You've probably never heard of the Gionee brand at all, but the Chinese company is preparing to launch its Elife E7 smartphone, which features a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is based on Google's Android OS.
What makes it special is a two-part attack, it will be the first smartphone to feature the 2.5GHz-clocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, as well as the 'most-sensitive' 16-megapixel rear-camera. This is thanks to the Largan M8 lens and 1/2.3-inch sensor with a big 1.34µm pixels. Gionee is bragging that its camera is already better than the unreleasded, unannounced Galaxy S5 from Samsung.
You would think that if you walked into the Google HQ, that you'd see Chromebooks sprawled everywhere, but that is not the case. Google's OS of choice, is Apple's Mac OS X platform, with the company imposing Mac use to all its employees.
The company supports most operating systems, including Windows, Linux and its own Chrome OS. Google System Engineer, Clay Caviness, says: "There was a time when Macs were a small part of the Google fleet, but as of now if you start at Google and want to use a platform other than Mac you have to make a business case."
I can see where Google is coming from, Macs are great, and overall, more 'stable' than Windows. I think this is in part to Macs being more secure, and its user base is nowhere near the size of Windows' user base. But, everyone has their preferences. Google's Chairman, Eric Schmidt, had some interesting things to say about the 'superiority' of Macs versus PCs, where he compared Android devices with Macs.
Valve is holding its Autumn Sale, throwing a bunch of games on special. Currently, you can pick up games like Dead Island for $4.99, which is a huge 75% off its usual price of $19.99.
If you haven't picked up System Shock 2 yet (what's wrong with you?!) it's up for sale for just $2.49, down from $9.99. Killing Floor is also 75% off, down from $19.99 to $4.99. If you want to pick up some games, you should keep checking these Autumn Sales out. There'll be some new games discounted in around 18 hours time.
Google Play Music All Access is already here, and with a name that is far too long, but it looks like it will use the YouTube side of its business to launch another music streaming service, aimed at a younger crowd, according to Android Police.
Android Police dug right into YouTube's innards, finding references to a "Music Pass" service, as well as references to background music playback, offline playback, and an ad-free listening experience. It has been rumored before that Google would launch another music streaming service through YouTube, but it looks like this is going to happen sooner, rather than later.
According to John Dinsdale, an analyst at market research Synergy, Amazon "dwarfs all competition" when it comes to cloud computing. Considering the total cloud computing market pulled in a total revenue of $2.5 billion in Q3 alone, this is a big market.
Amazon took most of this revenue, growing its own cloud revenues by 55%, as well as increasing its overall market share. The problem is, Amazon doesn't report just how much money it makes in the cloud, as it throws its cloud-based revenue into the "other revenue" category. It's estimated that Amazon will generate over $3 billion from its cloud business this year.
This hasn't stopped Synergy from pushing out estimates that Amazon had cloud revenues of around $700 million, making Amazon's cloud business more profitable than that of Microsoft, IBM, Google and Salesforce.com... combined, by 15%.
There's one restaurant in Israel that is offering 50% discount for its diners, if they turn their smartphones off while they dine. Restaurant owner Jawdat Ibrahim told Time that he has this offer for this diners, because he is disgusted with the changed culture of eating.
Where people will sit at the table, on their smartphones, and not paying attention to their friends, family and loved ones at the table next to, or across from them. I hope that more restaurants around the world begin to offer this, it would be a nice change.
Lian Li has a sexy new case in prototype form, and has taken to our forums to show it off. The new case is the LC-A51, which is built to handle water cooling, has great cable management, and has a tool-less HDD system.
Lian Li has pushed the PSU down into the front, which is a weird, yet nice change, and allows the case to be a little smaller than usual. Even with this little shrink, it will still pack a punch in terms of the hardware that will fit inside. As for the look, it's a beautiful anodized black, which not only looks great, but feels great to the touch. Inside we have a black and red interior, which looks slick.
What do you think of this new prototype chassis from Lian Li? Let us know in the comments, or on the forums!
It looks like Netflix is having issues pushing out its content to its massive user base, and because of that, Netflix is not able to push it all out in what it calls "Super HD", or 1080p.
Netflix's stream gets pushed out to you as soon as possible, but not in its full-resolution glory. This is done so that you're not sitting there watching it buffer for minutes on end, but as soon as the stream is capable of delivering 1080p video, it will switch over. If the bandwidth slows down, the resolution will drop and the buffering of Super HD will begin again.
This is all done to keep you, the content consumer, with a full show always - instead of buffering constantly, not being able to enjoy the latest episode of Orange is the New Black, or House of Cards. The bigger question I have, is that Netflix wants to push Ultra HD, or 4K, content to the masses, but if it's tripping over the network cables in its servers trying to deliver Full HD, with issues, what will Ultra HD cause?
A Southwest Airlines plane full of passengers had quite the surprise trip, where Mario himself jumped on board and handed out free Nintendo Wii U consoles to each and every passenger.
I think this has multiple parts which need to be discussed - the first, is good guy Nintendo, handing out free consoles - this is just great. Secondly, it's perfect timing, because the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have launched. Third, it's a completely random act of generosity on Nintendo's part. I wish I was on that flight, that's for sure.
Better yet, an actual Nintendo representative states that the console is for ages 5-95, which is great - another point for the Wii U console.
If it's one company having issues with production lately, it's Apple. Apple's new Retina iPad mini has been having supply issues since it launched earlier in the month, with the company reportedly struggling with low display yields.
Multiple analysts have said that the Retina iPad mini production would be at around two million units for Q4 2013, but DigiTimes has something else to say about that. DigiTimes is claiming that production issues are all but ironed out, and that Apple is pushing ahead with orders scaling up to four million units for the month of November.
Obviously it is the holiday shopping season, and Apple needs something to sell, DigiTimes has said: "As bottlenecks in making components for the iPad mini with Retina have gradually been removed, Apple has increase orders in November to nearly four million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Currently, Apple's orders for the iPad mini with Retina have already surpassed those for the first-generation iPad mini, the sources noted."