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Humans are Lazy

Humans are lazy. We invent all sorts of things so that we have to exert as little manual force and labor as possible. One more invention that seals this fact in my mind is the "WalkCar" that is a micro-car that fits in a bag. You stand on this unit and it can go up to seven miles at up to 6mph - and all you have to do is stand there. It looks sort of like a bathroom scale, which would be helpful so you know how much weight you're gaining as you DO NOTHING!


Hailstorm Horrors

This isn't tech related, but the pilot of Delta flight 1889 deserves as much recognition as he can get. He was trying to dodge a severe thunder/hail storm and rack smack dab into another smaller one. The smaller of the two still pummeled the aircraft, but the pilot managed to land safely - without a windshield.

Pilots normally fly around thunderstorms, sometimes deviating course by hundreds of miles in order to avoid the severe turbulence and hail. In this case, the flight was suddenly caught in an area where a new storm was rapidly developing as the storm systems merged. Weather radar does not warn of storms to come, only of storms that have already formed.

Delta 1889

Source: Mashable

OnePlus 2 Reaches 2 Million Pre-Orders

The OnePlus 2 looks like it will be another successful device. With pre-orders now topping up over 2 million devices, it looks promising and is a real option to those of us that don't want to spend $600 or more on a new device. OnePlus' goal is to move 3-5 million devices this year and with pre-orders stacking up this fast in a week, it looks like they could do it.

The OnePlus 2 walks in its predecessor's footsteps, with flagship-class specs at low prices. However, while the company ditched its frustrating invite system for the One a few months ago, it is being reinstated for the new device. Nonetheless, it has promised a "new and improved" invite system this time around, with more availability and less waiting.


On a slightly different note, it seems that these alternative phones are helping move Cyanogenmod along and they've just released some numbers show that this alternative OS (based off Android) has a bigger market share that Windows Phone and Blackberry combined. According to their numbers, they have 50 Million installs.

Source: Neowin, AndroidCentral

24,000 Android Devices from 1,300 Brands

The number of Android devices is growing and in a new report it has been revealed there are now ever 24,000 Android devices available from almost 1,300 manufacturers. Over the past 3 years the number of companies dealing with Android has increased from 300 to 1,300 now and the issue of Android fragmentation has continued to grow. ZDNet takes a look at the growth of Android.

Samsung may be the biggest seller of Android devices, but it's far from alone: there are now 1,300 brands behind the one billion Android handsets now in use across the globe.

OpenSignal, the maker of an app that gauges mobile signals, has released its fourth annual Android fragmentation report which found a total of 24,093 different Android devices now in the wild, made by 1,294 companies.

It's a vastly different picture to 2012: 1,000 of the brands that appear in this year's survey didn't exist three years ago. Now, there's a growing number of Android device makers both large and small, chipping away at Samsung's dominance and chasing the small slice of the industry's profits that aren't held by Apple.

Apple's Stock Drops

Apple's stock has been dropping the past couple days. Their stock has dropped $113 Billion dollars worth of value over the past couple days and is down about 14% from their peak. I don't think there were many people who didn't think that Apple's stock was a bit overvalued but I don't think there were many people who thought it would correct itself so quickly. USA Today has all the details.

Apple shares fell significantly for the second day Tuesday — bringing investors' paper losses to staggering levels and putting the stock further into correction territory.

Shares of Apple finished down $3.80, or 3.2%, to $114.64 in regular trading Tuesday, meaning they've fallen more than 14% since hitting their high of $134.54 on April 28. Given the massive size of Apple's market value, this sell off is enormous in that it has wiped out $113 billion in paper wealth. The sell off essentially erases more than the entire market value of corporate giants including Nike at $98 billion or McDonald's at $95 billion, separately.

People Keep Cutting the Cord

People keep cutting the cord with their cable providers and now the stocks of these cable companies are starting to reflect that. For years the cable tv providers denied that people were leaving but investors have realized that the Netflix and Hulus of the world are having a huge impact. Time Warner has dropped 9%, Discovery 12%, Disney 9%, and 21st Century Fox and Viacom have dropped 7%. I think the cable providers are finally noticing they are in trouble, however, the fact that they've waited this long to either drop their prices significantly or try and compete with online services that can rival the competition could be the end of some of these companies. BGR takes a closer look at the cord cutting revolution over here.

Surveying the damage, shares of Time Warner, Inc. fell by 9% on Wednesday, Discovery Communications Inc. shares fell by 12%, 21st Century Fox shares fell by 7%, Viacom by 7.5%, and Disney by 9.2%. All told, yesterday was a major bloodbath for pay TV stocks and even the most bullish cable analysts can no longer deny cord cutting’s impact on the industry.

What’s really driving these sell offs is the realization that content providers will no longer be able to keep jacking up rates they charge cable companies for the rights to broadcast their content. This downward pressure on licensing prices is coming both from over-the-top streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, and also from cable companies that are pushing content providers to accept “skinny” bundles that offer consumers cheaper monthly rates for more tightly focused packages of channels.

WTU Episode #323 - Kentucky vs. Technology

We have just posted up Episode #323 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Windows 10 is a hit, Sharp isn't making TVs anymore and this just in: Kentucky man shoots down drone. Check out those stories and more at the links below.


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Xbox One Gets Windows 10 in November

Windows 10 is not just for your desktop, laptop, tablet and phone. No sir. It's also coming to your Xbox One as eary as November. In truth, there will be a preview program available in September, but the update should all be smoothed out and ready for prime-time in November. Along with that update comes a lot of new features including DVR, better Cortana integration (require Kinect) and a lot more. It should be a great update to an already solid platform.

One of the key new features in the Xbox One dashboard update is Cortana integration. You can say "Hey Cortana, record the last minute and share it to my activity feed" and it will publish a game clip straight away. Likewise, "Hey Cortana, start a party and invite Amanda" will invite a friend into a voice chat all without having to lift your fingers from your controller.

Source: TheVerge

Linux vs. Windows 10 Shadow of Mordor Performance

The alternative OS guys have put together an interesting benchmark that puts Microsoft's latest OS (Windows 10) up against Ubuntu Linux. The game they are playing fully supports Linux and it is interesting to see how a completely free-forever OS can hold up to the big guys. Of course what they don't show is the painful installation that graphics card drivers can be. Windows 10 is pretty fast - when compared to Ubuntu at least.

When your quote about Linux is "At least the NVIDIA Linux driver is able to run this game..." That's not a good sign.

As the graphical quality increased, the Windows performance advantage didn't decrease but continued running much faster than Ubuntu 15.04 Linux with the stable NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver. At least the NVIDIA Linux driver is able to run this game without frightening issues compared to the AMD Catalyst driver.

Source: Phoronix

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