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BlackBerry Priv for $290? Yes Please!

If you have been waiting to get a BlackBerry Priv, you'd better hurry as this aging device will soon fade into the history books. That being said, it's a solid device and with it being reduced to a mere $289 online, it might just be the right time to pick one up. It was the flagship device at the beginning of 2016, so it's got a lot of life left in it yet. Take a look at where you can snag the best deal now.

The Priv has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that stows away behind the device's 5.4-inch Quad HD display. BlackBerry itself is now selling the Priv for $499, but you can currently get a new unlocked Priv, in full retail packaging and with all accessories included, for $289.99...

Source: Neowin

GDC Wrapup

If you couldn't make it to the Game Developers Conference this year, you may have missed out on a few different announcements. There weren't tons of HUGE announcements, but there were a few things that are really cool and worth checking out. This year VR was big (again), although we've yet to really see it's success in the mainstream market. AR is also showing it's face more and more, and this has more application I believe. Check out the video at the link below.

Over the course of the week, we covered the latest developments from the gaming world, which included major announcements by Oculus and Microsoft on the alternative-reality front. But that wasn't all: Independent games are always a major part of GDC and this year was no exception, as demonstrated by the massive Indie Megabooth.

Source: Engadget

Lenovo Bring Motorola Back

There was a time not long ago when Lenovo bought Motorola and had planned (and did) to start to phase out the Motorola brand name. Well, after the success  of the last couple of Motorola devices, they seem to be reconsidering that idea. They are now planning on bring the brand back and putting it front and center - which is really what they should do here in North America at the very least.

He plans to reinvigorate the staid brand with its most forward-looking product: the Moto Z, a phone that embraces a modular concept with swappable Moto Mods that let users add capabilities like a projector or extra battery. He vowed to expand distribution, meaning the Moto Z will come to more carriers in the US.

Source: CNET

Nintendo Switch Teardown

If you've wanted to know for sure what is inside the Nintendo Switch console, you don't have to wait or wonder any longer. It has been fully torn down and the parts laid bare for you to peruse and enjoy. It's always a good read and a good watch over at iFixit.

This Friday night is the moment you've all been waiting for: Nintento has finally launched its Zelda machine new console, the Nintendo Switch. Forget playing games for now, it's time to take a peek at the hardware. Let iFixit do the talking, and our tools will do the walking. Come tear down with us!

Source: iFixit

How "Game Mode" Works on Windows 10

Microsoft has announced that they will be bringing "Game Mode" to Windows 10 and they've now outlined how it will work. It's pretty simple as they are essentially giving priority to games instead of having them run as just another process and service. This looks like it will still only work with games purchased through the Windows Store and really is quite anti-competitive. With hardware as powerful as it is, it may not be necessary, but if you have aging hardware, it could be the difference that makes the game run smoothly.

On the CPU side, Game Mode allocates a majority of the CPU's cores to be devoted exclusively to the target game, so an eight-core system might get six gaming-dedicated cores when running in Game Mode (depending on what other processes are running). The system then moves threads devoted to other processes off of those gaming-focused cores, reducing thread contention among the various gaming process threads and improving performance.

Source: ArsTechnica

Bitcoin price surpasses gold

For the first time ever, the price of a single Bitcoin has surpassed the price of Gold. Thanks to a surge today on the Bitcoin market, single Bitcoins have hit just under $1,300 USD in comparison to Gold which is trading in the $1,225 range. Obviously the fluctuation in the Bitcoin market is far bigger than the Gold market but it just goes to show that Bitcoin has become a very interesting playing in the currency markets. The Globe and Mail have more on this story.

Bitcoin jumped to a new high Friday, a day after soaring past the price of an ounce of gold for the first time.

One unit of the virtual currency was trading above $1,292.71 at 7:30 a.m. in New York, compared with $1,226.89 for an ounce of gold. The metal’s had a terrible week, declining for the fourth time in five days.

The latest surge in bitcoin’s value has been attributed to tighter currency restrictions in countries such as China, India and Venezuela, as well as speculation about prospects under the Trump administration.

Intel to chop prices?

Unsurprisingly in response to the much-hyped AMD Ryzen launch, Intel is cutting prices on their CPU's. Seeing as the Ryzen is offering similar performance to Intel offerings at half the price it probably didn't take a genius to guess that Intel would have to do something to remain competitive. Depending on the Intel CPU, you could see price drops anywhere from $70USD up to $150USD. ExtremeTech has more on this story.

Earlier this week, Intel quietly began cutting the prices on some of its Core i5 and i7 processors. This happened in the run-up to Ryzen’s launch, and was likely a move to preempt unattractive price comparisons that would otherwise be front and center when Ryzen 7 hit shelves.

Micro Center has adjusted its prices dramatically downward, with the Core i7-7700K falling to $300 from $380, the Core i5-7600K to $200 from $270, and the Core i5-6600K to $179, from $270, HotHardware reports. Even Broadwell-E chips get on the action, with the Core i7-6850K dropping to $550 (down from $700) and the i7-6800K itself now priced at $360, from $500.

Weekly Tech Update #392 - Occulus Banned from VR Code

We have just posted up Episode #392 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the arrival of Ryzen, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge named best of Mobile World Congress, and brace yourselves people, Yahoo gets hacked again, not for the second time, for the third time. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Oculus Rift and Touch price drops

Oculus has announced they'll be dropping the prices of their Rift and Touch products by $100 each which brings the bundled price down to $598 USD. Individually you'll be seeing the Rift for $499 USD and the Touch controller for $99. The price is still a bit steep for someone curious about VR but it is getting closer for some. Unfortunately for Oculus, these products are flying off the shelves like they were hoping so there could even be potentially more price cuts in the near future. Engadget has more on this story.

We're just a few weeks away from the one-year anniversary of Oculus shipping the Rift to consumers, so now would be a good time for the company to drop some news. And here it is. Starting today, Oculus will begin selling Rift and Touch bundles on its store for $598 -- about a $200 price cut. On their own, the Rift headset is now $499 while the Touch controllers are $99, meaning that each saw a price drop of $100. Oh, and the cost of an extra Oculus sensor is now $59, which is $20 less than before.

Yahoo discloses 3rd data breach

Yahoo has revealed yet another data breach, however, in comparison to the first 2, this one was pretty minor with only 32 million user accounts being accessed over the past 2 years. Their 2013 breach saw 1 billion accounts accessed, and then another 500 million in 2014. At this point I think users probably just have to assume that their Yahoo data has been breached at least once and if they are really lucky they might have been hit 3 times. Long story short, probably want to change your Yahoo passwords, again, or maybe weekly.

9to5Mac has more on this story.

Continuing the ongoing trend, Yahoo today revealed that some 32 million accounts have been accessed by intruders over the past two years. These accounts are in addition to the accounts affected by the two data breaches the company had previously disclosed.

According to Reuters, the accounts were compromised using forged cookies. Yahoo is currently of the belief that the accounts were accessed by the “same state-sponsored actor beloved to be responsible for the 2014 hack.” For those keeping track, the 2014 hack was the one that affected at least 500 million accounts.

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