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Microsoft strikes a deal with the NFL

Microsoft has dropped $400 Million bucks over 5 years to become the official tablet of the NFL. Now on the sidelines of NFL games you will see players and coaches using Surface tablets as part of this sponsorship deal. Nothing about this deal is out of the ordinary in terms of sponsorship deals, however, in week one of the new NFL season on two separate occasions, announcers make fun of the Surface tablets and mistaking call them iPads. This probably isn't what Microsoft was envisioning when they dropped $400 Million bucks. BusinessInsider has the details.

Prior to the season, Microsoft and the NFL struck a 5-year, $400 million deal with one of the major components being that the Microsoft Surface would become "the official tablet of the NFL" with coaches and players using the Surface on the sidelines during games.

But Microsoft and the league ran into a problem during week one of the season when at least two television announcers mistakenly referred to the tablets as iPads giving a huge rival some unexpected exposure.

Samsung takes a shot at the iPhone 6

Apple announced their new iPhone 6 smartphones and not surprisingly people are already taking shots at Apple. Samsung has released their new "it doesn't take a genius" lineup of commercials which compare their new Galaxy Note 4 to the new iPhone 6.

If you want to see more of the "it doesn't take a genius" commericals from Samsung head on over here.

TiVo Mega

As hard drive capacities grow larger and larger, TiVo has come out with their latest PVR that will ensure you won't have to delete anything. The TiVo Mega will feature 24TB of storage (yes, you read that right, Terabyte!) and will allow you to record up to 6 channels at a time and should give you enough storage for 26,000 hours of standard def video. Unforunately the TiVo Mega doesn't come out until early 2015 and carries a $5,000 price tag, but other than that this is the ideal PVR if you are a hoarder. The WSJ has more details.

The Mega DVR is less of a set-top box and more of a personal server farm for your videos. It’s got 24 terabytes of hard-drive space, which TiVo says can hold more than 26,000 hours of continuous standard-definition video, or at least 4,000 of your favorite “Real Housewives” episodes in glorious high-def. It can record six channels at the same time.

Maybe you’re just crazy enough to plunk down $5,000—which includes the lifetime subscription to TiVo’s service—when the TiVo Mega goes on sale in early 2015. At least you can stash the rack-mountable monster someplace other than directly beneath your super-thin TV: It automatically transcodes video to stream over the Internet to your iOS devices, and you can also access its abundant stash on any HDTV in the house that’s connected to a much smaller $100 TiVo Mini box.

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.


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