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How Cortana Made the Jump from Master Chief to Windows 10

If you've played Halo at all, you'll know that Cortana is the AI that was developed for Master Chief and was useful for saving the world from the Covenant. If you wondered how the heck she could make the jump from Master Chief to Windows 10, Microsoft has the details on that.


Facebook Gives Free Internet to India

Facebook is offering internet to residents of India for free on their mobile phones in order to help get them on the web and get their details on Facebook. While the cause is noble indeed, I don't think that free internet will help the millions of people that are too poor to even have a phone of any kind. Free internet on a smartphone is nice for sure, but I'm sure that many people in India would rather have food that a smartphone - or free internet.

Facebook has partnered with more than 150 wireless providers over the past four years to offer free or discounted access to its social network, but the new Internet.org app is the first time the company has added services beyond its own website.

Source: BusinessWorld

All You Need to Know About the iWatch

If you want to know more about the Apple Watch before it launches in April, head on over to the link below and find out all the goodies. They talk about cost, features, platform compatibility and more. Fitness will probably be a big thing as well and they even cover that aspect as well. Make sure you get in the know before you spend your dough.

To pair with an Apple Watch, you'll need an iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus. Sadly, earlier iPhones are excluded. So are other phone platforms like Android. This is an iPhone-owner's product, much like Samsung's Gear watches run only on certain Samsung phones, or Android Wear watches require Android phones.

Source: CNET

Get 2GB of Extra Google Drive or 100GB of OneDrive

If you are a Google Drive user and are watching your space fill up, 2GB is a bit of a nice bonus. If you log in and check your security settings, Google will automatically add an extra 2GB to your account - forever. It's not a ton of extra space, but it's a nice gesture and an easy way to ensure that your settings are secure.

On the other side of the fence, Microsoft is giving away 100GB of free OneDrive storage for two years through their Bing Rewards program. Keep in mind that you have to be living (or browsing the web) from a USA IP address to qualify. Either way, more storage for free is always nice.

Source: ThinkComputers, Neowin

WTU Episode #300 - RadioShack -> AmazonShack

We have just posted up episode #300 of WeeklyTechUpdate! That's right; 300!! In this episode we talk about RadioShack, SprintShack and AmazonShack. We also talk about Microsoft trademarking 'Windows 365' and the possibility of a subscription-based Operating System. We also talk about 10,000,000 Chromecasts that Google sold in 2014. They are winning the streaming-stick war I think. We have those stories and even more goodness below!

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Phabletulous So Far!

Our very own Jay Morrison has been walking us through the death of his Nexus 5 and the move to the Nexus 6. He's feeling pretty phabletulous with the Nexus 6 at this point - except the fact that his came with a battery that has some special "features". Take a look at his thoughts and maybe why you may want to consider this massive device as your next tablet phone.

My last declaration of love for this device is, the battery life. Even with the big screen, the Nexus 6 is lasting me well over 24 hours of use. I can pull it off the charger when I wake up, use it all day, all evening and forget to plug it in at night, and can still count on it having 15-30% battery life to wake me up the next.

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Source: BCCHardware

The Best CPU for the Money - AMD vs. Intel

If you are looking to spend a little bit of money in the near future on a new rig and are wondeirng which platform to choose - Intel or AMD, you're not alone. While Intel is dominating the enthusiast market right now, there is a lot more competition in the entry-level and mainstream space. Take a look and see how the AMD FX-8320E stacks up against an Intel Core i3-4360 and Core i5-4430. It's a good read.

Given how little has changed, you might expect buying a new processor to be fairly straightforward. For us, the choice seems clear: Intel has proven to offer superior core performance with considerably greater efficiency. However, many enthusiasts argue that AMD offers better overclocking on its more affordable processors and therefore delivers a better bang for your buck.

Source: Techspot

Test out Office 2016 Now

If you want to get your hands on the latest Microsoft Office product, you can go get the latest bits and give it a try. This is a very nice look on an already great program. I'm an Office user and while there are some other alternatives, I always come back to Microsoft. Take a look and see what you think. It will probably be shipping later this year, so go get your hands on it early. All you have to do is sign up to be spammed by Microsoft.

  • Participants will need an active Office 365 subscription
  • Participants will install and use the latest version of the product during the program
  • Participants will watch training webcasts, either live or recorded
  • Participants will complete surveys and provide feedback
Source: WinBeta


Half-Life 3: Unannounced

In 2004, Valve released Half-Life 2 and made sure we were left hanging for Half-Life 3. 11 years later the game we've been waiting for still hasn't been announced. Poor Gordon Freeman. He's a little bored.


LG Gives away VR-Headset in G3 Bundle

If you are thinking about getting a new Android device and are on the fence between the LG G3 and the Galaxy Note, perhaps this will encourage you to go with LG. They have just announced that they will be including their own VR-Headset bundled with their new G3 phones. If you buy a Samsung device, you'll have to shell out an additional $199 for VR. If VR is your thing, this really is a no-brainer.

The South Korean electronics company said Monday that it'll soon kick off a new promotion that offers a virtual-reality headset -- the VR for G3 -- for free for new buyers of its G3 flagship smartphone. The headset, which is based on Google's Cardboard device, uses the G3 as the screen, allowing owners to use it for VR apps and games downloaded from the Google Play store.

Source: CNET

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