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Facebook's Mood Swings

Facebook has had a lot of concerns directed their way in terms of privacy, and it shouldn't be a surprise that there is yet another one. This social media giant is under investigation by the Information Commissioners Office in the UK. The cause of this new development is a psychological experiment that influenced the content that showed on peoples feeds.

A company researcher apologized on June 29 for a test in January 2012 that altered the number of positive and negative comments that almost 700,000 users saw on their online feeds of articles and photos. Disclosure of the experiment prompted some members to express outrage on Twitter about the research as a breach of privacy. The U.K. data regulator’s probe of the social network was reported earlier by the Financial Times.

Source: Bloomberg

The OUYA has M.O.J.O.

Mad Catz's gaming platform the M.O.J.O, is a Tegra 4 box that runs Android and has recently received an update. “What is this update?” you ask. In addition to support for 4K UHD resolution, it now includes OUYA as an App! This is yet another reason why we won't see an OUYA 2 and why it as a platform is dead and gone.

M.O.J.O. owners now have instant access to the OUYA app. OUYA has hundreds of incredible games which are configured to work perfectly with M.O.J.O.’s C.T.R.L.R gamepad.  Many OUYA games are award-winning exclusives which you can’t buy anywhere else!

Source: Madcatz

WTU Episode #269 - Google and Verizon 'Breaking Hearts All Over Town'

We have just posted up Episode #269 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Microsoft ditching the Surface, Google launches nothing at I/O and Verizon breaks hearts and promises.We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Android L vs Android 4.4.4 Kitkat

In the video, Android L’s UI changes become apparent when contrasted against Android Kit Kat. Some of the 100 screenshots included in the video compare the calendar, gallery, maps, contacts and others. The differences are stark.


Over 10,000,000 Reason To Play Video Games

Valve is giving gamers over 10 Million reasons to play video games and each of those reasons is actually a dollar. That's right, at this point there is a $10,142,695 purse awaiting winners of DOTA 2. Valve is hosting a huge tournament where they've crowdfunded prize money and for every Compendium (in-game pack) that you purchase for the tournament, they raise the pot by $2.50.

Contribute to The International's overall prize pool while receiving special rewards. The International Compendium is a virtual booklet that contains dozens of ways to interact with the year’s biggest Dota 2 tournament. This year, you’ll earn even more rewards as you level up your Compendium by watching games, collecting player cards, making tournament predictions and more. It’s the next-best thing to being there.

Source: DOTA2

Android Wear is Better Than You Think

Android Wear and other Smart Watches have been called "Slave Jewelry" by some and I can see their point. That being said, Mike Elgan thinks a little differently. According to him, Android Wear is the turning point that is way better than you think it is when viewing it from an outside souce. He compares it to Windows Tablet's from 5 years ago to an Apple iPad. It's a lot better experience that you may first think. That being said, I do want a timepiece that lasts - and I agree with Jason Schneider who says that you'll get 16-18 months tops out of one of these devices.

The voice feature deserves special attention here. I’ve found it to be noticeably faster and more accurate than the same feature on my Moto X phone. There are other differences. On Android Wear, the result comes in a condensed summary form in writing on the watch screen. On the Moto X, it’s typically a larger result, but with the summary spoken out loud.

Source: Datamation

Windows "Threshold" To Win Over Win7 Users

We found a little information lately that outlines Microsoft's marketing plan to win over Windows 7 users and get them to upgrade. While Windows 8.1 Update 1 was supposed to do this, it didn't bring back a real Start menu (the Start button doesn't count when it takes you to the same useless interface), the rumor is that Update 2 won't bring that feature either. In fact, Windows 9 (aka "Threshold") will be bringing a single SKU that has different options baked in. If you install it on a tablet, it will behave much differently that on a desktop. This is a good idea, but if Windows users have to wait another year for a usable desktop OS, they may just move a different direction and away from Microsoft.

Users running Threshold on a desktop/laptop will get a SKU, or version, that puts the Windows Desktop (for running Win32/legacy apps) front and center. Two-in-one devices, like the Lenovo Yoga or Surface Pro, will support switching between the Metro-Style mode and the Windowed mode, based on whether or not keyboards are connected or disconnected.

Source: ZDNet

Android App Pick #142 - SwiftKey

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we get productive with SwiftKey. This is the best mobile keyboard on any platform and it's not absolutely free. Take a look and see all the ways you can customize it and how it adapts to your typing style, and then you'll understand why it's our App Pick of the Week!



MIcrosoft to Ditch Surface Brand

In a classic move to get a better brand image, it looks like Microsoft will be ditching the Surface brand for their phone line and going with "Nokia by Microsoft" instead. Their Surface Tablet line hasn't done all that well, so they want to capitalize on the Nokia brand which has been associated with quality for a long time. The thing is that no matter what you call a donkey, it's still a donkey.

Far more shocking is the claim that the company plans to ditch its Surface tablet brand completely, extending the Lumia brand to its own tablets instead. Nokia previously released a Lumia-branded tablet, the 2520, last year, but two brand in its tablet portfolio is one too many to efficiently manage, and the decision has apparently made to 'streamline' the range at the expense of the Surface brand.

Source: Neowin

Rare and Expensive Video Games

There are quite a few video games made in the past 20 years that weren't that popular and some that were wildly popular. It's interesting that some of these games - popular or not at the time - are now worth a bunch of money. One of the most expensive video games is "Birthday Mania" for the Atari 2600.

With only one verified copy in existence, "Birthday Mania" is one of the rarest games of all time. "Birthday Mania" allows players to play mini games consisting of popping balloons and blowing out candles. It also comes in a box that allows you to personalize it with a birthday message or name.

Source: BusinessInsider

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