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Score a point for South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and their recently aired "Freemium Isn't Free" episode. Sometimes it takes a raunchy cartoon to drive the point home, and whether or that played a role in Apple's decision to remove the "free" label from freemium games like Clash of Clans or not (it... Read more...
Even the most dextrous people on the planet have their moments of clumsiness, and it usually happens when holding a pricey (and uninsured) smartphone. For whatever reason, those suckers like to squirt right out of our hands, especially if we happen to be trotting along on a tough surface like concrete (something about... Read more...
Back on November 13, Wal-Mart announced that it would price match select online retailers which included Amazon.com. However, consumers took advantage of this and were recently able to scam Wal-Mart into price matching Sony’s $400 PlayStation 4 for only $90. Proof of the fraud was noticed by CNBC as photos of... Read more...
Apple has been taking its time trying to figure out what to do with its $3 billion acquisition of the Beats brand. Last week, the company announced that it would be launching the first set of headphones, the Solo2 Wireless, since the acquisition. But now, it seems Apple has decided what to do with Beats Music. According to sources that spoke... Read more...
Chromebooks seem to have found their place in the market, especially in the education segment, and shipments have increased significantly. The latest statistics show Chromebook shipments jumped 67 percent in the most recent quarter and are on track to double compared to last year. Now that Intel and Google have joined forces to further the... Read more...
The World Internet Conference has kicked off, taking place in China, which has brought many of the world’s top technology companies together. At the beginning of the conference, Chinese officials called for controls on the internet in order to maintain stability. As an example, officials pointed to China’s... Read more...
Samsung just rolled out its Milk Video service with eye on competing with YouTube, though it's only available to Galaxy owners. The South Korean handset maker describes Milk Video as being a video discovery platform that makes it easy to find and share the most popular and talked about online videos, and to kick off... Read more...
There are plenty of comical moments to be had in Assassin's Creed Unity, though not necessarily intentional. Take for example a bug that would remove textures on certain NPCs, leaving them faceless and creepy looking. Dubbed the "no face" bug, Ubisoft said it resolved the issue with its Day 1 patch, as well as all... Read more...
Remember that comment you posted to Twitter eight years ago? No? Well now you can look it up, along with every other public tweet made by anyone. In a blog post this week, Twitter announced that it now indexes every public tweet since 2006, which has been something the microblogging service has wanted to do for quite... Read more...
It's not as though the tablet market is starving for platforms, and while it's an uphill battle trying to take on established competitors like Android and iOS, Finnish smartphone startup Jolla will give it the ol' college try. Meet the "Jolla Tablet," a hardware device built around the company's open source Sailfish... Read more...
Due to Hulu's tight connection with CBS, Nielsen has been measuring the audiences that stream shows via that platform. For pretty much every other major SVOD network, the numbers are either a complete mystery, or each individual service reports their own proprietary figures. Essentially, there has been no standardized... Read more...
Amazon has begun shipping its Fire TV Stick to customers today, the company's low-cost streaming HDMI dongle that will go up against Google's Chromecast device and a growing number of competitors. The Fire TV Stick costs just $39, and while that's $4 higher than a Chromecast, there are a few advantages to Amazon's... Read more...
When the iPhone was first released back in 2007, it took Apple about a year before it opened up the platform to third-party developers. This time, Apple Watch users and developers won’t have to wait until after the device has been launched. Apple has released the WatchKit for app devs ahead of its new... Read more...
IBM can celebrate inking a lucrative contract with Deutsche Lufthansa AG to deliver IT infrastructure services for the company and the its Group affiliates. It's a seven year contract worth 1 billion euros (over $1.2 billion in U.S.currency), subject to the approval of the Lufthansa Supervisory Board and antitrust... Read more...
We're constantly being reminded that our government has a great interest in our private lives, whether it's flying specially equipped planes over densely populated areas to trick tens of thousands of phones into forking over sensitive data, or snooping on Internet traffic, big brother's watching us. One of the few... Read more...
It appears that on-demand transportation company Uber has some cleaning up to do after Uber SVP of Business Emil Michael set his sights on journalists. Last Friday at a private dinner in New York City, Michael suggested that the company should consider digging up dirt on its critics by hiring a team of opposition... Read more...
Indie developer Coffee Stain Studios has announced that the next update for its hit title Goat Simulator, will be released on November 20. The update, which will be free and released on Steam, is called Goat MMO Simulator and is an MMO expansion for the sandbox game. The MMO expansion will give players six character... Read more...
By 2020, around 90 percent of the world's population over 6 years old will own a mobile phone. Furthermore, smartphone adoption is expected to double up in the same period, with smartphone subscriptions on pace to top 6.1 billion by 2020, according to the latest Mobility Report by Ericsson, a Swedish multinational... Read more...
Machine learning and artificial intelligence aren't easy things to grasp, but both are critically important for technology to march on, our surroundings to get smarter, and the digital assistants within our phones to become more useful. Microsoft Research and NVIDIA are teaming up this week to showcase what's possible... Read more...
Facing growing competition from low-end handset makers and a resulting reduction in overall sales and revenue, Samsung has decided to cut back the number of smartphone models it offers next year. Samsung says the move will lower costs and hopes the strategy will slow, stop, or even reverse the profit slide it's been... Read more...
For the past several days, Nokia's been using Twitter to tease a big reveal, telling followers that it's "up to something" and that it loves the "feeling of a fresh start." The big reveal turned out to be the N1, the first Nokia-branded Android tablet. One of the things that makes the N1 tablet unique is the Nokia Z... Read more...
Last week, NVIDIA spilled the beans and released some new information regarding its Android Lollipop update for the SHIELD Tablet and also revealed a new game bundle, which included Half Life 2: Episode One, and a revamped GRID beta featuring new games, additional servers, and a commitment to steadily offer even more... Read more...
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