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WTU Episode #358 - Amazon Makes America Great Again

We have just posted up Episode #358 of Weekly Tech Update. This week are discussing Nokia is back! Firefox is #2 and Amazon is making tablets (and America) great again. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the link below.


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ASUS Shows off AC3200 PCIe Card

If you've got a super speedy router, you may already be enjoying faster throughput and perhaps even a stronger signal that you had with an older unit. Things can get much faster yet however as client devices catch up to the ultra-fast routers that are already available. Enter the ASUS PCE-AC88. It's a 4x4 MIMO adapter for your PC that brings 2,167Mbps on the 5GHz band and 1,000Mbps on the 2.4GHz band to your desktop. 

One concern people may have with choosing Wi-Fi over a wired connection is the stability. The chunky heatsink helps to ensure you can keep operating at high speeds for stability. In addition, we know that with Wi-Fi, the maximum transfer speed is in direct correlation with the reception. That's why you see the four dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) antennas configured in a 4X4 (4 transmit, 4 receive) MIMO array, making sure your reception is as good as it gets.

Source: ASUS

US Army Shoots Drones with Frickin' Lasers

The US Army isn't happy about all these people that get drones and what that means for security, privacy and the right to protect their staff, secrets and bases. They are taking a hard line on drones and looking at ways to take them out. One of the more promising ways (and fun) is with a laser canon mounted to a truck. It would be fun and I'd love to take one of these to town on some nosey neighbors.

HELMTT works like this. From back of an eight-wheel, 10-ton truck, crews aim the turret-mounted 10-kilowatt laser blaster in any direction. Situated high on top of the vehicle, operators can even point the beam at a downward angle to snipe very-low-flying drones.

Source: Vice

Thinner Macbook Pro to get OLED Touch Bar

If  the rumors are true, the next Macbook Pro could be even thinner and probably more underpowered than their current model. In addition to thinner, less serviceable and proprietary components that cannot be upgraded, they will also feature an nifty OLED touch bar. This is not a new idea as a company about 8 years ago did a keyboard with changing OLED keys. Still, it's cool and it could be what makes you upgrade your Macbook Pro for something flashier.

Alongside the rumor of a OLED touch bar, the design will apparently include new metal injection-molded hinges that will enable the company to make the Pro series lighter and thinner. (Uncorroborated reports suggested that Apple has tapped the same company that made the Surface's special hinges.)

Source: Engadget

Rocket League Supports Cross Platform Play

Microsoft has been talking about cross-platform play and they are putting their money where their mouth is as they push the guys behind Rocket League to make sure it is seamless between the Xbox One and PC. Games like this are pretty easy to make work as both games really rely on controller support to be playable. I don't think we'll see anything like this on competitive FPS games anytime soon however.

Today developer Psyonix is releasing an update for the Xbox version of the game that will allow for cross-platform play between Microsoft's console and PC players on Steam. "Cross-network play has been something that Xbox One gamers have been asking us for since the day we launched," says Psyonix's Jeremy Dunham, "and thanks to Microsoft's new cross-network policies, we're proud to give it to them."

Source: TheVerge

Extreme Data Compression on CDs

PressTube takes a stack of 100 CD's and puts them to the hydralic press. They heat up, but unfortunately the sensor doesn't stay tracking on the CD's when the press gets in the way.


Windows 10 Mobile Actually Has a Few Games

One of the things that prevent people from using non-Android or non-iOS devices is the lack of App support - specifically games. While there are some truly useful non-game apps for the Windows Phone, they are few are far between. Hopefully that will change as we need a realy alternative and competition to Apple and Google. Still, if you want to get your game on, I found a short list of some of the best games for your Windows Mobile expereince.

This year, with Windows 10 Mobile available for various devices, we have also made a list of some of the best games you can play on the OS right now. These games expand across various genres including casual, racing, hidden-object, and strategy and simulation. However, it is noteworthy that most of these games are exclusive to Windows 10 Mobile, and may be available on Windows Phone 8.1 as well.

Source: Neowin

E3 Will Be (Partially) Public This Year

E3 is just around the corner and it seems that with the poor gaming market on blockbuster titles, they are opening a venue called "E3 Live" that will be open to the public to give them a taste of what they are missing. This will have a huge VR focus as the industry needs something to try and sell to consumers. High-quality games are rare, so I guess they will be trying to push a gimmick. There will be a lot more than that though, and there are more details at the link below.

All the same, it's a big step... and possibly a necessary one. Penny Arcade's PAX gatherings draw attention partly because they represent a rare chance to show new and upcoming titles to everyday gamers -- E3 Live gives the ESA a chance to join in the fun and possibly upstage its rival.

Source: Engadget

Going Driverless Off-road is in the Future

We were blown away by the progress that Ford has been making in the self-driving car game, and they figure they will be ready for a Level 4 vehicle within a few years - if the regulations allow for it of course. They do a lot of testing in Detroit where things aren't all that favorable, but that's nothing compared to the effort put forward by Georgia Tech as they have been working on algorithms to get cars off-road. It's pretty impressive. Not only is your car a better drive that you are in the city, it could possible win a rally race now too.

The metre-long electric rally cars house a quad-core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX 750 Ti GPU, and 32GB of RAM; GPS; and twin cameras in a crash-hardened shell. That, and the software algorithms developed by Georgia Tech, enables the car to game out over 2,000 projections of where it'll head in the next 2.5 seconds.

Source: TheRegister

Android App Pick #202 - Planner 5D

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are looking at a useful application that delves a bit into the VR world. Planner 5D takes home floor planning and puts it at your fingertips. Once created, you can then take a virtual look through the plan with your favorite Google Cardboard or other VR headset. Take a look. It might save you some time!

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