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27
Oct

Google’s new ASUS OnHub router can be sped up with the wave of a hand


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It was just two months ago that Google debuted the first OnHub Wi-Fi router made in partnership with TP-LINK, and now the Mountain View company is introducing yet another one. Boasting faster Wi-Fi speeds, an easy set-up process and simple management with the Google On application, this new ASUS-made router aims to bring some notable improvements to the table over the first device.

The ASUS OnHub does everything the TP-LINK router can do, only with a slightly altered design and one handy new feature called Wave Control. This will allow you to wave your hand over the router to boost the Wi-Fi speed for a particular device. Pretty cool, right?

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Just because there’s a new addition to the OnHub family, that doesn’t mean Google is forgetting about the first device. In the coming week, Google is rolling out the TP-LINK OnHub’s first software update which will bring several performance improvements, including a new “smart antenna algorithm.” What does that mean? Basically, whether you’re on a smartphone in the kitchen or on your laptop in the living room, OnHub will be able to intelligently select the best combination of antennas to direct to your Wi-Fi devices, based on their location and orientation. If you already have the TP-LINK OnHub, it will receive the update automatically when your network is quiet so it won’t interrupt your connection.

For those who aren’t familiar, Google has released a new promotional video for the OnHub, which you can find attached below:

You’ll be able to pre-order the new ASUS OnHub starting this week from various retailers for $219.99 in a Slate Gray color option. As of now, pre-orders are live on Amazon and Newegg, with pre-orders going live later this week through the Google Store, Best Buy, Walmart and Micro Center in the United States. If you’re interested, be sure to head to the link below to order your new router!

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27
Oct

Huawei shipments rose 63 percent in Q3


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Huawei has reported stellar growth in Q3, with strong sales in China and Europe leading to a 63 percent rise in year-on-year global smartphone shipments. The past quarter saw the Chinese OEM launch several new devices which helped the increase in sales, including the Huawei Mate S and the Honor 7.

Huawei phones in video:

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In the three months ending September 30, the company shipped 27.4 million handsets, compared with 20 million a year earlier and an increase in high-end device sales, no doubt boosted by the handsets the company has released in the past few months.

The company also reported growth in smartphone shipments of 81 percent in China and 98 percent in Europe and the cumulative sales this year so far suggest that Huawei could be the fastest growing smartphone brand of the year. The third quarter sales suggest that Huawei will cross 100 million shipments this year, which represents a 33 percent growth year-on-year and is higher than key rivals such as Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and Lenovo.

Nicole Peng, Asia Pacific director at research firm Canalys, said:

“It’s hard to find a solid contender to Huawei for the top three position (after Samsung and Apple) in the short term. That’s impressive growth.”

Achieving 33 percent growth and 100 million shipments would see Huawei secure its spot as the third-largest smartphone manufacturer by volume. With devices such as the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P slowly launching into several markets and the rumoured Huawei Mate 8 set to launch before the end of the year, Huawei certainly looks on course to achieve its lofty targets.

27
Oct

Podcasts are finally coming to Google Play Music


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Google Play Music offers tons of different ways to listen to all types of media, but podcasts have been notably missing from that list for some time now. That’s changing soon, as Google has just announced that podcasts are making their way to Google Play Music!

Google has already launched a portal for podcasters that will allow them to start uploading their shows to Play Music before the service is opened up to listeners. Not only will listeners be able to search directly and browse for podcasts, the service will also connect new listeners with podcasts based on what they’re doing, how they’re feeling, or what they’re interested in. This is similar to Google’s contextual playlists for music.

The company is already working with over a dozen popular podcasts and networks to bring their shows to Play Music when this new service rolls out. The list of networks that will be available at the start include:

  • 5by5
  • Dan Carlin
  • Dave Ramsey
  • Earwolf
  • Feral Audio
  • Gimlet Media
  • HBO
  • Head Gum
  • HowStuffWorks
  • Loud Speakers Network
  • Nerdist / Legendary
  • Public Radio International
  • Radiotopia / PRX
  • Sideshow Network
  • Slate / Panoply
  • StarTalk Radio
  • This Week in Tech
  • Tim Ferriss

We’re not entirely sure when podcasts will become available on Play Music, but we’ll be sure to let you know once we learn more. For now, if you have a podcast, you can begin uploading them by following the link below.

Download Google Play Music from the Play Store

27
Oct

Deal: Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x, M40x and M30x are on sale from Amazon


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Looking for a brand new, quality pair of headphones that won’t break the bank? You might want to head over to Amazon right now, as Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x, M40x and M30x headphones are all being offered at significant discounts.

Starting off with the highest-end model, the ATH-M50x headphones bring quality sound, aesthetics and build quality to the table, all wrapped up in a cheap price point. They’re normally offered for around $160, but today you can get them from Amazon for only $129. Not a bad deal, right? Not only that, you can also pick up a pair of ATH-M40x and M30x headphones at a steep discount, too. Normally offered for closer to $100 each, these cheaper models can be yours today for just $79 and $49, respectively.

