When Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat late last year, we were told that it would be the version that unifies Android across low and high-end devices, but a few months in and we are still waiting to see that happen. A new report from Android Developers is showing that KitKat holds just 1.8-percent of the Android market share, while Android Jelly Bean continues to grow its market share.
Android 4.1x, 4.2x, and 4.3 make up about 60-percent of the total Android market share, while 2.3.3-7 makes up 20-percent. Android ICS comes in second with 16.1-percent followed by KitKat at 1.8-percent. Froyo owns 1.3-percent and Android 3.2 Honeycomb only holds onto about 0.1-percent. With the major carriers just now beginning to update devices like the HTC one to 4.4, its only a matter of time until 4.4 becomes the dominate power house. I suspect that by the end of the summer 4.4 will be above 30-percent.
A new report has surfaced that unveils some interesting information about talks between Sony and Apple way back in 2001 that could have seen an Apple operating system on the company's VAIO product. The report from Nobuyuki Hayashi reminisces back to an interview between Hayashi and ex-Sony president Kunitake Ando who spilled the beans on a 2001 meeting between Steve Jobs and himself on a golf course.
Ando recalls that after a round of golf with several Sony executives, Steve Jobs and other Apple employees greeted him at the end of the golf course and were holding a Sony VAIO PC that was running Mac OS. The report states that Jobs liked Sony's VAIO line so much that he offered to make an exception to his "No Mac clone rule" just for Sony. Unfortunately, this was also around the time that Sony was beginning to see its VAIO line skyrocket with Windows, and the cards never fell into place for a VAIO-branded Mac PC.
Today, Linksys announced a new network attached storage system that is aimed at small to medium businesses that have a need for network video recording. The new LNR0208C is a standalone NVR system and is based on a Marvell 2GHz processor and a custom OS based on Linux. The device supports Linksys' full line of IP cameras as well as third-party cameras that utilize the ONVIF profile S standard.
The LNR0208C is capable of recording up to eight video streams at once and features remote live-view and playback capabilities. Additionally the device is capable of being linked up with any other NVR on the network to provide additional storage capacity. The LNR0208C features two hot-swappable bays for up to 8TB of storage capacity, with additional connectivity via dual eSATA ports, three USB 2.0 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet. The device also features four digital in and two digital out ports for connecting sensors and alarms that would trigger video recording.
Borderlands 2 is one of the most popular games released in the last few years, and with a massive fan base that has continued to grow over the last 15 months, there's no wonder why Gearbox has continued to release DLC for the game. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and this morning the developer announced that the last DLC for Borderlands 2 will be released after its upcoming DLC on February 11th.
Next week, for $2.99, Borderlands 2 fans will get a new Head Hunter pack named Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre. The DLC is focused around the two of the worlds big families and you have to play cupid. Moxxi will send you on a quest to obtain ingredients for love potion that will be used to unite the families. Shortly after the Moxxi DLC releases, the final DLC for Borderlands 2 will drop, and will be yet another Head Hunter pack titled Sir Hammerlock and the Son of Crawmerax. Some reports suggest that this could come as early as late March or Early April.
Hot off of its acquisition of OCZ, Toshiba has unveiled a new home cloud storage product line named Canvio Home. The new home NAS series is designed to compete directly with Western Digital's My Cloud series of devices, and to provide a quick and easy solution to those users who need home network storage, but do not want to go the DIY Route.
Toshiba says that the Canvio Home series works with Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices as well. Toshiba has built dedicated apps for the Canvio line which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play to allow remote access to your device when not at home. Additionally, Toshiba says that the Canvio Home series is DLNA certified, and is capable of streaming media to any TV or other device that supports DLNA streaming.
The Canvio Home series of NAS devices come in 2TB and 3TB flavors an are available now for under $300 for the top model. With more personal cloud storage devices coming out every month, I am betting that these prices will drop over the next year to something close to external HDD pricing, if previous storage trends are any indication.
