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Internet Explorer still #1

The downfall of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser has been predicted by many for years and years, however, according to the stats, Internet Explorer is still #1 with ~58% of the market share. In IE's defense, the browser has improved significantly since the last time you used to download a better browser, but the fact that it comes pre-installed on so many devices has made it pretty tough for anyone to catch them. The Escapist has the numbers over here.

But guess what? The web browser you last used intentionally in 2004 is still the cat's pajamas in much of the world, as Net MarketShare's latest report shows. Internet Explorer still has an insane 58.38 percent market share (number is from June 2014), undoubtedly fueled by older versions of IE still installed on Dell and Compaq computer the world 'round. In fact, its market share is actually up from the previous month (58.17 percent in May).

BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportbuds Review

We have just posted up our review of the BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportbuds. This is a wireless sport-oriented set of earbuds that is built to take a beating - wet or dry. We had a lot of fun with these and wore them hiking, biking, running and diving and they survived to play another day. If you're in the market for some good-sounding wireless earbuds, live untethered after you check out our review.

A couple of things that are absolutely fantastic about these are comfort and durability. I wore these for hours a day without any issues at all and we abused these pretty hard and even took them deeper than their IP67 rating and have had absolutely no issues. They take a beating and keep on working. That is the most impressive and their best quality.


The end of Plasma

Samsung has announced they are ending their production of Plasma TV's at the end of the year. Panasonic already pulled the plug last year but Samsung continued but has now found low consumer interest and will now be focusing on LED and 4K TV production. Plasma TV's just never caught on like manufacturers were expecting and by the end of the year will be no more. CNET has the full story.

We plan to continue our PDP TV business until the end of this year, due to changes in market demands. We remain committed to providing consumers with products that meet their needs, and will increase our focus on growth opportunities in UHD TV's and Curved TV's

Google buys Songza

Google announced this week that they've acquired Songza, an online music streaming service. The price tag of this acquisition is not known at this time but it is being estimated in the $15+ Million dollar range. As all of the big companies are trying to get into the streaming music service, the acquisition of Songza isn't too surprising. TechCrunch has more details.

Google has acquired music streaming service Songza after weeks of speculation around a potential buyout.

Songza uses information about the user and context to determine the best playlists for you at any given time, all of which are curated by music experts (DJs, Rolling Stone writers, etc.).

Rosewill RGB80 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

We have just posted up our review of the Rosewill RGB80 Mechanical "Tenkeyless" keyboard. This keyboard some with Blue switches and is a very solid product that offers customization for macros as well as LED backlighting. If you are looking for a keyboard that is built for gaming and the right size to carry with you to your next LAN, check out our review to see how this keyboard stacks up.

When it comes to performance, you can’t really go wrong here. I haven’t played around with other mechanical keyboards, but overall, it is a very positive experience. The Anti-Ghosting won’t bugger up your gaming experience and the keyboard works very well.

Rosewill RGB80

Waiting for a Rift

If you are one of the people who preordered the Oculus Rift 2nd generation for $350 back in March, then rejoice! Oculus VR announced today that the DK2 should starting arriving at their proper locations sometime by the week of July 14. The only downside to this is that they believe that only 10,000 of them will go out this month.

Word on the Oculus fan forums was that the company would announce more details today, and sure enough: the company has just announced that the first DK2 (Developer Kit #2) headsets should start arriving by the week of July 14th. The bad news: even with that sweet, sweet Facebook cash behind them, they can’t keep up with pre-orders — so if you didn’t get your order in early, you might be waiting a while. Oculus has received just over 45,000+ pre-orders for the DK2, but just 10,000 headsets are expected to ship this month.

Source: TechCrunch

4G is Fast?

We have all already seen the dawn of 4G networks, and the speed is outrageous! But this is not the stopping point for this ship of wireless speed! Ericsson, a Swedish based tech company, has already conducted a test that produced 5 Gigabits over the air!

Forget 4G. Ericsson already has its sights set on the dizzying speeds that can be achieved with 5G. The telecommunications gear maker said Tuesday it had conducted a test that achieved a connection speed of 5 gigabits per second over the air, part of its plans for 5G wireless technology. The bad news: commercial deployment won't actually occur until at least 2020.

Source: CNET

Facebook's Mood Swings

Facebook has had a lot of concerns directed their way in terms of privacy, and it shouldn't be a surprise that there is yet another one. This social media giant is under investigation by the Information Commissioners Office in the UK. The cause of this new development is a psychological experiment that influenced the content that showed on peoples feeds.

A company researcher apologized on June 29 for a test in January 2012 that altered the number of positive and negative comments that almost 700,000 users saw on their online feeds of articles and photos. Disclosure of the experiment prompted some members to express outrage on Twitter about the research as a breach of privacy. The U.K. data regulator’s probe of the social network was reported earlier by the Financial Times.

Source: Bloomberg

The OUYA has M.O.J.O.

Mad Catz's gaming platform the M.O.J.O, is a Tegra 4 box that runs Android and has recently received an update. “What is this update?” you ask. In addition to support for 4K UHD resolution, it now includes OUYA as an App! This is yet another reason why we won't see an OUYA 2 and why it as a platform is dead and gone.

M.O.J.O. owners now have instant access to the OUYA app. OUYA has hundreds of incredible games which are configured to work perfectly with M.O.J.O.’s C.T.R.L.R gamepad.  Many OUYA games are award-winning exclusives which you can’t buy anywhere else!

Source: Madcatz

WTU Episode #269 - Google and Verizon 'Breaking Hearts All Over Town'

We have just posted up Episode #269 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Microsoft ditching the Surface, Google launches nothing at I/O and Verizon breaks hearts and promises.We have those stories and more and the links below!

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