Thurrott Daily: November 27

Posted on November 27, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, Xbox with 0

Thurrott Daily: November 27

A rainy Dublin airport on my way home from Europe this week.

Good morning. I hope everyone (who celebrated) had a great Thanksgiving. So welcome to Black Friday.

11/27/2015 2:54:22 PM

Lenovo is partnering with Razer on gaming PCs

Lenovo today announced a new partnership with Razer: The two firms are collaborating on co-branded special Razer Editions of Lenovo’s Y series gaming PCs. They will officially announce them at CES next month, but for now we have this intriguing prototype to ogle.


No word on pricing or availability, but this is apparently just the start: Lenovo says its “strategic partnership” with Razer “will extend to multiple new designs and products and the companies will also explore potential cross-selling opportunities in the near future.” So this is their answer to Dell’s and HP’s gaming PC work.

11/27/2015 9:10:53 AM

Google Nexus 5X starts at just $300 today

Which is $80 off. So I bought one. This is how much the Lumia 950 should cost, by the way. Black Friday and every other day.

Audible books for $5

On a related Black Friday note, Audible is having a $5 sale on audio books. There’s some good stuff in there, too: Fellowship of the Ring, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Fault in Our Stars, A Prince of Mars, Casino Royale (the new version, which I recommended previously, and is read by Dan Stevens), Frankenstein (also read by Dan Stevens), Flowers for Algernon, and many, many more.

Sony is allegedly bringing remote play to PCs

Based on a single tweet, it appears that Sony will bring its remote play functionality to PCs, meaning that the PlayStation 4 will soon having game streaming functionality similar to that of Xbox One.

Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac. 😀

Obviously no word yet on timing.

“Mozilla: We don’t need Google’s money anymore”

CNET reports on an interesting rift between former partners Mozilla (which makes Firefox) and Google.

Mozilla … once banked on the millions that Google paid for search traffic from the Firefox browser. Now it relies on Yahoo, Baidu and others, and it expects revenue to grow.

“We don’t have a commercial relationship with Google at this point,” said Denelle Dixon-Thayer, Mozilla’s chief business and legal officer. Mozilla is leaving money on the table at the moment, she confirmed, but the approach gives Mozilla flexibility. “It goes back to our strategy of how we can encourage more competition.”

There’s something idealistic about Mozilla that really appeals to me. That said, such firms are often crushed by more predatory tech giants, which these days means Google.


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