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Sorriest Tech Companies of 2016

There have been a few wins in tech during 2016, but there have been some major disasters as well. Some companies managed bad PR with style and class, and then there were a few that struggled. Samsung tried, but overall the Note 7 was a raging disaster and Facebook had a glitch that killed millions of users (in theory). Take a look below and find out which company was the sorriest.

Microsoft couldn’t get out of its culturally-clueless way in 2016. Samsung apologized over and over for its flaming Note7 fiasco. HP, T-Mobile, Facebook and pretty much every other big name in tech was forced to issue a public apology or more during the year, as public relations pros earned their money (or not) to salvage their employer or client’s reputation – for the time being.

Source: NetworkWorld

Weekly Tech Update #383 - Yahoo Hacked in Time for Christmas

We have just posted up Episode #383 of Weekly Tech Update.In this episode we are discussing Yahoo once again gets hacked, Nintendo readies the Switch and Apple’s Airpods are actually up for sale just in time for Christmas. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.

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How to Suck at Apps - Be Nintendo

First of all, no one can deny the success of Pokemon Go. That being said, while the IP is Nintendo, the design and production was not Nintendo. It was 3rd Party and even though I'm not a fan of the game, it's a solid win. Moving on to Nintendo's own Super Mario Run, they release exclusively for iOS (until 2017 when it will launch on Android), and charge a heft price tag as there are no in-game purchases. So far, I'm not hating that much. Now however, the announce that there will be no additional content produced for the game. That $10 you spent gets you everthing you see and nothing more. That's not the way to reward people who spent money and it will reflect on their next game sales I'm sure.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nintendo has no plans for “additional content, either free or paid” in Super Mario Run. That information comes directly from a company representative.

Source: NintendoEverything

Worst Christmas Tech Presents Ever

If you're branded the "tech guy" in your family, they've probably tried to show you appreciation by buying you something tech-related from Christmas. I know there are some physically disabled tech's that have received fitness bands and I once got a box of 5.25-inch floppy disks. I'm sure there are some of you that may have received a Galaxy Note 7 as well. All were probably well-intended, but somehow fell horribly short. Please share here and then go read the comments at the link below as I'm sure there will be some gems.

The problem is that many of our friends and family don't follow the ins and outs of tech with quite the same gusto as you or I do. They may well know that you've got your heart set on a beautiful new iPad, but that can leave you with the excruciating challenge of feigning delight when you unwrap the $59 Android 2.3 tablet plucked from Best Buy's bargain bin, which they thought was pretty much the same thing.

Source: Neowin

Twelve Days of Vault-Tec

Even if you aren't a big fan of Fallout, you'll probably enjoy the twelve days of Vault-Tec. Enjoy!

 

Samsung Notebook 9 Update

The Samsung Notebook 9 has received some upgrades in terms of build style, quality and performance. This comes in either 13-inch or 15-inch versions and weighs in as little as 1.8 pounds. Thankfully, while the Notebook 9 is light on weight, it is heavy on performance and options. You can snag this beast with a full Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. Thankfully it packs in a 1080p screen, and with options like that it should still get pretty decent battery life. If you need a light and powerful unit, keep in mind that the MacBook weighs in at 2lbs, and this is bigger, faster and arguably better.

From a design standpoint, the new computer looks a bit different than the original. It has a bit more of a distinctive flavor and looks less like a MacBook Air clone. The whole machine is a lighter shade of silver and grey, with keys to match (rather than the black key caps that marked the previous model). And Samsung added in a fingerprint scanner here -- so if you liked the TouchID scanner in the new MacBook Pro but hated everything else, the Notebook 9 might work for you.

Source: Engadget

OnePlus 3T Review

The OnePlus 3 has been out a few months and it has been a really, really solid device. OnePlus has decided to keep pushing the envelope with their latest flagship to their flagship. The OnePlus 3T takes an already great phone and gives it a bit of an upgrade with a minor processor upgrade to the Snapdragon 821. It's not a deal-breaker if you just bought the OnePlus 3, but if you haven't, consider the slightly faster upgrade of the 3T. Full review at link below.

When OnePlus launched the original OnePlus 3 earlier this summer, the handset came with a version of Oxygen OS based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Despite Google launching Android 7.0 Nougat in the fall, and is currently getting ready to launch Android 7.1, the OnePlus 3T still comes with Marshmallow on board.

Source: Neowin

Merry Gearsmas Pack

If you've been playing Gears of War 4, but have felt left out when it comes to tacky clothing, you'll be happy to know that the new Gearsmas Pack is here. That's right, you get 28 pieces of unique and nasty hardware to collect. For a mere 400 Credits, you can collect this horrible holiday swag and try and hide in a game of Capture the Leader as you glow from behind a tree.

On top of all the new customization items to add to your collection, there’s also new ways to play! Snowball Fight is a brand new special event that features the first custom holiday weapon for Gears of War 4 – the Snowshot. This icy looking Boomshot that fires Snowballs which, in true Gears fashion, still gibs enemies!

 

Source: Xbox

Nintendo Switch Specs - Lower than Promised - As Expected

The Nintendo Switch originally promised some pretty impressive specifications and performance as they claimed it would rival the PS4. We doubted that very much. Once we saw the form factor, we knew it couldn't be true. Now Nintendo reveals that the hardware inside their little console is much lower in performance than the PS4. That came as a shock. Not really. Not at all actually. Nintendo has never relied on graphics quality and performance. They rely and gameplay, great titles and replayability. Hopefully the Switch delivers on a few of those.

Switch’s visual capabilities could still satisfy most gamers. Nintendo has implied it can handle realistic-looking games like Skyrim and NBA 2K in the trailer for the system. Considering the context that the Switch is both a portable gaming device as well as a home console, it may even surprise people with its older Maxwell hardware. 

Source: VentureBeat

Lucid Air EV to Give Tesla Run for Money

There are getting to be more and more electric cars on the road and as the technology matures, there are some companies that keep on the cutting edge in terms of design and performance. In the last few years, the name Tesla has stood out, but there is another new player to the Luxury EV game - and that company is Lucid Motors.  They have an amazing pre-production model on the road and it will be interesting to see how much of the awesome they keep with the final model.

It's an odd feeling lying in the back of a vehicle, staring up through its glass roof. But I could get used to it. In fact, who could be bothered to ride shotgun when you can nap your way to your destination? But the Air isn't just about going fast and being comfortable (both of which are an integral part of the American dream). There's a lot of technology inside of these cars.

Source: Engadget

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