Microsoft’s controversial Smoked by Windows Phone challenge has now been extended till April 12. If you want to pit your smartphone against a Windows Phone, all you need to do is hop down to the nearest Microsoft store and if you win, you will get a $1,000 special edition Hunger Games laptop and a $1,000 gift card.
The Smoked by Windows Phone challenge recently came under fire after a Microsoft store denied a blogger his prize even after he won the competition fair and square. Eventually Microsoft stepped in and righted the wrong, giving the guy his laptop as well as a free Windows Phone, but the damage was done and a few things about the competition came to light, such as the way the Windows phones used in the test are already set to gain an advantage in that particular test and by profiling the competing handset and then avoiding tests in which the Windows Phone might end up on the losing side. Read more »
For those who don’t know, singer/rapper/producer Labrinth (real name Timothy McKenzie) took to the stage last night in central London to promote the launch of his new album, Electronic Earth.
The event in question was actually a little soiree set up by Sony Mobile, not only acting as the launch platform for the artist’s new album, but also for the company to reinforce the new Sony Xperia name. Read more »
After being downloaded countless millions of times, the Angry Birds games have inspired Rovio to expand its business by introducing various sorts of merchandise including pillows, plush toys, t-shirts, cases… the list goes on and on.
The latest Angry Birds-themed product is this RC helicopter. Sporting dual counter rotating rotor blades and the unmistakable body of the unibrow red bird from the game series, this helicopter is aimed at children ages eight and above. Read more »
The phone industry has made numerous attempts to create a ladies’ phone, but most of them proved unsuccessful. The reason is probably that those phones tended to offer dated hardware at high prices, falsely presuming that women wouldn’t care about smooth performance, apps etc.
What if we told you that you can convert a regular iPhone 4 or 4S into something the ladies will like? All it takes is some screwdriver skills, a $10 tool kit and a $50 replacement back. Read more »
The developers from Bungie have ended their relationship with the “Halo” video game franchise in a truly memorable fashion. The studio released an infographic, showing the data it collected from “Halo” online multiplayer over the years.
Now get ready for some serious numbers. Read more »
Northern-based and ice-clad Nokia has prepared an interesting new phone for the world – the cold, awaiting an eventual next Ice Age world.
The phone’s exterior is made from, wait for it, ice, while the innards are superhydrophobic or otherwise water-proof. It also seems to run Windows Phone, judging by the provided picture. Read more »
Google has found a way to speed sending emails with its new feature – Gmail Tap. It brings a Morse code keyboard with just two keys instead of the regular 26 or more.
The new keyboard has a space bar too, does the Morse-specific audio tones and even supports predictive text. Read more »
The iFixit team’s dedication to disassembling the latest iPad goes to enormous lengths year after year. Not anymore it doesn’t, as the company says “No!” to tedious and lengthy procedures and “Yes!” to easy and smart dismantling tools.
Meet the iPad Fubar—by Stanley, the new tool that is on sale right now from iFixit, which is aimed not only at professionals, but also at the average Joe, who doesn’t have a whole day to fix a simple hardware problem with his new iPad. Read more »
Playing games on your touch-enabled phone can be frustrating if you’re not, you know, a Galaxy Note owner.
Well, a research group from Keio University are in development of a joystick add-on that’s placed on top of your front-facing camera and can, depending on the precision of your hardware, perform the simple actions of navigating left, right, up and down in apps and games. Read more »
A physics professor has done an extensive analysis on the Angry Birds Space physics laws. What he found is that both games are too far away from how the things work in the real world.
Shocker? Read more »
Google Maps just added support for the Nintendo Entertainment System, people. And yes, that’s the same 8-bit gaming console, which is soon going to celebrate its thirtieth birthday.
Of course, it is an April Fool’s prank, brought our way by Google. Read more »
At a time when creativity in advertising gets bolder by the hour, impressive commercials have become tough to come by. HTC however, have managed to pull one off. The company’s One X flagship commercial was shot at an altitude of 12,000 feet, with the smartphone doing fashion photography in the process.
The commercial has taken the impressive 35 skydives to be completed. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy Note is quite popular with people – Samsung just announced thatover 5 million Notes were shipped. Not all of them went to humans though – at least one elephant is quite happy with his Galaxy Note.
Peter the Elephant uses the Note to play some music, browse photos (even snap a few himself) and the S Pen proved to be well-designed for use with a trunk, too. Read more »
The Samsung-employed advertising agents have had no shortage of creativity recently. We covered all sorts of cool videos that they produced over the past few weeks, but it turns out the coolest was yet to come.
The Portuguese Samsung branch came up with one of the most impressive clips we have seen for quite some time, while trying to promote the unassuming Galaxy Y Duos smartphone. The video only took this guy, who was used as a screen, a projector and, well, plenty of inspiration to make. Read more »
A groundbreaking new Android app is rising in popularity in the Google Play store. It’s called Solar Charger and lets you use the phone’s screen to charge the battery with sunlight.
Yes, of course it’s a fake. The app’s description says so itself, in case your common sense failed you. It’s still a very interesting app, here’s why. Read more »