Russian Satellite Secret Weapon

Is this mystery satellite Putin’s secret space weapon?

By on November 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM.

Is this mystery satellite Putin’s secret space weapon?

An oddball Russian satellite that launched to orbit last May is now raising suspicions. The so-called Object 2014-28E was put into orbit at the same time with several communications satellites, but Russia has not elaborated on its purpose. The object has been maneuvering in a precise way and it’s possible its purpose is to clear out space junk or refuel other satellites. More →

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Apple Market Cap $700 Billion

Apple’s market cap hits $700 billion – but is this the end?

By on November 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

Apple’s market cap hits $700 billion – but is this the end?

Apple’s market capitalization hit $700 billion during Tuesday morning’s trading session, which is a lot of moolah. It’s more than the value of the entire Russian stock market combined. It’s more than the annual gross domestic product of Sweden, home to such powerhouse companies as Ikea, Volvo, Ericsson, H&M, Spotify, Astra Zeneca and Assa Abloy, the world’s leading lock brand.

The Cupertino-based company also now towers over ExxonMobil, which used to be the world’s most valuable company. Poor Exxon is stuck at around $400 billion. More →

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Google Netflix Uber Vs. France

One country’s desperate battle to erase Google, Netflix and Uber from existence

By on November 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM.

One country’s desperate battle to erase Google, Netflix and Uber from existence

The French don’t play. Ever since Minitel bit dust, the continental power has been hopping mad about American domination of Internet services. And over the past weeks, attacks on U.S. giants have escalated from Paris to Lille. More →

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Blood Sport

First truly immersive video game hardware drains your blood when you get shot

By on November 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM.

First truly immersive video game hardware drains your blood when you get shot

Forget Oculus Rift. Of course, it took Canadians to develop a true break-through in video gaming immersion technology: Blood Sport hardware. From Justin Bieber to Rob Ford, the world has recently started learning about the dark side of our seemingly gentle northern neighbor. Now comes gaming hardware that reroutes the electrical signal meant to trigger the rumbling sensation in the game controllers… instead, turning on blood collection system that is actually hooked into player’s veins. More →

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First Web Page Ever Created

Let us celebrate the world’s first web page

By on October 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Let us celebrate the world’s first web page

One of the biggest inventions of our time was made at a mind-numbingly boring Swiss headquarters of European Organization of Nuclear Research. 25 years ago, Tim Berners Lee’s idea about “a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents” led to the birth of the very first web page. It is spectacularly ugly and mind-blowingly meaningful and stated curtly that “everything there is online about W3 is linked directly or indirectly to this document.” The World Wide Web was born. More →

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Netflix Vs. Hulu Vs. Amazon

Big media companies suddenly seem terrified of Netflix – and they should be

By on October 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

Big media companies suddenly seem terrified of Netflix – and they should be

Over the past year, Netflix has announced a colorful smorgasbord of new original content projects that include comedy, animation, historical epics, science fiction sagas, dramedies, biopics, super hero series, etc. This towering ambition has clearly increased the concerns of media moguls. Now the 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch has spelled out bluntly what he thinks: “As an industry, we need a competitor — a serious competitor — to Netflix and Amazon.” More →

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Apple App Store Revenue

Hell is for app vendors

By on October 30, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

Hell is for app vendors

The new Fiksu numbers highlight just how infernal life for app vendors has become.  The price of acquiring a loyal app user has doubled from early 2012 to current level of more than $2 per user. This is a disaster for many app vendors because the lifetime value of an app user is typically less than $2, and in many cases less than a dollar. Getting consumers to download your app is becoming more difficult with each passing month and the room for smaller app vendors keeps shrinking. More →

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Nintendo Wii U Sales Analysis

The 3 weird gimmicks Nintendo is using to build on its newfound momentum

By on October 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM.

The 3 weird gimmicks Nintendo is using to build on its newfound momentum

Against odds, Nintendo turned a profit in the September quarter. It turns out that Mario Kart 8 was successful enough to give the Wii U home console enough of a sales bump to help Nintendo to eke out a $86 million profit during the autumn period. Nintendo also repeated its vow to achieve profitability for the full fiscal year and after its autumn surprise, this suddenly seems achievable. More →

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Apple Vs. Amazon Walmart

Has Apple found the perfect weapon to fight both Walmart and Amazon?

By on October 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM.

Has Apple found the perfect weapon to fight both Walmart and Amazon?

Apple is edging closer to declaring an all-out war against mega retailers like Walmart, Best Buy and CVS with its payment system. The big shopping chains do not want Apple butting into their customer relationship and have already rejected the use of Apple Pay. Yet despite the stringent opposition from the leading bricks and mortar players, Apple Pay is already more popular than all other NFC solutions combined after only one week of availability. More →

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Search For Alien Life

Here’s where we might finally find alien life

By on October 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

Here’s where we might finally find alien life

One of the lesser moons of Saturn, Mimas, has been largely viewed as a boring lump of ice. But a new discovery has suddenly turned this moon into hot property: its rotational wobble turns out to be far stronger than expected. Mimas is almost perfectly spherical, so a robust wobble implies that something intriguing is going on below its surface…  and that something is very likely to be sloshing. The most likely explanation for the wobble would be an internal ocean starting between 24 and 31 kilometers below the moon’s surface.

This would be something of a puzzle in a moon as small as Mimas — how could a liquid ocean remain warm enough for billions of years? One possibility is that the elliptical orbit of Mimas creates tidal friction strong enough to maintain a warm core. More →

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Netflix Vs. HBO Video Streaming

Netflix is reeling from its $1 price hike – and that’s incredible news for American consumers

By on October 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

Netflix is reeling from its $1 price hike – and that’s incredible news for American consumers

Predicting the behavior of consumers is notoriously tough, but nowhere is it harder than in the rapidly evolving video streaming market. Pretty much nobody expected Netflix’s streaming service to bloom into the huge mainstream success it currently is. A few years ago, many viewed Netflix’s streaming operation as fatally hamstrung by the narrow and often low-quality movie selection. And this autumn, almost nobody predicted just how much a $1 summer price hike would dent the company’s momentum. More →

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Netflix Vs Disney

Netflix is now Disney on steroids

By on October 2, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Netflix is now Disney on steroids

As it happens, the news about Netflix doing a sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and doing a break-through same-day streaming/movie theater release is far from the only bombshell Netflix is lobbing this month. The “Tiger” project alone has already ruffled movie industry feathers — major chains have instantly decided to blackball the film, preventing it from being screened on their theaters. Doing a streaming video sequel to a property that grossed more than $200 million globally in its theatrical run was already a major provocation to traditional movie industry, but now Netflix has another curve ball.

It has inked an unprecedented four-film package deal with Adam Sandler, arguably the biggest comedy star of late 1990s. More →

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