Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer
What's more, OnePlus took one step further and applied corresponding textures onto the back of the "silk white" and "sandstone black" versions. The white one is our favorite, as its special coating -- apparently made out of powdered cashew nuts -- gives a "baby skin" feel, which is most noticeable when you gently stroke it with your cheek. If you do get bored of the default covers, you'll be able to swap them out. You do so by first pin-ejecting the micro-SIM tray, followed by somehow prying open the back cover -- which we found to be quite tricky with our early production unit. As you can see, there will be a few nice genuine wooden covers, along with a denim version and a Kevlar version not shown here; though the company has yet to announce their availability.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is out on October 7
BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition is officially confirmed for release on October 7, as a new gameplay trailer reveals. The two minutes of footage also shows off snippets of the game in action, and it sure does look pretty with the power of that Frostbite 3 engine behind it (the same one that powers Battlefield 4 ). There’s also a little surprise for longtime fans; we won’t spoil it, just watch the trailer.
Facebook Creates Real-Time News Wire for Journalists - Digits - WSJ
“Our goal is that the Newswire will be an invaluable tool for journalists, helping them to tell richer, more engaging stories using public content from Facebook,” said Andy Mitchell, Facebook’s director of news and global media partnerships.
How Yahoo Could Get Back In The Search Game
Sparq , a mobile marketing company brought into the Yahoo fold in January, also offered technology that allows people to jump from app to app via deep links. Sparq's product was shut down, but it’s clear how Yahoo might integrate the underlying technologies. Together with Aviate, users could discover more mobile content without ever needing to leave the search bar. And that's exactly what Yahoo—and by extension, Apple—would want.
littleBits And NASA Bring Space Down To Earth With New “Space Kit” | TechCrunch
“We get A LOT of partnership requests but we picked NASA because space is critical, and massively important to every single person in the universe, and to society in general,” Bdeir writes, “But only so many of us understand what all these discoveries mean, and how they relate to us.”
Facebook Beats In Q1 With $2.5B In Revenue, 59% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.28B Users | TechCrunch
Facebook’s is getting more and more mobile, now with 1.01 billion users on small screens . It’s Q1 2014 earnings show it beat expectations, earning $2.5 billion in revenue with an $0.34 EPS. It now has 1.28 billion total monthly users, 802 million daily users, and 609 million daily mobile users. Facebook continued its march to become a mobile ad company with 59% of ad revenue coming from portable devices. Wall Street had expected $2.36 billion in revenue and earnings of 24 cents per share.
iTunes by the Numbers: 800M Accounts, $5.2B in Billings, 70B App Downloads
During its financial results call covering the first calendar quarter and second fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple shared details on the success of its iTunes Store, which has become an increasingly important revenue source for the company in recent years, mainly due to the popularity of the App Store.
Last quarter, Apple's customers spent a total of $5.2 billion on iTunes purchases, up 24 percent year over year. That's also up from $4.7 during the first quarter of 2014 . Cumulatively, Apple's App Store has seen 70 billion total app downloads, up from 65 billion in January.
Apple has 800 million iTunes accounts, most with credit cards attached, an important fact in light of Apple's potential interest in entering the mobile payments market . Back in June of 2013, Apple announced 575 million customers had iTunes accounts, marking a massive growth increase.
Overall, Apple shared via its financial results report that it posted revenue of $45.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $43.
Heartbleed Bodes Ill for Sensitive Health Data | MIT Technology Review
Has Heartbleed affected any electronic health record systems? It is hard to say. Usually of leaks of protected health information must be reported to the HHS Office of Civil Rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. But it is an open secret in health IT circles that health-care providers frequently fail to report “smaller” problems. Even if hospitals and other providers did report back to the Office of Civil Rights, it might be difficult for us to tell, as an industry, how well health IT vendors performed.
iPod Touch Does More Web Traffic Than Windows Phone And BlackBerry Combined | Cult of Mac
Apple’s iPod business, for example, is still worth $5 billion. Here’s an interesting metric to show how big the iPod still is in comparison to other companies, though. New mobile ad traffic data from Opera Mediaworks suggests that just a single iPod — the iPod touch — accounts for more web traffic than BlackBerry and Windows Phone combined.
