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WhatsApp to remain closed

People have been hoping for quite some time that WhatsApp (which is now owned by Facebook) would be opening up for 3rd party App developers, however, after the F8 developer conference that appears to not be happening anytime soon. WhatsApp wants to control 'user experience' and they don't want anyone else messing it up for them. Developers are obviously upset at not being able to piggyback on WhatsApp but I don't think anyone can be too surprised at their decision to keep things closed. CNET has the story.

What does $19 billion buy you? Sometimes, it's a spot of trouble.

That's what Facebook found out at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday when executives tried to explain to an eager crowd of app developers why it wasn't going to offer a way for them to plug their programs and services into the 700-million-user-strong messaging service WhatsApp.

More new iPhones

Apple is apparently looking to release 3 new iPhone models in the 2nd half of 2015. These models are rumored to be the 6S Plus (5.5"), 6S (4.7") and the 6C (4"). It is interesting to see the "C" models may be returning as they previously weren't as successful as Apple was hoping but I guess we will have to wait and see what actually hits stores shelves later this year. Apple's new approach of offering customers more choice is a big change from previous offerings but it seems to be working as iPhone sales have been huge thanks to the release of the 6 and 6 Plus models. MacRumors has the full story.

A new 4-inch iPhone was also rumored in December 2014, with a report claiming that the device would be aimed toward female users. However, even if a new 4-inch iPhone isn't introduced, Apple will presumably have the iPhone 5s to offer for free on a two-year contract once the current models slide down. 

Samsung interested in AMD?

Here comes the rumor of the week, Samsung is eyeing AMD up for a possible purchase.

Obviously neither company is commenting and this could be nothing more than a rumor on a slow news day, but after a bit of thinking it over, an acquisition by Samsung could be a good thing and would probably benefit both companies. Samsung gaining access to CPU and GPU technologies from AMD (and ATI which they own) would put them on a level with the big guys like Intel. AMD would obviously also benefit from becoming part of the Samsung family and would probably open some doors for them and help them compete on a higher level. 

Once again this is just a rumor at this point but AndroidHeadlines has more over here.

A new report out this afternoon originating from the South Korean media claims Samsung Electronics is potentially trying to purchase AMD, a global semiconductor company who makes processors for a wide variety of computer manufacturers and other devices. Samsung themselves produce their own in-house processors used in many of their handsets and other devices, and an acquisition of AMD, if proven true, would be a great benefit to Samsung in allowing them to bolster their own semiconductor offerings. AMD has a longstanding relationship with many of the top PC brands and is well known throughout the industry in addition to being a major competitor to Intel for the PC-based CPU and GPU markets.

Pay Your Bills in GMail

If you use Google Now, you may be a bit surprised to see your bill reminders popping up on your device. This is the contextual invasion (or beauty) that is Google and it's not going away. In fact, Google wants to take things a step further and they want to deliver your bills through GMail and have you submit payment right through your email. While I'm sure the security issues and obstacles are huge, I really do love this idea. Super simple.

According to a document obtained by Re/code, Google's working on a way for you to receive bills from your service providers in your Gmail account, and pay for them without having to leave the confines of your inbox. The service, currently code-named "Pony Express," is apparently being prepped for a launch in late (think fourth quarter) 2015.

Source: Engadget

Microsoft Releases WIndows 10 B10041 to ISO

The most recent build of Windows 10 available for testers is Technical Preview build 10041. Not only can you get this through Windows Update on you PC, you can now download this ISO directly from Microsoft. This shows that Microsoft is pretty happy with the build stability and hopefully it fixes a lot of issues we saw at VulcLAN earlier this month. Take a look and update you system as this rolled up in the "Slow Ring" and should be rock-solid.

Microsoft promised that it would release the ISO files for its latest build alongside its Slow ring deployment - and the firm has now made good on that promise. The ISOs for build 10041 - which Microsoft is also calling its 'March Update' for the Technical Preview - are available to download right now from the Windows Insider Program site.

Source: Neowin via Microsoft

Google Isn't Giving Up On Glass

Eric Schmidt loves his Google Glass. While the company appeared to scrap the Google Glass project a few months back, Eric is saying that Glass is not gone. While the Explorer program has been put on hold, the project lives on and Google is making some major changes to the platform as the world simply has to catch up with Google on this one. I think I agree here. Glass was ahead of it's time - both in terms of perception and usefulness. If 2015 isn't the year of the Glass-wearable, I think we'll see a major comeback by 2016 at the latest.

“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt said. “We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”

Source: WallStreetJournal

Xbox Deals with Gold

The latest video game deals are up and there are some good deals to be had for your Xbox 360 and Xbox One console this month. If you've been waiting for some sweet titles, make sure you check out the list over at MajorNelson. XCOM is on sale for really cheap and even the new Call of Duty has taken a 33% hit.

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Source: MajorNelson

WTU Episode #306 - Apple Users Just Don't Care

We have just posted up Episode #306 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the battle for your boot-ee, 60% of Apple users just don’t care and potentially the coolest malware for you Android phone - compliments of Microsoft. We have those stories and more so check it out!

 

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Epic Hylian Shield

"In the most recent episode of Man at Arms, as youtube series where they build from scratch functional weapons from film and video games, they've done a fucking amazing job creating Link's Hylian Shield from The Legend of Zelda series. I've always been a big fan of this series as it shows a very in-depth look at the process behind creating the various equipment and, with the shield, it seems like on of their most complicated yet."

 

Source: Neogaf

Steve Wozniak Says Computer Will Take Over

Steve Wozniak is a pretty brilliant guy and after a recent interview he says that "Computers are going to take over from humans, no question". That is a pretty bold statement and while there have been a lot of advancements in artificial intelligence, the idea that they can take over is still hundreds of years away in my opinion. Still, Steve is a visionary and he says it's inevitable. Make sure that you treat your PC nice as one day you may be working for it.

"Will we be the gods? Will we be the family pets? Or will we be ants that get stepped on? I don't know about that … But when I got that thinking in my head about if I'm going to be treated in the future as a pet to these smart machines … well I'm going to treat my own pet dog really nice."

Source: AFR

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