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Chevrolet's Cell Phone Cooler

Chevrolet has announced that one of their new features in their 2016 lineup of vehicles will be the option for a 'air conditioned cell phone cooler'. Yup, we've reached the point in history where we are now providing cooling options in our vehicles for our precious cell phones. Keeping your cell phone 'cool' isn't the worst idea as technology just generally functions better at reasonable temperatures and Chevrolet's technology (AKA putting a vent in a compartment that you store your cell phone in) is probably a cheap selling feature, I just have to laugh at the poor salesman who will be trying to sell this as a good reason to trade your old car in on a new one.... Engadget has more.

Early summer on the East Coast hasn't been its usual level of brutal this year, but it's only a matter of time before smartphones start wigging out in the heat. Things only get trickier when you're charging up in your sweltering car, so Chevy cooked up an "active phone cooling" system to keep gadgets from overheating in their 2016 range of vehicles. Don't get too carried away, though: That's just a high-falutin' name for an air vent that points at a warm phone while it's wirelessly charging.

Google Glass is coming back?

Google Glass was 'dead' thanks to a shuffle over at Google, then a couple months later it was upgraded to 'trust us, it's coming back someday', and now thanks to some nifty detective work is in the 'actively testing' stage once again. Thanks to some documents dug up from the FCC, it appears that Google is actively testing the next version of Google Glass which could mean that we are closer than anyone was expecting to seeeing Google Glass 2.0 (or whatever name they go with this time around). Could we see this next generation before the end of the year? Maybe. The Verge has more details.

At the beginning of this year, the Google Glass program was moved into Tony Fadell's Nest division and the questions surrounding the wearable changed from "when will this weird head gadget finally die" to "when will this weird head gadget be reinvented and released to consumers." Since then, Eric Schmidt insisted that the program is far from dead and the CEO of Italian eyewear Luxxotica told the Wall Street Journal said a "second version" that incorporated the "second thoughts" Google had about the platform was coming "soon."

Samsung is on top again

The Apple vs. Samsung back and forth has now swung back into Samsung's favor once again. According to a new report, Samsung is on top of the smartphone market once again thanks to a strong Q2 in 2015. Apple had finally dethroned Samsung from the top in Q1 thanks to strong iPhone 6 sales, but Samsung came back swinging with the Galaxy S6 lineup. Samsung is still seeing strong sales of the Galaxy S5 which hasn't hurt the numbers one bit and we will see how long they can hold onto top spot. BestMobs has the full story.

According to statistics put out by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech research firm, the Apple iPhone 6 was the most popular smartphone in the US between April and May 2015 but Samsung smartphones, inspired by the new Galaxy S6, collectively beat Apple in numbers within the period.

The 2014-released Samsung Galaxy S5 was ranked second-best selling smartphone followed by the the Galaxy S6 while the phablet-sized Apple iPhone 6 Plus was placed at fifth position in the most popular order.

Xiaomi on the rise

Xiaomi is a relatively unknown name in North America, however, elsewhere they are really starting to make a name for themselves, especially after moving 34.7 Million phones in the first 6 months of 2015! These sales figures show a 33% growth this year and makes them now the 3rd largest exporter of phones. Xiaomi is expanding into new markets and with this momentum have become a big player in the market very quickly. TechCrunch has more details over here.

Xiaomi, which is valued at $45 billion and is the world’s third largest exporter of phones, this week expanded into Brazil and is thought to have a slate of other international expansions lined up for this year. That’s important because CEO and co-founder Lei Jun previously estimated that the company would sell 100 million smartphones this year. While 34.7 million in the first half of 2015 is impressive — Xiaomi said it represents a 33 percent increase on the first half of 2014 — the company is going to need to kick up its sales if it is to hit Lei Jun’s lofty target for 2015.

Facebook Wants to Post Emotions

If you read the headline and thought it should read "Emoticons", you're wrong. Facebook wants to be able to actually post things to your wall based on your emotions, feelings and thoughts. Pretty soon we won't even have to talk, type or even see anyone anymore! That's right, we will become more socially awkward, obese and probably end up sharing thoughts we hadn't intended on. I rant enough about the Ground Hog every year - if I posted by my thoughts, I probably wouldn't have any friends. I don't think this is a feature - it sounds more like a nightmare.

First, people are gaining the power to share in richer and richer ways. We used to just share in text, and now we post mainly with photos. In the future, video will be even more important than photos. After that, immersive experiences like VR will become the norm. And after that, we'll have the power to share our full sensory and emotional experience with people whenever we'd like.

Source: FastCompany

Facebook Gets Expensive

It appears that Facebook is now letting you send money right through Facebook Messenger. This sounds like a convenient way for people to mess with you and snag some free cash. According to sources, you can transfer money into your friends bank account by hooking up a payment method like a debit card (similar to PayPal). Although there are fees associated for credit cards, the cost is low and Facebook wants to be a part of the growing payment pie.

To recap, users who add their debit card information in Messenger's settings section can send payments by starting a conversation with one or more friends, picking the "$" icon that appears in the row above the software keyboard, and tapping "Pay." Users who receive money do so by opening up that friend's message and accepting the payment when prompted.

Source: Mashable

WTU Episode #318 - One Billion Windows 10 PCs!

We have just posted up Episode #318 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing SSDs are not replacing hard drives, Microsoft hopes for 1 Billion Windows 10 PCs by 2017 and you can buy your own jetpack - next year. Check out those stories and more at the links below.


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Rosewill USB WiFi Lineup Review

We have just posted up our review of some USB WiFi adapters from Rosewill. We've got three different products ranging from simple 802.11n with a low price tag, all the way up to a 802.11ac USB 3.0 product with a bit higher price tag. For the money, you won't be able to find anything to really compare them to, but just because they are inexpensive doesn't mean they are great value. Check our review for all the details.

In the performance section is where things go from fantastic to just plain average. While the rated speed of these units looked very promising, on our test machines here at BCCHardware, we found the performance numbers to be a bit lacking. While they offer a solid connection, they weren't screaming fast by any means.

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Android App Pick - Smart Measure

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are getting productive with Smart Measure. It's a simple-to-use app that helps you measure distance, height, length and more. The best thing is that all you need is the camera on your device. Check it out for all the details!

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Woz Says We Will Become Pets for AI Robots

Steve Wozniak is not a dummy and he figures that machines will keep us humans as pets when AI becomes smarter than us. That's right, he figures when - not if. This could make the future interesting, but according to Woz, robots with incredible AI will know that they need nature and humans are part of nature - so we're going to be ok.

Wozniak surmised that when (not if, mind you) AI machines become smarter than us piddling mortals, they'll keep us around because they'll realize we're needed, that we as the human population are part of a delicate ecosystem, and like other creatures of the planet, we have our place (hopefully he's right and things don't go the other way).

Source: HotHardware

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