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Xbox 360 to be supported for 3 more years

Microsoft has announced that they are going to be supporting their Xbox 360 console for another 3 years and will release 100 more games for it before ending support in favor of the upcoming Xbox One. This is good news for gamers who don't really want to make the plunge to the new Xbox One right away. This strategy has been popular with Sony who is still releasing games for previous generations of their PlayStation console. Gamespot has the detals.

"If you look at [Xbox 360], that platform lasted for seven to eight years and it's going to go for another three years," Mehdi said this week during the Citi Global Technology Conference. "It's incredibly profitable now in the tail."

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Rumors have been flying that Samsung will be releasing their brand new "smart" watch as part of their Galaxy lineup of products in a couple days. One problem though, the battery life of this watch is 10 hours which doesn't make this the most practical device. Companies all seem to be really excited about making smartwatches now, but will the public really pay big bucks for these? ZDNet has the story.

The photos show a very large watch with four front visible screws, a display that's 3 inches diagonal in size, and a 4-megapixel camera. It may also only connect to a Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet, have S Voice for voice control, and include Samsung health apps.

It also may only have a 10-hour battery life with active use, which is ridiculous and in my opinion makes the watch basically useless. Who in the world wants a watch they have to charge daily and that may not even go a full day with heavy usage?

HDMI 2.0

The 2nd revision of HDMI has been officially announced and as expected will bump up the bandwidth over the original HDMI standard. The connector will be staying the same which is nice to allow for backwards-compatibility. Engadget has the details.

With a bandwidth capacity of up to 18Gbps, it has enough room to carry 3,840 x 2,160 resolution video at up to 60fps. It also has support for up to 32 audio channels, "dynamic auto lipsync" and additional CEC extensions. The connector itself is unchanged, which is good for backwards compatibility but may disappoint anyone hoping for something sturdier to support all of those suddenly-popular dongles. The cables won't change either, as the group claims current high-speed Category 2 wires can handle the increased bandwidth.

WTU Episode #226 - We Get Nintendo 2DS, UK Gets Streaming 4K

We have just posted up Episode #226 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Nintendo Goes 2D with their new 2DS, Ultra HD is really here (streaming in the UK) and SimCity fails again on yet another platform.  We have those stories and more. . .


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Google Glass Postponed?

We've mentioned a few times over the past several months that Google Glass is coming.  They've had a few major revisions and there is still some work to be done.  In fact, it's not as close as we'd all hoped.  Google Glass App Store and hardware will come out next year at this rate.  I personally won't get one as it's an App I wouldn't use as I don't want to tell the world my location every time I step outside the house.

The store was labeled as "Boutique" in the aforementioned update, but whether or not that name will stick remains to be seen. Google's looking to introduce its headgear to the public next year, and the company will certainly need a secure marketplace for applications when it does. Details are sparse at the moment, but we'll keep you posted as we learn more.

Source: Engadget

Acer Makes Your Phone a Laptop

Acer is not the first company to try and make your phone a lot more useful than a standard phone.  While phone displays are getting larger and their processors are super powerful compared to devices a few years ago, they are still limited in their use due to their form factor.  Acer has a new product that is currently still a concept but they think will be available in 2014.  This allows you to plug your phone (any Android 4.0+ device with MicroUSB) and it will dock with and power the laptop.  This is a pretty cool idea - and it might be worth it - if they can keep the price around that of a Chromebook.

The Acer Extend unit connects to most Android powered phones over a MHL port for display/USB connectivity as well as the ability to charge the phone with its built-in 6,000 mAh battery. The dock exposes a full-sized QWERTY Keyboard, Touchpad and at least one full-sized USB port. The Keyboard also contains several useful shortcut keys to help you navigate.

Source: AndroidHeadlines

Android's Next Big Thing

The rumors are over and there is now a giant Kit Kat standing outside of the Android HQ at the Google campus.  As nerds and geeks wake up to check their daily tech news, I'm sure that it will come as a shock that Kit Kat is the next major update for Android.  I thought it could be the Key Lime Pie as it was rumored around the web for over a year.  That proves you can't believe everything you read or hear.  The tabloids missed this one and Google dropped the delicious bomb today.  Sit back and give yourself a break as you download some Kit Kat in the future.

Source: Engadget

Android App Pick - 1941 Frozen Front

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are battling it out through history as we enjoy some turn-based strategy with 1941 Frozen Front.  This game takes place at the start of WWII and puts your strategy up against the Germans and more.  If you enjoy this type of game, you'll really enjoy 1941 Frozen Front.  It's free, so you have nothing to lose.  Check it out!



New Microsoft CEO Has a Tough Job

Steve Ballmer is throwing in the towel and this makes for an interesting transition to the next CEO.  Microsoft isn't doing all that horribly right now so the next CEO will have to hit a homerun with the first try if he wants to impress the world and their shareholders.  If Microsoft were really screwed up, all he'd have to do is improve something - anything, but as it stands, they are doing ok and it will be tough to impress people.

However, Microsoft also isn't firing on all cylinders and is transforming its approach. Microsoft is a tweener company that should arguably be broken up. In many respects, the new CEO is like an NFL coach taking over a 10-6 team. You either win a championship or you fail.

Source: CNET

Microsoft Buys Nokia

In a move that kind of shocked and surprised many people yesterday, Microsft just offered Nokia a mere $5.4 Billion EUR in cash for their device & services business as well as licensing Nokia's patents and their mapping services.  What comes as no surprise is that it looks like Nokia has said yes.  Of course this is all still pending regulatory approval, but I don't see any reason why they would get shut down.  This would allow Microsoft to control hardware, ecosystem and software for their devices.  Hopefully it works out better than any other mobile stuff they've ever tried in the past.

"It's a bold step into the future - a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft's share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer.

Source: Nokia

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