GameStop Trade-In Program Overhaul

This month looks like the perfect time to cash in by selling your old games to GameStop

By on August 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM.

This month looks like the perfect time to cash in by selling your old games to GameStop

It looks like GameStop’s much-maligned used game trade-in rates are about to get the overhaul they so desperately need. According to leaked internal documents obtained by Kotaku, GameStop will be implementing a new, simplified pricing structure on August 18th which should eliminate the need to put money toward preorders or subscribe to Game Informer in order to get the best deal on a trade-in. Instead, GameStop will buy your games at a flat rate which should only fluctuate depending on whether or not you’re a member of the Power Up Rewards program or if you want cash instead of credit. More →

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Sprint T-Mobile Merger News

The Sprint/T-Mobile merger just got a new lease on life

By on August 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM.

The Sprint/T-Mobile merger just got a new lease on life

The merger between Sprint and T-Mobile may be doomed but it won’t be because T-Mobile decided to spurn Sprint and accept a competing offer from French carrier Iliad. Bloomberg is reporting that T-Mobile is planning to turn down Iliad’s proposal to buy the “Uncarrier,” which presumably means that it would prefer to stick to its original plan to merge with Sprint. More →

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Samsung Mobile Sales Growth Chart

This chart should scare the hell out of Samsung

By on August 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

This chart should scare the hell out of Samsung

Before looking at this chart, we should emphasize: Samsung is not “doomed.” It’s a hugely profitable company that has a lot more businesses than just smartphones and every other Android vendor can only dream of having the kinds of sales and profits that Samsung enjoys. That said, a new chart produced by Jackdaw Research’s Jan Dawson shows that things are definitely looking very bad for Samsung when it comes to the growth of its mobile phone business unit and the company is right to be feeling nervous. More →

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BlackBerry 2014 Layoffs Over

The worst may finally be over for BlackBerry

By on August 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

The worst may finally be over for BlackBerry

Things have been getting better for BlackBerry over the past year mainly because, as Lennon-McCartney might have sung about the company’s fortunes last year, “they can’t get no worse.” However, Reuters reports that leaked internal company memos show that BlackBerry says it’s finished its painful restructuring process and is ready to start hiring new personnel and acquiring new companies. More →

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Samsung Q2 2014 China Sales

Xiaomi is giving Samsung plenty of reasons to be nervous

By on August 5, 2014 at 9:26 AM.

Xiaomi is giving Samsung plenty of reasons to be nervous

Samsung has been the vendor to beat in China for quite some time, but according to the latest figures from research firm Canalys, Xiaomi has taken the top spot in the second quarter of 2014. Xiaomi managed to capture 14% of the market with nearly 15 million units sales while Samsung took second place with 13.2 million, Lenovo took third with 13 million and Yulong and Huawei rounded out the top 5. More →

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Hotel Bad Yelp Reviews

Hotel starts handing out $500 fines for customers who leave bad Yelp reviews

By on August 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

Hotel starts handing out $500 fines for customers who leave bad Yelp reviews

Running a business in the age of online reviews is obviously very stressful. Customers who don’t enjoy their time at an establishment could irreparably tarnish its reputation with a Yelp rating and a few short sentences, even if the customers are the ones are causing the problem in the first place. In order to avoid any issues like this, one hotel is going above and beyond the call of duty to keep guests from even considering writing a bad review: $500 fines. More →

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HTC 2014 Revenue Sales

HTC still hasn’t stopped the bleeding

By on August 4, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

HTC still hasn’t stopped the bleeding

Sure, HTC has become somewhat profitable lately, but that’s only because the company has taken some pretty significant cost cutting measures. From a sales standpoint, HTC’s revenue continues to shrink despite the fact that its flagship smartphones earn widespread praise every year as some of the best in the world. More →

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SwivelCard Business Cards

Forget killing business cards – SwivelCard rockets them into the digital age

Forget killing business cards – SwivelCard rockets them into the digital age

By on August 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM.

For years, we’ve been told that various technologies were going to render business cards obsolete. NFC-enabled smartphones, apps that let you bump two devices together even without NFC to exchange contact details, and plenty more have come and gone, and yet we still carry cards and hand them out when we need to exchange info.

Since business cards don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, one company has decided to give them a much-needed digital update instead of trying to kill them off.

Meet the SwivelCard.

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Google Mystery Barge

Google’s $4 million mystery barge is headed for the junk yard

By on August 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Google’s $4 million mystery barge is headed for the junk yard

$4 million is barely a drop in the bucket for Google, which racked up $16 billion in revenue in the June quarter alone. But $4 million is the amount Google just burned on its mystery barge, which is reportedly about to be dismantled after Google had tried to use it as a floating showroom. More →

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Apple Beats Acquisition 200 Employees

It’s official: Apple is axing 200 Beats employees

By on July 31, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

It’s official: Apple is axing 200 Beats employees

Apple is cleaning house as the $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics approaches completion. Bloomberg reports that Apple has informed over 200 Beats employees that they will not be able to stay on with the company for the long term once the transaction has been finalized. According to the source, most of those jobs are in finance, HR and other areas where the two groups might overlap. More →

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Sprint T-Mobile Merger Dead

This could be the final nail in the Sprint-T-Mobile merger’s coffin

By on July 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

This could be the final nail in the Sprint-T-Mobile merger’s coffin

The $32 billion merger between Sprint and T-Mobile always faced a major uphill climb since U.S. regulators really weren’t keen on the idea of letting the wireless industry consolidate even further. And now a new report from The Wall Street Journal indicates that Sprint parent company SoftBank may no longer be the only company willing to shell out big bucks for America’s scrappy “Uncarrier.” More →

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticism

The one thing that Tim Cook really needs to do better

By on July 31, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

The one thing that Tim Cook really needs to do better

Unlike a lot of pundits and analysts, I actually think Tim Cook has done a very good job of running Apple. The company is still insanely profitable and Apple customers’ loyalty has shown no signs of waning. Granted, he’s not Steve Jobs, but that’s not a bad thing because he’s shown that he’s very skilled at getting a bunch of very talented people with very big egos to work together effectively as a team — not an easy feat when you consider how a post-Jobs Apple could have easily turned into one giant turf war. More →

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