Google and Microsoft play nice

I could probably post a new lawsuit between the major technology companies on the main page here at BCCHardware a couple times a week without much trouble, someone is always suing the competition. This week Microsoft and Google decided they were tired of fighting and have agreed to dismiss all pending patent infringement lawsuits they have against each other (roughly 20 active lawsuits). I think in the 10+ years of news we've been posting this is probably the first one where both companies have made a move like this. MarketWatch has the story.

Rivals Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. agreed to dismiss patent-related lawsuits between the two companies, in a sign of the cooling intellectual-property wars among technology giants.

Microsoft and Google had roughly 20 lawsuits pending between them over uses of patents in mobile phones, Wi-Fi, Web video and other technologies. The companies agreed to dismiss all the pending patent cases, including those related to Google’s former Motorola Mobility smartphone unit, Microsoft and Google said in a joint statement Wednesday.

New 17-inch 8K Display

If you're tired of low resolution screens that accompany many computers, you are probably happy to see resolution inching it's way up to a respectable 1080p on many more devices. In fact, 3K and 4K screens are now somewhat affordable and they are making their way onto premium and gaming notebook computers and smaller 24" LCD panels for your PC. Japan Display is not prepared to settle at 4K however. They are just managed to push out a 17-inch 8K display with an incredible resolution of 7680x4320 at 120Hz. Wow.

The LCD module, based on low temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) technology with true 8K pixels (RGB stripe arrangement), realizes high definition (510ppi) images, and the 120Hz frame rate enables smooth playback of moving image. By providing wide viewing angle, high contrast and little color shift, the advantages of IPS technology enable reproduction of life-like 8K image with a sense of depth in image quality.

Source: Japan Display

ADATA @ CES 2013

We had the chance to sit down with ADATA at CES 2013 and check out the latest and greatest from them. ADATA is most famous for their DDR memory, Flash drives, SSD’s and memory cards and over the years we’ve had the chance to take a look at a few of them and have always been happy with the performance and quality. ADATA has a full lineup of SSD and memory products on display. one of which is their lineup of M.2 (NGFF) SSD drives which are designed for things like Ultrabooks where a full 2.5" drive just won't fit.


This year at CES ADATA is showing off a new product, the DashDrive Air. The DashDrive Air is a great portable device that can wirelessly transfer files to and from a SD card to your smartphone (Android or iOS). The DashDrive also has a battery inside which allows you to charge up any USB device. If thats not enough for you, the DashDrive Air can also act as a wireless hotspot and share a wireless connection with up to 8-10 devices (depends on model of DashDrive). The DashDrive Air comes in two models, the AE800 (which features an internal 500GB hard drive instead of having to use SD cards) and the AE400 (which is a bit smaller and uses an SD card for storage). The combination of a power bank, wireless hotspot, and wireless file storage makes this a very interesting product and could make it a great travel accessory.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE400

Check out our CES 2013 gallery for more pictures of ADATA's full lineup of products.

Sennheiser at CES 2014 (Gamers and DJs Welcome)

We have a look at a few new products from Sennheiser this year at CES. They just launched a couple of new gaming headphones - including a closed style as well as some great new DJ headphones. Take a look at our interview for more info!


Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Free Apps @ Amazon

Amazon is giving away 31 free Android Apps this week (~$100 worth of free stuff). They aren't even no-namers, included in the selection are, Sonic the Hedgehog, Accuweather Platinum, My Backup Pro, and a whole bunch more. If you are an Android user you'll probably want to check out the selection over here. The only catch is that if you don't have an Amazon device you'll have to install the Amazon App, which if you don't have already can be found over here.

More Articles...

Page 10 of 764