LG Looks to Bring webOS to Smartwatches

From DailyTech: Earlier this week, it was revealed that LG has a call-capable smartwatch in development that would follow the existing G Watch and G Watch R. At the time, we surmised that the device would likely continue to use the Android Wear operating system, but it looks like a new challenger has appeared.

$25 Firefox-powered Matchstick streaming adapter revealed

From PC World: Remember back in June when we told you about a Firefox OS-powered HDTV dongle that was in the works? Well, the device is almost here and it's called Matchstick, according to a blog post on Mozilla's site.

The new dongle is not the work of Mozilla, but the project does have the blessing of the open source organization, and it's not hard to see why. The company behind the dongle, also called Matchstick, is promising a 100 percent open platform for hardware and software, with no gatekeepers or review period for Matchstick apps.

Google to offer schools, students unlimited storage for free

From CNET: Google will soon offer a big perk -- unlimited data storage -- to lure schools and their students to its Google Apps suite of online services.

The Google Drive for Education is an upgrade from the earlier Google Apps for Education service, and like the predecessor, it's free. It will launch "in coming weeks," Ben Schrom, a Google product manager, said in a blog post Tuesday.

Microsoft Skips Right Over 9, Announces Windows 10

From DailyTech: Microsoft has been working on its successor to Windows 8.x, internally labeling the operating system Windows Threshold. Today, Microsoft has announced the official name of the shipping product: Windows 10.

We had been hoping for more “togetherness”, with perhaps “Windows One” being a good choice to signify the unification that is taking place with the next generation of Microsoft’s consumer operating system. However, as Windows Chief Terry Myerson joked, “Unfortunately, Windows 1 has been done.”

New Lenovo Yoga tablets, PCs due out for holiday season

From InfoWorld: Lenovo plans on releasing new Yoga tablets and hybrids in time for the end-of-year holiday season, with actor and venture capitalist Ashton Kutcher having a hand in the design and development of the products.

The "innovative and stylish" Yoga products "will become very popular presents for the holiday season," said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo's CEO, during a call on Monday

The Nexus 6 will be a Motorola-made whale of a phablet, claims most detailed report yet

From PC World: The giant fish tale of Google's Nexus 6 is getting less murky.

Android Police says it has "new information" confirming the phone will be called the Nexus 6 and sport a 5.9-inch Quad HD display—"Quad HD" typically equals 2560 x 1440 resolution—with 496 pixels-per-inch. That's even bigger than the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4, the standard bearer for Android phablets.

Tablet demand slows in wake of larger phones, cheaper notebooks

From CNET: Tablets just aren't as hot as they used to be, according to a report released Tuesday by NPD DisplaySearch.

Demand for tablets is slowing around the world, said the research firm, with shipments forecast to inch up only 2 percent in 2014 compared with 2013. The industry will ship 254 million tablets this year, a decline of 14 percent from NPD's previous estimate for 2014.

Further, growth will continue to remain in the single digits through 2018, with demand largely driven by people replacing their existing tablets.

Apple to Begin iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Sales in China October 17

From DailyTech: When Apple announced that it sold 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones during the first three days of availability, the sales tally didn’t look all that impressive compared to the 9 million iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones sold during the same period a year earlier. A closer examination of the details showed that neither of Apple’s new smartphones were available in China, which has become a huge market for the Cupertino, California-based company.

Samsung to offer PC gamers a 27-inch curved display

From PC World: Curved TVs were all the rage at CES last January. Now Samsung is hoping to entice PC gamers to pay a hefty premium for a 27-inch curved computer monitor. Where conventional consumer-oriented 27-inch displays with native resolution of 1920x1080 sell for as little as $220, Samsung thinks it can fetch $430 for its curved model SD590C.

Xbox One finally debuts in China

From CNET: Microsoft's Xbox One has finally landed in China, though at least a few popular games are off-limits due to government restrictions.

The launch kicked off Monday with a special limited edition of the gaming console dubbed "China Day One," according to Chinese website WPDang, as reported by WPCentral. Up for grabs across more than 4,000 retail outlets in China, this edition comes with the Kinect sensor and includes several free games, notably Kinect Sports Rivals, Forza Motorsport 5, Powerstar Golf, and Neverwinter Online.


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