Windows 8 update includes Start button (sort of)Microsoft announces new features for Windows 8.1, Google counts your calories, and Apple sells a cheaper iPod Touch.
The Start button is returning. Well, sort of. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Ever since Windows 8 came out with its new interface, users have cried out that they missed the classic Start button. So, Microsoft answered with a few tweaks to an update to Windows that's coming out later this year. Windows 8.1 will not have the true Start button. But, if you're in the desktop mode, there will a little Start icon on the bottom left corner that will take you to the menu of tiles. It's still not the familiar Start menu but it's something. And there are few other perks coming. Users will be able to have the desktop mode load right when you start the computer. There will be the option to save files direction to the Sky Drive online storage and you can better customize the Start screen background. Samsung has unveiled a smaller version of the Galaxy S4 Smartphone called the Galaxy S4 Mini. And it's for people who want to save a few bucks and save some pocket space since the 5-inch screen or the S4 can feel big to some people. This mini version has a 4.3-inch screen. You can do the same things on this phone but the hardware specs are a slight step down like the 8 megapixel camera instead of 13 megapixel camera. We don't know how much this will cost yet or when it will be on sale but, you know, Galaxy products are always hot. We'll probably know more about this phone later in June. Apple is selling a new cheaper version of the iPod Touch on its website. This new version is $230 saving you 70 bucks. But it doesn't come in those bright colors. It's cheaper because it has half the memory as 16 gigs and it doesn't have a camera on the back but you can still look at the camera on the front. Google's voice search is getting smarter as the days go by. And now, Google is adding the option to ask nutrition questions from your Google search app on your phone or on your desktop using the latest version of the chrome browser. So, if you're on a strict diet, you can pull out your phone to quickly ask questions like, how many carbs are in corn or how many calories are in popcorn? LinkedIn is getting into the photo-sharing game. Now the business folk as social network is allowing members to post status updates with images, documents and videos from other sites. And the traffic app ways has updated its apps to give you quick directions to your Facebook events. It is signed into the app with Facebook. It can give you a route to any event that you've RSVPed yes to on Facebook. The app specializes in telling drivers about traffic and hazards and will let you know where your friends are if you're both using the app. That's your tech news update. You can find more details on these stories at cnet.com/update and you can always stay updated by following along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.