mobile en T-Mobile Confirms HTC One M8 for Windows is Coming to Un-Carrier <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/htc_one_m8_windows.jpg" alt="HTC One M8 Windows T-Mobile" title="HTC One M8 Windows T-Mobile" width="228" height="194" style="float: right;" />HTC One M8 for Windows will land at T-Mobile this fall</h3> <p>It came as a bit of a surprise when Microsoft and HTC announced a cloned version of the One M8 handset running Windows Phone 8.1 software. After all, it's HTC's flagship Android smartphone, and by porting it over to Windows Phone 8.1, HTC claims it marks the first time that an iconic flagship device has been offered on multiple operating systems. But what about multiple carriers? Well, <strong>you can add T-Mobile to the list of wireless carriers getting the One M8 for Windows</strong>.</p> <p>"The rumors are true. HTC One M8 for Windows is coming this fall," T-Mobile <a href="" target="_blank">posted to Twitter</a>.</p> <p>T-Mobile didn't offer up a specific release date or pricing information, though with wireless carriers currently engaged in a price war of sorts (it's more of a data war with increasing data caps), especially T-Mobile and Sprint, things could get interesting by the time fall is in full effect. In the meantime, you can <a href=";003=6642122" target="_blank">pre-register here</a>.</p> <p>As for other carriers, AT&amp;T also <a href="" target="_blank">recently confirmed</a> it's getting the One M8 for Windows, however like T-Mobile, AT&amp;T didn't announce specific pricing and availability.</p> <p>For now, Verizon is the <a href=";zipRdr=y" target="_blank">exclusive carrier</a> of the ported device, which it's selling for $100 with a two-year service agreement, or $30 per month via Verizon's Edge program.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware htc one M8 for Windows mobile smartphone t-mobile windows phone News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:40:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28436 at HP Recalls 6 Million Laptop Power Cords Due to Fire Hazard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/power_cord_ls-15.jpg" alt="Power Cord LS-15" title="Power Cord LS-15" width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" />Affected AC power cords are prone to overheating</h3> <p><strong>HP this week decided to err on the side of caution and issue a worldwide voluntary recall of around 6 million potentially faulty power cords</strong> for select HP and Compaq brand notebooks and mini notebooks. The recall also affects AC power cords provided with docking stations. All of the affected cords, whether bundled with a laptop or with a docking station, were sold from September 2012 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1,500.</p> <p>"HP believes that certain power cords shipped with notebook PC products and AC adapter accessories may pose a risk of fire and burn hazard to customers. We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers," HP said.</p> <p>The recall involves HP's LS-15 AC power cords, though not all power cords with the LS-15 marking are faulty. You can check to see if yours is one of them using <a href="" target="_blank">HP's online tool</a>. If it is, HP says to stop using it immediately while it sends you a replacement at no cost.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/power_cord.jpg" alt="Power Cord" title="Power Cord" width="620" height="225" /></p> <p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission</a>, there have been 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, which resulted in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook power cord recall News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:04:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28426 at Spotify Brings Free Streaming to Windows Phone Users <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/spotify_logo_0.jpg" alt="Spotify Logo" title="Spotify Logo" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Rock out with your Windows Phone out, for free!</h3> <p>Sometimes the Windows Phone platform gets forgotten or otherwise overlooked by developers. Such has been the case with Spotify, which has been serving up free tunes to Android and iOS users for some time now, but hadn't extended the same courtesy to Windows Phone. Well, that changes today -- <strong>Spotify has finally brought the free mobile music experience to Windows Phone users</strong> around the globe.</p> <p>"From today, Windows Phone owners can enjoy access to millions of songs across their smartphones for free," Spotify announced in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "Listen to all your playlists, discover new music, or simply sit back and dig into your favorite artist's entire back catalog."</p> <p>The Spotify app for Windows Phone now lets WP users stream all the playlists they've created along with playlists of people they follow without ponying up for a paid subscription (albeit only in shuffle mode). They can also discover new music, save, re-shuffle, and share.</p> <p>In addition, Spotify introduced a series of improvements throughout the app, such as making search results look better and making it easier to browse artists.</p> <p>You can download the <a href="" target="_blank">Spotify app</a> for Windows Phone 8/8.1 at the Windows Phone store.