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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HBO Vs. Netflix Original Content

Netflix’s massive new content wave is going to put unprecedented pressure on HBO

By on August 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Netflix’s massive new content wave is going to put unprecedented pressure on HBO

The future keeps happening. Facebook just passed IBM in market cap and now Netflix has passed HBO in subscriber revenue, hitting a giddy $1.146 billion last quarter. More →

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Apple Vs. Samsung HTC

Apple looks poised to run over Samsung and HTC this fall

By on August 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Apple looks poised to run over Samsung and HTC this fall

The new comScore report on U.S. smartphone subscriber market share has one major surprise: Apple managed to increase its American market share to 42.1% in June from 41.4% in March. This is fairly astonishing considering it has been nearly a year since Apple rolled out new models but particularly since Samsung launched its brand-new Galaxy S5 in April and HTC rolled out its much ballyhooed One (M8) in March. So two leading Android vendors debuted their well-received flagship models during the spring… and Apple’s American market share still inched up another notch. More →

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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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