So, Blizzard has this online gaming service called Battle.net. Maybe you’ve heard of it, I don’t know. It’s been around since 1996. And, indeed, after 20 years, they’ve decided to change the name! On their World of Warcraft blog, Blizzard announced that they are changing the name from Battle.net to Blizzard tech. Hmmm. They say the change is motivated by confusion and inefficiencies around having two separate identities. There’s been changes with things like Blizzard Streaming and Blizzard Voice, and so they want to continue these changes to bring unity under the Blizzard name. The name change to Blizzard tech will take place in the next several months, apparently. I mean, this all makes sense, but I think after 20 years, people will miss the nostalgic sound of .net. I don’t know.
Samsung has unveiled the 960 Pro and 960 Evo M.2 NVMe SSDs and they’re reeeeeall fast. They use a 4-lane PCIe 3.0 interface like the 950 Pro. The 960 Pro offers a read speed of 3.5GB/s and writes of 2.1GB/s, while the evo does 3.2GB/s and 1.9GB/s respectively. The Pro and Evo use Samsung’s Polaris controller (no relation to AMD’s Polaris GPUs) which features a five-core chip compared to the three-core chip in the 950 Pro. Both drives also feature Samsung’s latest 3D V-NAND technology. The 960 Pro and EVO have 48-layer NAND, allowing Samsung to offer a 2TB version! DAAAaammnn Dduuuddee! But that one costs $1300.00. Ya. So. The Evo is cheaper. The Pro and Evo are set to release in October.
AT & T has announced what they call Project AirGig. It’s the companies plan to provide a multi-gigabit internet connection over powerlines. Only, the connection isn’t carried through the powerlines, but rather, AROUND them, as the powerlines serve as a guide for the signal. AT&T has built low cost plastic antennas in their ‘lab’ apparently, and the idea is to attach these antennas to powerlines creating a modulated radio signal around them, which could make internet readily available whether it be in large cities, or small towns all around the world. The fact that a fast connection like this could take place without the installation of new poles or anything like that, sounds pretty interesting. Apparently there are a lot of unhappy AT&T customers in the states, so if the field trials starting next year go well, things are looking up from here.
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Google Now is now just Google. Yes, they’ve renamed Google Cards to Feed and Now on Tap is referred to as Screen Search in the newest update to the Google Search app.
Also, the Google Allo chat app has just been released on Android and IOS featuring, of course, Google Assistant and Smart Reply, which we talked about a while back. I mean, come on, I already use like 3 messaging apps and one of those is Hangouts, which I enjoy, all right?!
The Pokemon Company CEO really wants everyone to know that there will be Pokemon games on the Nintendo NX and that it will be a sort of hybrid console re-defining hand-held devices. Even though Nintendo hasn’t really said anything about it yet, except that it will maybe be unveiled before March. All right.
The Surface Pro 3 had problems with the Simplo battery, then there was firmware to fix it and it worked, but supposedly that same firmware may be what is now causing the LG batteries to be failing. Wow. Can’t catch a break.
YouTube has developed a new program called YouTube Heroes in which it rewards commenters for acting as moderators and reporting bad comments, writing accurate subtitles, and answering forum questions. I trust that all of you will be participating in this new initiative!
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