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Luxa2 GroovyW Speaker


App Pick - Super Stickman Golf 2

Cortana Trash Talks Android

I love my Android phone and I also love the way Cortana trash talks Android. Microsoft is building a lot of character into their personal assistant. Just be careful what you ask her as this AI has survived the Covenant invasion and a lot more.

Cortana

 

Source: Neowin

HPs $199 Windows 8.1 Notebook

If you don't think a Chromebook has quite enough features for you to use for your daily grind, a Windows laptop probably gets the job done better, but if you lose the think, you're generally out a lot more money. That's where Chromebooks have exceled and I do like it. The latest generation of Chromebooks is a bit more pricey and Microsoft really wants to compete in this space and they are. The HP Stream is a $199 Windows 8.1 machine that is powered by AMD and comes with 100GB of OneDrive. There's more details at the link below.

Instead of Intel's Atom or Pentium-SoCs here comes an AMD A4 Micro-6400T Quad-Core SoC with 1.0 GHz (up to 1.6 GHz) and integrated Radeon graphics R3 unit, which only needs 4.5 watts. This also ensures that the new cheap laptop from HP manages apparently without an active fan, because in his own excavations at us repair manual surfaced only a heatsink, but no fan on.

Source: MobileGeeks

Smartphone Celebrates 20th Birthday

It seems that Apple didn't actually come up with the Smartphone idea. In fact, the smartphone just celebrated its 20th birthday thankfully things have gotten a little better. Simon was the name of IBMs flagship device and it actually had an amazing list of features. Take a look at the link below for all the details.

The phone was developed by firm IBM and the American cellular company BellSouth. IBM said it was called Simon because it was simple and could do almost anything you wanted. Charlotte Connelly, the content developer for the exhibition, said it was initially marketed around the idea of the game 'Simon says'.

Simon

Image Credit: DailyMail UK

Source: DailyMail

Windows Threshold Preview in September

If you just can't wait to get your hands on Windows 8.1 SP1 Windows Threshold, there is a preview release on schedule to be released in late September of this year. While it does look like this will indeed be a public preview (read, beta), there isn't a lot of information as to whether it will be an open beta or closed to a few thousand people. There are a lot more details to come I'm sure so stay tuned.

I had heard previously from my contacts that Microsoft was aiming to deliver a public preview of Threshold available to anyone interested toward the end of calendar 2014. I'm not sure if there's still a plan to make a public consumer preview available at that time or if this "technical preview" is the only "preview" Microsoft will release before Threshold is released to manufacturing.

Source: ZDNet

Apple Holiday TV Ad

I know it's early for holiday ads, but somehow this one slipped by me last year and was recently brought to my attention. It's a great ad that shows that not everyone is what they seem - that in mind, this ad shows the exception rather than the rule. Still, it's a great ad.

 

Moto 360 Up Early at Best Buy

While the Moto 360 wasn't supposed to be released for a couple more weeks, there was a sneak review that made it up online a while back and now Best Buy has leaked the full specifications and features list. What I find impressive about all of this hardware is that the Moto 360 in all its beauty is actually priced at the same as ugly square or rectangular smart watches. Hopefully that, and the two-day battery life really push the wearable market forward.

The device is also listed as having a 1.5-inch backlit LCD touch screen, with a 320×290 resolution, 205ppi, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Matching up to what we learned from a leak a week ago, we are also seeing mentions of a heart rate monitor, water resistance (up to 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes), and an ambient light sensor.

Source: Droid-Life

ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital USB Gaming Headset

We have just posted up our review of the ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital USB Gaming Headset. This headset builds off the original Kave Headset and ROCCAT has really stepped up their game with the XTD. There are many improvements on this headset and the audio quality is really, really good. If you're looking for something that will give you an edge in your game, make music and movies more enjoyable and even make you more attractive, check out our review. They may deliver on a few of these claims.

As mentioned earlier in this review, the most important part about this new in-line control unit is the fact that it has a built-in 5.1 sound card. The quality of sound that comes from this card is amazing. The first time I used this headset, I was blown away. Not only was I surprised at the sound quality from a USB headset, but I was floored at how far better it was than what I currently had (an analog headset).

Kave XTD

Is Lenovo the next big smartphone maker?

Over the years we've had the chance to check out some of Lenovo's smartphones during CES, however, as impressed as we were, the fact that they aren't available in North America has obviously been a major problem. Lenovo is looking to fix that problem with the aquisition of Motorola a few months back and is setting themselves up to become one of the big players in North America if all goes as planned. Arstechnica takes a look at Lenovo and what their plans for North America are over here.

Lenovo posted its first-quarter financial results last night, and overall the news was good. Revenue was up 11 percent compared to the same quarter last year, and profit after operating expenses was up to $283 million from $202 million. These aren't huge numbers if you're used to looking at results from, say, Apple or Google or Microsoft. But overall Lenovo seems to be doing a good job of keeping its head above water and growing share in a time when that's hardly guaranteed for old-guard PC companies. In fact, Lenovo has been one of the few companies to grow faster than the wider PC industry over the last three-or-so years, as tablets and smartphones have taken a sizable chunk out of the traditional PC market.

BlackBerry on the rebound?

Even in spite of the new numbers show that Android and iOS are domintating the smartphone market, BlackBerry appears to be making a bit of a comeback and they've seen their stock rise 45% this year (although to be fair their stock prices had pretty much tanked about this time last year). The hype around some of BlackBerry's new offerings that will be released this fall are probably helping things, but only time will tell if their newest lineup of devices is enough to help right the ship that has been steadily sinking for a couple years now. Global News has the details.

BlackBerry is mounting something of a comeback in the face of long odds many experts – and media – have placed their bets against.

Some however now appear to be reconsidering their wagers.

Shares in the former smartphone leader have quietly touched new highs this week (though are down Tuesday), as the Waterloo, Ont., firm readies for a slew of new product launches this fall.

iOS + Apple = Domination

The fact that Google's Android OS and Apple's iOS are dominating the market probably isn't too much of a surprise to anyone, the surprising fact is just how much they are dominating. According to IDC's latest numbers, iOS and Android are controlling 96.4% of the market share (up from 92.6% a year ago). Android is still the biggest winner, controlling 84.7% of the market themselves which is nothing short of impressive when you consider there are over 300 Million smartphones out there now. PCWorld has more details over here.

According to IDC, the total combined market share of Android and iOS swelled to 96.4 percent during the second quarter, up from 92.6 percent a year ago. That left just 2.5 percent of the market to Windows Phone, down from 3.4 percent in a year’s time. 

In part, that’s because the worldwide smartphone market swelled to 301.3 million phones, moving past 300 million phones for the first time in its history, according to IDC. That represents 25.3 percent growth from a year ago.

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