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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

Malwarebytes Giving Licenses to Pirates

In an interesting move by Malwarebytes, they are offering amnesty to software pirates by giving them a full copy of their software. They want to curb piracy going forward, but they know that asking people to "pay up" won't work, so they are giving people free keys to make their software legit. They are hoping that people won't abuse this program - but I'm sure that there are always people looking for a free ride. Still, this is a nice gesture that is making paying customers question why they actually bought the software.

According to VentureBeat, the move has been hit with a few complaints from paying customers who were miffed by the arrangement, but the company's founder has issued a statement saying:
I know this doesn't excuse those who feel cheated because they bought the software. I am happy to work with you on some free shirts, or a free copy of anti-exploit as you continue to support us through this process.

Source: Neowin

Lazer Meet Mr. Liquid Nitrogen

This is pretty cool. Some people have tried sticking LEDs and lasers into liquid nitrogen. Why? Science. That's always my excuse.


AOL Ditches Google for Bing

According to Microsoft, Bing is doing pretty well - at least it's not a money pit. Things like the move by AOL from Google to Bing are good for Microsoft as well. Times they are a-changing for Microsoft as they've also recently lost 100 employees to Uber. I'm not sure what is up on this front, and I don't think Google has anything to be worried about - but if this is a trend, Google may get shaken up a bit.

This expanded partnership shows Microsoft’s heightening efforts towards growing programmatic access to advertisers in its European markets. It noted in a blog post that it’s seen more than 50 percent of business in its Nordic countries turn programmatic, something that’s allowing it to take this larger step forward today.

Source: TechCrunch

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