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Best in Geek for Friday August 30th, 2013

1. James Spader Confirmed for Avengers: Age of Ultron

States He is Cast as a Villain, But is He Ultron?

A press release from Marvel itself has has states that star James Spader is cast as "the villain" in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it does not state whether he plays Ultron or some other villain. Below is the full press release:

James Spader will face off against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the villain in Marvel’s "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the sequel to 2012’s record-breaking "Marvel’s The Avengers." The Emmy Award-winning actor will play Ultron in the Avengers’ much anticipated return to the big screen from writer/director Joss Whedon. The film comes to theaters on May 1, 2015. 

Spader earned three Emmy Awards for his role as Alan Shore on "Boston Legal" and "The Practice," and will return to television this fall in NBC’s highly anticipated series "The Blacklist." Most recently Spader was seen in the critically-acclaimed film "Lincoln" directed by Steven Spielberg and has previously worked with a long list of accomplished film directors including David Cronenberg, Curtis Hansen, Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols, Tim Robbins, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone. David Mamet also directed Spader in the Broadway play Race. 

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" will bring the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with "Marvel’s The Avengers" director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. "Marvel’s The Avengers" was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.

Source: CBM

2. News on Mass Effect, Uncharter Movies

Avi Arad Speaks on the Upcoming Films 

Because we all know how well video game movies do, legendary producer Avi Arad, spoke on getting the widely popular games, Uncharted and Mass Effect.

"Converting games to film hasn't been done yet successfully, though Resident Evil did very well—it was actually a great series. I remember when Bernd Eichinger started it. I was working with him, I just couldn't do that at Marvel but I had a good feeling about it, it's a fantastic franchise. I think that film studios are bankers and filmmakers are risk takers and somewhere in between we meet on the battlefield .And the moment one video game movie goes through the roof, it's the same thing that I've been through with comic books. I think Uncharted will be very successful. It's a father and son game. There are things about it that are interesting. I think the world of antiquities theft, there are many countries in the world that realised they're being robbed and they're trying to recoup these important pieces."

Source: Kotaku

3. Apple Confirms iPhone Trade In

iPhone 4 and 4S Gets You a Few Bucks

Today Apple confirmed that it will be having a trade in program aimed at trying to get customers to upgrade to newer iPhone iterations. The iPhone 4 and 4S will get you somewhere between $150-$250. Press release below.

"iPhones hold great value. So, Apple Retail Stores are launching a new program to assist customers who wish to bring in their previous-generation iPhone for reuse or recycling. In addition to helping support the environment, customers will be able to receive a credit for their returned phone that they can use toward the purchase of a new iPhone."                                                                                             

                                                                                                                     Source: MacRumors

4. Superman/Batman to Film in Detroit

Assumed to Portray Gotham City, Hopefully, Maybe

Reports surface this morning that the Superman/Batman movie will be filming in Detroit and outer regions will also be used, one would assume for Smallville. The production is listed as receiving a $31 million incentive on about $130 million spent in the Murder Mitten State. Director Zack Snyder on why they chose Detroit: 

"Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city."

One would hope that Detroit would be used as the backdrop for Gotham City. Reason being nothing screams Metropolis' mantra of the "City of Tomorrow" like a bankrupt city with more empty homes than occupied.

Source: Geekologie

5. Galaxy Gear App Launches

"Gear Manager" Shows Up

Confirmed to be unveiling a smartwatch next week, an application has leaked called "Gear Manager" which shows a phone linking up to what appears to be a watch. It shows simply waving your NFC enabled phone over the watch. How the watch will work and how deep it will integrate with your phone, we do not know yet but will in about a week.


Best in Geek for Monday August 26th, 2013

1. Vin Diesel Confirmed As Groot in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Provides Voice and Mo-Cap

Doing press for his newest release, Riddick, Vin Diesel has confirmed that he will be providing the voice work and motion capture work for Marvel on next summer's space epic Guardians of the Galaxy. He will be playing Groot, a gigantic, walking tree.

"It'll be voiceover, MoCap and all of that stuff. It's going to be super cool." What we were intitially talking about was a fresh IP, and that was the focus of our conversation.

What could the new property that he was speaking about have been? Dr. StrangeBlack PantherAnt-Man, or something completely different?

Source: Coming Soon

2. iPads Announced on Sept. 10th as Well as iPhone?

