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Motorola drops the Droid

Motorola has been building up the Droid brand since 2009, however, with the release of the Moto Z2 Play the Droid name has completely disappeared. The previous Moto offering still had the Droid name on the back, however the past couple generations from Motorola have seen the Droid name become smaller and smaller and have been focusing on the Moto name instead. When Motorola started pushing the Droid name it gained huge brand recognition very quickly so it has people scratching their heads why Motorola is abandoning it. The Verge has the details.

Verizon is the exclusive US carrier of Motorola’s new Moto Z2 Play, but if you take a close look at the phone, you’ll notice something missing: there’s no Droid branding anywhere. Motorola has been Verizon’s closest partner on the Droid family of products for years. Just take a look at this history.

But not this time.

On last year’s Moto phones, the Droid logo had a prominent position right beneath the camera lens. But it’s nowhere to be found on the Moto Z2 Play, and none of the marketing material from Motorola (or Verizon) make any mention of the long-running brand.


Weekly Tech Update #401 - Bitcoin Still Climbing

We have just posted up Episode #401 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we are discussing Bitcoin continues its rocky climb to the top, people still hate the cable industry, and chances are good you've been sharing your Netflix passwords. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Microsoft Working on Windows Mobile Reboot

Microsoft has all but given up on the Windows Mobile platform as their hardware partners have all but dried up. The software was very good overall, and the experience - other than lack of app support - was solid. That being said, Microsoft seems to think that the problem was with the software - not the support. The proof is that they are working on a Windows Mobile reboot instead of supporting what they have already sold. This is classic Microsoft and while the platform is actually quite capable, I wouldn't buy one of their mobile devices at this point as they are sure to leave you hanging within a year.

Many have speculated that Microsoft would position Windows 10 on ARM as a successor to Windows 10 Mobile. This is unlikely as Windows 10 on ARM (the version being discussed here anyway) is merely an iteration of Windows 10 Pro to provide an opportunity for Qualcomm-powered Laptops and Windows Convertibles to light up new mobility experiences as we can see in the LTE-capable Surface Pro. It is more likely that this unnamed new branch of Windows Mobile is where Microsoft is actively testing possible future iterations of Windows Mobile.

Source: MSPowerUser

ASUS' 35-inch Curved 200Hz Gaming Monitor

Last week, Acer announced their new gaming monitor and at Computex, ASUS announced theirs and stepped up the game - just a little bit. Their new 35-inch curved monitor can run up to 200Hz and supports G-Sync. The beauty of this display is that it is a full 3440x1440 - and it's pretty impressive. Both Acer and ASUS units feature the same panel, ASUS has just boosted the refresh rate on theirs. It's a nice display for sure.

While resolution and image quality are important, refresh rate and response time are the most important spec for any gaming monitor, which gives the Swift PG35VQ an edge in the eternal rivalry between these two Taiwanese companies. I'm still unconvinced on the value of an ultrawide display, especially because e-sports games like Overwatch and League of Legends traditionally don't support them at all.

Source: TheVerge

AMD Highlights New Products and PC Designs

AMD held their press-conference at Computex and has shown off some pretty sweet updates to their products. They made the Threadripper official and talked about Ryzen as well as their Radeon Vega hardware. It looks like it could be a good year for AMD if things end up on the retail shelves like they are hoping. Watch the canned live stream from the event below.

Source: AMD

Don't Buy A Macbook Pro Just Yet

In this day and age, it's pretty hard to launch a product without a leak or three prior to launch. Back in the day, Apple was the king of tight lips but lately with online retail, things slip much easier it seems. The latest leak comes from a retailer showing when the unreleased Macbook will be shipped and delivered. The thing is, Apple hasn't announced anything yet. I guess they plan on it very soon.

Nevertheless, Apple has staggered the release of the MacBook Pro in the past. In 2015, for example, it released a 13-inch model in March, and a 15-inch model in May. In 2012, Apple unveiled the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display at WWDC in June, while a 13-inch model didn't launch until October.

Source: MacRumors 

The Eve V is the Surface Pro I Want

The Microsoft Surface Pro series is great, but they have been neglecting the USB-C train for a while now. Microsoft claims that it isn't mainstream enough yet for them to throw their own weight behind it, and many machines only have a single USB-C connection - and if you want regular USB, you'll need a hug (which is garbage). The Eve V is pretty much a Surface Pro - but it includes a pair of USB-C ports. While you may think that Microsoft would be angry, they will actually be showcasing this machine at Computex. Also Microsoft themselves have invested a fair bit of money into this hardware.

Other specs apparently decided upon by committee are a slightly thicker chassis than the Surface Pro to allow for a bigger battery, and Intel Core i5 or i7 Y-series processors — that’s the low-power line that used to be called Core M before Intel confusingly rebranded it. Karatsevidis claims that the Eve V’s cooling system allows the processor to run at top speed for longer, and the selection of chips allowed for a fanless design.

Source: TheVerge

Get Nostalgic for Free

The PS2 was perhaps one of the best consoles over as they kept pumping out games for it long after the PS3 came out. There were many great games including Crazy Taxi - which you can now play for free on your Smartphone. The downside is that there are ads, but nothing is totally free, right? If you want to remove ads, it will cost you a couple bucks, but it could be worth it if you play it as much now as you did back then.

If you've ever wanted to understand the fuss over Crazy Taxi but didn't want to spend money on a piece of gaming history, you now have your chance. Sega has made it free to play both the Android and iOS versions of the original title, giving you a solid excuse to check out its classic mix of open-world racing and over-the-top style. That includes the original punk rock soundtrack, too. However, there's one big catch: ads.

Source: Engadget

Intel Responds to AMD "Threadripper"

Intel has been playing catch-up with AMD lately in terms of processor launches, and it's interesting that up to now, Intel's answer was to simply overclock their current CPUs, consume more energy, produce more heat and call it a new CPU. Then AMD announced the massive 16-core 32-process "Threadripper" and Intel has once again had to respond. This time, it seems that they are taking a server chip and pushing it to their mainstream. The Core i9 will be launched with up to 18-cores and 36-threads. No other information is available as they are simply trying to see if they can do what they hope. AMD is setting the bar. Let's hope this continues.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Rumors Surface

I've never picked up a flagship at launch before the Galaxy S8, but I love it and am glad I did. Even though this device is only a few months old, the rumors are already flying regarding the next Galaxy - the S9. Already it seems that Samsung is planning on following up the S8 and S8+ with two sizes of the S9 as well and it will have a new processor and the fingerprint reader will actually be embedded in the display. This was supposed to happen with the S8 originally, but for whatever reason, they missed on that one, but it will be present with the S9. More details - although sketchy, at the link below.

The Bell reports that production of the Galaxy S9 will likely start as soon as this year, with Samsung having settled on the codenames Star and Star 2 for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. The report also notes that S9 and S9 Plus will have "similar specs" to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and won't feature Samsung's foldable display tech.

Source: TheInquirer

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