Business, Hardware, Opinion, Software Programs

THE ROCKI ROAD Part 4 – Disney, Techstars & YCombinator

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Disney, Techstars & YCombinator – some of you who are familiar with Start-ups would immediately know this episode is about Accelerators from the title. After all, Techstars and YCombinator are without a doubt the two biggest and most well-known Accelerators, with countless of articles written about the two and comparing the two. How about Disney – what’s Accelerator gotta do with Disney? Well, the question should be what has Disney gotta do with Accelerators. Answer is simple – Innovation. Accelerators are creating so much buzz and so “at the forefront of technology innovation” that Disney has jumped in too — they’ve launched the inaugural Disney

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Business, Entertainment, Opinion, VR World

Why Comcast is Lying to Us, Again

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Comcast is trying to lie to us, again. Comcast is continually changing their story about why they should be allowed to acquire Time Warner Cable, constantly looking for reasons why it won’t hamper competition or consumer choice. They look towards the fact that our mobile carriers are also our internet service providers and that they are technically competitors with Comcast. Even though, anyone that knows anything about how the mobile industry works knows that mobile industry growth and competition has almost no negative effects on landline based internet. In fact, in a lot of cases users with mobile data coverage end up getting landline service

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Business, Entertainment, Opinion, VR World

Why Comcast is Lying to Us, Again

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Comcast is trying to lie to us, again. Comcast is continually changing their story about why they should be allowed to acquire Time Warner Cable, constantly looking for reasons why it won’t hamper competition or consumer choice. They look towards the fact that our mobile carriers are also our internet service providers and that they are technically competitors with Comcast. Even though, anyone that knows anything about how the mobile industry works knows that mobile industry growth and competition has almost no negative effects on landline based internet. In fact, in a lot of cases users with mobile data coverage end up getting landline service

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Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, Opinion, Software Programs, VR World

Nintendo Says They're Working on New Hardware

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Nintendo says they’re working on new hardware, and that they are actually already working on new hardware in most cases immediately after they’ve released the most current version. There appears to be no let up in Nintendo’s aspirations to release new hardware, which seems a bit surprising considering how disastrous their Wii U sales have been. Back in January, Nintendo was forced to cut their full year projections for the Nintendo Wii U by over 70%, which made a lot of investors lose faith in Nintendo’s business plan. However, Nintendo continues to move forward even though they posted a loss of $225 million for the

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Business, Entertainment, Opinion, VR World

Comcast to Divest 3.9 Million Customers, 1.4 Million to Charter

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In an attempt to placate the FCC, DoJ, FTC and basically every government agency on earth against their acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Comcast has announced that they will be divesting 3.9 million subscribers from the potential Comcast-TimeWarnerCable merger. This new announcement is a huge farce on the part of Comcast attempting to make it look like they’re seriously divesting from certain markets and giving subscribers to Charter. When in reality this new deal they are proposing actually muddies the waters further than a straight Comcast-TimeWarner acquisition and lines Comcast up for a quiet re-acquisition of those 3.9 million subscribers as well as “New Charter”

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Business, Entertainment, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Opinion

THE ROCKI ROAD Part 3 – LOST & FOUND

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This is a follow-up to The ROCKI ROAD series Part 1 – Life After Kickstarter Shall Begin at CES, published on the day ROCKI’s Kickstarter closed successfully on December 20th, 2013. The intention was to blog about the ups and downs of start-up life as it happens. A glimpse into ROCKI making its transition from Kickstarter to a start-up with the ambition to be a major technology company, grabbing the opportunity to change the world of music and technology. Running a successful project is one thing and running a successful company is another. Will ROCKI be a one hit wonder? Or is there more in its

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Audio/Video, Graphics, Hardware, Opinion, VR World

Toshiba's P55t 4K Laptop is Awesome, Too Much for Current Apps

As someone that has spent the good part of the last 2 years with ultra-high resolution displays ranging from 13.3″ up to 36″ I can tell you that as an operating system, Windows is simply not ready for 4K. On a 31.5″ monitor you can still appreciate the pixels and not feel like you have to squint to see things. The truth is that when I’m using Adobe Photoshop CC on this Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro (3200 x 1800 resolution) it is incredibly clear that the software is not ready for high resolution displays and that the operating system and the ISV are both to

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Hardware, Mobile Computing, Opinion, VR World

Is Qualcomm Behind the Lack of High-End LTE-enabled PC Gadgetry?

