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Everything We Know about the iPhone 7

Apple's World Wide Developers Conference is under a week away and there are more than a few Apple iPhone 7 rumors floating around. If you want to catch a glimpse of what we expect with this next release, make sure you check the link below. Secrecy has all but been forgotten as there are too many 3rd party companies making parts, accessories and more for these new devices. 

We turn our speculative scrutiny to clues about the forthcoming iPhone 7, expected to materialize sometime later this year. In a TV interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer in early May, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the iPhone 7 will have a killer feature: "We are going to give you things that you can't live without, that you just don't know you need today."

Source: CNET

Samsung's Tiny 512GB SSD

Samsung is now producing the world's smallest (this week) 512GB SSD. All of the storage is crammed onto a single chip that is about 20mm long. This new SSD has everything packed into the chip and is ready to go. The performance is pretty incredible as well with reports showing it can transfer a 5GB movie in 3 seconds. 

(Entire 512GB SSD on a Chip)

"The introduction of this small-scale SSD will help global PC companies to make timely launches of slimmer, more stylish computing devices, while offering consumers a more satisfactory computing environment," Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president of Samsung's Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering Team, said in a statement.

Source: ComputerWorld

Lumia 550 Gets a Price Cut

Jason and I talk about how the days of the $900 flagship are over, and the fact that Microsoft has just cut the price of their Lumia 550 device to a mere $99 off-contract further clinches my stand on this topic. Of course, the Lumia 550 is a pretty entry-level device, but it does run Windows 10 mobile and has enough features to keep most people happy. The Lumia 650 is a much better beast, but it's also a fair bit more expensive. Still, $99 for a brand-new Window 10 mobile device is pretty solid.

The Lumia 550 is Microsoft's entry-level Windows 10 Mobile handset, which it unveiled alongside its flagships last October. The 550 went on sale in the United States in January, priced at $139 SIM-free and unlocked, but it's currently available for a lot less. The Microsoft Store has slashed $40 (29%) off the Lumia 550, bringing its price down to just $99 unlocked.

Source: Neowin

Google Loves Cardboard

Google loves cardboard - and I'm not just talking about the VR headset that you are able to buy for $5 and fold up to make a VR headset to put your phone in. I'm talking about the material, cardboard. In fact, they have shown off an early prototype of the VR controller - Daydream - made out of cardboard. They also have some nifty other cardboard builds and the link below.

Google's foray into virtual reality has involved a lot of heavy-duty paper, and even its fancy new hardware for VR is no exception. Google VP of Virtual Reality Clay Bavor tweeted a picture of an early controller prototype for the company's Android-based VR platform, Daydream, and as you an see, it's much more... cardboardy than the sleek controller design it unveiled at I/O 2016.

Source: TheVerge

Steam Machines Are Dead

While the word hasn't officially come from Steam just yet, the fact that in the last 7 months, only 500,000 machines have been sold, shows that there isn't the demand that Steam was hoping for. The fact is, I'm suprised that they've sold half a million of these boxes. Of course they are just normal PCs running SteamOS (often through a dual-boot) so you still have a decent PC. At the end of the day, we don't need another "console" platform, we need better games and a better experience on what we have.

Half a million might not sound like a bad sales number for a brand new hardware platform, but it starts to look pretty tepid in the context of the wider gaming market. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sold over a million consoles in their first day on the market in 2013. After just over seven months on store shelves, Microsoft was up to about 5.5 million Xbox One sales and the PS4 had racked up 10.2 million worldwide sales.

Source: ArsTechnica

Minecraft is popular

Probably not too surprising to anyone that Minecraft is one of the most popular games around, just how popular might surprise you though. Microsoft (who bought Minecraft back in 2014) announced that they've sold over 106 million copies of the game to date. Currently over 40 million players are playing Minecraft on a monthly basis which is impressive when you compare it to World of Warcraft that hit 12 million monthly users at its peak. Even though Minecraft has been around since 2009, the sales have grown and grown and they're seeing in excess of 50,000 copies per day in 2016. Motherboard has all the Minecraft details over here.

Have you heard about this Minecraft that all the kids are playing? It’s a video game kind of like Lego where you and your friends can build just about anything out of pixelated cubes, and it is incredibly popular.

To be precise, Microsoft, which acquired Minecraft’s developer Mojang in 2014 for $2.5 billion, today revealed that since launch in 2009 Minecraft has sold 106,859,714 copies.

Snapchat passes Twitter

Snapchat has been growing fast, fast enough to now have passed Twitter. Back in December Snapchat had 110 million daily active users and has seen that number grow to 150 million users which has surpassed the estimated 140 million daily active users that Twitter has. It's interesting to see how Twitter has been floundering in the past year or so and has watched the competition pass them. CNET has the full story.

Roughly 150 million people use Snapchat each day, making the messaging app more popular than Twitter, according to a Bloomberg report Thursday.

Twitter, by comparison, is estimated to have less than 140 million active daily users, the report said. Bloomberg used an average of analysts' estimates to make the comparison.

Snapchat, which had 110 million daily users in December, is seeing its user base rise because of its popularity with young people, according to Bloomberg, which cited people familiar with the matter.

ASUS now has a VR Headset

ASUS is the latest company to announce their venture into the VR market. ASUS has shown off their VR offering which will be available in 2017 and the release date seems to be about the only concrete information we have so far. The screen appears to be a 5.7" display which has people thinking it might be using the newly announced Zenfone 3 smartphone. Kotaku has the limited details.

If you had any doubt about the viability and longevity of virtual reality, that’s OK — because the manufacturers sure don’t.

ASUS has given attendees at Computex 2016 this year a glimpse of what will be a new VR headset, although there’s few details available right now. What we know is that it’s launching in 2017 and it’s 5.7 inches wide diagonally, which indicates that it might be paired with the company’s recently-revealed ZenFone 3 flagship smartphone.

WTU Episode #359 - Americans Get News from Social Clickbait

We have just posted up Episode #359 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the Xbox One and a Half, Netflix adds to their library, and for some reason people are getting their news more and more from social media. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.


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People don't want the free Windows 10 upgrade

Microsoft has been offering free upgrades to Windows 10 for all Windows 7 and 8 users. Apparently people aren't so excited about the free upgrade a new study shows that only about 15% of eligible users have bothered to claim their free upgrade. Microsoft has been trying to "kindly suggest" that you upgrade through their update process which hasn't left a good taste in peoples mouth and we've see a lot of pushback recently. The Inquirer looks at the latest Windows stats here.

Microsoft's aggressive sales tactics for Windows 10 still aren't working, as the operating system gained just two percentage points in the Netmarketshare figures for the month just gone.

The numbers show Windows 10 at 17.43 per cent, up 2.09 per cent from last month. An impressive feat, tempered by the fact that Microsoft is giving away the operating system and making it difficult to say no.

Also notable is that Windows XP still clings onto 10.09 per cent (-0.54) of the market and has dropped only 4.51 per cent since this time last year.

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