We have just posted up Episode #272 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Google Chrome is killing your battery 25% faster, Microsoft fires 18,000 and stocks surge, and the Amazon Kindle goes unlimited for US customers. We have those stories and more and the links below!
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WTU Episode #272 - Microsoft Improves by Firing 18,000
Nintendo Shopping Improves
For those currently using the Wii U, you might have noticed that if you don’t appreciate using the gamepad for everything you are still forced to use it for the Nintendo eShop. The new update for the Wii U has finally fixed this issue and allows you to use the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller and the Classic Controller. The really frustrating part for owners is that, up until now, the interface showed that you could shop without the gamepad, but it wouldn’t work.
At this rate, the Wii U will actually be worth buying by sometime in 2018. Good job Nintendo!
Amazon Heads Up Games
Amazon's new Fire phone has lead to some new things for the web retailer: one such change is the new Amazon exclusive games that use their dynamic perspective to look around corners and solve puzzles. This may not be a deal breaker for buying this phone over the other but it is interesting.
- Use the Amazon Fire’s ground-breaking Dynamic Perspective to solve crafty physics puzzles and triumph in frenetic melee battles
- Use Dynamic Perspective to peek around corners, and to plan your attacks to release devastating chained combos.
Source: Amazon Game Studios
Twitching in the Right Direction
There are many people who like to watch streamed gameplay for many video games and a lot of these people turn to Twitch. If you are a user of Twitch then you will be happy to know that they have altered their android app in such a way that you can access the most popular games in an orderly fashion. This new revamp is also made to work very well on tablets. This new app also includes features for social sharing as well as a fresh upgrade to the visuals.
You’ll immediately notice that the app has changed a lot, visually. Our design team created a new, modern interface that looks fantastic. I think they did an amazing job. If you have a tablet, you’ll also see that there have been numerous optimizations to make using the app much more enjoyable.
Android App Pick - Scrabble
We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are riding nerdy with Scrabble. We get all intelligent and play a game that will make you think and maybe have you second guessing your buddies words. If you enjoyed the original on an analog board, you'll love the digital version that you can take anywhere. Take a look and you'll see it's worthy of being picked this week.
Silicon Power 32GB OTG Flash Drive
We have just posted up our review of the Silicon Power 32GB X20 USB2.0 OTG Flash Drive. That is a long name for a little device that acts as a standard flash drive and then flips and does double-duty and interfaces with your Android or Windows phone. If you need to takes some files with you and are running short of space on your phone, make sure you check out our review for all the details.
After trying this miniature OTG 32GB Flash drive, I have to admit that I like this little gadget. Not only is it awesome for my collection, but it is super handy as well. I can transfer files to my phone without finding a cable, and best yet, I can take a bunch of movies with me when I travel without taking an additional device with more storage.
Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S Review
We have just posted up our review of the Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S CPU Coolers. These are a couple of high-performance monoliths from Noctua that will rival quite a few entry-level liquid cooling kits. The NH-U14S is a beast as it features a massive 15cm fan and you will want to check your case to see if it will fit. For all the details - and why you should consider one of these, read our review for all the details.
The CPU cooling market has really changed since we started BCCHardware. CPU's no longer require big aftermarket coolers and most people are satisfied with stock cooling, but that hasn't changed the way Noctua looks at cooling and they haven't cut corners as a result. They just keep consistently pumping out coolers that are quiet, high quality, and can offer up performance that can compete with anyone.
Windows 8.1 Update 2 Coming Soon?
Over the past few weeks, there have been rumors about Windows 8.1 Update 2 and it looks like it might not be that far off. According to sources, the update could roll out on August 12 as part of patch Tuesday. I'm REALLY hoping that the update start menu that we've seen floating around on Windows 8.1 Pro will actually make the update. Please?
The image you see above comes from a Russian source and is said to be authentic, although, we cannot confirm that image is genuine Microsoft documentation. But, based on everything we had heard prior to this document surfacing, it aligns perfectly to that information.
Kindle Unlimited is Official
We talked about it last week, and this past weekend it was official - Kindle Unlimited is official. For only $9.99 a month, you can read as much as you want from over 600,000 books in the Kindle library as well as listen to the Audible version of the book - of which there are over 2,000 Whispersync for voice-enabled books (and growing). If you enjoy reading - a lot, make sure you check it out.
With Kindle Unlimited, you won’t have to think twice before you try a new author or genre—you can just start reading and listening,” said Russ Grandinetti, Senior Vice President, Kindle. “In addition to offering over 600,000 eBooks, Kindle Unlimited is also by far the most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks and eBooks together.
For those of you who played the original Doom games and very much enjoyed them, you've been waiting for what seems like millenia for the next sequel, take heart! ID Software has displayed the fourth game under the Doom title at the QuakeCon conference this year! Although there are no release dates as of this time we do know that the title will be simply, "Doom" and that the game is an original story. The game is being released for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
At this year's QuakeCon conference, id Software showed off the new game, finally detailing what exactly we can expect. It focuses on fast-paced combat and it takes place on Mars, outside of a Union Aerospace Corporation building. You'll be using melee combat a lot, and combat is brutal. Id is designing crazy enemies and weapons, and you'll be able to carry around a large arsenal "all at the same time," executive producer Marty Stratton said.