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In case you were wondering, all three of these headphones have achieved an impressive 4.5/5 star rating on Amazon. Also, the M50x and M40x both scored over a 9/10 rating on SoundGuys.com, which is quite impressive.

If you’re interested in any of these deals, be sure to head to the links below for more information. This promotional price lasts for today only, so you better hurry!

27
Oct

Apple Seeds First OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Beta to Developers


Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update to developers, just under one week after releasing the first OS X El Capitan update, OS X 10.11.1.

The new beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center and through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

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It is not known what improvements the second update to OS X El Capitan will bring, but it’s likely to focus on bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements to address issues that have been discovered since the release of OS X 10.11.1. According to Apple’s release notes, focus areas for the beta include Graphics, Mail, Wi-Fi, Calendar, USB, Notes, Photos, and Spotlight.


27
Oct

Apple’s Record 4Q 2015 Results: $11.1 Billion Profit on $51.5 Billion Revenue


Apple LogoApple today announced financial results for the third calendar quarter and fourth fiscal quarter of 2015, setting a number of company records. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $51.5 billion and net quarterly profit of $11.1 billion, or $1.96 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $42.1 billion and net quarterly profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter.

Gross margin for the quarter was 39.9 percent compared to 38 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 62 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an upcoming dividend payment of $0.52 per share, payable on November 12 to shareholders of record as of November 9. The company currently holds $205.6 billion in cash and marketable securities.

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For the quarter, Apple sold 48 million iPhones, up from 39.2 million in the year-ago quarter. iPad sales were down to 9.9 million from 12.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, and Mac sales rose to 5.7 million from 5.5 million.

For the full fiscal year, Apple generated $233.7 billion in sales, a new record for the firm, with $53.4 billion in net income.

“Fiscal 2015 was Apple’s most successful year ever, with revenue growing 28% to nearly $234 billion. This continued success is the result of our commitment to making the best, most innovative products on earth, and it’s a testament to the tremendous execution by our teams,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are heading into the holidays with our strongest product lineup yet, including iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch with an expanded lineup of cases and bands, the new iPad Pro and the all-new Apple TV which begins shipping this week.”

Apple’s guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 includes expected revenue of $75.5-77.5 billion and gross margin between 39 and 40 percent.

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27
Oct

Buzzfeed will skip SXSW unless cancelled gaming panels are reinstated


Inside The South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive FestivalOn Monday, the South by Southwest festival announced that it was nixing a pair of gaming-related panel discussions because a bunch of mouth-breathing, neck-bearded man-children threatened “on-site violence” in response. Tuesday, three Buzzfeed executives — EIC Ben Smith, President of Motion Pictures Ze Frank and Publisher Dao Nguyen penned a strongly worded letter to the festival, effectively demanding organizers put on their Big Boy pants and not be swayed by unsubstantiated threats. Otherwise, Buzzfeed would pull its entire staff from the event and at least a half dozen other unrelated panels. Good on you, Buzzfeed.

Source: Buzzfeed

27
Oct

The iPhone helped Apple to another quarter of record-breaking sales


Apple just announced its Q4 2015 financial results, and as usual it’s another big quarter for the iPhone. The company sold just over 48 million iPhones in Q4, up from 39.3 million one year ago. That’s despite the fact that the new iPhone 6s was only on sale for about one week of the quarter. The company says it also had the biggest quarter of Mac sales ever, with 5.7 million units sold — that’s up from 5.5 million in the year-ago quarter.

Source: Apple (Marketwatch), Apple

27
Oct

Twitter continues to struggle with attracting more users


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A lot has happened in the land of Twitter in the last few months. It has a new CEO (who really isn’t so new) in Jack Dorsey, who wasted no time in shaking things up in a quest for more users and, of course, more money. Since the last earnings report, Twitter has made a number of announcements towards that end: a curated Moments feed, tweet collections, polls, an updated OS X app and, well, more ads. There’s also talk that Twitter will try to be much more user-friendly going forward and might even perhaps do away with its 140-character limit. Which all sounds rather encouraging, but as the latest Q3 financials show, things aren’t quite so rosy just yet: It registered just 320 million monthly active users in the last quarter, which is 11 percent growth over this time last year and only a marginal increase over the 316 million in the previous quarter.

27
Oct

‘Detroit: Become Human’ is Quantic Dream’s debut PS4 game


Detroit is bouncing back from some absolutely devastating economic times, but Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream exists in an altogether different timeline. The team behind Heavy Rain is using the Motor City and its manufacturing legacy as a backdrop for its tale of an AI with human emotions, and the game is an extension of the studio’s “Kara” demo from a few years back. Aside from that, lead David Cage didn’t give an awful lot of info. Considering the studio’s pedigree, it isn’t too much of a stretch to assume the game will be highly cinematic, but that could also be a detriment. After all, the team’s last game, Beyond: Two Souls looked great in demos too, but fell a bit flat in terms of actual gameplay. Become Human isn’t the first time a game about androids and AI’s been set in Motown — Deus Ex: Human Revolution did that back in 2011.

Source: PlayStation (YouTube)

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