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Over One Third Of iPad-Only Apps Are Games (And More Stats)

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It’s still early days, but app store analytics company Distimo is already diving into the App Store for iPad, gathering some data and analyzing the results. More specifically, the startup has compared some preliminary data for iPad-only applications across multiple categories in the App Store with its findings on iPhone...
Over One Third Of iPad-Only Apps Are Games (And More Stats)

Reports: Apple's internet radio service delayed by slow-going music licensing negotiations

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According folks in the know who've spoken to Bloomberg and The New York Times, Apple's oft-rumored streaming radio service is set for a late arrival. The reason is because of snails-pace negotiations with the publisher Sony/ATV for music licensing deals. As the Times notes, Sony no longer lets outsiders...
Reports: Apple's internet radio service delayed by slow-going music licensing negotiations

Zynga Optimizes for Players Who Spend More Than $10K, Says Purported Former Zynga Engineer in AMA

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A person claiming to be a former Zynga engineer hosted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit last night. As proof, he or she submitted a snapshot of a termination notice and claims to have quit and have no axe to grind. Take it with a grain of salt, but Redditors...
Zynga Optimizes for Players Who Spend More Than $10K, Says Purported Former Zynga Engineer in AMA

Did Sony's latest PlayStation 3 redesign just get outed by Brazil's Anatel?

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Remember that mysterious new PS3 variant that passed through the FCC not too long ago? Although that listing didn't have photos to confirm a redesign, a new one has hit Anatel (essentially Brazil's version of the FCC) with a quartet of pictures in tow. Specifically, it cites models CECH-4011A,...
Did Sony's latest PlayStation 3 redesign just get outed by Brazil's Anatel?
Facebook, Twitter, and teens: who's winning the youth war

Nokia Siemens pushing 4G speeds beyond 1.6 Gbps

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Nokia Siemens Networks has successfully squeezed 1.6 Gbps of bandwidth out of its LTE test networks outside of Chicago. You have to take these speed record proclamations, with a grain of salt since they often use technologies and spectrum configurations that could never be conceivably implemented in the real world....
Nokia Siemens pushing 4G speeds beyond 1.6 Gbps

IDC and Gartner: PC market flattened out in Q2 while Apple, ASUS and Lenovo remain the stars

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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer might be working overtime to keep Apple at bay, but the PC market that his company largely built is hurting, if you ask researchers at Gartner and IDC. Both estimate that shipments of traditional computers dropped by a tenth of a point in the second quarter...
IDC and Gartner: PC market flattened out in Q2 while Apple, ASUS and Lenovo remain the stars
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Flurry launches crash and user acquisition analytics for mobile app developers

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Mobile analytics company Flurry has announced the launch of two new features for app developers: Crash Analytics and User Acquisition Analytics. The new services, which will be included in Flurry’s existing Analytics SDK, will be offered for free. Flurry tells us that its User Acquisition Analytics feature is available immediately for all users, but...
Flurry launches crash and user acquisition analytics for mobile app developers

Microsoft Surface sales not expected to top 600,000 this quarter

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Middling reviews and limited distribution may be putting a damper on sales of Microsoft's Surface tablet, according to brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton. The Boston-based firm estimates that Microsoft will sell between 500,000 and 600,000 Surface with Windows RT tablets in the December quarter. The fact that Surface is only...
Microsoft Surface sales not expected to top 600,000 this quarter
Why Path May Be The Ultimate App For Google Glass

Today, Let's Remember Everything Hurricane Sandy Just Taught Us About Social Media Misinformation

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REMAIN CALM. (Photo: Flickr.com/dpstyles) Parts of New York and New Jersey are still without power from the last major news event and yet here we are, in the throes of election day. And with cleanup efforts still ongoing, there’s really no excuse for anyone who forgets one of the lessons we just...
Today, Let's Remember Everything Hurricane Sandy Just Taught Us About Social Media Misinformation

YouTube And The Olympics: 231M Video Streams And Up To 500K Concurrent Viewers

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The less said about the quality of NBC’s Olympics coverage in the U.S., the better, but in terms of the quantity of live and recorded Olympics video streamed this year, the partnership between NBC and YouTube clearly worked out well. Even by YouTube’s standards, live streaming the Olympics for NBC...
YouTube And The Olympics: 231M Video Streams And Up To 500K Concurrent Viewers

Mobile game spending surpassed Wii U, Vita titles last quarter

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Here’s some bad news for Nintendo and Sony: Consumers spent more on mobile games than they did on handheld titles during 4Q of last year. That’s according to data from IDC and App Annie, who found that people spent more in Apple’s App Store and Google Play than they did...
Mobile game spending surpassed Wii U, Vita titles last quarter

DailyDirt: Bad Science Is Coming to Get Us

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Scientific publishing has been a lucrative industry in recent years, even though scientists have faced increasing competition over limited funding. The publish-or-perish academic model may be contributing to an increase in scientific fraud, but maybe the increased accessibility of digital journals is simply making it easier for honest mistakes to...
DailyDirt: Bad Science Is Coming to Get Us

Performance Rights Organizations Accused Of 'Retitling' Songs To Collect Royalties Without Paying Artists

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In various discussions about the music industry, we're often told that the so-called Performance Rights Organizations (PROs) are "looking out for artists' interests." In practice, that's not always the case. In the US, for example, we've talked about how PROs have harmed up and coming musicians by jacking up prices...
Performance Rights Organizations Accused Of 'Retitling' Songs To Collect Royalties Without Paying Artists

