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Google Glass to get complete redesign

While Google Glass may be 'dead', the fact is that it's just this version of Glass that bit the green weiner. Tony Fadell has plans to redesign Google Glass from the ground up and make it much better than we've even imagined. Really, Google Glass is a technology that is ahead of it's time and society always has a hard time adjusting to something as cutting-edge as a computer in front of your eye all the time. Hopefully, they also figure out how to manage privacy as well. I think it should have a light up marquee that shows when you're recording.

In a statement to the Times, Fadell said early Glass efforts broke ground and allowed them to learn what’s important to consumers and enterprises alike. The executive added that he is excited to be working with fashion veteran Ivy Ross to provide direction and support as she leads the team and they work together to integrate what they’ve learned into future products.

Source: Techspot

Office For Windows 10 Preview Available

If you are enjoying the Windows 10 Tech-Preview you may want to check out the Office for Windows 10 preview that is now currently available. This has a much cleaner look and just about the time that you got used to the look and feel of Office 2013, they go ahead and mix things up - a lot. This is a nice fresh design and you'll notice that the clean layout will look great on Windows phone, tablet and the desktop. Microsoft has got it going on.

Much like the other mobile versions, Office for Windows 10 will have a free version, and to unlock all of the features, an Office 365 subscription will be required. At the moment, it just says “some functionality will require a qualifying Office 365 subscription” so we will have to wait and see what features do require that, and if it matches up with the iOS or Android versions.

Source: AnandTech

Netflix to do Live-Action Legend of Zelda Series

Netflix is paying a whole truckload of money to Nintendo to get the rights to produce a 'Live-Action' Legend of Zelda series. Now, my first thought is that we're going to see a little guy whacking at bushes for gems and picking up a lot of pottery and smashing it, but according to Netflix, it's going to have more of a "Game of Thrones" feel, but be geared toward families. As much as I like Zelda, I think that a series like this will fall pretty flat - much like the alleged Halo series.

The video streaming service is in the early stages of developing a live action series based on “Zelda,” about an ordinary boy named Link who must rescue a princess named Zelda and save a fantasy world called Hyrule, said a person familiar with the matter. As it seeks writers to work on the show, Netflix is describing it as “Game of Thrones” for a family audience, this person said.

Source: WallStreetJournal

ZTE Grand X Plus Z826 Smarthphone Review

We have just posted up a review of the ZTE Grand X Plus. This is a budget-priced Android smartphone that doesn't feel or perform like a budget device at all. You can pick it up for $200 without a contract in Canada (cheaper in the USA) and it will do everything you want and more. Check out our review as it's not quite all sunshine and roses.

The ZTE Grand X Plus is a 5-inch device that has a 720p HD display, 8MP camera, 1080p video recording and a decent 2300mAh battery. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU that is fed by 2GB of RAM, so while the specs won’t blow you away, they probably won’t make you wail in disappointment either.

ZTE Grand X Plus

RadioShack files for bankruptcy

It's official folks, RadioShack has officially declared bankruptcy (which had been rumored for a while now). Sprint's parent company Standard General has a deal in place to buy as many as 2,400 of RadioShack's locations and turn some of them into Sprint stores which will give Sprint a pretty big boost. At this point in time there are no details on what will be happening with the rest of RadioShacks locations (they've got 4,100 stores) but I'm sure in the next few weeks there might be others stepping up to take over a few of the locations. RadioShack has been a huge name in electronics for 95 years and has become a victim of online competition. Reuters has the story.

Electronics retailer RadioShack Corp filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Thursday and said it had a deal in place to sell as many as 2,400 stores to an affiliate of hedge fund Standard General, its lender and largest shareholder.

Wireless company Sprint Corp would operate as many as 1,750 of those stores under an agreement with Standard General, Sprint said separately.

The King of Wikipedia Edits

We've all got pet peeves, but this guy might have taken it to a new level. Bryan Henderson has been credited with 47,000 edits on Wikipedia, which is a pretty impressive number. The even more impressive thing is that it has all been to correct one grammar mistake, he's changed when people use "comprised of" instead of "consists of" in their Wikipedia articles. That's right folks, he has made the change 47,000 times over the past couple years fixing his pet peeve. All I can say is that's dedication!

Mental Floss has the full story.

Many of us are grammar nerds, correcting friends when they say 'less than' rather than 'fewer than', but Bryan Henderson has taken pedantry to an awesome new level.

Henderson has made more than 47,000 edits to Wikipedia correcting a single grammatical error, when writers use 'comprised of' instead of 'consists of'.

10 Million Chromecasts

Looks like Chromecast has done better than probably more people expected as it was revealed this week that Google moved 10 million units in 2014. The low price of the Chromecast probably helped sales as it is a pretty easy impulse buy and for most the year Google was throwing in a bonus Google Play gift card to sweeten the deal even more. Also announced was that there are now over 6,000 developers and over 10,000 Chrome-enabled apps available. Android Central has more.

Google sold about 10 million units of its Chromecast streaming TV dongle worldwide in 2014. This is the first time that hard sales numbers have been released for the product. Last week, Google stated that the Chromecast was the number one selling streaming device in the US in 2014 but did not give out specific sales figures.

The end of Windows RT?

Microsoft has pulled the plug on their Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet which was the last device to feature Windows RT running an ARM CPU. Windows RT really never caught on like Microsoft was hoping and the Nokia Lumia tablet was the last one to hold on for hope. The loss of Windows RT isn't a big deal as more than anything it confused consumers. The Register has the full story.

Microsoft has quietly pulled the plug on the last device to ship running Windows RT, casting doubt on the future of Redmond's ARM fondleslab OS.

The software giant confirmed on Wednesday to The Register that it has stopped manufacturing the Nokia Lumia 2520, a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet with a quad-core ARM processor, an HD display, and 4G LTE wireless connectivity.

Amazon eyeing some RadioShack locations?

We discussed on Weekly Tech Update a few weeks ago that RadioShack was in the process of declaring bankruptcy and their future was looking pretty bleak. We had talked about the possibility of someone coming in and wanting to buy up some (or all) of RadioShack's 4,000 US locations and now reports are coming out that Amazon might be one of those interested companies (Sprint is also rumored to be in the running for some locations as well). 

The fact that Amazon could end up buying some brick and mortar locations from RadioShack is quite ironic seeing as it has been online companies like Amazon that have killed brick and mortar retailers like RadioShack. Amazon does have a few locations already but could jump into the physical retail market in a big way with the acquisition of some key locations from RadioShack. Bloomberg has more on these rumors.

Amazon.com Inc., aiming to bolster its brick-and-mortar operations, has discussed acquiring some RadioShack Corp. locations after the electronics chain files for bankruptcy, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Amazon has considered using the RadioShack stores as showcases for the Seattle-based company’s hardware, as well as potential pickup and drop-off centers for online customers, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the deliberations are private.

WTU Episode #299 - Microsoft Loves Pi

We have just posted up episode #299 of WeeklyTechUpdate and this time around we talk about how much Microsoft loves Pi. We also discuss that the PC is alive and well as people are starting to shy away from tablets, and finally we get down and dirty with coffee piracy.We have those stories and even more goodness below!

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