By now we’re all familiar with the upsides and downsides to the Google Play store’s approach to vetting apps: The upside is that it’s incredibly easy for new apps to get posted on the store. The downside is that it’s incredibly easy for shady mobile apps to get posted on the store. Technology Review points us to a new study from the Institut Eurécom that shows us how shady Android apps might be even shadier than we ever imagined. More →
The idea that an Internet service provider might lie to subscribers in an effort to get them to upgrade to a more expensive broadband plan will shock no one. These companies are notorious for pulling the wool over subscribers’ eyes and maintaining close relationships with regulators, who often turn a blind eye. For example, can you believe that some ISPs are still getting away with charging customers an additional monthly fee to use Wi-Fi in their homes? We’ve even heard cases of customers being charged for Wi-Fi while using their own wireless equipment.
But the latest example of an ISP trying to pull the wool over a customer’s eyes has a hilarious twist: Verizon tried to convince a subscriber that he needed a pricy 75Mbps plan instead of a 50Mbps plan in order to make Netflix smoother. That subscriber, however, turned out to be one of the most widely respected streaming media experts in the country.
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Here we go. Since Apple’s new Watch is the latest and greatest product from the world’s top technology company, you can expect to see the device dominate headlines for weeks to come. This is especially true in the case of the Apple Watch even more so than some other devices, since supply isn’t coming anywhere close to meeting demand, giving people plenty to complain about.
Of course, complaints that focus on Apple’s supply issues are valid; perhaps Apple should have waited to launch the device until manufacturing issues were ironed out and they could be built more quickly. But you’ll also see plenty of ridiculous complaints surrounding the Apple Watch since people love to complain.
Case in point: A recent article titled “8 Infuriating Problems With The Apple Watch.” More →
After a Motherboard report in March said that details for at least some Uber accounts had been accessed by hackers who were selling them online for as little as $1, the publication is back with a followup to the story. Now, it looks like American Uber customers have been targeted by hackers, who may have obtained access to some accounts. More →
If there’s a better way to start off the week than with a list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, we don’t know what it is. Today’s list features eight solid paid iOS apps that have all been made free for a limited time. As always, these sales could be over at any time, so be sure to hurry if you see anything you might like. More →
For a few months now, we’ve seen a myriad of reports pointing to Apple releasing a 12.2-inch iPad Pro. As for a potential launch window, one of the more recent rumblings from the rumor mill suggests that production on the rumored iPad Pro won’t begin until sometime during the second quarter of 2015.
With mass production purportedly slated to get underway soon, it’s not all that surprising that we’re starting to see a steady uptick in the number of iPad Pro related leaks.
The Fine Brothers have built a YouTube empire based on different kinds of reaction videos, and they typically stick to a formula. When young children or teens are featured in a reaction video, they’re typically shown something old that they have no experience with. And when elders are featured on a show, they’re shown something new that they have no experience with… like Mortal Kombat X.
In the brothers’ most recent reaction video, however, they switch things up by sitting a bunch of young kids down and showing them something so new, they haven’t even had a chance to play with it yet: The Apple Watch. More →
When Apple finally relaunches Beats Music later this year, it’s going to have to compete with some of the most popular streaming services on the market, including the seemingly omnipresent Spotify. But Apple knows it’s going to be an uphill battle, which is why we’re inclined to believe a report from The Verge claiming that Apple is trying to convince music labels to force Spotify to drop its free streaming tiers altogether prior to the debut of Beats Music. More →
Billed as the “fight of the century,” this weekend’s Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight was undoubtedly the biggest sports event of the weekend, an impressive feat given the ongoing NBA playoffs and Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
While upwards of three million people ordered the pay per view event (at $100 a pop no less), many others were able to stream the site for free via Periscope, the Twitter-owned video streaming app. Indeed, users who opened up Periscope (or Meerkat) on Saturday night couldn’t ignore the myriad of available fight streams even if they wanted to. More →
Apple on late April launched its first smartwatch ever, but not all buyers looking to score one on April 24th were able to do it. From the looks of it, buying an Apple Watch from Apple.com will not be an easy task in the near future either, at least unless you’re willing to wait quite a while for your chosen model to be shipped. As Redmond Pie noticed, all 42mm Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch models now have July shipping estimates when ordered from Apple’s U.S. and international online stores. More →
Windows Phone fans tired to see Microsoft launching only entry-level to mid-range Windows handsets aren’t probably happy to hear that Windows 10 for phones won’t be launched at the same time with the desktop version. Since Windows 10 for phones will arrive later than expected, this also means that flagship Lumia handsets aren’t likely to launch just yet – at least Microsoft did say more than once that such devices are in the works. More →
Long before nerds used to have pointless arguments about iPhone vs. Android, they’d have pointless arguments over Marvel vs. DC comic books. Now that comic books have turned into box office gold, this argument has become a major financial battle between two super hero heavyweights who do regular battle throughout the summer for moviegoers’ dollars. More →
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