Archive for November, 2013

Microsoft takes a dig at Samsung in Surface vs. Galaxy Tab commercial

Microsoft takes a dig at Samsung in Surface vs. Galaxy Tab commercial

Last year, Samsung considered building a Windows 8 (RT), ARM-based, Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered tablet for Microsoft. But then, along with companies like HP, Samsung dropped out of the Windows 8 tablet production party to continue pursuing its Galaxy Tab prospects. Today, Microsoft issued a new commercial taking a dig at Samsung for its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab's lack of a full-size USB port.

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CyanogenMod Installer pulled from Play as Google complains

CyanogenMod Installer pulled from Play as Google complains

Popular Android tweak tool CyanogenMod Installer has been pulled from the Google Play store, after developers Cyanogen were warned by Google that if they didn't yank it, the search giant would. Released earlier this month, the CyanogenMod Installer Application effectively opens up an Android device to easier installation of the CyanogenMod package itself; as we ourselves found, it could take a regular Android phone to a modded one in just minutes. However, Google now says, it's encouraging users to void their device warranties, and has to go.

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Moto G Shells arrive in colorful replaceable availability with US release

Moto G Shells arrive in colorful replaceable availability with US release

This week the folks at Motorola have unleashed their USA-bound Moto G, ready for the likes of off-contract competition with LG-made Google Nexus 5 and other low-priced unlocked machines. With them comes the arrival - right on time - of the accessory collection that makes the Moto G unique. These are the Moto G Shells and Flip Shells, both of them big parts of the full replaceable back cover collection for the Moto G smartphone.

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YouTube to offer music streaming service, teardown indicates

YouTube to offer music streaming service, teardown indicates

The truth is in the code, and the code for the latest YouTube mobile app version is telling us the Google-owned streaming video subsidiary is nearing all-systems-go for a full-on music streaming service. It will offer free (ad-supported) and paid (ad-free) subscription models, automatic "radio" station creation, offline and background listening, and other features. Does that sound exactly like a Google-fired shot across the bow of Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and Xbox Music Pass? It does to us.

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OCZ files for bankruptcy while Toshiba makes purchase offer

OCZ files for bankruptcy while Toshiba makes purchase offer

Today the OCZ Technology Group, Inc., made clear their state of affairs, and things are looking bleak. The creators of high-performance solid state drives for computers of all sorts noted that they'd be filing for bankruptcy and that Toshiba had entered an offer to purchase their assets. These two companies have already substantially completed negotiations and OCZ noted that they believed all material terms had been agreed to.

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Google Play for Education setup app brings Nexus into the classroom

Google Play for Education setup app brings Nexus into the classroom

Google Play for Education -- the program that leverages certain tablets and educational apps for K-12 classrooms -- now has a setup app that should make it relatively easy to initiate the program. School administrators who want to enable their bulk-purchased tablets to receive content from the Education Store can configure the tablets using the app. From there, integrating any of 30,000 education apps should be a breeze.

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Nokia Lumia 520 continues dominating Windows Phone universe

Nokia Lumia 520 continues dominating Windows Phone universe

It would appear that the first appearance of the Nokia Lumia 520 as the most common smartphone in use across the world earlier this year was not just a fluke. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Instead we're seeing this device continue to grow in popularity, quite likely because of its relative low cost and common smartphone abilities - not to mention the fact that it comes in a variety of fabulous colors.

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Sennheiser G4ME ONE gaming headset Review

Sennheiser G4ME ONE gaming headset Review

With the release of the G4ME ONE gaming headphones alongside the slightly higher-end G4ME ZERO, Sennheiser reminds the public that they're not just satisfied with bringing music to the aviator-inspired ear-blaster market. Here we're concentrating on the G4ME ONE - with extra noise-blocking and memory-foam in the ZERO, you can just assume that the more expensive set is just that much better. Here in the G4ME ONE we've got an exceedingly comfortable experience with just as fine a quality in sound delivery as we heard in the Sennheiser Momentum (in black).

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Project Svelte: Android 4.4 KitKat works on entry-level thanks to modded Nexus 4

Project Svelte: Android 4.4 KitKat works on entry-level thanks to modded Nexus 4

In the creation of the newest version of Google's mobile operating system Android 4.4 KitKat, the developers responsible for testing it did so on modified Nexus 4 devices. One key element in the creation of the full feature set of Android 4.4 KitKat was "Project Svelte", a name for a goal that was to bring the software to any device running a mere 512MB of RAM. To create a system that worked this way, Android developers didn't go out and grab a 512MB smartphone, they crippled their Nexus 4 devices to do the work instead.

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