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Sennheiser’s Proteus could make Pono, Sony ZX2 passing fads

No matter which way you look at it, high resolution audio is making it’s way back. Technology has improved, and consumers, ever-wanting of more, are fueling demands for studio-quality sound in portable form. It’s any wonder why the Pono Player has been a topic of conversation for a year and a big hit at CES 2015.

LG phone sales jumped 25% in 2014

LG’s smartphone sales increased year-over-year by 25 percent in 2014. The release of the LG G3 and its subsequent success in the smartphone market were responsible for a large portion of the company’s increase in sales. LG is currently the second largest smartphone company in South Korea and sits right behind Samsung.

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Kickstarter project explodes past $1 million in less than 7 hours

This project, which just went live last night, is on its way to the record books. The meager goal of $10,000 was completely obliterated as backers fiendishly flocked to the site with their monies. All it took was roughly seven hours for this Kickstarter campaign to raise over one million dollars. Now before you scroll down and peek, consider these kings of crowdfunded projects on Kickstarter.

HP latest mobile offerings entice schools, business, productivity

It’s still the beginning of 2015, so why not kick the year off big, right? Hewlett Packard has just unveiled its latest product lineup that focuses on the workplace and productivity. You can almost hear the collective sigh of global relief. IT personnel could look forward to less headaches and sustained security for companies/employers.

SpaceX could receive an investment from Google

Google could be planning to invest in SpaceX to help with its new internet satellite initiative. The Information and The Wall Street Journal report Google will invest $1 billion of the $10 billion SpaceX intends to raise over the coming years for its project.

Samsung’s phone market share decreases in China

Control of the Chinese smartphone market is moving almost entirely away from Samsung. Recent data from MarketWatch and CCID Consulting has shown the company’s market share decreased by 20 percent between January 2014 and October 2014.

Marriott hotels test Netflix, Hulu on TVs

Marriott hotels are beginning to test a new service at some locations that will let guests watch Netflix and Hulu or listen to Pandora rather than pay for on-demand content. At least eight locations are beginning to test the system and it is not clear if Marriott will make its guests pay a set fee for their use of Netflix, Hulu, or Pandora.

Alibaba working on its first ever movie

Netflix and Amazon are both internet-based companies that have expanded into content production. Now, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is doing the same. The company has announced it will produce its first ever movie through the Alibaba Pictures Group and the movie will be directed by Wong Kar-wai. Included in the movie will be Tony Leung, who has previously worked with Kar-wai on a number of projects.

Facebook reportedly talked with Xiaomi about investment

Social network Facebook was reportedly in talks with Xiaomi about a possible investment last month. Reuters says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg contemplated an investment that would have been a part of Xiaomi’s $1 billion funding round in December. The investment was discussed over dinner between Zuckerberg and Lei Jun, the CEO of Xiaomi.

PC shipments are coming back, Gartner reveals

Computer sales have taken a hit in recent years, but Gartner’s latest research has found that shipments are increasing again. Tablet sales have peaked according to Gartner’s report, but PC sales have increased continuously in a noticeable way while moving into 2015. Prior to the fourth quarter of last year, no growth in PC sales had been seen since 2012. Growth was one percent year-over-year last quarter.

Uber works with Boston to share ride data

Transportation service Uber has entered into a deal with the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The deal will involve Uber providing the city’s officials with ride data. That data will be used by Boston to improve city planning and limit gas emissions and traffic congestion. By ZIP Code Tabulation Area, Uber will hand over data, though it will all be anonymized to protect users.

Rumors claim next Twitter CEO will be Adam Bain

It has been said that if Dick Costolo leaves his position at Twitter and opens up a gap at the head of the company, Adam Bain will take over. Now, more rumors are coming out stating that Bain is at the front of the line to replace Costolo, but a replacement may not be necessary for quite a while. Analysts and journalists alike have said Bain could make for a better CEO, but that doesn’t mean Costolo is going anywhere immediately.