Google Starts Rolling Out Marshmallow

It doesn't really seem like it's been that long since Google released Android 5.0 Lollipop with some pretty nifty features. Well, the time for refresh has arrived and they are now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow. That's right, with only 21% of devices running Android 5.x, it's now time to roll out another update and farther fragment the Android experience. So far it's remarkable how Google has managed to keep things together, but eventually it will come to bite them in the backside. In the meantime, check out all the new features that you probably care about at the links below.

The update is now available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. You can also download the factory images from Google’s developer site. Unfortunately, Google announced last week that the following devices would not eligible to get Marshmallow: Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (original 2012 version) and Nexus 10.

Source(s): Neowin, CNET

WTU Episode #329 - Microsoft's Surface 4 Surface

We have just posted up Episode #329 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Microsoft's Surface 4 Surfaces, Google and Microsoft stop suing each other and Apple Music didn't take over the world. Check out those stories and more at the links below.

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Microsoft Unveils the Surface Book

Microsoft announced a few things yesterday, but one of the things that we didn't really expect is a full laptop. The Surface Book is the best of a laptop and has twice the performance of the latest Macbook Pro. That's right, Microsoft is pushing hard to make Apple look bad. Normally, Apple can hold their own, but after the Surface Pro 4 vs. the iPad Pro, and now the Surface Book vs. the MacBook Pro, there isn't too much to get excited about over at Apple. Good on Microsoft for actually leading in the tech space again.

The Surface Book with a 13.5 inch screen was made official by the company after the Surface Pro 4. It comes with a GeForce GPU which features GDDR5 RAM, 6th generation Intel Core processors. Similar to the Surface Pro 4, the Book also features 16 GB of RAM and comes with storage options upto 1 TB. Microsoft calls it the most powerful laptop in its class though exact specs haven't been disclosed. Compared to the MacBook Pro the computer pumps out twice the performance while also being the thinnest laptop at 7.7 mm.

Source: Neowin

Bold Prediction: By 2025 half of people under 32 won't pay for cable

On a regular basis we see studies showing how more and more people are cutting the cord on their cable providers. Cable company subscribers are decreasing and online services like Netflix are increasing month after month, Adweek has made the 'bold' prediction that by 2025 half of people under 32 won't pay for cable anymore (80% currently pay for cable). I don't think they are sticking their necks too far on the line with this predication, if the trend continues those numbers are pretty safe and within 5 years we might be seeing those numbers.

Forget cord cutters: "cord-nevers" are the people CMOs should be worrying about. A new Forrester study predicts that by 2025, 50 percent of adults under 32 won't pay for traditional cable subscriptions.

An online survey of 32,000 U.S. adults found that 76 percent subscribe to cable. Of the 24 percent who don't pay for cable, 18 percent are cord-nevers—people who have never paid for a cable subscription—while 6 percent are cord cutters, meaning they have canceled their cable subscriptions. The report notes that this year, digital cord-nevers have surpassed cord cutters and represent "the next stage of evolution in TV viewing."

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum


Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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