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> mobile music Software spotify streaming windows phone wp News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:14:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28422 at Burger King Now Serving a Selection of Free Smartphones <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/burger_king_phones.jpg" alt="Burger King Phones" title="Burger King Phones" width="228" height="208" style="float: right;" />One Big King and a large soda - would you like a smartphone with that?</h3> <p>Interested in the LG G2? What about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini or Galaxy S4 Active? Believe it or not, these represent a small <strong>selection of smartphones you can get for free through Burger King's website</strong>. Yes, Burger King, the fast food chain that just brought back Chicken Fries to go with your Whopper. Apparently Burger King really, really wants you to download and use its new mobile app for Android.</p> <p>Of course, the standard two-year service agreement applies, with phone options for AT&amp;T, Sprint, and Verizon (no love for T-Mobile). And you have to order the phone online at a <a href="" target="_blank">special portal on Burger King's website</a> using the coupon code FREEPHONE rather than have an employee add a Motorola Moto X to your bag with extra ketchup.</p> <p>What's surprising (other than the odd pairing of Burger King and smartphones) is the selection of devices. You won't find the latest flagship models, but the selection is far from miserable. In addition to the ones already mentioned, other notable entries include the LG Optimus G Pro, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One (M7, not the M8), and LG G2, to name a few.</p> <p>If you'd rather have the just the app without getting a new smartphone, you can download it from <a href=";hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Burger King Hardware mobile smartphone News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:56:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28413 at Tablets Can't Shake Gravity, Shipments to Decline for First Time in 2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tablets_0.jpg" alt="Tablets" title="Tablets" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />What goes up must come down</h3> <p>Following the launch of the original iPad, consumers began flocking to tablets as if their favorite drug had just been legalized. Demand reached a fever pitch once name-brand Android slates came onto the scene with lower price tags, and the growth was so explosive that it had some analysts talking about the post PC era. What those short sighted analysts failed to take into account is market saturation, and <strong>for the first time since the iPad debuted, tablet shipments are on pace to see an on-year decline</strong>, market research firm TrendForce says.</p> <p>According to TrendForce, the novelty of tablets has worn off. Prices have bottomed out, and this time around, low-cost notebooks are stealing away tablet market share instead of it being the other way around. As a result, branded tablet shipments are expected to decline 1.8 percent year-over-year to 153 million units in 2014, while notebook shipments will increase 1 percent year-over-year to 171 million units.</p> <p>"Time has shown that notebooks are irreplaceable," <a href="" target="_blank">said Caroline Chen</a>, a notebook PC analyst with TrendForce. "They offer larger screens than tablets as well as a keyboard and mouse, which are all important for those who use their computers primarily for work reasons. Tablets remain limited to Internet browsing and entertainment functions."</p> <p>None of this means tablets are on their way out, and if you're in the market for a slate, the good news here is that there's likely to be a long term price war, at least among non-Apple manufacturers, TrendForce says. It's also encouraging if you're in the market for a laptop, as Microsoft is working with hardware partners to release models in the <a href="">$200 to $250 range</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware mobile slate tablet trendforce News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:02:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28409 at Barnes and Noble Rolls Out Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook for $179 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_galaxy_tab_4_nook_0.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" width="228" height="220" style="float: right;" />Welcome back to the tablet scene, Barnes and Noble</h3> <p>After failing to compete in sales with the likes of Amazon and its Kindle Fire line, <strong>Barnes and Noble is officially invested in tablets again with the introduction of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook</strong>. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is essentially a combination of the Android-based Nook platform baked into the Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 hardware and billed as the first ever full-featured Android slate.</p> <p>The device measures 7.36 (H) x 4.25 (W) x 0.35 (D) inches and weighs 9.74 ounces. It has a 7-inch display with a 1280x800 resolution (216 ppi), 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD card slot), 802.11n Wi-Fi, micro-USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm headset jack, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 3MP rear-facing camera, GPS, and Android 4.4 KitKat.