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GameStop to Buy Geeknet (Think Geek)

There was a lot of speculation that Hot Topic was in the running to acquire ThinkGeek and it's parent subsidiary Geeknet, Inc. The actual buyer was actually GameStop. This is interesting as GameStop has been struggling to stay relevant in the world of DLC. Maybe this will help them keep their brick-and-mortar stores open, but this could actually be the end of ThinkGeek. Hopefully both survive and thrive.

Paul Raines, chief executive officer of GameStop, stated, “This acquisition creates value to all stakeholders involved. The addition of Geeknet is an important expansion of our global multi channel platform and we are excited to leverage their product development expertise to broaden our product offering in the fast-growing collectibles category and deepen relationships with our existing customer base.”

Source: GameStop

Photo Storage is All About Trust

Last week, Google launched a new photo service that builds off their pre-existing Google+ Photos but dropping the Google+ requirement. They also will give you unlimited "large file" storage of all your files - forever - for free (or so they claim). The big thing though is that committing your memories to anyone requires trust. Google is in a battle against OneDrive primarily, but there are others in the running as well. The big question is: "Who do you trust?" or maybe "Who do you not trust the least?".

It's a serious effort, and Google deserves credit for it — but it hasn’t convinced everyone. After the announcement, The Verge's own Thomas Ricker was still unsure, in part because Google looks through every image you upload as part of its automatic scan, which is necessary to categorize the photos by content. There’s no way to opt out: it's central to the way Photos approaches organization, and the service doesn't make sense without it. At the same time, if you're using Photos to keep track of legal documents or more sensitive pictures, it's easy to see why that might make you nervous.

Source: TheVerge

Steam Refunds

Normally software in non-refundable. Games are usually final sale, but our beloved Steam is changing that. At this point, Steam is working on refunds that apply to DLC, In-Game Purchases, Pre-Purchased items, Steam Wallet and Bundles. Pretty much everything you buy on Steam will now be eligible for a refund for almost any reason. Hopefully this isn't abused, but if it stays as it is, it will really make companies step up their game provide quality content - or it will be returned. Good on Steam!

It doesn't matter. Valve will, upon request via help.steampowered.com, issue a refund for any reason, if the request is made within fourteen days of purchase, and the title has been played for less than two hours. There are more details below, but even if you fall outside of the refund rules we’ve described, you can ask for a refund anyway and we’ll take a look.

Source: SteamPowered

LG Display's a Roll-Up Screen

LG is doing some pretty impressive things in the display market. The company has recently showcased some new OLED TVs that is touted as "wallpaper". These are really the future and as I said a couple of years ago this was coming. What I didn't expect though is that LG could be bringing this to the market first. Interesting stuff what is coming down the pipe in the very near future.

OLED is widely believed to be the next big thing in displays. The technology adds an organic compound layer that allows not only for exceedingly thin screens, but for those displays to be curved, rolled and bent. The organic material also emits its own light, eliminating the need for a backlight. That allows for thin screens and has made OLED a desirable choice not only for televisions, but for a wide range of wearables and other mobile products.

Source: CNET

Android App Pick - Bitmoji - Your Avatar Emoji

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we get personal with our emoji's and avatars. Bitmoji is a creation from the creators of Bitstrips and this app lets you be the emoji and avatar. That's right, you - are the emotion. It's actually pretty fun so make sure you check it out and you'll see why we picked it this week!



WTU Episode #314 - Windows 10 Rollout

We have just posted up Episode #314 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Apple's new "features" that aren't features, everybody wants a piece of Blackberry Pie and here comes Windows 10. Check out those stories and more at the links below.


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Windows 10 Upgrade Matrix

There is a lot of excitement about the upcoming 'free' Windows 10 rollout and what version you are going to get for free. At this point, if you have to purchase a full license (if you're not eligible for a free upgrade), it will set you back $119 for Windows 10 Home and $199 for Windows 10 Pro. It is no surprise that if you are running a "Non-Pro" version of Windows 7 or 8, you'll get Windows 10 Home. If you're running Windows 7/8 Pro or better, you'll get Windows 10 Pro. It's not rocket science, but I'm sure there will be Home users that are mad they don't get the new Pro version.


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Source: Neowin

Netflix to Get Ads Soon?

It appears that Netflix is starting to play some pre-roll ads on their site and while my initial reaction is a resounding NOOOO, I get it - sort of. While they require a paid subscription, over 36% of all internet traffic is Netflix and their storage and bandwidth bills have to pretty expensive. Upon further digging, it appears that they won't play "any third-party" ads and everything that you'll be spoonfed will be additional content from their site. It will be like a video version of the "Because you Watched..." with movie and show trailers. It's not all bad, but hopefully they allow you to skip ahead.

Since last week I've been testing the Intel Compute Stick, the quad-core Atom Z3735F Atom powered PC that's a little bigger than the size of an HDMI connector. In this article are some benchmarks of this $150 quad-core + 32GB eMMC + 2GB RAM tiny computer in a variety of benchmarks comparing it to other low-power x86 and ARMv7 hardware.

Source: CordCutterNews

Intel Compute Stick on Linux

The alternative OS guys have taken the Intel Compute Stick and jacked Ubuntu Linux on it for a run through the performance numbers. This little Quad-Core Atom box is not much bigger than a Chromecast (yes, it's bigger, but not much), and offers up 2GB of RAM in addition to 32GB of storage. The beauty of this little box is that it is x86 and comes with all the wireless radios you need to set up a fantastic streaming box.

Since last week I've been testing the Intel Compute Stick, the quad-core Atom Z3735F Atom powered PC that's a little bigger than the size of an HDMI connector. In this article are some benchmarks of this $150 quad-core + 32GB eMMC + 2GB RAM tiny computer in a variety of benchmarks comparing it to other low-power x86 and ARMv7 hardware.

Source: Phoronix

Nintendo's Next Console = Android Powered

If you believe everything you read on the internet, you'll soon find out that Google's Android OS may be powering the next Nintendo Console. I'm not sure I like that idea, but I guess the code base is there and new Android games are pretty impressive - and well, pretty. Gone are the days of the OUYA and the blocky 8-bit graphics that we left behind when our SEGA Genesis finally died. Still, I'm not sure that Nintendo is making the right move here.

We now might know a little more if, this rumor is true. An insider tells Nikkei that the NX’s “operating system is loaded with Android.” The same insider continued, “This would be able to speed up getting all game developers on board.” It would also mean that development could be expanded to smartphones, tablets, and other devices, this insider added.

Source: Kotaku

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