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October 29, 2013

BBM is proving to be quite a bit more popular than actual BlackBerry phones

  • 10M users signed up for BlackBerry’s BBM service during the first 24 hours that the traditionally BlackBerry-exclusive messaging service was available for download on Android and iOS last week.
  • 20M new users joined the BBM service during its first week outside of the BlackBerry ecosystem, bringing the new total to 80 million, a 33 percent increase from the 60 million previously registered for BBM. source

» By the way: Apparently one of the suitors for the on-the-market company is Facebook. Ponder that for a few minutes.

15:14 // 10 months ago
September 3, 2013

KitKat makes fun of Apple with Android commercial: Gimme a break.

(Context: The candy company licensed its name to use on Android’s new OS version.) 

16:30 // 11 months ago
April 21, 2013

Why we leave source links on our articles

whoslefty says: You should probably avoid vague words such as ‘recently’ when warning about malware, as they’re the first indication of a hoax. Also, the information is pretty useless without removal instructions.

» SFB says: The post had a source link to an in-depth blog post which explained exactly what was going on. LookOut is a reputable security company for mobile platforms with a stellar reputation, and they don’t make stuff up. As they note, Google removes malware from the company’s store once found, which they did in this case. — Ernie @ SFB

(Source: shortformblog, via blueyouonceknew)

12:07 // 1 year ago

If you’re an Android user, we have some BadNews for you.

  • 9M the number of Android devices potentially affected by a rogue piece of malware called BadNews, which the mobile security company LookOut recently discovered. “Badnews has the ability to send fake news messages, prompt users to install applications and sends sensitive information such as the phone number and device ID to its Command and Control (C&C) server,” the company notes on its blog. Not exactly fun stuff. source
11:45 // 1 year ago
April 4, 2013
13:51 // 1 year ago
March 2, 2013

Apple/Samsung trial’s damages cut in nearly half

  • $450M the amount of the $1 billion Apple-Samsung verdict that was wiped out by a U.S. District Court judge in the process of throwing out part of the patent case the two companies are drawn into. The judge, Lucy Koh, said that jurors had improperly followed her instructions regarding the damages. On top of this, Koh ordered a new trial regarding the damages. source
8:46 // 1 year ago
October 29, 2012

Growing Family: Even though today’s Android event was cancelled, Google went forward with product announcements for the LG Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 tablet via the company’s blog this afternoon. The company also revealed an upated 32GB Nexus 7, the 32GB Nexus 7 with mobile data, and Android 4.2 in the post. source

16:40 // 1 year ago
September 17, 2012
Congratulations to the team at Nik Software on their recent acquisition by Google. We’re curious to see how this will affect development of Snapseed, as well as the rest of Nik’s software catalog, and whether or not this might bring an end to some of iOS’ most popular photography apps. source

Congratulations to the team at Nik Software on their recent acquisition by Google. We’re curious to see how this will affect development of Snapseed, as well as the rest of Nik’s software catalog, and whether or not this might bring an end to some of iOS’ most popular photography apps. source

15:21 // 1 year ago
August 22, 2012
parislemon:

Speaking of Flickr, time for an update on the the Popular Cameraphones chart:
1) iPhone 4S
2) iPhone 4
3) iPhone 3GS
4) iPhone 3G
5) Samsung Galaxy S II
The good news: Android is finally on the verge of overtaking an iOS device on the chart.
The bad news: this iOS device is four years old. It’s so old, in fact, that the iPhone 3G was taken off the market by Apple a year ago. Yet there still isn’t a single Android device that can pass it on this chart. Pretty pathetic. 
The other bad news: the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are so far ahead of the rest of the cameraphone pack that it seems highly unlikely that any Android device will come close anytime soon. In fact, they’re the number one and number two cameras used to take Flickr photos, period. Not smartphone cameras — cameras, cameras.
The really bad news: the new iPhone is a month away.

But on the other hand, we’re talking about the Android community, where there are so many varieties of phones out there that it’s possible that if you combined them all together, it might be a different picture. The reason why the iPhone and iPhone 4S models rank so high on this chart is because of lack of splintering … right?

parislemon:

Speaking of Flickr, time for an update on the the Popular Cameraphones chart:

1) iPhone 4S

2) iPhone 4

3) iPhone 3GS

4) iPhone 3G

5) Samsung Galaxy S II

The good news: Android is finally on the verge of overtaking an iOS device on the chart.

The bad news: this iOS device is four years old. It’s so old, in fact, that the iPhone 3G was taken off the market by Apple a year ago. Yet there still isn’t a single Android device that can pass it on this chart. Pretty pathetic. 

The other bad news: the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are so far ahead of the rest of the cameraphone pack that it seems highly unlikely that any Android device will come close anytime soon. In fact, they’re the number one and number two cameras used to take Flickr photos, period. Not smartphone cameras — cameras, cameras.

The really bad news: the new iPhone is a month away.

But on the other hand, we’re talking about the Android community, where there are so many varieties of phones out there that it’s possible that if you combined them all together, it might be a different picture. The reason why the iPhone and iPhone 4S models rank so high on this chart is because of lack of splintering … right?

9:21 // 2 years ago
July 10, 2012
BlackBerrys were in fact considered in the survey but given very few respondents reported being a BlackBerry user, their numbers were not statistically relevant. Of those considering themselves smartphone owners, only 9 percent reported being BlackBerry users.
Tucked away in this Obvious Survey is Obvious post over at POLITICO, which shows President Barack Obama has a commanding 49-31 percent lead over Mitt Romney among iPhone/Android users, is one of the saddest statistics about Research in Motion we’ve ever come across (via hypervocal)

Alternate headline: “Research argues against motion.”

(via hypervocal)

10:15 // 2 years ago