1. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I'm a big fan of Rice Chex. Pretty plain, but there's something about it. Hate the Corn Chex though. Disgusting. But I'd have to put puffed rice with some sugar/cinnamon as my favorite :)
    I like chex that was my childhood cereal :P then I moved to rice crispies
    01-19-2015 12:10 PM
  2. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Maybe they're looking for updates just so it looks like there is progress they can actually see and they can then in turn feel good about themselves? Who knows...

    I'm not sure what to expect from Windows 10 to be 100% honest (on the mobile side). To be broad though, what I'd like to see is the capability of RT while keeping it more mobile friendly like Windows Phone. I guess we will just wait.
    I'm not expecting a lot. If we go by track record, there will be features that make sense, removal of something that works for a beta version of a potentially better feature, some stuff people Will justify as great and some stuff that still lags behind the competition.

    Yup, I still expect to see a hodgepodge.

    Posted Approved by Nexus 7 (2013)
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    01-19-2015 12:24 PM
  3. psoham777's Avatar
    Daaaaaaaamn! I've been slacking.. Getting my **** kicked. I was almost at 200 crowns at one point, then started playing Clash of Clans when I got my new iPad. I let AOE go for a few days and checked back; now have less than one hundred crowns :(

    I've told you before, your defence is very weak. Frankly I'm not surprised that you're slacking.
    Once you unlock an extra hero slot use alexander nevsky & winrich von kniprode. You'll be able to defeat impossible opponents by using them. Place the traps at the right place(I've kept fire trap under decorations, nobody would expect that, so sometimes enemies are quite surprised with it)
    01-19-2015 12:49 PM
  4. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I had some pc problems and now they are fixed... woot
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    01-19-2015 12:57 PM
  5. psoham777's Avatar
    Exactly 4k posts now. Its 12.45 a.m. Time to sleep.
    Going home is delayed again. Guess I'm here for another couple of days...
    01-19-2015 01:05 PM
  6. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    lol ill stick with dancing ;P
    It's a guitar solo....
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    01-19-2015 01:48 PM
  7. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    CD/DVD ROM Drive... ewww....
    01-19-2015 01:57 PM
  8. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    It's a guitar solo....
    Paying attention has gotten too expensive for Sahib, being a broke college undergrad...

    Posted Approved by Nexus 7 (2013)
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    01-19-2015 01:59 PM
  9. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    CD/DVD ROM Drive... ewww....
    I miss the days of abusing those to get everything I owned on disk...

    Posted Approved by Nexus 7 (2013)
    01-19-2015 02:00 PM
  10. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I miss the days of abusing those to get everything I owned on disk...

    Posted Approved by Nexus 7 (2013)
    I'm installing MS Office 2010 on my wife's work computer. She bought a three licence disk back in 2012 for her company. So it saved her 109 and subscriptions.
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    01-19-2015 02:04 PM
  11. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    You forget how painfully slow it is...
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    01-19-2015 02:05 PM
  12. Ed Boland's Avatar
    What's new with the iPad? The last one I used is the one I bought a year ago for a close friend. I do have access to an apple device in my house - 5S - and when I turned it on, I was bored and turned it back off.

    Posted Approved by Nexus 7 (2013)
    I'm glad you asked!

    To start with, the new iPad Air 2 has the latest and greatest SoC; the all new triple core 64bit "A8X" (a higher clocked version of the A8 found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), as opposed to the dual core A7 chip in the previous iPad Air. Only the new iPad Air 2 has this new A8X chip (the latest iPad Mini is still powered by the A7)

    Included in the A8X SoC, is the all new 8 core customized GXA6850 GPU, coupled with Apple's new Metal graphics API, this new GPU completely mops the floor with just about every other tablet on the market. (Surface Pro 3 included!) This new GXA6850 GPU brings desktop/console class graphics and gaming to the iPad Air 2!
    (Read more about this here AnandTech | Apple A8X?s GPU - GXA6850, Even Better Than I Thought )

    The new M8 motion co-processor and barometer.

    2GB of RAM (coming from 1GB in the previous iPad Air)

    128 bit DDR3 memory bus (coming from 64bit bus on previous)

    2MB L2 cache (coming from 1MB in the previous)

    4MB L3 cache

    The new 8MP "iSight" camera (as on the iphone 6 and 6plus) coming from the 5MP shooter on the previous iPad Air.

    New 802.11ac WiFi w/MIMO and enhanced LTE supporting 20 bands and "LTE advanced" capable of 150Mbps.

    "Touch ID" (fingerprint sensor) security. This really works well, and trust me, with my recent experience with trying to buy a used iphone (for a secondary backup phone), and finding out that it was still tied to someone's account, found it impossible to get around. Apple does not play with security! I was quite impressed!

