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Microsoft Ends Sales of Lumia This December

Sales figures show that Microsoft's Lumia Windows phones are pretty much extinct and Microsoft has confirmed that they will in fact be killing the Lumia line this December. This comes only months after they showed off Continuum, the Lumia 950 & 950XL which could have changed the coroporate world. Microsoft has been known to do this, but the real bummer here is that the director of engineering mentioned a "Surface Phone". That's bad. Microsoft will end up abandoning all Lumia owners that purchased devices in the past 6 months and push another platform that they'll kill off. Microsoft NEEDS to get out of the mobile division altogether and stick to the Surface tablet/PC.

While all this is going on, Microsoft’s Director of Engineering (Windows Fundamentals), Laura Butler, who was recently involved in several Windows Insider planning meetings for Redstone 2, has been very vocal on Twitter recently, specifically mentioning a Surface Phone. While the tweets do not give much in the way of confirmation of the device, it does fuel yet more speculation.

Source: WinBeta

Raspberry Pi Sells 10 Million Units

The $35 Raspberry Pi has just sold over 10 million units now and the number continues to grow. The thing of beauty about this little computer - other than it's price - is the fact that it is powerful enough to run a desktop OS and with the latest generation (Raspberry Pi 3), it includes WiFi, Bluetooth, a 64-bit Quad-Core CPU and enough RAM to actually be very useful. More information can be found at the link below.

"At the time, we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units-if we were lucky," Upton wrote. "There was no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of commercial success, and certainly no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the UK, and exporting Raspberry Pi all over the world."

Source: Fortune

Maybe the Apple Watch isn't for everyone...

18 months ago Apple told us that the Apple Watch was for everyone and it was going to change the world. Well that didn't happen and now Apple is singing a little different tune at their latest event where they were flogging a "more affordable" version of the Apple Watch that was aimed heavily at the runners, swimmers, and hikers and everyone who wants an affordable activity tracker as apparently they must be the only ones buying smartwatches in any kind of numbers. The fact that Apple hasn't release sales numbers for the Apple Watch probably is a pretty strong indication that things haven't gone exactly as planned. Vox has the story.

The Apple Watch was going to be a status symbol, a productivity tool, a toy, and a fitness tracker — all rolled into one. Everyone from busy CEOs to busy stay-at-home parents would want one. Gradually, almost everyone would realize they needed one, and the Apple Watch could eventually become as big as the iPhone.

Samsung brings back the flip phone

Samsung has just gone back to the past with their new Galaxy Folder 2, yup that's right, a new flip phone. While it would be a better news story if I could make fun of it relentlessly, the Galaxy Folder 2 is actually very well equipped and looks pretty decent. Currently it is aimed at Asian markets, but that doesn't mean it won't be making a North American appearance at a later date. Yahoo Tech has the story.

Who doesn’t miss the satisfying snap you feel when you end a call on a flip phone? Samsung has got you covered with the Galaxy Folder 2.

That’s right, there’s a successor to 2013’s Galaxy Folder. The 2016 model runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and retains the familiar look we’ve come to identify with Samsung’s Galaxy lineup. Except, of course, for the fact that it’s a flip phone.

Apple AirPods

When Apple holds a press conference technology news usually grinds to a half, yesterday was no exception.

The biggest story of the day was Apple removing the headphone jack in the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This seems to be the biggest news story and conversation point as Apple has moved away from a feature that has been featured on every audio device for the past couple decades. Of course you'll be able to buy and adaptor (price not yet set), but when you use the adaptor you'll be tying up your charge port (and carrying around an adaptor).

Oh, did they mention the new AirPods are $159?

Every time a big player like Apple makes a major change people react in funny ways, but I think the headphone jack removal might be one that people have a hard time getting over. Mashable has more on the headphone jack story in an article called "No Apple, removing the headphone jack isn't couragous", which pretty much sums up the general feelings of consumers the day after the announcement.

