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WTU Episode #258 - Google Glass Goes on Sale!

We have just posted up Episode #258 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Google Glass goes on sale, Comcast wins an award and you’re probably going to want to change all your passwords.We have those stories and more and the links below!

 

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Feenix Nascita & Dimora Review

We have just posted up our review of the Feenix Nascita Mouse and Dimora Mousepad. This is a great and very elegant pair of gaming hardware that will could make you a better gamer. It's not all flashy, but it just plain works. There is something to be said for understated design and the Feenix Nascita mouse and the Dimora mousepad take elegance and quality gaming peripherals to the next level. All the details are in our full review.

When it comes to performance, both the Dimora pad and the Nascita mouse score 10/10. Both performed great. I didn’t have any issues with tracking with this pair or any combination of anything else. There was no mouse lag and the buttons are very responsive. DPI adjustment works instantly and I like the fact that you can change the sensitivity on the fly.

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Fight Android Malware with Google's Spyware

I know the headline doesn't sound that promising, but Google is trying to fight malware in Android Apps real-time with their new tool. This tool will offer "continual on-device monitoring" to fight malware ridden apps and prevent apps from installing - or running if they are on the blacklist. This list will be updated continually and should really improve the overall Android-users experience. The downside is that this app will be running in the background and will essentially be spying on everything you are running and reporting that to Google "for your best interest". It is a good idea, but they really need to spin it a different way.

Google's latest approach of bundling services with the Google Play applications will allow the company to provide the security update to Android devices running Gingerbread (2.3) or higher without depending on carriers or device manufacturers. Although the verify applications service is not a guaranteed safety measure against other forms of exploits, it is a step in the right direction from Google rather than taking potshots at competitors.

Source: Neowin

Age of Empires: World Domination Coming to iOS, Android & WinPhone

While PC Gaming may be the biggest player on the market, mobile games have received a lot of attention lately as well. Microsoft has even noticed and is just announced that they are bringing Age of Empires: World Domination exclusively to mobile (for now). The good news is that it is slated to launch on Apple, Android and Windows Phone devices. Quite likely it will launch on Android first, Apple second and then a month or so later - on Windows Phone. That's my guess according to their track record.

 

Source: Age Of Empires: World Domination

PC Gaming Alive and Well

According to a panel of industry professionals over at PAX East, PC Gaming is not dying and in fact it is still the dominant gaming platform when it comes to serious gaming. This panel talked about quite a few things related to gaming in general, but the conversation kept coming back to the fact that PC Gaming has always had a huge market share and looks to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The fact is that PC hardware evolves much faster than console hardware and many people love the graphics quality that you can only get from a PC.

Roberts has been making PC games since the 1980s, and in developing his latest title, Star Citizen, he's exploring all platform options. One thing that he says he's been dissatisfied with is anything involving remote video streaming—he says that latency is still an issue that hasn't been overcome, and he can't see it ever working well enough to be truly playable—not for a long time, anyway.

Source: ARSTechnica

Still Using MSE? Stop It.

If you have been using Microsoft Security Essentials for Anti-virus, you may really want to consider changing to a different program. Microsoft announced that they weren't supporting it anymore a while ago, and now it is starting to really show the lack of support. In the analysis below, they show why it's failing and offer some good alternatives.

Those numbers might seem okay – until you look at the competitors. Avast free antivirus, for example, blocked 100% of known threats and 98% of zero-day attacks. That means that if you have 100 computers with MSE, and 100 with Avast, the group running MSE would fall victim to 14 zero-day attacks for every single attack that slips by Avast.

Source: MakeUseOf

Google Glass for Sale - One Day Only!

Google Glass is finally going to be on sale to the public, unfortunately it is only going to be on sale for one day (Tuesday, April 15) and is going to run you $1500 bucks for the Explorer edition. While the price might be high I'd still venture a guess to say they will sell out very quickly as everyone wants to look like a Cyborg this summer. For more details head on over to TomsHardware.

Want a piece of Google's Glass? The company is now offering consumers a way to get into the Explorer program without the need for an invitation. The cost for the Explorer Edition will still run you $1500 plus tax, so get ready to drain the bank.

According to Google, over the past few months, the company has tried various ways to expand the Explorer program. Some have gained access through a school or university, whereas some were referred by a friend, signed up at Google I/O, and told the company what they would do with Glass via #ifihadglass. Now it's time for something different.

Amazon App Store hits 200k

The Amazon App store has quietly been growing last year and has now hit 200,000 Apps. Of course Apple and Google Play are still ahead with each having over 1 Million apps but I'd still think Amazon should be pretty happy seeing as their service launched in March 2011 and has now hit 200k already. CNET has the full story.

Amazon's app store now has 200,000 apps, CEO Jeff Bezos announced Thursday in a letter to investors.

The store has nearly tripled in size over the past year and is now in almost 200 countries, Bezos wrote in the letter, which also covered the rest of Amazon's multitude of services, including Prime, Instant Video, Amazon Web Services, and Mayday support.

The World's Most Reputable Companies

Over the past few weeks we've talked about the worst company in America contest over at the Consumerist which saw Comcast win for 2014. Forbes had decided to go the other way and has come up with the most reputable company list and amazingly I didn't see much overlap.

Reputation Institute’s list stands out from other corporate lists we cover, like the most ethical and the most trustworthy companies, because it aims to quantify the way companies are viewed by consumers, or “stakeholders” as Nielsen calls them, in four areas that he says determine a company’s success: trust, admiration, feeling and overall reputation. The list measures public perception rather than actual corporate practices. Perceptions are vital, he contends. According to Reputation Institute’s data, 85% of consumers say they would definitely buy products sold by a company with a top reputation while only 9% said they would buy from companies with weak reputations.

 

Heartbleed Bug - The Passwords you need to change now

Most likely you've heard about the new Heartbleed bug that is hitting the internet hard and is potentially going to cause a ton of issues, mainly in the fact that your passwords and credit card info could be stolen. Mashable has comprised a list of websites that have potentially been hit and shows you which ones it might be a good idea to change your password on.

An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years.

 

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