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Entry-Level Kindle Will Play Audible Books

The cheapest Kindle from Amazon will be getting support for Audible in the coming months. Back when my Kindle Keyboard was the go-to eReader, it had support of Audible. It's coming back with their entry-level device - even though it doesn't have a headphone jack. Audiobooks will be played over a Bluetooth connection. This is a nice perk for those that only paid $80 for the device.

You can't use ordinary wired headphones to listen to Morgan Freeman narrate poetry, though -- you'll have to use Bluetooth-connected speakers or headphones. In addition, Amazon didn't give a more specific release date other than saying that it's coming in the next few months. If you're up for a vacation and would like a Kindle with Audible support, you can get Amazon's new Kindle Oasis.

Source: Engadget

Surface Book 2 Details

Microsoft has had great success with their Surface line of products, and while the Surface Book was very expensive, it is also a very high quality product that leaves little to be desired. The Surface Book 2 is more of the same, and while I don't expect it to be any more affordable, the truth is, it's probably one of the best ultrabook / convertibles on the market today. More details at the link below.

It was only last week that Microsoft debuted its latest computing product, the Surface Book 2. While the design on a whole remains similar to the first, the major difference this time around is the addition of a second model with a larger 15-inch display. In two weeks time, the products will be available for pre-order and it looks like the firm has released a new video that will educate those curious about the new Surface Book 2 models.

Source: Neowin

Broken iPhone X screen = $279

You might want to grab a case when you're picking up your iPhone X as it has just been announced that a broken screen will run you $279 to fix. That's a mighty jump up from the iPhone 6 ($129) and the iPhone 8 ($169). 

Now if you manage to break something else other than the screen, that repair from Apple will cost you $549. 

Maybe you should just leave it in the box and only bring it out on special occasions.

The Verge has the story.

The iPhone X went on sale today, and with it, Apple released some information about the phone’s repair pricing — and like the phone itself, it gets expensive. If you don’t have the extended warranty, a screen replacement will cost $279. That’s more than twice the price of an iPhone 6 screen replacement ($129) and about 65 percent higher than a new iPhone 8 screen ($169).

 

Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world (again)

Jeff Bezos became the richest man in the world yesterday thanks to higher than expected profits over at Amazon. Bill Gates has been sitting at the top of the list for years but in the past few months Jeff Bezos has been nipping at his heels (and even passed him briefly). Jeff Bezos's wealth is estimated at $90 billion dollars which is pretty crazy and almost $1.5 billion higher than Bill Gates. The increase in Amazon's stock in the past couple days has added almost $7 billion dollars to Jeff Bezos's networth, which is pretty decent. CNBC has the story.

Jeff Bezos became the richest man in the world Friday morning, after adding nearly $7 billion to his wealth overnight.

With Amazon's share price surging this morning after its earnings report, Bezos's wealth shot up to more than $90 billion, according to calculations by CNBC and data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That put Bezos past Bill Gates to become the richest man in the world.

Gates also added to his fortune this morning with the rise in Microsoft stock after its earnings. But his gain of around $550 million put his fortune at $88.5 billion — not enough to stay ahead of Bezos.

It will be a horse race throughout the day, however. If Microsoft goes up more, or if Amazon slips after the stock starts trading, Bezos could fall back to number two.

AMD Ryzen Mobile

We've been waiting for this one for a while now but the day has arrived where AMD Ryzen mobile devices are now available. The Ryzen CPUs have sold well and now you'll be able to get them in laptop form. The Ryzen mobile CPUs will also feature the popular Vega graphics, which is probably the more exciting side of things for people who are looking for a mobile device that can still turn out some decent gaming performance. To begin with, Acer, HP, and Lenovo, will all have devices available at launch with the Ryzen/Vega combo and from early indications it looks like they could be a good choice for your next laptop. Anandtech has the details.

The final piece of AMD’s return to high-performance computing is in laptops. While Ryzen, Threadripper, and EPYC have used the 8-core Zeppelin building block for their products, the laptop side of the equation will combine the new high-performance Zen core with the latest Vega graphics in a single piece of silicon. AMD is now set to release the results of their efforts: a single silicon chip offering four Zen cores, up to 10 Vega compute units, and a unified power delivery system all in under 15W, with AMD touting +200% CPU performance and +128% GPU performance over its previous generation of laptop processors. HP, Lenovo and Acer are releasing laptops based on the Ryzen Mobile hardware today (or soon), and we expect to see more OEMs at CES in January with their offerings.

