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Sharp releases 8K TV

While 4K TV's start to become more and more popular and content is finally starting to become more available, Sharp has decided to raise the stake and release their new 8K TV and you can get your very own on October 31st. Sure the price tag of $133,000 might be a little bit excessive, but thats just the cost of 'one-upping' your friends new 4K TV. The Verge has the story.

If you think 4K still has a content problem, you'll probably want to give Sharp's latest display a miss. That also applies to anyone without ¥16 million ($133,000) to blow, because that's how much you'll need for what is technically the world's first production 8K TV, the LV-85001. Technically, because although this 85-inch monitor does have a TV tuner inside, it won't pick up any 8K content yet — though it may be used to help with broadcast tests next year.

Facebook getting a dislike button?

Facebook has made this news after Mark Zuckerberg announced that they are working on a 'dislike' button after years of people asking for more option on a post than just 'liking' it. Now the details still are unknown and I don't think we can expect a dislike button on every post, but it appears that more options for responding to a post are on the way. The Next Web has more on this announcement.

During a Q&A session at Facebook HQ, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the company is planning to publicly test a Dislike button. It’s finally real.

While Zuckerberg had previously suggested Facebook was considering alternatives to ‘liking’ something, this is the first time he has definitively indicated it will ship a Dislike button to users. By the sound of it, we may not even have to wait too long.

The best action camera money can buy is...

The guys over at The Verge have taken all of the action video cameras they can find and done a bit of a roundup to find out which is actually the best. Of course GoPro is included, but they also take a look at the offerings from Sony, Garmin, JVC, TomTom, and more. 

Action cameras — those blocky little cameras you use when you want to record all kinds of intense moments, such as skydiving, white water rafting, high-speed go karting, and more — have been around for a while now. In the past few years, action cameras have developed from niche curiosities into really popular devices that can capture amazing footage. But every year it's still the same story: market-leader GoPro releases a new camera, and other companies desperately try to catch up. Some companies have come close to making one as good as its best, but as soon as they do, GoPro releases a new one.

Maybe the Microsoft Surface was ahead of its time...

The Microsoft Surface has never really taken the world by storm, but with the new release of the iPad Pro, Apple is just the latest to copy the Microsoft Surface concept. Apple isn't the first to copy Microsoft, Lenovo, Dell, and HP, have all come out with 'Surface-like' devices over the past year or so as well. As much fun as it is to make fun of Microsoft, it now looks like they might have actually been ahead of their time with the Surface. Gizmodo takes a look at the 'pioneering' Microsoft Surface over here.

Within the last month, three of the largest technology companies in the world have unabashedly cloned the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s laptop/tablet hybrid champion. Lenovo now has the Miix 700 Ideapad. Apple has its mega huge iPad, that when combined with the optional keyboard (which, let’s be honest, you’ll probably get because the iPad comes with the dock hardwired into the thing) acts just like a Surface Pro 3 only on a mobile OS. And Dell is working on an XPS 12 2-in-1 complete with included stylus. These join HP’s nearly year-old Envy x2 as a big happy family of Surface clones.

Purdue Solves Cell Phone Battery Drain

Cell phones have pretty meager batteries at best, considering what we require of them on a daily basis. One way to combat this is to use your device less, have a lower resolution screen, or forget multi-tasking. Purdue University has taken some major steps in trimming up fragmented, poor-performing apps that try and run in the background. The result is a device that lasts a lot longer on the same battery.

"The big picture is that we want to double the battery life for smartphones," Hu said. "This is going to be a non-trivial journey because much of the battery drain is caused by various apps when the screen is on and also legitimate maintenance functions."

Source: Purdue University

Apple's iPad Pro vs. Surface 3 Pro

Last week, Apple hosted a big event where they launched a few new products including the iPad Pro (which we figured was NOT coming). The iPad Pro was designed to make Steve Jobs roll over in his grave as it comes with  a stylus, er, pencil. Jobs said in the past, "if you see a stylus, they blew it". Of course this was speaking about the competition, but now that Apple is doing it - well, it's probably innovative. Check out the link below to see all the hardware specs compared. It's pretty interesting how they stack up.

For a start, Apple evidently sees the value of a physical keyboard when it comes to getting stuff done on the move. While the company talked up the quality of its on-screen keyboard in the announcement, it's also releasing a 'Smart Keyboard' cover for the device, and with its built-in stand, this allows the iPad Pro to match the same functionality on the Surface Pro 3.

Source: Neowin

Sony's PlayStation Has 20th Birthday

If you've been a life-time console gamer, you've probably owned a PlayStation over the years. Sony's PlayStation has just had it's official 20th birthday and to celebrate - they did an unboxing - of an original PS1. They claim that it was a sealed unit and is obviously in mint condition. Pretty cool stuff to see the 20 years of history. Check out the video below.


Source: GamesRadar

StarCraft II Legacy of the Void Cinematic

If you're big into StarCraft, the Legacy of the Void opening cinematic will get you excited about the expansion that's coming on November 10. Go enjoy it if you haven't already.


How long do people hang onto smartphones?

According to a new study, US consumers only hang onto their smartphones for about 22 months before upgrading. While that isn't a long time, it then asks the question, what brand of smartphone do users keep for the longest amount of time? Well you probably weren't expecting BlackBerry to be on the top of many lists, but apparently BlackBerry users keep their devices the longest, on average 32 months before upgrading. Microsoft's Lumia products fall to the bottom with 16 months and Samsung comes in at 18 months with Apple users coming in at 25 months. ZDNet takes a closer look at the trends over here.

As the number of first-time smartphone buyers shrinks, persuading existing users to upgrade is becoming a more pressing issue for handset makers.

Earlier this week as part of its giant product Apple introduced a new trade-in programme in the US aimed at getting customers to upgrade to the latest model faster, throwing the spotlight on the upgrade cycle as an area of focus for manufacturers.

The average US smartphone user keeps their device for about 22 months before replacing it with a newer model, according to data from Kantar WorldPanel, but that figure varies significantly by brand.

iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 3 vs. MacBook Air

With the recent announcement of the iPad Pro from Apple, the comparisons to Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 were obviously going to happen. CNET has come up with a comparison chart between the two tablets and has thrown the MacBook Air in for good measure.

By adding a bigger, higher-resolution screen, keyboard cover and active stylus, plus new feature-packed versions of Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and other iOS apps, the iPad Pro is pitching itself as a true laptop replacement. But does it measure up?

We'll have to wait to get hands-on with the device to say for sure, but in the meantime, we can compare the specs and features of the iPad Pro with both the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and the similarly priced 13-inch MacBook Air. For the list below, we took the base model of each, and added a sold-separately keyboard and stylus if available.

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