Apple Prepared to Announce New Devices 

In the world's worst kept secret, Apple is prepared to announce new iPhones on September 10th. What these new reports state is that they may also announce new iPads and iPad Minis as well instead later in the year like past reports state. If Apple does release both the iPhone and iPad on the same day, one would expect their stock prices to increase exponentially. Apple is hoping to turn the tables on Samsung and flood the market with iOS devices for the holiday shopping season.

Source: Mac Rumors via Bloomberg

3. Kobo Announces Three New Tablets

Low End Manufacturer Releases 3 New High End Tablets

Kobo, who we all know as the cheap electronics manufacturer, has announced three really nice Android tablets all with very reasonable prices. The Kobo Arc 7, Arc 7HD, and Arc 10HD. The specs are as follows: Arc 7 has 8GB storage, 1.2GHz quad core processor, and 7 inch 1024x600 display, all for about $190. The Arc 7HD has a Tegra 3, 1GB RAM, and a 7 inch 1920x1200 display coming in at $290 . The Arc 10HD is the show stealer with a Tegra 4, 2GB Ram and a 10 inch 2560x1600 display for about $450.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Source: Android Central

4. WWE Updates

Lesnar's Return, AJ Lee's Pipe Bomb

                               is reporting that WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar will be taking time off and not returning until Royal Rumble. His contract does contain a certain number of dates he can work so WWE is saving Lesnar for the Wrestlemania season which begins at the Royal Rumble in January, no word on which superstar with which he will be working a program. The rumors have stated many possibilities, but a lot of sources point towards The Undertaker.

On this past Monday's RawAJ Lee delivered what seemed to be a bit of a "shoot" interview on some of the stars of WWE's and E!'s Total Divas. She came out during a diva match and ran down her Diva division competitors. According to  WWE officials are said to be extremely pleased with her work both in the ring and on the mic, reasons why she has been featured in prominent storylines for well over a year now.

Source: Wrestlezone

5. Christopher Nolan Leaves Superman/Batman

Apparently Unhappy Over Affleck Casting

Take this news with a huge grain of salt, but last week WB announced that Ben Affleck would be the next Batman and that Superman/Batman team up movie would be released in July 2015, the did not list Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas as Executive Producers for the flick. They both were EPs on all three of Nolan's Batman movies as well this year's blockbuster Man of Steel.
It could be an oversight and WB could have not listed the pair in error. But considering they announced most other members of the team there is a chance that Nolan and Thomas left due to the casting of Affleck.

                                                                                                                       Source: MovieWeb

Best in Geek for Monday August 26th, 2013

1. Bryan Cranston Officially Lex Luthor, Maybe, Maybe Not

Walter White Drops the Meth, Dons the Suit

Reports surface earlier today that fan favorite, to play Superman villain Lex Luthor, Bryan Cranston was officially cast. The reports were of the Breaking Bad star being cast was hot on the heels of Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. Not long after reports came out that the casting was not yet official. He is still considered a front runner for to play Luthor in mega-blockbuster, WB 2015 tentpole, Superman/Batman.

Source: Screen Crush

2. Moto X Received Verizon Release Date

Big Red's Variant Coming Yet in August

Motorola's flagship, and first collaboration directly with Google, the Moto X has received at least an online release date on Verizon of August 29th. The in store availability is said to be available shortly thereafter. Motorola and Google hope to make this phone a realy hit to combat Samsung and the Galaxy series, and by releasing early on the nation's largest carrier, it will give them a nice jump on the iPhone and Galaxy Note sequels coming soon.

3. First Look at Arrow Season 2

Cast Poster Released for CW Action Series

CW's surpisingly successful, critically and ratings wise, Arrow, has released the first poster for it's upcoming sophomore season. The show centers on a young Oliver Queen and his story of redemption which takes a very Dark Knight-ish view of the world.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Source: CBM

4. iPhone Video Leaks, Shows Updates

Video Shows Different Colors, iPhone Variants


A leaked video shows the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in a variety of different      colors. The champagne colored iPhone  makes it's first video appearance as does the rumored iPhone 5C, the low cost variant that Apple hopes cracks emerging markets.

Source: Mac Rumors

5. Ant-Man News and Rumors Continue to Swirl

The Marvel Character Gets His First Movie

Edgar Wright, director of Ant-Man, spoke to CinemaBlend about the movie:

"..Because there’s never been a film adaptation of that character, I think it’s OK. If it was a remake of a film from 30 years ago, then I would be a hypocrite, but because it’s never been made into a movie ever. And also, to be honest, there are elements in that script that actually do continue themes from the other movies, an unlikely hero, a chance at redemption, and so, it’s not something, it’s going to be, it will be different, but I think it will still feel like one of my films."

