OnePlus One officially announced

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Really appealing Android smartphone from Chinese manufacturer OnePlus available from Q2 for very moderate prices, especially compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5, Google Nexus 5 and HTC One X M8 with almost the same specs.

The 16GB (non upgradable) OnePlus One comes for the very competitive pricing of $299 while the 64Gb version is priced at $349. In Europe the prices are £229/£269 and €269/€299 respectively. Very very low prices especially given the following specs:

  • 2.5GHZ Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch full HD display
  • 16GB/64GB on board storage
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front
  • 3100mAh battery
  • LTE

Windows 8.1 update 1

Windows 8.1 Update 1

I’ve been a really hardcore and power user of windows for most of my life. Until a year of three ago when I switched to Mac OS for primary use. As most in the corporate world for some applications I still need the use Windows through a virtual machine in Vmware Fusion.

I tried Windows 8 immediatly after it was released and was very disappointed. The learning curve of the new UI paradigm in the form of the Metro UI was even for a power user like me way too steep. They thought users would transition from the desktop UI paradigm to a tile based UI paradigm effortlessly. That wasn’t case at all as we all know now.

Microsoft recently launched a significant update for Windows 8.1, called Windows 8.1 update 1 and it seemed they’ve taken the critique quite seriously and did what they could in the short period of four months.

So Update 1 is sort of a major update and sort of a minor update. It’s sort of a service pack and it’s sort of a feature pack. It’s something that many people will install silently through Windows Update and then never even notice that it happened. And that’s because there’s no “big bang” new feature we can point to in this release. There’s just a ton of mostly subtle, user-driven feedback-based changes that collectively make Windows better. And that is especially true if you are using Windows on a traditional, non-touch PC. Because, after all, the single biggest area of complaint about the original Windows 8 was that awkward shoehorning of Metro. Update 1 doesn’t “remove” Metro. But it makes it easier to live with.

- Windows 8.1 update 1 review from Win Supersite

Intel loses $3.15 billion on mobile chips

 In 2013, Intel’s mobile chip division lost a hefty $3.15 billion, after posting an operating loss of $1.78 billion in 2012. In the first quarter of 2014 alone, the Mobile and Communications Group saw a $929 million operating loss on a meager $156 million in revenue, according to new financial results issued today by the company.

- The Verge

Too late in the game just as Microsoft was on Mobile?

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Designing the HTC One

It’s a shame that HTC hasn’t got the deep pockets for marketing like Samsung and Apple because the HTC One is a really appealing phone with an incredible industrial design. Unfortunately the camera isn’t on par with the iPhone or Galaxy lines.