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DatSpeed

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  1. I feel like Michael Fisher will get irritated seeing the news; he practically made a video about the Vector watch replacing the Pebble FitBit is either buying out potential competition for a new product or a whole new product line based of smartwatches with long battery lives, assuming that's the reason for buying Vector and Pebble, will be released
  2. In 1933 the world was introduced to a new way of broadcasting audio to the masses that had better quality over AM radio yet was still accessible to listeners which laid the foundations for a boom in the music industry. FM radio is still one of the places many people discover music and this has been the case for years from people listening in the sanctuary of their home to commuters and riders trying to escape from the stresses of traffic. It is now 2017 and many people have streaming services such as Spotify on their devices which gives them access to a massive amount of music from different artists albeit at a premium for some services such as the aforementioned one. Norway's parliament has ruled that FM radio should be killed which the populace hasn't seemed to agree with. Popular Mechanics pointed out the many problems with the decision to push forward digital services over the FM broadcasting method Norway isn't the only nation that is looking into the phasing out of the aging FM radio with Switzerland inching closer towards the decision, a report from the Washington Post says I am personally on the line as to whether the decision is to be called for or not given the many implications it has for the millions of listeners who rely on FM radio as a means to receive entertainment. On the other hand, it is quite inevitable to see such an old broadcasting method to be replaced by digital means which has already been happening for televisions' with the slow death of cable against the uprising of services such as Netflix and Hulu. The decision seems to mainly focus on the cost of keeping such systems in place for FM radio to survive. I am not quite sure what to think of this; I must say as disclosure that I use streaming services that quite frankly replace the AM and FM radio stations I used to tune in at. Sources: Popular Mechanics, Washington Post
  3. It wasn't long ago when modular phone ideas were a thing of the future, and the future seems to become less interesting and less appreciated. Google abandoned Project Ara after seeing little progress being made in its development and the market is quite frankly not as interested as they would've hoped. LG seems to be waving the white flag as well with their LG G5 seeing abysmal sales figures. I'm personally waiting for what LG has to offer with their G6 even if they ditch the modules though it is sad to see it go so soon. I wonder if they will stick with the design of the G5 which wasn't quite impressive in my opinion, and if they proceed with the implementation of removable batteries. I'd now like to dwell upon modular phones as a whole. The more I dwell on the idea of having a modular phone the more I become excited though through the process flaws show up and its biggest one is the simple fact that these phones won't earn the manufacturer's as much money as they would with more conventional designs. Sure there will be tons of people buying modules but most of those people will probably hold on to the modules they purchased and wait for a while before even considering buying new ones. Another more pressing problem is the price and implementation of the modules themselves as of now with prices that look like a sore thumb during payment. Looks like Motorola is the only one left in the mainstream market that has yet to announce its direction moving forward though at this point it seems as if they will join LG in this one. (to be continued, if companies ever actually continue) Source: The Verge
  4. Google has recently taken on ventures that seem to follow the mainstream these days with the emerging technologies Virtual and Augmented Reality as the highlights. Daydream is their take on Virtual Reality which focuses on VRs capability to create new worlds just like well...daydreams and is currently supported by Google's very own phones. Tango on the other hand is their attempt to bring Augmented Reality to the pockets of consumers which was debuted on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Well, it now seems that both these technologies will be featured on the ASUS ZenFone AR. I honestly didn't expect ASUS to release a phone of this kind though anything can happen at CES. The phone seems to mimic ASUS phones of the past with a bigger portion reserved at the back of the phone for the sensors required to create the Tango and Daydream experience. I don't particularly plan on acquiring the phone considering the fact that Tango isn't fully fleshed-out as of now and Daydream doesn't really entice me as much as other VR experiences albeit pricier. I do hope that more companies jump on board with ASUS and Lenovo on introducing Augmented Reality as a platform that is more than just Pokemon Go, but so far there hasn't been much to see other than the occasional update to fix bugs and glitches that plague the system. Other than that everything else will be revealed at the official conference at CES so expect this post to get updated with the complete list of specifications and price. Sources: GSM Arena, The Verge, evleaks UPDATE: Specifications from ASUS: The specifications are quite frankly what I expected with the phone being equipped with Snapdragon's latest CPU, 6 or even 8 GB of RAM, and Nougat already installed. The battery has a decent capacity albeit non-removable though that is addressed with the phone being equipped with the capability for QuickCharge 3.0 and other software that can aid in charging the said device. One of the highlights of the phone is of course its cameras and sensors which will be key given the implementation of Google Tango. The phone is also equipped with USB Type C 2.0 and of course the gimmicky headphone jack (who even needs that right? /s). It's also nice to see a phone that offers expandable storage especially considering the current trend in the market. I still do not see myself purchasing the phone and the price hasn't been disclosed as of now though I expect it to be priced quite high given the specifications given and the features the company is boasting about. The key to the success of the device will be the software especially Google's Tango and Daydream which are still very young and need to be further developed or the features won't really matter which will lead to it becoming more of a phone with gimmicks. Sources: ASUS
  5. Samsung is currently preparing for CES 2017 with a lineup of monitors aimed at gamers and professionals alike. The monitors are supposedly going to feature curvature and quantum dot technology. The first monitor boasts a 16:9 aspect ratio with 1,800R which isn't a common combination to see; the panel type has yet to be disclosed. The second monitor seems to be aimed at gamers with a 144hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and Freesync capability in mind. The panel is supposedly a Vertical Alignment or VA panel which is quite common with Samsung monitors. There will be other monitors that will also be displayed in their booth that are most likely their less expensive products that seem to feature many of what has been aforementioned. I will be curious to see how Samsung will sell these monitors considering the competition they have to face from manufacturers such as Acer, Ben Q, Asus and many more saturating the market that they have already captured. I will be anxious to see how people will respond to the decision to push more curved monitors into the market with varying aspect ratios to suit almost everyone (16:10 anyone?). What strikes me the most is the fact that they're now going to try to push Quantum Dot into the picture (pun intended) especially with OLED crawling slowly towards the monitor market though their are still some minor tweaks required to get either technology to really entice people to buy them. We'll just have to wait until CES to see how things will shape up. Source: Samsung (1), Samsung (2), Amazon