The movie is slated for a late summer 2015 release. As the direct follow up to The Avengers: Age of Ultron, do you feel that Ant-Man will live up to the hype?

Source: CBM

Best in Geek for Monday August 26th, 2013

1. Scott Cooper Takes Over The Stand From Affleck

Batman Officially Gives Up Stephen King Adaptation

On the heels of Ben Affleck being cast as Batman (STILL SHOCKING!) Warner Bros. has officially given the reins of director for The Stand remake to Scott Cooper. Cooper was brilliant with Crazy Heart brings a lot of substance to this, presumed, big budget sci-fi thriller.

Source: CBM

2. The Butler #1, Mortal Instruments Bombs Hard

Weekend Box Office for August 23rd

Lee Daniel's The Butler and We're the Millers both had great holds for a quiet late August weekend. New flicks Mortal Instruments: City of BonesThe World's End and You're Next, could not breakthrough last weekend's holdover and #1 The ButlerThe World's End performed as others in it's trilogy (Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzz) had, You're Next was a horror flop compare to recent horror outings and Twilight-esque Mortal Instruments could not grab onto any real audience and will come in well below studio hopes.

           Box Office: Top 10

1. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" $17M

2. "We're the Millers" $13.5M

3." The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" $9.3M

4. "The World's End" $8.9M

5. "Planes" $8.6M

6. "Elysium" $7.1M

7. "You're Next" $7.05M

8. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" $5.2M

9. "Blue Jasmine" $4.3M

10. "Kick-Ass 2" $4.27M

Source: MovieFone

3. iPhone 5S to Come in Graphite?

iPhone 5S Goes Gray 

iPhone leaker Sonny Dickson has posted photos that seem to show the iPhone 5S in a new color: graphite. There has been speculation that the iPhone 5S will come in the standard black and white along with gold. With Apple releasing the iPhone 5C in what seems like all the colors of the rainbow, will they follow suit with flagship iPhone 5S as well?

Source: MacRumors

4. Spawn Movie Moving Forward?

Creator Todd McFarlane Says So

Todd McFarlane was speaking over the weekend and said the following regarding a new Spawn movie adaptation:

“They want me to deliver the script by the end of the year, which would basically mean we’d be shooting next year. So, that’s the goal right now."

Movies do obviously get greenlit and shut down on a daily basis but considering this is from the actual creator of Spawn, I would say that you can take it with more than a grain of salt.

Source: CBR

5.Thor: The Dark World Has 2 New Posters

The Marvel Sequel is Getting Closer and Released Two New Character Posters

Marvel has released two new movie posters for the much anticipated Thor: The Dark World. The sequel seemingly takes place more on Asgard and other realms than on Earth and these posters do seem to indicate that, although with much subtlety.

Source: SuperHeroHype


Top 5 Tech Stories for Tuesday August 20th, 2013

1. Google Maps & Waze Crossover Features

Update Brings Many Features of Waze to Google

One of the coolest features of map app Waze is the ability to show what accidents, constructions, speed traps lie ahead on the road and today an update to Google Maps has included this feature. Google bought Waze earlier this summer in June and in only two months has started to merge the two apps.

2. iTunes Radio to Debut in September

Huge Companies Line Up to be a Part of iTunes Radio Launch

Apple's rival to Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, etc. will reportedly launch in September. The month is shaping up to be a huge month for the Cupertino based company with new iPhones, iOS and not iTunes Radio launching. The service was announced at WWDC not all that long ago. Companies such as: McDonalds and Pepsi will be advertising partner with Apple promoting the launch. Considering the popularity of iTunes, expect their streaming music software to be a huge hit without a doubt.

Source: MacRumors

3. Sony Playstation 4 Receives Launch Date

Next Gen Console To Be In Our Hands Before Thanksgiving

To go along with football, food and expanding waistlines, Sony's next generation console, and gamer darling (See XBox One fiasco) will launch in the U.S. on November 15th, a couple weeks before Thanksgiving. It will also launch in Latin America exactly two weeks later on the 29th. The price for the base model will be $399, under the XBox One. And if the pricing war wasn't already a reason for the PS4's success, the XBox One having created many issues among gamers, for a multitude of reasons, creating a huge demand for Sony's gaming console.

