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Netflix raises prices, slows growth

Netflix has released their earnings report which wasn't what people were expecting or what they forecasted and have seen a huge drop in their stock price. Netflix still added about 3 million subscribers, but after forecasting 3.7 million and in comparison to last year those numbers didn't give investors a warm and fuzzy feeling. Netflix is blaming a $1 price increase on one of the major reasons for the slowdown as it appears that even a $1 increase is enough to scare away streaming customers who at the moment have a lot of different choices. Slate has the full story.

Netflix tacked on about 3 million new users across the globe over the past three months, undershooting its forecast of 3.7 million. But perhaps more worrisome, it’s growth in the U.S. fell year over year, reaching just 1 million net new sign-ups, down from 1.3 million in the third quarter of 2013. The company is blaming its $1 price hike in May, which raised the cost of a subscription to $8.99 per month. “As best we can tell, the primary cause is the slightly higher prices we now have compared to a year ago," management said in its letter to shareholders. "Slightly higher prices result in slightly less growth, other things being equal, and this is manifested more clearly in higher adoption markets such as the US.”  

WTU Episode #284 - Microsoft may Kill the Surface

We have just posted up Episode #284 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the end of the Surface, Steve and Bill unfriend each other and the PC is dead - well, not exactly.We have those stories and more and the links below!


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The PC is NOT Dying

For years people have predicted that the end of the PC was "upon us", and yet PC sales are picking back up in Europe and North America. I believe that this is due to the marketing onslaught that was enduring a couple of years back where consumers were led to believe that tablet computers could solve all their problems. For portable entertainment, they are a valid option, but if you really want to get something done in a day, a PC is still the best means to that productive end. 

On Thursday, the analyst firm said PC shipments totaled 79.4 million units in the third quarter of this year, 0.5 percent down on the same quarter of 2013. However, that decline was down to the emerging markets — in Western Europe and North America, shipments were up 9 percent and 4.2 percent respectively (that’s the third consecutive quarter of growth in the U.S., by the way).

Source: Gigaom

Android "L" Means Licorice

There has been a lot of curiosity amonst geeks as to what the next version of Android will be called. Although Lemon Meringue Pie and Lollipop have been thrown around quite a bit, it seems that there may be another tasty treat in the works instead. Licorice has a lot of merrit and according to the guy who builds the Android sculptures at Google's campus, he really likes "licorice". We won't have long to wait to find out for sure.

Calabrese also wrote that while boarding the plane to fly to Google’s headquarters this week, he was asked by the Travel Security Administration why he had so many boxes of licorice in his bag. He also said that he handed out boxes of licorice to people at the boarding gate.

Source: BGR

OnePlus Looks to Windows Phone

The HTC One M8 has both an Android and Windows phone version and I have to admit, the Windows Phone variant looks a lot more appealing in terms of battery life. OnePlus has decided to play both sides of the battle here as well and is looking at putting their OnePlus One up against itself as they might just be releasing a Windows phone version in the near future. I kind of hope they do. I'm not looking at jumping ship on Android just yet, but competition is always a good thing.

OnePlus has managed to attract a lot of attention with the OnePlus One, a $349 smartphone that offers specs often found in devices twice as expensive. At this stage, it is not known whether manufacturer is looking to offer the OnePlus One with Windows Phone (much like HTC has done with the One M8 for Windows) or whether an entirely new handset is in the works.

Source: WPCentral

Nexus 9 to Launch Wednesday

It looks like the Nexus 9 will launch on Wednesday and it will give us the first real look at a "finished" Android L operating system. The rumor is that both the Nexus 6 phone and the Nexus 9 tablet will be soft-launching via a blog post from Google tomorrow. With so little fanfare, I don't really expect anything that exciting from either device. I guess it's time they refreshed their products - so to keep up with the corporate release cycle, we should see them sometime tomorrow morning.

Volantis will be available for pre-order on the 17th October and available to purchase on the 3rd November. Although there’s no information on when Android L will be available for other Android devices, and the pre-order and purchasing dates are subject to last minute change. The 16GB version will cost $399 and the 32GB LTE version will retail for $499. Both devices will have expandable memory.

Source: Forbes

Dropbox: Not Hacked, but Exploited and Deleting Your Data

Dropbox didn't have much to be thankful for this past long weekend here in Canada. Not only were rumors floating around that they were hacked, the also had a bug sweep through their system that caused some of their users data to be permanently deleted. This was a very bad weekend. Thankfully, they weren't hacked. Unfortunately, a third-party exploit caused thousands of their users logins to be accessed and a good number of them were published online.

Dropbox has confirmed that a bug in some older versions of its desktop apps deleted the files of some people who turned on Selective Sync, which limits cloud syncing to certain folders. Typically, this would happen after a crash or forced reboot, making a bad problem worse -- at least a few users found that they'd lost years' worth of content through no fault of their own.

Source: Engadget

Assassin's Creed Rogue (Story Trailer)

With the next Assassin's Creed on the way for the PC, now is the time to make sure you have a decent rig. The latest information shows that Ubisoft will be crippling the resolution on both the PS4 and Xbox One in order to provide AI calculations with such a "weak CPU" so if you want it to look good, PC is the way. Check out the trailer below.


Alienware 18 Laptop is a Beast

If you are in the market for a gaming laptop and want something that won't hold you back, the Alienware 18 is one beast that will rock your gaming socks off. This unit is powered by a Core i7-4940X processor that boosts to a crazy 4.4GHz and is backed by either Dual GTX 880M or Dual R9 M290X graphics. Combine that with 32GB of DDR3 and you've got a better machine that most people - and yours is portable. I wouldn't call this a laptop though as it will burn up your chance of having children.

The Intel Core i7-4940MX, Intel's fastest current mobile processor, usually boasts a base/boost clock frequency of 3.1GHz/4.1GHz. This has been judged to be too slow by Alienware laptop systems designers who will ship Alienware 18 laptops with factory overclocked chips that reach speeds of up to 4.4GHz. Intel wrote via a 'Chip Shot' blog post that the overclocked chip will "enable some of the highest-performance laptop PCs on the market".

Source: Hexus

WIndows 10 Downloaded 10 Million Times

I'm one of the 10 Million people that downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview and overall I've been quite happy with the build. As far as functionality goes, it is better than Windows 8 for the desktop for sure but I still can't help but feel that it is really a full service pack. There has been a ton of demand for this download and people are "testing" it widely. If you want to give it a go, check out the Windows Insider Program here and if you want to install it to your Hard Drive (as opposed to running in a Virtual Machine), check out the guide over here that shows how to partition your drive.

Another indicator that we have solid usage is the number of app-launches that happen on a device. 68% of you are launching more than 7 apps/day, and some people are using it even more heavily. We have seen about 25% of devices running the Windows 10 Technical Preview launching more than 26 apps per day, and 5% launching a whopping 68 apps per day!

Source: Windows Blog, CNET

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