Why The Cable Companies Have Reason To Fear Amazon
Amazon is in a unique position relative to its online entertainment rivals. Apple and Google have streamable and downloadable movies and shows available for a price, but no subscription service for binge watching. Hulu and Netflix are subscription services with big catalogs, but they typically don't offer newer movies (and, in the case of Netflix, newer shows). Amazon, Netflix and Hulu are all developing original programming, unlike Apple and Google. Neither Netflix nor Hulu have their own hardware for streaming, instead relying on the likes of Google’s Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku and now the Amazon Fire TV.
Cancel The Funeral For The Mobile Web—It's Not Dead Yet
Talk to any developer or app company about what it's like to support Android and iOS apps and they'll roll their eyes. Building responsive apps that run everywhere on the Web and the mobile Web is expensive enough. Building siloed apps in two completely different languages—both of which remains difficult development environments—is far more than twice as expensive.
Blur Wars: Google's Camera App vs. The iPhone 5S And A Real Camera
Instead we’re looking at how (and if) a few different categories of device pull off that dreamy shallow depth of field effect—the blurred points known as “bokeh” in this style of shot. As any photographer knows, not all bokeh are created equal—the quality of the effect varies quite a lot among devices and lenses. Most of all, we just wanted to see what makes Google's new trick tick.
With Amazon Deal, HBO Finally Lets Shows Loose on the Net | Business | WIRED
While it’s clear that HBO isn’t backing down on cable just yet, it’s not hard to see how this Amazon deal could develop into even more robust distribution in the future. Which brings up another point: this licensing deal is a huge win for Amazon. Though Prime Instant has a massive and impressive catalog of content, it doesn’t have anything close to Netflix’s brand recognition. And as any new Netflix user knows, the first time you realize none of HBO’s most famous shows are on the site, it can be pretty disappointing. HBO’s cache is bound to make Prime a more formidable opponent in the battle against Netflix.
Is net neutrality dying? Has the FCC killed it? What comes next? Here's what you need to know
The FCC is proposing new rules that would govern cable networks and other carriers — rules it says will protect the open internet. But critics say the regulator is going to cripple net neutrality and introduce a pay-to-play internet. Here’s what you need to know.
NYPD’s Twitter outreach intiative goes horribly wrong
In a lighthearted effort to connect with the people it serves, the NYPD’s public relations department decided to utilize Twitter and invite users to send in photos of themselves with New York cops.
Comcast Response to Netflix
Important Information For Investors And Shareholders This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed transaction between Comcast Corporation ("Comcast") and Time Warner Cable Inc. ("Time Warner Cable"), on March 20, 2014, Comcast filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a preliminary joint proxy statement of Comcast and Time Warner Cable that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of Comcast. The registration statement has not yet become effective. After the registration statement is declared effective by the SEC, a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to shareholders of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF COMCAST AND TIME WARNER CABLE ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED OR THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
HBO Is Coming To Amazon—And You Don't Need To Be A HBO Subscriber
Though HBO is only providing a limited number of shows for Amazon Prime subscribers, the company’s HBO GO app, which features over 1,700 titles including original films, miniseries, sports, documentaries and specials—not to mention every episode of every HBO series ever made—will hit Amazon’s Fire TV set-top later this year.
Apple Acquired 24 Companies Over Last 18 Months, 'We're On The Prowl' for More
During today's second quarter earnings call , Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has purchased a total of 24 companies over the last 18 months, some that are known and some that remain unknown.
Just over half of Apple’s acquisitions have come to light, which means the company has purchased a number of additional companies that have not been disclosed. So far in 2014, Apple acquired SnappyLabs , a company that produced a burst-mode photo app, and Burstly , the company behind the Testflight iOS beta testing platform.