With recent reports stating that the successor to the HTC One, the M8, will not be arriving until early to mid March, many loyal HTC fans are a little let down to say the least. This morning does bring a little hope into their lives though as a newly leaked photo of the M8 has surfaced online and it is quite interesting.
If true, the HTC M8 (or HTC One 2) will feature a similar form factor with an alloy chassis that made its predecessor one of the best Android-based smartphones ever released. What is extremely interesting however, is that the M8 appears to feature dual rear cameras as well as dual LED flashes. The image was leaked by Twitter user @htcfamily_ru, and appears to be legit. If real, this debunks rumors that suggested the M8 would feature a fingerprint scanner and rear buttons similar to the LG G Pro. Also noteworthy is the absence of any Beats Audio logo, which means that the partnership is truly over between Beats by Dre and HTC.
By now most of you know that I live, eat, breath and sleep 3D printing, and its a hobby that I have enjoyed for the better part of a decade now. A few months ago during an interview with Sixense CEO, Amir Rubin, I was let in on a little project they were working on called MakeVR. Then just a few weeks ago at CES 2014 I had the chance to take a private demo of this software, and it turned my idea of 3D modeling for 3D printing upside down. Today Sixense launched the crowdfunding campaign for MakeVR on Kickstarter.
If Sixense's STEM system revolutionized the way we play games in Virtual Reality, then MakeVR will forever change the way we model 3D objects using VR. MakeVR is being billed as the worlds first immersive 3D modeling application that makes content creation for 3D printing natural, intuitive, and most importantly, fun! Over my years in the hobby, I have used or tried to use just about every 3D modeling program out there, and what I found is that many programs require a degree from a university just to be able to create anything more complex than a cube or sphere. With MakeVR things are so simple and natural that a kid can use the program to create very complex objects with little instruction.
Last week, Facebook unveiled its new iOS app called 'Paper', but now we have design-focused startup, FiftyThree, accusing Facebook publicly for using their brand name.
FiftyThree then decided to take action to protect its brand name, applying for a trademark for the term "Paper," which was filed on January 30 - the day that Facebook announced Paper. FiftyThree already owns "Paper by FiftyThree", but only recently moved to protect the term "Paper", something Facebook has jumped on obviously.
Where to from here? According to trademark lawyers Roberto Ledesma and Victor Cardona says that trademarks, in some instances, are use-based. Cardona says: "just by using a mark in a particular field, you've got rights. Some are state-based and some are federal-based, but if I start using a mark before you in the same area of goods or services, I've got rights to the mark over you".
Lockheed Martin has fired the highest powered laser ever tested, with its new 30-kilowatt electric fiber laser. The record-breaking power output was reached by combining many fiber lasers into a single, near-perfect quality beam of light.
This is called Spectrum Beam Combining, which sends beams from multiple fiber laser modules, which each have their own unique wavelength. Combining them all into one super-powerful, high-quality beam. Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Senior VP and CTO of Lockheed Martin says: "Lockheed Martin has opened the aperture for high power, electrically driven laser systems suitable for military applications. Advancements in available laser components, along with the maturity and quality of our innovative beam-combining technology, support our goal of providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for use on military platforms such as aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks".
The company is aiming for a portable laser solution, with this being a step in that direction. Lockheed Martin received funding from the US Army, which is also working on laser mounted weapons with Boeing.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Konstantin who is based in Australia, with the following question.
Q: I have a PCI-E 2.0 mobo and a Saphire HD 6960 2GB video card that is running 3x27" screens. It can pull most games on medium in an Eyefinity, however, I would love to upgrade so that I can run it at High or Ultra settings.
I have been considering getting a new video card, however, I don't know whether I should go all out and buy a whole new PCI-E 3.0 setup, seeing that it is x2 the speed of a PCI-E 2.0 or just buy a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti for my PCI-E 2.0 mobo and deal with whatever performance I get out of it.
A: You can view the answer to Konstantins' question right here.