Net Neutrality Victory: The FCC Will Propose The Web As A Title II Utility

fcc-tom-wheelerInternet advocacy won. From Reddit, Tumblr, Netflix, Google and many, many others. Today, Tom Wheeler and the FCC brought forward a plan to reclassify ISPs (Internet Service Providers) under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Essentially, making it a public utility.

This is a solid victory for net neutrality, and begins to draw borders with ISPs such as Verizon, Comcast, and Time Warner, who have been attempting to privatize and add privilege to sections of the Internet, even going as far to bringing it into the court of law.

As Tom Wheeler put it: “I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC,” Wheeler wrote. “These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.”

Even more interesting is the decision to lump wireless networks with wired broadband, so that the tether can be just as strong. Meanwhile, ISPs are mobilizing and beginning legal strategy.

Round two, begins.

Via: Wired, FCC

There’s A Razer Blade Laptop Refresh: 3200×1800 Screen And Nvidia 970M

uU6ss6DNAILp.878x0.Z-Z96KYqThe laptop with the most power per cubic inch just got a little bit more powerful. Updated to the latest Core i7-4720HQ quad-core processor from Intel, the 14-inch Razer Blade has also been christened with Nvidia’s latest 3GB GTX 970M graphics card — crisper, faster, and more powerful gaming on the run, definitely.

16GB of RAM is included by default, while the processor is clocked at 2.6GHz and can be turbo-boosted up to 3.6Ghz — speed is all the Blade knows. To top it all off, a higher-resolution display is included, at 3200×1800 pixels with IGZO touch display technology; a lower power display material better-suited for higher pixel densities.

Price? $2200, with a launch on February 16th.

Via: Razer

The Ferrari 488 GTB Is An “Entry-Level” Supercar, Blows Minds

1-ferrari-anteriore-1280x0_2SCHR7Ah, yes. A new Ferrari, named the 488 GTB.

It’s environmentally more sound than its predecessor, the 458 Italia, with 260g/km CO2 emissions. It’s also faster, reaching 0-62mph in 3 seconds flat, and 124mph in just 8.3 seconds total. It’s insane, is the world you’re looking for. Engine-wise, this is possible via a 661bhp 3.9-liter V8 engine with 561lb ft of torque. Oh, and twin turbochargers, just for a “pinch” more of power.

It’s a beautiful sight, with styling from the “XX” division of Ferrari’s somehow-more-insanely-fast track division. More details on the 48 GTB will be released at the Geneva Motor Show, next month.

Via: Ferrari

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review: Just Peer Over It

WP_20150128_14_48_07_ProSamsung has been feeling the heat lately. Not that the Galaxy brand is any less prominent, but competition is getting more and more composed. The operating systems used stay mostly the same, but the materials and capabilities of competing devices continue to change.

Seemingly, in an attempt to create something out of the ordinary, Samsung Mobile released the Note Edge — a version of the fantastic Note 4 tablet, but with an edged right side of screen. Hopefully as a device, it’s well-rounded (awful pun intended).

Raspberry Pi 2 Will Come With Windows 10, For $35

pi_board_pageIt’s still happening: Raspberry Pi mania. In this case, the newest version of the computer that can fit in the palm of your hand just got upgraded. A new Broadcom BCM2836 900MHz quad-core system-on-chip with 1GB of RAM, with performance “at least 6x” that of the B+ predecessor — but with Windows 10.

That’s right. The new Pi comes with Windows 10. Specifically, free to the Maker community through its Windows Developer Program for IoT, which will allow the Pi 2 to run specific universal apps, since it’s an ARM-based computer (like Windows RT, remember that?).

While Windows 10 won’t be out till later this year, the Pi 2 is out right now — and that’s awesome.

Via: Raspberry Pi, Windows Blog

LG Reports Q4 2014 Results: $475M In Profits, Ships 59.1M Smartphones

LG G Flex ReviewedTake note that LG is profiting greatly through its multiple divisions, mobile especially. A $475 million profit for 2014 after shipping a total of 59.1 million smartphones, a 24 percent increase on its previous year; LG is doing better than ever.

Looking at those results in detail: the $474.81 million net profit is a 125% improvement on last year’s results. Its mobile business which helped pull in year-long revenue of $55.91 billion, but home entertainment took a dip with the $189.41 million in Q4 2014, due to costs of closing its plasma TV unit.

In short, the company said, “LG will concentrate on improving its brand power, operating more efficiently, and focusing on selective key markets,” which sounds like a very reasonable plan.

Via: LG Earnings

Microsoft Rebrands Acompli As Outlook, Publishes iOS And Android Apps

Outlook-for-iOS-and-AndroidMicrosoft is flexing its app muscles once again, with the revival of Outlook on mobile devices. Back in December, Microsoft purchased mobile email app Acompli, and as of today has rebranded it as Outlook, with an identical appearance available on the Play Store and App Store. Though, the look of the app won’t stay the same for long; MSFT will update it weekly, apparently.

But, Microsoft isn’t being greedy here. The new Outlooks app supports support Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, and other major email providers, while remaining free.

It’s an interesting turn of events, and given that many tech pundits find the app to be one of the best mobile email experiences, then it’s worth trying.

ViaMSFT Blog