2013 saw Apple acquire several different mapping apps, including BroadMap, Embark, HopStop, Locationary, and WiFiSlam, along with other notable additions like 3D company PrimeSense and Novauris, a speech recognition company. Back in October, Tim Cook noted Apple had completed 15 strategic acquisitions in 2013, pointing towards a number of new acquisitions already in 2014.
The technology from Apple’s acquisitions will likely make its way into future products and updates. For example, all of the mapping acquisitions are expected to be put to use in iOS 8, which will see the addition of transit directions and possibly improved indoor mapping techniques.
AOL Launches Free Streaming Movies in Pact with Miramax
The Internet media company inked a deal with Miramax to deliver a selection of its full-length films to U.S. users, available to watch for free (with ads) across a range of devices. The pact will lead up to the launch of a new “Movies” section that will be featured across the AOL On Network for video, which until now has comprised only shortform series and clips.
WhatsApp Tops 500M Global Users
All over the world, people are sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every day, the company boasted in a Tuesday blog post . The most significant growth, however, comes from Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia.
ReadWrite At 11: Mapping The Future
It is in some ways a triumph merely to have lasted 11 years in the fast-moving world of digital publishing. ReadWrite's ambitions go far beyond that: We aim to be the indispensable resource for those trying to understand a world where technology is accessible to everyone. And we also aim to do our part in creating that world. Thanks for joining us on the journey so far, and for the years to come.
Ondot Launches Remote Control for Credit Cards
Ondot , the startup behind CardControl, partners with credit card processors to offer banks CardControl's technology. The company currently works with four major processors who together process transactions from 10,000 banks and credit unions in the US. Banks can either integrate CardControl's features into their existing apps or offer it as a standalone app, though the company says it expects most banks will choose to integrate the features into their existing apps.
Most Innovative Companies In Crowdfunding: A Q&A with Robert Wolfe, Cofounder of Crowdrise
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the post: The Case Against ISP Tolls
As the person at Netflix responsible for content delivery, I spend a lot of time thinking about Netflix’s Open Connect CDN and its interconnection with ISPs. We are proud of the performance we’ve achieved through our hundreds of Open Connect partners around the globe.
In fact, Netflix has a mutually beneficial relationship with nearly every ISP in every market where we provide service. But this is less the case for the largest ISP in the U.S., Comcast, which is trying to become even larger by acquiring Time Warner Cable.
Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for direct interconnection to reverse an unacceptable decline in our members’ video experience on the Comcast network. These members were experiencing poor streaming quality because Comcast allowed its links to Internet transit providers like Level3, XO, Cogent and Tata to clog up, slowing delivery of movies and TV shows to Netflix users.
For a content company such as Netflix, paying an ISP like Comcast for interconnection is not the same as paying for Internet transit. Transit networks like Level3, XO, Cogent and Tata perform two important services: (1) they carry traffic over long distances and (2) they provide access to every network on the global Internet.
5 problems with Samsung’s Galaxy S5, and how to solve them
A casual scan of forums and article comments reveals that lag is the subject of much debate when it comes to the Galaxy S5. A significant number of owners feel that the Galaxy S5 lags when compared to the competition and the blame is generally leveled at Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and bloatware. What we’re talking about here is perceived delays when you load up or exit an app, when you unlock the phone, when you tap the Home button, or perhaps when you’re typing.
Google Has New Targeted Ads That Encourage You Dive Into Apps
Today the company announced it will offer ads that display a button that will open up the advertiser's app for more information. If users don't have the app installed, it will prompt them to download it. Known as deep linking, this technique will take you directly to specific information in an app.
Opera's Coast Browser Comes to the iPhone
Coast features a dark, minimalistic look with a strong focus on tiles. This means that instead of having to type in a URL every time you want to access a site, you can just tap on tiles. When you’re in a site and want to exit it, all you have to do is tap on the ‘home’ button, while to access the sites you already have open, just tap on the bottom right.
