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Samsung is on top again

The Apple vs. Samsung back and forth has now swung back into Samsung's favor once again. According to a new report, Samsung is on top of the smartphone market once again thanks to a strong Q2 in 2015. Apple had finally dethroned Samsung from the top in Q1 thanks to strong iPhone 6 sales, but Samsung came back swinging with the Galaxy S6 lineup. Samsung is still seeing strong sales of the Galaxy S5 which hasn't hurt the numbers one bit and we will see how long they can hold onto top spot. BestMobs has the full story.

According to statistics put out by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech research firm, the Apple iPhone 6 was the most popular smartphone in the US between April and May 2015 but Samsung smartphones, inspired by the new Galaxy S6, collectively beat Apple in numbers within the period.

The 2014-released Samsung Galaxy S5 was ranked second-best selling smartphone followed by the the Galaxy S6 while the phablet-sized Apple iPhone 6 Plus was placed at fifth position in the most popular order.

Apple Music Impressions

Apple Music has been out for a wee bit now and while I haven't tried it, there are a lot of people that have jumped on the latest Apple bandwagon and there are some legitimate reasons as to why some of you should really check it out. While it may be a bit confusing, the library that Apple has on board is pretty impressive and while they borrow from some other services, it's not all bad.

And here's where it starts to get just a little confusing. Keeping your sense of place within the app can become difficult as you tap and swipe around. There are ever-present three-dot buttons that pop up menus that let you follow things like genres or artists, add stuff to your own music library, or add to an "Up Next" music queue.

 

They also compare it to Spotify, Tidal, Google Play Music, RDIO, Xbox Music, Rhapsody and Amazon Prime. That is an interesting comparison that should answer many of your technical pre-sale questions.

Source: TheVerge (2)

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.


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ADATA M.2 (NGFF) SSD Drives


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.


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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.

Apple iWatch Rumors

More rumors coming out today about the Apple iWatch over at Pocket Lint. The fact that Apple has been working on a smartwatch won't come as much of a surprise but now the "leaked" pictures and rumors are going to be coming fast and furious as it is being reported that the iWatch will be launched in October. According to supply chain details it's looking like the watch will look similar to the Motorola 360 smartwatch but since it's made by Apple it will be "revolutionary". For more on this set of rumors head on over here.

Design details of the Apple iWatch have been revealed by an analyst that claims to have got the information from within Apple's supply chain.

Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities alleges that his sources in Taiwan are insistent that the new smartwatch from the Cupertino company will have a round face, much like the Motorola Android Wear device, Moto 360.

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