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Apple May Have Invented USB Type-C

Apple has recently shown off their new Macbook that is pretty unique in that it is Macbook Air thin, and yet is still touted as a full-featured Macbook. One of the things that this unit has is a single USB Type-C connector that allows USB cables to be plugged in upside down or rightside up. According to a recent interview, Apple blogger John Gruber claims that Apple innvented USB Type-C and just gave it to the USB Standards Council so they could make the world a better place. That's interesting and so characteristic of Apple to give away design ideas and forego trademarks, copyrights and patents. What a wonderful company Apple is...[sarcasm]

I have heard, can't say who, but let's call them "informed little birdies", that USB-C is an Apple invention and that they gave it to the standard bodies. And that the politics of such is that they can't really say that. They're not going to come out in public and say it, but they did. It is an Apple invention and they do want it to become a standard.

Source: Neowin

Google Feud

Google Feud is a new online game that makes a challenge out of guessing what Google's Auto-complete suggestions are. You get three guesses to complete their search results on categories such as Culture, People, Names and Questions. It's pretty fun, but be aware that some people search for some pretty odd things. Some results could be questionable.

Bonus tip: there’s no built-in multiplayer option, but it’s still a pretty great game to play cooperatively with a friend. I spent the morning brainstorming guesses with my fiance — and while the game totally kicked our ass, we had a blast.

Source: TechCrunch, GoogleFeud

Streaming music is the way of the future

Turns out streaming music might actually be the way of the future as streaming music revenues beat CD sales for the first time in 2014 in the USA. It's actually quite surprising that it has taken this long, however, the lack of services and lack of cooperation from some record companies in the past has slowed the adoption of streaming music for some people. The Verge has the full story.

Streaming music services accounted for more music industry revenue than CDs in the US last year, beating the dominant physical format for the first time. In total, streaming services were responsible for $1.87 billion in revenue, compared to CDs' $1.85 billion. Those streaming services include subscription options like Spotify, radio models like Pandora, as well as other platforms like YouTube and Vevo. Though it was only by a slight margin this year, the trend is clear: streaming services are moving toward the top of the industry, while CDs continue to fall. The figures were released this week by the RIAA.

Windows 10 upgrade for Android?

There was an interesting announcement from Microsoft earlier this week that they've been working on a project to basically upgrade users OS from Android to their new Windows 10 platform. According to the article they have been working using the Xiaomi Mi 4 Android smartphone and effectively overriding the Android OS with Windows 10 and Microsoft services which could offer native Windows 10 performance on Android devices. Microsoft of course hopes to have this service available on more devices eventually but I must give Microsoft some bonus points for being creative and giving users an option to try out the Windows 10 mobile platform without having to actually go buy another phone. TechCrunch has the story.

Near the end of its announcement, the Redmond-based company casually revealed that it is testing Windows 10 with “power users” of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 4 Android smartphone. The initiative, which Xiaomi stressed is not a partnership but merely assistance with the trial, is an interesting one because it again shows Microsoft’s new ‘platform agnostic’ approach.

Neither Microsoft nor Xiaomi provided specific details of the Windows 10 software being trialled, but TechCrunch understands from sources that it effectively overrides Android, turning the Xiaomi phone into a Windows 10 device complete with Microsoft services. (Which the company hopes will dazzle Android owners into making the switch.)

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