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No Xbox One.Point.Five

There are rumors that the PlayStation could be getting an update that would make it a PS4.5, and we wondered in something would be coming from Microsoft in order to fill in the gap between now and next generation. According to Phil Spencer, Microsoft is not about "half" projects. If they are moving forward, they are doing so with big numbers and making a much better product right away. Of course he won't confirm or deny that they are trying to push out an Xbox Two anytime soon.

"I'm not a big fan of Xbox One and a half. If we're going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers," Spencer clarified that he doesn't have any inside knowledge about PlayStation's plans or the rumors currently circulating, but he added, "For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it's reliable, the servers are doing well. If we’re going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people--an upgrade."

Source: GameSpot

Apple Turns 40

Apple has just turned 40 and there are more than a few products that actually help shape the modern computing world. Some of the favorites are the Apple II, the Mac Classic, the super nifty iMac G4, the iPod as well as some software that has pushed other companies to do better. I don't have a crush on Apple as do some, but they do deserve some credit for pushing design and not settling for cruddy products. It's what makes the world better - competition.

What I was able to do on that first Mac, and on so many Macs afterwards, was create: first in Kid Pix, then in Microsoft Word 5 (still the best version of Word to ever exist), then in PageMaker and Photoshop and Garageband and Pro Tools, and ultimately on the web. That Apple logo was a siren call for people who saw computers as something more than a business tool or a productivity device — Apple’s fiercely devoted customers and fans became a community, a fanbase devoted to the idea that computers could make culture.

Source: TheVerge

Oculus Rift ToS is Super Sketchy

If you expected things from Oculus to be awesome, you may want to really read the Terms of Service agreement before you sign you life away. Keep in mind that Oculus is now a Facebook property, so we probably shouldn't expect anything really decent. Still, all open source projects you create with your Rift become property of Oculus - and you have no rights to what you create at all. None. Also, they listen, watch, read and snoop on you when the device is powered on. No big deal.

By submitting User Content through the Services, you grant Oculus a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual (i.e. lasting forever), non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free and fully sublicensable (i.e. we can grant this right to others) right to use, copy, display, store, adapt, publicly perform and distribute such User Content in connection with the Services.

Source: Gizmodo

April Fools Jokes

Every year on April Fools companies try to come up with creative and sometimes funny ways to get a little bit of free publicity with crazy products and promotions. Rather than try to list them all I'll just link to TheNextWeb for their list of some of the best April Fools jokes found online for 2016.

From self-driving bicycles and RV's to Google's sock search, you should be able to find something to amuse yourself instead of doing work on a Friday.

April Fools joke goes wrong for Gmail

Most April Fools jokes anymore are pretty harmless and pretty easy to figure out, however, Google and the Gmail team got in a little hot water today thanks to their 'Mic Drop' feature. Basically they added a button on Gmail for today only that attaches a GIF of a minion performing the ever-popular mic drop. 
 


 

Harmless? For most it probably was, unfortunately some people not knowing what the feature was started sending out business and other email where a mic-dropping minion probably wasn't in good taste unknowingly. Business Insider has more on the mic-drop feature (which was dropped after a mere 12 hours).

Samsung Galaxy LTD

Retro products are the new rage so Samsung is jumping in with their new, yet old looking, Samsung Galaxy LTD phone. The Galaxy LTD doesn't sell you a bunch of features you won't use, you get the basics and thats about it.

Head on over to Samsung's website for all the details and to pre-order your very own Galaxy LTD.

Microsoft eyeing Yahoo again?

It has been rumored for quite some time that Yahoo might be looking to sell off some of their "core internet business" properties. Apparently Microsoft has been sniffing around and might be looking to make a bid. Microsoft tried back in 2008 to buy Yahoo for $48 billion (which was turned down by Yahoo). This time around if Microsoft is serious it could cost them a bit less than their 2008 offer as Yahoo is valued at approximately $33 billion now. Right now everything is still just rumors, but the Microsoft/Yahoo rumors keep coming up again and again which makes me think that there might be something there. Investor Place has more on this story.

According to reports, Microsoft Corporation has been in discussion with private equity companies who may assist them in a possible purchase of Yahoo! Inc. Reuters cites a source familiar with the situation who claims that executives at Microsoft have been meeting with potential Yahoo investors. Both MSFT and YHOO stocks finished up in late Tuesday trading, with YHOO ahead over 3% and MSFT up 2% on a strong day for markets in general.

Apple vs. FBI: Round 2

For those following the Apple vs. FBI saga, round 1 featured the FBI asking Apple to unlock an iPhone and give them access, Apple declined.

Fast forward a month or two and a bunch of legal fees, the FBI figured out how to unlock the phone and dropped their request to Apple.

Now the shoe is on the other foot as Apple is asking the FBI to show them how they hacked the iPhone, unsurprisingly the FBI has declined. 

If I had to guess I don't think we've heard the last on this. Reuters has all the details on round two of the Apple vs. FBI saga.

The FBI may be allowed to withhold information about how it broke into an iPhone belonging to a gunman in the December San Bernardino shootings, despite a U.S. government policy of disclosing technology security flaws discovered by federal agencies.

Under the U.S. vulnerabilities equities process, the government is supposed to err in favor of disclosing security issues so companies can devise fixes to protect data. The policy has exceptions for law enforcement, and there are no hard rules about when and how it must be applied.

Apple Inc has said it would like the government to share how it cracked the iPhone security protections. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has been frustrated by its inability to access data on encrypted phones belonging to criminal suspects, might prefer to keep secret the technique it used to gain access to gunman Syed Farook's phone.

Windows 10 hits 270 million users

Microsoft has announced that 8 months after officially releasing Windows 10, they've hit 270 million users. The numbers are pretty impressive (even though most people got the upgrade for free) especially when compared to Windows 8. Microsoft is already planning on celebrating with an anniversary upgrade coming this summer. Reuters has the full story.

The latest version of Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system has 270 million active users eight months after launch, the world's largest software company said on Wednesday.

The number, announced by executive Terry Myerson at Microsoft's annual gathering for developers in San Francisco, represents a solid start for Windows 10 after the tepid reaction to its predecessor, Windows 8.

Getting its Windows strategy right is a key part of Microsoft's plans to stay relevant in a mobile-centric world where rivals like Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google carry more clout with many consumers and developers.

WTU Episode #351 - Can Intel & AMD Be Friends?

We have just posted up Episode #351 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Netflix is shrinking, Red Hat Linux is growing and we ask the question, ‘can Intel and AMD be friends?’ Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.

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