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Windows 10 on ARM is Half-Baked

Windows 10 for ARM was announced a while back and while it sounds great to have Windows on a device that can easily get all day battery life, there are some limitations - other than the slower processor performance. Microsoft has released the entire list and there are some areas of concern. While it's obvious that x64 applications aren't supported, things like the "Windows Experience, Anti-Cheat for games, OpenGL 1.1 or newer and more is an issue that will probably affect how your PC works and how you use it. While it'a a great idea, it seems like it's still not ready for prime-time.

Apps that assume that all ARM-based devices are running a mobile version of Windows may not work correctly. Some apps that have been coded for Windows Phone won’t work correctly and could appear in the wrong orientation or have UI layout problems. This won’t be a huge amount of apps, though.

Source: TheVerge

iwown P1 Power Sport Watch Evaluation

We have just posted our evaluation of the P1 Power Sport Watch from iwown. This fitness tracker enters a very crowded market, but brings a lot of features, performance and battery life to help it rise to the surface. The app support is very well thought out as well. There is a lot to like, but a couple of things to note. Check the article for all the details.

The fact is that the P1 can hold its own in the market and do very well. It offers fantastic week-long battery life, a bright and clear display, touch interface, buttons as a backup, a comfortable band, enough sensors to keep most people happy and to top it off, it's water-resistant to 50M.

P1 Power Sport Watch

Facebook lost 2.8 million U.S. users under 25 in 2017

Earlier in the week we posted up a story about how Facebook was seeing growth in their 55+ demographics, which unsurprisingly has started to drive the under 25 users away and saw 2.8 million of those users leave the platform in 2017 and it doesn't look like 2018 will be any better. Basically what this comes down to is that as more older people start using a platform (like your grandparents for example) the younger users find somewhere else to go so that Grandma isn't commenting on the same pictures as their friends. 

Now the significance of this for Facebook is that advertisers want under 25 users as they've got lots of disposable income and are much more likely to buy their products online. This is actually a big deal for Facebook as if this trend continues they risk becoming the social media site for older people instead of the "hip" social network that they have marketed themselves as being.

ReCode has more on this story.

Facebook is losing young users even quicker than expected, according to new estimates by eMarketer.

The digital measurement firm predicted last year that Facebook would see a 3.4 percent drop in 12- to 17-year-old users in the U.S. in 2017, the first time it had predicted a drop in usage for any age group on Facebook.

The reality: The number of U.S. Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic declined by 9.9 percent in 2017, eMarketer found, or about 1.4 million total users. That’s almost three times the decline expected. There were roughly 12.1 million U.S. Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic by the end of the year. 

 

Linner NC50 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Earphones

We have just posted our review of the NC50 Active Noise Canceling Wireless Earphones from Linner. This is a company you've probably never heard of, but they make products that are worth checking out. We take a look and find out if the NC50's are not only worth the $70 asking price, but if they can hold up to other more expensive offerings from other companies. Check our review for all the details.

As for audio quality, the NC50 exceeded my expectations. The bass is nice and heavy when it needs to be without being muddy and thick. The mid-range is very balanced for a $70 set of earphones - let alone noise-cancelling earphones. The treble isn’t sharp and balances very nicely as well. Even for $139, they sound great. For half that, they are solid gold.

NC50

Facebook seeing growth in 55+ demographics

Good news for Facebook that they're seeing growth in some demographics, unfortunately for Facebook is that it's in the 55+ demographic which isn't what online advertisers get excited about. Thanks to the surge, the 55+ demographic is now the 2nd biggest on Facebook which is making the younger demographics jump to other platforms like Snapchat. The Gaurdian has more on this story.

It’s official: Facebook is for old(er) people. Teens and young adults are ditching Mark Zuckerberg’s social network as popularity among the over-55s surges, according to a report.

In 2018, 2.2 million 12- to 17-year-olds and 4.5 million 18- to 24-year-olds will regularly use Facebook in the UK, 700,000 fewer than in 2017, as younger users defect to services such as Snapchat, according to eMarketer.

A surge in older users means over-55s will become the second-biggest demographic of Facebook users this year.

Cryptocurrency LoopX disappears

Ahh yes, yet another cryptocurrency story. 

Not surprisingly, this is another one of the bad side of the news with a new startup called LoopX disappearing after raising $4.5 million in it's initial coin offering. This isn't the first time that cryptocurrency buyers have been scammed and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it's not the last.

TNW has the full story.

Another day, another exit scam: an emerging cryptocurrency startup more commonly known as LoopX has suddenly vanished out of thin air along with millions worth of its investors’ savings.

The sketchy investment platform, which promised to earn backers’ money with its proprietary trading algorithm, has abruptly gone dark after raising $4.5 million in a series of initial coin offerings (ICO). The company has since also pulled its website and deleted its social media fingerprint, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Telegram accounts.

Weekly Tech Update #424 - Amazon to Launch Delivery Service

We have just posted up Episode #424 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing the headphone jack is alive and well, Amazon to launch their own delivery service and Facebook is shifting demographics. We have those stories and more at the links below...

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Long live the headphone jack!

As more and more big names in the smartphone market ditch the headphone jack, it appears that Samsung isn't getting on that train yet as it is being rumored that the Galaxy S9 will be featuring a 3.5mm headphone jack. Is this enough to get you to switch to Samsung? Maybe not, but it sure beats having to buy new headphones or using an adaptor. CNET has the details.

Notice anything interesting about this alleged render of the Samsung Galaxy S9? 

No, I'm not talking about that weird block underneath the phone, or the return of the Bixby button. (Drat?) I'm talking about the perfectly round hole in the bottom-left corner. 

It's a headphone jack. A headphone jack on the Galaxy S9. Our precious 3.5mm port ain't dead yet, folks! 

Nokia sold 4.4 million smartphones in Q4

Nokia relaunched their smartphone brand and their partner HMC Global is now producing their devices for them and apparently it's working out better than most expected. In Q4, Nokia sold 4.4 million smartphones and claimed the #11 spot on the smartphones sales charts. Them being in the #11 spot puts them ahead of other big names like Asus, Lenovo, Google, Sony, HTC, and OnePlus. The sales seem to be selling well overseas and isn't gaining much in North America, but thanks to some strong sales early on we could see them making a push into North America shortly. TechRadar has the story.

The 4.4 million figure puts Nokia at the 11th position in the list of companies with highest market share. This also means that Nokia sold more phones in the last quarter than a lot of other popular brands. Some of the companies that sold lesser smartphones that Nokia are — Google, HTC, Sony, Alcatel, Lenovo, OnePlus, Gionee, Meizu, Coolpad and Asus.

Snapchat's redesign isn't so popular

Snapchat just completed their biggest redesign since it launched in 2011. It unfortunately isn't all roses and sunshine as a "fake" tweet that said if it was retweeted 1.3 million times they'd revert back to the old design. Long story short, that fake tweet has become the 6th most retweeted tweet ever. 

It will be interesting to see if Snapchat caves or if the people that are upset actually leave. History shows that most likely people will accept the change and we won't hear about this in another week or so, but maybe Snapchat users are different?

TheDailyBeast has the story.

Last week Snapchat rolled out its biggest redesign since the app launched in 2011.

The company split the app into two sections, consolidating friend content on the left side, media content on the right, and installing a slew of other design changes.

Snapchat’s massive teen userbase is outraged at the update, and already desperately trying to get the old version back. 

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