I've been at or watched every Apple keynote and product launch event since 1998. I was there when they killed the CD drive in the Macbook Air and the 30-pin connector in the iPhone 5. I've witnessed the demise of every Macbook charger. 

And I've never heard anything as ridiculous emanate from that stage as I did Wednesday, when marketing chief Phil Schiller explained why the iPhone 7 would not have a standard 3.5mm aux cable input, better known as the headphone jack.

"It comes down to one word," Schiller said. "Courage. The courage to move on and do something better for all of us."

Schiller was thoroughly mocked for those words on Twitter, and rightly so. Courage is marching across the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma in 1965. Courage is facing down a tank in Tiananmen Square or a machine gun nest on the beaches of Normandy. Courage, by definition, involves doing something that makes you afraid. 

And what has Apple done? It has eradicated the most successful, most widespread and best-sounding audio standard in the world in favor of its own proprietary system. 

PlayStation 4 Pro

Sony has finally made it official, the PlayStation 4 Pro will be hitting shelves November 10th and will be a beefed up version of the PS4 with 4K capabilities. The price tag at launch will be $399 and feature the 1TB hard drive in addition to faster specs all around. Microsoft of course brought out the Xbox One S which also upped the specs and will be going head to head with the PS4 Pro.

The 2016 holiday season will probably be an interesting one in the console market as two "upgraded" systems hit the shelves, I guess consumers will be the ones that determine if this is a good more or not. The Verge has the full story on the PS4 Pro launch.

Sony has officially unveiled the next big iteration of the PlayStation 4. The console — codenamed Neo, which the company discussed in brief just ahead of E3 in June — upgrades the three-year-old PS4 hardware with a faster processor, better graphics, and support for 4K resolution. It launches November 10th, and it will cost $399. It’s intended to be sold alongside the base PS4 instead of replacing it, and new games will still be playable on the older hardware. The existence of Pro, formerly called Neo, was first reported on back in March.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The details of the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus are finally official. Among the highlights are water resistance, dual cameras, and the rumored removal of the headphone jack were confirmed. Other minor changes included a mirror finish instead of the previous matte finish in addition to slightly different color options. 

Apple was also showing off their new AirPods, which of course are wireless (which helps because there is no headphone jack). The AirPods are nice in theory, however, forget to charge them, or worst yet lose them, and you're stuck. I have a funny feeling the removal of the headphone jack will be the biggest news story overshadowing the release of the iPhone 7.

The Verge has more coverage of Apple's launch event.

Apple has officially announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus today. The new iPhone features a design that's very similar to last year's iPhone 6S (and the year prior's iPhone 6), with a rounded aluminum body. But what's entirely new is the phone's water resistance, which means you can get the iPhone 7 or the larger iPhone 7 Plus wet without worry. Also new is the long-rumored dual camera system, stereo speakers, and a darker black color scheme. And, as expected, the iPhone 7 does not have a headphone jack, rendering countless 3.5mm headphones useless with the device (or requiring the use of an adapter).

WTU Episode #372 - Windows 10 Subscriptions Confirmed

We have just posted up Episode #372 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Microsoft going to a subscription model for Windows 10, Samsung recalls all Galaxy Note 7 devices and Sony wants back into mobile gaming. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.

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16 Chromecast Tip & Tricks

If you have a Chromecast device, you may not be using it to it's full potential. There are quite a few little tips, tricks and tweaks you can do that will make your wireless streaming experience a little better. I knew a few of these, but using your TV remote with the Chromecast to play/pause - that's a new one to me. Take a look at the link for more!

The worst part about streaming a video or movie to your television from your phone is having to unlock your phone just to pause the video. However, if your television remote has play and pause controls, you can simply use those to control the Chromecast without having to reach for your phone.

Source: CNET

Star Wars Magic - Video of the Day

This is pretty cool and maybe a little disheartening how much CGI there is in Star Wars. Regardless, the way it comes together is pretty awesome.

 

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