Android Creator Working on "Essential" Phone

Andy Rubin is the creator of the Android operating system and since his leave from Google a couple years back, he has been working hard on other projects. Now we know what he's been up to. It seems that Andy is about ready to bring into light his new "Essential" smartphone that aims to be the center of an AI-infused future. AI and machine learning are making huge steps to "make our lives better" (or take over  the world), and now you can fit all that evil power in your pocket... or glorious power - if you prefer serving our robot overlords. It might not be as grim as that, so view the optimistic details below.

The centerpiece of the system is a high-end smartphone with a large edge-to-edge screen that lacks a surrounding bezel. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, Rubin discussed the smartphone with mobile carrier executives, including some from Sprint Corp., people familiar with the talks said.

Source: Bloomberg

The Heart of the Switch is the Goofy Joy-Cons

It's true. The Nintendo Switch really isn't anything all that special in terms of a gaming handheld. There are many companies with tablet ideas that are designed for gaming, and when handheld, the Switch delivers no more than a 720p experience. Plugged into the dock, it ups that game to 1080p, but the real heart of the new console are the two included controllers. Both are motion sensitive, can be used together or separate for two player games, and are actually very comfortable and intuitive to use - unlike the Wiimote.

They're equal parts peculiar and cool. The original Wii was a hit because of its brave attempt to reinvent the games controller, adding smart responsive new control options that coaxed non-gamers into playing. The company is now hoping to repeat that same trick.

Source: Engadget

ADATA SD700 256GB External SSD Review

We have just posted up our review of ADATA SD700 External Solid State Drive. This drive is part of their tough drive series and it adds IP68 dust and water protection as well as shock-proof durability. While it's not the fastest SSD on the market, it does live up to its rated speed and offers a good chuck of storage for a nice value. Take a look at our review for all the details.

While there are certainly faster performing SSDs on the market, the SD700 aims to be plenty fast at up to 440MB/second read, and it shows that you can have a rugged and portable drive for a fair price...


Microsoft Pushes Windows 7 Out the Door

Microsoft really doesn't want to support multiple Operating Systems so they are pushing hard to get people onto the latest Windows 10 platform. While support for Windows 7 should extend to 2020, Microsoft is doing everything they can to get people upgraded. They are already trying to scare people that in the three years until official EOL, security needs won't be covered in Windows 7 and you should upgrade now.

If that’s not enough reason to switch, the page also points out that "Windows 10 is the only version of Windows that provides the appropriate support for the latest chips from Intel, AMD and Qualcomm. In addition, many programs are already being written or developed for the newer versions of Windows".

Source: BetaNews

Netflix keeps growing

2016 was an interesting year for Netflix as they gambled on original content and let some of their movie selection that they were getting from other companies go away. The gamble of course has worked as they've seen over 7 million new users last year and could be hitting 100 million users by March. The stock market also was excited and they've seen their stock surge upwards. CNBC has more on the good new at the Netflix camp.

Netflix shares surged as much as 9 percent in late trading after the company posted subscriber numbers that crushed its own guidance.

The stock was last seen near $144, about 8 percent higher in extended trade on Wednesday as more than 3 million shares changed hands.

The company said it added 7.05 million subscribers during the fiscal fourth quarter. Not only was that figure well above its own expectations of 5.2 million, but Netflix said it was the largest-ever quarterly subscriber growth in its history.

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