    Thinner and lighter - at 6.1mm thin, the iPad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet in the world! And at .96lbs, I believe it also the lightest...

    New upgraded Retina display with the same 9.7" 2048x1536 (264ppi) resolution, but now with more tightly bound layers and finally an anti reflective coating for better outdoor viewing.

    And of course the amazing iOS 8 and all it's new features. iOS has always done a great job of staying "transparent", in other words, whichever app you might be using comes front and center, rather than the OS. (Windows Phone would be the opposite, where the OS is up front, and apps are second.)

    So yes, quite a bit is "new" with the new iPad Air 2, while keeping the tried and true form factor that everyone loves. I do, anyways....
    01-19-2015 02:15 PM
  13. Ed Boland's Avatar
    lol ill stick with dancing ;P
    lol
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    01-19-2015 02:19 PM
  14. Ed Boland's Avatar
    The other day I was watching some of your covers. Nice stuff!
    Thank you!
    01-19-2015 02:21 PM
  15. Ed Boland's Avatar
    I've told you before, your defence is very weak. Frankly I'm not surprised that you're slacking.
    Once you unlock an extra hero slot use alexander nevsky & winrich von kniprode. You'll be able to defeat impossible opponents by using them. Place the traps at the right place(I've kept fire trap under decorations, nobody would expect that, so sometimes enemies are quite surprised with it)
    Oh I've done a few upgrades since the last screenshot you saw of my keep. Still, like I said, I haven't been giving the game as much attention as of late. Moved on to bigger and better things lol
    01-19-2015 02:27 PM
  16. Ed Boland's Avatar
    You forget how painfully slow it is...
    Remember how painfully slow it was installing stuff from floppies? (Please insert disk 4 of 24) errrghh
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    01-19-2015 02:35 PM
  17. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I'm glad you asked!

    To start with, the new iPad Air 2 has the latest and greatest SoC; the all new triple core 64bit "A8X" (a higher clocked version of the A8 found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), as opposed to the dual core A7 chip in the previous iPad Air. Only the new iPad Air 2 has this new A8X chip (the latest iPad Mini is still powered by the A7)

    Included in the A8X SoC, is the all new 8 core customized GXA6850 GPU, coupled with Apple's new Metal graphics API, this new GPU completely mops the floor with just about every other tablet on the market. (Surface Pro 3 included!) This new GXA6850 GPU brings desktop/console class graphics and gaming to the iPad Air 2!
    (Read more about this here AnandTech | Apple A8X?s GPU - GXA6850, Even Better Than I Thought )

    The new M8 motion co-processor and barometer.

    2GB of RAM (coming from 1GB in the previous iPad Air)

    128 bit DDR3 memory bus (coming from 64bit bus on previous)

    2MB L2 cache (coming from 1MB in the previous)

    4MB L3 cache

    The new 8MP "iSight" camera (as on the iphone 6 and 6plus) coming from the 5MP shooter on the previous iPad Air.

    New 802.11ac WiFi w/MIMO and enhanced LTE supporting 20 bands and "LTE advanced" capable of 150Mbps.

    "Touch ID" (fingerprint sensor) security. This really works well, and trust me, with my recent experience with trying to buy a used iphone (for a secondary backup phone), and finding out that it was still tied to someone's account, found it impossible to get around. Apple does not play with security! I was quite impressed!

    Thinner and lighter - at 6.1mm thin, the iPad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet in the world! And at .96lbs, I believe it also the lightest...

    New upgraded Retina display with the same 9.7" 2048x1536 (264ppi) resolution, but now with more tightly bound layers and finally an anti reflective coating for better outdoor viewing.

    And of course the amazing iOS 8 and all it's new features. iOS has always done a great job of staying "transparent", in other words, whichever app you might be using comes front and center, rather than the OS. (Windows Phone would be the opposite, where the OS is up front, and apps are second.)

    So yes, quite a bit is "new" with the new iPad Air 2, while keeping the tried and true form factor that everyone loves. I do, anyways....
    So...not much has changed then? You sound like a walking Apple commercial...

    All jokes aside, I like some of those improvements you mentioned.

    Posted Approved by Nexus 7 (2013)
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    01-19-2015 02:50 PM
  18. Ed Boland's Avatar
    So...not much has changed then? You sound like a walking Apple commercial...

    All jokes aside, I like some of those improvements you mentioned.

    Posted Approved by Nexus 7 (2013)
    Ha! That's what I was going for.. lol

    Serious though, it really is that good! I have to brag about it, as the girlfriend did get it for me... So I better be happy with it. ;)

    I would never have considered the previous model iPad(s) with their lowly 1GB RAM and dual core SoC if I were going to buy a tablet for myself, but this one actually gets the job done! I've had multiple apps and games open and running, and have yet to see any signs of lag or stutter *snaps fingers* this thing is super fast! And the best part of it all, is I don't have to worry about having the coolest new app that everyone else is using. I have access to them all!

