NVIDIA compares its DirectStylus against Samsungs S-Pen in video

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NVIDIA released a short video comparing how a stylus performs on their Tegra Note, Google’s Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. While the Tegra Note and Nexus 7 are considered the budget friendly tablets out of the three, NVIDIA shows how stylus’ perform much better on their Tegra Note than the Nexus 7 and how it can equal and possibly surpass the Galaxy Note 8 in some areas at the fraction of the price. Check out the video after the break and see for yourselves!

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How connected are you with your smartphone?

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With smartphones being as popular as ever, it begs the question as to how much we truly use them in our daily life tasks. LG took it upon themselves and took a relatively small survey to determine our smartphone usage in several different situations that most of us would find ourselves in on a weekly basis. The survey contained 1,100 participants ages 18 and over, which is a small pittance as compared to the 170 million smartphone users in America, but it still gives us a fairly good sample size. The survey determined how we use our smartphones during several weekly activities as well as several social situations that we commonly find ourselves in. Hit the break for the results that you may or may not find surprising:

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NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 tablet to go on sale starting November 19th

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Buyers looking for an NVIDIA powered tablet will be able to buy a Tegra Note 7 tablet beginning November 19th for $199 with pre-orders starting today. The Tegra Note 7 was announced this past September as a partnership between NVIDIA and EVGA to bring an in-house branded tablet device sporting a stylus to market. At the $199 price point, the Tegra Note 7 is slightly less expensive than some other competitors like the Nexus 7 (2013) or the Kindle Fire HDX. However, users do give up some screen resolution as the Tegra Note 7 is only capable of a 1280×800 resolution. Perhaps taking a cue from Google, NVIDIA is shipping the Tegra Note 7 with a “pure” version of Android Jelly Bean. The Tegra Note 7 comes with a stylus that NVIDIA indicates has different “tips” that expand the functionality. You can check out how the stylus works after the break in a couple videos released by NVIDIA in conjunction with the announced availability of the device. Read more

63.3% of all Android devices are Samsung branded

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When it comes to Android, Samsung has been the reigning king, and it doesn’t appear that’s going to change anytime soon. As of right now, 63.3% of all Android devices has a Samsung logo on it. This includes phones and tablets, and let’s not forget about phablets or phonblets (whatever the kids are calling them these days). The next closest manufacturer is HTC with only 6.5%

When it comes to smartphones alone, the top 10 phones represent a 40.2% market share, but Samsung owns a total of 8 of them for a 37.8% market share. Only the HTC One and the DROID RAZR was able to make the list, and their combined market share is only 2.4%. The Galaxy Ace actually has a larger market share than both of these phones, which is mind boggling.

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Motorola only sold 500,000 Moto X phones during Q3

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We had an idea that Motorola’s Moto X wasn’t doing so well from since their market share dropped during the 3rd Quarter. Now the Wall Street Journal confirms it on the day before the Moto G announcement. According to Strategy Analytics, only 500,000 Moto X phones were sold during the third quarter while Samsung sold 10 million Galaxy S 4 phones. Now we didn’t expect Motorola to sell millions upon millions of phones, but this is a little surprising.

One of the factors that might have hindered the success of the Moto X has to be that only AT&T customers could customize their phone with Moto Maker. Just yesterday, Moto Maker was opened to Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

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Sideload this new apk to get Google Play Music support on Google Glass (Update XE11)

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Did you happen to drop the new XE11 update on your set of Google glasses? If you did, here’s an update feature you may not know it had. The new XE11 update introduced a plethora of changes to the device but did you know there’s support for Google Play Music? And while there hasn’t been an official announcement, yet, there is certainly support for the application. Sideloading the new apk will allow access to several commands specific to Google Glass which will in turn allow control for music playback.

To get the function rolling you’ll need to say “ok glass, listen to….” and just insert your playlist name, artist, album or song. You’ll instantly be met with a card that pops up starting the feature. In addition, a card remains up for you to control other functions of Play Music such as play, rewind, skip and stop. In addition, you’ll be able to control the volume and engage radio play via the hardware’s touchpad. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have Glass check out the full instructions below on how to sideload the apk to get started.    Read more

Xiaomi moves an incredible 220,000 phones in three minutes

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Xiaomi is no stranger to selling massive numbers of phones in a short span of time, and during a sale for Single’s Day (the holiday opposite Valentine’s Day) they moved about 220,000 phones in three minutes. Ignoring the fact that the Chinese use Single’s Day as an opportunity to buy gadgets, Xiaomi had a total 380,000 devices in stock; 110,000 units of three smartphones, the flagship MI3, the MI-2S, and the Hongmi, and 50,000 set top Xiaomi boxes. Within three minutes, they had sold through their entire 110,000 phone stock in three minutes, and a good chunk of their other devices had been sold, too. All in all, Xiaomi says they moved right at 220,000 devices in those three minutes.

It’s hard not to be impressed by those types of numbers, but there’s still room for improvement for the Chinese smartphone maker. After all, if they could ramp up production to be able to consistently sell their stock instead of only selling a small stock every few months, they would easily be able to compete with some of the bigger smartphone manufacturers.

source: GSM Arena

Sony Xperia Z1S makes a cameo on Sony’s site

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With just one day until a possible announcement, Sony’s Xperia Z1S is seeing what could be its final leak. As you can see at the top left, the device is a miniature version of their flagship Xperia Z1. But here’s the catch, the specs aren’t going to be dumbed down even though the form factor is smaller. Behind the 4.3-inch 720p screen is the Snapdragon 800 processor and a 20.7MP camera. If you’re interested, it may even windup on U.S. shores.

Source: Digi-Wo
Via: G 4 Games

Moto G slated to be available on November 14 in the UK, KitKat could be on board

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The Moto G will be unveiled this Wednesday, and it looks like it might be available the very next day with KitKat on board. It already showed up on Amazon’s UK website with a price of £159.99 or about $257, which is inline with what we have been hearing. Amazon refers to it with the original DVX codename, but also clearly gives us the XT1032 model number along with a November 14 release date.

Speaking of the model number, it showed up in GFXBench, which generally isn’t a big deal, but the fact that it shows Android 4.4 KitKat is amazing. We expected the Moto G to come with Android 4.3, but this is really encouraging. This doesn’t indicate that the initial product will have KitKat on board, but it is an indication that it will get it real soon, which is great news since most budget phones rarely get upgrades. Kudos Motorola!!!

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