LG are in the Windows tablet/convertible market now after releasing the Tab Book Duo, a slate none of us saw coming and one that boasts a battery life that rivals iPads and Android tablets. The Korean company has surprised us with the Tab Book Duo, but we are hardly complaining as it seems like the kind of product that could work.
The Sharp AQUOS Crystal landed in the US on Sprint and Boost a few months back and wowed us with its unique all-screen design. It looks utterly amazing in hand, but the truth is the handset was a bit of a mid-range driver, completely unspectacular in terms of performance and specs. Nothing particularly wrong with that, but the design deserves more in our opinion.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is finding its way to more and more devices, with even some third party OEM built handsets getting the latest and greatest from Google. The platform is now making its way to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, the version of Sammy's 2013 flagship that runs the stock Android experience as Google intended it.
Motorola is one of the company's that paved the way for the current interest in the budget market, while the number of emerging markets moving into middle class incomes has also played a part. Motorola's Moto G and Moto E handsets are still among the best low end efforts on the market, although I feel a bit cheeky calling them low end due to their quality.
Chalk this up as surprising because Apple has added PayPal support for online payments in the United States and United Kingdom, making it even easier for consumers to buy products through the checkout process. The new feature is only available in those nations at the moment, with PayPal balances now usable for transactions through Apple.com.
Blackberry had a go at the future and found that it has been left behind by Apple and Android, so the Canadian company has decided to turn back the clock. Yes, the Passport marries the best of both worlds, but the new Blackberry Classic is full on old school charm. It has the company's famous QWERTY keyboard and trackpad in tow, a mirror to the successful Bold smartphone.
The Sony Pictures hack saga show no signs of abating, and in fact the perpetrators, the so-called Guardians of Peace (GOP), are even hinting at a worldwide cyber terrorism act and that Sony is just the first target. They managed to steal 100 terabytes of data including information on employee salaries, movie scripts and even screening versions of upcoming films that have since been leaked online.
Samsung's involvement in the next iPhone model (iPhone 6s or iPhone 7) has been well documented with the Korean company set to make 90% of the new A9 chips that will be used in Apple products in 2015. After winning that huge contract to make the new processor with 14nm FinFET technology Samsung is readying to put the A9 into production. In fact, the company is prepping its manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas and has started making the chip this week.
Microsoft has been treating us to some stellar deals during its 12 Days of Deals promotion, such as a $149 bundle for Office 365 Home, Skype Unlimited World + Wi-Fi, Xbox Music Pass, and Xbox Live Gold. Redmond is outdoing itself with the company?s latest offer though as Microsoft is making 100 albums completely free and available for download.
Samsung has been oft rumoured to be going back to the drawing board with the Galaxy S6, the company's next flagship smartphone that is arguably its most important ever. It?s true that Samsung will redesign the S range and will pack it with the best specs, but one much rumoured handset, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, is not being made after all.