China’s new Apple | Tech Talk Today 44

China’s new Apple | Tech Talk Today 44

A leak reveals the specs, price, and other details about the new Moto 360 smartwatch & is Xiaomi’s new MIUI 6 OS release a iOS rip off?

Plus the market share numbers you won’t believe, and if Linux distros were superheroes, which hero would they be? We debate!

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Moto 360 Shows Up at Best Buy for $249, Outs List of Features | Droid Life

We are expecting to get official Moto 360 launch details when Motorola hosts press at a September 4 event in Chicago, but Best Buy may have gone ahead and let us in on all sorts of details early. According to a listing on Best Buy’s site for the Moto 360, we could end up paying $249.

MIUI 6 Full Review: Visually Stunning, Stunningly Simple – Xiaomi Mi 4 – MIUI Official Community

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I’m not sure who should be more upset. Apple, because this is such a preposterously shameless ripoff of iOS. Or Samsung, because Xiaomi is so much better at ripping off Apple than they are.

Update: Keep in mind, too, that Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra keeps insisting they don’t copy designs from Apple. Even Thom Holwerda agrees that this is just shameless.

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Android, iOS gobble up even more global smartphone share | PCWorld

According to IDC, the total combined market share of Android and iOS swelled to 96.4 percent during the second quarter, up from 92.6 percent a year ago. That left just 2.5 percent of the market to Windows Phone, down from 3.4 percent in a year’s time.

Unfortunately for Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Apple’s iOS devices dominated the high end of the market, while Android—with 84.7-percent global share in smartphone operating systems—tended to dominate the low-end, sub-$200 market. That left precious little room for Windows Phone, even though recent efforts to lower the platform’s licensing costs should have helped propel it in the market.

“With many of its OEM partners focusing on the sub-$200 segments, Android has been reaping huge gains within emerging markets,” said Ramon Llamas, a research manager with IDC’s mobile phone team, in a statement. “During the second quarter, 58.6 percent of all Android smartphone shipments worldwide cost less than $200 off contract, making them very attractive compared to other devices. With the recent introduction of Android One, in which Google offers reference designs below $100 to Android OEMs, the proportion of sub-$200 volumes will climb even higher.”

If Linux Distros Were Superheroes Ubuntu Would Be Superman

If Ubuntu-based Linux distributions were comic book superheroes, who would be what and why? That’s the question I’ve been mulling over for the last half hour.

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