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PS4 "Neo" won't be unveiled at E3

Sony has been hinting at an upgraded version of the PS4 for a while now and people were hoping to catch a glimpse at next weeks E3 expo but it looks like everyone is going to be left waiting a little bit longer. Sony has confirmed they are working on the "newer" PS4 with faster performance and 4K support but the launch date is still up in the air, possibly waiting for Microsoft to show off their upgraded Xbox One first. Either way, E3 should be an interesting week for console announcements and we'll make sure to get them posted as they come out. The Verge has more details on the PS3 "Neo".

Sony chief executive Andrew House has confirmed the existence of the company's PlayStation 4 "Neo" console. In an interview with the Financial Times, House confirms the upgraded PS4 will include a faster processor, 4K resolution support, and improved graphics. "It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4," says House. "We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle."

Sony is not planning to unveil its upgraded console next week at E3, and no pricing will be announced just yet. House says the upgraded console will be priced higher than the current $350 for the existing PlayStation 4 model. All games will continue to support the standard PS4 and House anticipates that "all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4."

32 Million Twitter accounts for sale

Looks like Twitter might have been hacked as 32 million of their usernames and passwords are currently up for bids. A hacker has put the information up for bids which as of late last night was up to just under $6,000. Basically this is a good reminder that maybe you should change your Twitter password. Mashable has more details.

Twitter's account hacking woes aren't about to end any time soon. 

Days after a number of prominent Twitter accounts got hacked — including those belonging to musicians Katy Perry and Drake as well as Twitter co-founder Evan Williams — nearly 33 million Twitter usernames and passwords are being sold online. 

Xbox One won't be a DVR

Microsoft got everyone all excited a while back when they promised everyone that in 2016 you'd be able to use your Xbox One as a DVR. Apparently Microsoft doesn't think a DVR function is "exciting" enough and has put in on hold to work on higher "fan-requested" features. This one doesn't make a ton of sense and after the backlash there still could be a possibility that Microsoft does a flip but as of right you'll just have to wait. The Verge has the full story.

Microsoft is no longer planning to add a TV DVR feature to its Xbox One console. The software giant originally unveiled plans to add TV DVR to the Xbox One back in August, noting that the feature would arrive some time in 2016. "After careful consideration, we've decided to put development of DVR for Over-the-Air TV on hold to focus our attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming experiences across Xbox One and Windows 10," revealed a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. "We're always listening to fan feedback and we look forward to bringing more requested experiences on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Live this year."

WTU Episode #360 - Snapchat Outpaces Twitter

We have just posted up Episode #360 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Snapchat is growing, Steam machines are dying and we find out how popular Minecraft actually is. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.

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Five Reasons Apple Says Lightning Headphones are Great

According to the article, you will want to get a set of Lightning headphones for your iPhone 7 for several reasons. Some of these include "Hi-Fi Portability", "Louder", "Better Sound" and "Better EQ". Basically the Sine headphones they are talking about are better than Beats - but so are Koss headphones from Walmart. The reality is that most of their "issues" with analog headphones is already solved with software - but Apple wants to lock you into something that is technically better on paper, but in the end - sound is analog. A good set of high-end analog headphones don't have any of the problems stated in the article - and the Sine headphones are not cheap either.

I have been listening to Audeze's Titanium EL-8 and Sine headphones for the past few months, both in the conventional way and through the iPhone's Lightning port. These audiophile cans sound dramatically better when exploiting the all-digital connection with their so-called Cipher Lightning cable, which houses its own digital signal processor, digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and headphone amplifier.

Source: TheVerge

Apple Spaceship Campus a la Drone

Matthew Roberts has a nifty video that he shot during the early construction of the Apple "Spaceship" campus. Take a look as he actually details some of the features that will make this an incredible facility.

 

People are Getting Less Social

With all the different ways to connect socially, it would seem that people would always be connected. The truth is that people used to be more connected when there were less options. Now, the network is fragmented and way too many people overshare. The fact is that people are becoming more social without the digital network. Human interaction is good.

In the U.S. - typically social media's most lucrative market - Instagram use was down 36.2 percent, Twitter was down 27.9 percent, Snapchat was down 19.2 percent and Facebook fell 6.7 percent. Despite this drop, Facebook users in the U.S. continued to spend the most time using the app: 45 minutes and 29 seconds every day on average. Facebook users in India used the app the least, spending 22 minutes and 59 seconds daily, on average.

Source: CNBC

Smartphone Boom Will End in 2018

High-end Smartphones are nice, but the cost for performance is super high and many people believe that those days are coming to a close. We've reviewed quite a few devices that are budget priced and have great features and performance. While Smartphones will always be with us (in the foreseeable future), the days of the brand-name flagship are coming to an end. Companies like Xiaomi, One Plus and Huawei will end up taking larger market share as they offer better value.

The issue here is the same that it's always been, which is that almost everyone in the world who can afford a smartphone already owns one. For years, China was held up as a beacon of hope for companies struggling to wring more profits out of the US and Europe. With its enormous population and emerging middle class, a desire for smartphones would be impossible to satisfy, or at least that was the theory.

Source: Engadget

6 Fond Memories from Windows 95

I remember the launch of Windows 95. It was amazing. It was the most extreme upgrade Microsoft Windows has ever undergone and there were a few other things that made it so memorable. There is a short list of 6, that I'd have to agree with as I used it long after Windows 98 was released as I didn't have the patience to do the upgrade or install via floppy disks.

Windows 95 had the command prompt version of DOS built-in, but was rarely sufficiently equipped to play games or other native DOS applications properly. Sometimes there was no choice but to reboot and go into real DOS, complete with autoexec.bat and config.sys files to drive everything correctly. Sometimes the old ways were the best...

Source: TheInquirer

Hacking the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

You can hack the Outlander with your phone via WiFi. Oops.

 

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