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Windows Start menu to return in August?

We have been teased for a while now with the hope that Microsoft is bringing back the Start Menu in the upcoming Windows 8.2 release. New reports/rumors are saying that we could be seeing this update as soon as August, but the general public could be October-ish. It might now be as quick as everyone was hoping, but maybe we should lay off Microsoft, it will only have been 2 years since Windows 8 was released and re-adding a feature that they've had for decades is tough...right? /sarcasm

Geek.com has the details, let's all cross our fingers together in a show of support for our old friend the Start Button.

Microsoft has already shown off what the Start Menu might look like if the company brought it back to Windows 8, but it now it looks like we’ll actually be able to use it soon. According to leaked information, it’s due to arrive this August as part of the Windows 8.2 update.

With the re-done Start Menu, Microsoft is trying to better integrate Metro functionality with the desktop. Tiles (including live tiles) will appear to the right of the menu, in the same spot that items where documents/pictures/music and control panel sit on Windows 7.


OpenSSL to get funded (finally)

OpenSSL has been run on a shoestring budget for years and the results of that became very apparent when the Heartbleed flaw was exposed leaving many exposed. In a "better late than never" move, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and many others, have agreed to step up to the plate and fund the OpenSSL project to the tune of $3.6 Million dollars. That amount of money is really pennies to these big companies but it should hopefully help prevent another debacle like Heartbleed again. ArsTechnica has more details.

OpenSSL’s bare-bones operations are in stark contrast to some other open source projects that receive sponsorship from corporations relying on their code. Chief among them is probably the Linux operating system kernel, which has a foundation with multiple employees and funding from HP, IBM, Red Hat, Intel, Oracle, Google, Cisco, and many other companies. Workers at some of these firms spend large amounts of their employers’ time writing code for the Linux kernel, benefiting everyone who uses it.

AMD Refreshes "Never Settle Forever"

If you are needing a little bit of a push to choose an AMD Radeon card for your next upgrade, you may be interested in the new and improved "Never Settle Forever" bundle that AMD has put together. This bundle breaks down into Gold, Silver and Bronze and gives you a whole pile of choices in terms of games that you get for free if you purchase a graphics card. The Bronze tier entitles you to one game and Radeon R7 240 & 250 cards are eligible. The Silver tier spans R7 260 and R9 270 cards while the Gold tier is comprised of R9 280, 290 and 295X2 cards.

“We’re happy to introduce this next chapter for our highly successful ‘Never Settle Forever’ program, delivering on the promise we made a year ago with our Unified Gaming Strategy,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. “AMD’s unrivaled graphics technology, combined with our ever-growing game developer partnerships, demonstrates that we are leading and shaping the gaming industry.”

Source: AMD

New Lytro "Lightfield" Camera to cost $1500

The technology behind Lytro - the company that makes a camera you can focus - after you shoot the image, is at it again with their next-generation camera. This one looks a lot more like a camera and has enough features to warrant a new model. The lens and sensor can capture an amazing 40 million rays of light. While this sounds incredible, it crams all of this data onto a 5 Megapixel image. That's not a lot of megapixels for the price, but it's a far cry about and beyond the first generation of light-field camera. There are some really cool sample images to interact with at the link below.

We should warn you, however, that if you were to save out a 40 Megaray file into something more suitable for print, it's equivalent to only about 5 megapixels. In addition, the Illum has a mechanical shutter with a speed of 1/4000th of a second, which Rosenthal says would make it great for sports photography. He showed us an example of a Lytro image where it captured a cloud of dirt as a motorcycle went around a dirt track.

Source: Engadget

Google to Help Samsung Fight Apple

Samsung is headed to court to fight yet another battle with Apple and this time around Google is feeling generous and has offered to help Samsung out. Essentially Google is offering to defend Samsung in court as as large as Samsung is, when they team up with Google, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with. This will be interesting to see, and if Samsung is in the wrong - they do need to pony up. However, if Apple is just being a troll, hopefullyt this will deliver a crushing blow that will keep their mouths shut about non-essential patents - like the rectangle.

A legal agreement made between Samsung and Google means that the Android-maker is bound to lend a hand in the event that Samsung loses its current battle with Apple. In court today, Apple disclosed some terms of a Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA) between Samsung and Google, including a clause that asks for Google to compensate Samsung.

Source: TheVerge

Microsoft Actually Buys up Nokia

Microsoft has done it. They have finally snagged up a hardware company - Nokia. They've had an exclusive deal with Nokia for Windows phone for a while and with a recent announcement that certain Nokia models will feature Android laden heavily with Microsoft services and Apps, it comes as no surprise that Microsoft finally bit the bullet and bought Nokia. Elop will be really happy now. Also, this is pretty much the end for Nokai - not only in name, but in hardware as Microsoft has proved dozens of times that they don't get mobile. Goodbye Nokia - you would have been missed 10 years ago.

The completion of this acquisition follows several months of planning and will mark a key step on the journey towards integration. This acquisition will help Microsoft accelerate innovation and market adoption for Windows Phones. In addition, we look forward to introducing the next billion customers to Microsoft services via Nokia mobile phones.

Source: Technet Blog

Netflix Raises Prices for New Customers

If you are thinking about jumping on the Netflix bandwagon, you'd better hurry if you want to keep the price at $7.99 for the streaming service. They are making plans to up the price "a dollar or two" in the very near future. If you're already a subscriber, it doesn't look you'll be affected. This is just a move that will affect new signups only. For ONCE it pays to be an early adopter.

The big question for Netflix? Now at 48 million customers strong (37.5 million in the US), can it push through a price hike without the customer losses it experienced the last time it changed pricing? In January it increased prices in Ireland by one euro per month and grandfathered current customers in at their existing price for two years, and says it saw "limited impact" as a result.

Source: Engadget, Netflix Earnings Call

30 Minutes of Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein: The New Order looks like a game that has a lot of promise. Wolfenstein was one of the first FPS games that I ever played and I rather enjoyed "Return to Castle Wolfenstein" years later. This new game shows the world as if WWII had a different outcome. It's an alternative history game that should scare the crud out of you. Check out the video below.


Disclaimer: I haven't watched the whole clip yet so some language could be NSFW.

WTU Episode #259 - Sony's PS4 Pulls Ahead by 2 Million Units

We have just posted up Episode #259 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing PS4 sells 7 Million Units, Steams most popular games and Google wants drones more than Facebook.We have those stories and more and the links below!


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Android App Pick - Shortcuts+ Lightroom

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are amazingly productive as we get busy with Shortcuts+ Lightroom. This is a simple App that connects to your computer and while you are editing photos and doing a TON of other stuff on your PC, you can speed up your workflow by pressing shortcuts that you find located inside Shortcuts+ Lightroom. Take a look if you use Lightroom and see the whole host of possibilities this allows.

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