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Start Menu Delayed to Windows 9 - Now Free

I'm going to go out on a limb and do a little deductive reasoning here. According to a video clip of an actual Microsoft press event, they stated that the Start Menu (they showed it off) was coming to Windows 8.1 users and that it would be a free upgrade. A few weeks back, Microsoft said that this Start Menu would NOT be coming to Windows 8.x now and instead would be part of Windows Threshold or Windows 9 or whatever you want to call it. If Microsoft said it was free (on record), and it's free for Windows 8.1 users - but it's not coming to Windows 8.x - then Windows 9 must be a free upgrade? Here's hoping. With that in mind, it really does make sense and Windows 8 has a slower install rate that Windows Vista - and we all know how that turned out.

Source: Neowin

GameStop Actually Values Your Trade-Ins

In a move that makes a bit of sense for the consumer, GameStop is revamping their trade-in system to give you more money for your games. In the past, the trade-in value was so low that you were almost better off throwing your games away instead of wasting gas to drive to the store and swap some games. This change affects different games differently, but in the end, it should put more value toward your next purchase - and that is never a bad thing.

The new system has been confirmed by GameStop's senior VP of pre-owned business Jason Cochran, and has a projected launch date of August 18. This isn't the only new business move that GameStop has made; just last week, it was revealed that GameStop was planning to introduce a high-interest credit card closely tied to its Power-Up Rewards program.

Source: IGN

Samsung's VR Headset

Samsung teased they are working on a new heads-up display that will be their new VR headset and while we all assumed that it might be based on their own hardware and such, it appears that they are more or less just rebranding an Occulus with a few other tweaks. I'm sure that they'll fill it up with all their Apps and that it won't have much storage. If you're wondering what it looks like, details are at the link below.

Besides the lenses, Project Moonlight appears to have a focus dial and may have a Micro USB connection to the phone. The headset is pictured here next to a Galaxy S5, but given the positioning alongside the Note 4 launch, it's almost certain that the newest phone in Samsung's smartphone stable will be compatible. A lid appears to be used to hold the phone in place once it's connected.

Source: TheVerge

WTU Episode #275 - NVIDIAs K1 is a Game Changer

We have just posted up Episode #275 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing NVIDIAs Tegra changes the 64-bit Android and Chromebook game, Facebook tries harder to make their users mad and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer - no it's not 2007. We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Is Lenovo the next big smartphone maker?

Over the years we've had the chance to check out some of Lenovo's smartphones during CES, however, as impressed as we were, the fact that they aren't available in North America has obviously been a major problem. Lenovo is looking to fix that problem with the aquisition of Motorola a few months back and is setting themselves up to become one of the big players in North America if all goes as planned. Arstechnica takes a look at Lenovo and what their plans for North America are over here.

Lenovo posted its first-quarter financial results last night, and overall the news was good. Revenue was up 11 percent compared to the same quarter last year, and profit after operating expenses was up to $283 million from $202 million. These aren't huge numbers if you're used to looking at results from, say, Apple or Google or Microsoft. But overall Lenovo seems to be doing a good job of keeping its head above water and growing share in a time when that's hardly guaranteed for old-guard PC companies. In fact, Lenovo has been one of the few companies to grow faster than the wider PC industry over the last three-or-so years, as tablets and smartphones have taken a sizable chunk out of the traditional PC market.

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