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Netflix additions (and subtractions)

If you are a Netflix subscriber and would like a list of movies and shows that you can look forward to having added to the Netflix service in December then you are going to want to bookmark this link over at the Hollywood Reporter. With a bunch of new additions there are a few subtractions that will be happening December 1st.

Holiday season is here and with it comes a new batch of movies and television shows on Netflix that can help you escape enjoy time with your family. However, Netflix giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other, so in addition to the list of movies and TV series coming to the streaming service in December, there's also a list of content that will be removed from the lineup on Dec. 1. 

Amazon drops price on Fire Phone

When Amazon originally launched the Fire Phone it wasn't met with a whole lot of enthusiasm due to a high price tag (as much as $649). Amazon has since dropped the price but it now slashing prices even more and is now offering their 32GB version of the Amazon Fire Phone (unlocked) for $199. At this price the Amazon Fire Phone is a very viable choice if you are looking for an unlocked smartphone. The Wall Street Journal has more.

Amazon is slashing the price of its Fire phone by $250, offering an unlocked version of the device for $199, mirroring a typical starter price for competitors’ higher-end phones that are locked into two-year service contracts with wireless carriers.

Global tablet market slowing down

The IDC is reporting that the tablet market is slowing down, which probably won't come as too much of a surprise as most people aren't upgrading their tablets as often as they used to (or as often as their smartphones). The tablet market grew 52.5% in 2013 but will only see a 7.2% increase this year. These numbers aren't terrible as the market is still growing, but there are now literally hundreds of different tablet options which makes it tougher for companies to make a profit. Much like the smartphone market, Android is leading (67.7% market share) and Apple is 2nd (27.5% market share). Android saw a 16% growth rate this year while Apple saw a 12.7% decrease. Thanks to the "slower" sales you should be able to find some pretty good deals on tablets during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I know my inbox is already full of tablet offers. Gigaom has more.

It’s been clear for a while that iPads and other tablets follow a much longer upgrade cycle than smartphones. A new report from IDC backs up this anecdotal trend with sales estimates. According to the report, the worldwide tablet market will only grow 7.2 percent this year, a huge drop from the 52.5 percent growth it saw in 2013.

Less TV's and Smartphones, More PlayStations - Sony's New Plan

Sony has unveiled their new plan to stop losing money this week. Basically in a "not surprising at all" announcement Sony has said they are going to quit trying to compete in the smartphone and TV markets like they have in the past and focus on profitable areas like the PlayStation division. This plan isn't too surprising as most smartphone and TV makers aren't doing as well as they once were and thanks to the blockbuster profits in the PlayStation division the plan is really a no-brainer. Sony has been known for making good TV's and smartphones but the extreme amount of competition has made it pretty tough for anyone to make much money and Sony isn't the first (or last) to take a step back. Engadget has more details over here.

Sony may know how to build great gadgets, but convincing people to part with money in exchange for them has turned out to be nearly impossible. In the outfit's most recent financial results, its faltering mobile division was single-handedly responsible for wiping out the blockbuster profits earned by the PlayStation 4. At a recent investor conference, however, executive Hiroki Totoki told the audience that the company has a new three-year plan designed to staunch these losses. In fact, the plan can be summed up pretty simply as "make a lot fewer TVs and smartphones."

The end of G4TV

The end has finally arrived for G4TV as it enters its final days and will sign off for good November 30th. G4TV has been operating since 2002 when it replaced TechTV. A few months back it was announced that G4TV would be replaced but at the last minute NBC changed their minds and let G4TV survive a few more months but the new November 30th date is now the end (which isn't surprising since there has been no new content for months on G4TV). If you are a fan of technology chances are good you've watched G4TV or TechTV at some point and the channel has produced some very recognizable names in the technology world. The Inquisitr has more on the soon to be extinct G4TV.

G4TV has finally been canceled after a long, drawn-out, and somewhat painful death. NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group released a statement to the remaining cable providers still offering the network that it will be pulled on November 30.

According to IGN, NBCUniversal had ceased investments on G4TV after a 2013 rebrand deal fell through. G4TV canceled creation of the shows that it became famous for, including Attack of the Show, X-Play, and Cheat. Instead, for the past year, G4TV has aired reruns of other geeky shows such as Lost and Heroes. The G4TV website, primarily dedicated to online games, is now directing their traffic to Syfy Games.

WTU Episode #290 - Xbox One Catches Up, Winner is Nintendo

We have just posted up Episode #290 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Xbox One sales are catching up, Google pushes Chromebooks with lots of storage and all top apps have been hacked. We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Jumpy About the Future

We can all admit that the attention span of the average human being isn’t that great these days. We can also agree that kids’ attention span is even shorter. That fact makes it hard to market kid based electronics, but Joyray wants to change that with their open source smartwatch for kids. This device is called Jumpy and has a lot of things that developers can tweak to keep the interest of the kids.

A Taipei-based hardware startup called JoyRay wants to create a smartwatch for kids that won’t end up abandoned like the Velveteen Rabbit. Founder and CEO Jerry Chang, who was division head of Foxconn’s smartphone business before leaving last December, believes the key to creating a kids’ smartwatch with enduring appeal is to provide an open SDK and release new apps by JoyRay and third-party developers every month.

Source: TechCrunch

Undetected Malware

A lot of us are familiar with certain malware threats. So far internet security has been pretty good with keeping up with them, but there is one that slipped under the radar since 2008. This malware is called Regin and is basically designed to collect data and intelligence on people and companies, and was recently discovered by Symantec. This malware is a sophisticated thing so this once again reminds us to be careful on the web.

Regin is a highly-complex threat which has been used in systematic data collection or intelligence gathering campaigns. The development and operation of this malware would have required a significant investment of time and resources, indicating that a nation state is responsible. Its design makes it highly suited for persistent, long term surveillance operations against targets.

Source: Symantec

Bumbling Tinder

After sueing Tinder for sexual harassment, Whitney Wolfe and two other early employees of the company have gone together to create a direct competitor to the social discovery app. This app is call Bumble, and is a tad bit more in depth than it’s counterpart. Bumble says on their Facebook page that,”Bumble promotes a safe and respectful community. You'll never get unwanted messages and Bumble suggests matches based on more relevant signals than other, more shallow apps.”.But only time will tell if Tinder will burn up or if Bumble will bee no more.

Whitney Wolfe, an early employee at Tinder who sued the company for sexual harassment and workplace discrimination, has joined up with two other early Tinder employees, Chris Gulczynski and his partner Sarah Mick (cofounders of YayNext), to launch a direct competitor to Tinder called Bumble, sources tell TechCrunch.

Source: TechCrunch

Money Goes Up in Steam

Good news Steam users with extra money! (Not good news if you're trying to save money)... The fall Steam sale is coming this week! The news is not actually coming from Valve, but from Paypal as they are ramping up for a lot more transactions. The sale is set to run until December 1st. Get out your wallet and game!

It looks like the Steam Fall sale is kicking off this Wednesday, November 26, which is either the best or worst news depending on how much money you have in your wallet. Valve hasn't made an official announcement, but an email from PayPal (via VG247) encouraged customers to stock up on Steam Wallet codes from the PayPal Digital Gift store, saying the Steam Fall Sale will run from November 26 to December 1.
Source: GameSpot

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