    Looking at the Home screen, it appears that nothing has changed from model to model, but under the hood, everything has changed. The iPad Air 2 is a beast!

    But of course there will be something new, better, faster, next year, just like always. I'm honestly hoping for a next Gen Surface Pro with better GPU/gaming performance. (if Apple can do it, Microsoft should be able to as well) a Surface Pro 4? And wouldn't it be nice, to hear of that new app that's all the craze, and be able to find it in the Windows Store? I really hope this Windows 10 thing bridges these gaps.
    01-19-2015 04:12 PM
  19. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Paying attention has gotten too expensive for Sahib, being a broke college undergrad...

    Posted Approved by Nexus 7 (2013)
    It's a guitar solo....
    and a very good one at that :O.
    he makes it looks easy :P
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    01-19-2015 04:17 PM
  20. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I miss the days of abusing those to get everything I owned on disk...

    Posted Approved by Nexus 7 (2013)
    I still use a disk drive in my machine :) I don't use it a lot but I still have in just in case
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    01-19-2015 04:18 PM
  21. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I'm glad you asked!

    To start with, the new iPad Air 2 has the latest and greatest SoC; the all new triple core 64bit "A8X" (a higher clocked version of the A8 found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), as opposed to the dual core A7 chip in the previous iPad Air. Only the new iPad Air 2 has this new A8X chip (the latest iPad Mini is still powered by the A7)

    Included in the A8X SoC, is the all new 8 core customized GXA6850 GPU, coupled with Apple's new Metal graphics API, this new GPU completely mops the floor with just about every other tablet on the market. (Surface Pro 3 included!) This new GXA6850 GPU brings desktop/console class graphics and gaming to the iPad Air 2!
    (Read more about this here AnandTech | Apple A8X?s GPU - GXA6850, Even Better Than I Thought )

    The new M8 motion co-processor and barometer.

    2GB of RAM (coming from 1GB in the previous iPad Air)

    128 bit DDR3 memory bus (coming from 64bit bus on previous)

    2MB L2 cache (coming from 1MB in the previous)

    4MB L3 cache

    The new 8MP "iSight" camera (as on the iphone 6 and 6plus) coming from the 5MP shooter on the previous iPad Air.

    New 802.11ac WiFi w/MIMO and enhanced LTE supporting 20 bands and "LTE advanced" capable of 150Mbps.

    "Touch ID" (fingerprint sensor) security. This really works well, and trust me, with my recent experience with trying to buy a used iphone (for a secondary backup phone), and finding out that it was still tied to someone's account, found it impossible to get around. Apple does not play with security! I was quite impressed!

    Thinner and lighter - at 6.1mm thin, the iPad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet in the world! And at .96lbs, I believe it also the lightest...

    New upgraded Retina display with the same 9.7" 2048x1536 (264ppi) resolution, but now with more tightly bound layers and finally an anti reflective coating for better outdoor viewing.

    And of course the amazing iOS 8 and all it's new features. iOS has always done a great job of staying "transparent", in other words, whichever app you might be using comes front and center, rather than the OS. (Windows Phone would be the opposite, where the OS is up front, and apps are second.)

    So yes, quite a bit is "new" with the new iPad Air 2, while keeping the tried and true form factor that everyone loves. I do, anyways....
    o.O sounds like something apple would say when they are talking about the product :P
    01-19-2015 04:19 PM
  22. sahib lopez's Avatar
    lol
    yeah I have no music talent but I don't have a knack for dancing :P
    01-19-2015 04:19 PM
  23. Ed Boland's Avatar
    o.O sounds like something apple would say when they are talking about the product :P
    Right, but when you hear it from me, you know it's unbiased, because I love both platforms... And I don't work for either... I just call it like I see it!

    Real world experience and results...
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    01-19-2015 04:29 PM
  24. Ed Boland's Avatar
    yeah I have no music talent but I don't have a knack for dancing :P

    You mean you do have a knack for dancing?
    01-19-2015 04:30 PM
  25. Ed Boland's Avatar
    That's what my car club buddies said over on our automotive forums, when I was bragging about the tech specs of my 1020 when I first got it (two phones ago)... I was going on and on about the Pureview camera's capabilities and such... And they're like "gee Ed, what, does Microsoft pay you to come post all that here?"

    lol no.... I'm just telling you all about what a great device this is! People are so funny when they just don't want to hear something... It's like they have a mental block. Open your minds people! lol
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    01-19-2015 04:35 PM
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