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Have you ever wished that you were able to have the experience the joy of gaming on Mount Everest? Me neither. If you are the lucky winner of a contest put out by the makers of Far Cry4, you will be doing just that. Should you win this competition, you will be going to Everest and playing FC4 there on a special piece of equipment made to withstand the harsh environment. This was all announced at comic con this year. Good luck to all who enter!

During a Far Cry 4 panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con event, the developers announced an interesting contest: one person will get the chance to play Far Cry on Mount Everest. The winner will use a specialized (but unspecified) piece of gaming hardware that both allows for playing on the go while also standing up to the harsh weather conditions of the icy mountains.

Source: Gamespot

Upcoming Windows Phone Update to Support Smart Cases & More

If you like the look of some "Smart Cases" but are stuck with a Windows Phone, be patient as an update is coming soon that will give you more flexibility. The update also includes support for large screens, folder support and a lot more. Windows Phone may not be your first choice, but it very well could be a resonable choice in the near future. Hopefully Microsoft keeps the updates rolling.

Aside from previously revealed folder support, the upgrade will allow for smart cases akin to HTC's Dot View or LG's QuickCircle. Phone makers will get to run special apps when the cover is closed, and specify what happens when it's open. This seemingly simple addition could be important, since The Verge claims that HTC is preparing a Windows Phone version of the new One -- such a device would need smart cover features to perform the same tricks as its Android counterpart.

Source: Engadget

Firing Off Notes

Onenote, Microsoft's free note taking software for Android and iOS, is a useful app and up until the 24th of July, unavailable on the Amazon App Store For android. This is good news for Fire Phone and Kindle Fire users! It is amazing that is such a short period since the Fire Phone's release that so many apps are being made and made usable for it.

Today OneNote is available at the Amazon Appstore for Android, delivering on our promise to bring OneNote to every device that matters to you. If you have a Kindle Fire or a Fire phone, you can now use OneNote to capture or access thoughts, ideas and to-do’s while on the go. OneNote is a free download and can also be used on Android phones and tablets running Android OS 4.0 and up.
Source: OfficeBlogs

Microsoft Wants You to Forget Windows 8

There are quite a few rumors about the next OS from Microsoft and it's starting to actually generate some buzz. Based on this article (link below) I have to agree and digress that we will not likely see the real "Start Menu" coming in any patch to Windows 8. Microsoft is poising themselves to pull off a huge "Nothing to see here" when it comes to Windows 8 and once the next version ships, we'll see people dropping Windows 8 faster than a sneeze through a screen door.

The second half of the year will be especially telling if, as often-in-the-know bloggers like ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley have contended, Threshold is to launch in the spring of 2015. With just over seven months until the start of March 2015, eight to April, it's coming up on the time that Microsoft changes messaging from the past to the future.

Source: ComputerWorld

15 CMD's Every Windows User Should Know

If you consider yourself a Windows Power-User, you probably already know a bunch of these command-line commands that can make your Windows experience better, simplier and faster. Either way, this article has something for everyone and it could save you a lot of trouble and hunting around the web. Check it out.

Microsoft has slowly but surely pushed the command line aside in the Windows interface. This is not without reason, as it’s an antiquated and mostly unnecessary tool from an era of text-based input that has long passed. But there still are some commands that remain useful, and Windows 8 even added new features. Here are the commands every Windows user needs to know.

Source: MakeUseOf

Amazon Users Not Willing to Burry the Hachette

Amazon had a bit of a rough quarter with a couple of new product launches, and making more enemies at a time like this is not really a good idea. According to Amazon customers questioned, there is a growing number of users that are buying their books elsewhere. Amazon needs to quit playing Apple and work things out or they will be losing even more customers down the road.

The Codex group also found out where those book buyers were going. About half the shifted buying went to Barnes & Noble, independent bookshops, barnesandnoble.com (the online store for Barnes & Noble), used bookshops and Costco, in that order.

Source: Forbes

Luxa2 GroovyT Magic Boom Box

We have just posted up our review of the GroovyT Magic Boom Box from Luxa2. This is a wireless speaker dock that uses magic to get the audio from your phone to the speaker as it doesn't require wires, Bluetooth, WiFi or Infrared. If you are tired of the little cruddy speakers in your phone and want better sound and volume at a low cost, check out our review of the $15 GroovyT. It's not perfect but is it worth $15?

The GroovyT "possesses supernatural powers that can amaze and leave you in audio awe". That, at least is what the marketing department for Luxa2 claims. The reality is a little bit different. While the setup and connecting the device to your phone is simple, the audio quality can be a little off. There is an Android App that helps you tune your phone so that the sound is much better than your stock music player may produce. For the GroovyT, this App is basically an equalizer that will let you turn down your bass...


WTU Episode #273 - Microsoft Wants to Forget Windows 8

We have just posted up Episode #273 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Microsoft to merge their OS platforms, Apple prefers to use to the backdoor and Seagate ships 8TB hard drives.We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Doused by Fire

There is no doubt that Amazon is a giant in the world of online retail, but they have lost some ground in the second quarter of 2014. This loss can easily be equated to all of the new enterprises like the Fire phone, Prime Music, Fire TV and Kindle Unlimited. The loss of the second quarter is $126,000,000.00. Amazon also expects a loss of anywhere between $410 million to $810 million in the third quarter although they are expecting growth in revenue of 15 to 26 percent.

Amazon is known for its willingness to take losses to invest in new types of products and services. This quarter was no exception. The company released two hardware devices this quarter, the Fire TV andFire Phone, and also launched two new services, Prime Music for its subscription program and Kindle Unlimited. The strain of so many new initiatives is showing.

Source: CNET

All Part of the Matrix

It's pretty amazing how connected everything is in this world and while it's no miracle that you can have Twitter post to Facebook for your thanks to the API. There is a service called IFTTT that takes this to a whole new level. Although (If This Then That) isn't all that new, they are now integrated with a ton of products and services - including Square. That's right, you can set up your IFTTT account so that when someone pays you, the lights in your house blink (as well as a ton of other IFTTT related things). It's nifty, but a little scary how much technology we are connecting to Skynet.

You could, for example:
  • Get a text alert everytime a transaction over X is made
  • Hook it into Evernote to keep an automatic running list of refunds of X value
  • Post a message of congratulations on Yammer when a big sale clears
  • Add all new payments to a row on a Google Docs spreadsheet


Source: TechCrunch

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