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WTU Episode #365 - Pokemon Go Breathes Life into Nintendo

We have just posted up Episode #365 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Pokemon Go gives Nintendo a boost, Avast buys out AVG as well as talk about the best desktop operating system - ever. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.

 

 

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Amazon Prime Day sets records

Amazon held their second annual Prime Day this week and it would be safe to say it was a huge success. Last year the sales were great but this year they say sales jump another 60%. Some of the fun stats include them selling more than 90,000 TVs, 200,000 headphones, and more than one million pairs of shoes. The Amazon Fire devices also did extremely well but that isn't too hard to believe when you are selling the Fire tablet at $33 USD. Amazon has the full list of facts over in their official press release.

The second annual Prime Day was the biggest day ever for AmazonAmazon today announced customer orders surpassed Prime Day 2015 by more than 60% worldwide and more than 50% in the U.S. It was also the biggest day ever for Amazon devices globally and record Prime Day for each Amazon device category including Fire TV, Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers and Alexa-enabled devices. Prime Day was a great savings day too – members globally saved more than double on deals over Prime Day 2015.

NES Classic Edition

Coming this November to a store near you, the slightly shrunk Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition that comes with 30 classic Nintendo games preloaded. The NES Classic Edition is a fair bit smaller and will plug into your modern TVs via HDMI. The price tag is set at $60 USD and unfortunately doesn't allow you to play old cartridges or add any other titles. Included in the 30 titles are of course the 3 Mario Bros. games as well as two Zelda games. For more on this check out NintendoLife.

Today Nintendo has shocked the retro gaming community by announcing the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe), a "new" version of its legendary NES hardware which will cost $59.99 in the US.

It connects to your TV via HDMI and even comes with that classic NES pad, which can also be used with your Wii or Wii U. You can also use a Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro on the system for two-player action, but the new NES pad will be sold separately for $9.99 as well - just in case you like consistency.

Overwatch Gets New Character

Overwatch is set to be one of the bigger games of 2016 and like many MOBA titles, Blizzard is adding new characters as the game progresses. The latest character to join the fray is Ana - and she's a lethal sniper that doubles up as a support character. If you haven't played Overwatch yet, it's worth a look.

Following the success of Overwatch's original mission, Ana served for many years as Strike Commander Morrison's second-in-command. Despite her responsibilities in leading the organization, Ana refused to step away from combat operations. She remained on active duty well into her fifties, until she was believed to have been killed during a hostage rescue mission by the Talon operative known as Widowmaker.

Source: PlayOverwatch

FBI Already Has Collected 430,000 Iris Scans

If you're worried about someone getting a hold of your fingerprints - never use your fingerprint scanner on your phone. I know, it's already to late. Many consumers have already given up their fingerprints, but our iris' are safe, right? Not quite. The FBI has already collected close to half a million iris scans and many of these came from arrestees in the San Bernardino area. It's not a bad idea for law enforcement, and there are a few privacy safeguards in place. That being said, I'm not sure if I'm too crazy about having my details in a police database somewhere. I guess I won't get arrested. Good idea. Once a Samsung device uses iris scanning for phone unlocking, the number of people in the FBI database will skyrocket. #justsaying

To create that pool of scans, the FBI has struck information-sharing agreements with other agencies, including US Border Patrol, the Pentagon, and local law enforcement departments. California has been most aggressive about collecting scans, but agencies in Texas and Missouri can also add to and search the system.

Source: TheVerge

ESPN to Air eSPORTS Coverage on July 17

eSPORTS is a legitimate sport, in my opinion. It may not stimulate a ton of cardio, but it's a sport unto itself and there are millions of people worldwide who agree. In North America, the masses are a little more resistant to this "sport", but ESPN is starting to recognize it and will be airing 18 hours of coverage on July 17. It is a long ways from becoming super mainstream, but it's a start.

The programming block will start at 10 AM ET with re-airings of past matches such as the Madden NFL 2016 championship, and both the 2015 and 2016 Heroes of the Dorm: Championships. This will all lead up to the much anticipated 2016 Street Fighter V EVO World Championship final in Las Vegas, airing at 10 PM ET on ESPN2. Don't worry cord cutters, all programs will also be available to stream via WatchESPN.

Source: Engadget

GeForce GTX 1060 Performance Leaked

NVIDIA has been killing the high-end lately, but AMD has answered with some incredible mainstream performance. NVIDIA has been rumored to be working on a 1060 product, and we have now found some performance numbers showing how the card stacks up to the RX 480 from AMD and NVIDIA's own last-gen GTX 960. If the performance numbers are to be believed, the RX 480 was a short-lived value product.

DX12 Tests

Source: Videocardz

The PC is Far From Dead

Many people talk about the "post-PC" era of computing, but I believe that will not happen for a long time yet. While PC sales have slid in favor of tablets and phones, the reality is that the PC is a more powerful, usable, diverse and precise machine that anything we can slide into our back pockets. According to recent sales numbers, PC sales in the USA are up slightly in the second quarter and while the rest of the world is lagging a bit, I think this trend will spread.

On the bright side? While researchers are cautious, they do see ways the industry could climb out of its hole. As upgrading to Windows 10 will soon cost you $119, there's the chance that people will decide to replace their PCs rather than fork over cash to update existing machines. You could also see the corporate crowd take a serious look at buying Windows 10 computers instead of clinging to aging systems for dear life.

Source: Engadget

Nintendo Shares Lead 25% But Tough Roads Are Ahead

The novelty of Pokemon Go is pretty awesome right now and with limited market rollout, what we are seeing with usage numbers will only climb once it reaches more audiences. That being said, there are a lot of issues with pushing a mobile/cloud-only game to market and these issues could cause serious fallout if Nintendo doesn't get and keep things rolling smoothly. Still, with an extra $7.5 billion tacked on to their market value, Nintendo is calling this one a win.

Nagasaka added that the estimated daily turnover for Pokémon Go on the first day was around 400 million to 500 million yen ($3.9 million to $4.9 million), so in order to give Nintendo a serious leg up earnings-wise, the app needed to be consistently at the top position for sales on app stores.

Source: CNBC

Hamster Draws His Own Selfie

This is probably the best idea ever. A hamsters draws himself - drawing himself. The reality is that this has more to do with the machine, than his skill - but it's equally awesome.

 

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