Held in the New York City-sized, yet younger than many of us, Shenzhen metropolis, the last weeks’ IDF provided quite a number of announcements which you can anyway read on the usual press release reprinting web sites. Here’s something that you might not find that easily, though… During my walkabout IDF Shenzhen tours, I had a chat with one high end OEM who was twice evaluating a 2-in-1 very high end LTE enabled Haswell ultrabook & tablet combo device with a built-in full LTE capability and the integrated pop-up SIM card slot. After all, if having a local LTE SIM card, you are far more

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Business, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Opinion, Software Programs, VR World, Windows Phone

Microsoft's New Strategy – Clean Up Windows, Become Strong 3rd Competitor

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If you haven’t been following Microsoft lately, then you’re missing out on what could be one of the most significant changes of strategy I’ve seen in a long time. They have slowly been making baby steps towards reorganizing and reconsidering how they address mobile. I have been following Microsoft’s attitudes towards mobile since Windows Mobile 5.0 and even owned a fair amount of Windows-based devices over the course of that time. However, Microsoft made a lot of mistakes along the way and is finally making major changes to remedy them. And with the smartphone market being a virtual duopoly between Android and iOS it comes

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Entertainment, Mobile Computing, Opinion

What Instagram is Doing Wrong

With over 90 million monthly users and 40 million new uploads per day, Instagram has become the most popular photo sharing app in the world – but do we really care for all of them? Ever since Instagram decided to invite the Android crowd into their world-famous app, their popularity exploded. Thousands of ?likes? and comments per second, with integration and sharing options to Facebook, Twitter, and other popular API?s were just the start. With it?s accessibility and versatility, Instagram brought a simple way to change ordinary pictures to visually stunning entertainment to mobile users worldwide. Then you have the ?Explore? section of the app.

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Audio/Video, Hardware, Opinion

Sound Devices 664 vs Zaxcom Nomad Lite

Sound Devices and Zaxcom are battling it out again, rocking the production sound world with their new all-in-one recording solutions – but who will come out on top? Sound Devices? 664 Field Production Mixer Sound Devices unveiled their new 664 Field Production Mixer at IBC 2012 (International Broadcasting Convention) in Amsterdam last month, along with updates to their PIX Production Video Recorder line. The 664, projected to start shipping to many anxious sound engineers in late October, is both a 6-channel high-bandwidth mixer and a 10-track production recorder, capable of recording all inputs and output buses. There is even a built-in Ambient Lockit-based timecode generator/reader

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Audio/Video, Entertainment, Hardware, Opinion, VR World

KOSS Debuts STRIVA WiFi Headphones, But Are They The First?

Just this week, the Milwaukee team at Koss Corporation (KOSS) revealed their exciting STRIVA Pro & Tap WiFi-capable headphones, along with their MyKOSS music management system. In what they call a "revolutionary" new system, this Wi-Fi technology can receive music directly from the Internet without wires, and can even convert any stereo source into a wireless signal. KOSS Striva Pro Wi-Fi Headphones The STRIVA Pro is a full-size, over-the-ear headphone that can either pull audio wirelessly from the STRIVA system, or it can be used for corded listening with an included Mini-USB to 3.5" adapter cable. The battery can be charged with AC power, through

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Graphics, Hardware, Opinion, Software Programs

OPINION: Are Benchmarks Worthless?

