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Topic: Droid Does It Again: Ultra, Mini And Maxx Smartphones Coming To Verizon   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:46:23 PM(UTC)

Nope. Dual-core processor, with quad-core graphics, from the specs page. Looks like all three have the same processor (same speeds, at least), though without actually identifying the processor model number, it's hard to know for sure. Of course, if that's true, that would also make the Mini the most capable, with the smallest screen... Frustratingly, they don't give actual resolutions for the three. Least not on the Verizon pages.

Ah, yup, checked Motorola's website, and all three are powered by the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System processors, all clocked the same, all running 720P.  So, they'll all perform exactly the same, but MAXX will the have the best battery life, and the Mini will have the highest ppi (I'll leave that to the reader to decide if that's a good thing or not).  Personally I think I'd rather go for the Mini, even without considering price.  I like to be able to use my phones one-handed, and 5" is just way too big for that.  And considering you're not giving up any performance or features for it, at a *much* reduced price... Yeah, I'll definitely take the Mini.

Topic: MIT Researchers Develop Computer-Generated TCP for Network Connections That are Twice as Fast   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 5:33:53 AM(UTC)

Am I the only one thrown off by that x-axis? I mean, I understand why they did it, it's just trippy seeing it flipped like that.

Topic: Verizon's New 'Edge' Plan Allows Smartphone Upgrades Every 6 Months   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 5:19:53 AM(UTC)

I'm sure you have to give back the old phone; you've only paid half the price, after all, and it wasn't subsidized.

Plus, there's the fact that if you actually take advantage of the 6 month upgrade, that means you'd have to make a lump sum payment 1/4 of the unsubsidized value of the phone... Yeah, this sounds like a horrible 'deal.'

Topic: Creator Of Classic Police Quest Series Taps Kickstarter To Fund New Project: Precinct   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:02:08 PM(UTC)

Sweet! It's nice to see all these Sierra classics being revitalized via Kickstarter. I haven't played the Leisure Suit Larry reboot yet, but looking forward to it, and especially the Space Quest one.

Topic: Tesla’s Elon Musk Envisions 4000MPH ‘Hyperloop’ Vacuum Transportation System   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 5:40:50 AM(UTC)

Pretty sure you wouldn't feel any pain if you crashed at 4000 mph.

Of course, assuming they aren't putting passengers in pressure suits, and so limit acceleration to 1g, they could only get a max speed of ~335 mi/hr with that 3 mile test run. Wonder how they plan to show they can safely travel at 4000 miles/hour.

Topic: Gamer's Headset Claims To Let You Overclock Your Brain   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013 9:34:52 AM(UTC)

Sweet! I always wanted to know what it was like to have a seizure!

Topic: Microsoft Won't Include a Headset with $499 Xbox One, Says Kinect is Good Enough   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:41:15 AM(UTC)

Okay, my first response to this was "Who cares? Most people already have a headset anyway." Until I read 'Bear in mind that current headsets will not be compatible with the Xbox One due to a proprietary connection to the controller.' Seriously? Why do companies do this BS? Can't they just keep it simple USB? Or even better, the standard stereo audio/mic connectors that have been used for years...

Topic: Google Fiber Competitor Gigabit Seattle Prices Service Lower Than Comcast   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 5:22:11 AM(UTC)

More alternatives to Comcast = good.

Topic: Twitter and Facebook Apps May Be Killing Your Smartphone Battery Life   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:18:26 PM(UTC)

Yeah, much better option is to turn off notifications, and set refresh interval to Never. Now the apps won't be constantly pinging the servers to check for notifications and draining your batter, and won't be annoying you with constant notifications.

Topic: Samsung And Apple Nearing Government Security Clearance   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 6:08:45 AM(UTC)

I assume this means they'll finally be releasing camera-free versions? That's been a pain-in-the-a$$ restriction at my work.