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hololensLast week we caught a glimpse at the future of wearables at Microsoft. The company announced the HoloLens wearable headset alongside Windows 10. For those who missed the announcement, the HoloLens basically brings holographic technology into a wearable headset that would supposedly revolutionize the way we play games or use our computers.

That being said, the HoloLens is kind of a like a computer on its own. It comes with its own GPU and CPU and interestingly enough according to the folks at PCWorld, the CPU in question is apparently that of an unreleased Intel Atom chipset that is based on Cherry Trail. Cherry Trail is the successor to Intel’s Bay Trail which is currently found and used in tablets and low-end PCs. Read full post →Microsoft’s HoloLens Is Apparently Powered By Intel’s Cherry Trail Atom Chipset



mi note_2A couple of weeks ago, Xiaomi announced their latest smartphone that came in the form of the Xiaomi Mi Note. This is the company’s latest smartphone along with the slightly more powerful Mi Note Pro, and it looks like the company already has a hit on their hands. According to the reports, it seems that Xiaomi has managed to sell out their first batch of Mi Notes in a matter of minutes.

Unfortunately Xiaomi did not mention how many units they actually sold, but a Xiaomi VP had recently revealed that they had received 220 million reservations, so it is safe to assume that they sold quite a fair bit. This kind of reception to Xiaomi phones isn’t new. Previously we had seen the Chinese company move tens of thousands of smartphones in minutes, sometimes hundreds of thousands. Read full post →Xiaomi Mi Note Sells Out Its First Batch In Minutes



samsung_logo_720wWe have been hearing rumors that Samsung could be thinking about ditching the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset from its upcoming Galaxy S6 handset in favor of their own Exynos chipset. The reason? Apparently this is due to alleged overheating issues found in the Snapdragon 810, but if the new rumors are to believed, Samsung’s decision is actually more business than technical.

According to a report from ETNews (via SamMobile), they claim that the reason Samsung has abandoned the Snapdragon 810 is because they want their flagship smartphone to run on its Exynos chipset in a bid to help make it more popular and more mainstream in hopes that they can eventually compete with Qualcomm themselves. Read full post →Samsung’s Decision To Drop Qualcomm Was For Business Reasons [Rumor]


saygus_v2_1Lithium-ion batteries are dangerous in the sense that they can explode and catch on fire. We’ve seen this happen to companies like Boeing and their 787 Dreamliner that had to be grounded due to battery fires. We have also seen instances where smartphones with lithium-ion batteries explode and set fire to their surroundings.

The good news is that this is an aspect that researchers are looking at and according to a group of researchers at the University of Michigan, they seem rather optimistic that they have found a potential solution to the problem in the form of Kevlar. What they have done is develop Kevlar-based nano-sized membranes that will insulate the electrodes in a battery, while at the same time allowing lithium ions to pass through. Read full post →Researchers Develop Slimmer, Safer Kevlar-based Lithium-Ion Batteries


pirate bayMost countries and governments look upon piracy in a negative light, and understandably so. However some countries have been rather relaxed in terms of actually blocking access to piracy websites, while others have been rather strict. Unfortunately for our readers in Spain, it seems that the government is stepping up their efforts to crackdown on piracy.

According to reports, it seems that local ISP Vodafone has begun to block and redirect users trying to access The Pirate Bay’s website. Users are reporting that instead of landing on The Pirate Bay’s website, they are instead redirected to a Vodafone website instead. The URLs that are being redirected are ThePirateBay.se and ThePirateBay.org. Read full post →Vodafone Spain Begins Blocking Access To The Pirate Bay


oldpiratebayWhen The Pirate Bay was taken offline due to the Swedish police raid, many mirror and alternative websites popped up as a result. One of those websites called themselves the Old Pirate Bay and is a website started by the team at isoHunt. It basically offered users a similar feel to The Pirate Bay, except with some slight improvements.

That being said with hints that the original Pirate Bay will be making a comeback on the 1st of February, it would be safe to assume that all these websites that popped up in its absence would soon start to see a drop in visitors, but the team at isoHunt are taking steps to prevent that. They have recently announced that they will be giving $100,000 away to their most active users. Read full post →Team isoHunt Offering $100,000 To Its Most Active Contributors


One of the more awesome new features that Apple brought to the table with iOS 8 is the ability for users to download custom keyboards. This means that if you don’t like the default iOS keyboard, you’re more than welcome to download alternatives like Fleksy, SwiftKey, and so on, but if you’re looking for something even less conventional, then OftenType could be a keyboard worth checking out. Read full post →OftenType iOS Keyboard Wants To Help Make Your Typing More Efficient


vivaldi browserThere are multiple browsers available at the moment for computers to choose from. For example you have Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and these are just some of the more well-known ones. However it looks like we can soon add another challenger to that list in the form of Vivaldi.

Vivaldi is a new browser that made its debut today. Now if you’re wondering if Vivaldi has the chops to take on the big boys, it should be noted that the company behind the browser was Opera’s former CEO, Jon S. von Tetzchner. However unlike most browsers which target the more mainstream user, Vivaldi wants to target the power user who might demand more features and functionality. Read full post →Former Opera CEO Launches Vivaldi Browser, Targets The Power User


xboxone-360-emuGiven that the Xbox One controllers are wireless, it is understandable that they will take a few seconds to pair with your console when you turn it on. It’s not a big deal and for the most part, we’re sure most gamers will probably not think too much about it. However if you don’t like the wait, then the latest firmware update is something you should take a look at.

Microsoft has recently released a firmware update for the Xbox One controller. The update will actually improve the time it takes for the controller to connect to your console. Previously it had taken about 5 seconds to connect, but with the firmware update, it will now take about 2 seconds for it to connect. Read full post →Xbox One Controller’s Firmware Update Makes It Connect Faster


facebook-audience-networkAccording to an earlier report, it was suggested that Facebook and Instagram’s brief time offline could have been due to an attack by the Lizard Squad hacker group who probably launched a DDoS attack on the services affected. For those who might be worried that this could be the tip of the iceberg and that more damage could have been done, you can rest assured.

Facebook has since released a statement to The Verge claiming that the downtime was not a hack, but rather a change made on Facebook’s end that affected their systems, causing them to go offline. According to Facebook, it was “not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems.” Read full post →Facebook Outage Due To Changes Made Internally, Not Because Of A Hack