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ROCCAT Siru Gaming Mouse Pad Review

We have just posted up our review of the ROCCAT Siru Gaming Mouse Pad. This pad is one of the thinnest mats we've ever seen and if you want something that won't take a lot of space in your bag, or raise your hand uncomfortably high off your desk, you should really take a look at see how a razer-thin pad really works. It's more than just a pretty face - and it is pretty. Please take a look at our review for all the details.

Siru

 

I knew I was going to need a new one soon as my old fabric one was breaking down where I had most used it. So much dirt and dust was in and around it that as every week went by, it just became more and more difficult to use. As soon as I opened the package for the Siru and was able to look and feel what I was going to be using, I knew this pad was going to be my pad for a long time.

Now that's a severance package!

In January, Time Warner Cable appointed Robert D. Marcus was appointed as their new CEO. 6 weeks later Time Warner Cable was sold to Comcast for $45 Billion. As part of Robert D Marcus' contract if Time Warner Cable was sold during his tenure as CEO he would receive a little severance pay, to the tune of $80 Million bucks. For those of you who don't want to do math on a Friday, that works out to around $1 Million bucks a day for severance, not bad for 6 weeks of work. The NY Times has the full story.

Robert D. Marcus became chief executive of Time Warner Cable at the start of the year. Less than two months later, he agreed to sell the company to its largest rival, Comcast, for $45 billion.

For that work, he will receive nearly $80 million if the deal closes, a severance payment that amounts to more than $1 million a day for the six weeks he ran the company before agreeing to sell.

Smartphone Now #1 Screen

While this next report from Marketing Land might not be the most official or accurate report of all time it does bring up an interesting fact. According to this report the Smartphone has surpassed the TV as the #1 screen in most people's lives that consumes the most time per day. Apparently the average person spends 151 minutes a day on their phone and 147 minutes watching their TV. Laptop/Computers comes in 3rd with 103 minutes with tablets getting 43 minutes a day. I think more than anything else, shouldn't the question be, does anyone go outside anymore?

A report released this week by Millward Brown takes a quantitative and qualitative look at multiscreen activity from a number of perspectives. The report is based on a global survey (n=12,000 respondents, 30 countries). The US sample was 444 people, with some behavioral monitoring and interviews.

Pandora raises prices

Pandora has made the announcement that they are going to be raising their fees due to the rising cost of operating such a service. Originally Pandora was free of course but right now it is $36 bucks a year or $3.99 a month. Pandora is now going to $4.99 a month and they are removing the option to let you buy a full year at a reduced cost. I would assume Pandora will survive but having to raise costs regularly isn't a great way to keep people happy which is unfortunate since Pandora can't control their costs due to external reasons. The Verge has the story.

Pandora's ad-free internet radio service debuted in 2009 for the very affordable price of $36 a year. Those were the good old days. Today the company announced that its monthly fees will increase from $3.99 to $4.99 and the annual option will disappear entirely due to rising licensing costs.

"The costs of delivering this service have grown considerably," the company says in a blog post. "For example, the royalty rates Pandora pays to performers via SoundExchange for subscription listening have increased 53 percent in the last five years and will increase another 9 percent in 2015." SoundExchange is a nonprofit that collects royalties on behalf of artists.

Worst company in America

It's that time of the year again, time to crown the worst company in America! Once again The Consumerist is taking votes to help figure out who the worst company in America is. EA and Comcast have both claimed this title in past with EA claiming 2012 and 2013 and looking for a prestigious 3rd title. Facebook, Citi, Chase, AT&T, Paypal and many more are all in the running. Head on over here to vote.

As you’ll see from the image below, there are several returning competitors, including previous champs EA and Comcast, three-time runner-up (and sort of winner from when it acquired Countrywide) Bank of America, the perennially hated Ticketmaster and PayPal (with their respective corporate counterparts LiveNation and eBay).

There are also some new names on the list, like Koch Industries and lawsuit-happy seed company Monsanto. There’s also SeaWorld making a splash on WCIA 2014, presumably because people have been watching that Blackfish documentary.

Ford at 2014 Calgary International Auto & Truck Show

We spent some time last week at the Calgary International Auto and Truck Show and took a look at what Ford has to offer - as well as strolled the venue to see what is new or exciting (or really, really shiney). Take a look at the video below and see what they have coming down the pipe and what we can expect from BlackBerry as they make moves in this direction in the coming years.

 

Please leave your comments at the link below, or in our YouTube channel. Enjoy!

Android App Pick - Sonic Dash

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we get nostalgic with some Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic Dash is our App Pick this week, and it's a classic twist on a "Temple Run"-esque game. It's much more fun when you're a hedgehog than when you're running from monkies, so check it out and see why it's our App Pick of the Week.

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Enjoy!

Apple Retires iPad 2 - Brings iPad 4 as "New" Budget Tablet

In addition to launching a 8GB version of the iPhone 5C, Apple has also re-introduced the iPad 4 with Retina display as their entry-level iPad 2 replacement. This is actually a good move as it increases the value of the entry-level iPad lineup. Apple is feeling the heat as they are no longer selling more tablets than everyone else. In fact, they are a ways down the list now in North America. Competition is a win for consumers and this proves it.

The fourth-generation Apple iPad was first released in October 2012, sporting an A6X processor and the 9.7-inch Retina display. Though it was phased out when Apple launched the thinner iPad Air in 2013, the company has quietly reintroduced the Retina iPad 4 to the range. It replaces the iPad 2 as the cheapest entry point into the large screen iPad ecosystem.

Source: CNET Australia

Moto 360: Finally, a beautiful SmartWatch

I love watches. Some people may know me for my small timepiece collection that includes Swiss, German and Canadian timepieces. One thing that disgusts me is cheap, plastic watches and Smartwatches that try and offer features rather than esthetic. Motorola has really stepped up their game with their Moto 360 which was announced today and will launch sometime later this year. If battery life is decent - I may actually get one of these for pure gadget love. Still, if it doesn't last at least 10 years, it's not really a timepiece.

The wristwatch has been through several evolutions since it first became a popular fashion accessory more than a 100 years ago. From mechanical to electronic movements, analog to digital faces, the wristwatch has been reinvented several times over, but the basic design has endured for a century because of its elegance and usefulness ‘at a glance.’ Our vision for Moto 360 was to celebrate that history as we reimagined the wristwatch for the future.

Source: Motorola Blog

Rumored iPhone 6 Specs Leaked by Well-Known Leaker

In some parks, late at night, you'll find a different type of leaker that may or may not be well-known. This tidbit has nothing to do with emptying your bladder, but rather a well-known informant that has roots in Apple somehow, has passed down a few rumors regarding the unannounced, upcoming iPhone 6. Details include pixel density, processor speed and how thin the phone will be. There's not much more information, but what is mine, is yours.

With only a couple more months to go until Apple's rumored launch of the iPhone 6, Sonny Dickson has come out with rumored specifications of the device on his twitter account. Dickson, who last year leaked the iPad Air, Mini, and iPhone 5C well ahead of its proper release date, revealed that these specifications could be "the real thing" and ended each post with the hashtag "#JustSaying".

Source: Neowin

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