Random Three- Microsoft + AMD?, Microsoft’s New Groove, & Twitter Approves of Birthday’s

Microsoft and AMD Sitting in a Tree

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Image Credit – ZDNet

Rumors are swirling that Microsoft is interested in purchasing the struggling chipmaker AMD. Currently AMD makes the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) used inside the Microsoft’s Xbox One, and Sony’s PlayStation 4. Currently, both companies pay about $100.00 for each SoC on their respective consoles. Buying AMD would save Microsoft a ton of money. Let’s not forget HoloLens. AMD could be used to further Microsoft’s efforts in virtual reality by designing chipsets for the gear.

Slam dunk, no?

Maybe not. AMD has other business attached to it that are not doing so well. It’s Computing & Graphics division is losing money, and lets not forget Intel. Intel licenses its x86 chip technology to AMD. Toss in the the Department of Justice, and you got yourself a Spanish soap opera.

Microsoft’s New Groove

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Image Credit – Engadget

Something has happened in Redmond, and it might be a part of Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella’s doing for big changes in the company. Microsoft has replaced its Xbox Music app with a service called ‘Groove Music.’ No one outside some inner circle at Microsoft knows what’s going on. This could be a rebranding effort, buying of the app, or a possible selling of/ spin off of the service. Time will tell.

Curiously, there is a service already called Groove that is available on iOS and Windows Phone (oddly enough) You can check out the companies page here for a detailed explanation of the service.

‘Twitter now allows users to add birthdays to their profiles’

#coolstorybro. This one pretty much explains its self. According to CNET, “The social networking service said Monday with the new feature, users are now able to share and celebrate their birth date along with other users — complete with colorful animated balloons on that special day.

Users can opt whether to share their B-day with the public, their followers, who they follow or “only me.” They can select the “edit profile” option on Twitter and include the birth month and day or the birth year separately.”

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Blackberry’s Shot at Redemption and iPhone 6s Expectations

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At Mobile World Congress this year, Blackberry showed off it’s first ‘Blackberry 10 Slider’ device, codenamed ‘Venice.’ According to N4BB, The Blackberry ‘Venice’ slider specs are:

  • 4-inch Quad-HD display
  • 18 MP rear-camera
  • 5 MP front-camera
  • 8 GHz Hexa-core (Snapdragon 808 chipset) 64-bit
  • 3 GB RAM

The kicker is that it will be running Google’s Android operating system. Even Blass, currently a freelance editorialist at Mashable first tweeted a tantalizing picture of the lower part of a never before seen Blackberry device that sports a QWERTY keyboard. He later retracted from that image, and posted this one.

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Image Credit – Twitter @evleaks

This device is certainly eye-catching. Additional corrections were that it should be expected to launch in November. Blackberry has struggled against Android and iOS, mostly because of a lack of useful apps. It now commands a sad 1% of the mobile OS market, behind Windows Phone!

iPhone 6s- What can we Expect?

I will not be talking about the iPhone 7 because that is still too far way to be of concern. What will be coming soon is the iPhone 6s, if Apple continues its current cycle of every other release. MacRumors has posted a page dedicated posting what we know so far and what we can expect from the new device. As expected, we can anticipate that a new device will launch in the fall, just in time for the holiday shopping season. A summary of features include:

  • Expect screen sizes to remain the same
  • Possibly a new ‘rose gold’ iPhone option
  • Possibly stronger aluminum to avaid another ‘bendgate’
  • Force Touch technology (available on the new line of Mac Book Pro’s
  • 12 MP camera
  • ne microphone will be added near the speaker to enhance voice quality;
  • A9 processor upgraded with 2GB LPDDR4
  • Improved recognition rate of Touch ID to promote Apple Pay;
  • Gesture control support

These are welcomed upgrades, and I can’t wait to find out if they are true, or not.

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Worldwide Beats

Worldwide, and always on. One of the biggest differentiators between Apple Music and Spotify, and other streaming services is that Apple has in a dedicated radio stations through its Beats 1 channel. According to Apple, “It broadcasts 24/7 to over 100 countries from our studios in Los Angeles, New York, and London.”

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Image Credit – Engadget 

You can think of Beats 1 as you would Pandora. You will be able to created tailored radio stations based on a song, artist, album, or genre.  Once you do that, that station will play similar music it feels you would enjoy. You are also able to like songs so that Apple Music will play more like it, and rate down the ones you don’t so that it will play less of that music.

Apple has tapped DJ, record producer, and television personality Zane Lowe to host the stations flagship music show. He’ll be dropping his music knowledge on listeners, as well as host interviews, and play new music. In true fashion, his first guest was Eminem. Dr. Dre will host his show “The Pharmacy” every other Saturday. “The Pharmacy” aired today at 3PM PST. Killer Mike and El-P launched their radio show “Run The Jewels” on July 3rd. Drake, Pharrell, and more will be acting as hosts on the station in the coming days or weeks.

Membership to Apple Music allows you to skip as many tracks as you like. Nice. Apple has a full programming schedule available for listeners through Tumblr. Julys line up includes personalities such as Ellie Goulding, Elton John, Jaden Smith, and The Fat Jewish. If you look hard enough, you will be able to find programming to satisfy your taste.

Listening to Beats 1, there is definitely variety. I just tuned in to “The Pharmacy” and was really taken in by the awesome mixing of all of those hip-hop songs together, but I had to turn it off after 15 minutes because Dr. Dre, or whoever was announcing kept interrupting to tell me I was listening to the “The Pharmacy.” Thanks, buddy; I think I understand that.

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