Business, Enterprise, Opinion, VR World

TGI Fridays' Mistletoe Drone Stunt Ends The Obvious Way

TGI Fridays' Mistletoe Drone - 6

The “Mobile Mistletoe” drones TGI Fridays was using for its seasonal promotion ended up taking the tip off of a photographer’s nose and a slice on the chin.

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Android, Apple, Business, Companies, Guides, Hardware, Holiday Shopping Guides, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Opinion, Software Programs, VR World, Windows Phone

Five Best Smartphones of 2014

Although the growth of the high-end Smartphone segment has declined of late, there have been some truly remarkable devices launched this year.

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Android, Apple, Business, Companies, Entertainment, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Opinion, Software Programs, VR World, Windows Phone

HTC Brilliantly Mocks the Smartphone Sizzle Video

HTC Behind The Scenes Sizzle 980

In an age of where we get these fantastic and whimsical smartphone sizzle videos, HTC satirically breaks down for us what goes into making a sizzle video.

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Analysis, Android, Business, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Opinion, Software Programs

Samsung Fires Back, Sues Nvidia and Velocity Micro

The patent wars continue, with Samsung firing back at Nvidia after they were sued by Nvidia for infringing upon their GPU patents, using Qualcomm chips.

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Analysis, Business, Cloud Computing, Opinion, Technology Security, VR World

Ted Cruz Falsely Likens Net Neutrality to Obamacare

Ted Cruz Net Neutrality

In a new political move by the Senator, Ted Cruz has likened Net Neutrality to Obamacare after the President announced his support for a Title II status.

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Gaming, Graphics, Guides, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, Opinion, VR World

Guide: Best Custom Gaming System Under $2000

Custom Gaming Build Guide

We take a look at the latest and greatest custom gaming machine for under $2,000 including the price of a new keyboard, monitor and mouse.

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Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, Opinion, VR World

Will We Ever Have Something As Beautiful As The Voodoo Omen Again?

When I think back on what I view as the most gorgeous PC I always come to the last version of classic Voodoo Omen.

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Analysis, Business, Opinion, VR World

Comcast Posts Surreal Response to FCC Comments

Comcast Opposition FCC Comments

As a response to the thousands of comments on the FCC’s website pertaining to the Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) merger, Comcast has released a public statement as a part of a blog post on the company’s own site detailing its side of the merger (really an acquisition, but acquisition is a dirty word). In the company’s own post is links to its official response to the FCC Comments with a 300+ page document that supposedly addresses the concerns and refutes others. The document features sections titled: THE TRANSACTION WILL PROVIDE SUBSTANTIAL PUBLIC INTEREST BENEFITS, AND CHALLENGES TO THESE BENEFITS ARE WITHOUT MERIT Featuring Answers

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Analysis, Mobile Computing, Opinion

AT&T-Vodafone Venture: Good Times Ahead For Global Mobile Industry?

The world’s mobile industry is on the brink of a major shakeup. With European Vodafone Group (LON: VOD) having divested its stake in US carrier Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) , the stage is open for a possible deal with yet another American player, AT&T (NYSE: T). Sources close to both Vodafone and AT&T have said that executives from the two companies are laying the groundwork for a possible acquisition, merger or partnership, which will boost the combined network’s coverage to about 500 million subscribers — second only to China Mobile’s (HKG: 0941) 740 million. In a deal estimated to reach US$175 billion at Vodafone’s current market capitalization, AT&T is

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Opinion, Rumors, VR World

Vaio To Unveil New Tablet PC?

Vaio may have shown its determination to get back into the tech market in Japan, but we haven’t really heard anything about any international plans or announcements by the company. Until now it seems, as the company might just have a surprise in store for everyone next month. Vaio gave an indirect, but not-so-cryptic announcement recently of its participation as a sponsor in the upcoming Adobe Max 2014 next month. Within the description of the company at the official event website, it announced that it “will showcase a prototype tablet PC designed by and designed for creative professionals”. The announcement did not just hint, but

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Opinion, Rumors, VR World

Vaio To Unveil New Tablet PC?

