First Web Page Ever Created

Let us celebrate the world’s first web page

By about 9 hours ago.

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 about 12 hours ago.

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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iPhone 6 Vs. iPhone 6 Plus Sales

Is the iPhone 6 Plus not the smash hit we thought it was?

By on September 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM.

Is the iPhone 6 Plus not the smash hit we thought it was?

The instant sell-outs and rapidly lengthening delivery estimates of the iPhone 6 Plus have led many observers to believe that the most jumbo version of iPhone is capturing a big chunk of the new iPhone sales in North America. But new statistics from Chitika indicate that people may have been jumping the gun because it’s possible that the low early production volumes of iPhone 6 Plus are the reason for its relative scarcity compared to the smaller iPhone 6. More →

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Flying Bicycle Kickstarter Project

Finally – a flying bicycle is on the verge of becoming a reality

By on September 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Finally – a flying bicycle is on the verge of becoming a reality

Why are you reading a blog focusing on smartphones right now? Why not a transportation blog? Mostly because the pace of technological change in the phone industry has been dazzling over the past 15 years while cars, planes and trains are pretty much what they were 30 years ago. More →

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BlackBerry Passport BBM Analysis

BlackBerry’s secret weapon

By on September 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

BlackBerry’s secret weapon

The new BlackBerry Passport has received some notably snarky, even sneering reviews in the United States media. The Wall Street Journal plastered a square of American cheese on top of its display to demonstrate its size. Mashable branded the square build and relatively thin keypad design downright bizarre. But interestingly enough, BlackBerry’s share price ticked up another 2.5% the device’s launch day and it has now doubled from the dark days of December 2013. More →

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Uber Vs. Lyft Vs. San Francisco

Mobile apps are absolutely murdering San Francisco’s taxi industry

By on September 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Mobile apps are absolutely murdering San Francisco’s taxi industry

San Francisco has been the ground zero for mobile apps that help people find car rides, and now the epic battle between Uber and Lyft is burning at its most intense in the Bay Area. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has just come out with statistics that demonstrate how rapidly and deeply the taxi industry has been affected: According to the new SFMTA director Kate Toran, the number of average trips per taxicab in San Francisco has plunged to 504 in this past July from 1,424 in March of 2012. This drop came despite the fact that rides from the airport remain a taxi industry monopoly. More →

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iPhone 6 Best Keyboard Apps Download

The biggest iPhone 6 launch day surprise

By on September 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM.

The biggest iPhone 6 launch day surprise

It is no shocker people are busting blocks lining up for the new iPhone around the world and that the shipping times for new phones are moving deep into October in many channels — after all, Apple has created a highly unusual, artificial case of pent-up demand by being the last major smartphone vendor to release a phablet. More →

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