Source: Engadget

4. Vine Keeps Growing

Clip Maker Has Now Reached 40 Million Users

It's hard to believe that Vine, the 6 second video maker, has already been on the market for seven months, about half of that spent only on iOS. In that time frame, Vine has grown to 40 million users. Being launched on Android no doubt helped add users, as did a lack of competitors in the niche, short clip video segment of smartphone users. Now that Instagram has added the ability to record short videos, 15 second clips, will Vine retain it's popularity or falter in the face of large competitors?

Source: Cnet

5. Jobs Bombs at Box Office

Movie Fails to Seduce the Masses the Way the Subject of the Movie Could

Jobs seemed to be doomed from the start, from the backlash of casting Ashton Kutcher to Steve Wozniak choosing to work on a competing movie. The movie took in just 6.7, or good for seventh place at the weekend box office. Issues with the movie were large, but the studio assumed the much loved Steve Jobs could pull in audiences much the way The Social Network did a couple of years ago. It does make one wonder what will become of Aaron Sorkin's upcoming, competing, Jobs biopic.

Top 5 Tech Stories for Monday August 19th, 2013

1. Beats Wants to Buy Back HTC's Stake

Audio Company Wants to End Relationship with HTC

The widely popular audio brand Beats wants to buy back the stake that HTC bought of the company a few years back and end what can be considered a one-sided relationship. In 2011 HTC bought over a 50% stake in Beats and then proceeded to brand their phones with Beats. Since then HTC has slid while Beats has exploded. Beats wants to buy back that stake and then one would assume find a partner with a wider smartphone footprint (Samsung? LG?) than what HTC can offer the audio giant.

2. Galaxy Mega & HTC One Mini Launching Soon

AT&T Sets Release Dates, Sprint and US Cellular Chime In Too

Samsung's Galaxy variant Mega and HTC's One variant Mini both receive release dates of August 23rd on AT&T. Sprint and US Cellular both say the Mega will be coming soon. Both phones are mid-rangers but are two completely different species, the Mini being 4.3", the Mega over 6". These two phones both occupy the shelf space that Apple seemingly wants to take over with their new iPhones next month.

3. Minuum Keyboard for Android Launches

Radical Keyboard Promises Productivity and Screen Space

Hate how the virtual keyboard on your phone takes up a third of your screen? Then welcome to the world of Minuum. A keyboard that that only encompasses one line on your keyboard while still being Qwerty and having some of the best predictive text I have ever used. The app costs $4 but to most it would be worth the price.

Source: Gizmodo

4. More Proof of a Gold iPhone 5s

Apple Releasing "Champagne" Colored Handset

The iPhone 5C doesn't look to be the only colored iPhones coming out. According to AllThingsD, Apple will be releasing an iPhone 5S variant in a "champagne" gold color.

"Apple is adding a new color to the iPhone color palette, and yes, it is indeed gold.
Sources in position to know tell AllThingsD that Apple, after years of offering the iPhone in either black and white, will soon offer it in a gold tone as well.

The new color option was described to AllThingsD as an “elegant” gold tone. “Think champagne, not ingot,” a source said. Sources say that the gold iPhone will feature a white face, with a gold-tone back plate and chamfered edging.

While many have called this new iPhone color “gold,” our source says that the color is more inline with the yellow fifth-generation iPod touch, but slightly lighter in texture. Some have called this “champagne” and that sounds about right. We’ve also heard that this gold model has a white front-face, so it won’t be a black and gold device, but rather a white and “gold/champagne” phone."

If you plan on purchasing the all new iPhone when it launches next month will you be picking up a gold iPhone, or sticking to the usual suspects, black and/or white?

Source: MacRumors via AllThingsD

5.Youtube for Android Becomes Usuable!

Major Update Brings Much Needed Usability

The YouTube app for Android has been updated and brings with it a feature that many millions have wanted for a long time, video minimizing while browsing videos. The update hasn't yet gone live, but will soon. This brings a feature that I have long wanted, and I am not alone. The ability to watch and search YouTube videos is something we all have done for years on our computers, it makes sense for our most intimate devices, tablets and phones, be allowed to have the same ability.

Source: Tech Crunch

Top 5 Tech Stories for Friday August 16th, 2013

1. Android Device Launches Galore

Moto X on AT&T, HTC One on Verizon, Get Release Dates

The much anticipated Moto X has received a release date of August 23rd on AT&T who also hold the exclusive for now on the 32GB version of the handset. The device should arrive on most other carriers at the end of the month. AT&T also has first crack at Moto Maker, the program that allows you to physically customize your device to your liking.

The Verizon HTC One also has received a release date of August 22nd, 5 months later than most other carrier, or way too late to make any difference for HTC. The phone gets launched around the same time as the Moto X, the revamped Droid line, the new Galaxy Note, and iPhones next month.

2. Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Rumors

Korean Firms Entry into Wearable Tech to be Announced at Unpacked Event in September?

Samsung's long speculated venture into wearable tech may be coming sooner than one would think. Rumors point to the Korean giant announcing a smartwatch on September 4th at their Unpacked event at IFA. The smartwatch would be a killer piece of tech that would be able to connect to other Galaxy line devices. Samsung is one of many companies that are rumored to be looking at smartwatched as a new piece of viable tech to add to their lineup.

Source: Engadget

3. YouTube App Pulled Again from Windows Phone

Redmond VS. Mountain View Grudge Match Continues

Once again Google has removed the YouTube app from Windows Phone users devices. This is the second time Google has done this. They are stating that Microsoft is trying to undermine the goldmine that is YouTube. Months ago Google did that same thing saying that Microsoft allowed users to download YouTube videos to watch offline and did not show ads for which Google makes most of their money. This issue was supposed to be fixed with an update bu Google now says that Microsoft has not changed the way the ads are displayed enough to their liking. Until then, Windows Phone users will have to watch YouTube videos through the phones browser. Whip out the internet meme #FirstWorldProblems.

Source: Engadget

4. New iPhone Leak Shows Fingerprint Sensor Proof

hardware Leak All But Confirms new Features for the Next iPhone

French blog shows a supposed leak that details a home button redesign that could, and probably will, incorporate a long rumored fingerprint sensor. The rumor has run pretty rampant for a while and this feature could become a featured trump card for Apple, or could become the butt of jokes such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Air Gestures.

Source: Gizmodo

5.BlackBerry Releases Blast From the Past

New Release Shown Running BB OS7

The Canadian firm is not yet done with three year old software BB OS7 as it is launching the BlackBerry 9720. The device looks much like the Bold and Curve lines that came before it, as it sports a 2.8" screen, 512MB storage, and the much loved BlackBerry Qwerty keyboard. The thinking would be that the BlackBerry diehards would much prefer the older software that they are accustomed to compared to BB OS10 on the gorgeous Z10 that was launched earlier this year.

Source: All Things D

Apple's Next Game Changer

The all new “iPhone 5C”, as some are calling it, could be a real game changer for Apple, not in the way that the iPod, iPhone, or iPad were, but in the way that the original iMac and eMacs were over a decade ago. The game is the same, the players are different.

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Top 5 Tech Stories for Thursday August 15th 2013

1. BlackBerry is Dying but Still Outsells Windows Phone...In the U.S.

Can Windows Phone Ever Gain Traction in the U.S.

To go along with our post from yesterday, Windows Phone IS selling more units globally than Canadian firm BlackBerry, but in the United States that is not the case. In the States BlackBerry still holds around 4.4% (Used to be over 50%!)

market share while Windows Phone holds a shade above 3%. Both are numbers are miniscule compared to Android and Apple, but BlackBerry and Windows Phone are going in different directions; Windows Phone is growing, although very slowly, BlackBerry is still trending downward. When do YOU think Windows Phone will pass BlackBerry in the United States?

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Source: CrackBerry

2. Retina iPad Mini to Launch Shortly?

Apple Kicks Production into High Gear Signalling a Refresh.

Apple's next generation iPad Mini may launch relatively soon according to Boy Genius Report. The second gen iPad Mini may end up having a retina display giving the device more credibility among devices that have launched or are going to launch in the same category. The Nexus 7 has an HD display at 1920x1200 so releasing the next iPad Mini with specs lower than that would have caused, at least, a little bit of a backlash, especially if kept at it's current price point north of $300. When the device launches is in question, doubtful it would be the same day as the iPhone 5S in September, but an October or November launch seems likely in order to launch during the holiday season.

Source: BGR

3. Lenovo Now Sells More Mobile Devices than PC's

One of the World's Largest PC Makers Ships More Mobile Devices than PC's for the First Time.

Lenovo, the world's largest PC manufacturer, announced today that for the first time ever they have shipped more mobile devices (tablets, smartphones) than PC's. During the call they also announced $8.8 billion in quarterly revenue, and a first quarter increase of 16% in the United States year over year. Although they shipped more units, the mobile devices amounted to about 14% of revenue, while PC's amounted to over 50%. On the smartphone side most of the units shipped were in China and none in the U.S., something that Lenovo hopes to change soon. 

Source: Mashable

4. Facebook Testing PayPal-esque Payment System

Facebook Continues Their Attempt in Creating a Closed Ecosystem.

