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Google Pixel 2 XL vs iPhone 8 Drop Test

If you've got a little extra time on your hands - and a lot of extra money, you buy expensive gadgets and smash them. I don't have that much time or money to throw away, so I'm glad to see that PhoneBuff does. They take the two lastest flagship phones from the big guys and see which one can survive the most abuse. 

 

Chuwi LapBook Air

The Chuwi LapBook Air is a straight-up assault on the MacBook Air that offers some pretty impressive features for a very competitive price. The LapBook Air won't be available at Walmart or BestBuy, but it will be available online in the near future. It looks pretty impressive and I'd be very interested to see how it performs and how much it costs. It looks like it's aimed at the mid-level market with entry-level prices.

Source: Neowin

Bitcoin Breaks $6,100 - A New Record High

Bitcoin had a bit of a dip when China blocked things and is working on their own cryptocurrency, but has since fully recovered and continues to soar. The rate of gain of this stock is pretty remarkable but I do fear that it can't last forever. If I was mining, I'd be pretty happy. If I was thinking of buying some to speculate with, I'd probably have to pass as this could drop at any moment.

In an unscientific survey carried out by CNBC this week, nearly half of the more than 23,000 people who voted said bitcoin is heading to over $10,000. Former hedge fund manager Michael Novogratz told CNBC in a recent interview that he sees bitcoin heading to $10,000 in the next six to 10 months. Bitcoin has also been helped by favorable regulation in Japan which recently allowed companies to accept the digital currency as payment. Around 57 percent of the trade in bitcoin was executed in Japanese yen on Saturday, according to industry website CryptoCompare.

Source: CNBC

Pixel 2 XL Screen Burn-in Issues and Response

The Pixel 2 XL hasn't been out very long - just long enough to find an issue with the display. In fact, it appears that the screen is having some burn-in issues, poor viewing angles and the color isn't as vivid as users are used to. In fact, the screen is so "dull" that some people are calling it a disaster. The fact is that the display is a POLED unit that is quite new and that is probably contributing to the poor quality. Google's response is that the screen is designed to produce realistic color - not overly saturated and vivid color that we are more used to.

This dodgy display isn't the only issue that has plagued Google's new flagship line-up. The smaller Pixel 2 went on sale in the UK yesterday, but as we noted here at INQ, Google appears to be suffering the same stock issues that plagued last year's Pixel launch.

Source: TheInquirer 

Graphics Card Vendors Upbeat about Cryptocurrency

Just when games don't really push graphics cards and lowers demand for the latest upgrade, along comes cyptocurrency mining. As such, the demand for graphics cards has never been higher. Recently, Bitcoin reached an incredible $6,100USD and that has obviously kept the demand on these cards high. It's too bad for gamers that need an upgrade as it's pretty hard to find anything in stock. It's very good for vendors though.

Because of the quickly subsided cryptocurrency mining hype in 2013, some graphics card players were originally conservative about the development in 2017. Despite both China and Russia governments having expressed opposition on the trading of cryptocurrencies, their values continue increasing after a short-term relapse.

Source: DigiTimes

Microsoft Zune Forever!

Remember the Microsoft Zune?

It was supposed to be the iPod killer and gained a loyal following but Microsoft let it die much quicker than some people were hoping. Well the loyal following of Zune fans is still strong today and if you want to buy a Zune be prepared to pay more than you would of when they were on store shelves. The following is so loyal that Motherboard has done up an article looking at why people still care about the Zune.

It's hard to forget the Zune. After all, Microsoft's mid-2000s bid to sink the iPod with an MP3 player of its own was notable for its immense thirst.

The Zune, which was clunkier than the iPod and came in black, white, pink, and putrid shit-brown, desperately wanted to be cool. Unluckily, at the time of the Zune's release in 2006, Apple also began airing its "Get a Mac" ads, which cast Microsoft as terminally lame. Still, anti-Apple sentiment was strong even then among the nerds, and so the Zune was an underdog. Microsoft tried to capitalize on this, and counter Apple's messaging, with its own "edgy" ads and stunts like sponsoring a VICE event in Toronto.

Weekly Tech Update #409 - Netflix Grows and Oculus Go's

We have just posted up Episode #409 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we are discussing Netflix grows, Oculus Go's and everybody KNOWS; you're going to get hacked.We have those stories and more at the links below...

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Samsung's CEO resigns

The CEO of Samsung has announced that he's resigning due to the company facing an "unprecedented crisis". Even though profits are at all time highs for Samsung, there has been some issues with management and they've been making the news for the wrong reasons. Long story short, this isn't good. Dawn ha the full story.

The CEO of Samsung Electronics Kwon Oh-Hyun resigned Friday, saying the South Korean tech giant was facing an “unprecedented crisis”, even as it expected profits to hit an all-time high in the third quarter.

Kwon's resignation comes as the company struggles to overcome a bribery scandal that sent Lee Jae-Yong, its de-facto head and heir to the Samsung empire, to jail.

But in a sign of good news for the company, its estimated operating profits for the July-September period of 14.5 trillion won ($12.8 billion) marked a record for quarterly profit, nearly tripling the 5.2 trillion won earned a year earlier.

No more signatures for Mastercard

Well the digital age has changed a lot of things over the years and the newest change comes from Mastercard who have announced that after April 18th, 2018, you will no longer need to leave your signature when you use your Mastercard. Obviously with pin numbers and chip technology transactions are secure and found that in the end that using your signature actually slows things down (and no one has checked that signatures match between the card the slip since the late 90's). 

Mastercard's official announcement can be found here.

Did you know that more than 80 percent of Mastercard in store transactions in North America today do not require a cardholder signature at checkout? That number could now reach 100 percent after April 2018, when we will no longer require signatures at checkout for any credit or debit purchases in Canada and the U.S.

ZTE Axon M - Dual Screens with Awesome Potential

A few companies have talked about dual screen and foldable phones, but haven't delivered a product to market yet - that is, until now. ZTE is the company that "did it first" with their Axon M. This is a premium device that offers a lot of potential and I really do like the design. I'm not sure if I'd use one of these as my daily device, but it sure looks cool. Specifications are pretty solid as well with 4GB of RAM, Quad-core Qualcomm CPU, and 4K video recording.

Introducing the revolutionary foldable smartphone with dual screen technology that enables the true power of multitasking. Dual Mode provides virtually unlimited potential in app combinations so you can do more, all at once. Two identical Full HD screens combine to give you a stunning 6.75" tablet-like display. This Extended Mode lets you play games or watch your favorite shows on a larger screen, when and where you want to.

Axon M

Source: ZTEUSA

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