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Microsoft to offer free version of Windows 8.1?

There is talk going around that Microsoft is experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1 that they are calling "Windows 8.1 with Bing". Basically it sounds like it will be Windows 8.1 but will have a whole bunch of Microsoft software bundled with it in exchange for the free price tag. This might not be the worst idea in the world especially on cheaper systems that could potentially compete with Chromebooks. TechCrunch has the full story.

Microsoft is looking at a cost conscious crisis, relative to both mobile and desktop hardware, and on the heels of the news that it might be reducing its Windows Phone software license fee, there’s new evidence that it’s looking at pursuing the same strategy for the desktop. The Verge reports that Microsoft has an experimental free version of Windows 8.1 called “Windows 8.1 with Bing.”

Nintendo to end online support for Wii, DS, and DSi

Nintendo has announced that on May 20th of this year they will be ending online "functionality" for many Wii, DS, and DSi, titles. This isn't too surprising and is most likely just a tactic to get people to move to their more current consoles. Unfortunately their more current consoles haven't sold like they have hoped so maybe this helps out a little until they can get something new into the market. Wired has the story.

Nintendo is terminating "certain online functionality" for the Wii, DS and DSi including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many of its games.

The functionality is offered via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection feature and its removal on 20 May will affect games including Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, and Pokémon Black and White.

Microsoft looking at low-cost Windows Phone?

A new report has come out saying that Microsoft is thinking about slashing the costs of their Windows Phone licenses so that manufacturers can use it on low-cost phones and more effectively compete cost-wise with Android. Apparently Microsoft already has hardware manufacturers in China and India interested in joining the Windows Phone party. This probably isn't a bad idea, it just might be too late to catch up. TechCrunch has the full story,

Microsoft partner and soon to be subsidiary Nokia introduced Android-powered devices at MWC this year in an apparent bid to go after the low end of the market, but there’s more and more reason to believe that experiment won’t continue once MS takes the reins of Nokia’s hardware division. A fresh report today suggests that Microsoft is mulling a licensing fee price cut of up to 70 percent compared to what it currently charges.

Cool Video of the Day

If you want to put your Kinect sensor to good use - this might be it. I would love to have a whole room done up like this. It woult totally freak people out.


Under the Influence

Throughout the past few years we have observed plenty of instances of distracted driving and laws to help limit it. Now it seems that Google is going to have a bit of a fight on their hands to convince certain states in the US to settle down a little. West Virginian legislators have already contemplated banning the use of Glass while driving, but nothing was done for the time being, although they have promised to come back to it. So it appears that Glass and driving can co-exist for now, but for how long?

Very early on in the life of Glass, legislators in West Virginia mulled banning driving while Glassing. They ran into procedural issues, but they've promised to revisit the matter. Soon, other states were wondering whether the device offered a threat to road safety. One police officer in San Diego was convinced that wearing them was a case of distracted driving, until a court heard he couldn't prove whether the glasses were switched on.

Source: CNET

Rolls-Royce Drone

It seems that as technology develops more and more transportation and delivery conduits turn towards the automated realm. From package delivery, to commuter transportation; the technology is being groomed. Another company to jump on the bandwagon is Rolls-Royce. They are simply designing unmanned cargo ships at this point, and have put together a virtual-reality prototype, located at their office in Alesund, Norway. It should be neet to see what they come up with!

Drone ships would be safer, cheaper and less polluting for the $375 billion shipping industry that carries 90 percent of world trade, Rolls-Royce says. They might be deployed in regions such as the Baltic Sea within a decade, while regulatory hurdles and industry and union skepticism about cost and safety will slow global adoption, said Oskar Levander, the company’s vice president of innovation in marine engineering and technology.

Source: Bloomberg

WTU Episode #251 - Ford & BlackBerry's Lovechild

We have just posted up Episode #251 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the Galaxy S5 Announcement, Ford and BlackBerry have a Microsoftless Love Affair and WhatsApp? - $19 Billion - that's WhatsApp. We have those stories and more and the links below!


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Sochi Wolf Actually Hired by Jimmy Kimmel

I know that many of you saw the "Epic #SochiFail: Wolf in my Hall" video that made the rounds during the Olympics last week. I never gave it much thought and figured that it was no big deal. Apparently mainstream media picked it up and made it viral. What's awesome about this is that the wolf was in L.A. in Jimmy Kimmel's studio and it was a prank. Take a look:


Thanks to our Jason Schneider for pointing this out to me.

Nokia Launches Android Phones (Finally)

After all of our begging and pleading, Nokia has finally listened to BCCHardware and released a Nokia Android phone. In fact, they have three new devices coming that pack Android as their OS of choice. The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL will be coming to a retailer near you in the near future. They look a lot like Windows Phone devices still as they use a heavily skinned Android version at the moment. Still, it's a step in the right direction.

All three devices devices will run on a version of Android that will be highly modified by Nokia, and will connect to a number of online services from Microsoft, rather than from Google. Those services will include Skype and OneDrive. The phone will allow users to connect not just to an app store run by Nokia but third party app storefronts such as Yandex.

Source: Neowin

Netflix Offers Drone 2 Home Delivery Service

Netflix has been rumored to be experimenting with delivery drones for their still-popular DVD delivery service. That's right, although their streaming gets a lot of press, they do still deliver DVDs. Take a look and see how much better this will be than the Amazon delivery drones.

I do realize that this is a spoof.

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