Symantec Scares Everyone For No Reason (And I’m Not At All Shocked)

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A few days ago security company Symantec warned the world that malware is rampant on the Android Market and, via a little over a dozen apps, around 5 million users were likely infected. Cue panic. Except: there’s no reason to panic. Right away the makers of Lookout Mobile Security called...
Symantec Scares Everyone For No Reason (And I’m Not At All Shocked)

Galaxy S4 availability hinted at in Staples document, pegged for April 26th on AT&T

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Scrambling to find a launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S4? Staples may have just dropped a hint. According to a leaked store training sheet, AT&T will be offering the next Galaxy phone on April 26th, followed by T-Mobile on May 1st and Verizon on the 30th. Bold lettering...
Galaxy S4 availability hinted at in Staples document, pegged for April 26th on AT&T

Higher-end Samsung Galaxy Nexus coming soon?

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a high-end device as it is, that’s for sure. Still, even when it was announced a few months ago, it wasn’t the absolute top of the line smartphone. For those of you disappointed that, for example, its dual-core CPU is only clocked at 1.2 GHz,...
Higher-end Samsung Galaxy Nexus coming soon?

Alleged 4-inch Samsung Galaxy Axiom leaks, could be headed to US Cellular

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The always-informative evleaks has done it yet again. This time out it's not a Lumia 920 or some revealing press shots of the PadFone 2, though -- instead, what we have here is what appears to be a variant of Samsung's recently announced Galaxy Mini. According to evleaks, this...
Alleged 4-inch Samsung Galaxy Axiom leaks, could be headed to US Cellular

Mobile web traffic spikes 35% in a year, underlines the smartphone revolution

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According to a report by Chitika, mobile web traffic has risen as much as 35% since July 2011. The data analytics company found that mobile traffic represented an average of 10.55% of total web traffic during the last week of February 2012, which shows a growth of 34.44% when compared to the earlier report....
Mobile web traffic spikes 35% in a year, underlines the smartphone revolution

How Roku Wants To Beat Apple By Treating Your TV Like A Smartphone

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With all the talk surrounding Apple's rumored television set, it's easy to glance over the other companies tackling the so-called "Smart TV" space. Of all the connected TVs, Blu-Ray players, Google TV boxes, video game consoles, etc., Roku has one of the most popular devices out there. And they...
How Roku Wants To Beat Apple By Treating Your TV Like A Smartphone

Here's a blatant Snapchat clone that looks a lot better than Snapchat

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Clipchat. When it comes to bandwagon on-jumping and shameless clonery, it can hardly get more blatant than that. But the creators of Clipchat – which, you guessed it, is a hell of a lot like Snapchat – don’t seem to mind. They think they have a better product and that there’s...
Here's a blatant Snapchat clone that looks a lot better than Snapchat

Extreme Reality's Extreme Motion uses 2D webcams for 3D motion games (hands-on)

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Extreme Reality's technology revolves around gestures, and its latest effort is to bring that movement to the masses: its Extreme Motion developer kit turns just about any off-the-shelf webcam or built-in camera on common platforms, including Android, iOS and Windows, into an almost Kinect-like system capable of tracking 3D...
Extreme Reality's Extreme Motion uses 2D webcams for 3D motion games (hands-on)

For every $1 Google spends lobbying, Apple spends 10¢

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Is that really why Apple has become, per Politico, a "punching bag" for lawmakers?  Click to enlarge. Source: Politico FORTUNE -- I might feel differently about Apple's D.C. Lobbying Effort Has Yet to Ripen, the 1,450-word piece posted on Politico Pro Wednesday, if I hadn't just listened to Take the Money...
For every $1 Google spends lobbying, Apple spends 10¢

These Guys Claim To Have Measurements On The iPhone 5 (AAPL)

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Take a look at this chart of measurements for the alleged iPhone 5 that BGR dug up. The renderings (pictured below) are in line with rumors claiming that we will get a taller iPhone this fall but the most interesting claim is that the new iPhone will only be 7.6...
These Guys Claim To Have Measurements On The iPhone 5 (AAPL)
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Sony unveils latest HX950 flagship HDTV in Japan with 'Intelligent Peak LED' backlighting

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While Sony's current lineup of HDTVs has so far topped out with the HX929/920 series, in Japan it has just unveiled a new top of the line model, the HX950. Often rumored in the last few months, this model will be available in 65- or 55-inch varieties and features...
Sony unveils latest HX950 flagship HDTV in Japan with 'Intelligent Peak LED' backlighting

Zynga Appoints Founding Yahoo Exec Ellen Siminoff to Board of Directors

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Ellen Siminoff, President, and CEO of Shmoop University, an educational publishing company, and a founding executive at Yahoo, joined Zynga’s board of directors today. Siminoff joins DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, LinkedIn Founder and Chairman Reid Hoffman, Sidecar Rideshare CEO Sunil Paul,  Kleiner Perkins Partner Bing Gordon, LinkedIn board member Stanley J. Meresman, Zynga...
Zynga Appoints Founding Yahoo Exec Ellen Siminoff to Board of Directors

An Ex-Zynga Engineer Is Ripping The Company Apart In Plain Sight (ZNGA)

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Whales, abusing contractors, and pushing metrics. That's pretty much all Zynga is about, according to a former engineer. An ex-engineer who was there about six months ago is opening up on an "ask-me-anything" question and answer thread in Reddit. The employee apparently left the company because he (or she)...
An Ex-Zynga Engineer Is Ripping The Company Apart In Plain Sight (ZNGA)
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