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Google Pixel Review

Google's new Pixel phone (and Pixel XL phone) has been launched and it getting some really good news in the midst of Apple botching their new updates and Samsung having their Note 7 phone exploding. Overall the Pixel has impressed people and it might have come at the perfect time as consumers are looking for alternatives. The Guardian takes a closer look at the Pixel, and while it might not be perfect, still gets top marks.

Google has finally launched an own-brand smartphone, the Pixel, to challenge Apple head on and provide a premium Android experience with the hardware tailored to the software by the people who actually make it..

The new smartphone succeeds Google’s Nexus line of devices and the company claims that the Pixel is now 100% Google, unlike the Nexus devices where Google provided the software and had some input into the devices but not total control. The Pixel phone joins the Pixel C Android tablet and Chromebook Pixel as Google’s first in-house devices.

Nintendo Switch announcement gets mixed reviews

The Nintendo Switch has been announced and after watching the promotional video I think there were a few mixed reviews. Engadget had their staff provide their thoughts and while I wouldn't say it was overwhelmingly positive, there was a good mix of opinions. We've all still got to wait until March until the Switch hits store shelves, but some of the questions surrounding the Switch will hopefully be answered sooner rather than later.

We now know that Nintendo's next-generation game console will be the Switch, a hybrid device offering portable and home gaming in one. But there's a lot we don't know. What games will it launch with? How much it will cost? What's that screen like? Will it play games on a TV at 1080p? How long will the battery last? We'll find out more about the Switch before its March 2017 release, and the answers to those questions, and more, will likely dictate our overall judgement.

Nintendo NX is now the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has finally shown off some footage of their next generation console, which was called the Nintendo NX until this week when the name was officially released, the Nintendo Switch. 



It appears that the Nintendo Switch is more like the Wii U than we were lead to believe, however, the merging of portable and console is a good move for Nintendo as they've dominated the mobile gaming market for decades. 

Thoughts? Are you going to save up until March to get one? Let us know if the forum using the like below.

Throttling unlimited data plans costs Verizon $48 Million

Verizon has been throttling unlimited data plans that they sold to their cell phone customers for a while and it has now cost them $48 million in fines. This is good news for customers who paid for unlimited data and weren't getting what they paid for, although it will probably also make companies reconsider before offering unlimited anything. The Verge has the full story.

Affected T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers will be eligible for 4GB of additional mobile internet data under the "Simple Choice MINT" plan, as well as a 20 percent discount on in-stock phone accessories. T-Mobile will pay for those benefits through a $35.5 million consumer benefit program, with an additional $7.5 million paid directly to the US Treasury and $5 million in services and equipment provided to American schools.

Candy Crush Game Show

I wish it were April 1st, because this makes more sense as a practical joke than a real idea. It's true though that Candy Crush is set to become a game show. For real. While the game has been incredibly popular, I have no idea how it would even make a game show. CBS is teaming up with Candy Crush maker, King Games as well as Lionsgate to pull this off. Reality TV and Game Shows is why North America is struggling as a nation - and why Justin Trudeau, Hillary Clinton and Donal Trump are prominent politicians.

This move follows the recent successes of retro-style game shows like Celebrity Family Feud as well as mobile game crossovers like the Angry Birds movie and the upcoming Fruit Ninja feature. This is what we get for complaining about how Hollywood was only interested in rebooting existing franchises.

Source: Engadget

Pixel Software Makes The Camera Great

Google has put together a pretty interesting device with the Pixel phone. It has a great fit and finish, a fantastic camera, a solid screen and great battery life. The interesting thing about some of the features are that the hardware isn't all that cutting edge. Google has put together a tremendous software package that makes average hardware perform incredibly. The future of the camera is all about the software.

Clearly, this is by far the most competitive Google has ever been in mobile photography. But the Pixel phones, on paper, don't have cutting-edge hardware, relying on an f/2.0 lens without optical image stabilization. Instead, and in typical Google fashion, Google has turned to complex software smarts in order to power the Pixel camera.

Source: TheVerge

Apple Expected to Release Mac Refresh on October 27

According to sources, Apple is gearing up for their next big event on October 27. This event will be focused around the Mac platform and it will be interesting to see what micro-chip Apple uses this time around, and if they can beat the competition in the thin-and-light category that they actually created. It should be interesting to see what they've got up their sleeve, but I'm honestly not expecting much.

The timing of the event is fairly interesting, as it would be scheduled just a day after Microsoft's event on October 26, where the company is expected to unveil a Surface all-in-one, as well as show off the next feature update to Windows 10, which is currently called Redstone 2.

Source: Neowin

New Titanfall 2 Trailer

Titanfall had a lot of hype and even had a pretty substantial user base when it first launched, but the handful of maps and even fewer game modes made the game quickly fade from popularity. Titanfall 2 hopes to build on the hype and keep the experience fresh. Take a look at their latest trailer below.


Source: GameSpot

Acer Swift 7 is Awesome

Acer does make some good products, but they rarely get called "Awesome". Well, with products like the Swift 7, they deserve the accolade. This is a Windows 10 machine that will set you back $999 and comes with a full HD display, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a full Core i5-7Y54 processor. It's under 1cm thin (0.39-inches) and boasts 9 hours of battery life in addition to Bluetooth, 802.11ac, Gorilla Glass and more. 

Cutting-edge technology wrapped in the world’s thinnest, ultra-light, versatile laptop design is what gives Acer’s Swift 7 its distinguished sleekness and sophistication. Tailored for life-on-the-go professionals, the Swift 7 leverages powerful processing and the fastest wireless connectivity to deliver a timeless portable computing experience. Combine that with its 13.3 inch FHD IPS display, stylish aluminum chassis and an extra-long battery life, and you quickly see why this PC delivers a most memorable multimedia experience.

Source: Amazon

HP Workspace Allows x86 Apps on Windows Phone

HP announced their Elite x3 phone back in February and at that time they also announced a new program called "Workspace" that was supposed to allow you to run x86 applications on your Windows Mobile device through Continuum. Well, it's here and it uses virtualization in the cloud to stream your favorite x86 applications as promised. If this would have arrived back in February before Windows Mobile 10 pretty much disappeared, it could have been a game-changer for the corporate client. Now, Windows Phone is pretty much irrelevant.

Interestingly, Workspace isn't exclusive to the Elite x3; you can download and use the app on any Continuum-enabled Windows 10 Mobile device, such as the Lumia 950 or 950 XL. The 60-day free trial, however, is exclusive to anyone that purchased "any HP Elite x3 bundle" before the end of January, 2017.

Source: Neowin

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