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Shiftwear ePaper Shoes - Really

Unless this is a hoax, Shiftwear looks to be one of the coolest products I've seen in years. During the demo video below, the images and video have to be simulated, but if the final product is half as good, I'd probably buy a pair to watch Netflix on while I ride the bus.

Source: Shiftwear

Apple to Ditch the Headphone Jack

Jason predicted that Apple would drop the headphone jack soon - and we thought it may happen with the iPhone 6S. For that model, the 3.5mm jack has stayed intact, but it appears that with the upcoming iPhone product in late 2016, the headphone jack has been removed. Your listening options are now limited to Bluetooth - or what Apple is really banking on - proprietary Lightning Connector all digital headphones. Of course these will sound better than analog headphones. Wait, sound is analog. So it will still get converted to analog waves - just not in your playback device. It will happen in the $500 Beats headphones instead.

The so-called "iPhone 7" will likely be more than 1mm thinner than the 7.1mm thick iPhone 6s as a result, according to the report. The sixth-generation iPod touch could be a comparable device, with a depth of 6.1mm, but the portable media player still has a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

Source: MacRumors

Lenovo and Razer Team up to Build Gaming PCs

It looks like Lenovo is just the partner that Razer had in mind to build some gaming PCs. This is not a new idea for a custom gaming PC maker to team up with a big mainstream name in order to push their products. A few years ago, Dell started working with Alienware and the results were pretty good. Time will tell if this helps out Razer - or Lenovo. I think that Lenovo is doing pretty well globally, and hopefully Razer is not going to suck the life out of them.

The world's biggest PC vendor is getting serious about gaming, and it's recruited one of gamers' favorite peripherals brands to help it establish its legitimacy. Lenovo and Razer today announce a major new partnership that will see them co-brand a range of Razer Edition Lenovo PCs, starting with the Y series of desktop towers that made their debut at IFA in September.

Source: TheVerge

Jeremy Clarkson Helps Launch Amazon Prime Air

Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson helps introduce the world to Amazon Prime Air - and while it looks cool (and will be harder to shoot down), I'm not sure if this really is the near-future of deliveries.


Source: Amazon Prime Air

LG bets big on OLED

LG has announced that they are building a new factory to build OLED displays and they are betting big on it, to the tune of $9 Billion dollars. LG is supplying displays for Apple currently and this new factory will help LG compete with Samsung who is currently the big dog in the OLED market. Both LG and Samsung provide displays for Apple who is one of the big buyers of the OLED technology right now. Bloomberg has more on this announcement from LG.

Apple Inc. supplier LG Display Co. will spend more than 10 trillion won ($8.7 billion) on building a new plant and expanding production of a newer type of display that can be used to cut power use, make thinner devices and show brighter colors. Shares rose.

The factory will produce organic light-emitting diode displays for larger TVs, smartwatches and automotive displays and is targeted to start in the first half of 2018, Seoul-based LG Display said Friday. The technology has been touted as a possible replacement for the liquid-crystal displays used in smartphones. Apple plans to adopt OLED for iPhones from 2018, the Nikkei newspaper reported Thursday without attribution.


If for need more RAM than the announcement from Samsung that they've starting production on 128GB DDR4 memory modules will probably make you very happy. Samsung has used some alien technology to cram 128GBs worth of memory onto a single module which will make from some pretty large capacities in servers. Currently there are servers that can handle 96 sticks of RAM which would take the amount of memory that system could handle up to 12.2 TBs of memory. Chance are good it will be a while until you can afford these for a desktop unit, but the increase will eventually funnel its way down at an affordable price. The Register has the story.

Samsung's started volume production of 128GB DDR4 RDIMMS.

You read that right – a single registered dual inline memory module packing 36 individual 4GB chunks of 3D TSV DDR4 DRAM, for a total of 128GB, can now be yours.

The Register is aware of servers with 96 DIMM slots, which means … WOAH! … 12.2 terabytes of RAM in a single server if you buy Samsung's new babies.

Does Amazon have something up their sleeve?

The rumor of the week is that Amazon is working on their Amazon Prime and has something big in store. The rumor is that Amazon is working with major TV and movie channels to bring their services to Amazon and will be offering different bundling packages with different services. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out but if Amazon could add live content to their service it would be something that sets them apart. VentureBeat has the rest of the details.

Citing “people with knowledge of the plans,” Bloomberg said that Prime subscribers will soon be able to add additional online subscriptions to their account — “including major, well-known movie and TV channels,” while Amazon will also sell other bundles featuring different channels and services.

It’s not clear what these additional bolt-ons could be yet, but with TV networks showing increasing signs of nervousness at the surge in popularity of on-demand TV, Amazon could be preparing to strike deals. Indeed, just a few weeks back, Time Warner revealed it was considering holding back its better content from streaming services such as Netflix.

The PS4 is winning

Sony announced this week that they've sold 30.2 million PS4's so far. Sony has been ahead for quite some time although I don't think people expected them to be this far ahead seeing as the Xbox One has only sold an estimated 15.6 million consoles. Nintendo's Wii U has sold an estimated 10.9 million which isn't too shabby but still places them 3rd. VentureBeat has the details.

Sony said today that it has sold more than 30.2 million PlayStation 4 video game consoles to date. The worldwide sales show that Sony is definitively leading the console war in this generation. Microsoft and Nintendo haven’t announced their own comparative figures, but the Xbox One has sold an estimated 15.6 million units and the Wii U has sold an estimated 10.9 million, according to VGChartz, a site that keeps a rough tally of console sales.

Raspberry Pi Model Zero - Now $5

The Raspberry Pi folks have made their fair share of headlines over the past year or so with their low cost micro computers. Today they've taken things to a new and lower level with their $5 Model Zero. The Model Zero will be featuring a 1GHz Broadcomm CPU with 512MB of RAM. Obviously this isn't going to replace your home computer or anything, but there are a ton of cool projects that this $5 Model Zero just might be perfect for. You can find out all about the Model Zero over at the Raspberry Pi site.

The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within reach of anyone with $20-35 to spend. Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to get their first experience of programming, but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry. At the start of this year, we began work on an even cheaper Raspberry Pi to help these people take the plunge.

WTU Episode #336 - Netflix Owns the Internet

We have just posted up Episode #336 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing America watches Netflix, the rise and fall of Rdio and look out Wi-Fi, here comes Li-Fi. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.


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