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More than Half of USA Watches Netflix

It appears that Netflix has just won a majority government in the USA. 51% of USA households now have Netflix and have used it to watch moveis and TV shows over the past 12 months. This is a huge milestone for the company and the big news here is that Netflix actually garnered more traffic in October than YouTube. Amazon, Hulu and HBO Go are all listed in the mix, but Netflix is the winner here. I never thought that it would take over YouTube, but it has - at least for the time being. It will be a close race going forward.

The survey results raise the question of what exactly people are watching on YouTube—or at least think they’re watching. The site, which is mostly free, is full of shorter, native content, rather than full movies and TV shows that Netflix subscribers get. In short, they have very different value propositions.

Source: QZ

OnePlus X Heads to North America

If you are all about the OnePlus X, you will be happy to note that it will now be coming to North America just in time for the holidays. They brought over a bunch of them and sold them off quickly in LA, but there will be lots more coming down the pipe as they are finally figuring out the supply chain. While it may seem like a simple thing for a big company, for a starter like OnePlus that is taking on the likes of LG, Sony, Samsung and more, there is a lot to learn.

The big news is OnePlus X sales have officially started for our fans in the US and Canada! Starting from November 19, anyone in North America can claim an invite and purchase the OnePlus X. If you decide to pick one up, let us know how you like it!

Source: OnePlus

Beating the CPU Heat

CPU cooling isn't all the craze that it was a few years ago, thanks to chips that are more energy efficient. Still, some of these little chips can put out a lot of heat out of a very small area, and CPU cooling is still important - but not as glamorous. As traditional heatsinks may take more of a lesser role, there are a few nifty designs in the works that will probably change how we cool our CPUs in the next few years. Take a look and see what the future holds.

Thermal greases and polymers are used right now as interface materials for transferring heat from the silicon die to the heat sink. Carbon nanotubes would be excellent substitutes. They have some of the highest-known heat conductivity and are flexible; a rigid material would expand and potentially damage the chip or its package.

Source: IEEE

Hp's answer to the Microsoft Surface

The Microsoft Surface seems to be the device that everyone is trying to copy or 'one up' and HP thinks they just might have the device to do it. HP is showing off their new HP Elite x2 which is pretty similar to the Surface. What sets the Elite x2 apart is that it is actually upgradeable. While not everything can be replaced (RAM is not upgradeable), things like your HDD and battery can be replaced and bigger components like the motherboard can also be replaced if you run into some failures down the road. The hardware specs are pretty decent as well and will be comparable to most other mobile solutions. The price tag on this device will be starting at $899 and they are hoping to start shipping in January of 2016. Arstechnica has the rest of the details over here.

As Microsoft's Surface designs have improved and become more successful, clones of the same general idea from the PC OEMs have become more and more common (the same thing happened with the Lenovo Yoga design after Windows 8 came out). Lenovo has the Miix 700, Dell has its new XPS 12, and HP recently debuted the Spectre x2. Most of those PCs straddle the line between tablet and laptop by combining a big touch-capable slab of a tablet with the Surface's kickstand-plus-keyboard-cover idea.

A look back at IPOs

Square (mobile payments company) went public this week with their stock offerings and saw their stock price jump an impressive 45% on the first day. That prompted Business Insider to take a look back at some other famous IPOs and where you would be if you put $10,000 down on day 1.

The recent pickup in tech IPO activity got us thinking: If you had invested $10,000 in the biggest tech companies before they went public, how much would your shares be worth now?

We crunched the numbers and figured it out. Note that this doesn't include dividend payments, which in a lot of cases would have made you even richer.

The rise and fall of Rdio

It was announced this week that Rdio was going to be sold off to Pandora, bringing the end of the Rdio saga. Rdio was one of the major streaming music players for quite some time but were unable to compete in the end with the likes of Pandora and Spotify. The streaming music market is a tough market where it takes deep pockets to play with the big guys and unfortunately for Rdio they are just another casualty. Engadget has the full story.

Spotify is probably how most Americans were introduced to streaming music over the last four years or so -- the service has grown by leaps and bounds since it launched in the US in July of 2011. But a relatively small group of music fans were enjoying pretty much all that Spotify had to offer months before it hit the US. That group was using Rdio, and we'll now have to find a new option: Rdio will be dead soon, sold off to Pandora in a bankruptcy deal. The service will remain a cautionary tale about the brutality of survival in the streaming music world. A great product is important, but it's clearly not enough.

TigerDirect sold to PCM

TigerDirect has been sold, PCM (formerly know as PC Mall) has purchased them for $14 million in cash. TigerDirect has fallen upon hard times after some scandals and have been closing stores and trying to focus on online primarily so seeing a sale can't be too surprising to anyone. PCM will be closing the couple remaining retail locations of TigerDirect, which brings the end to TigerDirect stores that have been open since 1987. Twice.com has the details over here.

PCM, formerly PC Mall, has agreed to purchase Systemax’s TigerDirect brand and some of the B-to-B assets of its North American tech division for $14 million in cash.

The deal is expected to close on Dec. 1.

The sale will effectively end Systemax’s spotty retail legacy, which included a multimillion-dollar kickback scam by TigerDirect’s founding Fiorentino brothers, who are now serving federal sentences.

The Pyro Mini is Awesome!

The Pyro Mini is a $150 gadget that is more than a little awesome. It will have you shooting fireballs out of your hands and blowing the minds of your friends (and putting fear into your enemies). Check it out!

Source: BGR via Ellusionist

Google Deletes Photos off Your Phone

Google has been doing a few updates lately with the focus of these to make your small-storage device a bit more usable. One of the latest updates to Google Photos is the "feature" where they delete photos off your device - once they've been backed up to Google. This sounds like a decent idea - until you try and show someone photos you took last week and find that you're out of cell range. Is this a yay or nay? Sound off in the comments.

On the Settings screen, users will now see a "Free Up Space" button. Clicking on the button will prompt the user to bulk-delete copies of photos that have already been backed up from their device. To prevent device copies from being accidentally deleted, we're asking users to double-confirm their intent during the 'Free Up Space' flow.

Source: Google+

Lumia 950XL Pre-orders Pulled

If you've been eagerly anticipating the Microsoft Lumia 950XL, you'll be sad to see that the pre-orders are now all gone over at the Microsoft Store. If you are lucky enough to grab a locked version (unlucky maybe?) from your local wireless provider, there are still a few in stock. Another bit of good news is that the smaller, slightly slower 950 is still available for order. Both Microsoft stores in Canada and the USA are sold out. This shows that there is demand for products other than from Samsung and Apple.

Earlier, Windows Central reported that the Microsoft Store in both the US and Canada was showing extended delivery times on new pre-orders for the Lumia 950 XL. While those who placed their orders early can still expect to receive the device by November 25, those attempting to do so a few hours ago were presented with an estimated shipment date of December 11.

Source: Neowin

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