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In The News 01-09-15

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 by | Filed Under: In The News
 
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HP Offers Up $180 Windows Desktop

Prices on Windows desktops and laptops continue to fall. Right before Christmas, HP introduced their sub $200 Stream  notebook, not the company is offering a $180 desktop model also called Stream.

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This Mini PC is designed to compete with Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, but it differs in that is offers a full version of Windows that can run Windows desktop applications. It only had 32 GB of storage internally, but it comes with 200GB of OneDrive storage free for two years, plus a keyboard and mouse.  It features 4 USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity. 

It’s only a little over 2 inches tall and weighs less than a large coffee at around 24 ounces.  It will be for sale starting next Wednesday on the HP website and at retailers in early February.

PlayStation Offers Unlimited Game Streaming

Sony has announced a game subscription service for PlayStation users. Previously players could rent individual titles through the PlayStation Now service. Now they will be able to stream an unlimited about of content on their Sony gaming devices for $20 a month or $45 for a three month subscription.

Increasingly media is switching to a subscription model with services like Spotify or Netflix replacing retailers selling physical DVDs & CDs. That trend also applies to gaming and as gaming systems becoming more technically advanced and capable of streaming the large about of data needed to play complex games, expect to see more of it.

 Facebook Founder Wants You To Join His Book Club

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg wants you to get off Facebook, at least for a little while each day. His New Year’s resolution is to reed a book every other week in 2015 and he wants you to join him.

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He created the “A Year Of Books Facebook Page” and wants you to join him.  Zuckerberg says on the page, “Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today. I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.”

Members will read a new book every two weeks and then discuss it on the page.

~ Cynthia

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