Amazon delivers pasta, pickles, and popcorn with Prime Pantry - CNET
The way the service works is customers can select items to buy from Amazon's Prime Pantry Web site -- such as dog food, laundry detergent, potato chips, and hand lotion -- and Amazon will fill a box and send it to the customer's home. Each box comes with a $5.99 flat delivery fee no matter how many items customers buy.
You Can Now Run Beta Versions Of Apple’s OS X—For Free
Either way, there will be plenty of users interested in experimenting with the unready OS X software, even if it’s glitchy, now that Apple has pulled down the $100 barrier. It’s a win for users who aren’t developers but want to try out new Mac software before it's fully ready. It’s a win for Apple, too, since this program will undoubtedly attract many users and, presumably, plenty of constructive feedback as well.
U.S. regulators to propose new net neutrality rules in May
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are expected to vote on May 15 on a new set of so-called "net neutrality" rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers' access to legal Internet content.
Study: Samsung’s Apps Are Ubiquitous but Unloved - Digits - WSJ
“The battleground is shifting towards capturing on-device usage market share,” says Bonny Joy, who chairs the AppOptix unit of Strategy Analytics that headed the study. He added that while Samsung devices are “packed with an army of apps,” users were generally ignoring the company’s pre-bundled software offerings. That makes it more difficult for Samsung to assemble the kind of ecosystem of software and services that analysts say keeps Apple’s users loyal.
The Hackers Who Recovered NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos | Raw File | WIRED
Sitting incongruously among the hangars and laboratories of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald’s. You won’t get a burger there, though–its cash registers and soft-serve machines have given way to old tape drives and modern computers run by a rogue team of hacker engineers who’ve rechristened the place McMoon’s. These self-described techno-archaeologists have been on a mission to recover and digitize forgotten photos taken in the ‘60s by a quintet of scuttled lunar satellites.
Fans of Quibb, a content-sharing network, can now buy shares in the company on its website
Quibb, a startup that offers an exclusive content-sharing network for professional users, is experimenting with crowdfunding via an Alphaworks widget that allows users to join in a VC round directly from the company’s website
Facebook gets U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.
Tim Cook says Apple is 'closer than it's ever been' to new product category
, something more capable than its current Apple TV. If the new device were able to integrate with live TV, it's possible that Cook could see this as a new product category for Apple too. However, a set-top box — like any rumored Apple TV set — still appears to be a long way out due to perennially difficult dealings with cable providers. There's no word on at what point this year the new product might turn up, but we do know that Apple will begin
How Open Will the FCC's 'Open Internet' Really Be?
While it's unclear if he's designing these new open Internet rules to suit his former clients' needs, it should also be noted that he's not changing them much at all from the rules written by his predecessor Julius Genachowski. Genachowski helped create Fox Television and worked for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), but was never, it seems, a lobbyist for cable or communication companies.
Google exec Vic Gundotra is leaving, Dave Besbris is taking over Google+
Google just lost one of its most visible and outspoken executives: Vic Gundotra, the VP of Engineering who has been leading Google+ since its inception and also became the face of the company’s developer relations though his appearances at the annual Google I/O conference, is leaving effective immediately, according to a Re/Code report that has been confirmed by Google.
Fine dining: what if Apple and Prada made luxury food?
As part of the field, Mergui says that designers have a responsibility here — that there are certain ethical boundaries that designers should recognize and set for themselves. "After seventeen years in this field, I really know how to change the perception of products," Mergui says. "For instance, I can take something and make it interesting, to make people feel related to it … but while you're doing that you have to be aware of why you're doing: what is the other side, what about the customer?"
HTC One M8 draws fans of Apple, Samsung, but mostly HTC, survey says - CNET
In the case of HTC's new flagship Android phone , almost 24 percent who upgrade via the site report that they are trading in an iPhone to move up. But the biggest chunk of new One M8 purchasers are staying loyal to HTC -- 46 percent are trading up from an old HTC device. In third place, 21 percent of new One M8 owners are making the switch from a Samsung.