</p> <p>"The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is the most advanced Nook ever, delivering the great Nook experience our customers have come to love, with the high-performance tablet features they’ve asked for," <a href="" target="_blank">said Michael P. Huseby</a>, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes &amp; Noble, Inc. "We invite reading and entertainment fans to visit their local Barnes &amp; Noble store to experience the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Once they do, we’re certain they will make this innovative device part of their daily routine."</p> <p>B&amp;N says the new Nook is geared towards reading, and to get users started, it comes bundled with $200 of free Nook reading and entertainment content, including three bestselling e-books -- Freakonomics, The Wanderer, and I Am Number Four.</p> <p>You can grab an ad-free <a href="" target="_blank">Galaxy Tab 4 Nook</a> right away for $179 after a $20 instant rebate. The device is available black and white color options.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> barnes and noble ebook reader galaxy tab 4 nook mobile samsung slate tablet News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:42:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28386 at Seeing Double: HTC One M8's Identical Twin Runs Windows Phone 8.1 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/htc_one_m8_for_windows.jpg" alt="HTC One M8 for Windows" title="HTC One M8 for Windows" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />Exact same phone, completely different platform</h3> <p>The HTC One M8 is one of the most popular Android devices available, but what would happen if you stripped the phone of Android and installed Windows Phone 8.1 under the hood? Ladies and gentlemen, you're about to find out. <strong>HTC today unveiled the HTC One M8 for Windows</strong>, which in addition to bringing a premium design to the Windows Phone platform, it's also the first time an iconic flagship device has been offered on multiple OSes, HTC says.</p> <p>If you're familiar with the specs of the Android version, then you're familiar with the Windows SKU, as well. It's the exact same device, save for the software and Windows Phone tattoo on its backside. It sports the same all-metal unibody design, curved back, 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Duo Camera with UltraPixel, 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera, and so forth.</p> <p>"Consumers love the HTC One (M8) and today’s introduction extends that enthusiasm to new audiences hungry for choice in their mobile experience," <a href="" target="_blank">said Jason Macikenze</a>, president of HTC Americas. "HTC fills a gap in the market for unique devices that put a premium on form and function. Microsoft shares our vision, and that’s why we committed to bringing the Windows Phone platform to the HTC One (M8)."</p> <p>The HTC One M8 for Windows is available now through Verizon Wireless online for a promotional price of $100 with a two-year service agreement or $30 per month via Verizon Edge; it will also be available in stores tomorrow.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware htc mobile one m8 smartphone windows phone 8.1 News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:03:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28379 at Fuhu Unveils Ginormous 20-inch and 24-inch Nabi Big Tab Tablets for Kids <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nabi_big_tab_hd.jpg" alt="Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD" title="Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />A massive tablet for the little ones</h3> <p>At first glance, you might think <strong>Fuhu's 20-inch and 24-inch Nabi Big Tab HD tablets</strong> were built for Shaquille O'Neal. After all, who else but a 7-foot 1-inch massive specimen would such giant slates be for? Turns out Fuhu designed the large size tablets specifically for kids, an interesting target audience for what the company claims are the world's biggest Android tablets made for sharing.</p> <p>"We are so pleased to introduce the nabi Big Tab line of products and are excited about the implications as a new category of family tablets. We were simply amazed at how Big Tab's larger format transformed our interactions with our children, family gatherings and made the tablet experience easier for seniors," <a href="" target="_blank">said Jim Mitchell</a>, CEO. "We are hopeful, that everyone will fall in love with Big Tab like we have."</p> <p>Fair enough - we won't begrudge Fuhu's attempt to modernize family time, though consumers will be the ultimate judge if there can be a category such as this one. We're skeptical, considering the asking price -- $449 for the 20-inch model and $549 for the 24-inch version, both of which cost more than a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Wii U.</p> <p>The 20-inch version boasts a 1600x900 resolution and the 24-inch features a 1920x1080 display, both with 15-point capacitive touch support. Both also feature an Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 16GB of onboard storage, and removable carrying frame.