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Jacob Siegal

Associate Editor

Since 2013
Top Channel GAMING
Articles 10,052

Bio

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.

Nintendo 3DS Game Sales 2013

Forget Wii U: Nintendo sold more than 16 million 3DS games in 2013

January 10th, 2014

It remains to be seen how well the Wii U sold in its first full year on the market, but at least one Nintendo console flourished in 2013. According to a recent press release, Nintendo sold more than 16 million physical and digital 3DS games last year, a 45% increase in year-over-year sales. The 3DS …

Amazon Kindle Vending Machine

Amazon wants to sell you a Kindle from a vending machine

January 10th, 2014

Amazon wants to know if it can turn the Kindle into an impulse buy, and it’s using CES attendees as test subjects to find out. GeekWire was one of the first sites to run across the “Kindle Kiosk” at the McCarran airport in Las Vegas on Thursday, just as CES was beginning to wind down. …

Apple iPhone Market Share 2013

Despite hot sales, iPhone 5s, 5c may not be winning fresh converts

January 10th, 2014

The competition in the smartphone world might finally be making Apple sweat. According to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, the iPhone’s market share in Great Britain in November 2013 was down over 5% from the same month in 2012. Forbes contributor Chuck Jones points out that not only are other platforms growing at a much …

Aereo Broadcasting Companies Lawsuit Appeal

Broadcasters are taking online TV service Aereo back to court

January 10th, 2014

Despite a flurry of lawsuits, streaming television service Aereo is still online — but broadcasting companies aren’t done fighting quite yet. Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by several media companies (the list includes ABC, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and CBS) that are determined to prove that Aereo …

DuckDuckGo Anonymous Search Engine Statistics

NSA-thwarting alternative to Google search has a record year

January 10th, 2014

You probably assume that Google holds a monopoly on Internet search. Think again. According to a blog post, DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t collect or share any of your personal information, processed a record 1 billion searches in 2013. Unlike Google, DuckDuckGo will never store historical search data or inundate you with targeted ads, sell …

Apple Google Patent Lawsuit Decision Upheld

Apple escapes long-running Google patent lawsuit unscathed

January 10th, 2014

Although patent feuds continue to dominate the tech news cycle as many stretch indefinitely forward, one battle has finally come to a close. In August 2012, Google-owned Motorola Mobility filed a complaint against Apple stating that the iPhone developer had violated several patents, including one covering signal noise reduction, another involving email notifications and one …

Facebook Mobile Updates iOS Android Apps

Facebook uses you as its guinea pig for testing mobile app updates

January 9th, 2014

The mobile app for Facebook, much like its desktop counterpart, is constantly seeing tweaks and revisions, but when the team switched from custom to native development on iOS and Android, they lost the ability to A/B test their releases. In the latest post on the Facebook Engineering Blog, Ari Grant and Kang Zhang detail the …

iOS 7 Jailbreak App

This live weather icon for iOS 7 could keep you dry on a rainy day

January 9th, 2014

One of the most underutilized features of the iOS platform is the ability to update app icons in real time. The clock icon slowly ticks away the hours, the calendar icon flips through the days, but almost everything else remains stagnant on the screens of our iPhones and iPads. If you’d like a more lively …

X-Ray Glasses Medical Advancement

Video: X-Ray glasses could be the next major medical advancement

January 9th, 2014

Let’s face it: Only masochists like getting shots when they go to the doctor’s office. Not only are you stabbed with a long needle, but doctors and nurses often have to try more than once in order to hit a vein. Evena Medical has created a convenient solution to bring this imprecise practice to an …

Xbox One Xbox Live Prank

Video: How to troll your Xbox Live opponents without saying a word

January 9th, 2014

When Apple originally announced Siri, many people thought that a voice-controlled personal assistant would lead to some very unfortunate pranks at the expense of iPhone owners. The potential for mayhem was quickly debunked when everyone realized Siri wasn’t going to be listening all the time, but that’s not the case with Kinect on the Xbox …