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ZTE Grand X Plus Z826 Smarthphone Review

We have just posted up a review of the ZTE Grand X Plus. This is a budget-priced Android smartphone that doesn't feel or perform like a budget device at all. You can pick it up for $200 without a contract in Canada (cheaper in the USA) and it will do everything you want and more. Check out our review as it's not quite all sunshine and roses.

The ZTE Grand X Plus is a 5-inch device that has a 720p HD display, 8MP camera, 1080p video recording and a decent 2300mAh battery. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU that is fed by 2GB of RAM, so while the specs won’t blow you away, they probably won’t make you wail in disappointment either.

ZTE Grand X Plus

RadioShack files for bankruptcy

It's official folks, RadioShack has officially declared bankruptcy (which had been rumored for a while now). Sprint's parent company Standard General has a deal in place to buy as many as 2,400 of RadioShack's locations and turn some of them into Sprint stores which will give Sprint a pretty big boost. At this point in time there are no details on what will be happening with the rest of RadioShacks locations (they've got 4,100 stores) but I'm sure in the next few weeks there might be others stepping up to take over a few of the locations. RadioShack has been a huge name in electronics for 95 years and has become a victim of online competition. Reuters has the story.

Electronics retailer RadioShack Corp filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Thursday and said it had a deal in place to sell as many as 2,400 stores to an affiliate of hedge fund Standard General, its lender and largest shareholder.

Wireless company Sprint Corp would operate as many as 1,750 of those stores under an agreement with Standard General, Sprint said separately.

The King of Wikipedia Edits

We've all got pet peeves, but this guy might have taken it to a new level. Bryan Henderson has been credited with 47,000 edits on Wikipedia, which is a pretty impressive number. The even more impressive thing is that it has all been to correct one grammar mistake, he's changed when people use "comprised of" instead of "consists of" in their Wikipedia articles. That's right folks, he has made the change 47,000 times over the past couple years fixing his pet peeve. All I can say is that's dedication!

Mental Floss has the full story.

Many of us are grammar nerds, correcting friends when they say 'less than' rather than 'fewer than', but Bryan Henderson has taken pedantry to an awesome new level.

Henderson has made more than 47,000 edits to Wikipedia correcting a single grammatical error, when writers use 'comprised of' instead of 'consists of'.

10 Million Chromecasts

Looks like Chromecast has done better than probably more people expected as it was revealed this week that Google moved 10 million units in 2014. The low price of the Chromecast probably helped sales as it is a pretty easy impulse buy and for most the year Google was throwing in a bonus Google Play gift card to sweeten the deal even more. Also announced was that there are now over 6,000 developers and over 10,000 Chrome-enabled apps available. Android Central has more.

Google sold about 10 million units of its Chromecast streaming TV dongle worldwide in 2014. This is the first time that hard sales numbers have been released for the product. Last week, Google stated that the Chromecast was the number one selling streaming device in the US in 2014 but did not give out specific sales figures.

The end of Windows RT?

Microsoft has pulled the plug on their Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet which was the last device to feature Windows RT running an ARM CPU. Windows RT really never caught on like Microsoft was hoping and the Nokia Lumia tablet was the last one to hold on for hope. The loss of Windows RT isn't a big deal as more than anything it confused consumers. The Register has the full story.

Microsoft has quietly pulled the plug on the last device to ship running Windows RT, casting doubt on the future of Redmond's ARM fondleslab OS.

The software giant confirmed on Wednesday to The Register that it has stopped manufacturing the Nokia Lumia 2520, a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet with a quad-core ARM processor, an HD display, and 4G LTE wireless connectivity.

Amazon eyeing some RadioShack locations?

We discussed on Weekly Tech Update a few weeks ago that RadioShack was in the process of declaring bankruptcy and their future was looking pretty bleak. We had talked about the possibility of someone coming in and wanting to buy up some (or all) of RadioShack's 4,000 US locations and now reports are coming out that Amazon might be one of those interested companies (Sprint is also rumored to be in the running for some locations as well). 

The fact that Amazon could end up buying some brick and mortar locations from RadioShack is quite ironic seeing as it has been online companies like Amazon that have killed brick and mortar retailers like RadioShack. Amazon does have a few locations already but could jump into the physical retail market in a big way with the acquisition of some key locations from RadioShack. Bloomberg has more on these rumors.

Amazon.com Inc., aiming to bolster its brick-and-mortar operations, has discussed acquiring some RadioShack Corp. locations after the electronics chain files for bankruptcy, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Amazon has considered using the RadioShack stores as showcases for the Seattle-based company’s hardware, as well as potential pickup and drop-off centers for online customers, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the deliberations are private.

WTU Episode #299 - Microsoft Loves Pi

We have just posted up episode #299 of WeeklyTechUpdate and this time around we talk about how much Microsoft loves Pi. We also discuss that the PC is alive and well as people are starting to shy away from tablets, and finally we get down and dirty with coffee piracy.We have those stories and even more goodness below!

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Everything We Know about the Galaxy S6

Samsung has been teasing their upcoming Galaxy S6 for a few days and today they released some more information and a bit of a first look. Not only do we know that it has a curved edge - much like the Galaxy Note Edge, but the speculation is that the GS6 could have a curved screen on both edges. If you don't understand how useful that is, make sure to check out our Samsung CES 2015 coverage starting at 7:08.

 

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Source: Neowin, BCCHardware

Battlefield Hardline PC Beta and System Specs

Battlefield Hardline has now entered open beta and if you want to get an early look at this game, you can head over and grab it at the link below. This is a major change in game story for a Battlefield game and time will tell if it's just another FPS or if it has some different legs to stand on. Below are the system requirements before you get too excited.

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  • OS: WINDOWS 8 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
  • CPU: INTEL QUAD-CORE CPU, AMD SIX-CORE CPU
  • MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS CARD: AMD Radeon R9 290, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • GRAPHICS MEMORY: 3 GB 
  • HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
  • DIRECTX 11
 
Minimum:
  • OS: WINDOWS VISTA SP2 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
  • PROCESSOR: Athlon II/Phenom II 2.8 GHz, Intel Core i3/i5 2.4GHz
  • MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS CARD: ATI Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)
  • HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
  • DIRECTX 11

 

Source: Origin

HTC Raps Their Dominance

Samsung and Apple may dominate the smartphone market, but HTC is trying to "school" them with a rap that shows why HTC is actually better than the competition. While the rap makes valid points; it's terrible. Absolutely terrible. Check it out if you want, but you may want to cue up some funny cat videos for later.

 

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