This portable battery can charge your phone or jumpstart your car
“We all know what it feels like to get caught with a dead car battery; you could be stuck waiting around for hours for a tow truck or friend to arrive,” said Dennis Lee, the CEO of JunoPower. “The Jumpr is a simple to use solution that gets you back on the road in minutes … Travelers no longer need to worry about lugging around a 10-20 pound battery jumper, or tirelessly searching for a wall outlet if their phone dies on-the-go. The Jumpr solves all your power needs in a tiny 5.5” x 3” x .6” frame that weighs only 7 ounces.”
Flowing Nanoparticle Networks Could Cut the Cost of Storing Solar Power | MIT Technology Review
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that for batteries to be economical, they need to cost less than $100 per kilowatt-hour, and need to last a decade or more. Such batteries cost hundreds of dollars per kilowatt-hour now. Chiang says it could be possible to build batteries that cost less than $100 per kilowatt-hour with the nanoparticle networks, but the researchers haven’t yet demonstrated that they can be recharged enough times to last a decade.
Man named in Newsweek's bitcoin 'scoop' thanks supporters
"I am not Satoshi Nakamoto," he said in the YouTube video. "My name is Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto and of course if I were the creator I would never use my real name. So from that point of view, I'm sure you guys would know, that Satoshi Nakamoto is not me. But Leah thinks so and Newsweek said so, but it's not true."
Microsoft’s FQ3 Earnings Beat With Revenue Of $20.40B, EPS Of $0.68, Surface Top Line Of $500 Million | TechCrunch
This afternoon Microsoft published its fiscal third quarter 2014 financial results, with revenue of $20.40 billion, and earnings per share of $0.68. Analysts had expected the company to report $20.39 billion in revenue, and earnings per share of $0.63.
Amazon Makes a Big Move, Snags Older HBO Shows For Web Streaming
SEATTLE—April 23, 2014—(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with HBO, making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming. The collection includes award-winning shows such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers, John Adams and more. Previous seasons of other HBO shows, such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will become available over the course of the multi-year agreement, approximately three years after airing on HBO. The first wave of content will arrive on Prime Instant Video May 21. This is the first time that HBO programming has been licensed to an online-only subscription streaming service. This programming will remain on all HBO platforms.
Running The Numbers, Amazon's HBO Deal Is Not All It's Cracked Up To Be
But let’s go back to the effect on Amazon’s bottom line. In March, Amazon raised its annual subscription fee for Prime members to $99 from $79. It had an estimated 23 million Prime subscribers in March. So, assuming no change in Prime subscribers, the increase could boost revenue by $460 million a year. The HBO deal may cut the benefit of that fee increase by, say, $67 million to $83 million a year.
App Deals: Download Microtrip, Dark Slash, Air Supply for free
We have some great apps for you today that have gone free for a short duration on the App Store, including Microtrip, Simple Transfer, Dark Slash, Air Supply and more.
The Challenge Of Defending Smartphone Leadership
Paul Muller over at HP told me recently that Microsoft and XP are a good example of a company that doesn’t perform the multiple channel innovation that it takes to stay relevant. Paul’s view, backed by HP research, is that companies have to move to continuous deployment in many areas of product. It’s perhaps a commonplace that innovation is headed that way.
Apple vs. Samsung Patent Case Pulls Google Into The Spotlight To Back Its Android Partner
There are a lot of interesting facts, presentations, and historical detail coming out of the Apple vs. Samsung patent case currently under way. It is also slowly reeling in Google’s flavour of Android into the spotlight.
Apple CEO: We're on the prowl - CNET
"What's important to us is that strategically it makes sense and that it winds up adding value to our shareholders over the long haul," he continued. "We are not in a race to spend the most or acquire the most. We're in a race to make the world's best products, that really enrich people's lives. And so to the tune that acquisitions can help us do that and they've done that and continue to do that, then we will acquire. And so you can bet that you will continue to see acquisitions and some of which we'll try to keep quiet and some of which seems to be impossible to keep quiet."