Samsung Ready to Release its Next iPhone Killer

4:10 PM, Jul. 15th, 2014 ·

Samsung is ramping up to launch its next smartphone designed to take down Apple's iPhone in August, and the electronics maker is hoping its preemptive strike will draw in consumers before the iPhone 6 hits store shelves. The latest iPhone contender from Samsung will be called the Galaxy Alpha and will be more of a cross between its not so successful Galaxy S5 smartphone and mini tablet Galaxy Note.

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Samsung has proven time and again that it doesn't need to be the best to have a large slice of the smartphone market; It just needs to be good enough. That's all we're expecting from the company's next iPhone killer competitor.

Word Crimes: Battle Hymn of the Literate

1:32 PM, Jul. 15th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

Parody and satire musical artist Weird Al Yankovic has been rolling out videos for his just released album, and his latest, titled "Word Crimes," is nothing short of a call to arms for the grammatically inclined. It's so good (or at least fun) that it ought to be required viewing for all english classes. Start watching because there will be a quiz.

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-15

1:02 PM, Jul. 15th, 2014 ·

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Apple is turning the iPhone in Japan into your digital wallet, and that may expand to other markets. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the future of mobile device digital payments, and they offer up their take on Nest and Samsung's new Thread smart home network protocol.

Nest, Samsung Spin Up Thread Smart Home Communication Standard

11:50 AM, Jul. 15th, 2014 ·

Learning thermostat maker Nest, along with Samsung, ARM and a handful of other companies have teamed up to create a new wireless networking standard for smart home devices they're calling Thread. Instead of relying on traditional WiFi or Bluetooth, Thread uses ZigBee's 802.15.4-based wireless hardware, giving smart homes a network outside of the systems we're already using.

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WiFi and Bluetooth are already capable of handling the communication needs for most smart home devices, but the idea of a special network just for those does sound interesting. Unless Nest and Samsung can rope in and control ZigBee's fragmentation, however, Thread probably won't gain much traction.

Get Ready for Big Layoffs at Microsoft

11:06 AM, Jul. 15th, 2014 ·

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told employees last week he wants to reinvent the company, and now it looks like part of that vision includes massive layoffs. The Windows maker may be planning on firing more that 5,800 employees, making this the the largest worker cutback so far in the company's history.

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Considering how marketing-heavy Microsoft was under former CEO Steve Ballmer, it won't be any surprise to see a large percentage of Mr. Nadella's layoffs coming from there.

28-Port Powered MondoHub - $55 - Deal Ends Tomorrow

10:07 AM, Jul. 15th, 2014 ·

This was popular last month when it came around, and for one more day you can get the 28-Port USB MondoHub for just $55! MondoHub has Twenty-Four USB 2.0 ports and Four USB 3.0 ports for a total of 28 USB ports, all hanging off your USB3 Bus. This will work with your USB2 bus, too, if that's what you have. You can switch power for each port on and off independently, and there are ports on the top and two sides of the device making for plenty of cable-plugging room while remaining as compact as possible. Be done with upgrading to a new hub each time you get a new device (or plug in all those Bitcoin miners and go to town!). For a penny less than US$55 this is what you want!

Apple Considers Former White House Press Secretary for PR Boss [Update]

9:57 AM, Jul. 15th, 2014 ·

Former Obama administration Press Secretary Jay Carney is reportedly in the running to become Apple's next PR boss, replacing Katie Cotton. Apple announced her planned departure in May, but as of yet hasn't said when she's leaving or who will take her place.

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Jay Carney has media experience with Time Magazine and has spent time in the trenches handling public relations for the President. Those are pretty big bullet points for an Apple PR boss resume.