PS4 Vs. Xbox One EA

Here’s why you can’t get EA’s awesome game subscription service on the PS4

Here’s why you can’t get EA’s awesome game subscription service on the PS4

By on July 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

When EA announced its new EA Access subscription program for the Xbox One, we were surprised because it sounds like a pretty good deal. Given EA’s past antics, we actually expected the program involved asking gamers to pay an extra $5 per month just for the privilege of playing games on Xbox Live that they’d already purchased. But no — EA Access actually will give you the ability to play games like Madden NFL 15, Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 even if you’ve never bought the games themselves for just $5 per month or $30 for a full year subscription. More →

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FreedomPop iPad mini LTE Tablet Free Plan

FreedomPop is about to turn any LTE tablet into a phone with free data, voice and texting

FreedomPop is about to turn any LTE tablet into a phone with free data, voice and texting

By on July 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

FreedomPop on Wednesday announced plans to sell discounted LTE tablets that come with a free data plus connectivity capable of offering tablet buyers phone features. In addition to browsing the web with their tablets, FreedomPop tablet buyers will also be able to send and receive text messages and make voice calls for free. More →

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Hit List

Robert Scoble Windows Phone

The man who said Google Glass would revolutionize computing wants Microsoft to dump Windows Phone

The man who said Google Glass would revolutionize computing wants Microsoft to dump Windows Phone

By on July 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

One-time Google Glass enthusiast Robert Scoble is always an entertaining read, although he’s not exactly someone whom tech companies should take advice from. After all, Scoble was once so enthusiastic about Google Glass that he compared it to the Apple II and similarly said it would revolutionize the way we do computing. Needless to say, that hasn’t turned out to be the case, as even Scoble admitted earlier this year that Glass in its current incarnation is “doomed.”

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Mini Smartphone Sales

No one wants ‘mini’ versions of flagship phones

No one wants ‘mini’ versions of flagship phones

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

As flagship smartphones continue to grow more giant each year, smartphone vendors have tried to avoid losing customers looking for smaller and more affordable smartphones with “mini” versions of their various hero phones. As it turns out, however, their efforts appear to be failing. More →

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Game Changers

27-inch Mid-2014 iMac Leak

Apple may release an all-new ‘mid-2014′ 27-inch iMac soon

Apple may release an all-new ‘mid-2014′ 27-inch iMac soon

By on July 30, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Following a previous accidental mention on Tuesday of an updated iMac Mini on Apple’s website, the company has apparently spilled the proverbial beans on another upcoming product that should have been kept under wraps. French site ConsoMac has discovered a mid-2014 iMac mention on Apple’s site in a chart detailing what kind of Windows versions Apple’s iMacs support, just as was the case with the 2014 iMac mini refresh. More →

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Amazon Vs. Barnes And Noble

A tech fan’s confession: I actually regret helping Amazon kill off bookstores

A tech fan’s confession: I actually regret helping Amazon kill off bookstores

By on July 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

I’m not normally one to weep over obsolete business models. I can’t bring myself to fret too much about the Internet strangling the life out of print newspapers, video rental stores or CD shops, largely because I’ve found that what’s replaced them (online journalism, Netflix and iTunes) offers much better value than the old way of doing things. And when the Internet eventually kills off cable TV, I will positively do a dance of joy in the streets. That said, there is one slowly dying business that I’ll confess that I sorely miss: Bookstores. More →

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Google Drive Material Design Update

Google’s Material Design is about to change the way we look at the worldwide web

Google’s Material Design is about to change the way we look at the worldwide web

By on July 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Android L’s Material Design is not reserved only to the Android operating system or Google’s mobile apps, as the company wants to use the same design principles it formally unveiled at its I/O developers conference this year across the web. Furthermore, the company wants app developers to include the same Material Design elements in their own apps, and Google has so far showed what Material Design apps are supposed to look like. To further showcase Material Design, this time on a functional web page rather than by providing just concept images, Google has updated its Google Drive home pages (for Docs, Sheets and Slides) to Material Design. More →

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Popcorn Time iOS App Download

The ‘Netflix for pirates’ is coming soon to an iPhone near you

The ‘Netflix for pirates’ is coming soon to an iPhone near you

By on July 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Those unencumbered by guilt and happy to steal movies instead of paying to see them will be glad to learn that the latest and greatest movie-pirating tool is coming soon to an iPhone and iPad near you. Hot on the heels of the release of an app called TorrenTV that uses Popcorn Time’s code to stream torrents to an Apple TV or Roku box, the team behind Popcorn Time confirmed that an Apple TV streaming feature has been added to its own app.

More interestingly, however, the team has confirmed that it will soon launch an iOS version of its popular app. More →

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Apple TV Release Date

Apple’s hotly anticipated next-gen Apple TV won’t launch until next year

Apple’s hotly anticipated next-gen Apple TV won’t launch until next year

By on July 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

That list of “exciting new product categories” Apple CEO Tim Cook loves teasing at every opportunity keeps getting smaller and smaller — and now it looks like one of Apple’s most interesting new products that was rumored to be slated for a 2014 debut will not launch until sometime next year. More →

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Facebook Revenge Porn Lawsuit

Revenge porn victim wants $0.10 in damages for every Facebook subscriber in the world

Revenge porn victim wants $0.10 in damages for every Facebook subscriber in the world

By on July 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

A Facebook user who claims the social network has failed to take action against a fake “revenge porn” Facebook page despite being notified about it, wants the company to pay $0.10 for every subscriber it has, or around $123 million in damages, The Wrap has learned.

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Best Kickstarter Projects Modbook Pro X

How to get the touchscreen Retina MacBook Pro of your dreams

How to get the touchscreen Retina MacBook Pro of your dreams

By on July 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

Apple has never been all that keen on the idea of releasing a MacBook with a touchscreen, even if it has been toying with the idea of releasing a larger “iPad Pro.” Just because Apple isn’t going to release a touchscreen MacBook, however, doesn’t mean that a bold entrepreneur on Kickstarter won’t give it a shot. A new Kickstarter projected called Modbook Pro X is trying to raise $150,000 to build a massive MacBook-tablet hybrid that even utilizes one of Steve Jobs’ most hated accessories — the stylus. More →

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Nintendo 3DS Doomed

How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo

How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo

By on July 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

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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Why Is Comcast So Bad

This is what Comcast instructed employees to do following viral-call-gate

This is what Comcast instructed employees to do following viral-call-gate

By on July 30, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Comcast’s customer care service is a mess, as many affected customers and even former and current employees will attest, no matter what the company says in public. It all became even clearer following that customer call that was recorded by a certain tech personality, and which quickly went viral, as it revealed that Comcast is desperately trying to put a stop to service cancellations. The company took immediate action by apologizing for the incident and explaining its customer care policies publicly. Internally, the company served its employees a new memo supposed to be a reminder of its “customer interaction policy.” More →

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