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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Best Paid iPhone Apps Monument Valley

The saddest game of the year proves $2 apps can still be blockbusters

By on July 15, 2014 at 4:19 PM.

The saddest game of the year proves $2 apps can still be blockbusters

Yes, all but two of the top 80 highest grossing iPhone apps in America are now free downloads. The freemium beast has eaten the entire app industry. But there are still a couple of rare exceptions out there — paid downloads that generate millions of dollars of revenue. More →

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Vantablack Video

Scientists have developed a black so deep it makes 3D objects look flat

By on July 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Scientists have developed a black so deep it makes 3D objects look flat

Coating objects with a layer so black it makes them look like flat holes in reality is potentially important for developing stealth weapons. But we all know the coolest implementation would be an iPhone that would look like a black splotch on the table.

We are now a step closer to this reality, as British scientists have developed a new material called Vantablack. More →

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Samsung Food Showcase Smart Fridge

Samsung’s ‘Plan B’ already looks like a flop

By on July 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Samsung’s ‘Plan B’ already looks like a flop

The global slowdown in smartphone and tablet unit growth rates has been tough for a variety of vendors, from HTC to Apple. But for Samsung, the evaporation of mobile division revenue growth is particularly galling, because the company’s winning streak was so long. Two years after HTC’s sales growth stalled and several quarters after Apple’s growth petered out, Samsung sailed on. More →

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Kim Kardashian: Hollywood iOS App

Kim Kardashian shocks the app market

By on July 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

Kim Kardashian shocks the app market

There are few things as despised as celebrity apps. Vanity apps are largely viewed as shameful sidekicks of the app market – expensive productions that may make a few bucks for the app vendor, but practically never bring in real revenue. But in July 2014, Kim Kardashian changed the game. Her new app is so popular that it has boosted the share price of Glu Mobile by 50% since June, adding more than $100 million to its market cap. More →

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Motorola Smartphone Sales

Motorola’s astonishing low-end success is a grim warning for HTC and Samsung

By on July 10, 2014 at 2:04 PM.

Motorola’s astonishing low-end success is a grim warning for HTC and Samsung

It’s been a dim couple of years for Motorola, a company that has had badly misfiring high-end smartphone strategy. Just two months ago, the company decided to shut down its vaunted U.S. manufacturing plant in Texas. Google grew tired of the issues last January, offloading Motorola to Chinese electronics giant Lenovo, and many questioned what Lenovo could possibly gain by buying the old warhorse.

We now have an answer. More →

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Solar Vs. Coal Power

Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia

By on July 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM.

Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia

Rooftop solar panels are becoming such a powerful factor in the energy market that they now can push the price of electricity to negative territory in the sunniest regions of the world. This is possible because powering down fossil fuel energy generators during peak solar power periods would be more expensive than paying customers to use the electricity. More →

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