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OSX Mavericks is Free

When you think of Apple's OSX, you often think, "Oh great time to pay $29 for a service pack again."  This time around, that seems to not be the case. At Apple's product reveal on Tuesday, they made it known that the new OSX Mavericks was going to be given; yes given away!

"Today we're revolutionizing pricing," said Apple's senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, right before announcing that the company would be giving away OS X Mavericks, Apple's new flagship Mac operating system. On the screen behind him, the word "Free" appeared from behind a glimmer of light, one of the hokey slide animations that Apple has used in its keynote slides since Steve Jobs was the ringmaster."

Source: CNET

PS4 to get "day one" system update

This probably isn't too surprising to any PlayStation fans, when you plug in your brand new pre-ordered PS4 you will have a nice ~300MB system update waiting for you so your next-gen gaming experience will have to wait just a while longer while you do the first update. This update it going to add a whole bunch of the features that Sony has promised, it just sucks for the guy with slow internet who has to let it run for a couple hours while he waits. Engadget has the details on the update and all of the features that it will be adding.

Sony's PlayStation 4 US launch is now less than a month away and -- surprise, surprise -- it's going to require a Day One system update. The company just announced today that a significant software patch (about 300MB in size) will be necessary to enable a slew of functionality, like Remote Play on PS Vita and the Share button, that Sony's been championing through the year. Also going hand-in-hand with this patch is the release of Sony's second screen PlayStation App, which will be available on November 13th in the US (just two days before launch) and on the 22nd in Europe on both Android and iOS.

Surface Pro 2 Hardware Tear-down

Since most of us here at BCCHardware enjoy "seeing what's inside" of the latest and greatest pieces of technology, the hardware teardown of the Surface Pro 2 sparked our interest. First time around the Surface Pro wasn't the easiest to repair and without spoiling too much of the surprise, the Surface Pro 2 has some unfortunate similarities. The Register has the story and all the pictures over here.

We knew that Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 tablets wouldn't stray too far from the original Surface Pro design - but according to the tool-and-part masters at iFixit, the new tablets are virtually identical to the old ones – meaning they're just as difficult to repair.

WTU Episode #233 - Even the Woz Doesn't Want an iPad Air

Our latest episode of WeeklyTechUpdate podcast is online. This is episode #233 and we discuss the Windows 8.1 Launch and Issues, Intel says $299 Haswell Laptops are Coming and Apple's iPad event - still nothing close to a 4K Tablet.  We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Pay to watch Youtube?

Get ready to enter your credit card information if you want to watch some Youtube channels as Youtube has announced they will be allowing people to launch paid Youtube channels which can charge a monthly subscription fee of $0.99 or more per month to access their content. All of these channels will offer a 14-day free trial period, but I can't imagine too many people will be excited about having to pay unless the content is really top-notch. Time has the story.

YouTube is increasing its efforts to generate more revenue with its most popular videos producers. Thousands of YouTube creators will now be able to launch paid channels, which charge a monthly subscription fee of $0.99 or more.

Google breaks a promise

Remember back in 2005 when Google promised they'd never use banner ads? Well apparently neither can Google as they've started testing banner ads on web search results as a result of lower income per advertisement. Hopefully this doesn't go past the testing phase as Google is one of the last companies that has resorted to large ads that overpower everything else. The Guardian has the story.

Google is testing banner ads on web search results - reneging on a 2005 promise that "there will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results page… Ever."

The company confirmed to the Guardian that it is testing a system with about 30 advertisers in the US in which it shows banner ads for companies including SouthWest Airlines on pages which include them in web search results.

Japan Display Bets Big on 4K Tablets

If you thought the Retina display on the iPad mini is impressive, you'll be blown away when it comes to 4K displays on tablets.  While there is not a hand-holdable version available just yet, 4K has taken off like wildfire and we're seeing TVs ship already.  The next thing is tablets, laptops and affordable PC displays.  It will be pretty impressive when they cram a 3840x21650 into a 12.1-inch display.  I might pick one of those up.

Panasonic's already managed to slather its hulking 20-inch tablet in the same resolution, which was a feat in itself. But let's consider something a little more handheld friendly -- something that's not going to smash through our glass coffee table. The unified forces behind Japan Display (including Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi) have announced that they've squeezed 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160) into a 12.1-inch TFT module, creating a screen with a retina-piercing 365 pixels per inch.

Source: Engadget

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Now Available for Android

If you've been choked at Apple and EA for withholding PvZ2 from Android, you now have the choice to either vote with your wallet and not get the game (it's free to play), or you can get all excited and go download the latest blockbuster to hit Android.  It looks like a lot of fun, so I'm going to waffle on my resolve and go download the game right away.  I'll chat you later.


Source: Google Play

Windows 8.1 Tweak & Optimize Guide

If you have been lucky (or unlucky, depending on your experience) enough to upgrade to Windows 8.1, you may have noticed that it is still in need of some tweaking and optimizing.  I rarely leave an OS installation alone and often apply my tweaks, UI changes and such through the PowerShell to give it my personal flavor.  If you want to get some good advice for Windows 8.1, check out the link below.

tweak – to change slightly, esp. in order to make something more effective or correct.
optimize – get the most out of, make optimal - modify to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity or time or cost

Source: TweakHound


The Woz Is Not Impressed With iPad Air

Bless Steve Wozniak for being up-front and honest.  It appears that the co-founder of Apple is not at all impressed with the new iPad Air.  It doesn't have enough storage and really isn't all that thrilled about it - at all.  Steve wants an iPad that will allow him to download and store every episode of the Big Bang Theory.  Steve, may I interest you in an Android Tablet with a MicroSD card slot (or two)?

I don’t have broadband at home, and you can’t get great broadband connection in hotels, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple has a 256GB iPad. I was hoping for more storage so I could put every episode of Big Bang Theory on my iPad. So I emailed my wife and said ‘nope, I don’t want one of those.’

Source: Boy Genius Report

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