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Razer Acquires THX

In a rather surprising move, Razer announced that they bought THX on Monday. This means that Razer has first access and rights to THX licensing and this in turn could be a bit of a conflict of interest for competing VR and audio companies. I'm sure that steps will be taken to make sure standards are still equal across the board, but you can bet that Razer will be the first company with "THX Certified" VR.

The cinema certification outfit founded by George Lucas will keep its management and employees (phew) and will continue to operate as it has for the past 33 years just under a new owner, according to a prepared statement. "With their focus on quality, design and innovation, Razer supports our vision to optimize and deliver the best audiovisual experiences to audiences worldwide," THX CEO Ty Ahmad-Taylor said in a canned press release quote.

Source: Engadget

Lumia 640 Priced at $27 Without Contract

If you want to pick up a media player that also works as a decent camera, and even a phone, the Lumia 640 is not a bad choice. In fact, for the price of $27, it's pretty hard to pass up. I have a Lumia phone I picked up a couple of years ago for $40 and it's my go-to media player. If you need a newer, better one, consider this. Of course it's locked to Cricket Wireless, but that can be handled for a mere $10 online. Enjoy!

  • 5-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD with HD (1280x720px) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB onboard storage (plus microSD support up to 128GB)
  • Backside illuminated 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording
  • 0.9MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens and 720p video
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, magnetometer and SensorCore
  • Replaceable 2500mAh battery
  • 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.8mm; 145g
  • Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 (upgradeable to Windows 10 Mobile)


Source: Neowin

Seagate Pushes 2.5-inch Drives to 5TB

Platter density has pretty much been the only way companies like Seagate can cram more data on a mechanical drive and with their latest 5TB 2.5-inch drive, they deserve some sort of an award in my opinion. This drive is said to be priced around $85 according to the press release, but I think that has to be wrong. If it isn't, the performance and storage for dollar on these drives will be top notch and should be the stuff data centers are made of. I know I want one in the Ultrabay of my Thinkpad.

Before you consider putting one of these in your laptop, know that the 5TB, 4TB, and 3TB BarraCuda drives are 15mm thick. While they might squeeze into some larger gaming laptops, their primary target is superthin all-in-ones that can’t accommodate full-size 3.5-inch desktop drives.

Source: PCWorld

Netflix Queues Up Video Downloads

We covered this idea a few times over the years, but the buzz is pretty solid that Netflix will be allowing offline video watching here before the end of the year. There is a lot of demand for caching video downloads for use on mobile devices and this would be a huge push in the right direction for Netflix and could easily drive more subscriptions. I'm really hoping they pull this off with DRM and a little bit of studio support.

Following similar moves by Amazon, Comcast and others, Netflix is now working on a feature that will allow subscribers to download certain programs for offline viewing, according to industry insider and Penthera COO Dan Taitz. And Taitz thinks there will be a landscape shift when the new Netflix feature arrives.

Source: LightReading

Nintendo's NX Console Woes

The internet and marketing is so full of speculation that it almost drives me crazy at times. Currently, the Nintendo NX console has yet to be revealed and in fact is perhaps one of the more guarded releases of any major technology in the past few years. A couple of weeks ago, the buzz was positive and now that the rumored price has leaked ahead of launch, people aren't very excited anymore. The rumor mill puts the price around $300 - $350 USD and that would make a premium console without premium performance or graphics quality - we think. The reveal should be soon, but I'm not holding my breath.

Speculation is putting the price of the new console between $300 and $350, in line with competing consoles, vs. the Wii's former discount to rival boxes from Sony and Microsoft.

Source: SeekingAlpha

BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 is Hi-Tech

The technology behind the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 is pretty incredible. It's part Segway, part TRON and all awesome. While this is a concept, some of the bike is actually built and able to perform functions as indicated.


Weekly Tech Update #376 - The Death of the Galaxy Note

We have just posted up Episode #376 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Twitters stock is dropping, Samsung's Notes are still exploding, and "Excuse me Yahoo, but could you please give us a billion dollars back?" Sincerely, Verizon.Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.


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Verizon reconsidering Yahoo purchase?

Last week it was being rumored that Verizon was, for very good reason, questioning their pending $4.8 billion dollar purchase of Yahoo and was reportedly asking for $1 billion off the purchase price after the hacking scandal hit the press. The news is getting worse for Yahoo as it is now being rumored that the data breach could trigger a clause to allow Verizon to completely back out of the deal, which unfortunately would mean that we'd all be subjected to months of "who will buy Yahoo?" news. Reuters has the full story.

Verizon Communications Inc said on Thursday it has a "reasonable basis" to believe Yahoo Inc's (massive data breach of email accounts represents a material impact that could allow Verizon to withdraw from its $4.83 billion deal to buy the technology company.

Verizon's general counsel Craig Silliman told reporters at a roundtable in Washington the data breach could trigger a clause in the deal that would allow the U.S. wireless company not to complete it.

Xbox One sales picking up steam

The PS4 had been outselling the Xbox One for quite some time since both of the 'next generation' consoles launched last year. The Xbox One has been picking up in the sales department recently and it is estimated that the Xbox One will beat the PS4 for the 3rd month in a row, which is a good thing for the Microsoft camp. The only thing that will probably throw a wrench in Microsoft's plans is the launch of the PS4 Pro next month which could boost Sony and the PS4 back up to the top of the charts. The Verge has the full story.

Microsoft's Xbox One sales appear to be picking up in the US. Xbox One was the top-selling console in the US during July, August, and September, according to the NPD group. Microsoft still hasn't released updated console sales figures, but EA estimated Microsoft had sold 19 million Xbox Ones back in January. Nvidia recently estimated that Microsoft has reached 29 million Xbox One sales, compared to an estimate of 52 million for PS4. Sony revealed in May that it had sold more than 40 million PS4s.

Galaxy Note 7 recall will cost about $3 billion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall has been making headlines for the past few weeks for all the wrong reasons. The scale of the recall is huge and was estimated that there are over 2.5 million phones that need to be recalled and according to CNET the cost of the recall could cost Samsung about $3 billion dollars. Needless to say, it hasn't been a good couple weeks for Samsung.

Here's how much the Galaxy Note 7 debacle is costing Samsung: About $3 billion.

The South Korean company on Thursday said discontinuing its device, which it recalled for a second time this week for battery issues, will hurt its operating profit in the mid-3 trillion won range from the fourth quarter of 2016 through the first quarter of 2017. That's about $3 billion.

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