In another attempt to create a "closed" web ecosystem, Facebook is going to tackle the consumer market by allowing users to pay for goods through Facebook itself. It is fashioning the idea on the successes of Paypal and Google Checkout. By doing so, Facebook can gather more data surrounding it's users purchasing habits, thereby directing more relatable ads at the users. More ads equals more revenue for the social media giant.

Source: TechCrunch

5. iOS 7 Timeline Revealed

Apple is Close to Launching the Latest Incarnation of iOS

The much discussed 7th version of Apple's mobile operating system is nearing launch. Next week the new beta version should be seeded out to developers and testers. This should allow more than enough time for Apple to work most bugs out of the system before the launch, one would assume, with the new iPhone on September 10th. Many are excited for the new version of iOS as it is the first major revamp since the OS was launched in 2007 with the first iPhone. Taking a more minimalistic and flat approach compared to previous versions, iOS 7 should be a breath of fresh air to those who were down on the OS, although many have also stated that iOS was the best looking (I Agree) mobile OS available.

Source: Mac Rumors


Top 5 Tech Stories for Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Video Link: Youtube

Source: Android Central

2. iPhone 5C Video Leaks

Video Compares iPhone 5C to Standard iPhone 5
Video Link: Youtube

Apple's alleged iPhone 5C is shown in the above video. Sonny Dickson posted this video along with a few other photos (here and here) showing multiple different colors for the cheaper alternative to the iPhone 5S when that is announced on Sept. 10th.. The iPhone 5C, Apple hopes, will be their answer to conquering the mid-range device tier, as well as their answer to breaking into China as they only hold around 5% of the market in the world's most populous country.

Source: Mac Rumors

3. Windows 8.1 Update Announced for Mid October Release

Much Needed Windows Update Coming Soon

Source: Ubergizmo
Microsoft finally announced the Windows 8.1 Update that has seemingly been in testing forever. The biggest change users will notice is the addition of the Start Button, as well as letting users completely bypass the Metro UI and "Boot to Desktop". The new build also includes extra features and more personalization settings compared to the original build of Windows 8. 

On a personal note, I myself still use Windows 7 on all of my machines and see no real need to upgrade to Windows 8 yet. But all of my experience with Windows 8 was the original developers build from nearly two years ago. Here's to hoping Win8 can stand on it's own!

Source: PC World

4. Samsung Announces Android Powered Flip Phone!?

The Samsung W789 Officially Anounced To Cheers From No One.

So Samsung announced the W879 today which is a Android powered flip phone that nobody was excited about, although I may be wrong. The device is a fairly low power phone compared to today's beasts sporting a 3.3 inch HVGA display, 5MP camera, Jelly Bean 4.1 and 1500mAh battery, although it does have a 1.2GHz processor and dual CDMA and GSM support.

Like most hybrid Samsung phones: such as the W789 and this, chances are the U.S. market will never see these phones and they will only be released overseas.

Source: NDTV

5. Android Continues Dominance, Apple, Others, Struggle

Numbers Show Android Continues Global Smartphone Dominance

In news that was shocking to nobody, Android continues to set the pace for the smartphone market worldwide as more and more handset makers produce cheap Android offerings. Android phones controlled 79% of the global smartphone market with nearly 178 million total devices shipped in Q2. Apple was well behind with almost 32 million and Windows Phone a distant third at 7.4 million units.

What Do the Numbers Really Tell Us?

They tell us a few different things: 
  1. Smartphones are still exploding worldwide, nearly 72 million more devices shipped year over year. 
  2. Android is benefiting from the surge in mid to low tier phones worldwide. Not every one can afford a "hero" device like the S4 or HTC One, so they choose low cost android phones that, to be honest, are usually powerful enough for the average user. 
  3. Apple lost over 4% market share but sold more units. Apple hopes to top both numbers as they are gearing up to release the new iPhone 5S and rumored low budget iPhone 5C in September. By doing so they hope to regain market share even when facing lower margins on low budget devices.
  4. Windows Phone is showing signs of traction for the first time ever. While still far behind leaders Android and Apple, Microsoft has grown its market share nearly 1% and nearly doubled it's units shipped from 4 to 7.4 million.
  5. Blackberry is DEAD. Analysts have been hinting at the death of Blackberry (formerly RIM) for months. Once holding over half of the smartphone market, the Canadian company could not keep pace with innovation and has suffered for it, dropping to less than 3% market share.

Source: Engadget

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