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Sharp Showcases 8K 27-inch Display

I'm going to make a bold prediction that CES in 2017 will be full of 8K displays. Sharp is one of the companies that has actually been pioneering 8K (we saw it 3 years ago at CES) and they have continued to push the envelope and make really great products. This 27-inch unit is production-ready and it packs in an amazing 7680x4320 (33 Megapixel) at 326-pixels-per-inch. What is really impressive is that this display can run a solid 120Hz - if you can push 15GB/sec through your video cable.

So this is where the Sharp monitor on display at CEATEC gets interesting. The IGZO display is down at 27-inches, marking a 326 PPI, just hitting at the door of large FHD smartphone displays. The panel is also listed at 1000 nit brightness. But to double down on specifications, the stand listed the display as supporting 120 Hz while in 8K mode, and also supporting High Dynamic Range, or HDR.

Source: AnandTech

Gears of War 4 Review is Positive

Gears of War 4 is now live and the reviews are rolling in. When a franchise hits #4 (5 actually), there is always some apprehension as to whether or not it will live up to the expectations. Thankfully it appears to be a pretty solid release, although the reviewer thinks that they played it pretty safe with this release. I am looking forward to getting some time to play this game - hopefully in the rather near future.

In Gears of War 4, you play as J.D. Fenix, the stubborn-minded son of Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud – central characters to the previous Gears games. You’ll be accommodated mostly by Delmont "Del" Walker and Kait Diaz throughout the campaign and, almost always, you'll be happy to have them by your side since they're capable of doing at least a little bit of good and rarely throw out horrible one-liners.

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Source: Neowin

Sprint will let you trade your Galaxy 7 Note

In a good PR move, Sprint has offered to let any Galaxy Note 7 for a different phone from a different manufacturer or a different model from Samsung. After all the bad publicity this is a good move that makes customers very happy, I don't think the other mobile providers will be far behind in offering similar deals. The Verge has more details on the story.

Sprint is now allowing all customers with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices to trade them in for a new smartphone of a different type or from a different manufacturer — even if they've got one of Samsung's newer replacement models. The move comes a day after a supposedly safe replacement Galaxy Note 7 allegedly exploded on a Southwest Airlines flight before takeoff, causing the evacuation of the plane, and sparking an investigation by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Snapchat looking at $25 billion IPO

Snapchat is getting ready to go public and it is estimated that the IPO stock offering could put Snapchat at a value of $25 billion. It's amazing that a company like Snapchat could command those dollars, however, they are trying new things unlike some of the other social media companies who were unable to monetize the hoards of users they have (or had). MediaPost has more details.

Snap, Inc. is reportedly preparing an IPO that will value the company formerly known as Snapchat at around $25 billion.

The social darling is shooting for a March offering, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. A company representative declined to comment on the report, on Thursday. 

Verizon wants discount on Yahoo purchase

We all knew this was coming after Yahoo announced that they'd lost 500 million user accounts information. Verizon is eyeing a 1 billion dollar discount on the purchase of Yahoo which they'd agreed to pay for $4.8 billion for before all of the bad news started trickling out. The New York Post has the full story.

Verizon is pushing for a $1 billion discount off its pending $4.8 billion agreement to buy Yahoo, several sources told The Post exclusively.

The request comes on the heels of the web giant getting bludgeoned by bad news in the past few days.

Galaxy Note 7's still exploding

The nightmare for Samsung and their Galaxy Note 7 devices just keep going. Unless you've been living under a rock you have probably heard about the exploding Galaxy Note 7 devices. Samsung has very quickly tried to get as many of these device replaced as fast as they can, however, another one just exploded on a Southwest flight yesterday.

The catch? It was already replaced and was one of the "fixed" devices. 

Looks like the nightmare for Samsung continues. The Verge has the story.

Southwest Airlines flight 994 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated this morning while still at the gate because of a smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. All passengers and crew exited the plane via the main cabin door and no injuries were reported, a Southwest Airlines spokesperson told The Verge.

More worrisome is the fact that the phone in question was a replacement Galaxy Note 7, one that was deemed to be safe by Samsung. The Verge spoke to Brian Green, owner of the Note 7, on the phone earlier today and he confirmed that he had picked up the new phone at an AT&T store on September 21st. A photograph of the box shows the black square symbol that indicates a replacement Note 7 and Green said it had a green battery icon.

Twitter stock drops

Rumors have been swirling for a week or two about companies that might be interested in buying up Twitter. Google was mentioned but a new report says that they are not planning on putting together a bid and on that news Twitter has seen their stock price drop close to 20%. Salesforce is mentioned as the front runner, and they've seen their stock price drop as a result as investors appear to be nervous when the name Twitter gets mentioned. Apple and Disney have been rumored to be interested as well, however, they aren't commenting and thanks to the rumored $20 billion dollar price tag on Twitter it really limits the interest even from big companies with deep pockets. Marketwatch has the full story.

Deep-pocketed suitors are reportedly dropping their bids for Twitter — a blow that could deal a hefty hit to the social media company’s shares, analysts said Thursday.

Twitter Inc. traded down 16% to $20.81 a share at the open of trading, after a late-session drop Wednesday that coincided with a Recode report, citing unnamed sources, saying Alphabet Inc.’s, Google isn’t currently planning a bid.

Apple Inc. and Walt Disney Co. were also struck off the buyers’ list by Recode, again citing unnamed sources.

Weekly Tech Update #375 - Google's Pixel to Rival iPhone 7 Price

We have just posted up Episode #375 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Yahoo confirm data breach, BlackBerry gives up on hardware, and Google announces new products. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.

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The Five Biggest Announcements from Google's Event

Google's big event happened yesterday and they actually had quite a bit to announce. The Pixel phones of course were the big announcement, but there were more than a few other things worth noting as well. Google WiFi, and Daydream VR are worth mentioning, and even Google Home is pretty nifty - and won't be all that expensive.

 

Source(s): TheVerge, Engadget

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