</p> <p>Fuhu's selling point (behind the big size displays) is the software. Lots of kid friendly games, entertainment, and educational apps come bundled with the Nabi devices.</p> <p>Both models will launch this fall.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android fuhi Hardware mobile nabi big tab slate tablet News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:42:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28378 at HP Stream 14 Laptop Runs Windows 8.1 and Costs $200 - What Now, Chromebooks? <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_stream_14.jpg" alt="HP Stream 14" title="HP Stream 14" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Could a 14-inch Windows notebook be a Chromebook killer?</h3> <p>Microsoft isn't blind to the fact that Chromebooks are flying off of store shelves, both virtual and physical, and so a month ago the Redmond outfit let slip that it was working with various partners to offer low cost alternatives in the $199 to $249 range. Turns out it wasn't just lip service. Meet the <strong>HP Stream 14, a 14-inch notebook running Windows 8.1 and carrying a $200 price tag</strong>.</p> <p>German-language website <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Mobile Geeks</em> </a>got its hands on press photos and official HP documents outlining the Stream 14. Based on the spec sheet, this low cost laptop sports AMD hardware inside -- specifically, an AMD A4 Micro-6400T quad-core processor with integrated Radeon R3 graphics powering the 14-inch display's 1366x768 resolution. It also features 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, memory card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, webcam, full-size keyboard, and a 45W battery.</p> <p>Documents also reveal that Microsoft will include 100GB of cloud-based OneDrive storage for two years with the 3.9-pound laptop, just as Google offers 100GB of Google Drive storage with every Chromebook. That certainly levels the playing field and steals significant thunder away from Google's Chromebook push.</p> <p>No word yet on when the HP Stream 14 will launch, though given all the data available, we suspect it will be soon, especially if Microsoft and HP want to take advantage of the back-to-school shopping season.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs stream 14 windows 8.1 News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:33:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28374 at Microsoft: We Have No Current Plans to Port IE Over to Android or iOS <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ie_windows_phone.jpg" alt="IE on Windows Phone" title="IE on Windows Phone" width="228" height="221" style="float: right;" />"Oh no!," cried a single Android user</h3> <p>You can run Microsoft Office on multiple platforms, and the same goes for some of the other products and services the Redmond outfit offers, such as OneDrive and Skype. With that kind of attention being paid to cross-compatibility, might we expect Microsoft to release its Internet Explorer browser on other OSes as well? Not in the near future. As it stands, <strong>Microsoft isn't planning to port IE over to Android or iOS</strong> in the mobile space.</p> <p>That revelation came by way of a <a href="" target="_blank">Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session</a> featuring engineers from Microsoft's IE platform team. At one point in the conversation, Microsoft's Charles Morris fielded a question about whether IE would be ported to Android or iOS where there's much more market share to exploit.</p> <p>"Right now, we're focused on building a great mobile browser for Windows Phone and have made some great progress lately. So, no current plans for Android/iOS," <a href="" target="_blank">Morris said</a>. "We are committed to improving our own engine. We love the fact that the web was built on multiple competing (yet interoperable) platforms and believe that this is how it is going to move forward into the future!"</p> <p>It's somewhat of a curious decision for Microsoft. The company's Windows Phone platform is losing ground, having dropped to a 2.5 percent share of the smartphone market last quarter, versus Android and iOS, which collectively account for more than 9 out of 10 smartphones.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android browser IE Internet Explorer ios microsoft mobile windows phone News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:25:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 28358 at T-Mobile to Throttle Unlimited Data Subscribers in Certain Circumstances <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/t-mobile_0.jpg" alt="T-Mobile" title="T-Mobile" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Wireless carrier to crack down on P2P file sharing</h3> <p>T-Mobile said it knows which subscribers are "heavy data users" and engaging in disallowed activities such as peer-to-peer file sharing and tethering outside of the wireless carrier's terms and conditions. Beginning August 17, <strong>T-Mobile will throttle 4G LTE data connections to unlimited subscribers</strong> <strong>who use the service in ways the company doesn't allow</strong>. That includes using the service for continuous webcam posts.