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Meerkat Vs Periscope

Meerkat is dying – and it’s taking U.S. tech journalism with it

By on March 30, 2015 at 8:50 AM.

Meerkat is dying – and it’s taking U.S. tech journalism with it

About three days after it received a lavish new funding round, Meerkat died an ugly and embarrassing death. It is hard to decide whether the Great Meerkat Debacle that has unfolded over the past week is a tragedy or a comedy — probably a bit of both.

The mobile streaming app that had whipped U.S. tech journalists into a frenzy announced $14 million in new funding on Thursday. Money poured in from Jared Leto, Greylock Partners and other illustrious sources. On the same day, Twitter launched its rival streaming app called Periscope. Apparently, investors didn’t stop to ponder why Meerkat people rushed to cash in so aggressively only a month after the app had debuted.

Well, we now know why. More →

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Smartwatch Games 10 Second Sessions

Smartwatch game wars start right now – but can a 10-second game really work?

By on March 18, 2015 at 1:33 PM.

Smartwatch game wars start right now – but can a 10-second game really work?

A new Finnish mobile game company called Everywear has made a radical decision: It will only develop games for wearable devices. This leap seems gutsy, almost foolhardy… but the people backing the company are bound to give skeptics a pause. The lead investors in a newly announced €500,000 seed round are Lifeline and Sunstone, two institutions closely linked to the massive Nordic success stories of Supercell and Minecraft. More →

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Nintendo iOS Android Games

Nintendo embraces the one thing that can save it from oblivion: The iPhone

By on March 17, 2015 at 9:40 AM.

Nintendo embraces the one thing that can save it from oblivion: The iPhone

How perfectly dreadful. Nintendo, that last defender of console-only auteurism, is now succumbing to that basest of commercial instincts and is launching potentially hugely lucrative mobile apps. This could lead to something quite disturbing: Massive profit growth. More →

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Mark Cuban Tech Bubble Theory

Massive new tech bubble? Mark Cuban has no idea what he’s talking about

By on March 6, 2015 at 12:55 PM.

Massive new tech bubble? Mark Cuban has no idea what he’s talking about

Mark Cuban has been blogging again. This happens with alarming frequency, but there is something special about today’s bloviation — serious news sites like MarketWatch turned Cuban’s comments into a lead news item. More →

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Netflix Vs. Broadcast TV

Netflix already killed your video store and it’s coming after broadcast TV next

By on February 24, 2015 at 1:45 PM.

Netflix already killed your video store and it’s coming after broadcast TV next

For years, the decline in broadcast audiences has been sort of a mild, persistent headache for TV executives. U.S. viewership of “linear television” has been dipping at a speed of few percentage points per year: In some quarters, the drop stabilized for a spell while in others, it briefly expanded to 4% or 6%. But the Nielsen numbers from the second half of 2014 are the worst on record for a six-month period because U.S. television audience decline accelerated by a scary 7% in Q4 2014. More →

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New York City Blizzard Report

Terror grips NYC: Impending blizzard nightmare turns Manhattan into a ghost town

By on January 26, 2015 at 1:29 PM.

Terror grips NYC: Impending blizzard nightmare turns Manhattan into a ghost town

By noon, midtown Manhattan has turned into a ghost town. Times Square, the heart of Broadway, is nearly deserted and seems like a set for a chilly zombie movie. More →

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CES 2015 Preview Analysis

CES is a great showcase for products that are about to die

By on January 5, 2015 at 11:55 AM.

CES is a great showcase for products that are about to die

I’ll be heading for CES again tomorrow, but mainly to meet people. As a device showcase, CES has demonstrated an uncanny ability to highlight trends that will never be. Perhaps the most legendary example was the year 2006, one year before the iPhone arrived. The highlights of CES 2006 pretty much represented every trend that was going to fizzle out far before anyone expected. More →

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Netflix Vs. Movie Theaters

Netflix is starting to wound the movie industry where it hurts most

By on January 2, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Netflix is starting to wound the movie industry where it hurts most

Streaming video services, mainly Netflix, have been undermining broadcast television and cable channels for years — but we are now getting some signs that movie theaters may be coming under the gun as well. More →

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Jake Dyson Aerial Light

A lamp that lasts 40 years will debut in May

By on December 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

A lamp that lasts 40 years will debut in May

For nearly a century, lightbulbs have been the poster child of planned obsolescence. Manufacturers have been accused of deliberately designing products that only last months or years — and there is even evidence that a formal cartel called Pheobus existed in 1920s and ’30s. More →

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The Interview Online Revenue

Theater chains made a lethal mistake in rejecting The Interview

By on December 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Theater chains made a lethal mistake in rejecting The Interview

Much has been made about movie theater chains’ decision to reject running The Interview on December 25th due to safety concerns. It is now becoming clear that these theaters have made a huge miscalculation that may cause much bigger problems than just reputation damage. More →

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iPhone 6 Plus Vs. iPad Air 2

Apple is killing off the tablet market that it single handedly created

By on December 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

Apple is killing off the tablet market that it single handedly created

Apple waited for three years to dive into the phablet market while allowing Samsung to rack up big sales with devices featuring jumbo screen sizes. This fall, the iPhone finally jumped into the ring with two new variants boasting large displays. Perhaps the biggest question in the consumer electronics market this winter is what happens to the tablet market now. More →

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2014 Vinyl Records Sales

2014’s biggest shocker: Vinyl records are making a huge comeback

By on November 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

2014’s biggest shocker: Vinyl records are making a huge comeback

There have been signs of revival in the vinyl record scene for quite some time. Back in early 2013, one of the most high-profile Kickstarter projects was the modern, minimalistic Orbit turntable with a cool USB connection twist. Orbit raced to $230,000 in fundraising, eclipsing its original target of $60,000 handily. Lately, mass market U.S. retailers like Best Buy have started stocking a surprisingly deep range of turntables, including offbeat, faux-’40s curios like Paprika and VictoriaMore →

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