Snapdragon 820 Will Be Great Next Year

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor was announced yesterday and it looks pretty impressive. In addition to being considerably faster, the GPU is about 40% faster than the Snapdragon 810. Also, LTE has received a big boost as it now supports speeds of up to 600Mbps and 802.11ad WiFi. It is much more efficient and uses machine learning to fight mobile viruses and malware. It looks impressive for a quad-core CPU.

Naturally, Qualcomm's new flagship chip is significantly faster than its old one. But perhaps more useful is its power efficiency - the company claims it's around twice as efficient as the 810, and it consumes around 30 percent less energy overall. Without any major breakthroughs when it comes to battery technology, the best way to increase battery life is by making chips more efficient.

Source: Engadget

Quitting Facebook makes you happier

A new study out of Copenhagen took 1,095 Facebook users and asked half of them to quit Facebook and then studied both groups to see who was happier. The people who quit Facebook reported they were happier, they also felt less angry, less lonely, less depressed, more decisive, more enthusiastic, and enjoyed their lives more. In addition the users who quit Facebook also appeared to have stress levels up to 55% lower. The results of this study are very interesting, although not to surprising and I'm sure this is only the first of many studies to investigate the results of social media. HuhMagazine has the full story.

The results were incredibly revealing - after just 7 days 88% of the group that left Facebook said they felt "happy" as opposed to 81% in the group still using the site. They also felt less angry, less lonely, less depressed, more decisive, more enthusiastic, and enjoyed their lives more. Ditching Facebook also appeared to reduce stress levels by as much as 55%. They're some pretty strong results…

Aftershokz @ CES 2013

We met AfterShokz last year at CES and they were bringing to market their first product - the AfterShokz Sport.  Since then they have lauched the Sportz 2 and Sportz M2.  The M2 has a microphone and is still very much a current product for them.  They did announce and have some working samples of the upcoming AfterShokz Bluez.  This is a Bluetooth version that is based off the Sportz M2 and has a microphone, as well as full media player functionality.



The media player functionality looks a little strained with some of the controls located on the back of the headset and other controls located on each ear(ahem) cheek-piece.  Time will tell how this works in the real world.  Typically, AfterShokz put a fair bit of thought into usage as these are designed to be worn while running and working out.


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WTU Episode #229 - iOS 7 vs SteamOS

We have just posted up Episode #229 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the iOS 7 release, Steam OS hits the airwaves and Microsoft bets big on the Surface 2.  We have those stories and more. . .


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Rosewill @ CES 2014

We had the chance to stop by and see Rosewill at CES 2014 and saw a whole bunch of new products. Rosewill produces a ton of different products and they seem to always be releasing new products so we had a bit of catching up to do.

Rosewill had a whole variety of cases on display and this year they've got some very nice looking aluminum cases that they have just released. Typically aluminum cases cost a fair bit more than steel cases but Rosewill has a couple offerings that won't break the bank and will make it look like you spent a whole lot more than you actually did.

Rosewill Case Lineup @ CES 2014

Rosewill had quite a few new products on display from their gaming lineup which included gaming keyboards, gaming mice, mousepads, headesets, and pretty much anything else a gamer would need. 

Another interesting product launch from Rosewill is their R-Studio lineup of earbuds. Rosewill has released 3 versions and you can expect to find them ranging from around $39.99 USD (F-340's)-up to $59.99 USD (F-860's). We have seen quite a few earbud offerings at CES 2014 but Rosewill's are some of the more affordable ones we've come across and we look forward to taking a close look at them in the future.

Rosewill R-Studio E-860, E-550, and E-340 Earbuds

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


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