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Firefox Overtakes Internet Explorer

According to StatsCounter, Firefox has just taken over Internet Explorer and beome the 2nd most popular browser in the world. This is the first time that IE has been beaten by Firefox, but Google Chrome is still #1 by a huge margin. Keep in mind that I use the term "IE" loosely. Internet Explorer and Windows 10's Edge browser are included in those numbers. Nicely done Firefox!

I started writing this editorial during Mobile World Congress in February, following a Lenovo press roundtable that was almost entirely dedicated to explaining the peculiar way the Chinese company was killing off the Motorola brand. We are still here, said Rick Osterloh, chief of the former Motorola, but we're now a division under the Lenovo umbrella, so we're adopting the parent company's name.

Source: Neowin

Lenovo & Motorola to Follow HP & Palm

There is a saying that history has a way of repeating itself. That being said, I'd think a company like Lenovo should learn from other peoples mistakes. It appears that they didn't learn and there are a lot of similarities between Lenovo and HP. Both of them bought a large mobile company (Lenovo -> Motorola / HP -> Palm) and neither of them seem to know what to do with the company. The Motorola name is all but gone and is being replaced by Lenovo - that is a giant in the PC world, but is struggling here in North America when it comes to handsets. It's not too late yet, but they really need to bring back the Moto that we all came to know and love.

I started writing this editorial during Mobile World Congress in February, following a Lenovo press roundtable that was almost entirely dedicated to explaining the peculiar way the Chinese company was killing off the Motorola brand. We are still here, said Rick Osterloh, chief of the former Motorola, but we're now a division under the Lenovo umbrella, so we're adopting the parent company's name.

Source: TheVerge

Overwatch Animated Short - Dragons

With only a week left until Overwatch launches, there is another animated short available. Check out the Dragons animated short as you count down the days until this game releases. May 24 is the date we all forget about work.

 

Apple's iOS 9.3.2 Has Nasty Surprises

Let's start the rant.

Apple. What the HECK are you DOING? There was a time when you bragged that because you controlled the entire ecosystem (hardware & software) that you were superior. Well, once again an update from Apple for their own hardware is bricking - that's right - their own hardware. I understand when a company like Google releases a big update and people sideload it - it could bring non-Nexus devices. No way should a company like Apple fail to test their own software on their OWN FRICKING HARDWARE!?

You want a real main reason why the "end of the Apple era is upon us"? Quality. You used to have it. People would pay extra if they got extra value, quality, service or performance. Since the death of the G4, things have been slowly slipping and now - Oh.My.Gosh. Well done ya hoser!

On a positive note, at least this issue only affects really old iPads - oh wait, that's right. It affects only the brand-new iPad Pro. No big deal...

When affected devices install iOS 9.3.2 and restart users are presented with an ‘Error 56’ code which tells them to connect to iTunes. The problem is connecting to iTunes does nothing, the device is locked and forced reboots only return it the same state. As for the error code itself, according to Apple’s code guide, Error 56 is loosely described as a “hardware issue”, which doesn’t sound like a credible explanation.

Source: Forbes

Amazon Makes Tablets Great Again

Tablet sales have been pretty flat over the past year, and no matter how hard Apple tries to appeal to customers, not everyone has $600 to spend on a new tablet. There are plenty of "cheap" tablets that are also inexpensive, but there are also some gems that are pretty affordable as well. Amazon is the company that really is pushing the tablet market and they have some really nice tablets for a fantastic price. This has let to a 5,421.7% growth in Amazon's tablet sales.

iPad unit shipments have declined in each of the last nine consecutive quarters, and the iPad is now Apple's fourth-largest segment. In Apple's fiscal year 2014 first quarter, the last time iPad shipments grew on an annual basis, it was Apple's second-largest business -- behind only the iPhone -- and generated almost twice as much revenue as Apple's then third-largest segment, the Mac.

Source: FoxBusiness

Xbox Live Gold Price Climbing Overseas

If you live in North America, you're safe from the price hike for now, but if you live in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Sweden or Turkey, you'll soon be paying 2-3x what you currently are paying. The price hike reflects foreign currencies and exchange rates. Microsoft wants to get about $10USD from you - no matter where you live. I think this could hurt their sales as "Gold" has always been something to sacrifice when the times get tough. There simply may not be that much extra cash for "Gold" in everyone's home.

When asked for more information about how this will work, a Microsoft representative shared the following statement. "We believe this model suits the way our fans want to pay for Xbox Live Gold memberships in Austria," the representative told us. "We are always listening to customer feedback, but have nothing to share about other markets at this time."

Source: GameInformer

Nintendo NX is Not a Wii U Successor

Dang it. Nintendo's president - Tatsumi Kimishima has just announced that the Nintendo NX is not actually a successor to the Wii U. It's not replacing the 3DS either. I really hope Nintendo isn't going with some orthoganal polarized VR. If the NX is Nintendo's answer to VR, I'll be pretty let down. I was hoping for something solid, but that's looking more and more like it's not going to happen.

The NX is neither the successor to the Wii U nor to the 3DS. It’s a new way of playing games, which I think will have a larger impact than the Wii U, but I don’t feel it’s a pure replacement for the Wii U.

Source: FlickeringMyth

Overwatch Easter Eggs

Overwatch looks awesome there are some pretty cool easter eggs that reference other titles Blizzard titles.

 

IBM Just Cured Everything?

IBM is best known for their servers (they are called International Business Machines for a reason), but they've been funding and performing research in many other areas for years. They just "created" a molecule that could potentially destroy all biological viruses. It's pretty large as far as molecules go, but it shows the ability to crush ebola and the flu for starters.

The researchers tested out this treatment in the lab on a few viruses, including Ebola and dengue, and they found that the molecule did work as they thought it would: According to the paper, the molecules bound to the glycoproteins on the viruses’ surfaces and reduced the number of viruses.

Source: PopularScience

Samsung Notebook 9 Ultrabook Review

While Apple is the company that still gets most of the headlines when it comes to thin and light laptops with their Macbook and Macbook Air products, there are a bunch of other companies that deserve a look. We've reviewed some Samsung products in the past and they always seemed pretty solid. Their latest version is simply called the Notebook 9 and it comes equipped with powerful Core i7 hardware, 8GB of DDR4, 256GB of storage and more. It's priced right around the Macbook Air and it's a whole lot more bang for your buck.

The thing that’s most remarkable about the Notebook 9 is just how light it is. Weighing in at 2.9 pounds, it’s less than the 13-inch MacBook Air and virtually every other 15-inch computer available2. It’s as easy to carry around and slip into a bag as any ultrabook or ultraportable computer I’ve used, and it makes my daily workhorse 15-inch MacBook Pro feel like a brick in comparison.

Source: TheVerge

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