Happy Tuesday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re looking at today:
Amazon wants to be in your home in yet another way
Not content to listen to your conversations with Alexa and to drop all manner of boxes on your front door, Amazon wants to invade your home in a completely new way: by creating its own version of Best Buy’s Geek Squad, one focused on smart home gadgets. The company is offering a free 45-minute consultation in seven cities (Austin is not one of them... yet) and $99 services to install devices such as smart thermostats. You may even be able to get such a service cheaper today. It’s Prime Day! Buzzfeed has a list of some of the better shopping deals for July 11.
Microsoft’s twofer deal
As part of its ongoing reorganization, Microsoft is bundling some of its offerings for enterprise and smaller businesses with packages called “Microsoft 365” that’ll include Windows 10, Office software and other security options. The company also announced, with hardware partners including Dell Technologies, its new Azure Stack “hybrid cloud” solution. And because there’s always one more thing, the company is also investing in rural broadband. But most people will want to know about Microsoft 365, which launches for Business on Aug. 2. It’s as if Microsoft is saying you don’t have to get Office and Win 10 separately. I wonder if there’s a gif that could communicate this....
Oculus VR deeply discounted
The best electronics deal for gamers may not be part of Prime Day: Oculus Rift, the high-end virtual reality device, has dropped to $399 for the next six weeks and that’s including the Touch controllers that used to sell for $199 on their own. $399 puts it below a PlayStation VR bundle and much lower than the $799 HTC Vive. Are we going to see a VR price war soon? Will the Oculus stay at this price permanently? MIT Technology Review is not gonna beat around the bush: it says the price cut suggests Oculus is “Dead in the water.” Dang, MIT!
That old whine
Ever wonder why old CRT screens/monitors emit a high-pitched sound? Tom Scott explains in this great YouTube video:
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