Most Expensive iPhone Apps

Apple just accepted a rare $999 app

By on September 15, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

Apple just accepted a rare $999 app

Apple has recently taken a tough line on super-expensive apps. There is BarMax CA, a California bar exam prep app, and a couple of industrial apps like MobiGage and Agro. But the $999 app club has only a couple of members. This week, the exclusive group gained a new member as Vizzywig 4K debuted. This hyper-deluxe iPhone application “captures full 4K resolution photos at the rate of 24 photos per second along with synched audio” rather than capturing video. You can thus get really, really, really nice clips with your iPhone 5s. More →

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Apple Watch Price $349

The Apple Watch has a major pricing problem

By on September 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

The Apple Watch has a major pricing problem

When Apple announced its first iPad in 2010, the Wall Street consensus expected the price to be above $900. The device that gave birth to the modern tablet industry instead debuted at $500, shocking many observers. Yet despite the notably low initial price, Apple’s iPad sales lost their growth momentum in 2013 and by the beginning of 2014, Apple was reporting declining sell-through volumes. More →

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Galaxy Note Vs. iPad

The Galaxy Note didn’t ‘kill’ the iPhone… but it may be hurting the iPad

By on August 29, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

The Galaxy Note didn’t ‘kill’ the iPhone… but it may be hurting the iPad

It has been clear for a year that tablet market growth has been slowing down a lot faster than anyone expected. But nevertheless, the latest IDC numbers are a stiff shock. The firm’s previous forecast for 12% tablet sales growth this year was already really low considering how hot the growth was as recently as in 2013, when the segment expanded by more than 50%. But now IDC has cut its projection in half, as the brand-new estimate for 2014 global tablet sales growth is a pitiful 6.5%. What’s even more stunning is that no growth is expected to take place in North America and Europe during this year. More →

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Is The Universe A Simulation

We are about to find out if our universe really is a hologram

By on August 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

We are about to find out if our universe really is a hologram

What could be the most important scientific experiment of our lifetime is about to begin. The so-called Holometer Experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory aims to determine whether our perception of a three-dimensional universe is just an illusion. Do we actually live on a 2D plane, as a holographic projection? There is a well-established theory that states we are indeed living in a hologram, with a pixel size of about 10 trillion trillion times smaller than an atom. This has certain implications, some of which are quite sinister, even unspeakably horrific. More →

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Flappy Bird Vs. Swing Copters

Flappy Bird creator finds out how brutally hard the app market is

By on August 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Flappy Bird creator finds out how brutally hard the app market is

Last February, the world was consumed by Flappy Bird mania. The retro-looking, infuriatingly hard mobile game from Vietnam became the top app in 80 countries, generating tens of millions of downloads and a media frenzy that drove its creator to remove the app from iTunes completely. The Flappy Bird genius, Dong Nguyen, claimed the app was too addictive for some consumers and he could no longer sleep because of its gigantic success. More →

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Movie Pirate Sentenced

Man jailed for 33 months for pirating ‘Fast and Furious 6′

By on August 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Man jailed for 33 months for pirating ‘Fast and Furious 6′

The British justice system can occasionally deliver as stern messages as any Texas or Mississippi municipality. A judge in the idyllic town of Wolverhampton has just sentenced a 25-year old man named Philip Danks to 33 months in prison for recording “Fast and Furious 6″ at a movie theater and distributing a pirated version of the film. The judge explained his harsh decision by referring to the “bold, arrogant and cocksure” manner of the accused. That seems to be an apt description, since Mr. Danks promoted his illicit endeavor in his Facebook profile. More →

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Best iPhone Trade-In Deals

Think twice about where you sell your old iPhone

By on August 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

Think twice about where you sell your old iPhone

The Wall Street Journal has come up with a handy guide to reselling your old iPhone before splurging on a new model. For comparison purposes, all prices are for 16GB models, though phones with more memory will naturally command a higher value. In all the WSJ’s study came up with some fascinating results. More →

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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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