We have just posted up Episode #285 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we talk about the new Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Google TV products as well as discuss how a single dollar is killing Netflix. We also talk new Apple products and really, really fast cars. We have those stories and more and the links below!
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WTU Episode #285 - The Next Nexus
Microsoft to Launch Smartwatch Soon?
Microsoft has decided that they want to join the Smartwatch fray. This is not a surprise as the margin on these devices right now is very high. Unfortunately, they are late to the party - again. That being said, I think Microsoft is one of the companies that could actually get wearables right. They do make very good hardware, it just doesn't catch on and compete when they are usually the last horse out of the gate.
A peer back into the annals of history shows that once upon a time in 2003, Microsoft hatched plans to release a timepiece which could receive information about weather, traffic and goodness knows what else for the princely sum of $10. How did this technological marvel work? Using FM radio, which even in the early noughties was about as high-tech as the spinning jenny.
Amazon Kindle Voyage
Amazon has pretty much pioneered the eBook reader with the Kindle, and even though tablets are all the rage, the Kindle is still setting the pace and isn't slowing down. Every year or so, they refresh their eBook reader line and the latest installment on the high-end is the Voyager. This takes eBook reading to a whole new level with some great specs (for an eBook reader). The truth is, I'd take one.
Actually, with the Voyage, you may never move your thumb at all. A pair of gray lines and dots on either side of the front bezel can be touched lightly to advance the page or go back - "PagePress," in Amazon parlance. Haptic feedback gives your hand a little buzz as affirmation that the command has registered.
Halo Collection Arrives with a 20GB Patch
If you've been eagerly waiting for the 343 Industries Halo Collection for your Xbox One, you may have heard that there is a 20GB Day 1 Patch. That sucks. Plain and simple. This patch was known before the disks were shipped so there is a bit of an outcry as to why gamers have to deal with this kind of issue. The reality is that because of this patch, the game collection fits on a single Blu-Ray disc. Without the patch, you'd need a couple of discs. If you are super chapped, you can at least pre-load the patch before the game arrives.
While we won't know for sure what's included in the update until it arrives, O'Connor's claim that the game was simply too large to fit on one disc has merit. As we've explained, Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes remastered versions of the first four Halo games, as well as over 100 multiplayer maps.
One Plus One Gets Pre-Order - For an Hour
If you've been tired of all the hoops to jump through in order to get a One Plus One, things are looking up! You will be able to pre-order this device on October 27, 2014 - for one hour. That's right. One hour. Obviously they are either trying to stimulate demand by lack of supply or they simply can't make them fast enough with their current production. Either way, if you want to get in on the goodness, check out the link below.
The One Plus One has a 5.5" 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, 13MP camera, 3100mAh battery, and is available with 16GB or 64GB of storage. Unfortunately, each size does not come with a color option and instead the 16GB version will come in Silk White and the 64GB will come in Sandstone Black. The 16GB model will retail for $299, while the 64GB model is a mere $349 USD.
Android App Pick - Mirror Photo
We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are getting creative with Mirror Photo. This is a very cool app that turns your photos and your camera into a kaleidoscope of awesome. If you want to push your creative side a bit farther than with your normal camera, take a look at this nifty app!
Don't forget to enter into the contest for a $50 Google Play Gift Card! Details here:
Intel Bay Trail-based USB Stick Runs WIndows 8
Intel has dabbled in the hardware business over the years and their latest device is a glorified USB stick that runs full-on Windows 8.1. This device is really the ultimate streaming stick and when it is priced at $100, it will sell like hotcakes at a cowboy festival. It won't be the fastest thing on the market, but it should be enough for an eMachine or streaming machine.
The USB stick is just under 100mm long and is packed with a quad core Intel Atom CPU running at 1.7 GHz. Other specifications of the device include 1 GB DDR3 RAM, 2 MicroUSB ports, 1 HDMI port, 16 GB and 32 GB storage options, a memory card slot, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
HBO's Standalone Streaming Service is Pricey
HBO is looking into the streaming content service and while Netflix has noticed that their subscribers have dropped because of a $1 price hike. Apparently HBO thinks that they have a super premium service as they are hoping to charge about twice as much as Netflix. The question is, does HBO have enough content to warrant the extra price? Sound off in the forum at the link below.
That price point is much higher than that of its competitors. Both Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions cost $7.99 per month, and Amazon Prime costs $99 per year, which equates to about $8.25 per month. That means HBO's streaming service could cost almost twice as much as its competitors - or $180 per year.
Another Call of Duty is Coming: Here is the Trailer
When (or Will) Your Device Get Android 5.0?
If you have a current device and are wondering when it will be getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, there are some details as to what device and when it will be coming. The good news is that if you have a Nexus device, you'll be getting it very soon. HTC has already said that if you buy one of their devices, you'll be sure to get the update within 90 days.
Google has confirmed that many of its earlier Nexus devices will be getting the update first, but other manufacturers will be announcing their own Lollipop update plans separately. Of the leading global OEMs, some have already revealed details about which of their devices will get Android 5.0.