</p> <p>"Using the Service in connection with server devices or host computer applications, including continuous web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing applications that are broadcast to multiple servers or recipients, 'bots' or similar routines that could disrupt net user groups or email use by others or other applications that denigrate network capacity or functionality," T-Mobile told employees, <a href="">according to <em></em></a>.</p> <p>Subscribers not signed up to an unlimited plan don't need to worry themselves -- they'll hit their cap before it becomes an issue, so T-Mobile is willing to turn a blind eye. Throttling only applies to those signed up to the old $70 unlimited or newer $80 Simple Choice plans.</p> <p>This doesn't appear to be a widespread issue. According to <em>Recode</em>, T-Mobile is reaching out to less than two dozen customers about running afoul of the rules.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 4g broadband data file sharing lte mobile P2P t-mobile News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:46:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28348 at Lenovo Reports $10.4 Billion in Quarterly Revenue, Reaches Record High PC Market Share <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_a740_0.jpg" alt="Lenovo A740" title="Lenovo A740" width="228" height="202" style="float: right;" />Lenovo's strategy for the surviving the so-called "post-PC" era is to keep selling PCs</h3> <p>The number one supplier of PCs in the world continues to outperform the sector as a whole, while simultaneously taking advantage of the mobile market. Suffice to say, Lenovo has things figured out, though if you need hard numbers to drive the point home, you need only look at the company's results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2014. Continuing where it left off last quarter, <strong>Lenovo posted quarterly revenue of $10.4 billion</strong>, up 18 percent year-over-year, along with a 23 percent year-over-over bump in earnings to $214 million.</p> <p>Lenovo maintained its ranking as the world's largest PC maker for the fifth consecutive quarter. Interestingly, Lenovo's laptop shipments declined 3.7 percent compared to last year, though that's far better than the 13 percent decline it suffered two years ago. Nevertheless, consolidated revenues for Lenovo's laptop business totaled $5.1 billion, up 12 percent versus last year and representative of 49 percent of the company's total revenue.</p> <p>Meanwhile, desktop PC shipments increased 12.1 percent year-over-year, far outpacing the industry average of a 2.4 percent gain. Lenovo collected $3 billion in revenue from its desktop PC sales, which is up 20 percent compared to last year and representative of 29 percent of the company's total revenue.</p> <p>Lenovo also saw gains in its Mobile Device Business, including smartphones and tablets. Revenue from these items jumped 32 percent year-over-year to $1.6 billion. In China, Lenovo is the leading smartphone maker, and it's the third largest maker of tablets in the world with 2.3 million devices shipped last quarter.</p> <p>"This has been a quarter of milestones for Lenovo – record PC share, a number three ranking in worldwide tablets for the first time, and an even stronger number four global smartphone position," <a href="" target="_blank">said Yuanqing Yang</a>, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo. "As the PC industry recovers, the smartphone market continues its shift from premium to mainstream, and our acquisitions of Motorola Mobility and IBM x86 proceed toward completion, we see even more opportunity to keep growing rapidly. Lenovo continues to outperform the market and meet our commitments to improve profitability in our core businesses, while building strong pillars for future growth across our entire portfolio."</p> <p>Another tidbit to file away is that Lenovo shipped more smartphones than PCs for the first time ever with a record 15.8 million units, up 29 percent. Under different circumstanced, we'd be worried that Lenovo might choose to abandon or reduce its focus on PC sales, but given that it's performing exceptionally well in both areas and is the top PC maker in the world, it's not a concern.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware lenovo mobile pc revenue News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:06:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 28347 at MSI Goes Gold with Limited Edition GS60 Ghost Gaming Laptop <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gs60_ghost_lid.jpg" alt="MSI GS60 Ghost Lid" title="MSI GS60 Ghost Lid" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Gaming laptop brings the bling</h3> <p>Gold seems to be the 'in' thing among mobile devices these days, so why not extend the color option over to laptops? That must have been what <strong>MSI was thinking when it conceived limited edition versions of its GS60 Ghost Pro 3K and GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks</strong>. Each one packs high end hardware inside a "luxurious golden chassis" measuring 15.35 inches by 10.47 inches by 0.78 inches and weighing 4.36 pounds.</p> <p>"Our Golden GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks are designed for mobile gamers wishing to obliterate the opponent in class," says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. "The gold exterior will turn heads, the svelte design will amaze, and the combination of smoking speeds, deadly graphics and amazing customization power will render anybody speechless."