iPhone Thermal Imaging Accessory Kickstarter

Why thermal imaging looks like the next hot smartphone feature

By on August 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Why thermal imaging looks like the next hot smartphone feature

One of the most successful Kickstarter projects right now is Hema-Imager, which has so far secured $86,000 in support. It’s a “wireless thermopile-based imaging device compatible with nearly any smart device” and it features temperature accuracy of 2 degrees Centigrade. More →

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iPhone 6 Price

Will Apple really get away with charging $800 for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6?

By on August 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

Will Apple really get away with charging $800 for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6?

Mobile handset industry blogger demigod Horace Dediu has just made two fascinating points about the upcoming iPhone 6 phablet, referred to by some as the “iPhone Air.” First, he thinks the 5.5-inch iPhone will cost $800. Second, he does not think this will have any impact on the overall average sales price (ASP) of the iPhone range. More →

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Microsoft Nokia 130 Analysis

Microsoft isn’t even pretending to have a coherent smartphone strategy

By on August 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Microsoft isn’t even pretending to have a coherent smartphone strategy

Microsoft’s handset strategy is looking more convoluted with each passing day. A few weeks ago, Microsoft killed the Asha range of Nokia phones, which was largely viewed as an admission that it cannot compete with Android vendors such as Xiaomi and Micromax in the $60 to $90 price range. Asha models employed a Nokia-created operating system called Series 40, which gave these feature phones certain smart elements such as a reasonably sophisticated email system and support for downloading simple games and such. More →

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Tesla Model X Model 3

Apple is no longer Apple – but Tesla is

By on August 8, 2014 at 4:12 PM.

Apple is no longer Apple – but Tesla is

This is the state of the smartphone/tablet market: Investors were overjoyed when Apple delivered 4.6% revenue growth in the spring quarter. And the hottest product of the year in the mobile device industry is going to be iPhone 6 because it finally is an iPhone with a screen size larger than 4 inches. More →

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BBM Cosplay Cat Emojis

BBM cosplay cat emojis portend a grim future of Western civilization

By on August 8, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

BBM cosplay cat emojis portend a grim future of Western civilization

The zenith of Western civilization right now, this week, is a designer of cosplay cat emojis for the BlackBerry Messenger application. Is this reason for alarm or jubilation? How did we get here and were are we heading? Let’s break it down. More →

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HBO Vs. Netflix Original Content

Netflix’s massive new content wave is going to put unprecedented pressure on HBO

By on August 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Netflix’s massive new content wave is going to put unprecedented pressure on HBO

The future keeps happening. Facebook just passed IBM in market cap and now Netflix has passed HBO in subscriber revenue, hitting a giddy $1.146 billion last quarter. More →

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Apple Vs. Samsung HTC

Apple looks poised to run over Samsung and HTC this fall

By on August 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Apple looks poised to run over Samsung and HTC this fall

The new comScore report on U.S. smartphone subscriber market share has one major surprise: Apple managed to increase its American market share to 42.1% in June from 41.4% in March. This is fairly astonishing considering it has been nearly a year since Apple rolled out new models but particularly since Samsung launched its brand-new Galaxy S5 in April and HTC rolled out its much ballyhooed One (M8) in March. So two leading Android vendors debuted their well-received flagship models during the spring… and Apple’s American market share still inched up another notch. More →

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Weirdest Smart Devices Ever

The market is about to be flooded with some of the weirdest ‘smart’ devices you’ve ever seen

By on August 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM.

The market is about to be flooded with some of the weirdest ‘smart’ devices you’ve ever seen

We all have witnessed the depressing news flow about slowing smartphone and tablet sales growth over the past 12 months. But this week, Semiconductor Industry Association threw a curve ball by announcing that chip sales actually increased by a surprisingly robust 11% in the first half of 2014 compared the same period in 2013. SIA is actually hiking its annual growth estimate to 6.5% from earlier projection of 4.1% growth. How can chip sales growth be accelerating if phone and tablet markets are mediocre? More →

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Do Video Games Cause Violence Research

Shock study: Kids playing video games over an hour a day are better adjusted

By on August 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Shock study: Kids playing video games over an hour a day are better adjusted

Finally good news for parents — a well-constructed research study in a leading pediatric journal finds that children playing 1 to 3 hours of video games a day are more well adjusted than their non-gaming peers. Crucially, the mental health benefits go only to kids who play more than an hour a day. Playing just half an hour is not associated with either positive or negative effects. More →

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iPhone 6 Vs. Galaxy Note 4

Samsung execs will be dancing in the streets if the iPhone 6 gets delayed until October

By on July 31, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Samsung execs will be dancing in the streets if the iPhone 6 gets delayed until October

The iPhone 6 has been largely anticipated to debut mid-September, much like iPhone 5c and 5s, which arrived on September 20th last year. But this week, it suddenly started looking like the iPhone 6’s debut may be pushed to October 20th. There are several reasons why this might put Apple in a tough spot. More →

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Nintendo 3DS Doomed

How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo

By on July 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo

For years, Nintendo has believed it could reject smartphone and tablet apps, yet still flourish. The reason for this delusion is familiar — it’s the toxic Last Blockbuster Syndrome that doomed the consumer electronics divisions of Motorola in 2004 and Nokia in 2007. Often at the start of a massive trend shift in consumer electronics, dominant dinosaurs get one massive hit built on a nearly obsolete paradigm, and that allows them to be lulled into a comfy trip to the grave. More →

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BBM Download

BlackBerry stock is up 100% since Christmas, even as BBM grows weaker

By on July 24, 2014 at 3:37 PM.

BlackBerry stock is up 100% since Christmas, even as BBM grows weaker

BlackBerry is up more than 5% on Thursday, buoyed by the CEO’s comments about partnerships that might mirror the recent Apple-IBM pact. That Apple-IBM alliance was seen by some as a fatal blow to BlackBerry, since it gives iOS another boost in the enterprise market. But BlackBerry has recently started resembling a mythical Canadian beast that absorbs fatal blows with polite disinterest, growing only stronger as its prospects weaken. More →

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Microsoft Nokia Layoffs Analysis

Nokia’s handset business is nearly dead – but Microsoft would be crazy to give it up

By on July 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM.

Nokia’s handset business is nearly dead – but Microsoft would be crazy to give it up

The new Microsoft layoff wave will axe thousands of employees from Nokia’s old handset unit and will close down the once crucially important Oulu R&D center that used to be the source of global phone innovation, from internal antennas to 3G tech. Many now view the handset industry as an unprofitable sunset business that has little relevance outside Apple and Samsung. More →

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