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Time Warner tries Plan B

Time Warner has come up with a plan to win back people who have been canceling their cable, show less ads on certain TV channels... Apparently finding out why people are canceling, lowering their prices, offering more options, or any combination of the above, weren't good enough ideas.  The Verge covers this groundbreaking announcement from Time Warner.

The broad trend in the television industry is that viewers are moving away from linear, ad-supported programming toward on demand, a la carte viewing they can pay for directly. The response at Time Warner has been to begin offering premium networks like HBO to customers without a cable subscription, allowing anyone with an internet connection to pay for access. On today's earnings call, the company said it also plans to try and increase the value of the traditional cable bundle by significantly lowering the number of ads it shows.

WTU Episode #333 - IBM Snags the Weather Network

We have just posted up Episode #333 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Microsoft Aces Anti-Virus Test, IBM Buys the Weather Channel and 10 reasons why BCCHardware wasn't asked to join the FAA Drone Task Force. Check out those stories and more at the links below.

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Intel: PCs are Coming Back, Tablets are Dead

Intel is not much of a dummy when it comes to technology and somehow they figure that the day of the tablet is nearing its end. I figured that this would come a lot sooner than it has, but I'm no soothsayer. Intel believes that the PC is alive and will be a lot more well here in the near future as they expect people to return on more powerful comptures that - while less portable - are solid when it comes to performance.

Sales of two-in-one systems are up 150 per cent, he claimed, and are leading to people wanting to refresh their PCs up to 18 months earlier than they would have. The new form factors - including mini-computers -are also inspiring companies that haven't been big in laptops to get in the game he said, citing Microsoft's Surface Book and InFocus' $99 Kangaroo PC as examples.

Source: TheRegister

Call of Duty Publisher buys Candy Crush Saga

You can expect "great" things from the next Call of Duty as Activision just bought King - the developing team behind Candy Crush. I really hope this goes into in-game ads as the real-life of soldiers probably involves Candy Crush Saga on some level. With Call of Duty: Black Ops III DLC being announced shortly, you'll probably find in-game mini-games that will have you match fruit.

King's game portfolio includes Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga, which are two of the top five highest-grossing mobile games in the U.S. However, given that the consumer spending on the former dropped 13% year-on-year, many speculate that the time of King is over, similar to what happened to Angry Birds developer, Rovio.

Source: Neowin via ActivisionBlizzard

Drones Can Now Dodge Obstacles Autonomously

Thanks to this project over at MIT, drones will now be able to track and dodge obstacles at 30mph. This is making Skynet all that much easier to achieve.


Microsoft Backs Away from OneDrive Awesomeness

Microsoft was last seen backing away from the OneDrive "unlimited" storage option and has since been scrambling to put in place new tiers and pricing for the new system. In all fairness, there were more than a few people gaming the system with large files and using OneDrive to power their own private file-server. Well, they ruined it for everyone and now Microsoft has pulled the plug.

Starting early next year, all new and existing free OneDrive storage will decrease from 15GB to 5GB. Microsoft is also removing the 15GB camera roll storage bonus for using OneDrive on iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. If you need to store more than 5GB then you'll need to start paying.

Source: TheVerge via OneDrive Blog

Teclast X16 is a Sweet, Affordable Surface Clone

The Microsoft Surface is a pretty solid piece of kit. It isn't cheap though and that will turn some people away. It also creates an opportunity for companies like Teclast to come up with a clone that has very decent hardware specs and a much better pricetag. The X16 has a 1080p screen, Intel Atom Cherry Trail Z8700 CPU, 8GB of DDR3 and 64GB of internal storage. If you want to save a few bucks, this will be available late November.

Teclast, a company known for offering Windows and Android tablets, has released the X16. The X16 is a tablet device that runs Windows 10 and offers a magnetic keyboard cover. Although we have yet to get our hands on one, the detailed specifications look impressive with the 11-inch tablet offering a quad-core processor and 8GB RAM. The full details of the device have been listed below.

Source: Neowin

Windows 7 OEM Sales Die on Halloween 2016

Microsoft recently announced that OEMs have until October 31, 2016 to sell Windows 7 Pro as a pre-install option. This goes well beyond what I'd expect as Windows 8 is also available (although not really fitted to the tech-space) and Windows 10 has been the focus of a huge marketing push. Still, if you are setting up client PCs for a large corporation, Windows 7 is familiar and fully supported by most hardware. Keep in mind that if you wait that long to upgrade to Windows 10, it will not be a free upgrade as it is currently.


Source: MicrosoftWindows

How Hard Drives Work

If you've ever wondered how hard drives work, this will help you out. It's pretty awesome!


Weekly Steam Record

With PC Gaming dying as it is, it is quite surprising that Steam has once again broken it's own record for number of concurrent gamers playing online. The previous record was smashed by over 1,000,000 users as on November 2, Steam topped out with a maximum of 13,480,916 gamers - at the same time. That's pretty cool stuff as Xbox Live and the PSN have less than half of that on a good day.

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