of some problems, we began a review and then immediately pulled the problematic updates, making these unavailable to download. We then began working on a plan to rerelease the affected updates.”

A person claiming to be a Microsoft engineer provided more information about the flawed update, more so than the company officially did. Kurt Phillips noted that the patch had not been tested thoroughly and stated, “We made a fairly invasive change in font handling as part of a security patch and thought we had tested it properly, but there are definitely problems in our test coverage and design process that we need to address.” That message was left on the support thread which currently has 540 messages and almost 11,000 views.

In a revised bulletin for the patch Microsoft instructed users to uninstall the MS14-045 patch (if they hadn’t already) and to do so before installing the fixed version. The company also noted that the new update would fix their boot problems. “Customers who experienced difficulties restarting their systems after installing security update 2982791 should no longer experience this problem after installing the replacement update (2993651),” the company stated. The main problem here is that in order to install the repaired update users need to be able to boot up their computers and some users are still unable to do so.

The plot thickened, however, when one user reported that, after the revamped patch was released, Windows Update displayed the following message: “An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer”. User pacman10 recently wrote on the discussion board stating, “Someone on the Microsoft bridge needs to go personally into the engine room and find out what’s going on. Or have the engine room staff left? Maybe the engine room broke off the back of the ship last week and has sunk. I don’t know.”

Susan Bradley, who is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), a volunteer moderator on the Windows Update subsection of the Microsoft support forum and a noted patch expert who writes for Windows Secrets stated that she has seen additional reports about this same update error message. This puts users in quite the conundrum. You need to boot up your computer to install the new update, which many users can’t do. If you can do that then you also run the risk of seeing this error message. It’s a slippery slope indeed. Hopefully Microsoft figures out what is going on and delivers a solid fix to this issue but until that happens Bradley suggests we all “hang loose”.

Aug 14

If You’re Going To Trade In Your Old iPhone For An iPhone 6, Do It Now!

iphone 5sAre you looking forward to the iPhone 6 launch? Yes, everyone is. Word on the street is that it will be introduced on September 9th at a media event in San Francisco. This means that this is the time to trade in your older and/or current iPhone models. There are tons of companies right now that are ready to pay top dollar for your used phones, and it is crazier than it ever has been. Even eBay is going to offer sellers a $100 coupon if they are unable to sell their phone in an auction.

Right now if you are selling an iPhone 5s on eBay, you’re probably going to get about $500 or even more. This is more than ever, because when the 5s came out, people selling their iPhone 4 smartphones were only getting an average of about $280. With every new iPhone release, the amount of listings on eBay for older models increases. Right now there is a staggering amount of used iPhones for sale, and there is also a staggering amount of buyers.

NetWorth is a trade-in site that is pretty popular. They are expecting double the amount of trade-ins than they had with the release of the 5s and the 5c. Networth has a deal with Target right now allowing you to trade in your old phone for a gift card. Right now, you can trade in your old iPhone 5s for as much as $259. That isn’t as much as you might get on eBay, but you don’t have to wait for the auction to end, pay auction fees, and then wait to get digital money deposited in your bank account.

If you are in fact going to trade in your old iPhone to put the money toward the new model, you might want to do it as soon as possible. The value of any type of electronic device goes down daily. Right now, Glyde suggests a sales price of $413 for a used 64GB iPhone 5s on Verizon. Just last week, that same phone had a suggested price of $487. That is a huge difference for just one week. Every day that passes is just going to be a few dollars lost.

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Aug 14

The World’s First 8TB Hard Drive

4tbThese days with cell phones, tablets, home businesses, and everything else that is going on, more data is being created than ever before. We live in a world that revolves around data and mobile technology. Technology has made life a lot easier in most cases, but often we run into the problem of not having enough storage space. Being the owner of my own small business and a small recording studio, I can definitely relate to this. There may be a new type of hard drive that could help ease the pain though.

Today Seagate has confirmed that the first ever 8TB hard drives have been shipped out to their early buyers. The data storage company has managed to create the largest storage space inside of any single hard disk drive on the planet.

As I said earlier, there is a real need for more efficient hard drives right now. There is a way larger amount of data being created, stored, and shared than ever before. The new 8TB hard drives are going to make life a lot easier and will also keep costs low for the consumers.

