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App Pick - AirDroid

Slow Motion Underwater Guns - FMJ Wins

In a fun video done by RatedRR, they show how different ammo reacts when fired underwater.  As we have a bunch of gamers that play with virtual guns, this is a pretty nifty video.  Check it out and see why Crysis and other games with water in them such for real physics.

Android App Pick - Turbo Racing League

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are kicking back and spending some time on a fast-paced snail racing game.  I know, snails aren't that fast.  When you jack them up with some Nitro and flip the switch, you'd better be hanging on.  This is a very fun game that is geared for all ages and will have you upgrading your snail to increase speed and performance.  Have some fun and take a look and see why it's our App Pick of the Week.


Pirate Church

Russia has just introduced some new anti-piracy laws and in order to combat these, a group of people are turning to religion.  They are starting a "Pirate Church" in order to protect their views and are trying to use some form of "religious freedom" to protect their stealing ways.  I'm sure this is going to go over like a ton of bricks.  Still, you have to give them credit for trying.  I should start an anti-tax church and see how far that goes...

The movement’s early followers are already showing commitment. Izvestia reports that a Kopimist-inspired wedding between Olga Koroleva and Vladislav Petrushenka took place yesterday but instead of the traditional exchange of rings, the pair exchanged microchips which they plan to have embedded in their bodies.

Source: TorrentFreak

Real Wall-E (Geek Week)

This is a pretty awesome project where a few guys have made a life-sized Wall-E robot.  I just wish I had this kind of time, energy and skill.  Great stuff.

Amazon's CEO Buys Washington Post

If you had an extra $250 Million laying around, what would you spend it on?  If you're Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com), you'd buy the Washington Post.  According to the word on the street, Jeff has done just that.  He's bought the entire Washington Post and I'm guessing that he'll have some pretty large Amazon Ads in the paper from now on.  That and if you order within the next 2 hours, you'll get it free by Fedex tomorrow.  Good for Jeff, but I hope he takes it out of the dinosaur age and puts the Post on the Virtual Map.

Though the deal includes the Post and other traditional publishing properties, it doesn't include more digital-leaning assets in the company's portfolio, like Slate magazine and TheRoot.com. The Washington Post Co. that remains after selling its namesake publication -- which includes Kaplan, Post-Newsweek Stations and Cable ONE -- will be changing its name because of the sale. The new name hasn't been released.

Source: CNET

Video Game Releases and Reviews

If you're looking to get some form of electronic entertainment this week, we've once again gathered a list of the game releases that you should be seeing by Tuesday of this week.  This week looks a little bland on the PC, PS3 and Xbox side of things, but there are a couple of family fun titles coming out for the other handheld units (and the Wii U).  Take a look and if you need to read up on some video game reviews, those are below.

  • Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians (download)
  • Divinity: Dragon Commander (download - $40)
  • Guacamelee! Gold Edition (download - $15)
  • GunCraft (download - $15)
  • Megabyte Punch (download - $15)
  • Papers, Please (download - $10)
  • Spelunky (download)
  • The Sims 3 Dragon Valley
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (XBLA - $15)
  • Dragon's Crown
  • ibb & obb (PSN - $10)
  • Superfrog HD (PSN)
  • Tales of Xillia
  • The Red Star (PS2 Classics)
  • Disney's Planes
  • Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (eShop - $9)
  • Disney's Planes
  • Dragon's Crown
  • Superfrog HD (PSN)
  • Disney's Planes
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
  • Disney's Planes
If you want to have a bit of fun with your Nintendo Wii U, Pikmin 3 is a decent choice according to TweakTown.  If that's not really your thing, why don't you check out Rise of the Triad for the PC over at MEGATechNews.

Acer Iconia Win8 Tab Already $299

If you've been waiting for the price to drop on Windows 8 (not RT) tablets for a while, this should make you pretty excited.  The 8.1" Windows 8 Acer Iconia tablet already has a $299 price tag and this is the first of many in this market.  This will get super crowded and will actually probably help move a few more copies of Microsoft's OS.  Remember this is for a 32GB version and the 64GB version will be selling for a mere $349.  Take a look and see if it's enough to get you excited to pack Microsoft on your Tablet.

Recent rumors that Acer was planning to discontinue the Iconia W3 were quickly labeled as false by company reps. Acer has not commented on another rumor that it plans to launch a new version of the tablet later this fall that will be thinner and lighter and come with with an IPS LCD display.

Source: Neowin

Kickstarter Board Game Gets Resurrected

After covering the failed Kickstarter board game launch last week, it seems that game publisher Cryptozoic has picked up the reigns and is now running with it.  This is pretty cool for those that have invested their money on the project - they just might get a real game.  Like we mentioned last week in WeeklyTechUpdate Episode #222 - make sure you do a bit of research before you drop money on Kickstarter projects.  Once they release the funds, there is still no guarantee that you'll get the product or service that you paid for.

The company, which has no direct affiliation with Chevalier or his company The Forking Path, explicitly isn't "isn't assuming responsibility for the Kickstarter project" and can't commit to matching all of the original funding rewards. However, it will be shipping the game to backers irrespective of whether or not Chevalier makes good on his promise to refund all of the original money.

Source: TheVerge

Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro by $100

Hot on the heels of the Surface RT price drop, Microsoft announced a $100 drop on the Surface Pro.  This drop is only effective until the end of August, and it's only for North American consumers.  It seems that Microsoft is trying all sorts of things to get the last of their products gone before the next refresh of hardware comes along.  Get it while it's fresh (like 6 months-old-fresh).

It's not hard to see why American shoppers need a discount. As the ”Buy Now” page points out, a 128GB Surface Pro now costs $US899. For that sum one could buy the similary-specced Lenovo Yoga Ultrabook convertible at BestBuy and still have $100 left in your pocket.

Source: TheRegister

Google Chromecast

Google announced their latest product, Google Chromecast, a couple weeks ago now and we are finally seeing some hands-on reviews of the product. Basically the Chromecast is a $35 dollar device that plugs into your TV and allows you to stream media from the internet. Chances are good for the low price this device is being offered at you will probably want one. Don't believe me? Check out Gizmodo's hands-on review.

Over the past few years, manufacturers have been packing more and more features into their televisions—from 3D picture to web browsing—in an industry-wide arms race to differentiate. It hasn't added up to much more than bloat. Google Chromecast offers relief in the form of a little dongle that puts whatever's on your laptop, phone, or tablet on your television. For cheap.

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