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Halo Nightfall Trailer

Movies based off of video games can be really, really horrible. Some movies based off of video games are decent. If this trailer actually is a fair representation of the upcoming Halo Nightfall movie, this could be a homerun. It looks fantastic.

 

iPad Air 2 "Smokes" - In a Good Way

If you're looking for a tablet that has a ton of power and should actually be the device that will last you a few years, the new Apple iPad Air 2 looks pretty impressive. According to sources, this tablet smokes the competition - even the new NVIDIA Tegra K1 stuff. Of course, manufacturers can pair up any of these Android tablets with better GPUs, but for the most part - Wow. Apple may have nailed it this time.

According to figures published by GSMArena, Nexus 9 turns in scores (added below) that are much better in single core but only slightly better in multiple core benchmarks than the original Tegra K1 Shield Tablet. Its single core performance is similar to iPad Air 2 but its multiple core CPU performance is beat by the A8X iPad Air 2 by 34.8 percent.

Source: AppleInsider

Blizzcon: Nothing Else Matters

Blizzard is the company that really figured out monthly gaming subscriptions and they've been doing very well. With the number of World of Warcraft, Starcraft and other craft users still growing, they are making nothing but money and they have so much that they hired Metallica to come and perform and BlizzCon 2014. That is ridiculously awesome. Even if you're not a much of a gamer, you'll want to tune in as they'll be streaming the event live.

We’re thrilled to announce that Metallica will be performing the closing concert at BlizzCon 2014, playing before a sold-out convention crowd on the night of November 8! If you didn’t score tickets to the show, don’t worry—you can still get a front-row seat from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

Source: Battle.net

Microsoft Kills Nokia Officially

Nokia has been struggling for many years and while the purchase by Microsoft was supposed to breathe new life into the dying brand, it didn't. Microsoft has some compelling products, but they are often too late and too limited when they hit the shelves. Now that Microsoft has a new CEO with a new "prime directive", the Nokia brand is getting the axe - but they will keep the Lumia name. Introducing, Microsoft Lumia. I'm sure that will make their products better.

Microsoft's decision to drop the Nokia brand itself doesn't mean that Nokia is going away fully. Nokia still exists as a separate company without its phones business, and the Finnish firm now focuses on mapping and network infrastructure. Microsoft's choice to use Lumia as the Nokia replacement won't come as a surprise to many. Nokia's Windows Phone apps have been rebranded to Lumia recently, and holiday ads will be pushing Lumia instead of Nokia.

Source: TheVerge

Microsoft Kills Nokia Officially

Nokia has been struggling for many years and while the purchase by Microsoft was supposed to breathe new life into the dying brand, it didn't. Microsoft has some compelling products, but they are often too late and too limited when they hit the shelves. Now that Microsoft has a new CEO with a new "prime directive", the Nokia brand is getting the axe - but they will keep the Lumia name. Introducing, Microsoft Lumia. I'm sure that will make their products better.

Microsoft's decision to drop the Nokia brand itself doesn't mean that Nokia is going away fully. Nokia still exists as a separate company without its phones business, and the Finnish firm now focuses on mapping and network infrastructure. Microsoft's choice to use Lumia as the Nokia replacement won't come as a surprise to many. Nokia's Windows Phone apps have been rebranded to Lumia recently, and holiday ads will be pushing Lumia instead of Nokia.

Source: TheVerge

Google's New Switch Campaign

Google is now trying to help you (and by you, I mean Apple users) get ready to switch from your Apple iPhone to an new Lollipop-enabled phone. They are doing this by helping you push your files, music, media and videos to their cloud in anticipation that it will be easier for you once you go pick up that new Android 5.0 device. It's a good guide for anyone to make sure their stuff is backed up - even if you already are on the Google team.

Transfer photos stored on your iPhone or iPad
Google+ Photos is a great way to have all your pics - past and future - in one place, with unlimited private storage* and accessible from any internet connected device. There are always lots more choices on Google Play to find the photo app that works perfectly for you.

Source: Android/Switch

 

Garden of Wraith

What is more awesome that a Rolls Royce Wraith? Stunting in a Rolls Royce Wraith and driving like a mad-man in this very, very luxury automobile.

 

Another Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo isn't going all that well when it comes to Wii U sales, and their 3DS is a little flat when compared to their original NDS. That being said, it is still churning along and trying to compete against smartphones. We've seen quite a few revisions of the NDS and 3DS over the past few years and right now in Japan their is a new 3DS that's not quite XL, but not quite original. It looks to be all winner though.

The New Nintendo 3DS — out now in Japan, next month in Australia and New Zealand, and next year elsewhere — has a faster processor than its predecessor. It has customizable faceplates. It does a neat trick that makes the 3D effect much better. It even has a second analog stick (of sorts).

Source: TheVerge

WTU Episode #285 - The Next Nexus

We have just posted up Episode #285 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we talk about the new Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Google TV products as well as discuss how a single dollar is killing Netflix. We also talk new Apple products and really, really fast cars. We have those stories and more and the links below!

WTU Episode #285

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Microsoft to Launch Smartwatch Soon?

Microsoft has decided that they want to join the Smartwatch fray. This is not a surprise as the margin on these devices right now is very high. Unfortunately, they are late to the party - again. That being said, I think Microsoft is one of the companies that could actually get wearables right. They do make very good hardware, it just doesn't catch on and compete when they are usually the last horse out of the gate.

A peer back into the annals of history shows that once upon a time in 2003, Microsoft hatched plans to release a timepiece which could receive information about weather, traffic and goodness knows what else for the princely sum of $10. How did this technological marvel work? Using FM radio, which even in the early noughties was about as high-tech as the spinning jenny.

Source: TheRegister

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