The world is becoming more mobile every single day, and the amount of data being created isn’t slowing down at all. As a matter of fact, the number of devices that we rely on is growing at a huge rate. This growth is only going to continue to get bigger and bigger. This puts a lot of pressure on cloud builders. There is always a big need to create new ways to build high capacity storage platforms and keep them at a reasonable cost, and it only gets harder.

Over the years, Seagate has been doing a good job at upgrading their hard drives using a technology called shingled magnetic recording. This technology pushes drive tracks closer to each other, giving the hard drive the most amount of space possible.

Right now the new hard drives are only being shipped to a select few people because they are still in the trial period. Soon though, they will be available for any of us to purchase. They should be on the mass market in the next few months. I know that I am going to be sure to pick one up. This might actually be one of the things that I’ll end up relying on more than almost anything.

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Aug 14

LG Plans Curved Ultrawide Monitor For IFA Berlin Along With 4K Displays

487549751IFA Berlin is coming up soon and LG Electronics is poised to show off three new monitors. What’s more interesting is that reports are saying that one of these monitors will be an ultrawide model while another is said to be a new 4K display.

Curved displays and 4K displays are expected to be on display at IFA Berlin. Some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including LG, are expected to have tons of curved displays and 4K monitors in a variety of shapes and sizes as vendors look to push down prices in hopes of persuading consumers to fork out the generous amount of money needed for these products.

LG recently announced that it will be unveiling the world’s very first curved monitor with an extra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. The screen itself measures 34 inches diagonally and has a 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution. Just like other curved TVs and monitors, LG is promising that this monitor, dubbed the 34UC97, will offer a more  immersive experience. In addition to that, the screen will also be compatible with both PCs as well as Macs, thanks to a Thunderbolt 2 port.

LG is also planning on introducing the Digital Cinema 4K Monitor. This monitor, also known as the 31MU97, has a 31-inch screen and a 4096 x 2160 pixlel resolution. What’s more is that this monitor is also capable of reproducing 99% of the Adobe RGB color space and includes calibration software, according to a statement released by LG.

LG is thinking of all its potential customers, including gamers. The company is developing a monitor specifically targeted at gamers, known as the 24GM77. This monitor has a 24-inch screen along with a 144Hz refresh rate ensuring that gamers experience smooth and flicker-free performance according to the company.

Aside from this information, LG is being pretty tight-lipped in terms of more performance details on its new products. Additonally the company is mute on what the new monitors will cost or when they will even ship. On the other hand, the company has scheduled a press event for September 4th in Berlin for IFA so we can be sure that they will give us all (or at least most) of the information we’re missing.

If pricing is anything like current 4K and curved screen devices then you can expect your wallets to weep at just the thought. Looking at some 4K and curved screens at Best Buy recently, I noticed they had one on sale for something like $8,000 so I think it’s safe to say that whatever LG prices these things at they won’t be cheap and definitely won’t be in the price range of the casual techie.

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Aug 14

Show Us Your Show And Win An iPad Mini!

ipad miniWe here at Rentacomputer.com love giving stuff away, seriously. We do it all the time. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, whether it be Spring Summer Fall or Winter you’re sure to find Rentacomputer.com giving away something awesome. We’ve given away prize packages, smartwatches, Xbox Ones, PlayStation 4s, tablets and so much more and it’s time we give something else away.

The newest toy we here at Rentacomputer.com are giving out is the iPad Mini. Apple’s latest tablet takes everything you love about the iPad and condenses it into an even more portable device, allowing you to take it with you literally everywhere you go.

The theme behind this giveaway is “Show Us Your Show!” Attending an event, conference or convention anytime soon? Hosting an event, conference or convention? Setting up a booth at an event, conference or convention? Regardless of your reason for being there, we here at Rentacomputer.com want to see what’s going on!

In order to be eligible for the free iPad Mini all you have to do is take a picture of any event, conference or convention you are at (for whatever reason) an you’re in! The picture can be of literally anything. You can show us a picture of the venue, your booth, a speaker or presenter or anything else that in some way pertains to an event, conference or convention you are involved with! Heck, it can even be a selfie if you want, just remember that you must be the owner of the picture you submit, no taking other people’s pictures…..that’s not nice.

