galaxy note 4 review 24 640x426Samsung looks set to make sure that their flagship phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, will soon be on the receiving end of a spanking new firmware update. In this upcoming update, it intends to help the device improve its overall performance as well as add a dash of stability to the entire mix. In fact, there are Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owners in Germany as well as Greece who happen to have reported that their respective smartphones has received the prompt to install the most recent Galaxy Note 4 firmware alongside build number N910FXXU1ANK4, with the entire shebang weighing in at 137MB.

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amazon logo largeNetflix might be doing extremely well for itself, having announced that this video streaming service is set to launch in both New Zealand and Australia later next March, but this does not mean that they are alone in such an industry. no sir, as Amazon could very well make a foray into this market, where it is touted that Amazon will roll out a free streaming video service. Of course, since there is no such thing as the proverbial “free lunch” in this world, such a streaming video service from Amazon would be supported by ads.

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monitor3For gamers who are looking to get the best out of their gaming rigs, they’ve probably scouted around for monitors with the fastest response times, and in the case of NVIDIA GPU owners, probably looked for monitors that supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology. So where does this leave AMD gamers?

While to some gamers this might not be a big deal, there are some who strongly believe that this matters, and if you’re an AMD gamer you’re in luck because Samsung has recently announced two new monitors that will support AMD’s FreeSync which is the company’s answer to NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology. Read full post →Samsung Unveils New Monitors With AMD’s FreeSync Technology

google contributor 640x247Ads on websites can be done properly and tastefully so that they don’t really interfere with the way users browse and consume content from a page. However some ads can be very annoying which results in users download extensions such as AdBlock to disable all ads from display entirely.

Great for users, bad for website owners as ads are one of the ways that they make money. Well what if you could subscribe to websites and view them without ads? While subscription-based websites are around, Google wants to apply it across all websites via a “Contributor” system. Through this system, it seems that users can donate anywhere between $1-3 a month and view partner websites without any ads at all. Read full post →Google Contributor Lets You View Websites Without Ads, But Only If You Donate

Windows Phone Store 3When Microsoft was trying to court developers into making more apps for the Windows Phone platform, which at this point is still lagging behind the likes of iOS and Android, they put a lot of effort into it and did all they could to make it easier for developers to create apps for their platform, but it looks like that goodwill could be coming to an end.

Previously Microsoft had arranged it so that whatever developers sold, Microsoft would take a 30% cut, with that cut dropping to 20% if the app raked in more than $25,000 in sales. Sounds like a good deal, right? Unfortunately it seems that come 2015, Microsoft will be making some changes to the developer agreement where Microsoft will start taking more money. Read full post →Microsoft Changes Windows Phone Developer Agreement, Takes Bigger Cut

foxconn factory 680x3821 640x359According to a report last month, it was suggested that Foxconn could be thinking about getting into the display business by setting up a display production plant that would help Apple produce the displays it needs for its current and future iDevices. Given that Foxconn gets a ton of business from Apple, it would seem that this could be a worthwhile investment.

Well according to a report from Bloomberg, those plans could soon be put into motion as Foxconn is reportedly gearing up to spend $2.6 billion in building a dedicated Apple display plant over in Taiwan. The construction of the new factory is expected to done over the next two years. While Foxconn’s display unit Innolux Corp.’s PR rep Sophia Chang did confirm that equipment installation would begin next month, she declined to confirm if their client would be Apple. Read full post →Foxconn Will Reportedly Invest $2.6 Billion Into Apple Display Plant

billboard music awardsBack in the day music consumption came from purchasing an album in the store, going over to your friend’s house and listening to it, or hearing it on radio. Nowadays we have more options – we can watch a music video on the likes of YouTube or Facebook, we can purchase songs individually or albums via the internet as digital downloads, and we can also stream music via services such as Spotify.

Now with all these new methods of consuming music, shouldn’t it be time that music tracking services such as Billboard and Nielsen be updated to reflect that? Well if you’re wondering how the music scene does these days with the new methods of consumption thrown into the mix, you will be happy to learn that both Billboard and Nielsen have recently announced that they will start tracking streaming music and video services. Read full post →Billboard & Nielsen’s Charts To Take Into Account Music And Video Streaming

paaschenThe iPad is great for viewing movies, photos, making music, surfing the web, and we guess to a certain extent taking photos, but what about productivity? Well for those of you who think of the iPad as more of an entertainment-only device, think again. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Starwood Hotels’ CEO Frits van Paasschen has credited the iPad for improved productivity.

According to van Paasschen who spoke about how and why he made the transition to the tablet, “I thought, you know what, I actually don’t use [my desktop computer]. I do all of my work via mobile so essentially my office is wherever I go, and I can be much more productive.” Due to the fact that he has to rely on the onscreen keyboard or a Bluetooth keyboard, the emails he sends tend to be shorter. Read full post →Starwood Hotels’ CEO Sees Productivity Boost Thanks To The iPad

moto g 2014 review 1 640x426Thinking about getting your hands on the 2014 Moto G from Motorola? Well if you are, perhaps you’ll want to hold off on your purchase for now. According to a smattering of reports from Moto G (2014) owners, it seems that there is a memory management bug that is plaguing the phone, so much so that apps are force closing themselves.

Now before you think that these are users who have maybe like 10-20 apps running in the background, it does not appear to be that case. Instead these are users who are reporting that they have maybe 1-2 apps open, and instead of apps being closed to the background, they are force closing themselves instead. Read full post →Moto G (2014) Reportedly Suffering From Memory Management Bug

nexus 6 review hero 640x426The joy of owning a Nexus device is that it is a “clean” device in the sense that not only is the hardware chosen and approved by Google, but the version of Android is as what Google had intended. This compared to Android phones built by other companies who tend to modify Android to a certain style and who throw in a ton of other apps and features that might not be necessary.

Unfortunately if you are looking for a clean Nexus 6 handset, you might have to get it from Google directly because according to reports, it seems that AT&T’s version has been slightly modified. No, AT&T has not throw on a skin/theme. Instead the carrier has decided to emblazon the back of the handset with their own logo. Read full post →AT&T’s Nexus 6 Will Have Its SIM Locked And Carrier Ringtones Preinstalled