LG flaunts curved 21:9 monitor, plus a display for gamers

From CNET: LG is flaunting its curves with a new, eye-popping 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor.

The company announced details about the monitor on Monday and noted that it will be shown off at the IFA trade show in Berlin in early September. The curved screen will be joined by two other monitors: a 4K display for professional use and a rapidly refreshing display for gamers.

Lumia 830 Gets Major Upgrades Including New 20.1 Megapixel Toshiba Sensor

From DailyTech: New images have been leaked of Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) upcoming midrange Lumia 830 device. The new smartphone is expected to be announced sometime in September, likely shipping late that month or in early October.

The new device is expected to have an aluminum frame, similar to the Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935) Galaxy Alpha. While it can't quite keep up with much higher priced premium devices such as the Galaxy Alpha, the Lumia 820 is nonetheless a major upgrade over its predecessor, the Lumia 820.

Do you actually use your car's voice command system?

Yes, all the time
13% (16 votes)
Buttons are better
50% (62 votes)
My car does not have voice recognition
37% (45 votes)
Total votes: 123

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK Review (Page 1 of 12)

If you live in Markham, Ontario or Richmond, BC, it is easy to identify vehicles driven by what we call a "C-Lai". Now, what the heck is a "C-Lai"? To put it in terms most people can understand, a C-Lai is a Cantonese term that roughly translates to the American equivalent of a soccer mom. They are usually some forty-year-old Chinese woman who does not have a job; their daily routine involves making trips between the supermarket, their kids' school and any after school activities, as well as the houses of other nearby C-Lais to rant about their husbands, or show off how amazing their kids are academically. For poorer C-Lais, they typically drive dinged up -- usually caused by their poor driving skills in mall parking lots -- beige Toyota Corollas or Camrys. For richer C-Lais, they usually roll around in a brand new Mercedes C, E, GLK, or ML class. But here is always one thing in common: Their license plates almost always have 888 in there, or some variant of it, like 048, 168, or 668. In case you do not know what 048, 168, 668, or 888 mean, basically, it sounds like "especially prosperous", "all the way to prosperity", "every road leads to prosperity", and just "prosperity" times three, respectively, in Cantonese. Now, I did not grow up in a superstitious household, nor am I superstitious myself (We do not have any of those numbers in our license plates, phone numbers, etc), but because it is so ingrained in our culture, everyone knows about the implications of these numbers right off the bat. When Gigabyte released their Black Edition motherboards with 168 hour durability testing, I could not help but get a good laugh out of it. In reality, 168 hours translate to exactly one week, with nothing to do with cultural superstitions. But will it still be the start of something good? We took in a GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK to find out.

Ebay may begin accepting Bitcoin payments via its Braintree platform

From PC World: Several large and notable companies have started accepting Bitcoin in recent months including Dell, Dish, Expedia, and Overstock. But the crypto-currency may be on the verge of snagging its biggest supporter yet: eBay.

The online commerce giant is reportedly in talks with Bitcoin transaction providers to allow Bitcoin payments on eBay-owned payment processor Braintree, according to The Wall Street Journal. Yes, in the coming months you may be able to pay for your Github subscription and Uber rides via Bitcoin.

Major Xbox One update rolls out to preview members

From CNET: Microsoft has begun rolling out its latest Xbox One update promising a hefty number of new features and enhancements.

The update is making its way to Xbox Live consoles now. However, it's targeted only to people who are part of the Xbox Live preview program, which lets you test out the latest updates ahead of the general Xbox One population. Announced in February, the preview program is available to select Xbox Live subscribers through invitation.

Windows Phone, BlackBerry Smartphone Market Share Falls to 2.5%, 0.5% Respectively

From DailyTech: In late July, IDC provided us with figures detailing the top 5 smartphone vendors worldwide. Samsung found itself atop the list, having shipped 74.3 million smartphones during Q2 2014.

Cisco slashing up to 6,000 jobs

From InfoWorld: Cisco Systems will cut as many as 6,000 jobs over the next 12 months, saying it needs to shift resources to growing businesses such as cloud, software, and security.

The move will be a reorganization rather than a net reduction, the company said. It needs to cut jobs because the product categories where it sees the strongest growth, such as security, require special skills, so it needs to make room for workers in those areas, it said.

Lenovo sells more smartphones than PCs, net profit up 23 percent

From PC World: Lenovo’s growing presence in PCs and smartphones helped the company’s net profit grow 23 percent in the second quarter.

The company reported Thursday that its net profit reached US$214 million, while quarterly revenue increased 18 percent year-over-year to $10.4 billion.

Although better known as a PC maker, Lenovo has been making major gains selling mobile handsets in its home market of China. It is now the country’s largest smartphone vendor with a 12.5 percent share of the market, according to research firm IDC.

LTE version of LG's tablet launches

From CNET: An 8-inch tablet is hitting store shelves for those who prefer an LTE option for an Android-based device.

LG on Thursday announced the launch of the LTE version of its G Pad 8.0 tablet. The device, which looks exactly the same as its previously announced Wi-Fi-only G Pad 8.0, comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It has 16GB of onboard storage, as well as a 1GB of RAM and a microSD slot for additional storage. It sports a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing lens.

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