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iWatch Event

Apple is going to be having their 'iWatch' event on Monday where they are going to (hopefully) announce important details about the watch as well as price, availability, etc. The event most likely won't be all about the watches and there could be a couple other announcements but it seems like everyone is more interested in Apple's iWatch more than an updated Macbook (or whatever else they have planned). The Verge has come up with a list of things to expect on Monday.

Monday's event may be the biggest that Apple holds this year. Not only is Apple expected to unveil final information on the Apple Watch and detail a release plan for it, it may also discuss a new MacBook, an update to iOS, and a whole lot more. Below is everything you can expect to see on Monday — and a few things you shouldn't expect just yet.

Samson Go Mic Direct & Meteorite USB Microphones

We have just posted up our review of a couple of microphones from Samson. We take a look and yell at the Go Mic Direct as well as the Meteorite. Both are USB microphones, both can be packed around and both sound much better than your built-in microphone. They do serve two distinct purposes though, so you'll have to read our review to find out "what it is they're good for".

At the end of the day, while both of these microphones serve a purpose - they are very different from each other. The Go Mic Direct is designed for great portability and it sacrifices quality and enhances audio with software to make it happen. It is far superior to any built-in microphone and is great for Skype calls, voice notes, voice-to-text and even voice command software. The overall audio quality is subpar though, when compared to the Meteorite.


FTC offers bounty on robocalls

Chances are good you've got a robocall or two, probably right about when you were sitting down for supper and the phone rings and you find a computer telling you that 'you've won a trip' or some other pre-recorded message that makes you angry and slam the phone down. The FTC has also had enough of this and is now offering a $25,000 cash prize if you can figure out a way to trap these robocalls and stop them. I like the idea of making this into a contest and offering a cash prize (the final phase will be held at DEF CON 23) but couldn't the FTC pony up more than $25,000? I'm pretty sure a quick Kickstarter campaign could raise millions to anyone who could get rid of these annoying calls.

Arstechnica has more.

On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced another contest to design a system to "identify unwanted robocalls received on landlines or mobile phones, and block and forward those calls to a honeypot."

The agency will select "up to five contestants" as part of what it’s calling "Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back."

The first qualifying phase launches Wednesday and runs through June 15, 2015 at 10:00pm Eastern Time, while the final phase concludes at DEF CON 23 on August 9, 2015.

HBO goes streaming

One of the biggest holdouts in the streaming industry has been HBO, but that is changing. HBO has announced that they are going to be offering their content via their own streaming service called HBO Now and is hoping to be up and running by April 12th. The only catch is that HBO Now is going to be $15 USD per month which makes it one of the more expensive streaming services available. This might be enough for some to finally 'cut the cord', however, if you add HBO Now's $15 to the list of other streaming services you already pay for it might eventually come to the point that 'cutting the cord' isn't the cost savings you thought it would be. Quartz has the full story.

HBO’s cable-free streaming service will be called “HBO Now” and cost $15 per month, according to International Business Times. HBO is reportedly trying to launch the service by April 12, in time for the fifth-season premiere of Game of Thrones.

“We know there’s great anticipation around our standalone streaming service,” HBO said in a statement, responding to questions about the report. “And when we have details to share, we will do so.”

Microsoft wants to bridge gap between Xbox and PC

Microsoft's video game chief Phil Spencer has announced that they are working on a new app that will work on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC's that will allow you to run Xbox games on your PC and PC games on your Xbox. The gaming industry is huge dollars so trying to bridge the gap between them is a smart move if they can do it right. 

Microsoft also announced that they will be bringing an adaptor out to allow you to hook your wireless Xbox One controller to your PC, which is something people have been waiting for.

ABCNews has more details.

Phil Spencer, head of the company's video game division, detailed Microsoft's plan for game makers to create universal apps that can run on both Xbox One consoles and PCs with Windows 10, as well as smartphones, tablets and other devices running the forthcoming version of Windows. That includes HoloLens, Microsoft's wearable headset that gives wearers the ability to interact with three-dimensional images.

"Our goal with gaming at Microsoft is to allow people to play games wherever they are," Spencer told game makers Wednesday at the Game Developers Conference. "We know for developers that it's critically important for you to reach those gamers wherever they are."

Goodbye Nexus 6

Jay Morrison (MegaHz) has been taking us through the heart-wrenching journey of the death of his Nexus 5 and the excitement about snagging the new Nexus 6. He gave us his first thoughts, walked us through the swelling battery and has now reached a conclusion after a few months. That's right, the Nexus 6 just has to go. It's too large, too bulky and while there are some amazing features, if you can't hang onto it or put it in a pocket, it has to go.

In the end, I can’t help but feel like a kid who bought a new bike that is two sizes too big. It does everything it promised on the box, and it’s still big and shiny, I just haven’t figured out how to ride it properly. Will I grow into it? Probably. But it sure doesn’t feel that way right now.


Read the article here.

Cortana / Spartan Integration

Spartan is a new browser that we'll see in Windows 10. It ships alongside Internet Exporer 11 but Spartan has a lot of integration with Cortana. If you want to see what you're going to be getting in Windows 10, make sure to check out the video below.


Somehow I feel that this is just Clippy 2.0.

Source: WinBeta

Worst Hoaxers and Liars on Facebook

If you are tired of being led astray and lied to on Facebook by people sharing real "news" on their feed, be away that there is a list of the worst of the liars, scammers and those who instigate and propagate hoaxes on Facebook. Of course, the easiest way to solve the problem is to not use Facebook. If you do insist on using it though, please for the sake of all that is holy, DO NOT use Facebook for a source of news. That is all.

Ever since Facebook completed its evolution from a Friendster ripoff to an internet-transforming Elder God that can send millions of people to a single website at the twitch of an algorithm, a parasitic sub-genre of "satirical" news sources has latched onto the News Feed and thrived. Some of them lie to readers outright, with believable headlines that are only revealed as fabrications if you click through and read their disclaimers. Others make sincere, if weak, attempts at genuine satire. Their headlines don't aim to trick you into sharing, but they don't make any particular effort not to.

Source: Gawker

AMD Tries for VR

AMD has been having a bit of a rough time lately, but they are making a big move as you'll see in the video below. They are showcasing their hardware running VR. That's right AMD VR - something that no one has really even THOUGHT about doijng before. You need it, they can power it. [/end sarcastic rant]


Source: AMD YouTube

Lenovo Vibe Shot

Mobile World Congress is in full swing and there is certainly a lot of new hardware being shown off. One of these devices is from Lenovo and it's their all-new Vibe Shot. This phone is build for the selfie-obsessed with a high-quality (not just high megapixel) 8MP front camera. In addition, it has a 1080p screen and the new Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core CPU. What I love about it the most is the microSD support for up to 128GB extra storage for all your selfies. Know someone who needs this? I bet you do!

These specs are pretty decent in and of themselves - the 5-inch Full HD screen is fairly standard for a higher-end device these days, while the newest-gen Snapdragon 615 processor from Qualcomm promises excellent performance. A point that I've made many times in recent days is that it's more or less impossible to fairly assess a handset's performance from just a few minutes spent with it on a show stand - we'll need to spend some real time with it to be able to pass that kind of judgment.

Source: Neowin

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