To submit your picture all you have to do is Tweet @TechnologyRent on Twitter with your attached picture using the hastag #ShowYourShow and that’s it! You’re in! At 12:00 p.m. EST (noon) on December 5th we’ll choose an event photo and send the lucky winner a brand new iPad Mini! Like all the other giveaways Rentacomputer.com has hosted in the past there are no gimmicks, no catches and absolutely NO purchase necessary. True story.

Naturally there is some fine print and it looks like this:

1. The Rentacomputer.com Show Us Your Show Contest is open to all Legal US Residents over the age of 18. Employees of CFR, Inc. and any of the primary sponsors of this sweepstakes including: Rentacomputer.com, CameraSecurityNow.com, Tech-Army.org, and Xponex Media and such employees’ immediate family members and persons with whom such employees are domiciled are excluded from this sweepstakes.
2. We will notify the winner by direct message and a public tweet on Twitter and ship the winning items as soon as we’ve received the winner’s release form.
3. Contest entries must be submitted by 11:59 a.m. EST, December 5, 2014.
4. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted and awarded as a 16GB iPad Mini. No retina display. Wi-Fi Only.
5. Prize must be claimed within fourteen (14) days of contest drawing.
6. In accepting the prize, the winner acknowledges that CFR, Inc. may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with accepting or using this prize.
7. By tweeting @TechnologyRent using the hashtag #ShowYourShow, the contest participant authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and/or likeness and/or voice/photograph and municipality of residence for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium (including without limitation, radio broadcasts, newspapers and other publications and in television or film releases, slides, videotape, distribution over the internet and picture data storage) which CFR, Inc. may deem appropriate.
8. This contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws.
9. CFR, Inc. reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.
10. Winners must sign a release form as prepared and accepted by CFR, Inc. acknowledging their acceptance and understanding of the complete sweepstakes rules.
11. CFR, Inc. retains the rights, in its absolute and sole discretion, to make substitutions of prize valued at $300 in the event of the unavailability of any prize or component of the prize for any reason whatsoever.

Even if you don’t win the grand prize please don’t be deterred! There will undoubtedly be another giveaway from Rentacomputer.com right around the corner! Plus, if Rentacomputer.com uses your photo in any promotional material (with your explicit permission, of course) we’ll give you a $25 Amazon gift card!

Check out our Sweepstakes page at Rentacomputer.com for all the details or click here to see other contestant’s entrees, just in case you need some creative inspiration. Good luck!

Aug 14

What Will Both Of The New iPhones Be Called?

186333494Ever since the world started talking about the iPhone 6 there have been rumors that it would come in a large screen model and a smaller screen model. Now there is a Chinese website that claims that the large screen will be included in the new iPhone’s name, confirming that the rumors are true.

There is a Hong Kong based website called Apple Daily that has posted photos that are reported to be of the next iPhone to come out. After all of the rumors, it is hard to be surprised by the two different screen sizes that they posted. People assume that they will be 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, but it is impossible to verify the exact size just based off of pictures. But most importantly the larger one is actually being called the iPhone 6L.

It is unknown how the website may have discovered the actual name of the larger iPhone, as it does not appear in any of the pictures they posted. Knowing that, you shouldn’t look at it as being 100% factual, but so far most of the iPhone rumors have been proven to be pretty accurate. The thing that has everyone stumped right now is the fact that we don’t even have any clues as to what the smaller version of the phone might be called.

There have already been some people saying that it may be called the iPhone 6C. That doesn’t make sense though because the only reason that the 5C existed in the first place was so that they could keep selling the previous year’s model but with a cheaper casing and cheaper components. This phone is going to be a completely new device, and it doesn’t look very cheap, so that doesn’t make sense.

There is also no way that they could call it the “6S” either because that is most certainly going to be reserved for the second generation of the iPhone 6. The most likely name for the smaller version is probably just going to be the “iPhone 6″, with just the larger model having a special name.

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Apple Daily also has some information on battery specifications for the two new phones too. It looks like the iPhone 6L is going to have a 2,915 mAh battery and the smaller model is going to have a 1,810 mAh battery. The iPhone 5S has a 1,560 mAh battery, so you can see how much of an improvement that will be.

