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WTU Episode #272 - Microsoft Improves by Firing 18,000

We have just posted up Episode #272 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Google Chrome is killing your battery 25% faster, Microsoft fires 18,000 and stocks surge, and the Amazon Kindle goes unlimited for US customers. We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Silicon Power Armor A30 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive

We have just posted up our review of the Silicon Power Armor A30 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive. This is an external unit that is currently the smallest physical drive with the most capacity that money can buy. If you are traveling with a lot of files, this drive can certainly get the job done and take a few bumps and bruises that come with taking your data on the road. It's tough and it's pretty dang quick to boot. Take a look at all the details in our review.

In terms of ruggedness and reliability, Silicon Power does in fact meet and pass the US Military MIL-STD-810G impact tests. Their claim to survive a drop of 300cm hasn't been validated here at BCCHardware, but Silicon Power doesn't tell us what they are dropping the drive onto. If they drop it onto a stack of pillows, 70's shag carpet or a batch of kittens, the drive will probably survive the near 10-foot drop.

SP A30 2TB

Miiverse for PC and Smartphones

One thing that seems to be a somewhat decent feature with the WiiU is Miiverse. It is social network for the WiiU community, that will be expanding to smartphones and web-browsers soon. The release date is supposed to be sometime in April or May. It should be interesting to see if it will be a hit or just another attempt by Nintendo to do something out of the ordinary. Read more about it at the links provided below.

"Miiverse will be key part of the Wii U console and will be available at launch. The social network will connect players who have Mii profiles on the same system, and connect players from around the world via the Nintendo Network. Miiverse will be free to use for all Wii U players and won’t carry a price nor a subscription plan. Miiverse is based on web-browser technologies, which means it will be accessible from any browser enabled device in the world, including phones, tablets, and more.  To be a tad more specific, Miiverse producer Kiyoshi Mizuki stated that the app would be available in April or May, though a firm date has yet to be pinned down."

Source(s): WiiUDaily, IGN

Luxa2 @ CES 2014

We took at a look at some of the mobile products from Luxa2 and saw that they have embraced Qi wireless charging in ways that we wish other companies would. They have a few really nifty products and you can check them out in our CES 2014 coverage!

 

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

Accupedo Pedometer App

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are straight up saving you at least $100. You're welcome. Accupedo Pedometer is a very accurate Pedometer App that will take the place of a Fitbit or other Smarthingych that pretty much does the same thing. This App is free and tracks history, calories and a lot more. Did I mention it's free? Take a look and see how awesome it is!

Accupedo Pedometer

 

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