WTU Episode #229 - iOS 7 vs SteamOS

We have just posted up Episode #229 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the iOS 7 release, Steam OS hits the airwaves and Microsoft bets big on the Surface 2.  We have those stories and more. . .


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Pepcom Highlights from CES 2014

We stopped by Pepcom this year and saw a few nifty things from Piston, drooled over the Lenovo 4K display and checked out a "fair" way to cheat at gaming. The Red Dot is not a cheat - it's just a fancy way to hipfire accurately - and it's awesome. Check it out!


Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.


Xbox One Sales Catching PS4

Right off the bat, Jason Schneider stated that the Xbox One needed to be priced the same as the PS4 in order for it to compete in sales. Although Microsoft stated that they have a lot of extra value on their console (and rightly so) this didn't change the mind of consumers that had to shell out an extra $100 for the Xbox One. With the price now about the same, sales for Microsoft have really picked up and according to an EA executive, Microsoft is "quickly catching up". 

Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's corporate vice president of devices and studios, said at the time that Xbox One sales had "skyrocketed" since a new price point took effect in the US on November 2. "Compared to the previous week, Xbox One sales in the US have more than tripled, he added. "As we head into the busy holiday season Xbox One led generation 8 console sales in the US for the past two weeks."

Source: CVG

New Fanless Design on ThinkPad Helix

Lenovo has cheapened up the ThinkPad line a little more than I'd like, but they are still putting a lot of thought and some cool (literally) innovation in their latest version of the ThinkPad Helix. It has a fast Intel Core processor that uses a vapor chamber in place of a fan to keep it cool - and silent. This is nifty stuff.


Windows 10 is Not Actually Free

After rumors that Windows 10 will be completely free, Microsoft has made know that this new OS will not be a loss-leader for the company. They plan to monetize this OS a bit differently from others in the past though, so while you may get basic Windows 10 for free, you'll have to pay extra for services. We'll still not sure how this will affect Windows 8 users as they may fall into the "free-upgrade" area still. Time will tell and as this OS looks to ship in the summer of next year, there is a lot of time to work out these details.

“We haven’t announced the Windows 10 pricing framework yet. But the one thing I can tell you that we’ve not had any conversations on is Windows 10 being a loss leader for us,” he said at the Credit Suisse technology conference. The way Microsoft makes money from PCs is changing. Windows hasn’t been the biggest earner for Microsoft for some time: Turner said it was in third place behind the Office and enterprise businesses.

Source: PCWorld

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