Developers begin work on LibreOffice for Android

From InfoWorld: Two companies have started working on a full-featured version of the free office suite LibreOffice for Android. They hope to have a beta version available in March.

It's too soon to say what features will be included in the beta version, said Italo Vignoli, spokesman at the Document Foundation, which leads the development. A series of beta builds with increasing advanced functionality will then be released over time. The foundation didn't say when it expected LibreOffice for Android to become generally available.

Razer starts shipping the Nabu X, a stylish fitness band for cheap

From PC World: Razer is ready to ship its Nabu X, a $50 fitness band that counts steps, tracks sleep, and provides basic notification alerts. It's available now through Razer's online store.

The functionality is similar to other $50 trackers from Jawbone and Misfit, but without the round, watch-like sensor in the middle. Razer's sensor is slimmer and fits entirely within the Nabu X's narrow band.

Twitter launches group messages, 30-second video sharing

From CNET: Twitter is expanding the features of its apps and website yet again, this time adding group messages and 30-second videos.

In November, Twitter said it would create a way for people to privately send messages to a group of people -- instead of just to individuals -- as well as expand its video offerings. Starting Tuesday, those features will be available to customers on most devices, including those from Apple and those powered by Google's Android operating system.

Microsoft Smartphone Sales Up 28 Percent as Lumia Budget Models Gain Ground

From DailyTech: Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) announced its earnings yesterday after hours for its Q2FY2015, which ended Dec. 31, 2014. Hidden in that earnings report were some barometers of the health of its Windows operating system in the smartphone space.

While Microsoft has a growing contingent of up-and-coming smartphone makers embracing Windows as a smartphone OS option, the majority of its sales are still driven by its in-house unit, which it purchased from Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) in a deal completed in April 2014.

Google defends policy that leaves most Android devices unpatched

From InfoWorld: Google on Friday defended its decision to stop patching WebView, a core component of Android, on versions older than 4.4, aka "KitKat," saying that the huge code base is unsafe to fix.

AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico assets for $1.9 billion

From PC World: AT&T has agreed to acquire mobile carrier Nextel Mexico for UDS$1.9 billion from parent company NII Holdings, in an effort by AT&T to win a larger slice of the Mexican mobile market, the company announced Monday.

The deal includes all NII’s mobile assets in Mexico, including spectrum licenses, network facilities, retail stores and 3 million customers, AT&T said in a press release.

NII, based in Reston, Virginia, filed for bankruptcy in U.S. court in September. The company also operates mobile networks in Argentina and Brazil.

Apple, Samsung to remain bedfellows for next iPhone -- report

From CNET: Though bitter rivals, Apple and Samsung are showing no signs of scrapping their relationship in the mobile chip business, according to a new report.

Samsung, which builds consumer electronics as well as processors, will provide 75 percent of the chips that Apple will need in its next iPhone, South Korea-based Maeil Business Newspaper reported Monday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the companies' plans. Samsung will produce the chips, believed to be dubbed A9, at its factory in Austin, Texas, the report says.

Microsoft to Close Nokia Store, May Lose Over a Hundred Thousand Apps

From DailyTech: Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is navigating a high risk transition for its low end smartphones and feature phones in coming weeks. In winding down its relationship with Finnish tech veteran Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V)), Microsoft will close the Nokia Store (aka the "Ovi App Store") and kill the Symbian Xpress browser, replacing them with the Opera Mini browser and Opera Mobile Store from Norway's Opera Software ASA (STO:OPERAO).

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Noctua NH-D9L Review (Page 1 of 4)

It is amazing how quickly people seem to be discontent with the sizes of technology products. For one, smartphones are getting larger and larger, as more people are buying into the phablet motion. In fact, three years ago, standard flagship phones like the LG Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S III, and HTC One X were all around 4.7". In comparison, the iPhone 5 launched in 2012 had only a 4" screen, up from the previous generation of 3.5". Nowadays, flagship phones are at least five inches, if not larger. Obviously, one of the reasons behind this is the fact there is demand for larger phones. As such, it seems the Sony are one of the few companies still putting high end specs in small phones like the Xperia Z3 Compact, which features a "tiny" 4.6" screen (Heck, even the regular iPhone 6 is bigger). On the flip side, things like custom computers seem to be slimming down. The ATX motherboard has been the de facto for most custom computer owners, with mATX found in pre-built desktops. However, people are now pushing for ITX-sized builds and HTPCs, where building their computers with the smallest physical footprint possible is important. This is also apparent in OEM desktops, with computers like the HP Stream and Pavilion Mini. While these can be expected to perform relatively similarly to the nettops from back in 2008, it is still amazing how tiny these computers have shrunken to. With sizes changing back and forth, electronic and component manufacturers have to find ways to adapt their current products to these constraints. Today's review of the Noctua NH-D9L is one prime example. This 95mm cooler is intended for media PCs, and can fit in HTPC builds quite nicely. We have seen Noctua CPU coolers before, as they have always been great with their quality and performance, so how will the NH-D9L fit in? Will it be the Xperia Z3 Compact of fans, with performance at a small size? Let us read on to find out!


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