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Bing Keeps Growing and Growing

Google search market share has pretty much topped out and the only other real player in the market is Microsoft's Bing. It looks like Bing is growing at a pretty steady rate - thanks in part to Windows 10 deployment and things are looking good for Microsoft. In the USA, Bing search now makes up for more that 21% market share - and that is the best it's ever been.

The latest statistics provided by US market research firm comScore show that Bing has reached a market share of 21.1 percent in December while Google continues to lead the market with 63.8 percent. But the good news is that Bing actually managed to improve its share by 0.2 percent while Google lost 0.1 percent.

Source: Softpedia

Facebook Looks to Add Another 4 Billion Users

As Facebook gets more political, I see a growing number of people dropping off the network, but according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, that is not the trend. He estimates that by 2030, there will be as many as 5 billion Facebook acconts and that the network simply will not slow down it's growth. Of course, that is what a CEO has to say - but out of the 5 billion, I estimate that around 4 billion + will be fake accounts.

Zuckerberg has been talking about connecting the rest of the world for a few years now. And while the notion of Internet for all might sound like a winner, some watchdog groups and telcom competitors are concerned that Facebook's Wi-Fi vision - called Free Basics and now running in 25 countries - is aimed largely at funneling new consumers to its mushrooming service.

Source: USAToday

Roccat @ CES 2013

We made a stop by Roccat today to check out some of their newest products. Like most other Roccat products, the newest additions to their lineup are made specifically with gamers in mind. The first product we saw was the Ryos MK Pro keyboard. This is a mechanical keyboard with your choice of 4 different cherry MX switches and is the first keyboard to offer individual key illumination. Individual key illumination means you can illuminate only the buttons that you are using in a specific game, or you can change the colors of specific important buttons, or pretty much anything lighting scheme you can think up. Roccat will also offer the Ryos keyboard in other flavors with less features at a lower price.


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Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard
 

Also being displayed this year is Roccat’s new software called Power-Grid which allows you to use your smartphone to control things like skype, teamspeak, game macros, news, weather, computer performance statistics, and much much more without ever having to exit out of your game. The Power-Grid software will be free for the base program (extra functions and premium apps will be extra)  and you will be able to make your own apps and customize it to do whatever you want. At first this might not seem like the most useful program but after we experienced it first and we thought up dozens of uses that would make it quite handy. Roccat will be releasing this software for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone (release date still unknown). You can find out more about Power-Grid and even sign up to be a beta tester over at Roccat's website.


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Roccat Power-Grid Smartphone App

Digital Storm at CES 2014

Digital Storm has definitely been working hard since we last interviewed them during CES 2013. We were really excited to get a first hand look at what they’ve been up to.  See Digital Storm's enthusiasm about the new Bolt II and Aventum II in this interview!

 

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

One Plus One Gets Pre-Order - For an Hour

If you've been tired of all the hoops to jump through in order to get a One Plus One, things are looking up! You will be able to pre-order this device on October 27, 2014 - for one hour. That's right. One hour. Obviously they are either trying to stimulate demand by lack of supply or they simply can't make them fast enough with their current production. Either way, if you want to get in on the goodness, check out the link below.

The One Plus One has a 5.5" 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, 13MP camera, 3100mAh battery, and is available with 16GB or 64GB of storage. Unfortunately, each size does not come with a color option and instead the 16GB version will come in Silk White and the 64GB will come in Sandstone Black. The 16GB model will retail for $299, while the 64GB model is a mere $349 USD.

Source: OnePlus

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