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Windows 10 Mobile Adoption Continues to Grow

Windows 10 Mobile has been rolling out in beta stages for a few devices and lately they have been expanding the program to cover more devices. As such the adoption is actually growing quite a bit and there will soon be some flagship last-generation devices on the program as well. One of these is the HTC One M8 Windows Edition, which I would very much like to get my hands on. Good on Microsoft. If they keep this up, most users will already be using Windows 10 Mobile by the time it launches.

When it comes to devices, there aren’t any major surprises. Older phones like the Lumia 520 are slowly declining in market share as they get replaced by newer devices like the Lumia x30 range. Perhaps a bit unnerving is the fact that the newest devices, in the x40 range, aren’t seeing as big of an adoption curve as Microsoft would have wished for.

Source: Neowin

WTU Episode #313 - Everyone's Greedy but ASUS

We have just posted up Episode #313 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Apple's move to even bigger iPads with multi-window support, cheaper smartphones compliments of ASUS and the fact that GM will now loan you a car. Check out those stories and more at the links below.

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Microsoft 'Evaluating' Blackberry Takeover

Just when consumers are thinking that Microsoft should get out of the Windows Phone Hardware business, reports surface that they may be really interested in Blackberry. As much as I hate this idea as I think it would ruin the Blackberry hardware (which is fantastic with physical keyboards), it makes sense if Microsoft wants to continue pushing into the mobile space. Growth may not be as exponential in mobile as it once was, but there is still a big future in little devices.

Microsoft has been on quite a roll in the acquisitions department lately. Just last year they purchased Nokia's Devices Division for $7.17 billion and acquired a massive patent library with it. The specifics of Microsoft's interest in Blackberry is not known, but one could speculate that Microsoft is after Blackberry's numerous mobile and IoV (Internet of Vehicles) patents, as well as BlackBerry's expertise in regards to mobile solutions for enterprise.

Source: Neowin

Twitter to Buy Flipboard

It appears that Twitter may be taking a bunch of their capital funding to buy another service that really doesn't have much of a business model either. It looks like Twitter could be trying to expand their media impact by snagging up Flipboard. While that may make sense for them, I really hope they don't. The last thing I want to see as a Flipboard user is "Sponsored Stories" and have linkbait on that platform as well.

Why Twitter might be interested in Flipboard is not known, but curation may be Twitter’s aim. Flipboard recently purchased Zite, a competing site with personalized curation tools. Flipboard’s advertising muscle is also something Twitter may be interested in.

Source: TheNextWeb

Android M Dev Preview Details

Google has some details regarding the next version of Android - Android M. While there will no doubt be some features added for sure, there is a big focus on battery performance and RAM optimization. Andoid 5.x has had a few issues that I haven't been all that thrilled with and hopefully Android M will be a bit more optimized and doesn't require a quad-core processor to run properly.

Today a rumor has surfaced which suggests Android M will seek to focus on improving the state of RAM in Android, something which isn’t too hard to believe considering the issues people have been having with the software managing RAM following the updates to Android Lollipop. The rumor also suggests that Android M will take a heavy focus to seeing improved battery performance to give devices more longevity on a single charge.

Source: AndroidHeadlines

iPhone 6C?

Apple has officially announced their official 'lightning connector dock' a couple days ago which for some reason has taken them many months to release. People who were excited headed straight to Apple's website to order one and noticed a strange picture for the 'lightning connector dock' which had a iPhone 5C-ish looking device sitting on the dock. The original iPhone 5C hasn't been updated in 19 months and didn't feature a lighting connector so it has now got people talking about how there just might be a new iPhone 6C coming out. The rumors of a iPhone 6C have been around for a while but due to the fact that nothing has come from Apple and the original 5C didn't sell all that well most thought the 'C' line of phone was probably dead. Only time will tell if this is legitimate or not. TechRadar has the story.

The fact that Apple announced an official Lightning dock a couple of days ago wasn't particularly exciting, but the renderings illustrating it may have revealed more than the Cupertino company wanted to give away.

Until Apple spotted the slip, clicking all the way through to the last picture illustrating the dock brought up what looked like an iPhone 5C - only it has a Touch ID button without the square markings in the middle.

12-Inch iPad

It is looking like iPad and Apple users might be getting another option in the iPad lineup with the addition of a new 12-inch iPad model. No timeframe for release has been announced yet but Apple is hoping that it will help increase iPad sales once again. This will be a great addition to the iPad lineup and will offer users a size that no one else does (other than Samsung, Asus, Microsoft, HP, Lenovo, Gigabyte, Dell, and many others). 9to5Mac has the details over here.

Facing slowing growth for the first time since the iPad’s 2010 debut, Apple is working on several significant software and hardware updates to reinvigorate the tablet over the next year. Apple is developing a dual-app viewing mode, 12-inch iPads codenamed “J98″ and “J99,” as well as support for multi-user logins, according to sources briefed on the plans. First planned for debut last year, the split-screen applications feature for the iPad could be introduced as soon as June at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, while multi-user login support and the 12-inch iPads will apparently arrive later…

YotaPhone 2 on IndieGoGo

YotoPhone is a Russian company that announced a dual-screen phone a few years back and they refreshed their first clunky with the YotoPhone 2 that we saw this past CES. Now they are trying to bring this phone to the North American market by way of an IndieGoGo campaign. They also play to bring it to different carriers as well, but this all takes time. If you want to pre-order one of these, make sure you check it out at the link below.

The YotaPhone2 EPD is yours to customize. With the full-touch EPD display you can create multiple dashboards with widgets for Email, Fitness, Music, Calendar, Stocks, Twitter or display photos from your Gallery or Social Media feeds. With YotaPhone 2 everything you need is just a glance away.

Source: IndieGoGo

Spotify Expands to More Than Music

It appears that Spotify is trying to stay relevant and has expanded their offering to more than just music. They've recently added video content as well as podcasts to the mix. The new video capsule will be offering video from Comedy Central, the TWiT netwok and more. It's a bold move that should keep users subscribed as people demand more than just music streaming.

Spotify's expansion comes as the company is facing more competition than ever before as it attempts to maintain its position atop the subscription music business. Jay Z's Tidal is trying to lure in mainstream consumers with exclusive music videos and live-streaming concerts. In many ways, the company has made exclusive content an even greater focus than its lossless, CD-quality audio tier that subscribers can get by paying $19.99 per month.

Source: TheVerge

Propane Rifle is Awesome

The best thing about this propane rifle is that you probably have everything at home right now to build one. I'm not saying you should, and please obey all local laws.

 

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