Verizon takes top spot in network quality report, T-Mobile gains ground

From CNET: Verizon topped the charts in network quality, according to the latest report from RootMetrics, a company that independently tests wireless networks.

T-Mobile also jumped in RootMetrics' rankings, beating Sprint for third place nationwide in terms of overall quality.

"Verizon has recaptured the top spot in speed, while AT&T has slipped a little," Bill Moore, CEO for RootMetrics, said in an interview. "Overall the companies are neck and neck. When it comes to reliability, AT&T is getting closer to parity with Verizon."

New AMD Fusion-Based Laptop From HP to Pack a Punch at $199

From DailyTech: Germany's Mobile Geeks has leaked the spec sheet of an intriguing new 14-inch laptop from Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ), dubbed the "HP Stream Notebook PC". The new laptop is priced at $199 USD and is one of the new Windows 8.1 laptops in Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) push to counter the growing success of low-cost Chromebooks, laptops powered by Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Linux-based Chrome OS.

XTracGear Carbonic Review (Page 1 of 4)

Recently, I was contacted by one of my friends to go to see the latest Marvel hit, “Guardians of the Galaxy” (On a side note, there seems to be a lot of Marvel appearing in my review introductions, but trust me, this was not planned). If you know me, I generally do not actually enjoy going to the theaters, because I would much rather enjoy watching from the comfort of my own home. However, going to the theaters with friends is still much better than watching a movie by yourself in front of the TV. I also heard about this movie and the positive reviews it was garnering from movie critics, and thus on both of these reasons, I decided to go. Two hours before the movie, the same friend texted everyone to meet at the cinema half an hour before the movie began. Then an hour later, she suddenly decided she would not be able to attend. At this, I was stunned. I could not and still do not understand why anyone would coordinate a group event, and not show up in the end. Now, of course, they may have an emergency to attend to, but this was not the case. Luckily, the movie was good enough to not be too annoyed, but it was still confusing nonetheless. And why do I bring this up? When XTracGear released their latest line of mousepads, including the revised Ripper line, they also revealed a smaller, never seen before mousepad called the Carbonic. With all the positive things we have seen from XTracGear/XTracPads in the past, will this mousepad keep up the reputation by showing up and impressing us at the party? Or will it suddenly turn shy, and remain absent in its performance? Let’s read on to find out!

Google acquires Jetpac to boost image recognition know-how, killing apps

From PC World: Google has acquired Jetpac, known for image recognition and processing.

Jetpac wrote on its website that it’s joining Google, and would be removing its app from the App Store in the coming days. The company will stop offering support on Sept. 15, it said. Google confirmed the deal but had nothing to add to what Jetpac wrote, a spokeswoman said via email.

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.

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