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Xbox One S Now $249 With Minecraft

Microsoft is going after Sony purely on price with yet another round of price cuts and bundles on their Xbox One S. This time around you can pick up an Xbox One S with the Minecraft Favorites bundle for a mere $249. This is great if you are a Minecraft guru as in includes digital downloads for the Xbox One as well as PC. It also includes Minecraft extras such as Halo Mash-up as well as Festive Mash-Up.

Xbox One S is the only console that offers 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range. With the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live, play over 100 award-winning exclusive games and enjoy a growing library of more than 300 Xbox 360 games playable through Backward Compatibility on Xbox One.

Source: Xbox Newswire

Windows 10 UMPC Running on Snapdragon 835 is Coming

There are some good things coming in the Ultra Portable PC market thanks to the power of the new Snapdragon 835 processor from Qualcomm. It appears that they are going ahead with the KS-PRO. This is a Windows 10 (full version) powered device that packs in a beautiful 8-inch 2560x1440 screen and keeps it humming with 8GB of memory, 128GB of internal storage plus a MicroSD card slot. In addition to that is pretty much everything you want and need in a computer or a phone and it's all wrapped up into one. Take a look at the link below. It's a beauty - but for $750, it may be a bit out of my league.

Source: Neowin

Google Talk Dies so Hangouts Can Live On

We've talked about how Google has too many chat applications that overlap and don't really offer any new features to the mix. One of the best of their many is Hangouts, but they've been threatening to pull the plug on this app for a while now. Thankfully it will live at least a little longer as Google decided to kill the "Talk" app instead. I'm sure the way Google Labs works that Hangouts will disappear soon, but for now, it lives on.

And speaking of messaging on Android, Google is trying to clean up that messy experience as well. Removing SMS messaging from Hangouts was the first step in that process, and those messages will be completely turned off starting on May 22. For your texting needs, Google is now directing users to its new Android Messages app, which will be getting additional features like read receipts, group chat and hi-res photo sharing. The changes do not, however, affect anyone using Hangouts as their SMS messaging app for Google Voice or Project Fi.

Source: Engadget

ZTE Grand X 4 Smartphone Evaluation

We have just posted our review of the ZTE Grand X 4 Smartphone. This is an Android 6.0.1 device that packs in a very large battery into a device with mainstream specifications. While it's not going to break any benchmark records, it's a solid device that is worth a look if you want a lot of features on a decent device that won't break the bank - or be required to be tethered to a charger all day. Take a look at our review for all the little details.

The ZTE Grand X 4 is a 5.5-inch device that packs an "HD" 720p display, a rear 13MP camera, 5MP front camera, 1080p video recording and a very solid 3,140mAh battery. Under the hood is a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor that is fed by 2GB of RAM and has an internal storage capacity of 16GB. The specifications won’t melt you mind, but with the enormous battery and 720p screen, the battery life should be impressive.

ZTE Grand X 4 Review

Moto G5

Motorola (Lenovo) has released their new G5 phone which offers high end features for less the $300 with no contract. There are more and more great options for smartphones that don't cost an arm and a leg but the new G5 is taking things to a new level. The Verge takes a closer look at the G5 and explains why it's a tough value to beat.

The lesson of Lenovo’s new Moto G5 Plus is simple: cheap smartphones have no business feeling cheap anymore. The "below this price, you get a lackluster device" line that once existed has officially evaporated when you can buy a phone for as little as $229 with a metal build, phenomenal display, great performance, and satisfactory battery life. And best of all, it’s a phone that you can take to any major carrier, and it’ll just work. Very few other bargain phones can offer the same convenience.

Twitter looking at paid memberships

In an attempt to bring in some extra revenue, Twitter has been exploring a paid subscription model to offer more features to users for a monthly fee. Right now the details on what you'd get for a monthly fee are pretty vague as Twitter is polling users but it sounds like at this point free users won't be losing any features. As more and more users make the move from Twitter to other social media platforms rolling out a paid service is going to be a tricky task for Twitter. BBC has the full story.

The micro-blogging service, which has struggled to grow its user base in recent years, is carrying out surveys to “assess interest” in the idea.

Paying members would get access to an enhanced version of Tweetdeck, Twitter’s souped-up interface that offers more functionality than Twitter.com.

The company has not made any indication it is considering charging regular users of the service.

Apple's new products

Apple announced some new products to the world on Tuesday, none of which got people as excited as they once were, but now users have a few new options. Biggest highlight of course was an updated iPad, as well as a couple new iPhone models (new colors). Other than that the other announcements were pretty minor and didn't really get anyone too exited. Gizmodo has a list of all the new Apple announcements.

It’s been an exceedingly busy morning for Apple. As anticipated, the company earlier today released a range of new devices and accessories; and while the rumored 10.5-inch iPad didn’t make an appearance, there’s still a whole a lot to like about everything Apple introduced just a few short hours ago.

To help you make sense out of everything, we’ve put together a short but sweet list which highlights every new item that hit Apple’s online store earlier this morning. Whether you’re curious about the company’s new iPad models or the company’s new video editing app, we’ve got you covered.

What happened to tablet sales?

Tablet sales have been dropping for the past couple years and even though companies refresh their offerings the tablet market keeps getting softer. There are a few ideas as to why this is happening and the lack of usage (which prolongs life of the devices) is one them. Regardless of the reasons, the announcements of new tablets haven't been getting the fanfare they once did. TechCrunch has the full story.

In the past month, both Apple and Samsung have refreshed their flagship tablets for the first time since 2014. A lot has changed in the space in the intervening years — mostly for the worse, as overall sales have continued to slip. In Q4 of last year, IDC reported that shipments had dropped 20 percent, year over year, while Strategic Analytics has the number at half that.

There’s room for debate as far as precisely how down the overall market is (not to mention what precisely qualifies a device as a tablet), but there seems to at least be a consensus that early predictions of the tablet space eclipsing PCs missed the mark. The space has suffered for a variety of reasons. Among them, the fact that users simply aren’t refreshing tablets at a rate many manufacturers no doubt predicted.

I Could Actually Be Good at Darts Now

I'm not all that good at darts. I'm pretty solid - meaning I can usually hit the board, but other than that, it's pretty rough. Now there is a custom dart board that can track a dart through the air and perfectly position itself for a bulls-eye everytime. 

ARM Steps up their Performance Game

There's been a lot of talk lately about the AMD Ryzen CPU, but ARM doesn't want to be discounted out of the fight just yet. They are working hard to step up their performance game to keep up with Intel and AMD - but at the same time they are committed to excellent battery life and excellent efficiency. ARM has come a long, long way and once they enter the desktop CPU market, things are going to get really interesting.

The improvements increase the possibility of Apple switching over to ARM architecture on its Macs. That hasn’t happened yet as Intel’s mainstream Core chips are significantly faster than current ARM processors. Like other chipmakers, Apple licenses ARM architecture, which it already uses in iPhones, iPads, and other devices.

Source: PCWorld

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