Welcome to Episode 115.  This week it is an early morning recording session on Friday the 13th, by the way nothing went wrong during recording, to bring you a snapshot of this past weeks tech news.

I kick things off reminding you about the TechPodcast Networks CES 2014 coverage next month in Las Vegas.  Each year TPN has a group of partner shows on the ground out there to bring you interviews with product teams and additional product demos to show you the new tech heading our way.

I will have a dedicated page setup for CES 2014 coverage including TPN’s live stream so keep an eye out for that in January as well.

This weeks other topics of discussion include:

  • Tech companies rally together about surveillance reform
  • Microsoft Account activity history
  • AT&T offering gigabit Internet for your web history
  • Swipe Down in Windows 8.1 to close apps
  • 50 best tech products of 2013
  • Angry Birds Go!
  • Office 365 Admin App goes cross platform
  • Instagram Direct
  • Buffer for Business
  • Nokia’s 8 inch tablet
  • A week with Surface 2
  • A 3 Surface family in Seattle
  • Remove Kindle Ads
  • Clarification on Windows 7 retail sales deadline
  • Windows XP end getting closer
  • Windows 8.1 Preview license expiration
  • Making Windows 8 a free upgrade
  • More Windows 8.1 tutorial videos from Scott Hanselman
  • Changes coming to Windows 8.2/Threshold
  • Microsoft Stores and the PC market
  • Photosynth App update
  • Surface firmware updates
  • Surface Pro 2 firmware install issue
  • Dell Venue 8 Pro post Patch Tuesday Wi-Fi issue
  • Focus on Steve Ballmer as he prepares to leave Microsoft
  • Bill Gates resigning as Chairman of Microsoft
  • Xbox One gets first post release update
  • November gaming console sales numbers
  • Predicting who wins December between Xbox One and PS4
  • Steve Sinofsky pokes at Windows in jest
  • Twitter steps back from blocking change

Until next time enjoy the show and thanks for listening.

Date Produced: 13 December 2013

Length: 43:49

Format: MP3, 128KBPS

Size: 42.4MB

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