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We have just posted up Episode #230 of Weekly Tech Update.  In this episode we are discussing iOS 7 makes people sick ? literally, leaving Microsoft makes Steve Ballmer cry and for $10 you can get a good Yelp review. Those stories and more...  Below are the show notes.

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Instant Messaging Update

Those who use the instant messaging app called “Line” will be happy with the release of a new version of the app. The new version now includes support for video calls, so you and your friends can communicate face to face, more or less. This will be available over Wi-Fi and 3G networks too!

According to Line, the video call function is available on iPhone, Android, Windows and Mac, allowing users to make free peer to peer video calls between supported devices. Line clarifies that video calls will be supported over both Wi-Fi and 3G networks and that customers can also switch between video and voice anytime during the call.

Source: NDTV


October Kickoff Videogames

As we kick off October here this week, we have a list of the games that will mark the first full month of fall.  I've got to admit that I might be a bit more excited for the BF4 beta than most of these games, but if you're a NBA fan, you'll be happy on most of the popular platforms.  Enjoy!

  • Agarest: Generations of War (download - $20)
  • Air Conflicts: Vietnam (download - $30)
  • Arma Tactics (download - $8.99)
  • Espana 1936 (download)
  • F1 2013 (download)
  • Flashback (download - $10)
  • Little Trus Man (download - $5)
  • NBA 2K14
  • Extinction Agenda EX (XBLA - $15)
  • NBA 2K14
  • Flashback (PSN - $10)
  • NBA 2K14
  • Rain (download - $30)
  • Skydive: Proximity Flight (PSN - $20)
  • Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland (PSN)
  • Die!Die!Die! (PSN)
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl
  • Rune Factory 4


Source: ShackNews

Apple Sickness

There is a new sickness in the electronic world; Apple sickness. The cause behind it is simple, IOS’s parallax and zoom features have the right kind of movement to cause, headaches, nausea, motion-sickness and vertigo. Sickening news for apple users.

“Apple's iPhone and iPad owners have been taking to the company's forums over the past week to complain about iOS 7's new parallax and zoom features. Many of the folks in the forum said that they've experienced motion sickness, vertigo, nausea, and headaches due to the motion on-screen.”

Source: CNET

Ballmer Thanks Microsoft Amid Tears

Now this is a bit of a heartwarming story as Steve Ballmer (who we've openly mocked on WTU) thanked Microsoft and praised them in a very heartfelt farewell address.  While it's true that Steve is not officially headed for retirement just yet, this kind of makes you think that he won't be showing up to work for a while.  Steve's career at Microsoft was not heralded by groundbreaking success, but he is still an icon that is now going away.  Good riddance or good luck!  Please sound off in the forum.

Intel to Challenge Google Glass

In a move over the weekend that surprised a lot of people following the tech news, Intel has dropped a "significant" amount of cash onto the doorstep of Recon Instruments.  Recon makes wearable heads-up-displays for sports and this is a huge boost to them as they have been working on a Google Glass competitor and early prototypes and information show that it will be a lot cheaper than the expensive Google Glass product.  With a big infusion of funds, this is great news for consumers as we will have more decent (hopefully) options for wearable tech.

The investment will help fund Recon's product development, marketing and global sales expansion, the Canadian company said in a statement.  Recon will also "benefit from Intel Capital's expertise in manufacturing, operations and technology," according to the company.

Source: CNET

Every BF4 Game Mode Revealed

If you are as excited about the free BF4 beta that is coming up on October 1, you'll be very interested to know that they have now released details on all of the game modes that are coming in this latest iteration of the gaming franchise.  This time in addition to domination, conquest and obliteration, we also get the standard team deathmatch, rush, and squad deathmatch modes that BF3 players have come to know and love.  There is a lot more information for all you gamers that are chomping ast the proverbial bit.

Battlefield 4 brings seven distinct game modes all playable on the ten exciting multiplayer maps – and all modes will be playable on all maps. By carefully zoning the playable combat areas, adapting flag layouts, and catering for a variety of gameplay styles, each map will  accomodate any game mode you wish to play. Read on for details on each of the game modes in Battlefield 4!

Source: Battlefield Blog

Ctrl-Alt-Delete was a mistake

The Verge has an interesting article up interviewing Bill Gates. In the interview Bill Gates admits that he regrets using Ctrl-Alt-Delete as the key sequence to log into Windows, a sequence that is still used to log into Windows today. Also interesting to note is Bill Gates talking about how Microsoft failed at the smartphone and missed the opportunity to do smartphones right. 

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has finally admitted that forcing users to press the Control-Alt-Delete key combination to log into a PC was a mistake. In an interview at a Harvard fundraising campaign, Gates discusses his early days building Microsoft and the all-important Control-Alt-Delete decision. If you've used an old version of the software or use Windows at work then you will have experienced the odd requirement. Gates explains the key combination is designed to prevent other apps from faking the login prompt and stealing a password.

Facebook adds edit feature

Anybody who has ever posted a status update on Facebook has probably accidently made a typo only to find out that you can't edit it and have to either delete the entire post or leave the typo for everyone to see. Facebook has finally listened to the users and has now added an edit feature to status updates. This feature will also be making its way to Android and iOS shortly. Endgadget has the details.

If you've ever written "poo" instead of "pool" or "duck" instead of, er, "suck" in your Facebook status updates, then we've got good news for you. At long last, you can finally edit your post after it's been published, a feature that was previously only reserved for the comments.

High-Powered Electronics

It seems unlikely that a noob like me could hit a target at 1000 yards wit ha rifle, but science and electronics exist that make that possible. With TrackingPoints new computer-enabled rifles those distances can be achieved by people like me.  (Ask Zeus how bad I am with a G22).  This is good news for sure, but the bad news is that they are back-ordered for six months - and cost $25,000.

Bailey isn't a marksman, but he certainly knows his way around a high-powered firearm. He's an engineer for Tracking Point, the manufacturer of the tech-heavy gun responsible for the stinkbug's demise. For the last three-and-a-half years, Tracking Point's team has labored in a nondescript office park in the flats of north Austin, Texas, with one mission in mind: create a "smart rifle" that lets almost anyone hit targets up to 1,000 yards away with near 100 percent accuracy. That's right: Ten football fields. 

Source: CNET

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