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Lenovo Boots 3,200 Staff

Things are looking a little rough for Lenovo at the moment. They just had to lay off 3,200 staff as their profits take a 50% dive. That's not to say that they are losing a ton of money, but they aren't making near as much as they did last year. Don't feel too bad for them as gross profit increased to 22% overall - to a mere $1.6 Billion. Hopefully they can clean up some lose ends and turn things around - we need PC makers in order to keep competition alive here in North America.

Times, we are given to understand, are tough and tough decisions have to be made. These decisions are couched in terms of increased efficiency and increased share value. They include the dunking of smartphone inventory worth $300m, and presumably post-Superfish clean up work.

Source: TheInquirer

The Voices Behind Siri

As far as voice assistants go, Siri is by far the most famous but have you ever wondered who actually voices Siri? Apparently the guys over at the Guardian did as well and have interviewed the 3 people who are the voices behind Siri.

Apple users are all familiar with Siri, the company’s voice-activated personal assistant that helps out with everything from speed dialling, scheduling meetings and searching for directions. Users of iOS have had the privilege of Siri’s help since its introduction as part of iOS 5 for the iPhone 4S in 2011, and the function was also added to the third-generation iPads a year later.

Samsung 15TB SSD

Samsung showed up at the Flash Memory Summit with a little something up their sleeve, a 15TB 2.5" SSD to be exact. Dell has a 3.8TB SSD that is using the same memory chips so it appears that Samsung has figured out a way to stuff even more into the case and hit the 15TB mark. Price? You probably don't want to know (price and release date are still unknown). The Register has the story.

Samsung has revealed what can only be described as the Godzilla of flash drives, a 15TB SSD, at the Flash Memory Summit.

Sammy opened the kimono on the new drive at its keynote session Memory Technology Advances Shape a New Era in Flash Innovation on 11 August.

Optoma NuForce NE800M Superior Performance Earphones

We have just posted up our review of the Optoma NE800M "Superior Performance" earphones. These are the high-end of the Optoma/NuForce line and they offer great looks and even better performance at a price that may have you second guessing them. One you take a listen though, you may be swayed into a purchase. All is not perfect though, so make sure you check our review for all the details.

The machined brass nozzles combined with the carbon fiber shell makes these very inert and by all appearances, they didn't introduce any external vibrations into the sound. With silicon ear tips, they block out a lot of external sound at the expense of a bit of comfort, but once you put on the Comply™ tips, you are in a place of comfort and peace.


HTC is Struggling

With the increasing competition in the smartphone market the next announcement probably doesn't come as much of a surprise. HTC is looking to cut 15% of their workforce in an effort to remain competitive as they battle low sales. The cuts will affect around 2,000 employees and HTC is hoping that it will help them reduce their costs by up to 35% overall. The WSJ has the full story.

Smartphone maker HTC Corp. said Thursday it plans to cut 15% of its workforce and slash operating expenses by more than a third, as the company has been struggling to attract customers in a maturing smartphone market.

The company’s latest restructuring efforts come after HTC forecast last week a net loss for the third quarter on sluggish demand and weak sales in China. Once the world’s top smartphone maker by volume, HTC in 2013 dropped out of the top 10 largest handset vendors by shipments. The Taiwanese company has in just a few years seen its global market share dwindle to less than 2% from double digits previously.

Automatic Lawn Mowers

Automatic vacuum cleaners have been a thing for many years now, but automatic lawn mowers aren't. Roomba (who makes automatic vacuum cleaners) is apparently looking to change that and have now gained the approvals in the USA to start building these automatic lawn mowers (which are apparently very popular in Europe). It's kind of funny that drones don't have much for regulations but automatic lawn mowers apparently could cause 'interference with telescopes' according to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory who have been fighting Roombas request to start producing these devices in the USA. Reuters has the story.

The future of free-wheeling automated yard work took a step closer to American consumers on Wednesday after U.S. regulators gave robot maker iRobot Corp Inc technical clearance to make and sell a robotic lawn mower.

The Bedford, Massachusetts-based company, known for its robot vacuum cleaner Roomba, has designed a robot lawn mower that would wirelessly connect with stakes in the ground operating as signal beacons, rising above the ground by as much as 24 inches (61 cm).

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus

Today Samsung is about to make two big announcements as they announce their new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Both of these popular phones will be getting a refresh and the Note 5 is supposed to be a 'nicer looking' phone a compared to the Note 4 and the S6 Edge Plus is just a bigger version of the S6 Edge. The Verge is going to be covering the announcement live and you can find all the details as they are announced right here.

Samsung is about to unveil two big new phones. Like, literally two large phones. At its Unpacked event in New York this morning, Samsung is expected to introduce the Galaxy Note 5 and a new version of the Galaxy S6 Edge called the S6 Edge Plus. Curious about what we know so far? Want to find out when all of the real details arrive? Keep on reading.

Windows 10 IoT Core Now Available for Raspberry Pi 2

If you picked up a Raspberry Pi 2 and have been playing around with other OS' on it and enjoying this amazing little $35 PC, there is some more good news - if you have a lot of free time to play. Microsoft has just announced that the final build of Windows 10 IoT Core is now available for your little device and all you need is a mere 1GB Micro SD Card and you're in business.

"Windows 10 IoT Core is a new edition for Windows targeted towards small, embedded devices that may or may not have screens. For devices with screens, Windows 10 IoT Core does not have a Windows shell experience; instead you can write a Universal Windows app that is the interface and ‘personality' for your device," said Microsoft.

Source: TheInquirer via Github

Portable Steam Machine Coming in 2016

Oh look! Another piece of Valve Vaporware! A few years back now, Valve announced their SteamBox that was going to take over the living room, your entire home and change the way we play PC games. That hasn't happened yet, although their controller has almost launched, sort of - over a year late'ish. With that solid track record, they are tackling another problem that doesn't exist. Portable gaming. According to the good folks at Steam, this is scheduled for a late 2016 release date - meaning we may see it as early as 2018.

The handheld, portable Steam Machine previously known as the Steamboy will go on sale on Nov. 10 for $299 — the same day other Steam Machines from manufacturers like Alienware and Cyberpower hit store shelves — but the device won't actually ship until late next year, according to its manufacturer.

Source: Polygon

Google Never Searched to see if Alphabet was Taken

We reported yesterday that Google now has a new CEO and is under the umbrella of a parent company called Alphabet. It seems that Google should have used a search engine - maybe even their own - to find out if Alphabet was taken. It is. By BMW. I'm sure that a little company like BMW won't mind, right? I'm guessing the lawyers are going to have a lot of fun and maybe even buy a third home after this is settled.

Additionally, other vulnerable applications include Windows The name isn’t just causing waves with BMW. On Wall Street, there is an Alphabet Funds. Lots of midsize and small companies also use the name Alphabet. There is an Alphabet Energy in Hayward, Calif.; an Alphabet Record Company in Austin, Tex.; an Alphabet Plumbing in Prescott, Ariz.; and numerous preschools, inns and restaurants with some variation of the name.

Source: NYTimes

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