  6. Microsoft Windows 10 was one of the company's biggest endeavors given how aggressively they pushed customers to upgrade to the new OS through messages within the system which annoyed some to the point that they would file lawsuits. The OS also drew criticism due to its privacy settings which led to many people holding off their upgrades. Microsoft's CMO recently admitted in an interview that they may have pushed the OS too hard. Microsoft tried to explain their side of the red X incident via an article that explained why they chose to do what they did, but many didn't accept the explanation which led to Microsoft disabling the red X box which led to even more anger among the community of users. I don't personally use Windows 10 nor do I plan on upgrading anytime soon though I don't really judge anyone who uses the OS. I'm honestly quite surprised that even the CMO, the person in charge of Marketing the damn thing, thought it was pushed to aggressively. I mean sure most of the decisions were partaken in as a company but the fact that even the guy who is supposed to know how to market the product admits the flaws with their strategy is simply appalling to see especially from such a large company. Source: Softpedia, Twit (Interview)
  7. Cyanogen is known for its version of Android which boasts tons of customization while remaining fluid like Vanilla Android. Its biggest partnership was with OnePlus which made them become largely popular among the Android community. However, just after one device, the OnePlus One, the company had to break its partnership with OnePlus. After years of struggling with bringing the OS to the masses the company has decided to stop its operations. This update means owners of a device that runs the Cyanogen OS — such as the OnePlus One — must now transition over to the CyanogenMod ROM, which is not a commercial product and is managed by a community of developers led by former co-founder Steve Klondik. I honestly liked what the OS had to offer with the promise of customization being present all throughout the software. The problem seems to have rooted from the company itself who has recently laid off workers in order to cut costs which was honestly surprising given the money that was being poured into the company. The good news is that the ROM is still available which is very good news for the loyal OnePlus One people. Source: Cyanogen, TechCrunch
  8. The solar road concept isn't a new idea in fact many have used used its radical idea to attract people to renewable energy sources with promises of surplus amounts of electricity for all. France has opened a one kilometer road that is built on 2,800 square meters of photovoltaic cells which are meant to power its street lights. There are of course more concerns than just the initial cost of building the solar road given that maintenance will probably carry most of the costs over the years because of the cars and trucks that will eventually have to use it. I'm personally still very pessimistic about the prospect of solar roads because of the absurd costs it would take to build them compared to just building solar panels on roofs and power plants which are already becoming increasingly cheap in fact its one of the cheapest sources of power. In fact, the Scientific American and multiple people on YouTube have pointed out how hard it would be to even consider to build so many solar roadways. Source: Ars Technica
  9. Super Mario Run has become one of the most downloaded mobile games on iOS with more downloads expected when it's released on Android. Well, Nintendo plans to release more games on the mobile platform with up to three games a year which will include different franchises such as Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem. I personally want to see Nintendo to release more games though this comes with some concerns such as the quality of the work and the price. The former can be addressed by Nintendo making ports for their older titles, but if that's the only thing they do then it would basically mean there would be no reason for owners of their other platforms to buy the games especially if there is very little difference. The latter is a little harder to address given that the game is coming from a company that is used to selling their games on platforms that they themselves own which means pricing is often not as big as a problem as it is on the mobile market. An example would be Super Mario Run which is quite a pricey game which offers much of what other infinite runners already offer which leads many to see it as a buy for nostalgia sake instead of a new adventure to partake in. In fact according to Kishima, Nintendo's president, only 4% of users are using the paid version which is honestly expected given the current price tag. Sources: The Verge, Kyoto NP (Rough Translation)
  10. Smartwatches and other wearables have seen an increase in popularity though sales aren't as high as the manufacturers have wanted to see. One of the companies to lead the way of introducing these gadgets is Google with its software Android Wear present in most of the smartwatches in the market. An interview by The Verge with Jeff Chang has revealed more about the company's plan to release a flagship smartwatch It should be noted that the smartwatches will not have Google's name nor will it be part of its Pixel line. The watches will instead have the branding of the manufacturer which has yet to be named by Google. It will however have the latest updates and will probably release with Android Wear 2.0 which will come out the same time as the smartwatch's release date. The action seems to be Google's way of expanding its reach in the market given that the top smartwatch manufacturers are Apple and Samsung whom both have their own proprietary software running on their watches namely iOS and Tizen. I would personally like to see what Google and the manufacturer they had chosen has to offer especially considering that the market has been mostly ruled by Apple and Samsung and with Fitbit's acquisition of Pebble being a blow to people looking for a smartwatch on a budget. I'm curious to see whom Google picked to manufacture the device though it would most likely be a company that already worked with them on a Nexus or Pixel device. Source: The Verge
  11. I just hope that they can price it aggressively considering that the current pre-order price being $177. It is a tad cheaper than the i5 6600k though the i5 did perform better in all the benchmarks given that it has more cores to work with. I'm also curious to see as to whether its performance is close to the i5-7400 which has a current pre-order value of $189 which is only a small step above the i3 at hand. We must also consider the fact that the i3 would require more cooling and a capable motherboard which both add to the cost of the overall package.
