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Apple Watch Activity Tracker Doesn't Work

One of the big features of the Apple Watch was the fitness and activity tracking that it offers and enables. Well, it doesn't work. In fact it is so reliable to be unreliable that it basically just annoys you and helps you check the time to see why your Watch is buzzing at you now. That's right - yet another "feature" that the distortion field will spin to make Apple sheep love it even more. Still, there are a growing number of people that are completely fed up with it.

The Apple Watch is supposed to track three things each day: how long you've exercised, how many calories you've burned, and how often you stood up. It's that last one that starts to get weird. The Watch challenges you to stand up at least once during 12 different hours in a single day. It sounds simple, but you'd be surprised at how lazy we all really are.

Source: TheVerge

How to Prep for Windows 10

Windows 10 is set to arrive later this week and there are a few things you can do to prepare your PC and make the upgrade seemless. As far as system specs, they are pretty lean: 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 20GB of disk space and DX9 capable graphics. There are a few things you can also do to prepare yourself for a disaster - of course backing up is always a good idea. Check out those ideas and a lot more information at the link below.

Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 come with a tool that lets you create a system image (a full backup of everything on your computer). Head to the Control Panel and select "Back up your computer" under the Systems and Security section. On the left choose to create a system image, pick the location you want to save it to (I chose my external storage drive).

Source: CNET

Frontback closes the doors

You may have heard of an App called Frontback that had the idea of taking pictures using both the front and back cameras on your smartphone at the exact same time. The reasoning behind this was that you could share your facial expressions using the back camera while you were taking pictures using the front. While this wasn't an App that was going to change the world, they did manage to secure almost $4 Million dollars in investment money which they've managed to burn through and have now announced they are closing the doors and stopping their service. I don't think many people will be attending the funeral for the Frontback App, I just am impressed that they burned $4 Million bucks trying to keep the App going... The Verge has the full story.

Frontback started with a great idea: why not make a photo app that takes a snap from your phone's front and back cameras at the same time? That way you can share what's happening and your reaction. But great ideas aren't enough, and despite attracting two million users over two years in operation, Frontback is shutting down. The app's goal was to "capture a moment," says founder Fredd della Faille in a blog post announcing the news. "This was a fresh idea and truly the heart of our vision, a concept that’s seeing massive adoption today. Unfortunately, Frontback is not the winner."

Apple's Got Cash

Apple has set a new record, they've now got more cash than any other company in the world, $202 Billion dollars. While Apple's stock and performance haven't been top notch lately, they probably don't care and are busy swimming in a vault of money. Google in comparison 'only' has $63 Billion dollars in cash on hand and has a long ways to go to catch Apple. Mashable has the details.

Apple has more cash on hand than any company currently in business, but Wall Street is still not impressed.

Apple shares plunged by as much as 10% in after hours trading Tuesday despite beating earnings and revenue estimates for the June quarter. Driving the decline: a worse-than-expected outlook for the upcoming quarter.

The technology giant answered questions about iPhone sales (down); growth in China (doubled) and sales of the Apple Watch (undisclosed).

Why the Amazon Fire Phone Flopped

A couple years ago Amazon started making rumors that they were going to make their very own smartphone and people got excited. People were excited until they saw the price tag (~$650) and then that excitement quickly disappeared as people were hoping that Amazon would be delivering a good phone at a reasonable price. Amazon has been struggling to move the Fire Phone for the past year and have tried to bundle it with other services and even lower the price a little but neither has been enough to get people excited again. The article over at CNET isn't so much of a breaking news story but more of a "of course it flopped" reminder.

There are times when being the first person with a new gadget will elicit cheers and envy -- like outside New York's Fifth Avenue Apple Store, surrounded by applauding salespeople, curious fans and gawking media.

Then there's buying the Amazon Fire Phone.

Spam emails are dropping

Probably the best news I've heard in a long time is that Spam e-mail levels have dropped to the lowest they've been since 2003. While the way people are spammed and the schemes they've come up with might have changed, at least the sheer volume has decreased which probably will make most people happy. There is still a long ways to go but this is progress. ZDNet has more on this story over here.

Spam email levels have dropped to a 12-year low, new data from security firm Symantec shows.

The overall spam email level has fallen below the 50 percent mark, putting spam levels on the same levels as they were in September 2003.

Levels dropped by 0.6 percentage points from May. By comparison, Kaspersky Lab said 59.2 percent of all email in the first quarter of this year was spam.

PayPal's Value Soars

Ebay purchased PayPal back in 2002 for $1.5 billion dollars and brought it under the Ebay banner. Fast forward 13 years and Ebay has decided that maybe letting PayPal function on its own and return to being a publicly traded company might be beneficial for everyone. PayPal was listed once again on the NASDAQ stock exchange and after a couple days of trading has seen its value soar up bringing PayPal's value up to $52 billion. Ebay's stock has dropped a bit since the split, but overall it looks like Ebay has probably made the right move and is benefiting financially from it. Reuters has more on this story.

PayPal Holdings Inc shares jumped as much as 11 percent in their highly anticipated return to the Nasdaq after more than a decade in eBay Inc's fold, valuing the digital payment processor at about $52 billion.

PayPal is a giant in the market it helped create - it processed 4 billion payments totaling about $235 billion in 2014. But the online payments landscape has changed drastically since the company was snapped up by eBay in 2002.

WTU Episode #321 - Nintendo Gives AMD the Nod

We have just posted up Episode #321 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Nintendo picks AMD, Netflix to increase prices and Microsoft talks about the end of Windows 10. Check out those stories and more at the links below.

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Xbox One Getting Keyboard & Mouse Support

This news comes with mixed emotions. It appears that Microsoft will be rolling out keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One. While the PC Gamer in me loves this idea, I also hate it at the same time. Back in the day, I could own anyone on their Xbox with the help of the XIM from BCCHardware's own JayMorrison. Now, the playing field is leveled out and I can't win Halo at VulcLAN anymore.

With Windows 10, Microsoft is making a concerted effort to unify their platforms. Universal apps, Xbox One to PC game streaming, Xbox 360 game streaming, Game DVR functionality, and a host of other features and tweaks to make the Windows experience more seamless across various devices. I've always seen the potential for PC to Xbox One streaming, but for that Microsoft would need to implement full keyboard and mouse support.

Source: HotHardware

More Reasons to Upgrade

Microsoft has launched a video series as they count down the days until launch. The latest reason highlights some of the features of the new "Edge" browser that will be replacing Internet Explorer. I like Edge - a lot. The video below shows you some of the reasons why.


If you need more reasons, check out the link below as CNET covers even more reasons. Oh, did I mention that it's free if you use Windows 7 or 8? Yeah. That's a big reason there.

Source: CNET


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