The new phones will be running iOS8 and will probably have better chips than the current iPhone 5S. Pair that with the unbreakable screen that is said to come on the iPhone 6, and this is probably going to be the greatest smartphone release ever.

Aug 14

Don’t Worry, Microsoft Fans! Windows 9 Is On Its Way!

windowI feel as though Microsoft has been lacking quite a bit lately. I won’t lie, I’m a bit saddened by it, as I’ve always had a soft spot for Microsoft, and Bill Gates was my hero growing up. That being said, if you’re looking at it from a strictly business perspective, they’ve fallen behind by a lot. Companies like Apple and Samsung have all but surpassed them. They still may doing better than Acer and HP, but if I had to, I’d put them on par with Google right about now. Not down-talking Google. I’m just saying that Microsoft used to be the top dog in the tech industry. One has to wonder if they’ve fallen behind because of lackluster hardware or software such as Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

No One Was Really A Fan

When Windows 8 was first released, naturally Microsoft hyped it up as much as possible. Advertisements left and right. It was looked at as being quite the overhaul of Windows 7. Windows 8 saw the use of integrated “windows” that seemed like a really great concept and on paper, it was. The biggest issue is that it may have been biting off more than it could chew with all it was trying to accomplish. The use of Metro, for example, made you have to get used to a whole new way of operating your device. If you had a PC, you were essentially using an OS interface that was meant for your phone. It works well enough on a tablet, but the idea of having all of their devices operate on the same OS interface isn’t exactly possible without some confusion. This is where they fell flat. That and they got rid of the start menu. Bad call, Microsoft, bad call.

So What About Windows 9?

Just so everyone knows, Windows 9 IS coming… but not in the way that you might want it. At least not yet. During the fall season of this year, Microsoft is planning on releasing a beta software version of their new software. They’ve titled the new software “Threshold” for now. They’ve done releases like this in the past where they have released beta versions of both Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 mainly for developer testing. The new “Threshold” software will take a bit more distinctive approach this time around for its download process. Anyone who decides to install the new software will have to agree to a monthly automatic update to the software. Just know that Microsoft made a good call with the new software and they will be bringing back the Start Menu.

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Too Little Too Late?

Even though Microsoft is going to be bringing us Windows 9 in the Spring of 2015 (supposedly), you have to wonder if they’re a bit too late. Microsoft’s advertising has become a bit more visceral recently as they’ve seen how Apple has still been dominating the competition. Ads showing how much better Cortana is than Siri just show how much they’re trying to push their new products. It’s even rumored that they will be bring Cortana to Windows 9 as your personal assistant as well. We will see how that one pans out. Apple, Samsung, Google, Android, and other companies have been passing Microsoft, so who’s to say that Windows 9 will be good enough to make a splash in a market flooded with Apple and Samsung mobile devices.

I’ve grown to be quite the Apple fan boy, but I still love Microsoft and admire how far that company has come in the time that they’ve been around. I sincerely hope that they can properly integrate their new software to be something easy to work with and visually appealing. Apple can only stay king for so long, but I honestly don’t know if Microsoft will ever be able to hold a candle to them anymore, especially with how mobile technology has taken over. I guess we will find out next spring.


Aug 14

Motorola’s Launch Event For The Moto 360 Smartwatch

moto360Early next month Motorola is going to be holding a launch event. It makes sense that it would be for the Moto 360 Smartwatch.

The company sent out a ton of press invites that talked about a “Moto Launch Experience” which will be held in Chicago on September 4th. There were tons of different Android devices that were shown off for the first time at Google I/O. Out of all of them, the Moto 360 is the one that got the most attention. This is probably thanks to its nice design and circular screen, something that all the other companies making smart watches haven’t been doing.

The invitation website gave out some other clues that pointed to what Motorola was going to announce at the event. There was an animated graphic that showed a watch, an in-ear accessory and two phones with the labels “X” and “G” on them. If you ask me, these clues are pretty clear. The two smartphones are most definitely the Moto X and the Moto G. The other two are probably new accessories that are exactly what you’d expect.

