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Published on August 31st, 2015 | by Gavin Cullen

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It’s Monday, so it must be time for our weekly round-up of tidbits we’ve come across over the past week.  First up . . .

NETFLIX PRICING

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Last week Netflix announced that new Irish subscribers would be seeing an increase in prices for its subscription service.  The basic one stream package rises from €6.99 to €7.99, the standard two stream package also rises one Euro to €9.99 per month and the top four stream package will now be €11.99.

Current subscribers will have their monthly bill frozen until August 2016, when they will also see the price rises.

Netflix says that the price increase is necessary in order to continue expanding their range of movies and programmes on offer.  Given the fantastic standard of Netflix Original TV series such as Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and the new Narcos, more of the same for a small price increase is not something we’re particularly upset about.  However, it would be nice to see an expansion of the Irish Netflix catalogue to one more resembling the much larger US catalogue.  Fingers crossed!

STORAGE WARS

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With Intel’s news of their 32-layer Optane range of SSDs (which we covered here last week) and Samsung’s 48-layer V-NAND chips, we’ve done some further research and found that Toshiba and SanDisk have also announced details of new storage products.  Their 3D NAND chips (known as BiCs) will start pilot production in the second half of 2015.  Given these new advances in storage technology and capacity, it looks like we could see a real price war for high-end, high-capacity, super-fast and affordable storage in 2016.  This is not only great news for the PC Gaming Master Race (likely to make high-spec, self-build gaming rigs cheaper), but also for mobile users, as SD card capacities and speeds will also increase.

You can find out more about Toshiba’s offerings here and SanDisk’s alternatives here.

ANDROID WEAR FOR APPLE?

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Currently just a rumour, but it’s possible that the next generation of Android watches may be compatible with iOS, the operating system found on Apple’s iPhones.  The source for this news, Android Police have a pretty track record with rumours of this nature, and the article cites the fact that Google have been working on iOS compatibility for a while now and a now retracted Amazon listing for the upcoming Huawei Watch (to be released on Wednesday, 2nd of September).  It’s an interesting possibility, and given that most Android wear is cheaper than the iWatch, may effect sales of the Apple device.  We’ll be keeping an eye on this one . . .

T-1000 GETS A STEP CLOSER

The American Chemical Society has released a video showing a new type of self-healing material and it’s pretty impressive stuff.  The material is formed from two layers of a solid polymer with a liquid sandwiched between them.  The liquid reacts with oxygen to harden in less than a second, this sealing any puncture in the material.  The research has been funded by NASA and its possible purposes include being used as material in future space missions.  Take a look at the substance at work:



 

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About the Author

Gavin Cullen

Gavin has been working in the TV industry in Ireland & the UK for over 15 years & recently produced TV3's The Gadget Buzz, Ireland's first & only TV show dedicated to all things "gadgety". Admitting to being a 60th level nerd, Gavin fits a love for gaming (computer & tabletop), comics & Lego into his busy schedule. He insists that "gadgety" is a real word.



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