Android 6.0 Ships

Google has started rolling out the OTA update for Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9 devices. There are a few new features that make this update pretty sweet, but in all honesty, I'm not overly excited about this one. While extra battery life will be nice, there are a few things that are more back-end rather than visual improvements or changes. I'm sure it will be a great update though, so if you have an eligible device, make sure to check daily to see if you have the update waiting.

Today we’re starting to roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Nexus users. Of course, the new Nexus 5X and 6P will ship with Android 6.0, straight from the factory. Android Marshmallow is the sweetest, smartest Android version yet: Now on Tap serves up assistance when you need it, battery-smart features keep your device going longer, and new app permissions give you even more control. 

Source: OfficialAndroid

Netflix raises prices

Probably not too surprising to most, but Netflix is raising their prices again. If you want to join Netflix it will now cost you $9.99 per month. If you are already a subscriber you will get a bit of a grace period before your bill goes up as well. Netflix still offers a basic package for $7.99 and a premium package for $11.99, but as they add more and more exclusive content it really can't come as much of a surprise that the prices would be going up. BGR has the story.

What does this mean for Netflix’s bottom line? Analyst Neal Cybart writes that increasing streaming prices by $1 will generate an extra $750 million in revenue per year. Netflix right now has an estimated 65 million subscribers worldwide and is still in the middle of an ambitious expansion.

The service has been very aggressive over the past year in producing quality original content, with hit shows including political drama House of Cards, prison dramedy Orange is the New Black, action-drama Daredevil and comedies like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Netflix’s exclusive content has been so good that it serves as a draw for new subscribers in and of itself.

Final Spectre Trailer

It's Thanksgiving Monday up here in the great white north and as such, I'm taking a bit of a break and going to spend some time with the family. Still, we have a few news bits (mostly video as you noted) that is worth sharing. While James Bond isn't directly tech-related, there is always a lot of tech used in the film. Check out the latest Spectre trailer below.


You Can Finish the Black Ops 3 Campaign in 5 Seconds

It appears that Treyarch is doing things a little differently with Black Ops 3. There is a campaign mode if you buy the game for your PC, Xbox One or PS4, but apparently you can skip straight to the end of the campaign when you start it. That's great for those that don't want to know about the story and accidentally clicked campaign mode instead of multiplayer. Of course the alternative way would be to exit and go back to multiplayer, but Treyarch knows that the campaign will be so pointless this time around, they might as well make it easier to avoid.

Consumers and game players in general are far more mature these days. There are so many things vying for our interests today. It's about, how do they want to consume it? Maybe they put it down on level two, and then they're in work the next day, and some guy says, 'dude, you've got to check out level four!' And he's like, 'okay, I'll have a quick look.' That's totally fine. I think it's their choice.


Apparently "...far more mature..." means, "'...dude, you've got to check out level four!' And' he's like, 'okay'.." Wow. I'd hate to listen to immature gamers.

Source: Eurogamer

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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