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App Pick - Textgram

Nintendo Won't Inlcude AC Adapter in 3DS XL

Nintendo is cutting costs where they can, and apparently that means that if you buy a new 3DS XL in February, you won't be getting a method to charge it. That's right - it will be like buying an electric car without batteries. Nintendo figures that you probably already own a DSi or 3DS and they will be letting you use your older existing adapter instead. I think this is a bad move - as many, many consumers will probably buy the handheld console and not buy the adapter - until little Jimmy is crying because he can't play Super Smash Bros.

Rather than raise cost of New Nintendo 3DS XL by charging consumers for a component they may already own, we are giving them the option to only buy if they need an AC adapter.

Source: Neowin

Playing with Power

The Nintendo Power Glove becomes stop-motion animation controller. Power Glove returns!

 

Top Games of 2014

If you're a gamer, you may have bought one or more of these titles that make up the top selling games of 2014. Toipping the list is (surprising to me) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. With all of the negative hype around this game, I figured it would not be at the top of the list - but I was wrong. What is good to see is that Nintendo had a game on the list as well.

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Madden NFL 15
  • Destiny
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Minecraft
  • Super Smash Bros (for 3DS and Wii U)
  • NBA 2K15
  • Watch Dogs
  • FIFA 15
  • Call of Duty Ghosts

 

Note: If you're tired of sequel after sequel, STOP buying Call of Duty! It made the list twice. Wow.

Source: Polygon

The end of Google Glass

Google has announced that they are ending sales of their Google Glass eyewear. Even though this might sound like a bit of a surprise, Google says they are still committed to launching smart glasses but won't be doing it in the Google Glass form. Google will be moving the Glass team into other areas and I guess all we can do is wait and see what Google has up their sleeves and how long it will take for them to come up with something else. MSN has the story,

Google is ending sales of its Google Glass eyewear.

The company insists it is still committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer product, but will stop producing Glass in its present form.

Instead it will focus on "future versions of Glass" with work carried out by a different division to before.

Apple vs. GoPro

Looks like Apple's next target might just be GoPro as Apple has successfully received a patent for a mounted camera designed for outdoor sporting equipment. Much like GoPro, Apple's patent will be for a camera that can record sounds and take pictures underwater but Apple's will be controlled via smartwatch. There are other mountable camera products on the market, but when Apple starts getting patents people take notice and GoPro's investors did just that and GoPro has watched their stock drop from ~$60 earlier this week to around $45 on Friday. OutsideOnline has the full story.

GoPro shares dropped 12 percent on Wednesday after Apple received a patent for a mountable camera designed for outdoor sporting equipment.

In its patent filing, Apple cited weaknesses in GoPro’s camera design, such as “excessive wind resistance” and being “susceptible to damage from vibrations.” Similar to GoPro’s cams, Apple’s version will be capable of recording sounds and taking underwater pictures. But it can be controlled via smartwatch.

Samsung to buy out BlackBerry?

If the rumor of the week is true, the mobile industry could be in for a shakeup. It is being reported that Samsung is currently in talks to buy BlackBerry which could be an interesting move for both companies. BlackBerry was of course once the king of smartphones but has watched that lead quickly slip away to competitors like Samsung and Apple. This very topic has come up numerous times on WeeklyTechUpdate and we've talked about a buyout as BlackBerry is still a valuable asset mainly due to some of their patents that they hold. BlackBerry is denying the reports, which is typically what a company that is in buyout talks does. This will be a very interesting story to follow in the coming weeks. TomsHardware has more details.

The mobile landscape might be changing again as word of a potential buyout of BlackBerry from Samsung has BlackBerry's stock soaring by almost 30 percent.

Samsung proposed a buyout worth $7.5 billion to the Canadian-based company. According to Reuters, that would be about $13.49 - $15.49 for each share. That would value Samsung's asking price to 35 to 60 percent over BlackBerry's actual value. Apparently, the reason for Samsung's proposal is to gain access to BlackBerry's patent portfolio.

The end of RadioShack?

I don't think it will come as a surprise to anyone that RadioShack hasn't exactly been a top performer for the past few years and it is now being reported that they are getting the papers ready to declare bankruptcy. At one point in time RadioShack was the king of electronics but obviously the ease and cost-savings of ordering online has drastically affected their profitability and this announcement was probably inevitable. We will see what happens with this story and if RadioShack is able to survive or if their assets get acquired by someone else. The Consumerist has the full story.

RadioShack’s march toward doom is continuing steadily on, after announcing it would close a bunch of stores, then saying it wouldn’t close as many because even that was too expensive, and telling employees it would no longer match employees’ retirement contributions as of next year, the struggling electronics retailer is reportedly getting ready to file bankruptcy papers.

YotaPhone 2 coming to North America?

Hot on the heels of our CES 2015 coverage where we found the YotaPhone 2 to be one of our pleasant surprises, Android Authority is reporting that the YotaPhone 2 could be making its way to the USA thanks to a partnership with T-Mobile. Canada also might be getting the phone is 2015 with a partnership with a still unnamed partner. The YotaPhone 2 is currently available online for ~$700, however, without a carrier partnership North American buyers are unable to have their carrier subsidize the price which makes expensive phones a little more affordable.

The YotaPhone 2 made quite a splash at last week’s CES 2015, after a few rumors began circulating around the web regarding the availability of the device. Currently, the YotaPhone 2 is available in 20 countries throughout Europe, the CIS and the Middle East, though it was originally slated to head to the US by the end of 2014. Up until now, we’ve had no word as to which US carrier would get the device.

Android App Pick - The Bible Dictionary

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are taking a look at a great reference resource. The Bible Dictionary is a great tool to accompany you through your life as you try and figure out unfamiliar words from the Bible. It is great to know what is really said, instead of listening to somebody who may be pulling your leg. Be informed! Check out this weeks App Pick of the Week!

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Enjoy!

Google Starts Selling Dot-Coms - Challenges GoDaddy

GoDaddy is probably one of the most popular domain registrars around and they really haven't had a lot of competition. That is about to change as Google Domains has launched in the USA and now you can buy your domain name directly from Google. This could be pretty awesome as they might start competing on service prices and features. Does this mean that Google will eventually branch into web-hosting as well? Time will tell, but for now, go check it out.

A domain name, your address on the Internet, says a lot about who you are and what you do. New domain endings like .guru and .photography can help you find a meaningful address that stands out on the web. Every domain includes website forwarding, email forwarding (help@your_company), simple management tools and other helpful features.

Source: Google Domains

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