Vaio may have shown its determination to get back into the tech market in Japan, but we haven’t really heard anything about any international plans or announcements by the company. Until now it seems, as the company might just have a surprise in store for everyone next month. Vaio gave an indirect, but not-so-cryptic announcement recently of its participation as a sponsor in the upcoming Adobe Max 2014 next month. Within the description of the company at the official event website, it announced that it “will showcase a prototype tablet PC designed by and designed for creative professionals”. The announcement did not just hint, but

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Analysis, Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan, Opinion

Japanese Research Takes Another Look At Violent Video Games

Does violence in games really have an effect on gamers after all? A recent study at the University of Tokyo reopens this long time issue in video games, albeit with a little twist. If you’re a gamer, don’t worry. This won’t be about reflected behaviors and supposed killer instinct issues, though some of it may sound a little bit familiar. The research’s primary objective is to find out some of the long term neurological effects of violent video games.  In order to learn more about this, the researchers sampled a small group of adult men and women, and gave them one popular, mainstream violent and

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Analysis, Mobile Computing, Opinion

Pricing Will Determine The Fate Of The iPhone 6 in Asia

After months of rumors and leaks, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now official. Boasting screen sizes of 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches respectively, the new devices represent a shift in Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) strategy as the manufacturer seeks to position itself as a viable contender in the large screen segment. An 5.5-inch iPhone would be much more alluring to consumers in emerging markets like China and India, where the average screen size is at 4.7 inches. A recent survey conducted by market research firm Jana found that consumers in emerging markets like China and India favoured devices with a screen size of at least 5

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Opinion

Data Sovereignty: Is Big Brother Over-Reaching?

A US judge has ordered Microsoft to hand over email data stored in foreign servers. How will this affect data privacy among users around the world?

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Analysis, Event, IFA 2014, Opinion, Rumors

IDF 2014 Murmurings: A True Windows Phablet for Content Creationists?

While flying from Taipei to San Francisco for the usual September round of tech events, one story in this month’s MacWorld caught my attention: one of the editors was speculating how nice it would be to have a true full Mac in an iPhone size. Of course, Apple may be a little farther from merging the OS X and iOS than we thought earlier, but, what about looking at the same thing on the Wintel platform? Perhaps a Windows Phablet? It could be argued that one big mistake Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) did with Windows Phone is to compete with Android and Apple (NASDAQ: APPL). Windows OS, as

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Analysis, Mobile Computing, Opinion, VR World

Japan's Data Usage Rates Compete With Each Other

This post originally appeared on VR World. For more Asia Pacific stories visit VR World and ‘Like’ VR World on Facebook. A single gigabyte of data may look small, but it is actually the average amount of data consumed by most smartphone users in the United States. This is assuming of course that these users don’t use their phones to download lots of HD media. In Japan, the trend is quite similar. However, this new survey by MMD tells us something a lot more, which looks almost like a fierce competition between average data consumption rates. The survey data shows that at least 18.8% of

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Analysis, Opinion

Why Chromebooks Aren't big in Japan

Chromebooks have finally made it to Japan, but can the Google (NASDAQ: GOOG)-powered notebook stay in the Land of the Rising Sun? Despite its standard distribution in Europe and the United States, Chromebooks had just recently come to the shores of Japan. Even Google wasn’t thrilled at the idea of selling Chromebooks in Japan until recently, after Toshiba (TYO: 6502) unveiled Japan’s very first Chromebook a few months ago. The big question here is why. Why aren’t Chromebooks that big in Japan? One commentary on a Japanese blog may explain why, and the reason is at the heart and core of what Chromebooks really are. The

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Audio/Video, Opinion, Reviews, VR World

‘The Giver’ Review

Dystopia themed works have come to rival the wizarding world of Harry Potter, and the vampiric machinations of Stephanie Meyers as the current trend in young adult literature and films. The current glut of post-apocalyptic and dystopic works with anti-establishment sentiments can in some part be credited to the wild success of Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games. But years before Hunger Games, there was The Giver, which has since become a staple on middle school bookshelves. And years before the latter was adapted into a film, Jeff Bridges – “The Dude” – was already making plans to turn ‘Giver’ into a movie. Finally out of production

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Audio/Video, Opinion, Reviews, VR World

'The Giver' Review

Dystopia themed works have come to rival the wizarding world of Harry Potter, and the vampiric machinations of Stephanie Meyers as the current trend in young adult literature and films. The current glut of post-apocalyptic and dystopic works with anti-establishment sentiments can in some part be credited to the wild success of Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games. But years before Hunger Games, there was The Giver, which has since become a staple on middle school bookshelves. And years before the latter was adapted into a film, Jeff Bridges – “The Dude” – was already making plans to turn ‘Giver’ into a movie. Finally out of production

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Analysis, Opinion, VR World

Sony's VAIO PC Versus VAIO PC: What's the Difference?

VAIO PCs, from Sony’s spun-off division, are now getting redistributed in Japan. But what’s the difference? It’s been almost a month since VAIO’s resurrection, and about a week after its official return to the consumer tech market. While it is not particularly exciting news for the average Japanese tech consumer, its return nevertheless still evoked genuine curiosity. Just how would it really make itself stand out in this post-Sony era you ask? A Japanese tech blog took the simplest idea of comparing the old and new, to see how each other would fare. For the comparison, the unit chosen was the VAIO Pro 13, pitting its old Sony VAIO PC

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