Fnatic Gear Flick G1 Review (Page 1 of 4)

"You are such a nerd," said Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Kwan, "you have become one of those people." Being called a nerd is not something new to me, but being called one of "those people" is. To give some context, this was his response when I told him I spent much of my day watching the recent League of Legends playoffs and a Counter Strike: Global Operation tournament. I have been watching professional streaming games since last year, starting with North American League Championship Series every weekend. Some people may not see these people as "professional", especially as they think they just game all day. However, there is some big money to be earned in the world of professional gaming. For example, the 2015 Dota 2 championship, also known as The International, garnered an $18 million prize pool. In addition, there are actually quite a few e-sports organizations that cross over multiple games. I know today's sender of our products, Fnatic, for their League of Legends team, but of course they have teams for other games such as CS:GO and Dota 2. Most recently however, they showed off their newest acquisition. Rather than adding a new game to their organization, they unveiled a new lineup of gaming peripherals. We have seen gaming companies endorse certain products, but this is the first times I have seen an e-sports team produce their own peripherals. Today, we have the first of several Fnatic Gear products, their Flick G1. How will it fair in everyday use, and more importantly, games? Hopefully today's review will answer this question and more, so read on to find out!

Motorola's former president returns to Google to head new hardware division

From InfoWorld: Rick Osterloh may no longer be head of Motorola, but he'll still be plenty involved with Android hardware. Recode reports that the former president has been officially hired by Google to run its hardware division.

Rovi to acquire TiVo for $1.1 billion

From PC World: Online entertainment listings company Rovi plans to acquire digital video recording firm TiVo for US$1.1 billion in a stock and cash deal, the companies said Friday.

TiVo has cloud-based technology for integrating live, recorded, on-demand and Internet television into one user interface, with search, discovery, viewing and recording options from a variety of devices. Its technology has been deployed by operators such as Virgin Media and Vodafone Spain.

Amazon posts big profit

From CNET: Amazon, a company known for spending like a drunken sailor, appears to have sobered up. At least for now.

The world's largest online retailer on Thursday reported unexpectedly strong sales and earnings in the first quarter, blowing out analysts' projections and driving shares up more than 12 percent after hours. Big gains in its Amazon Web Services cloud-computing business helped the company report its fourth-straight profitable quarter and its best-ever quarterly profit.

Smartphone shipments dip as iPhone ‘fatigue’ sets in and China reaches saturation

From PC World: The global smartphone market saw its first year-on-year decline in the first quarter of this year, with both Samsung Electronics and Apple shipping fewer phones, according to a research firm.

Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually to 334.6 million from 345 million units in the first quarter of 2015, Strategy Analytics said late Wednesday.

It attributed the decline to slowing smartphone growth because of increasing saturation in major markets like China and consumer caution about the future of the world economy.

HTC said to be crafting two Nexus phones for 2016

From CNET: In 2015, we were treated to two Google Nexus devices in the LG made 5X and Huawei's 6P. Rumours are now circulating that 2016 will also see two Nexus smartphones, this time both made by HTC.

Evleaks, real name Evan Blass, has a history of leaking accurate information and on Thursday tweeted, "HTC is building a pair of Android N devices for Google internally dubbed MI and S1." Android N is Google's yet-to-be released operating system, following 6.0 Marshmallow.

Intel looks to replace headphone jacks with Type-C connector

From ComputerWorld: Intel this week revealed plans to create an upgraded USB Type-C connector that would enable audio input and output, potentially replacing the long-standard 3.5 millimeter headphone jack used in today's electronic devices.

Intel, which revealed its plans during a lecture at its Intel Developers Forum (IDF) in Shenzhen, China, also believes USB Type-C would simplify connections of multi-channel audio equipment to various devices.

HTC doubles down on virtual reality with new Vive X accelerator

From ComputerWorld: HTC on Tuesday announced it will lead a $100 million virtual reality accelerator fund to cultivate the VR ecosystem by supporting startups.

The move could be another boost to the development of enterprise applications and uses for VR, analysts said. VR is already being used in areas such as the training of surgeons, astronauts and combat troops who can use VR to simulate conditions and challenges they will face in the future.

IBM lines up all-flash storage to help power cognitive computing

From InfoWorld: IBM is expanding its flash storage lineup to power cloud data centers that carry out so-called cognitive computing.

The company's newest FlashSystem arrays, introduced Wednesday, combine its fast and relatively affordable FlashCore technology with a scale-out architecture designed to be easy to expand.

Nintendo's mysterious 'NX' gaming platform to be launched in March 2017

From PC World: Nintendo's new gaming platform, codenamed NX, will be launched worldwide in March next year, the company said Wednesday without providing any further information on the new console that has been shrouded in secrecy.

"For our dedicated video game platform, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed 'NX' with a brand-new concept," the gaming console company said while announcing its annual results.

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