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Windows 8 Phone Fight

This week HTC has announced their new Windows 8 Phone and the guys over at Engadget have come up with a chart to show you just how it will compare to its direct competitors from Samsung and Nokia. Its really too early to tell how Windows 8 phones will be accepted, but so far they seem to have some decent hardware to run on.

HTC's unveiled a pair of Windows Phone 8 devices that seem destined to square off against Nokia's similarly polycarbonated handsets. You may not be able to easily pick 'em out of a crowd, but there's plenty of differences on the inside, and let's be frank, that's where it counts. We've pitted the Windows Phone 8 flagships from HTC, Samsung and Nokia against each other to see which one's going to be getting your cash when it comes to renewal time, and Round One begins just as soon as you jump past the break... ding, ding, ding.


Motherboard Roundup

As we kick off this iPhone Friday, we've got a few motherboard reviews to share.  Enjoy!


Apple vs. Amazon: Who has the best future headquarters?

It must be a slow news day because this article over at GeekWire was good enough to make the front page news. Today the debate is which company has the best future headquarters, Apple or Amazon? Apple is going for the futuristic spaceship look, Amazon is going for the "iconic" look. Both are very interesting, but because this is the internet there can only be one winner.

It has been fun to see the plans come together for Amazon’s new three-block campus on the edge of downtown Seattle. The company’s architects this week took it up a notch when they showed the surprisingly cool color schemes that Amazon plans to add to the Seattle skyline (above).

I’m no architecture critic, but the word “iconic” keeps popping to mind. In an industry full of soulless suburban campuses, give Jeff Bezos & Co. credit for building this in the city, at least.


iPhone 5 Teardown

We've seen the outside of the iPhone 5 about a million times already, but iFixit wants to see whats on the inside. For all of you that want to see how it works but don't have $600 bucks to waste buying your own to dismantle here is a the link.

Behold, the sixth generation of iPhone! We shall call it…iPhone 5! Buckle down for the iPhone 5 teardown: the biggest thing to happen to teardowns since teardowns.

 


Bad Passwords

I always find it funny when a big company gets "hacked" because of weak security or weak passwords and then has to come out and admit that it was basically their fault. This weeks example comes from the Bank of France who was using the password "123456". The guy who apparently accidentally "hacked" the system was in trouble but has now been cleared of the charges. Ubergizmo has the full story. Also if this is your password, this might be a good time to go and change it.

A French citizen has unintentionally breached the security of the French central bank (Banque de France) over the phone and was freed by French authorities after being accused of “hacking” the central bank’s and triggering a 48-hours shut down of that particular computer system which handles the consumer indebtedness files (basically people who are flagged as having a very bad credit history).


HDTV Sellers Inflating Sizes

This next story takes me back to the days of CRT screens where you were buying a 19" monitor but you were only getting 17" of usable space. NBC has a story showing how some HDTV sellers are telling consumers they are getting one size when they are actually getting a smaller size. I guess this is one of those things you have to watch when buying a new TV.

Just how big is that 40-inch TV? It could be smaller — much smaller — than 40 inches. TV sellers are misleading consumers into believing the actual “active” screen is bigger than it really is, according to HD Guru's own research. Deceived consumers think they're getting a better buy, finding a bigger screen HDTV for less money than competing models.


Android App Pick - Rdio

We have just posted up our 50th App Pick of the Week and this week we bring your Rdio.  This is a subscription-based music service that resembles Zune in terms of function and social features.  They have a pretty decent library and you can check it all out in our pick - and start a free 7 day trial!  Enjoy!

Rdio 

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


Android Action

If you want to get on the Android bandwagon, a couple of devices I recommend are the Samsung Galaxy Note and the ASUS Nexus 7 Tablet.  Both of these are being reviewed at TweakTown today.  While the Galaxy Note may be a little on the large size for a phone for most people, the screen, performance and features of this device make it worth considering at least.  In terms of the Nexus 7 tablet.  It's a quad-core tablet for $199.  Enough said.

I will note that I personally use a Samsung Galaxy S II as my everyday phone and a third-generation Apple iPad as my tablet. So using a smartphone that measures in a 5.3 inches would be quite interesting. The Galaxy S II has a screen size of 4.3 inches, so I'm already used to a "˜bigger' phone than the industry benchmark that is Apple's iPhone.


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Real Portal Turret

I would so love to be able to commission and buy things from the WETA workshop.  Valve just took delivery of a life-size replica portal turret.  It looks awesome!


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