Twitter: Math is hard

Ahh Twitter...

Twitter is tooting their own horn this week announcing that they've added 4 million new monthly users over the last 3 months, so they are growing!

Also announced was the fact that they falsely reported user growth for the past 3 years and "accidently" inflated those numbers.

For the past couple years user growth has been on a decline, and it probably was even bleaker than they were reporting and could have been around 1-2 million users les per quarter since the end of 2016 and beyond that they really aren't sure how much worse it was.

But other than that, this last 3 months they've grown! (that was a sarcastic exclamation point)

Gizmodo has the story.

Today Twitter revealed that while it’s actually growing now—it added four million monthly Tweeters over the last three months—the company has made a crucial error: It accidentally inflated user growth in its reports for the previous three years.

On Thursday morning, Twitter released its quarterly earnings in a letter to shareholders. In the report, the company wrote that it recently discovered that, since the end of 2014, it had been erroneously counting users of apps that used Digits, Twitter’s now defunct developer toolkit, in its tally of monthly users.

Twitter launched Digits in October of 2014. The service, released independently from the social network, was pitched to developers as a way for them to simplify how users signed up for (and logged into) their apps. But according to Twitter’s story, if you made an app and used Twitter’s Digits SDK over the past three years, the company might have counted your users as its own.

Xbox Kinect = Dead

Remember when the Microsoft Kinect was the next big thing and was going to revolutionize the gaming industry?

Well since the release back in late 2010, the Xbox Kinect has had a rocky road, at first it was setting records, but then it ended up being the accessory that gamers were wanting to have removed from the Xbox bundles so that they could save a couple bucks.

In the end the Kinect didn't do what everyone was hoping it would and even though it stuck around for nearly 7 years, Microsoft has pulled the plug and stopped manufacturing the accessory.

Now the whole story isn't all doom and gloom, some of the technologies have been morphed into the HoloLens, however, the Kinect-style gaming trend that some were banking on seems like it has long been forgotten about.

The Verge has the full story.

Microsoft is finally admitting Kinect is truly dead. After years of debate over whether Kinect is truly dead or not, the software giant has now stopped manufacturing the accessory. Fast Co Design reports that the depth camera and microphone accessory has sold around 35 million units since its debut in November, 2010. Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 even became the fastest-selling consumer device back in 2011, winning recognition from Guinness World Records at the time.

Future Windows Update Will Protect Your Files from Ransomware

Microsoft is working on the Fall Creators Update that includes some pretty handy security features. One of these main features is the ability of the Operating System to block ransomware from encrypting your files. This is accomplished through a feature called "Controlled Folder Access" and it's really not that groundbreaking when it comes right down to it. If you don't think Microsoft can fully protect you though, there is always amazing software from Acronis that can help keep you safe and secure.

Consumers can enable the feature through the Windows Defender Security Center app by clicking the shield icon and toggling on Controlled folder access. It automatically protects Windows system folders and default locations such as Documents, Pictures, Movies, and Desktop.

Source: ZDNet

Nissin Noise Cancelling Ramen Fork

If you love Ramen as much as my family, you probably will have one of these pre-ordered. Noise cancelling has taken a practical role and Nissin has put the technology (sort of ) in a fork. In truth, the fork connects to your Smartphone and when it detects the horrid slurping of noodles, it plays sounds on your smartphone to cover up the sound. I think we should just stop buying Ramen - at least in my house. Either way, I think this is a contender for "Useless Gadget of the Year".

This impasse has gone on for a long time, but with the Olympics approaching and foreign tourists arriving in record numbers, noodle harassment threatens to undo the entire spirit of the games. Something needs to be done, and luckily, we have the technology to do…something: Behold Otohiko!

 

Source: RocketNews

Amazon vs Roku

Amazon recently updated their FireTV to support 4K content as did Roku with their hardware bits. If you want to know which $70 streaming device is right for you, make sure you check out the linke below. They have both the new FireTV and the Roku Streaming Stick+ on their test bench to compare. If you're thinking about picking up an updated device, this is a great read as it could save you some headaches and disappointment.

The Roku Stick+, on the other hand, looks like an oversized version of its cheaper Stick. It juts out further from your TV but still manages to feel impressively compact. Partially, because Roku separated the wireless antenna from its body. That now connects to the Stick+ via a mini-USB port (we don't see many of those anymore these days). It's a unique design, but it makes sense: By pushing the antenna away from the back of your TV, Roku is able to avoid wireless interference.

Source: Engadget

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