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Facebook + WhatsApp

Ever since Facebook forked out big bucks for WhatsApp we knew that more and more integration would be happening (or we at least assumed so). Android users appear to be the first to see that integration in their Facebook app with a new WhatsApp button magically appearing which will allow you to communicate with your WhatsApp friends without having to close the Facebook app. I'm sure this is just the first piece of integration we'll see. TheNextWeb takes a closer look.

Facebook appears to be running a trial that features its subsidiary WhatsApp a lot more prominently in the main app.

Users are reporting seeing a dedicated WhatsApp button in the main Facebook app on Android. When clicked, the button acts like a shortcut, opening WhatsApp without the need to leave the Facebook app.

Does Apple slow down old devices?

Finally someone has confirmed my suspicions that there was something fishy about every time a new iPhone was released. Just about the time that a new iPhone comes out somehow older iPhones magically start running slower and everyone starts complaining. The folks over a Harvard has done a study and find it to be a little more than a coincidence (or just everyone trying to justify buying a new iPhone). More on this story can be found over at the Daily Mail and is worth a read.

A new study is backing up long held suspicions that Apple slows down older models of its iPhones to encourage users to buy a new release.

The U.S. study analysed worldwide searches for 'iPhone slow' and found that the search term spiked significantly around the time of new iPhone launch. 

It then compared those results with similar searches for the term 'Samsung Galaxy slow', and discovered the term was unaffected by new releases from Samsung.

Tunai DRUM Bass Enhanced Audiophile Earphones

We have just posted our review of the TUNAI DRUM Bass Enhanced Audiophile Earphones. They are priced to sell and offer incredible performance for the money. They have a very wide frequency response range and can even thump out the bass down to 25Hz. If you are looking for a solid set of earbuds that keep up with the big, expensive brands - check out our review for all the details.

Audio is such a subjective thing, but I'm super happy with these earphones. If they were packaged with the name Beyerdynamic, Shure or Sennheiser, you'd be happy spending $100+ on these and marvel that they could put this kind of sound in such and "affordable" package. When you consider that Tunai makes these for a mere $40 regular price, they are a steal of a deal.


Google buys part of HTC

Well I guess the rumors were true, Google has bought up part of HTC for a cool $1.1 billion. It appears like the deal is for the division that is responsible for producing the Pixel phones, which of course makes sense for Google to be the one to buy that part of the company. Compared to when Google bought up Motorola, the HTC deal seems like a pretty good deal and since the Pixel phone has been very well received this ensures that someone else doesn't scoop up the development team from HTC. The Wall Street Journal has the details.

If nothing else, Google’s deal with HTC should settle the question of whether it is serious about making its own phones.

Not that $1.1 billion is a heavy sum for a company with nearly $91 billion in net cash on hand. Alphabet Inc.’s Google actually spent 12 times as much six years ago to buy Motorola Mobility. But that purchase was more about acquiring patents than about dabbling in phone hardware, and Google got out three years later, after Motorola racked up a cumulative pretax operating loss of $2.7 billion.

The deal with HTC announced Thursday is very different—and less risky. For its $1.1 billion, Google is getting the large HTC team that helped develop Google’s first branded smartphone, the Pixel, launched late last year. The Pixel drew strong reviews, but its success has been constrained by production problems. IDC estimates Google has sold about 2.8 million of the smartphones globally, which would translate into a market share of about 0.2%.

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Google Pixelbook is Google's New Chromebook Pixel

Google has been quite successful with their Chrome OS and while they push hard to deliver ultra-premium Chromebooks with the Chromebook Pixel and now the Pixelbook, I think the market is quite limited when it comes to $1,199 USD Chromebooks. I use my Chromebook for a cheap alternative that can travel without cringing. Still, it's a sweet unit that replicates more of a Macbook Pro than a cheaper unit. Would you pay $1,199 for a Chromebook?

Yep, Pixelbook is the official name, which kind of makes sense since the line used to be called Chromebook Pixel, yet Google appears to be ready to fully embrace the “Pixel” branding for hardware. Or does that make sense? I can’t decide, but am looking forward to the explanation on October 4.

