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Fun Fact: 40% of Microsoft Azure VMs Run on Linux

Microsoft is a weird company. They bail out Apple during tough times and they run the competition's OS on their machines instead of their own. That is partly what makes them awesome as well. They support other initiatives if it helps the overall customer experience. Microsoft has said they want to increase their support and use of Open Source projects - such as Linux - so this is just them keeping their word. Nicely done.

In addition to the Linux share among VMs, there is also the sixty percent share of Linux-based services on Azure and the availability of many open-source technologies for developers to use on the cloud platform. These numbers are definitely encouraging to see for open-source developers and enthusiasts, and it will be interesting to see what else the company has in store for the community in the future.

Source: Neowin

Hell Froze Over - AMD + Intel = Win

While it seems like the impossible has happened, the fact is that the rumors are true. AMD and Intel have teamed up to work on a processor. This processor is aimed at thin-and-light (think Ultrabooks) and has the ability to make these slender beasts true gaming systems. That's really what the notebook world has been waiting for for years. Intel integrated graphics are horrible and NVIDIA discreet GPUs are power hogs and pricey. AMD has been rocking the embedded graphics for years, but they've lacked when it comes to mobile processors. This is a win for Intel - they sell more chips; AMD - they sell more GPUs; and consumers as we get powerful, efficient, thin, light and very portable gaming PCs. So much win!

Though both companies helped engineer the new chip, this is Intel’s project—Intel first approached AMD, both companies confirmed. AMD, for its part, is treating the Radeon core as a single, semi-custom design, in the same vein as the chips it supplies to consoles like the Microsoft Xbox One X and Sony Playstation 4. Some specifics, though, remain undisclosed: Intel refers to it as a single product, though it seems possible that it could eventually be offered at a range of clock speeds.

Source: PCWorld

Nintendo Ramps up Switch Production - Again

Nintendo is planning on ramping up Switch production as they near the holidays and feel that they won't be able to meed current demand as they can only produce a limited number of units at this time. This is the second time they've increased production and with more block-buster titles landing on the console - and with the holidays just over a month away, this may be too little, too late to keep up with holiday demand. Still, it's a nice move and hopefully there will be a few extra ones that will get a price cut around black friday.

The company said at the end of October that it was doubling production and would produce at least 17 million units in its first year, but it looks like Nintendo now has even higher hopes for its smash hit console. The Switch had sold 7.63 million units between its March launch and the end of September, and at the price of $300 a piece, it’s been immensely profitable for Nintendo.

Source: TheVerge

Weekly Tech Update #412 - Twitter is the King of Disinformation

We have just posted up Episode #412 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we are discussing Facebook might have exaggerated a little bit, but if you want to truly disinformed, try Twitter, and hell has officially frozen over - that's right, Intel and AMD teamed up. We have those stories and more at the links below...

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Amazon changing plans on live TV

Amazon had been working on plans to introduce live TV to their streaming service but have now had a little bit of a change of plans. Every streaming service has been working on offering streaming live TV as an alternative to cable or satellite TV but no one has been able to figure out how to make it work and turn a profit. Unfortunately if Amazon doesn't see a way to make a profit it probably doesn't mean good news for some of the others who were hoping to make this finally work. Engadget has the full story.

Amazon was working on plans to launch a streaming bundled TV service that would feature both broadcast and cable networks, though that's been on hold since the spring, according to Bloomberg. However, now we know why this endeavor was scrapped: money. People close to the issue told Reuters that Amazon believes it will be unable to make money on this kind of bundled cable service.

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