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Surface Pro 2 Hardware Tear-down

Since most of us here at BCCHardware enjoy "seeing what's inside" of the latest and greatest pieces of technology, the hardware teardown of the Surface Pro 2 sparked our interest. First time around the Surface Pro wasn't the easiest to repair and without spoiling too much of the surprise, the Surface Pro 2 has some unfortunate similarities. The Register has the story and all the pictures over here.

We knew that Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 tablets wouldn't stray too far from the original Surface Pro design - but according to the tool-and-part masters at iFixit, the new tablets are virtually identical to the old ones – meaning they're just as difficult to repair.

WTU Episode #233 - Even the Woz Doesn't Want an iPad Air

Our latest episode of WeeklyTechUpdate podcast is online. This is episode #233 and we discuss the Windows 8.1 Launch and Issues, Intel says $299 Haswell Laptops are Coming and Apple's iPad event - still nothing close to a 4K Tablet.  We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Pay to watch Youtube?

Get ready to enter your credit card information if you want to watch some Youtube channels as Youtube has announced they will be allowing people to launch paid Youtube channels which can charge a monthly subscription fee of $0.99 or more per month to access their content. All of these channels will offer a 14-day free trial period, but I can't imagine too many people will be excited about having to pay unless the content is really top-notch. Time has the story.

YouTube is increasing its efforts to generate more revenue with its most popular videos producers. Thousands of YouTube creators will now be able to launch paid channels, which charge a monthly subscription fee of $0.99 or more.

Google breaks a promise

Remember back in 2005 when Google promised they'd never use banner ads? Well apparently neither can Google as they've started testing banner ads on web search results as a result of lower income per advertisement. Hopefully this doesn't go past the testing phase as Google is one of the last companies that has resorted to large ads that overpower everything else. The Guardian has the story.

Google is testing banner ads on web search results - reneging on a 2005 promise that "there will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results page… Ever."

The company confirmed to the Guardian that it is testing a system with about 30 advertisers in the US in which it shows banner ads for companies including SouthWest Airlines on pages which include them in web search results.

Japan Display Bets Big on 4K Tablets

If you thought the Retina display on the iPad mini is impressive, you'll be blown away when it comes to 4K displays on tablets.  While there is not a hand-holdable version available just yet, 4K has taken off like wildfire and we're seeing TVs ship already.  The next thing is tablets, laptops and affordable PC displays.  It will be pretty impressive when they cram a 3840x21650 into a 12.1-inch display.  I might pick one of those up.

Panasonic's already managed to slather its hulking 20-inch tablet in the same resolution, which was a feat in itself. But let's consider something a little more handheld friendly -- something that's not going to smash through our glass coffee table. The unified forces behind Japan Display (including Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi) have announced that they've squeezed 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160) into a 12.1-inch TFT module, creating a screen with a retina-piercing 365 pixels per inch.

Source: Engadget

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Now Available for Android

If you've been choked at Apple and EA for withholding PvZ2 from Android, you now have the choice to either vote with your wallet and not get the game (it's free to play), or you can get all excited and go download the latest blockbuster to hit Android.  It looks like a lot of fun, so I'm going to waffle on my resolve and go download the game right away.  I'll chat you later.


Source: Google Play

Windows 8.1 Tweak & Optimize Guide

If you have been lucky (or unlucky, depending on your experience) enough to upgrade to Windows 8.1, you may have noticed that it is still in need of some tweaking and optimizing.  I rarely leave an OS installation alone and often apply my tweaks, UI changes and such through the PowerShell to give it my personal flavor.  If you want to get some good advice for Windows 8.1, check out the link below.

tweak – to change slightly, esp. in order to make something more effective or correct.
optimize – get the most out of, make optimal - modify to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity or time or cost

Source: TweakHound


The Woz Is Not Impressed With iPad Air

Bless Steve Wozniak for being up-front and honest.  It appears that the co-founder of Apple is not at all impressed with the new iPad Air.  It doesn't have enough storage and really isn't all that thrilled about it - at all.  Steve wants an iPad that will allow him to download and store every episode of the Big Bang Theory.  Steve, may I interest you in an Android Tablet with a MicroSD card slot (or two)?

I don’t have broadband at home, and you can’t get great broadband connection in hotels, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple has a 256GB iPad. I was hoping for more storage so I could put every episode of Big Bang Theory on my iPad. So I emailed my wife and said ‘nope, I don’t want one of those.’

Source: Boy Genius Report

Android App Pick - WiFi Mouse

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and we are getting crazy productive this week.  WiFi Mouse is one of those programs that you probably won't use daily, but when you need a mouse for your PC, you'll be glad you checked this out - and have an Android device.  It's things like this App that makes me glad I'm not running Apple - and why we keep doing App Pick every week.  Check it out!


Xbox One - One Month Left & Mysteries Exist

I'm not sure why we've all come to expect to know everything before a product launch, but today consumers do expect more.  There is about one month left until the Xbox One launch and there are still a few things we don't know about the console that may be deal-breakers for some gamers.  There are things like Windows 8 App support that has been hotly debated and rumored as well as 3rd Party App support.  Take a look if you're still undecided and want to know a few more details.

Screenshots have shown that Netflix will (maybe) be included with the Xbox One, and Machinima recently announced their own app for the console. Twitch.tv has revealed it will also support the Xbox One but there's no word if that support will be ready for launch. More recently, reports that the console would be able to run all Windows 8 apps were partially, but not totally, refuted by Microsoft.

Source: Neowin

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