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Nexus Time!

The long wait is over, Google has announced the new additions to their Nexus lineup. Google has made the announcement via their blog.

The Nexus 6 will be the newest addition to the smartphone lineup. The Nexus 6, built by Motorola, will feature a 6" quad-hd smartphone (2560x1440) screen in addition to a 13 MP camera. The Nexus 6 will of course be running Android 5.0 (Lolipop) and also give you a Turbocharge feature which will allow you to get 6 hours of battery life on a 15 minute charge. 

The Nexus 9 will be the update to Google's tablet lineup. The Nexus 9 will be produced by HTC and will feature a 8.9" screen and will give you an option for a magnetically attached keyboard. The Nexus 9 will of course also be running Android 5.0 and will be available for pre-order in late October and hitting store shelves sometime in November. 

The last announcement was for the Nexus Player, which will be built by Asus and it is a streaming media player (kinda like the one that every other company produces). You'll be able to play Android games on your TV, stream media, and all that fun stuff. The Nexus player will be available for pre-order late October and also be on store shelves sometime in November.

I think overall I'd say the wait was worth it for Nexus fans as all 3 products seems to have gone over relatively well so far. Thoughts? Use the forum link below.

World's Fastest Car

A group of engineers and scientists in the UK has set out to set out to produce the world's fastest car with a project called Bloodhound SSC. This group of engineers isn't looking to just break the record, they are looking to destroy it with the Bloodhound SSC which they are building to go 1,000 MPH and break the world land speed record. So far the car is still in development but you can follow their progress at their website and see if they can achieve their goal of a world record. I don't care who you are, you have to admit this is pretty cool.

Netflix raises prices, slows growth

Netflix has released their earnings report which wasn't what people were expecting or what they forecasted and have seen a huge drop in their stock price. Netflix still added about 3 million subscribers, but after forecasting 3.7 million and in comparison to last year those numbers didn't give investors a warm and fuzzy feeling. Netflix is blaming a $1 price increase on one of the major reasons for the slowdown as it appears that even a $1 increase is enough to scare away streaming customers who at the moment have a lot of different choices. Slate has the full story.

Netflix tacked on about 3 million new users across the globe over the past three months, undershooting its forecast of 3.7 million. But perhaps more worrisome, it’s growth in the U.S. fell year over year, reaching just 1 million net new sign-ups, down from 1.3 million in the third quarter of 2013. The company is blaming its $1 price hike in May, which raised the cost of a subscription to $8.99 per month. “As best we can tell, the primary cause is the slightly higher prices we now have compared to a year ago," management said in its letter to shareholders. "Slightly higher prices result in slightly less growth, other things being equal, and this is manifested more clearly in higher adoption markets such as the US.”  

WTU Episode #284 - Microsoft may Kill the Surface

We have just posted up Episode #284 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the end of the Surface, Steve and Bill unfriend each other and the PC is dead - well, not exactly.We have those stories and more and the links below!


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The PC is NOT Dying

For years people have predicted that the end of the PC was "upon us", and yet PC sales are picking back up in Europe and North America. I believe that this is due to the marketing onslaught that was enduring a couple of years back where consumers were led to believe that tablet computers could solve all their problems. For portable entertainment, they are a valid option, but if you really want to get something done in a day, a PC is still the best means to that productive end. 

On Thursday, the analyst firm said PC shipments totaled 79.4 million units in the third quarter of this year, 0.5 percent down on the same quarter of 2013. However, that decline was down to the emerging markets — in Western Europe and North America, shipments were up 9 percent and 4.2 percent respectively (that’s the third consecutive quarter of growth in the U.S., by the way).

Source: Gigaom

Android "L" Means Licorice

There has been a lot of curiosity amonst geeks as to what the next version of Android will be called. Although Lemon Meringue Pie and Lollipop have been thrown around quite a bit, it seems that there may be another tasty treat in the works instead. Licorice has a lot of merrit and according to the guy who builds the Android sculptures at Google's campus, he really likes "licorice". We won't have long to wait to find out for sure.

Calabrese also wrote that while boarding the plane to fly to Google’s headquarters this week, he was asked by the Travel Security Administration why he had so many boxes of licorice in his bag. He also said that he handed out boxes of licorice to people at the boarding gate.

Source: BGR

OnePlus Looks to Windows Phone

The HTC One M8 has both an Android and Windows phone version and I have to admit, the Windows Phone variant looks a lot more appealing in terms of battery life. OnePlus has decided to play both sides of the battle here as well and is looking at putting their OnePlus One up against itself as they might just be releasing a Windows phone version in the near future. I kind of hope they do. I'm not looking at jumping ship on Android just yet, but competition is always a good thing.

OnePlus has managed to attract a lot of attention with the OnePlus One, a $349 smartphone that offers specs often found in devices twice as expensive. At this stage, it is not known whether manufacturer is looking to offer the OnePlus One with Windows Phone (much like HTC has done with the One M8 for Windows) or whether an entirely new handset is in the works.

Source: WPCentral

Nexus 9 to Launch Wednesday

It looks like the Nexus 9 will launch on Wednesday and it will give us the first real look at a "finished" Android L operating system. The rumor is that both the Nexus 6 phone and the Nexus 9 tablet will be soft-launching via a blog post from Google tomorrow. With so little fanfare, I don't really expect anything that exciting from either device. I guess it's time they refreshed their products - so to keep up with the corporate release cycle, we should see them sometime tomorrow morning.

Volantis will be available for pre-order on the 17th October and available to purchase on the 3rd November. Although there’s no information on when Android L will be available for other Android devices, and the pre-order and purchasing dates are subject to last minute change. The 16GB version will cost $399 and the 32GB LTE version will retail for $499. Both devices will have expandable memory.

Source: Forbes

Dropbox: Not Hacked, but Exploited and Deleting Your Data

Dropbox didn't have much to be thankful for this past long weekend here in Canada. Not only were rumors floating around that they were hacked, the also had a bug sweep through their system that caused some of their users data to be permanently deleted. This was a very bad weekend. Thankfully, they weren't hacked. Unfortunately, a third-party exploit caused thousands of their users logins to be accessed and a good number of them were published online.

Dropbox has confirmed that a bug in some older versions of its desktop apps deleted the files of some people who turned on Selective Sync, which limits cloud syncing to certain folders. Typically, this would happen after a crash or forced reboot, making a bad problem worse -- at least a few users found that they'd lost years' worth of content through no fault of their own.

Source: Engadget

Assassin's Creed Rogue (Story Trailer)

With the next Assassin's Creed on the way for the PC, now is the time to make sure you have a decent rig. The latest information shows that Ubisoft will be crippling the resolution on both the PS4 and Xbox One in order to provide AI calculations with such a "weak CPU" so if you want it to look good, PC is the way. Check out the trailer below.


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