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.

LG Prepares Yet Another Smartwatch, Readies Call-capable Model for Sprint/Verizon

From DailyTech: Although LG doesn’t have nearly as many smartwatches as its home market rival, Samsung, the company appears to be on the verge of releasing its third smartwatch. The company announced the G Watch in June, and launched the device the following month. The company announced the G Watch R late in August, but that model is not yet available (and no official launch date has been announced).

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Func KB-460 (Cherry MX Blue) Review

When my colleague Aaron Lai linked to my Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5-B3 introduction regarding the "hypothetical" Javad character in his Kingston HyperX Cloud review two weeks ago, it came to me how ironic the world can be. For one thing, I described a teaching assistant as "underpaid graduate students who are overworked slaves to Dr. WhoeverHisNameIs". Well, as I sit here writing this review, I can no longer endorse that comment. The reason is simple. Three and a half years after that review was published, I am now a graduate student, who is -- by the way of all irony -- a teaching assistant. Because I stepped into the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program right I finished my university degree, and being Asian and all, I can easily get away with looking like an undergraduate student. Recently, I attended a lecture for the class I am helping out with. I quietly sat at the back, and all the other students simply thought I was one of their classmates. Half way through the session, the professor introduced me as the TA. Suddenly, everyone turned around with an essence of awe, while I smiled and waved at their visibly surprised faces. As you can see here, it really does not matter if I look like one of them, the fact is, I am not. As we discuss yet again on the concept of appearance versus reality, here what I want to get through to you today: Did APH Networks not already review the Func KB-460? We absolutely did. However, the original KB-460 came with Cherry MX Red switches. The KB-460 we are reviewing today may look exactly the same, but underneath the keycaps are Blue switches instead. Just because something looks the same on the surface, does not mean they really are. Read on to find out if this ostensibly identical keyboard can roll out a different rating in our evaluation today!

Genius GX Gaming Maurus X Review (Page 1 of 4)

As you may have read in my past review of the XTracGear Ripper, my family and I were looking for a car. After countless trips between the kitchen table and the Toyota dealership, we finally picked a car. The sleek new design and reliability of the 2015 Corolla S won us over. However, there were still many decisions to make after deciding on the model. We had to choose a color, the package we wanted, accessories, and payment options. With certain colors only available with certain packages, this painted a great big cloud above my head; no pun intended. This was not to mention all the accessories the dealership quite literally tried to push onto the table. They placed 3M samples, body side moldings, and door sill protectors in front of us. In the end, we chose the shiny Slate Metallic with an upgrade package. The final decision we had to make was all based on personal preferences, but could be summed up in two words: Form versus function. For me, my car has to look good, but more so, it has to be reliable and feel good at the same time. I feel the same applies to a mouse. As a tool that is essential in everyday computer use, a mouse must be both aesthetically pleasing and reliable. If the mouse had hands, they would have to fit in mine like it was made just for me, or meant to be. The candidate today in question is the Maurus X from Genius GX Gaming. GX Gaming was started by Genius back in 2011 to provide consumers with a customizable gaming gear at an affordable price tag. Clearly, the Maurus X does not look like your traditional two button left and right click mouse. With looks to boot, will it be the mouse with performance and reliability to stay on my desk? Let us find out.

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