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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.

 

IBM Watson Analytics Enters Public Beta

You may remember Watson, the IBM computer that plays Jeopary and has some pretty impressive features. For a time, IBM farmed out this "brain" to companies for analytics, human-computer interactions and more. Now, Big Blue is offering this machine up for general use to beta users and they'll be able to harness the power of this machine, the database and the logic- for free.

Users of Watson Analytics feed in their own raw data, say, in the form of a spreadsheet, which the service then crunches with its own statistical analysis to highlight associations between different variables. It saves execs from needing to know how to write their own scripts or understand statistics in order to derive meaning from their data.

Source: ZDNet

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