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Group Therapy: New Microsoft Cortana Ad

Microsoft must have hired a different ad agency. Lately their ads have been pretty decent and this one is mildly amusing at worst and pretty clever at best.


Apple Announced Watch and Phones

Yesterday was Apple's big event of the year and this year it was in fact all about big stuff. They have dropped their idea that there is a "perfect screen" size (they believed for years that it was 3.5-inch), and have moved up to larger screens for a while. They moved from 3.5-inch to 4-inch and now have pulled off two new phones with 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch screen. There are a few other bits that are new-ish, but most of them have been done before and been done a while ago. On the watch side of things, Apple joined the bandwagon way too late and they aren't really bringing much special to the table here either - unfortunately. I was really hoping they'd push things to the limit and make everyone step up their game. They didn't. That being said, their devices today sure look pretty and if that's your thing, you should check out the links below.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature a 64-bit Apple A8 chip built on a 20nm manufacturing process, which the company has claimed, offers 25% more CPU power and 50% more GPU power. Apple's A8 SoC comes coupled with the M8 co-processor which has an onboard barometer to assist various health tracking activities such as steps. The devices support 20 LTE bands and would work with majority of networks worldwide.

Sources: Neowin, Engadget

15 Important Announcements from Apple

If you weren't able to watch the Apple event today or would just prefere a quick break-down of the event, there are 15 of the most important announcements listed below. Us non-fanboys will be quick to tell you that much of this has been done for years by the Android camp, but the reality is that Apple is doing some it better. By the same token, they are totally dropping the ball on others.

Apple is definitely playing catch-up here-it’s adopting features that Google and others announced months or years ago. But this is also how the company has succeeded with products like the iPad: perfect the technology, and then bowl over the competition. We’ve sat through a string of boring Apple events, but this wasn’t one of them.

Source: TheVerge

HGST Announces 10TB HDD

Just when we finished getting excited about 6TB Hard Drives, 8TB drives come along and steal the show. They are already taking a back seat as we see that 10TB units are already being sampled by HGST today. They are combining some sorcery with some wizardry and have mixed the two to create a small black hole that compressed quantum matter in order to pull out neutron dark matter and build this drive...or something like that. It's pretty awesome and there are some actual details at the link below.

HGST achieves unprecedented capacity leadership by utilizing two complementary technologies:  HelioSealTM technology and host-managed Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR).  Combining these two technologies allows HGST to achieve the lowest $/TB and watts/TB of any large capacity rotational drive.

Source: TheSSDReview

Android App Pick - Podcast Addict

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we try and fight off addictions. Podcast Addict is the App of the Week and it's a great app whether you are totally into podcasts or just a casual listener. This App will help you keep your podcasts organized and let you know when new episodes show up. It's great and you can even check out WeeklyTechUpdate using it!

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Amazon Trys to Create Firesale with Sale on Fire

Recent reports suggest that the Amazon Fire Phone as sold no more than 35,000 units and they were betting big on this device. In order to try and stimulate sales just before the iPhone 6 announcement, they have just dropped the price to a mere $0.99 on contract. I don't think they could have picked a worse time than less than 24-hours before Apple's announcement and if this would have happened a few weeks ago - or at launch, they might have sold another 12 phones. Let's be real here - people want a brand phone that isn't proprietary. Sorry Amazon. I think everyone has already put out your Fire.

One of the things that shocked a lot of people with Amazon's release of the Fire Phone was the price. Marked at $199 back in June, the cost was comparable to high end devices and many wondered why Amazon wasn't undercutting the competition in order to sell more units. As of August, speculation that Amazon sold a mere 35,000 units hit the Internet, making the device a major flop.

Source: Neowin

Coin Meets Dry Ice

As much as I love technology, this is pretty low-tech and yet it's super cool (pun intended). Take a look at what happens when a coin meets dry ice.


Intel Details New Core-M Chips

Why should you care about the new Intel Core-M chip? Battery life. That's what portable devices are all about at this point is how long can you go without plugging in. The new processor is based on the Haswell-Y processor design and really optimizes things. They are claiming that you'll quite easily see 1.7 hours more battery life with the same performance. That, and these are based on a 14-nm process, portable PCs can get a whole lot thinner.

Because Intel moved from a 22-nanometer process with Haswell to a 14-nanometer one with Broadwell, this new crop of PCs will be both thinner and lighter than was previously possible for a full-fledged PC. In particular, Intel says some of these devices will measure as little as 7mm thick, though the company has warned from the beginning that not every Core M device will be as thin as that iPad Air-like tablet we mentioned earlier.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Gear VR Only $199, But...

If you've been excited to get your hands on some Oculus VR, there are a couple of current options. One of course is the tethered Oculus VR headset that has made the rounds on a lot of demos, but is still pretty scarce, or you can pick up the Samsung Gear VR for a mere $200. That's right, get your Virtual Reality on for only $200! On a side note, in order to use Samsungs product, you'll also need to spend some extra money on a Note 4 Smartphone also by Samsung. If you aren't planning on picking up a $800 Phablet, you'll be left out in the real world - instead of the virtual one.

Two days ago Samsung unveiled the Gear VR, a virtual reality headset made in partnership with Oculus VR. The device, which uses Samsung’s Note 4 phablet as a screen, was announced without a price at the Berlin IFA 2014 consumer electronics show this week. Samsung says the device will be released later this year.

Source: VentureBeat

WTU Episode #279 - iCamp for iPhone 6

We have just posted up Episode #279 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Apple readies the iPhone 6, Sony tells you what you want and we finally figured out what Steve Ballmer did at Microsoft.We have those stories and more and the links below!


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