Source: Droid-Life

Steam Fights Review Bombing with Histograms

Steam has had to do a bit of damage control in the wake of the racist PewDiePie comments and the game company responding by issuing a DMCA takedown of some content uploaded to YouTube by the racist. Gamers have responded by review bombing (writing and leaving bad reviews) of the publishers game and Steam has tried to step in by showing a histogram of the reviews. That way you'll be able to see if and when the review shift altered course and that it might be some poor basement dwellers getting their knickers in a twist. It sucks that Steam has to implement these measures because of a racist gamer and a bunch of poor sports who still live in their mom's basement.

“As a potential purchaser, it's easy to spot temporary distortions in the reviews, to investigate why that distortion occurred, and decide for yourself whether it's something you care about,” Kroll wrote. “This approach has the advantage of never preventing anyone from submitting a review, but does require slightly more effort on the part of potential purchasers. It also has the benefit of allowing you to see how a game's reviews have evolved over time, which is great for games that are operating as services.”

Source: Polygon

Regular Pre-Orders for Xbox One X Open Up

If you want to spend some money and snag yourself an Xbox One X for Christmas, the pre-orders have opened up and are ready to go. This console isn't the cheapest thing you've ever bought at $499 USD, but you do get a solid console that runs games at true 4K. The storage options aren't huge at this point with the only version up for grabs topping out at 1TB, but that should be enough to get you going as Microsoft has integrated easy external storage options in their box. 

Microsoft's Xbox One X console is the first to run games at True 4K, making it the most powerful console that exists. The company confirmed today that there are now over 130 games that are to be enhanced for the One X, and that now includes Far Cry 5, L.A. Noire, GreedFall, and Okami HD.

Pre-Order yours in Canada here.

Source: Neowin

Customers are Making Phones More Expensive

I can't help but feel that the article linked below is a propaganda piece from phone manufacturers, but there is a lot of truth to it as well. Back in the day when we went from a 4-inch to a 4.7-inch display, the cost of the upgrade was essentially free. It didn't cost $80 more for each new generation of device. Now that we are pretty much topped out on hardware, the screen and some materials are the basic differences between devices and if you want premium, you have to pay a premium price. As consumers keep forking out for the $800 phone, you can bet companies will add a few new materials or some other tweaks that justify the hiked price. If no one bought a $900 phone, there would never be a $1000 phone. Even though the screen is the biggest expense of a phone, do I really need an iPhone X crushing screen of 2960x1440 on my S8? I don't, but I do love the quality and was happy to get it. It's my fault basically. Sorry.

As consumers, we still have a wide breadth of options that can keep us satisfied without being at the absolute pinnacle of new technology. The Moto Z2 Play, the iPhone SE, the Honor 9, and a smattering of well designed ZTE phones can fulfill most people’s mobile needs (it’s not like Snapchat demands an especially awesome camera, right?) while costing a third of the price of an iPhone X. But the premium market is definitely drifting up, and we’re going to see more stratification than we used to have, even while things like dual-camera systems become table stakes for most devices. It’s going to be an uneven path forward, though the likelihood is high that we will continue to enthusiastically support phone makers as they make that shift.

Source: TheVerge

Configuration Error Allows PS4 and Xbox One Cross-Platform Play

Microsoft really wants to be able to play with Sony, but Sony wants to keep people on their more popular PS4 platform. Sony also says that this requires a bit of work and it is work that developers may not be interesting in doing. It seems that it is probably just a simple line of code that is basically "If Peer = Xbox Then Deny" "If Peer = PS4, Then Accept". A configuration error in the game "Fortnight" confirmed this and both camps - Micorosft and Sony, were able to play together for a time. Whoops. Next excuse please?

The phenomenon was discovered two days ago by a Reddit user playing Epic Games' recently launched early access game Fortnite on the PlayStation 4. The user noticed that a player who killed him in the game's new battle royale mode had a name tag with a space in it, which is impossible to do on a PlayStation 4, but not a problem on the Xbox One or PC.

Source: Neowin

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