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Verizon is buying AOL

Verizon has announced that they are buying up AOL for a cool $4.4 billion dollars. AOL has come a long ways since the days of constantly mailing you floppy disks with their internet application on them and now owns and distributes video content and owns a variety of websites and publications. This is an interesting acquisition and has been rumored for a while but I don't think anyone really thought too much about it. TechCruch (who coincidental is owned by AOL) has the story here,

AOL will become a subsidiary of Verizon as part of the deal, overseeing a bigger push into content and mobile video by Verizon.

“Verizon’s acquisition further drives its LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy,” the carrier said in a statement.

In addition to original content across different platforms like video and written word, and desktop and mobile, there are other assets that could be interesting fits for Verizon.

New Versions of Windows 10

To make things easier for customers, Windows 10 is going to come in many different versions.

You'll be able to get the following flavors of Windows 10:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 Education
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
  • Windows 10 IoT Core (for low cost, small footprint devices, eg. gateways)
  • Windows 10 Enterprise for Industry (devices like ATM's, Point of Sale Devices, etc.)
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for Industry (devices like ATM's, Point of Sale Devices, etc.)

Quote from Microsoft:

We designed Windows 10 to deliver a more personal computing experience across a range of devices. An experience optimized for each device type, but familiar to all. Windows 10 will power an incredibly broad range of devices – everything from PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub. It will also power the world around us, core to devices making up the Internet of Things, everything from elevators to ATMs to heart rate monitors to wearables. No matter which Windows 10 device our customers use, the experience will feel comfortable, and there will be a single, universal Windows Store where they can find, try and buy Universal Windows apps.

Should be interesting to see how the multiple versions are received. For the average consumer there aren't too many choice outside of Home and Pro which isn't overly confusing but Microsoft has always taken some flak over too many versions which doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. You can read more about all of the versions over at Microsoft's Blog.

Google on Your Apple Watch

Since the release of the new Apple Watch, we haven’t seen any Google apps until now. The new app is Google News & Weather. It may not be mind blowing but you can now access this from your watch. Finally, a reason to consider an Apple Watch - Google. You could also save a few hundred dollars and pick up some Android Wear.

Google on Apple

Source: iTunes

Skype International

Many of us have used and are currently using Skype to contact our friends and family, it has been very useful. Now Skype has let people use the Beta of Skype Translate without having to sign up for it. This only works for text chat, but is still pretty awesome for those of us that chat with international clients on a regular basis.

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making it easier to obtain the Skype Translator preview by removing the sign-up requirement. Simply download the Skype Translator preview application from the Windows Store for your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 preview PC or tablet – no waiting or sign-up needed – use it as soon as you download it!

Source: SkypeBlogs

Blu-Ray Now Does 4K

For a while now online video streaming and posting services have released video in 4K. Thus far there are no 4K disk format media, but the Blu-Ray Disk Association is changing that . They are bringing out the Ultra HD Blu-Ray. This is about time! Not everyone has the bandwidth for streaming 4K content and with the big push behind 4K TVs, content was lacking. I expect 4K TV sales to increase once these disks start hitting the market.

For years, Blu-ray Disc™ has set the standard for high definition picture and audio quality in the home. Ultra HD Blu-ray will do the same for UHD home entertainment," said Victor Matsuda, chair, BDA Promotions Committee. “The technical capabilities of Blu-ray Disc, in particular its significant storage capacity and high data transfer rates, will enable the delivery of an unparalleled, consistent and repeatable UHD experience."

Source: BusinessWire

The New Creed

There has been a lot of speculation about what the latest Assassin’s Creed will be. This speculation will come to an end at 9 AM PST May 12th when the new reveal trailer will be launched on Gamespot. It should be exciting to see what the next title in this great franchise is.

Ubisoft will be lifting the curtain on its upcoming new Assassin's Creed game at 9 AM PST on Tuesday, May 12. Stay tuned to this page on GameSpot if you want to catch the reveal as it goes live. More specific story details and previews will be posted soon. We will also be sharing our impressions of the reveal right after the stream.

Source: GameSpot

Ground Shaking Cellular

Earthquakes affect a lot of people on earth. It is terrible the damage that earthquakes can do, but it is made worse when you can't reach emergency services because the cell towers aren't able to work due to damage from said earthquakes. LA has vowed to change that, and made new regulations on the quality of new towers.

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday moved to require future free-standing cellphone towers be built to the same seismic protection standards as public safety buildings, which are meant to be usable after a strong earthquake. Under current regulations, cell towers in the city are built to a lesser standard. They're expected to remain standing after a major temblor but not necessarily usable.

Source: NBC

The Keurig of Food

We are all very familiar with the coffee maker that allows you to make individual cups of coffee in mere seconds, and now a similar machine has recently been launched that attempts to do the same thing - for food. This new device is called the Genie and all you do is put in your smart baking pod and away you go.

At the end of the 30 sec baking process, the Genie door will pop open, unleashing the mind blowing aroma of a chef. Inside you’ll find your personalized freshly baked dish, exactly the way you pictured it, exploding with your specifically chosen flavor! Bon Appetite

Source: GenieTheFreshWay

Technology Hits the Philippines

In North America we have many apps for things such as hailing cabs and paying for them through your smart-phone. The Philippines has not been on board with these kind of apps till now. This could be a great lead forward for app developers in that country as well as for consumers as it does in fact make travel that much more easy.

The DOTC is also imposing certain standards for vehicle eligibility, such as the requirement of global positioning system (GPS) tracking and navigation devices for convenient and safer services. Only sedans, Asian Utility Vehicles (AUV), Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV), vans, or other similar vehicles will be allowed. A maximum age limit of seven (7) years will be enforced.

Editors Note: What is an "Asian Utility Vehicle"?

Source: DOTC

Gaming in the Void

We all have that one game that has captured our interest and imagination for quite some time, and done so in such a way that we wished to actually be there. Though this is impossible, Ken Bretschneider is working on giving us the next best thing. This will be called the "Void"; a padded room and a head mounted display. All of this to provide the best to date of virtual reality.

As soon as next summer, customers visiting The Void could don his custom-built virtual reality gear and not only be immersed in a different world, but able to walk and run around in it. What looks like a bland room lined with dense foam walls will be transformed into something entirely different. Imagine it as laser tag on steroids, or a video game you get to dive into.

Source: TheWashingtonPost

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