We have just posted up episode #299 of WeeklyTechUpdate and this time around we talk about how much Microsoft loves Pi. We also discuss that the PC is alive and well as people are starting to shy away from tablets, and finally we get down and dirty with coffee piracy.We have those stories and even more goodness below!
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WTU Episode #299 - Microsoft Loves Pi
Everything We Know about the Galaxy S6
Samsung has been teasing their upcoming Galaxy S6 for a few days and today they released some more information and a bit of a first look. Not only do we know that it has a curved edge - much like the Galaxy Note Edge, but the speculation is that the GS6 could have a curved screen on both edges. If you don't understand how useful that is, make sure to check out our Samsung CES 2015 coverage starting at 7:08.
Battlefield Hardline PC Beta and System Specs
Battlefield Hardline has now entered open beta and if you want to get an early look at this game, you can head over and grab it at the link below. This is a major change in game story for a Battlefield game and time will tell if it's just another FPS or if it has some different legs to stand on. Below are the system requirements before you get too excited.
- OS: WINDOWS 8 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
- CPU: INTEL QUAD-CORE CPU, AMD SIX-CORE CPU
- MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
- GRAPHICS CARD: AMD Radeon R9 290, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
- GRAPHICS MEMORY: 3 GB
- HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
- DIRECTX 11
- OS: WINDOWS VISTA SP2 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
- PROCESSOR: Athlon II/Phenom II 2.8 GHz, Intel Core i3/i5 2.4GHz
- MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
- GRAPHICS CARD: ATI Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)
- HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
- DIRECTX 11
HTC Raps Their Dominance
Samsung and Apple may dominate the smartphone market, but HTC is trying to "school" them with a rap that shows why HTC is actually better than the competition. While the rap makes valid points; it's terrible. Absolutely terrible. Check it out if you want, but you may want to cue up some funny cat videos for later.
App Pick of the Week - Minecraft Pocket Edition
We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we join the Minecraft mayhem with Minecraft Pocket Edition. While this app will set you back a few dollars, it's probably the least expensive version of Minecraft on the market and it's also the best. You can craft or mine anywhere - at any time. Take a look and see what makes it great!
Freedom Clip Frees You From Keurig's Tyranny
The Keurig K-Cup 2.0 is DRM protected and this is absolutely ridiculous. Keurig wants to collect all the fees from everyone paying licensing to put coffee in a little cup. The solution is to grab an older Keurig - or check out the Freedom Clip that clips to your machine and allows you to use whatever you want in your machine.
Source: Rogers Family Company
Tablet Sales Slipping
I thought tablets were supposed to be replacing PCs? In the past year tablet sales have slipped and PCs look like they will be around for a while longer. There was a time when people jumped on the tablet bandwagon - much like they did with netbooks, but in the end, a useful PC or laptop still gets more done for most people than any tablet can.
"The tablet market is still very top heavy in the sense that it relies mostly on Apple and Samsung to carry the market forward each year," said Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. "Although Apple expanded its iPad lineup by keeping around older models and offering a lower entry price point of $249, it still wasn't enough to spur iPad sales given the excitement around the launch of the new iPhones.
Robots to Park Your Cars
In Germany, robots are starting to park your cars. The good news is you will spend less money in tips while the bad news is that robots are now parking your getaway car.
I recommend using captions and having them translated to English - unless you speak German.
Source: Dusseldorf Airport
The Real Reason People Watch the Superbowl
Let's face it, the real reason many people tune into the Superbowl is so they can watch the commercials. With advertising costing millions for a 30 second spot, we do expect some pretty good commercials. There is a lot of effor put into these and while one of my favorites is the Mophie commercial (yes, the company that makes batteries for your iPhone), my pick goes to Clash of Clans - and not just cause I enjoy the game.
At the link below, click on an advertiser to see their commercial.
Source: Super Bowl Commercials 2015
Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi 2 = Free
The Raspberry Pi project is an incredible undertaking that brings ARM v6 processing to everyone for an amazing low price. For less than $50, you got the ability to make a PC running Linux that worked very well and could be added onto with different controllers to do some amazing things. The "problem" with this original project was that many people didn't think it was a real PC as it couldn't run Windows. This is changing with the Raspberry Pi 2 and ARM v7 support that will in fact run Windows. Microsoft is sweetening the open-source community by giving away many Windows 10 SKUs that will work on this board. Awesome stuff all around!
“Microsoft has a really good clue about cloud integration. There’s a great story about Azure, and about data integration between IoT devices and Azure,” enthuses Upton. “I think they’ve got a pretty compelling security story as well. As a child of the 1990s it feels funny to talk about this as being a security play, but there was that moment where Microsoft woke up and really started taking it seriously, examining the code base for security vulnerabilities. Their feeling is that they have the most secure operating system to build IoT applications. I don’t think that’s necessarily wrong.