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Google to buy HTC?

The news came out a week or so ago that HTC was looking to sell all or part of their business. Apparently Google is in the running to pick up some (or all) of the assets that HTC has. Now Google has bought Motorola in the past, and Microsoft bought Nokia, so the big software guys buying phone makers isn't really all that uncommon. Slashgear has the story.

A report from China suggests that HTC is in final negotiations to sell at least part of their business to Google. In a way similar to the acquisition of Nokia’s phone hardware business by Microsoft or even Google’s acquisition of Motorola, Google’s reported to be aiming for HTC. The report at hand suggests that this sale would be for the HTC smartphone research and development team only, and wouldn’t include the entire company nor its Virtual Reality arm (with the HTC Vive).

5 features the iPhone 8 needs

With the iPhone 8 announcement right around the corner the "hopefully it has this feature" articles are now coming fast and furious. While Apple would never admit they need to catchup to Android on anything, Time has come up with a list of 5 features that the iPhone is lacking in comparison to Android.

Apple's keynotes, typically loaded with new iPhone and iPad surprises, are some of the most closely watched product launches of the year. But in view of the features packed into recent Android rivals like the Galaxy Note and Essential Phone, the anticipation around Apple's imminent late summer event is unusually high. The Cupertino, Califorinia-based tech giant is expected to debut three new smartphones on September 12, including a 10th anniversary edition iPhone that could bring the biggest changes Apple's iconic mobile devices have seen in years.

Roku to go public

Roku has filed papers to go public and they are hoping their initial IPO will raise them a cool $100 million. In the grand scheme of things the price they are looking to raise seems pretty realistic considering they've got 15.1 million active accounts. Now of course Roku, like many other trendy tech companies, has operated in the red for periods of time but that didn't seem to deter people from investing in companies like Twitter... The Verge has the full story.

Roku Inc., the company that makes various streaming devices and smart TVs, is going public, according to papers filed with the Securities and Exchanges Commission yesterday. It is looking to raise $100 million, and will trade on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticket symbol “ROKU”.

In the SEC filing, the company reports that it had 15.1 million active accounts as of June 30th, 2017, and that those users have “streamed more than 6.7 billion hours on the Roku platform,” during the first half of 2017. Critically, Roku points out that 2.9 billion of those hours was programming supported by advertisers.

New Surface hardware coming in October

Looks like Microsoft will be updating their Surface lineup on October 31st, just in time for the Christmas season. The Surface devices really took off however I think it's safe to say their last version (or two) haven't been able to dominate like the earlier version did so this new revision should be interesting. TechSpot has the story.

Microsoft on October 31 is hosting its annual Future Decoded conference at the ExCeL convention center in London. On Wednesday, the Redmond-based company revealed to The Verge that Panos Panay, corporate vice president of the devices group at Microsoft, will be speaking at the event.

Panay will join other Microsoft keynote speakers including Joseph Sirosh, Julia White, Chris Bishop and Mark Russinovich, among others.

Microsoft typically unveils new Surface-branded hardware in October and this year looks to be no exception.

Weekly Tech Update #405 - Bitcoin Tops $5,000 & is Rising

We have just posted up Episode #405 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode, we will be discussing Bitcoin keeps going up, HTC wants out, and the Xbox wants to be friends with the PlayStation.We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Samsung Note 8 Review - It's a Bit Better

The Galaxy Note 8 has been announced and while a year ago the Note 7 was easily a top-choice for premium phone users, the market is a lot more crowded now. Still, the Note 8 is a fantastic device that has a lot to offer. What it doesn't have is a lot more to offer than other devices - including the discontinued Note 7. At this point, phone hardware is evolving pretty slowly and changes are evolutionary - not so much revolutionary. I love my Galaxy S8 and this big brother is equally nice.

In addition, the Note 8’s larger size make its fingerprint scanner even more frustrating to use than it is on the S8. Like the S8, the scanner is on the back of the phone, to the right of the camera module. And like the S8, it takes some dedicated finger gymnastics to reach it. I’ve been using an S8 Plus for months and I’ve become somewhat accustomed to the annoying fingerprint scanner placement.

Source: TheVerge

Windows 10 Pro Free Upgrade from Windows 10 S

Windows 10 S is out in the wild on some new machines and while Microsoft's hopes for this OS are already waning. The idea behind this Windows-Store only environment were to keep it simple and easy to maintain. The fact is that it's unstable and very, very limited. People - even the Windows lovers - hate it. That is why Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro - if you upgrade before March 31, 2018.

If you're not familiar with Windows 10 S, it's a version of the OS that only allows users to install apps that come from the Windows Store. Geared toward the educational market, the Surface Laptop is really the only consumer product that offers the SKU. Obviously, an upgrade path was necessary, and even at the normal price, it costs half of an upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro, which is $99.

Source: Neowin

Warranty Will be Essential with the Essential Phone

There are a few major brand-names in the smartphone space and quite a few that are trying to break into this crowded market. If you're going to make it, you have to offer killer features, incredible design or a rock-bottom price. The "Essential Phone" tries to do almost all of that and while it looks nice enough, it really isn't repairable. It scores a dismal 1 out of 10 - if you freeze it before you dive in.

There’s a newbie in the smartphone scene, and it’s bringing a whole lot less to the table. That’s right, in a world of "more is better," this phone has just the essentials—like a ceramic back, and a titanium chassis. Okay, it might actually be a little fancier than the name suggests—but we’ll have to open it up to find out for sure! Join us as we tear down the Essential Phone.

Source: iFixit

Lenovo Pays $3.5 Million for Installing Adware

Lenovo overall is a pretty solid company that has done a lot of things right. They have also done a few major things wrong. One of these that they had to pay for lately is when they installed adware as part of the software package on new laptops. The software at fault was called VisualDiscovery and it popped up ads and blocked browsers from blocking malicious sites.

“Lenovo compromised consumers’ privacy when it preloaded software that could access consumers’ sensitive information without adequate notice or consent to its use,” Acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said in a statement. “This conduct is even more serious because the software compromised online security protections that consumers rely on.”

Source: Reuters

Mouse and Keyboard Support Finally Coming to Xbox One Games

Microsoft promised keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One a while back, and the implementation is finally getting close. The downside is that the integration will be fairly open and nothing will be standard - or required. Developers aren't required to support it but Microsoft says that they encourage fair usage. However, the big concern is for multiplayer games where they think that it will give some people an unfair advantage if they "buy extra peripherals". I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most people already have a keyboard and mouse kicking around somewhere.

To some extent Microsoft has already been experimenting with support between Gears of War 4 (where there have been mixed-input online playlists) and Minecraft's Better Together update (which has some mouse and keyboard functionality). However, it's difficult to say how well support will pan out once compatible games arrive in earnest. Will studios honor Microsoft's recommendations? And if they do, will they risk splitting the community?

Source: Engadget

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