The weekend that Motorola has scheduled the event for is going to be a huge weekend in general. The event is being held on September 3rd, which is one day before Samsung will be holding an event in Berlin, New York and Beijing. The Samsung event is rumored to be based around the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. the IFA consumer electronics trade show is going to start in Berlin on September 5th. Another event around the same time that is expected to happen is a launch event for Apple. They are expected to hold one for the iPhone 6 on September 9th.

The one thing that may hurt Samsung is that most of the press will be in Berlin for IFA. Holding their event at around the same time in Chicago means that they may have way less attendees. But either way, it will be awesome to have a look at their upcoming products.

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Aug 14

Samsung Testing Three Sided Smartphone Display

transparent phoneWhen Samsung put out the Galaxy round, everyone thought it was really cool but pretty odd. They are now about to take things to the next level. One of the Korean suppliers for Samsung parts has said that the company has started testing three-sided displays that are going to be used on new smartphones.

There have been plenty of rumors about this type of display making it’s way to the smartphone market. Originally, everyone thought that Apple was going to use a three-sided display for the upcoming iPhone 6. It turns out that Samsung is going to be the first company to actually use the technology and reports have claimed that a device using this could be going into production as soon as the end of this year.

A while ago, the executive manager for Samsung’s Wireless Business Division Kim Hyeon mentioned a new flagship model during a conference call for Samsung’s second quarter earnings. Hyeon was not able to say anything specific about the device except that it was going to be an innovative, attractive, large screened flagship model using cutting edge materials.

To produce these on a large scale may be a little more difficult than usual though. Three sided displays will be using a plastic substrate that is apparently very limited in quantity and very hard to work with. So if there is going to be some sort of release by the end of the year then it would probably be a very limited Korean release to test the water and see how it does.

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Aug 14

So Why Should You Rent Your iPads In Bulk?

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The big event is next week and you’ve been put in charge. You’re on a budget, but you want to create the best experience possible for the audience during the big presentation and perhaps, to you, that means being more interactive than staring at a slideshow on a projector. So you finally decide that iPads are the way to go, but you’re going to need a lot of them, fast.

So what do you do?

It’s All About The Rental

Laptops are all well and good when dealing with a company presentation, but the beauty of today’s technology is that we are able to access devices even more mobile than a laptop. The tablet has taken us to a whole new level of mobile computing and has made the work environment much more productive. Again though, you need to make sure that there are enough devices to meet the demands of the presentation or event. You may think that you need to go out and buy, but before you eat a hole through your wallet, know that you can just as easily rent you tech as easy as you can purchase it. Renting will also make things a lot less stressful for event planning in the long run as well.

iPads… iPads Everywhere

Lets face facts. Apple has pushed through the ranks of technology competitors because of how well their products work. Productivity and efficiency coupled with a sleek design has pushed the company beyond others. There is also the whole “We did the tablet thing first, and perfected it” thing. Naturally, their product is going to be highly sought after. Why risk not knowing if a retail store has enough to meet the needs of your event. Not to mention do you want that price tag. Companies like www.Rentacomputer.com have iPads on tap, pretty much. Do you need a bulk order? Not a problem. 100 iPads or more for a rental? They can make it happen.

More Reason To Rent

It’s all about quantity and less stress. Planning events can be so stressful. Not just business presentations but many other events as well!

  • Tech Conventions
  • Gaming Conventions
  • Computer Classes For Schools
  • Business Training Courses
  • Office Usage

All of these types of events could greatly benefit from iPad rentals. To elaborate a bit more on the office usage, maybe you’re trying to implement a new tech policy around the office, or maybe you’re just trying to upgrade. Either way, you’re going to want to make sure that you have enough to cover the staff that you need to cover. Yet another advantage is the insurance on the products. When you decide to rent your products instead of buying them, you’re taking some of the pressure’s of product safety off of yourself. For most company’s, there can be renter’s insurance policy lined up for when the products are rented to let you know what you’re covered against.

The simple fact is that much like when you buy in bulk, the price drops when you rent is bulk as well. It’s super simple as well! You can just place your order, pick it up from the designated destination, use it, pack it up when you’re done, and send it back. Not only has renting tech become easy, but renting in bulk has become even easier now as well.