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BlackBerry + Samsung = BlackBerry Venice?

Everyone loves a good rumor, and this week we've got one that involves BlackBerry and Samsung working together to come up with BlackBerry's new phone they've dubbed Venice. A few months back Samsung was rumored to be trying to buy BlackBerry (which obviously didn't happen....yet?) but the new device that BlackBerry is working on looks very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and is also running Android (a first for BlackBerry). Chances are this is just a coincidence, but if you'd like more info on this conspiracy theory, head on over to Android Authority.

This past January, an interesting story began circulating. Originating from Reuters, it alleged that Samsung was in talks to purchase BlackBerry for $7.5 billion. The report said that top executives from both companies had met to discuss the deal, and cited both insiders and confidential documents as sources. The story was widely covered, and at one point BlackBerry’s stock had a major upturn. In the end, however, both companies vehemently denied such negotiations, and the topic was essentially finished. Still though, some of us at Android Authority felt the idea was deserving of further consideration.

WTU Episode #319 - Android: Back in Black(berry)!

We have just posted up Episode #319 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Blackberry joins team Android, Google Glass is back and Samsung tops Apple in overall Smartphone sales in the USA. Check out those stories and more at the links below.

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Netflix Steps into Original Feature Films This October

Netflix is betting big on feature films and other exclusive content. While they do make a lot of money off of subscribers and their cost of bandwidth and storage is pretty high, this pales in comparison to the cost of their obligations to their "exclusive" content. With a bunch of feature films set to be launched this fall, their total annual bill for said content is now up to $9.8 Billion. That's right. $9,800,000,000.00 Tha's a lot of zero's.

Following “Beasts of No Nation,” Netflix says it will release the first of four Adam Sandler films with the launch of “The Ridiculous Six” on December 11, 2015. While Sandler can still churn out hits, his film releases are hit-or-miss. For every box office winner, there are a couple of bombs. However, as DVD and video-on-demand releases, Sandler movies do well. That means they’ll likely work for Netflix’s viewer base, too.

Source: TechCrunch

OnePlus 2 4GB of DDR4

OnePlus keeps teasing us with new bits regarding their upcoming OnePlus 2 device that is set to land here at the end of this month. The latest tidbit is that it will feature 4GB of LPDDR4 memory - and according to the previous post from OnePlus - will cost less than $450 USD. That means it will cost $449 of course, but for a flagship phone that is somewhat affordable, this is pretty cool stuff. The downside to the whole OnePlus experience is that the new device will be subject to the "Invite Only" treatment that we saw with the first device for about a year.

Why did we choose LPDDR4 for the OnePlus 2? Another notable benefit is lower power consumption for better battery efficiency. That means you’ll be able to use your favorite apps (and more) without draining the battery. With LPDDR4, you get twice the bandwidth performance as the LPDDR3 at the same power consumption profile.

Source: OnePlus

Speed Up Your Boot Time

If you are tired of slow boot times and hear all of this good news about people booting their working PC in less than 10 seconds, you may be a bit jealous - or think people are lying. Browsing the interwebs over the last couple of days, I found a guide that should be able to help you get those sub-10 second boots - if you're running an SSD. There is a lot more to it than that though, so make sure you check it out and share your results.

Many people do not know how to properly configure, or even know that it is possible to configure their system in such a way to speed up their boot time even more. There are some other things you can do than just slapping an SSD in your system and setting the SATA mode to AHCI or RAID to achieve ultra-fast boot times by using the latest hardware. When we say ultra-fast, we mean powered off system to desktop in 6-10 seconds.

Source: TheSSDReview

Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP 6GB

If you have a bunch of money burning a hole in your pocket and you want a nice graphics card upgrade, check out the review of the Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP!. This is a very solid card that comes with a dual-slot cooler. The crazy thing is that this GPU core has somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 billion transistors and the aforementioned 6GB of RAM. I know a lot of people that have less system memory than that in their gaming machines.

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti was released just a few weeks ago. It is built on the same GM200 GPU as the GeForce Titan X, but has fewer shaders (2816 vs 3072). While the GTX 980 Ti's GPU is still produced on a 28 nanometer process at TSMC in Taiwan, it comes with the fantastic power efficiency optimizations of the NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, which promises lower power draw, higher performance, and reduced fan noise all at the same time.

Source: TechPowerUp

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless Headphones

We have just posted up our review of the Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless headphones. These headphones have the legendary audio quality of Sennheiser with a little extra bass thrown in for good measure. They try and step out above the competition with wireless capabilities, NFC and a folding design that is still very rugged. Overall, they are decent, but you should check our review for all the details.

I really can't find much wrong with these, although if you're an audio purist, you probably won't like the extra bass that they covertly add into your music. I didn't at first. After listening to them for a week or more as part of the review process, I was a bit disappointed when I used different headphones. The extra thump of the bass is not overpower, and quickly become an added touch to your favorite music - whatever it is.

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Giant Robots, Fight! (Japan vs. USA)

A few years back "robot wars" were a big thing and there were some pretty interesting things going down as these roomba-sized machines battled each other. Japan is know for their large Gundam robot and the USA is not wanting to let them be the king of the large robot any more. In 2016, there will be a giant robot fight that will be pretty awesome. It's kind of like Terminator meets UFC - but on a much simpler scale.

The new proposed fight might have a better chance of success, since the robots themselves are already built. But if the Japanese melee idea is going to work, the US team will have to come up with some new hardware to punch and kick its opponent to death or risk ignominious defeat.

Source: TheRegister

Windows 10 Kills Xbox Music, Brings on Groove

Microsoft has been making some changes to their services - as have many other companies since the launch of Apple Music. They have just tried rebranding Xbox Music to make it more appealing to a wider group of users. The new name they picked, however, has a lot to be desired. Microsoft is betting big on "Groove" and while this may have been awesome back in the 70's, I don't think many people 'groove' anymore.

We’ve kept a keen eye on our existing entertainment fans to make sure the experiences which they enjoy and subscribe to today, will continue without any interruptions. Here’s a quick overview of the new features you’ll find with both apps in the build coming to Windows Insiders this week.

Source: Windows Blog

Samsung Introduces 2TB EVO & PRO SSDs

Samsung has just quietly released some 2-terabyte drives into their lineup. You can now snag yourself a 2TB version of the 850 Pro and 850 EVO drives. These drives come equipped with some of Samsung's 3D vertical NAND. This is a unique way to get higher denser modules in a smaller space. According to the article, there is no word on pricing at this moment, but they should be available very soon.

The new 2TB 850 SSD PRO and EVO drives remain in the same 7-millimeter, 2.5-inch aluminum case as their predecessors did. Equipped with Samsung’s advanced chip solutions, including 128 individual Samsung 32-layer 128Gb 3D V-NAND flash chips, an upgraded high-performance MHX controller that supports 2TB capacity, and four 20nm-class process technology-based 4Gb LPDDR3 DRAM chips, the 2TB 850 family provides industry-leading performance and power efficiency.

Source: SamsungTomorrow

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