  12. Holograms are often used in science fiction due to the sheer potential the technology expresses to the users. Companies have recently shown that they're looking towards a future that is making our fantasies reality. BMW teased the technology's presence in the vehicle that they will showcase to the world at CES 2017 The company has had some attempts at renewing and introducing features to vehicles and many of them include displays that can be utilized by the driver which makes holographic touch controls next on their list It will definitely be a step towards the future of the automobile and shows that there is something more than the touchscreens that currently end up in almost all the devices that are currently coming out of the factories. I am curious as to how soon this technology may arrive though I am not yet sure whether it will push through at all then again they do call them concept cars. Source: Slash Gear, Engadget
  13. Fake news has become one of the largest topics of 2016 with hyper-partisan and outright stupid articles spreading among the masses. Many believe that these articles influenced the recent elections around the world and even started creating movements that rely on such material Research from Pew has also shown that many Americans are getting more and more confused, and many of them are can no longer tell whether an article is truthful or not One of the platforms used to spread such news is Facebook who has recently started a push towards stopping fake news from spreading. Facebook has now decided to partner with organizations that already specialize in debunking fake news which makes taking them down easier and more reliably Facebook has also decided to look into more articles that are usually deleted by people who share them or ones wherein comments say it's fake; this makes it easier for them to identify misleading information However, people who still wish to share the content even after being warned of the material being fake are allowed to share it. The company has also announced that spoof websites will be prevented from getting ads that often flood users' feed I am personally for taking down misleading articles because they do often contain material that may cause controversy which often leads to major repercussions especially when it is spread among large groups of people who often fall prey to the material. Politifact recently called it the "Lie of the Year" because of how much it has changed how we see politics and the politicians themselves. What I am worried about though is how far this power can reach, because there is a line that is often stepped on that borders free speech and censorship which re topics often heavily debated upon. Sources: Pew, Facebook, The Verge, Politifact
  14. LG has seen an increasing popularity in the market of displays from phones all the way to jaw-dropping televisions The company has announced that they will showcase new monitors that will surely entice consumers with the latest technologies available The monitors will appear in the next Consumer Electronics Show which will happen from January next year (less than a month away) The first model they would like to introduce is the 32UD99, a 4K HDR IPS monitor with USB-C The company has also stated what specific HDR standard they utilize which is nice to see The second monitor they will introduce is the 34UM79M, a chromecast-enabled Ultrawide monitor designed as a "multimedia" monitor The more interesting bit about the Ultrawide monitor is the Dual Controller feature which enables users to switch between the PC and mobile device using a single screen This means you will be able to adjust the monitor's settings using your mobile device so adjusting settings using buttons on the monitor won't be necessary I have become a fan of LGs monitors and televisions because of the sheer amount of features they pack and the sleek designs they utilize I would honestly like to see more monitors utilize the technologies that they're bringing forward to enable the market to be a tad bit more crowded Source: LG, The Verge
  15. Marvel vs Capcom is still one of the most well-known and beloved crossovers in gaming with a plethora of characters Capcom has finally revealed that an upcoming sequel titled Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite The game will feature characters from Street Fighter and the Marvel Cinematic Universe which begs the question as to whether X-Men will be included Some features: The gameplay will be a lot like Street Fighter V so it won't have the same gameplay as the previous titles I personally like the Marvel vs Capcom franchise though the last one I played was the one from 2000 (MvC 2) The original game was technically X-Men vs Street Fighter which would make the new game kind of weird if they leave them out, but licensing issues still loom I'm not sure whether I'm going to buy the sequel or not (though my obsession with Marvel and Street Fighter may push me to buy it anyway ) I kind of liked Street Fighter V because it was a beautiful game that was plagued by the shaky release and new-ish gameplay Sources: ArsTechnica, Gamespot
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