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App Pick of the Week - Sky Force

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are firing up our afterburners and hitting the sky with Sky Force. This is a fun arcade-style top-down shooter that is a lot of fun and will keep you hooked for hours. Level up your weapons and blast those bad guys! Check it out, it's one of my all-time favorites.

Sky Force

Enjoy!

Microsoft is the new Google

I'm not sure what is up with all the "Google is dying" articles that have been popping up around the internet, however, they do have some interesting points. Today's article over at Forbes is comparing Google to Microsoft and how they are on different paths. Google has seen their ad revenues decline to the lowest in seven years while the Microsoft bunch led by Satya Nadella have become a progressive web services company. There are some interesting points in this article that get you thinking, probably a topic that might surface on next week's Weekly Tech Update podcast.

A year is a long time in technology, but the past 12 months has seen one of the most surprising and exciting shake-ups in recent history: Microsoft and Google have swapped places.

In my opinion this is the current situation. In 2015 the Satya Nadella led Microsoft has become a progressive, open, web services company. By contrast Google grasps at ageing revenue pillars and neglects the present to concentrate on scattergun projects which overpromise and underdeliver.

Lollipop Lets You Tweak With Your Voice

If you're one of the low percentage of Android users that are now using Lollipop, you may have noticed that you can now do some settings changes with just your voice. You can control things like your flashlight, WiFi, Bluetooth and a few more bits. As people use these settings more, I'm sure that Google will allow you to do even more with your voice down the road as their voice-to-text and voice recognition is actually very good.

The feature can be really useful at times, especially if your device doesn't come with a built-in flashlight controller or if you need to use your phone while on the road. It seems to be limited to those three for now, and only for Lollipop devices, so you'll still have to work those thumbs to adjust any other setting.

Source: Engadget

FinalMouse Review

We have just posted up our review of the FinalMouse from, er, FinalMouse. This is a very slick, lightweight mouse geared for professionals and the eSports community. It is driver-less and has some of the best switches and sensor on the market. If you are looking for a mouse that can keep up with you, this is the final mouse you may ever buy. Check our review for all the details.

As we look over the FinalMouse again, the return to simple drivers and no bloated software is quite refreshing. This approach greatly improves the performance of click registration. The clean and professional ergonomic design really gives the mouse a comfortable glove-like feel.

FinalMouse

 

New Color Pebble Smartwatch Rocks Kickstarter

Pebble did very well on their inital smartwatch and while version 1.0 was pretty clunky, the Pebble Steel looks pretty awesome. Pebble is back at it again and is bringing color e-ink to the table in their new Pebble Time. The project is on Kickstarter and raised over $1 Million in less than an hour. That's amazing and really shows that people really, really want long battery life in a smartwatch. Even though this unit is color, we're still talking 7 days between charging. That's why it's currently well over 1000% funded.

Source: Kickstarter

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