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Xbox One USB Wireless Adapter for Windows Arrives Oct. 20 | News & Opinion |

We get it, we do: Wireless is often a better option than wired when it comes to gaming controllers. What you lose in having a perpetual power connection, you gain in convenience—and you don't hack off your roommates by having a huge cable dragging across the living room whenever you're in front of the TV.

If you're a PC gamer, you haven't really had any options to go completely wireless with Microsoft's Xbox One. At least, you can't hang out on your bed and use an Xbox One controller to wirelessly control the content you're streaming from your Xbox One to your PC monitor—a specific setup, we know, but one that Microsoft is definitely hoping console gamers can take advantage of in the company's new Windows 10 operating system.


Netflix Raises Price for New Users by $1 a Month - WSJ

Netflix Inc. NFLX 5.12 % raised the price of its most popular streaming plan in the U.S. by $1 for new customers as it ramps up investment in original shows and movies.

Netflix said its “standard” plan that allows for two simultaneous streams will now cost $9.99 a month, up from $8.99 previously. The increase won’t impact its other plans, which include a “basic” one at $7.99 a month that allows for one stream and a “premium” plan at $11.99 a month that permits four streams at once.

“To continue adding more TV shows and movies including many Netflix original titles, we are modestly raising the price for some new members in the U.S., Canada and Latin America,” a Netflix spokesman said in an emailed statement. “As a thank you to existing Netflix members -- who aren’t already benefiting from grandfathering -- we will maintain their current price for a year.”

Netflix shares rose about 1.8% in late-afternoon trading to $110.09.


Better shave claims by double, triple, quadruple disposable razor makers is marketing horse manure

By Mike Thayer

 I don't know of any man who actually likes to shave...  Likes the end result yes, but the actual act of shaving?  No.

Most men these days use some kind of disposable razor and there are many options out there to choose from, too many in fact.  Manufacturers offer far more than single blade cheap plastic models and after all, if one blade is good, then more blades are even better, right?  There's double blades, triple blades with 'comfort strips', even quadruple blades with stylish, ergonomic handles and Aloe...    Guess what?  It's all marketing bunk.

Tired of banging my quadruple blade disposable razor against the side of the sink basin trying to clear out the razor head full of stubble, I recently went 'retro' and bought a bag of the classic, no nonsense, single blade Bic razors.

Read on.......


Hot-button issue: iPhone 6S hints at an end to the home button - CNET

When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, he touted the elegance of its design, particularly how simple it was to navigate the smartphone from a single point.

"On the front, there's only one button," Jobs said. "We call it the home button. Takes you home from wherever you are. And that's it."

That was a radical design, given at the time that Nokia's and BlackBerry's top-selling smartphones required pressing lots of buttons and keys. Eight years and nine generations of the iPhone later, Apple's round home button has remained a focal point for navigating the smartphone and a design feature that's helped set the Cupertino, California, company apart from competitors.

But the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S, which goes on sale Friday alongside its larger iPhone 6S Plus sibling, may mark the beginning of the end of the home button. Some of the new functionality in the iPhone 6S -- including the pressure-sensitive touchscreen and expanded use of the voice-activated Siri virtual assistant -- may be laying the groundwork for a radical shift in design by diminishing the need for a physical home button.


GM's Bob Lutz calls the Apple Car a "gigantic money pit" - Fortune

No one has made a nickel selling electric cars, Bob Lutz told CNBC Monday, responding to reports that Apple has redoubled its automotive efforts and is aiming to introduce an electric car in 2019 or 2020.

“Apple has no experience,” Lutz said. “There’s no reason to assume Apple will do a better job than General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota or Hyundai. I think this is going to be a gigantic money pit.”

Apple has heard this kind of talk before. Most famously, from Palm’s Ed Colligan, two months before Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.


Review: Apple’s iPhone 6s And 6s Plus Go ‘Tick’ | TechCrunch

Tick, tock. Tick, tock. This is the familiar sound of Apple’s iPhone.

Popularized by chip maker Intel, ‘tick tock development’ has come to refer to a major change in a product followed by a refinement of that product. For several years, Apple has focused on large design changes every two years, with healthy, though arguably less showy, upgrades in between. This has resulted in the iPhone and ’s’ iPhone being considered iterations of one another, rather than whole sale new models.

Though most people assume that those middle models are a simple refresh, Apple has been enacting a new strategy of using the mid-cycle models to set the stage for the power requirements (in terms of raw speed) for its next iteration.


Volkswagen Says 11 Million Cars Worldwide Are Affected in Diesel Deception - The New York Times

FRANKFURT — The scope of Volkswagen’s diesel scandal broadened on Tuesday, when the company said that 11 million of its diesel cars worldwide were equipped with the same software that was used to cheat on emissions tests in the United States.

The German automaker said it was setting aside 6.5 billion euros, or about $7.3 billion, to cover the cost of fixing the cars to comply with pollution standards. That could have a big impact on the company’s profits, which totaled €12.7 billion last year.


Microsoft Band 2 Leaked Images Show Off Sleek New Curved Display : PERSONAL TECH : Tech Times

The Microsoft Band 2 has shown up online in newly leaked images showing off the upcoming fitness tracker's sleek, new design featuring a curved display.

Just ahead of Microsoft's media event scheduled for Oct. 6, where the Redmond-based company is expected to showcase the much anticipated Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones, Spanish website shared several photos of what is believed to be the Band 2.


Apple cleaning up iOS App Store after first major attack - Yahoo Finance

BOSTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Sunday it is cleaning up its iOS App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in the first large-scale attack on the popular mobile software outlet.

The company disclosed the effort after several cyber security firms reported finding a malicious program dubbed XcodeGhost that was embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps.

It is the first reported case of large numbers of malicious software programs making their way past Apple's stringent app review process. Prior to this attack, only five malicious apps had ever been found in the App Store, according to cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks Inc.