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Tech Around the World: Friday Light Read Edition

Following a short break caused by nasty cold, Bozo The Newshunter is back with another set of news, adapted for your Friday light reading…

Dell releases powerful, well-supported Linux Ultrabook
"Project Sputnik" aims to be your fellow traveler by focusing on "DevOps."

Microsoft Reveals Pricing for Intel-based, Full-HD Surface Pro: $899
Today, I want to share a bit more detail about the growing Surface family of products and Surface with Windows 8 Pro, specifically around pricing. In January, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions and pricing will start at $899. 128GB Edition will come at $999.

Detailed Specifications of Nintendo Wii U Revealed
Nintendo did not officially reveal any detailed information about specifications of its latest console, but it was only a matter of time before specs of Nintendo Wii U gets published.

Discrete GPU Market Continues to Shrink, Nvidia Gains Market Share
Holding steady: 34.3 Million discrete GPUs shipped, 4.5% over last quarter but declined 5.2% from last year. There was a 4.5% dip in overall graphics shipments in Q3 from last quarter.

Far Cry 3 Servers Already Experiencing Issues
Even though Ubisoft have tweeted an apology, saying they?re working as fast as they can to get the servers back online. Whole article at Rock Paper Shotgun speaks volumes, though.

Google Drive adds site publishing
The hit parade of Google Drive updates continues. As of today, account holders can publish web content to their Drive storage in a public folder accessible from any browser.

Neuroscientist creates a large scale model of a functioning brain
Canadian neuroscientist Chris Eliasmith with the University of Waterloo has successfully created a functioning large-scale model of a brain.

Windows 8 Gets Possibly Free "Blue" Upgrade in 2013
Originally thought to be a service pack, sources at Microsoft have been spilling word of an upcoming release called Windows "Blue".

Windows 8 Gets Off To a Slow Start, According to The NPD Group
The consumer Windows PC and tablet market didn’t get the boost it needed from the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 in the U.S. Since the Windows 8 launch on October 26, Windows device sales have fallen 21 percent versus the same period last year, according to leading market research company The NPD Group’s Weekly Tracking Service. Notebooks, which have been weak throughout most of 2012, saw that trend continue as they fell 24 percent. Desktop sales have fared better this year, dropping just 9 percent.

Sony 84? 4K TV Owners To Be Loaned Ultra HD Video Player With 10 Movies
Sony has just unveiled a new 4K Ultra HD Video Player to go alongside its latest flagship 84-inch 4K television. In a bid to provide more content to the $25,000 TV set owners, the company has made the unusual move of loaning the media players to its customers instead. The ultra high-def media server will come pre-loaded with no less than ten, full-length feature films delivered in native 4K; the titles include The Amazing Spiderman, Total Recall (the 2012 remake), Battlefield: Los Angeles and Salt. Other 4K movies include hit comedies such as Bad Teacher, That’s My Boy and The Other Guys, while the lineup is rounded out by the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid, and a couple of classics in the form of The Bridge on the River Kwai and Taxi Driver.