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WTU Episode #223 - Microsoft Surface Sucks, Acer Iconia Does Not

We have just posted up Episode #223 of Weekly Tech Update.  This week we talk about the horrible Surface Sales, the reason why the Acer Iconia Windows 8 tablet will change the world as well as security issues with high-tech toilets.  We have those stories and more. . .


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Microsoft Tries to Spur App Development

Microsoft has missed the boat in their mobile market time and time again.  Nothing really has changed with Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT and so now Microsoft is trying to update their App Studio to make this process a lot easier.  At the end of the day, it may help a bit, but still developers spend their time and energy where the audience is, and unless Microsoft gets a killer phone or a killer app, I don't see a lot of people switching platforms - and thus the App Development will still be weak-sauce.

Microsoft announced today a program called Windows Phone App Studio beta, a free Web-based tool for first time or hobbyist developers to try out app designs and download them to their Windows Phone devices to test them out. If they like what they have made, they can publish them to the Windows Phone Marketplace for their friends and family.

Source: ReadWrite

Google Glass Gets Lots of Policy Questions

With the invention of Google Glass - and as more users are playing with this always-on, always-ready-to-record-and-broadcast device, there are a lot of questions regarding policies that will be made with this new technology format.  The same questions have been addressed with cell phones that have cameras in them, so this really isn't that new.  The new thing is that the camera is always pointed forward, and if Google has there way, Google Glass will always be listening to your every word (and those around you).  This can be scary for sure and I'm not sure if I want Google to have that foothold in my life.

So far, Google has dazzled lawmakers with demonstrations at the Capitol and a detailed letter addressing privacy concerns. The only place in Congress where the device gets a hostile reception is the Speaker’s Lobby. (Security guards already banned it.) And yet, as the company is well aware, percolating state tensions could lead back to D.C.

Source: Politico

AT&T Will Replace Your Wet GS4 Active

In a move of good faith, AT&T will actually replace your wet Galaxy S4 Active for you.  According to the specs and features, this phone is supposed to withstand a dip in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and it has been failing like crazy.  The truth be told, it's Samsung who should be replacing these phones and it's awesome to see that AT&T is stepping up to the plate - instead of Samsung.  I never thought I'd say this but 'good job AT&T'.  Boo Samsung.

"Samsung designed and tested the Galaxy S4 Active to adhere to IP67 standards for water resistance (1 meter for 30 minutes)," AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said in a statement. "If your Galaxy S4 Active has been damaged due to water exposure, bring it back to an AT&T retail store as soon as possible for a one-time exchange for another Galaxy S4 Active."

Source: AllThingsD

Slow Motion Underwater Guns - FMJ Wins

In a fun video done by RatedRR, they show how different ammo reacts when fired underwater.  As we have a bunch of gamers that play with virtual guns, this is a pretty nifty video.  Check it out and see why Crysis and other games with water in them such for real physics.

Android App Pick - Turbo Racing League

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are kicking back and spending some time on a fast-paced snail racing game.  I know, snails aren't that fast.  When you jack them up with some Nitro and flip the switch, you'd better be hanging on.  This is a very fun game that is geared for all ages and will have you upgrading your snail to increase speed and performance.  Have some fun and take a look and see why it's our App Pick of the Week.


Pirate Church

Russia has just introduced some new anti-piracy laws and in order to combat these, a group of people are turning to religion.  They are starting a "Pirate Church" in order to protect their views and are trying to use some form of "religious freedom" to protect their stealing ways.  I'm sure this is going to go over like a ton of bricks.  Still, you have to give them credit for trying.  I should start an anti-tax church and see how far that goes...

The movement’s early followers are already showing commitment. Izvestia reports that a Kopimist-inspired wedding between Olga Koroleva and Vladislav Petrushenka took place yesterday but instead of the traditional exchange of rings, the pair exchanged microchips which they plan to have embedded in their bodies.

Source: TorrentFreak

Real Wall-E (Geek Week)

This is a pretty awesome project where a few guys have made a life-sized Wall-E robot.  I just wish I had this kind of time, energy and skill.  Great stuff.

Amazon's CEO Buys Washington Post

If you had an extra $250 Million laying around, what would you spend it on?  If you're Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com), you'd buy the Washington Post.  According to the word on the street, Jeff has done just that.  He's bought the entire Washington Post and I'm guessing that he'll have some pretty large Amazon Ads in the paper from now on.  That and if you order within the next 2 hours, you'll get it free by Fedex tomorrow.  Good for Jeff, but I hope he takes it out of the dinosaur age and puts the Post on the Virtual Map.

Though the deal includes the Post and other traditional publishing properties, it doesn't include more digital-leaning assets in the company's portfolio, like Slate magazine and TheRoot.com. The Washington Post Co. that remains after selling its namesake publication -- which includes Kaplan, Post-Newsweek Stations and Cable ONE -- will be changing its name because of the sale. The new name hasn't been released.

Source: CNET

Video Game Releases and Reviews

If you're looking to get some form of electronic entertainment this week, we've once again gathered a list of the game releases that you should be seeing by Tuesday of this week.  This week looks a little bland on the PC, PS3 and Xbox side of things, but there are a couple of family fun titles coming out for the other handheld units (and the Wii U).  Take a look and if you need to read up on some video game reviews, those are below.

  • Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians (download)
  • Divinity: Dragon Commander (download - $40)
  • Guacamelee! Gold Edition (download - $15)
  • GunCraft (download - $15)
  • Megabyte Punch (download - $15)
  • Papers, Please (download - $10)
  • Spelunky (download)
  • The Sims 3 Dragon Valley
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (XBLA - $15)
  • Dragon's Crown
  • ibb & obb (PSN - $10)
  • Superfrog HD (PSN)
  • Tales of Xillia
  • The Red Star (PS2 Classics)
  • Disney's Planes
  • Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (eShop - $9)
  • Disney's Planes
  • Dragon's Crown
  • Superfrog HD (PSN)
  • Disney's Planes
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
  • Disney's Planes
If you want to have a bit of fun with your Nintendo Wii U, Pikmin 3 is a decent choice according to TweakTown.  If that's not really your thing, why don't you check out Rise of the Triad for the PC over at MEGATechNews.

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