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Feenix Nascita & Dimora


Sennheiser G4ME ONE


Lepow Moonstone


App Pick - UNO & Friends

EA Woes

EA could be looking at a lot of money walking out the door, thanks to their recent SimCity debacle.  In order for EA to "pay they're sorry", they are giving away one free game to anyone who already purchased SimCity.  These are not your cheap-o titles either. In the meantime they will work on fixes as they send out games to appease the anger of gamers worldwide.  As for EA's CEO John Riccitiello, he has decided that it is time to step down and will do so on March 30. This resignation may not be directly because of the SimCity disaste - EA's stock price has dropped significantly over the past couple years and this certainly isn't helping their situation.

All copies of SimCity registered on Origin before March 25 will give applicable customers a chance to pick one free game from the following list: Battlefield 3; Bejeweled 3; Dead Space 3; Mass Effect 3; Medal of Honor: Warfighter; Need for Speed: Most Wanted; Plants vs. Zombies; and SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition.

Source(s): CNET, TheVerge

Changes For T-Mobile

On March 26 T-Mobile is making some changes to their network and services.  They have an upcoming event in New York and will announce some their new business strategy.  At CES T-Mobile said they were choosing to be an "un-carrier" meaning: "they are throwing out everything you hate about carriers. Including contracts, subsidies and much more."  As part of this plan, Verizon is set to offer unlimited everything.  Will this help T-Mobile get the popularity it wants?  If so, it could make more than a few enemies and leave other carriers running scared.  As this deal is in the USA, I'm sure it will be actually affordable - as opposed to Canada where we get hosed on wireless charges.

There is also that merger with Metro PCS coming up for T-Mobile which has been approved by the FCC and other regulators. But there’s still the shareholder vote which is coming in April. We don’t know what changes the merger will bring for T-Mobile, and likely won’t know until later this year or next year. T-Mobile also declined to comment to AllThingsD before the event.

Source: Android Headlines

LG Optimus L9 ICS Phone

LG has rallied back with their mobile business and has been doing pretty well lately.  While they have some pretty high-end phones, there is something to be said for a mainstream, affordable device as well.  TweakTown looks at the Optimus L9 and finds out how this device performs and handles.  It has a dual-core processor, 4.7" screen and seems to be pretty solid.  It's not ground-breaking, but it seems decent.

LG have given the Optimus L9 some much-needed beefier specifications, the first of which is the larger 4.7-inch display. We have a 960x540 pixel display, giving us 234ppi. Moving from the display we have the 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage that is expandable by up to 32GB through a microSD card slot.

Source: TweakTown

Android App Pick - 4 Pics 1 Word

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are picking a game.  You may have seen some of these pictures in your social stream and given some help.  The game is 4 Pics 1 Word and it's a fun puzzle game that can keep your mind sharp and you occupied.  Take a look at this addicting game and see why it made our App Pick this Week.

4 Pics 1 Word

Please post your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions for next week's Android App Pick of the Week!

WTU Episode #203 - Microsoft: Mobile Fail Champion

We have just posted up Episode #203 of Weekly Tech Update.  In this episode we are discussing Samsung unleashes the S4, EA says sorry - kinda, and BlackBerry is back in the news.  We have those stories and more. . .  Below are the show notes.
 

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LG Nexus 5

Rumor has it that the Nexus 5 is in the works.  This story may be a little too good to be true, so take it with a large grain of salt.  According to the rumors, LG is once again the one making the Nexus 5, which runs contrary to earlier rumors of the Nexus X from Motorola (Google) later this spring.  The specs look pretty good and you'll want to keep your ears perked up for more stuff in the future.  We'll have to wait and see how these rumors play out.

Now the weird thing here is that the Nexus 4 was just announced in late October, and became available in mid-November. So it’s kinda early for them to bring out a new Nexus phone. Most of us were expecting a next generation Nexus 7 at Google I/O. But at this point who knows.

Image Courtesy of Phone Arena
Image Courtesy of Phone Arena

Source: Phone Arena

Google Combining Messaging Services

 

Google has a few different chat platforms currently, yet none of them integrate very well with each other. In response to this issue, Google has developed an app that will bring it all together, with a new app called Babble.  Microsoft in the past has suffered from fragmentation similar to this, and is currently trying to move all of their chat clients over to the Skype platform.  Google is obviously trying to step it up and blow both Microsoft and Apple chat clients out of the water (and they certainly have a large user base to do it with).  While this sounds all good and fine, the name "Babble" doesn't.

Google has quite a few messaging platforms and they barely talk to each other, if at all. They have Gtalk, Google+ Messenger, Google Voice, Chat for Drive, Hangouts, and even the SMS application, which others have integrated into their messengers a long time ago. Of all of these, only Gtalk and the G+ Messenger can talk to each other, but even that is not perfectly integrated.

Source: Android Headlines

Microsoft Kills Windows Phone 8 Next Year (Now)

If you want a product to fail - I mean to REALLY fail, you need to let Microsoft touch it.  I've preached endlessly on WeeklyTechUpdate that Microsoft just doesn't get mobile and here's some more proof.  They have recently announced that they are ending the life cycle of Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 in the second half of next year.  I understand about Windows Phone 7.8, but to kill Windows Phone 8 that fast must doesn't bear well for that as a platform.

Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System on your phone, including security updates, for a period of 18 months after the lifecycle start date. Distribution of the updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.

Source: Microsoft

HP ENVY 4 TouchSmart Ultrabook

Ultrabooks are the new Netbook.  Think about it.  While it's true that Ultrabooks are more powerful, the reality is that they still can't do everything you need a full-featured laptop to do and th connectivity options are a little lean.  If you are looking for a new portable machine though, an Ultrabook still has a lot to offer.  Today we get to see how the HP Envy 4 series fairs in the market.

As suggested by its name, the ENVY 4 TouchSmart will include a touchscreen, which has gotten more and more popularity lately with the rise of smartphones and tablets. Additionally, since the ENVY 4 TouchSmart is an Ultrabook as well, we can also expect that it’ll be thin, it’ll have a long battery life, and it’ll have an Intel processor.

Source: CustomPCReview

Digital Storm Bolt of Awesome

Digital Storm is a company that doesn't have a lot of SKU's on the market when it comes to flagship products, but they have some pretty unique products that offer premium quality, excellent features and a distinct look.  The Bolt is one of our CES 2013 favorites and it is on the bench today at TweakTown for some love.  This system is not much bigger than an XBOX 360, but it packs in a full Core i7 3770K system and a big graphics card.  They have a lot more details (and we are getting one soon!).

Graphics are provided by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB video card. While not the most powerful NVIDIA card available, it will certainly manage to play most games without too much issue. The system is powered by a standard 500W 1U rack mount server power supply. Digital Storm is working on higher power PSUs that will be available as future upgrade options.

Source: TweakTown, BCCHardware

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