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'Premium Sound' Micro SDXC Cards

If you've got too much money and are looking for reckless ways to spend it, Sony has announced their new 'Premium Sound' Micro SDXC cards which are around 4-5 times more expensive than their regular Micro SDXC cards. What's the big difference? Well, apparently these 'Premium Sound' cards have 'less electrical noise' which has people puzzled since storage devices don't actually change the quality of the sound but simply store it. The debate is on over at PCWorld and you can make up your own decisions as to whether this is actually a premium product or a fancy marketing gimmick

Now, the idea of audiophiles obsessing over barely-perceptible details is nothing new. The speaker market is filled with products whose frequency response exceeds the 20 Hz to 20 kHz range of the human ear, and you can spend thousands of dollars on audio cables in pursuit of eliminating noise.

But while those expenses at least have some technical justifications behind them, the case for audiophile storage is flimsy at best..

Microsoft is the new Google

I'm not sure what is up with all the "Google is dying" articles that have been popping up around the internet, however, they do have some interesting points. Today's article over at Forbes is comparing Google to Microsoft and how they are on different paths. Google has seen their ad revenues decline to the lowest in seven years while the Microsoft bunch led by Satya Nadella have become a progressive web services company. There are some interesting points in this article that get you thinking, probably a topic that might surface on next week's Weekly Tech Update podcast.

A year is a long time in technology, but the past 12 months has seen one of the most surprising and exciting shake-ups in recent history: Microsoft and Google have swapped places.

In my opinion this is the current situation. In 2015 the Satya Nadella led Microsoft has become a progressive, open, web services company. By contrast Google grasps at ageing revenue pillars and neglects the present to concentrate on scattergun projects which overpromise and underdeliver.

Adblock Plus doesn't think all ads are bad

If you are familiar with Adblock Plus you might have noticed that they now have a "acceptable ads" program which allows certain ads to come through to the end user and encourage advertisers to tone down the ads. Sounds legit right? Ads are how a good majority of websites make their revenue so that is a win-win situation, right? Well apparently the "acceptable ads" are coming from companies that are paying Adblock Plus to let them slip through which has people scratching their heads about the "acceptable ads" program in general. The Verge has more over here.

Some of the web's biggest companies have been paying to get around Adblock Plus, according to a new report from Financial Times. Microsoft's Bing search ads and Taboola's "recommended links" box are among the ads that are currently slipping through Adblock Plus's filter, and FT confirms that it's the intentional result of a paid deal between the makers of Adblock and the owners of the ads. According to FT sources, the companies have paid Eyeo (the maker of Adblock Plus) to be added to an official whitelist, which allows them to bypass the plug-in. Google has a similar deal, as has been previously reported.

Samson Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System

We have just posted up our review of the Samson Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System. These are some pretty solid speakers that are really solid. Made of metal, they can be used to enjoy music, prevent home invasions and for other general multimedia enjoyment. Take a look and check out our review as we share our listening experiences.

The Meteor M2 is a wired-only setup and there is not subwoofer for chest-pounding bass. What there is however, is a couple of zinc die cast speakers that look great and sound about as good as they look. While there is no extra subwoofer, each unit has a rear-ported passive radiator that offers a really nice bass response and balances quite well - but I'm getting ahead of myself.

Meteor M2

 

WTU Episode #301 - Facebook: Not Just for the Living

We have just posted up episode #301 of WeeklyTechUpdate. In this episode we cover some good stuff including Google reworks mobile payment, Candy Crush takes in a lot of mobile payment ($1.47 Billion last year), and Facebook is really interested in helping you with your page after you're dead. We have those stories and even more goodness below!

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View Master Goes VR

I remember when I was a kid and used the amazing View Master. These days, Google Cardboard, Oculus, Samsung and LG are doing VR and now View Master are into the 3D game. The new View Master is a blast from the past with a 20-year upgrade. I received Google Cardboard for Christmas and I had a hard time explaining it to people, but this is the perfect example. Check out the new and improved View Master at the link below.

View Master

 

Source: CNN

Apple Gets Patent for Head-Mounted VR-Display

What a revolutionary concept! Apple has just applied for and been approved a patent for a head-mounted iPHone virtual reality display... Just like Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, Vortex VR, and LGs VR for G3. Still, Apple is doing it so it must be good right? I can already smell the lawsuits coming.

The company's solution "temporarily integrates or merges both mechanically and electronically a head-mounted device with a portable electronic device." Illustrations accompanying the patent show a new head-mounted hardware accessory that would have an iPhone inserted into it.

Source: AppleInsider

Raspberry Pi Sells 5 Million Plus

We talk about the Raspberry Pi around here a bit and I've wondered how many of these $35 computers have they actually sold? While it is cool and all, how many people actually buy these and use them for any actual projects. The number is in and it's a big one. 5,000,000 have sold and counting. That's awesome for a company that gives you a board, four USB ports, an ethernet port, HDMI and audio. Here's to another 5 Million!

The Raspberry Pi's super-low pricing ($35 or less) played a large part in those sales numbers, of course. It's relatively painless to pick up the device if you're curious, and it's well-suited to bulk educational purchases that help entire classrooms learn how to code. Whatever factors are driving the Pi's popularity, it's proof that the DIY market is alive and well despite the closures of tinkering-friendly stores like RadioShack.

Source: Engadget

MediaTek Shows off 480fps Slow-Mo Mobile Chipset

MediaTek has come a long way and is now challenging Qualcomm with  their latest mobile chipset. Their new MT6795 is an 8-core chip that can do some pretty incredible 480fps video recording at 1080p and scale playback speeds in real time - if you believe the video. Either way, it looks like Qualcomm may have some real competition and that's a very good thing for consumers.

 

Source: Neowin

Master Chief: Coming to a Motorcycle Near You

NECA has just got their Master Cheif Petty Officer John-117 helment DOT-approved and it should be up for sale shortly. This is pretty cool and it makes me want to get my motorcycle license. Maybe this summer...

From the award-winning Halo video games, this detailed replica of Master Chief’s headgear is also a DOT-approved modular motorcycle helmet! Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 is a central figure at the forefront of the war against the Covenant and rumored to be the lone survivor of the declassified SPARTAN-II project. This limited edition helmet has a convenient modular design with glove-friendly opening mechanism and full list of features.

Motorcycle Helmet

Source: NECA

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