After reading the benchmarking piece by Rob Enderle, one of the striking messages was that we should no longer use current benchmarks and that a new type of benchmarking should be adopted, one that would emulate the real world. As it turns out, Rob was inspired by a recent AMD-organized event in Austin, TX where select press and analysts gathered for a Trinity Review Day. Note that BSN* was not invited and as such, we are free to fully disclose the performance of the Trinity APU (page two please). Over the past 13 years, I have tested over 3000 components, and as patterns emerged I

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Business, Enterprise, Hardware, Opinion

OPINION: Is the Game Up for RIM?

Editor’s Note: Starting today, we’re introducing opinionated articles from Simon Drew, an executive from Suppose Limited, a mobile company out of UK. Simon will be posting opinionated views and analysis about the mobile industry. What went wrong?The popularity of BlackBerry-branded handsets has been waning for a number of years now, and with RIM’s top two executives stepping down recently after poor sales, it’s left us wondering just how long the company can go on for. BlackBerry handsets were initially marketed almost solely for business and corporate use, but the popularity of the BlackBerry Messenger app spread ? particularly among younger audiences ? and the brand

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Graphics, Hardware, Opinion

Razer Blade Performance Revealed: Why is Razer Blocking Honest Reviews?

Recently, we have been seeing a spat of ‘reviews’ of Razer’s Blade Laptop. Considering that we actually had a chance to play with the Blade at both NVIDIA’s GeForceLAN and this year’s CES 2012, we are confident we have an idea of what the laptop looks and feels like. Our real concern is that we have heard rumors that Razer is fearful or at least hesitant to sample the Razer Blade to ?real? tech media. When we say ?real tech media?, we are referring to sites like our own; sites that do in-depth product reviews and whose opinions primarily rely upon the overall performance and

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Apple, Audio/Video, Companies, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Opinion

Can MXL Keep Up The Tempo?

Not only are headphone manufacturers jumping onto the iDevice bandwagon this year, mobile sound recording is steadily joining in on the fun. MXL, a big name in professional and home studio recording, has debuted their new Tempo USB Condenser Microphone. USB Microphones have occupied the home studio for some time now, but mics that can connect directly to the 30-pin dock port of an iPad may be the "next big thing". The Tempo offers high-fidelity audio input to the iPad, as well as standard USB 2.0 ports on both PC and Mac. The Tempo can work directly with mobile recording apps, capturing at a maximum quality

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Apple, Companies, Opinion

Opinion: Losing Jony Ive Would Be a Disaster for Apple

Earlier today we told you about a newspaper report asserting that Jonathan Ive, Apple’s go-to guy for sexy industrial design, is allegedly at odds with the company’s board of directors over his wish to move back to England and commute to work so his twins can receive an education in their native country. The board told him "in no uncertain terms that if he headed back to England he would not be able to sustain his position with them," a friend with the family told the paper. Say Jony Ive, as those around him affectionately call him, decides to sell stock, which would net him an estimated $128

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Business, Hardware, Opinion

Michael Dell Voices his Opinions in Hong Kong

Michael Dell, founder of the computer company that bears his name spoke in Hong Kong about smart phone platforms. He has a few opinions worth investigation. He?s gained years of experience since founding his company in 1984.   The recent event, held at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong by the American Chamber of Commerce [Am Cham], promised attendees coffee, tea, and cookies. Cookies and Michael Dell, what a combo. Dell took the microphone and claimed that apps and other software are easier to create on Microsoft?s smartphone platform than on Google Android. That comment must have made Microsoft puff out its chest since it

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Audio/Video, Opinion

OPINION: Are all AMD fans – idiots?

Editors’ note: Starting today, we are introducing the Deep Throat section. In this section we are going to feature industry insiders who will publish their "no holds barred" opinions. Our first Deep Throat commentator is only to be known as Scali, a software developer knee-deep into the development of current and next gen software millions of people use and enjoy in. This comment is a repost of the original entry, while in the future we’ll both repost selected blog content and publish BSN*-unique articles. DISCLAIMER: The views presented in Deep Throat sectionrepresent only the personal opinions of the authors. Members of BSN*may or may not

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