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Google launches Project Fi

It's finally official, Google has launched their very own cell phone service and are calling it Project Fi. Project Fi is only available for Nexus 6 owners in the United States but I think it would be safe to assume more people will be eligible in the future. Right now you have to apply to be part of the early access program, but chances are good that Google will be opening this program up to more users in the near future.

Here is the deal:

Our plan starts with the Fi Basics for $20 per month. This includes:

  • Unlimited domestic talk and text

  • Unlimited international texts

  • Low-cost international calls

  • Wi-Fi tethering

  • Coverage in 120+ countries

Then it's $10 per GB for data. $10 for 1GB, $20 for 2GB, $30 for 3GB and so on. That's it. With no annual contract required.

The one interesting thing about Google's plan is that if you pay for 3GB of data and only use 1GB you will receive a credit for unused data. Issuing a refund for unused data could put some pressure on the competition who either make you lose unused data or if they are generous let you carry it over to the next month (up to a certain limit).

Overall I'd say the prices are pretty competitive, especially if you aren't using a ton of data. You can find out more over at Google's Project Fi website.

WTU Episode #309 - Netflix is Bigger than CBS

We have just posted up Episode #309 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we discuss that Netflix is now bigger than CBS, OnePlus says goodbye to invites and ASUS sells 500 Million Motherboards (enough to go around the world three times). We have those stories and more so check it out!

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Apple's Definition of 'Fixed' is Different Than Security Researcher

Sometimes computer repair is a lot like taking your car to a mechanic. While the mechanic says that the problem is fixed, you know very well that your brakes still don't work. The same is true with Apple this week as they claimed that they fixed a major OSX security issue, but research shows that it's still as broken as it was a few weeks ago. If you have an Apple product, for the love of all that's holy, get some security software. The days are past when Apple was secure.

According to a recent finding by an independent researcher, the company from Cupertino failed to fix the problem. Objective-See, a website that provides tools to prevent OS X malware, reports that the backdoor security flaw, known as "RootPipe," can still be exploited.

Source: Engadget

Samsung to Build Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820

Samsung is pretty big. I mean really big. They have been contracted to build processors for Apple devices and in fact make their own processors for TVs, mobile phones, tablets and Chromebooks. After some issues with the Snapdragon 810 and over-heating (at the very least running really, really hot) issues, Qualcomm has opted to go with Samsung as the semiconductor manufacturer for the Snapdragon 820. It's interesting that they had to talk to the competition to build a chip for them. I'm sure Samsung is making a fair bit of money by agreeing to make the competitor's product.

The giant processor company has traditionally employed Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) to manufacture its chips, which power a large number of our smartphones and tablets. However, according to a report from Re/code, Qualcomm will be switching suppliers and partnering with Samsung for its next batch of high-end SOCs.

Source: Neowin

World's Largest USB Drive

The video below shows off the world's largest USB drive. We're not talking Gigabytes or Terabytes here. We're talking Megabytes. The thing is huge though and is basically an over-sized mechanical hard disk drive that can now be run over a USB interface. It's much larger than the computer it sits beside and holds an amazing 10MB.

 

Google To Launch Wireless Service Soon

Google has been rumored to be getting their own wireless service ready for a while and according to sources, it could launch as early as today. This service will actually be running on top of the Sprint and T-Mobile networks and only work with the Nexus 6 at first. The idea is that the phone can switch between Google and the parent carrier's network seemlessly and give you the best performance and bang for your buck. It will be interesting to see how this shakes down.

Like Google Fiber, Mountain View's foray into high-speed broadband, the wireless service won't be a mainstream offering - at least at first.  "We don't intend to be a carrier at scale," Google senior VP Sundar Pichai said at Mobile World Congress last month. "I think we're at the stage where we need to think of hardware, software, and connectivity together. We want to break down the barriers on how connectivity works."

Source: TheVerge

GameStop to Offer Classic Consoles

GameStop has bet big on the old-school classic consoles. They are once again taking old classic consoles in on trade, making sure they work well and then putting them up for sale - with warranty. If you have been on the hunt for a SNES, you may not have to go any farther than your New York State GameStop. This isn't country or chain-wide - but only for NYC and Birmingham.
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The systems and accessories that you will be able to trade-in and purchase include the NES, Super NES, SEGA Genesis, PlayStation, N64, and SEGA Dreamcast. This will increase the number of games GameStop offers either for sale or to purchase by "about 5000."

Source: IGN

OnePlus One Is Now Open to All - Forever

After what seems like forever, OnePlus has finally opened up the sales on their One phone forever. There will be no more invites, hoops or other requirements - other than to have your wallet handy. While the device seems pretty solid, it's a little longer in the tooth that many other current flagship devices and as such, isn't in a high demand. Hopefully, OnePlus has learned a few things with this project and the Two will be easier to get ahold of.

This week marks a very special anniversary for OnePlus. Exactly one year ago this Thursday, April 23rd, we announced the OnePlus One to the world. Since then, we’ve been travelling down an exciting road; one with a few bumps, yes, but also one that has ultimately led to amazing things. We look at the OnePlus One and the community that has grown around it, and we feel proud.

Source: OnePlus

Norway Kills FM Radio

If you're a fan of FM Radio, you may want to consider moving - if you live in Norway. In 2017, FM Radio will be killed in their country and replaced with "DAB" and Digital Radio. They claim that Radio is here to stay, but frequency modulation is so analog. This is the first country to give it a try - and with such a small country, it may work. Countries like Canada that are spread over a 6,900km drive from coast to coast are a different beast.

Thursday, the Ministry of Culture announced a national FM-switch off, to complete the transition to digital radio. Norway is making an historical move into a new radio era, being the first country in the world to decide upon an analogue switch-off for all major radio channels. 

Source: Radio.no

App Pick #181 - Cubis

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we have a lot of fun with Cubis! This is a great puzzle-game that takes me back about 10-15 years and it's pretty fantastic. If you have an Android device, this could be the game you've been waiting for. Check it out and see why it's our App Pick of the Week!

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