</p> <p>The less expensive of the two models -- GS60 Ghost -- runs $1,900 and sports a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display, Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.4GHZ to 3.4GHz) processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics, 128GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1TB (7200 RPM) HDD, 12GB (8GB + 4GB) DDR3L 1600 RAM, Killer E200 Game Networking, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, SD card ready, four Dynaudio Tech Speakers + subwoofer, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, Full HD 1080p webcam, SteelSeries full-color backlit keyboard, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/g660_ghost_front.jpg" alt="MSI G60 Ghost Front" title="MSI G60 Ghost Front" width="620" height="530" /></p> <p>For $2,200 you can upgrade to the GS60 Ghost Pro 3K. It bumps the display up to 3K (2880x1620), upgrades the processor to an Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.5GHz to 3.4GHz), increases the RAM to 16GB, and adds a second 128GB SSD in RAID 0.</p> <p>MSI's limited edition GS60 Ghost laptops are available exclusively at Newegg.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> gs60 Hardware laptop mobile msi notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:31:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28345 at Microsoft Launches Super Cheap Nokia 130 Handset <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nokia_130.jpg" alt="Nokia 130" title="Nokia 130" width="228" height="122" style="float: right;" />An ultra-affordable mobile phone that isn't destined for the U.S., though maybe it should be</h3> <p>Wouldn't it be ironic if Microsoft's best selling mobile phone didn't run the company's Windows Phone platform? Hey, it could happen -- <strong>Microsoft today unveiled the Nokia 130</strong>, a super affordable mobile phone intended to bring the "digital experience" to millions of users in developing and emerging territories. It's only 19 euros (around $25 in U.S. currency) to own the phone outright with no service contract.</p> <p>At that price, it's not meant to compete with high-end or even most entry-level handsets. It has a 1.8-inch Quarter-QVGA (160x120) color display, USB connectivity, microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB, built-in video player, MP3 player, FM radio, Bluetooth, flashlight, and a few other basic essentials available in single- or dual-SIM form. As for the software, it runs on Series 30+.</p> <p>"As demand in the affordable mobile segment continues to grow, Microsoft remains committed to delivering market-leading mobile innovation at each and every price point,"<a href="" target="_blank"> said Jo Harlow</a>, corporate vice president for Phones, Microsoft Corp. "It is estimated that at least 1 billion people in the world still do not have a mobile phone, while at the same time there is increasing demand for reliable backup phones in both mature and high-growth markets."</p> <p>Microsoft is only releasing the Nokia 130 in select markets, including China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. However, we're in <a href="" target="_blank">agreement with <em></em></a> that this would make a sensible handset for the U.S. market as well -- not for high-end users, obviously, but for kids or when traveling someplace where you don't want to risk losing an expensive smartphone.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware microsoft mobile nokia 130 smartphone News Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:16:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28326 at Hey Look, Windows Phone Store Now Features Over 300,000 Apps <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_phone_apps.jpg" alt="Windows Phone Apps" title="Windows Phone Apps" width="228" height="168" style="float: right;" />Windows Phone Store is growing up</h3> <p>In case you haven't been paying attention, the Windows Phone Store is growing and expanding into a legitimate contender right before our very eyes. By Microsoft's count, the Windows Phone Store now boasts over 300,000 apps and games, with over 2 billion app downloads to date. Sure, that's only a fraction of the available apps on Android and iOS, but it's a big fraction.</p> <p>For the sake of comparison, Android is home to over 1 million apps and 50 billion downloads to date, while iOS has over 1.2 million apps and can brag about serving up 75 billion downloads in the past 6 years.</p> <p>Judged by itself, Microsoft's Windows Phone Store is doing just fine and <a href="" target="_blank">growing at a decent clip</a> -- back in December 2013, it had 200,000 apps, so it's added 100,000 in the past 8 months. Not too shabby.</p> <p>Despite the number of apps and downloads, Microsoft has its work cut out in the mobile space. At last count, comScore pegged the Windows Phone platform as having a <a href="" target="_blank">3.4 percent share</a> of the smartphone market in the U.S., versus 52.1 percent for Android and 41.9 percent for iOS.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apps mobile Software windows phone windows store News Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:55:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 28318 at