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The Microsoft Manifesto

Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, has sent out a "manifesto" to Microsoft's employees giving them some direction on the way he is trying to take Microsoft. A couple of his points are different than what Steve Ballmer was trying to accomplish, but due to the lack of success that Microsoft has had in the past couple years it's not too surprising that they are trying to make some adjustments. Business Insider has the full "manifesto" over here.

Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture ... Organizations will change. Mergers and acquisitions will occur. Job responsibilities will evolve. New partnerships will be formed. Tired traditions will be questioned. Our priorities will be adjusted. New skills will be built. New ideas will be heard. New hires will be made. Processes will be simplified. And if you want to thrive at Microsoft and make a world impact, you and your team must add numerous more changes to this list that you will be enthusiastic about driving. 

Freedom from the rectangular world

Portrait or landscape mode? Who cares says BlackBerry with their new Passport phone which is breaking away from the traditional rectangular screens that pretty much every smartphone on the market currently has. At first glance most people will probably scratch their heads when they see the BlackBerry Passport with it's 4.5 inch 1440x1440 square screen but BlackBerry is proclaiming it the screen will be the "Imax of productivity" thanks to you not having to flip back and forth between portrait and landscape modes and the fact that it also has a physical keyboard. ArsTechnica takes a closer look over here.

Most smartphones produced in 2014 will follow a certain design playbook: rectangular screen, a few buttons around the edges, and just enough thickness to house the internals and the requisite battery. One could argue that this is the idealized design for a touchscreen phone, arrived at after years of research and development and even more years of booming sales. BlackBerry would argue that all phones look like this because innovation is dead.

WTU Episode #270 - Microsoft Says "Get Lost"

We have just posted up Episode #270 of Weekly Tech Update. IIn this episode we are discussing Microsoft kills maps and gets vintage users to get lost, Google blames ISPs for slow YouTube performance and Potato Salad. We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Xbox One Promotion for $75 Off

It seems that Microsoft is getting desparate to catch up to the PS4 sales and is now offering a promotional price (through coupon in your Xbox Live) for $75 off the purchase of a new Xbox One. As far as I can tell, this qualifies for ANY Xbox One or Xbox One bundle and would make the price of the Kinect-less Xbox as little as $325. For that price, I think they'd convince a lot of people to bite. Check you Xbox Live messages and see if you coupon awaits!

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Source: Neogaf

Samsung to Join the VR Bandwagon?

Occulus VR and others have been trying to make VR popular again and they've done so with minor success. Now it looks like Samsung is planning on joining the bandwagon with their "Gear VR" and I can't say that I'm impressed. I don't see how VR will enhance our lives when you can usually go experience what your are just simulating. What are your thoughts? VR good, or bad?

Instead of making a completely standalone virtual reality headset, Samsung has developed a modular design, which allows the user to dock in a Galaxy device into the Gear VR using USB 3.0. Virtual reality effect is achieved through head tracking, and instead of equipping the headset with sensors, Gear VR makes use of the smartphone’s accelerometer, gyroscope and processing power to track head motion. Also, as Samsung’s flagship devices use AMOLED display technology, we can surely say that users will have an excellent, flawless and immersive virtual reality experience.

Source: SamMobile

New Zealand ISP Gives Free VPN so you can Netflix

We will in a very online-oriented world and yet this world is locked down so that it is not actually the "world-wide-web", it is the region-specific-web and New Zealand ISP Slingshot, wants to change that. They are giving out a good VPN account with their service so that you can watch USA Netflix. They admit it and that's pretty cool. I'm sure there will be some backlash, but I applaud the idea to set the internet free from regions. That's been one of my complaints for years as I don't live in the USA.

Netflix and other media services tend to block visitors from markets they’re not operating in due to licensing restrictions, and Netflix in particular serves up different content even in its active markets, giving users in Canada access to other titles than users in the U.K.

Source: Gigaom

Windows 7 Support Ends January 2015

If you are using Windows 7 until Windows 8 "gets better" or until Windows 9 comes out, you may have to rethink your platform of choice a little bit. According to sources, Microsoft is all set to end "mainstream" support for Windows 7, Office 2010 and Windows Server 2003 as early as January of next year. What does this mean to you? It means that no features will be updated, but there will contiunue to be security fixes until 2020.

Some industry watchers have speculated that Microsoft will end up pushing out Windows 7's support dates the way the company did for XP, given Windows 7's popularity and pervasiveness, but so far, there's been no word from Microsoft officials that this is the plan.

Source: ZDNet

Android App Pick - Boggle Free

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we try and stretch our minds without stretching our wallet. Boggle Free is our App of the Week and like the name implies it's free - and it's Boggle. This is one of my favorite games back in the day and this version could very well be my favorite App. Check it out and race against the clock and your friends with Pass 'n Play mode. Check it out!

Boggle Free



Lots of Storage

When it comes to storage, it has become very affordable. Flash Drives, Mechanical Drives, SSDs and NAS units to put them in all have dropped in price and allow almost anyone to create a backup and portable storage solution for their personal or business needs. Check out a bunch of the storage reviews that we've gathered up for your viewing pleasure below.

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SSD Endurance Experiment - 1 Petabyte and Counting

We've been checking in on the SSD Endurance Experiment for a few months now and they have just crossed the 1,000 TB write milestone. They started with six different SSDs and now they are down to three. If you are concerned about wear-leveling and TLC and MLC endurance, you really should check out this article as it shows drive failures in the real-world - not just hypothetical.

Continued write cycling eventually causes cells to become unreliable, at which point those cells are retired and replaced by flash harvested from the drive's "spare area." This reserve of fresh flash area ensures the SSD maintains its user-accessible storage capacity even if cell failures incapacitate some of the NAND.

Source: TechReport

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