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CNET Update: Windows 9 may be revealed next month

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CNET Update: Windows 9 may be revealed next month

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Microsoft is said to show off the next version of Windows in late September, wireless carriers battle for customers with cheaper plans, and Disney takes on Clash of Clans with a "Star Wars" game.

It won't be long before Microsoft reveals Windows 9. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNet update. [MUSIC] Are you ready for a new Windows? Microsoft is working on updating the often criticized Windows 8 operating system, and sources say that we'll see the new and improved Windows 9 near the end of September. The verge has a source pending the big reveal on September 30th. Now you may have heard this next version referred to by the code name Threshold. It's supposed to include features that make Windows easier to use on non touch screen devices. It should bring a new mini start menu. Kill the charms bar. And even bring you Cortana, that's the voice command assistant that debuted on Windows phones. But even though this preview of Windows 9 will be revealed in a month, the final formal version won't likely be released until the spring of next year. The cell phone carriers keep coming up with new promotions and lower price plans to win you over. Verizon now has a $60 a month plan for individuals and you get 2 gigs of data with that which is a $30 price drop than what it used to be. Sprint also has a new 60 dollar a month plan, but it's unlimited data. But there are some catches, you either have use your existing phone or you have to pay the full price of a new phone in monthly installments. It's $20 less than what T-Mobile offers in its unlimited plan, but T-Mobile is countering it by offering. Unlimited plan upgrades and credit when you recruit your friends to switch to T-Mobil. And, speaking of cell phones, if your phone can't keep a charge, maybe you'll want to wear your charger as a bracelet. The QBracelet is a high fashion bangle that snaps to part your available charging ports for either an Apple lightning connector, or a micro USB. The battery inside holds enough juice to recharge an iPhone 5S up to 60%. It comes in several sizes and metallic designs. The company is taking pre-orders now for $80. And it's expected to ship out mid-December. But if you don't wanna wait that long, there are other universal charger wristbands out there, like this $25 model you can find listed on Think Geek and Amazon. But some users complain of their wrist getting hot while they recharge it and it doesn't quite hold the charge for everyone, better wait to see if the QBracelet solves that problem. If you want a new mobile game to get hooked on, this is the app you're looking for. Disney released Star Wars: Commander, which mimics the popular game Clash of Clans. Where players build up armies and towns to battle one another, but in the Star Wars twist, it'll have a storyline that takes place in the time of the original trilogy where you fight with the Rebel Alliance, or the Galactic Empire. It's available now on Apple's App Store. That's your tech news update, but you can always find more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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