Surface Pro 3 vs Surface 3

I know we have a bit of Microsoft news today, but this article over at Forbes is pretty interesting. Last week, Microsoft announced their new Surface 3 (not-Pro) and this low-cost devices packs in an Atom processor and leaves out a pen to keep the cost below $500 for a base model. Other than those two things, there are a few other differences though that you may want to be aware of before you get too excited and drop less money on something that may not be right for you.

The new Surface 3 is a great surprise. Unlike most high profile devices these days, Microsoft MSFT -1.02% got the smaller, lighter and cheaper version of its excellent Surface Pro 3 out of the door without a single leak. But given the two machines look virtually identical, what exactly are the differences between them?

Source: Forbes

GameStop to Offer Classic Consoles

GameStop has bet big on the old-school classic consoles. They are once again taking old classic consoles in on trade, making sure they work well and then putting them up for sale - with warranty. If you have been on the hunt for a SNES, you may not have to go any farther than your New York State GameStop. This isn't country or chain-wide - but only for NYC and Birmingham.

The systems and accessories that you will be able to trade-in and purchase include the NES, Super NES, SEGA Genesis, PlayStation, N64, and SEGA Dreamcast. This will increase the number of games GameStop offers either for sale or to purchase by "about 5000."

Source: IGN

Skype International

Many of us have used and are currently using Skype to contact our friends and family, it has been very useful. Now Skype has let people use the Beta of Skype Translate without having to sign up for it. This only works for text chat, but is still pretty awesome for those of us that chat with international clients on a regular basis.

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making it easier to obtain the Skype Translator preview by removing the sign-up requirement. Simply download the Skype Translator preview application from the Windows Store for your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 preview PC or tablet – no waiting or sign-up needed – use it as soon as you download it!

Source: SkypeBlogs

Verizon is buying AOL

Verizon has announced that they are buying up AOL for a cool $4.4 billion dollars. AOL has come a long ways since the days of constantly mailing you floppy disks with their internet application on them and now owns and distributes video content and owns a variety of websites and publications. This is an interesting acquisition and has been rumored for a while but I don't think anyone really thought too much about it. TechCruch (who coincidental is owned by AOL) has the story here,

AOL will become a subsidiary of Verizon as part of the deal, overseeing a bigger push into content and mobile video by Verizon.

“Verizon’s acquisition further drives its LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy,” the carrier said in a statement.

In addition to original content across different platforms like video and written word, and desktop and mobile, there are other assets that could be interesting fits for Verizon.

Apple Buys Precision GPS Tracking

Apple is all about saying "no" to Google Maps and in order to help you not run your vehicle off the road and into a canyon, they have recently purchased Coherent Navigation. This company is all about "High Integrity GPS" that is very precise and while Apple is not saying exactly what they are going to do with this purchase, I think it has less to do with their phones and more to do with a self-driving electric car.

It is unclear exactly what the Coherent Navigation team is working on at Apple and whether there was a specific technology Apple was interested in or if it simply wanted to apply the expertise of Coherent's employees to its own projects. Lego simply notes that he is now a member of Apple's Maps team, while Ledvina and Bencze are working in similarly location engineering roles. 

Source: MacRumors

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