Used Nokia Sales

That old Nokia phone in your attic might be worth $1,400

By on June 3, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

That old Nokia phone in your attic might be worth $1,400

There is now organized resistance against the modern smartphone. And it appears to be quite lucrative.

A website called Vintage Mobile offers a wide array of defiantly dumb phones from the era when Nokia, Motorola and Ericsson ruled the global handset market and there was a wide range of different designs and form factors.

Refurbished models on Vintage Mobile sell typically for between $100 and 200, but there are some gems that command four figures. Among European connoisseurs of the art of mobile handset, the Nokia 8800 Arte Carbon has achieved legendary status — and the price of a refurbished model in 2014 is nearly $1,400. More →

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HTC Earnings

Not even the world’s best Android phone could save HTC in May

By on June 3, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

Not even the world’s best Android phone could save HTC in May

HTC has faced many setbacks, disasters and bitter disappointments since its handset unit performance started missing projections around Christmas 2011. But May 2014 might have been the most devastating blow yet. That is because HTC had supposedly reacted to miserable sales declines in 2012 and 2013 by revamping its handset design and marketing strategies. Both the product and how it is sold were changed to finally staunch the bleeding by spring of 2014.

Yet despite the new product and branding initiatives, May 2014 turns out to be a chilling omen of a summer of horror for the besieged Taiwanese vendor. More →

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Apple iOS 8 New Features

iOS 8’s new messaging features could scare your carrier to death

By on June 2, 2014 at 3:44 PM.

iOS 8’s new messaging features could scare your carrier to death

This is not the first time Apple has sent a chill down the spines of mobile carrier executives. Years ago, the launch of the iMessage platform on iPhone was a quite obvious and direct attempt to undermine carriers’ highly lucrative text-messaging business. Over the past couple of years, though, it hasn’t been iMessage that has undermined SMS revenues around the world — it has been the cluster of cross-platform messaging apps like WhatsApp, LINE, Kakao, WeChat, etc. More →

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Google Right To Be Forgotten

Google is being flooded by thousands of demands to erase search results

By on May 30, 2014 at 5:35 PM.

Google is being flooded by thousands of demands to erase search results

Google has been hit by more than 12,000 requests to erase links to personal history after a landmark European court ruling, Reuters reports. On May 13th, the top European court upheld a law that requires Google to erase “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” information from search results if individuals request so. More →

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Netflix Vs. YouTube Videos

Netflix’s real rivals: Makeup tipsters, Swedish hipsters and Keyboard Cat

By on May 30, 2014 at 4:35 PM.

Netflix’s real rivals: Makeup tipsters, Swedish hipsters and Keyboard Cat

We’ve already heard a lot about the triumphant success of Netflix and the rapid growth of on-demand video services from cable companies. But a brand new ARRIS Group study shows that Google’s YouTube is already the true mammoth of consumer engagement when it comes to streaming video. More →

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Nintendo 3DS Vs. Smartphones

Nintendo’s horrors multiply

By on May 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Nintendo’s horrors multiply

Game revenue stats from the first quarter of 2014 are grim reading for Nintendo. The ailing giant is now being overtaken by multiple mobile app companies, many of them riding on the success of a single, free download. Nintendo’s entire software stable — consisting of dozens of Wii U, Wii and 3DS titles —grossed just $411 million in the first quarter of the year. More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone Market Share

Microsoft has three monsters to slay

By on May 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

Microsoft has three monsters to slay

To paraphrase the Prophesy of Daenerys from Game of Thrones: “Three beasts shall Microsoft slay – one is slate and one is late and one is cut-rate.” It is now becoming increasingly clear Microsoft’s mobile device strategy hinges on conquering three problems that it’s going to have a very hard time tackling. More →

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How Much Money Do Mobile Apps Make

Now we know why companies are spending insane money to buy mobile apps

By on May 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM.

Now we know why companies are spending insane money to buy mobile apps

Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp is not going to be the last jaw-dropping deal in the mobile app industry. If you’re looking for reasons why, search no further than Mary Meeker’s epic, 164-slide “Internet Trends” mammoth presentation. More →

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3D Food Printing Future

Interest in 3D food printing seems to be crashing pretty spectacularly

By on May 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Interest in 3D food printing seems to be crashing pretty spectacularly

The 3D printing market has seen an explosion of creativity in recent months and it’s hard to say whether this stems from healthy demand or from a tech industry bubble that’s still inflating at a frightening pace. Either way, the latest bloom of innovation comes from Oxford-based company called Dovetailed and it has just launched a 3D printer that “extends a molecular-gastronomy technique called spherification.” To put it bluntly, the machine creates spherical blobs of jelly that adhere together forming raspberry-shaped delicacies. The company calls these concoctions “fresh and organic 3D fruits on demand,” although they do sound a lot like plain old jellies.  More →

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Banned iOS Apps Weed Firm

Apple yanks top weed game from App Store as sleaze app popularity surges

By on May 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

Apple yanks top weed game from App Store as sleaze app popularity surges

Over the past month, one obvious trend has taken the App Store by storm: sleaze apps. Make It Rain hit the top of the iPhone download chart in early may with gameplay features such as bribing federal judges. Toilet Time became the No. 2 app (so to speak) in mid-May by promising to let players to “use your pee to clean dirt from the toilet.” And of course, there was the king of all sleaze apps: Weed Firm, a marijuana business simulator that was populated by such memorable characters as “a horny dancer.” More →

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Wolfenstein The New Order German Release

Wolfenstein game franchise finally debuts in Germany – without Nazis

By on May 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

Wolfenstein game franchise finally debuts in Germany – without Nazis

The kitschy triumph of bad taste gaming, “Castle Wolfenstein”, debuted on Apple II 33 years ago (in case you weren’t already feeling old today). The smash hit spawned a series of jaw-droppingly tacky sequels, remakes and spin-offs, including “Spear of Destiny” where the player tries to locate the weapon that pierced the chest of Jesus Christ to prevent Hitler from leveraging its supernatural power. Because it is widely known that Christian relics are easily converted into weapons of mass destruction.

There have been no German releases of any kind for a fairly good reason: The use of Nazi imagery in Germany can result in prison sentences of up to three years. More →

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GoPro IPO

GoPro showed us how well defying the smartphone market can work

By on May 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

GoPro showed us how well defying the smartphone market can work

The biggest consumer market trend of the past decade has been how smartphones have suffocated one consumer product category after another. Portable video game consoles, music players, cameras — stand-alone devices have been left reeling by the relentless improvement of smartphone processing power, memory size and camera quality. Global camera sales shrunk by a stunning -40% in 2013. The immensely powerful Nintendo empire is reeling as its cornerstone 3DS handheld franchise has started missing sales targets. iPod sales have dived into terminal decline. More →

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