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Netflix Finally Lands on Linux

It's true. Netflix has finally arrived for Linux users. If you're currently using Linux exclusively you'll now be able to stream your favorite B-List movie from Netflix thanks to the HTML5. That's right. Finally. Both of you are welcome.

Now, with Silverlight fading, and Netflix embracing the power of HTML5, your wish of watching flicks in your favorite distro (be it Ubuntu, Mint or Arch) may finally come true. Paul Adolph from Netflix posted a message to Ubuntu developers, telling them that, "Netflix will play with Chrome stable in 14.02 if NSS version 3.16.2 or greater is installed."


Source: Engadget

Woz likes the iPhone 6

Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) has always been good for a sound byte and Android fans have always enjoyed him talking about his love of Android devices. Unfortunately those days may be over as Woz has said he has ditched Android in favor of the new iPhone 6. CNET has the details.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is one of the most likable guys in tech -- but that doesn't mean he always likes everything. That Ashton Kutcher Steve Jobs biopic? Woz said it got a lot wrong. Wearables? Woz says they're a hard sell. But Woz sure likes Apple's new iPhone 6, so much so that he's ditching Android, Google's mobile operating system he's grown fond of.

iPhone 6 Plus Teardown

I'm the kind of person who wants to see what's on the inside of things and luckily with the iPhone 6 Plus we didn't have to wait long for someone to tear one apart so we could take a peek inside. Most everything is pretty standard and what everyone expected, other than only 1GB of RAM could be found inside (Apple doesn't disclose how much memory they include in their phones). Head on over to iFixit for some great pictures of whats inside your iPhone 6 Plus.

Over the years, we've seen the iPhone evolve—and grow. It began as just the iPhone. Soon it learned how to 3G, it gained an S (it would lose and gain this every other year), and it even learned to read fingerprints. Years of hard work and dedication have made the iPhone into what it is today, the iPhone 6 Plus. Join us live as we explore this gargantuan iPhone 6 Plus.

Amazon launches new products

Most companies release one product at a time to tease customers, however, Amazon has done the opposite and released 6 new tablets and e-readers in the same day. Amazon is launching a new $99 Fire HD 6 low-end tablet, refreshing their $139 7-inch Fire HD tablet, showing off a new 8.9-inch Fire HDX tablet, announcing a "kids" version of their Fire tablets, and then to top it all off announced 2 new e-book readers. I guess if nothing else Amazon is going to save money on press conferences by doing all of their announcements in one day. FastCompany has the details on all of Amazon's new products.

Amazon's consumer-electronics business has sometimes felt like a sideline--something the company did to supplement its real business of selling physical and virtual goods created by others. But it's time to rethink that. For one thing in 2014, with the Fire TV streaming-video box and Fire Phone, the company entered two new product categories.

And today, in its biggest announcement ever in terms of sheer volume, it's revealing an array of new models in two areas it's already in, tablets and e-readers. The company is taking pre-orders for these new products now, but doesn't plan to ship any of them until October. (Maybe, just maybe, it's announcing them now to get a head start on any iPads which Apple might be getting ready to unveil in the coming weeks.)

Microsoft buys Minecraft

Microsoft has officially dropped $2.5 Billion bucks and acquired Mojang, the makers of Minecraft. This deal had been rumored for a while but with a price tag that high I personally thought it probably wouldn't happen, looks like I couldn't have been more wrong. PCWorld has the full story.

It’s not really clear why Microsoft spent $2.5 billion on Mojang and Minecraft, a game most kids own already. But Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has given his own explanation: to get kids involved with math and science.

Yes, Microsoft sees Minecraft as a learning tool. Appearing at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Monday—because, what better way to address investor concerns than at a local Seattle luncheon?—Nadella was asked why Microsoft spent all that money. That’s 13.5 times the amount that Zynga paid for Draw Something, if you’re keeping score.

New Micron M600 SSD Offers 16nm NAND

If you are looking to buy a new SSD, you may want to wait just a few more days until the Micron M600 drives hit the store shelves. These are based on a new 16nm process and offer great features and performance that includes Dynamic Write Acceleration. These new drives will come in 2.5-inch, mSATA and M.2 platforms. It will be interesting to see how this write acceleration performs in the real world. In theory, it looks impressive.

According to Micron, accelerating writes in this fashion can lead to dramatic improvements in total power consumption because, while the drive consumes slightly more power in some cases, it still slashes the amount of time required to perform the write. There are a few caveats with Dynamic Write Acceleration. It cannot accelerate sustained random write workloads indefinitely -- eventually the drive will begin performing garbage collection, and write acceleration doesn't function when it's taking out the trash. 

Source: HotHardware

Round 2 of Microsoft Layoffs

While laying off employees is never a good thing for those that are unemployed, Microsoft really needed to do something to slim down it's bloated profile and company. Round two of layoffs are coming September 18, and there is another big Nokia-laden round coming. Out of the 18,000 jobs Microsoft has slated to cut, 12,500 of these were from the Nokia acquisition. Now is NOT a good time to be working for Nokia.

I am not sure how many will be cut in this week's round, which I've heard will be announced internally this Thursday, September 18. But I do hear that the second round of cuts will span across almost every group at the company. I've also heard there still will be more cuts happening as part of the original 18,000 total at further dates in the future. CEO Satya Nadella told employees back in July that the "vast majority" of the 18,000 cuts would happen over a six month period (July 2014 to January 2015).

Source: ZDNet

Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal is Here

Here's another one from the Sci-Fi file. Remember back when Terminator movies were putting the fear of technology in our hearts and the most scary thing of all was the liquid metal Terminator? Yeah, Metal can do that now. Great. Just great.


iOS 8 Review

While the big news is that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are almost available, the OS that powers these new devices has almost slipped under the radar. If you are wondering what all the fuss is about, there is a full review that highlights a bunch of new features of this OS and you may already be familiar with some of them if you are currently using an Android device. That's right, some of these are long overdue - but worth the wait apparently.

As usual, there are some devices that will iOS 8, but won't enjoy the full feature list. The new Health app, for example, will only come to the iPhones (4s and later) and fifth-gen iPod touch. Meaning, no iPad support. Additionally, the Continuity feature, which makes it possible to hand off content from mobile to desktop (and vice versa), is only available to the iPhone 5 and later, latest iPod touch, fourth-gen iPad and later and both iPad minis.

Source: Engadget

WTU Episode #280 - iPhone 6: Innovating Like It's 2012

We have just posted up Episode #280 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the iPhone 6 is Apple’s big thing that is actually bigger, Microsoft pays the NFL to use Surface Tablets that keep getting called iPads, if you need 26,000 hours of video storage - TiVo can help. We have those stories and more and the links below!


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