TP-Link RE650 Range Extender


Tunai DRUM Earphones

TabPro S
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Super Mario Run
App Pick - Super Mario Run

Smart Phones and Social Experiments

If you're looking for a new "Smartphone" to replace your aging candy-bar or flip phone, you may want to check out the LG Optimus 3D Android Smartphone over at MEGATechNews.  As far as specs go, this phone comes pretty loaded with a 4.3" display, and a dual-core 1GHz processor.  If you want to lose the 3D the Sony Xperia S Android over at HardwareHeaven may be more up your alley.  I'm not much of a fan of the Xperia line, but this device looks pretty classy.

Of course, according to the latest Nokia/Microsoft Ad - these phones are all just part of a social experiment.


Windows 8 Editions

Microsoft themselves have now confirmed the versions of Windows that it plans to ship later this year.  They include Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT.  Think of Windows 8 as your basic Windows "Home Premium" version and Windows 8 Pro, well, as Windows Professional.  The Pro version will have some media add-on features that will take it up to "Ultimate" - for an "economical" price.  Windows RT is simply for ARM-based devices.  Both Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro will ship in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.  More information over at the Windows Blog.

Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro.


Weekly Video Game Releases

Shacknews has posted their latest video game releases of the week and if you're into some exciting gaming on the PC, you may have to wait a while longer.    There are a couple of games that may be worth checking out, but no blockbusters this week.  

PC

  • AZMD! Scorepocalypse
  • Botanicula (download)
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (download - $15)
  • MacGuffin's Curse (Steam)
  • Super Ski Runner (download - "pay what you want")
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Steam)


360

  • Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
  • Trials Evolution (XBLA - $15)


PS3

  • Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat
  • The House of the Dead 4 (PSN - $10)


PSV

  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention
  • StarDrone Extreme (PSN - $4)


NDS

  • I Must Run! (DSiWare - $2)



Facebook Spams Your Feed - Better

Facebook Offers rollout has begun and now you'll have even more junk clogging up your news feed as they find yet another way to spam your wall, invade your privacy - all in the name of saving you money.  The Verge covers more of this opt-in coupon program that will no doubt be very popular.  It is yet another reason for me to migrate over to Google+.

The offers are free to create, though Facebook says that each will only reach a limited number of people. This is obviously a way for the social network to maintain interest in its regular ads, though it's an interesting strategy that could see more smaller businesses investing in wider advertising campaigns. Offers also marks another attempt by Facebook to enter the social shopping market that's currently dominated by the likes of Groupon and Livingsocial.


Monday Memory Roundup

As we keep on pounding through the news, we've got a few memory reviews to share with you on this fine Monday.

Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB 2133MHz Quad Channel Kit - NikKTech --=-- Kingston HyperX Red, HyperX 3K SSD, Word on USB Drive Security - FutureLooks --=-- Exceleram Rippler ERB300A 4GB PC3-12800 CAS 6 1.65v - TechPowerUp --=-- GeIL Black Dragon DDR3-2133 8GB Quad Channel Kit - HardwareHeaven


Windows on Your iPad? Sort of.

If you love the iPad experience, but still want to run Windows on your favorite white device, InformationWeek has a look at six different ways to make this happen.  Of the most popular of course is Splashtop, but it doesn't end there.  I'll be honest though, none of these actually involve installing it on your device.  Still, there are some pretty great options to make it virtual.

 


Video Stuffing

If you need a new video card - or just the ability to add more monitors to your system, there are a few choices - both internal or external.  Take a look below of some of the recent reviews.

 


Tech Buyouts by the Numbers

The Instagram sale is pretty much what every tech site has been talking about, so why not take a look back at some other famous tech company purchases to see how the Instagram sale stacks up. Wired takes a look at how this sale compares to ones before and breaks it down into charts.

Instagram’s billion-dollar sale to Facebook raised eyebrows Monday, renewing cries of a new tech bubble. But relative to other major acquisitions, turns out it’s a pretty good deal and not the least bit inflationary.

To put the acquisition in perspective I pulled together data from a selection of 30 notable internet acquisitions over the last 10 years, from Broadcast.com to OMGPop to see if Facebook/Instagram for $1 billion was as crazy as everyone thinks. (I left out companies without public purchase prices or user stats.)


Who will Facebook buy next?

Facebook's purchase of Instagram last week is still making the news and MarketWatch is taking a deeper look at just what might be next for Facebook's acquisition team. Chances are good Facebook isn't done buying thanks to its 845 Million users and upcoming IPO which should bring some new money into the company.

The exorbitant $1 billion price tag the social network agreed to pay on Monday for Instagram, an 18-month-old photo-sharing service, highlights how Facebook is no longer the pacesetter it once was. For Facebook to spend so much for a startup right before its mega initial public offering shows that it is no longer the hot new thing. It’s also feasible it had some competition courting Instagram.


New Google+ redesign breaks apps

Google+ recently rolled out their redesign of their social networks homepage and so far they've been getting nothing but grief over it. Today the group of people mad at them are the aApp and extension developers who are mad that it broke their products and they don't think they got fair warning that a change was coming. I guess Google now knows what Facebook goes through every time they do a redesign and people just get mad at them. VentureBeat has the story.

One of the most valuable resources for a social network looking to attract new users is a robust market of apps that extend the platform’s functionality and increase engagement. So when the redesign for Google+ broke a number of apps and extensions built for the search giant’s social network, developers cried foul, asking why Google hadn’t given them fair warning.


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