Apple has acquired BookLamp, a startup that has been developing big data style book analytics services. The deal is said to have cost the Cupertino giant somewhere around $10 million to $15 million.
BookLamp is known for their work with Book Genome Project, a platform that allowed users to find suggestions for books to read based on natural language analysis of other titles. Read more »
Amazon’s Fire Phone has just gone on sale and the folks at iFixit have already managed to grab a unit and even give it a teardown treatment.
The teardown reveals that the Amazon Fire Phone is anything but easy to repair with the device managing to achieve a low reparability score of 3 out of 10. Read more »
If opening the cover of your G3 smartphone to fire a game was just too much work for you, then Puppy Pop is just the app you need. In addition to being able to check the time, place calls and take photos without having to open the QuickCircle case’s cover, G3 users can now play games too.
LG has announced a new game dubbed Puppy Pop – a match-three puzzle game developed for G3 with QuickCircle Case to be played through the window. Read more »
Ever find yourself traveling way out in the middle of nowhere and unable to communicate with your friends?
Well goTenna might be able to help you with that. Read more »
Do you hate inputting all of your credit card and personal information when it comes time to buy something online?
Well Visa’s latest service, Checkout, may just put an end to all of that headache. Read more »
Feeling the pressure from losing ground under its feet, BlackBerry is no stranger to publicly attacking the competition. Following the jab at the Android KNOX security feature, BlackBerry has set its aim at the new smartphone maker behind the security-oriented Blackphone. On one of its official blogs, the Canadian phonemaker states that the Android-powered Blackphone is “inadequate for business”.
But Toby Weir-Jones, chief executive of SGP Technologies, maker of the Blackphone handset wouldn’t have any of this and retaliated with a blog post hitting BlackBerry where it hurts most. Read more »
Microsoft is expected to undergo massive staff layoffs this week. According to a report by Bloomberg citing company insiders, Microsoft’s job cuts will be the biggest in five years.
The reductions in staff will be primarily in the Nokia handset division and its portions that overlap with already existing Microsoft structures. This includes departments such as engineering and marketing. Read more »
Did you manage to pre-order the upcoming Oculus Rift DK2? Well you may want to hold off on putting it up on eBay.
In an effort to stop price-gouging of the Rift, and maybe as a means of getting their headset to those who really want it, Oculus Rift has canceled shipments of people selling their places in the pre-order line. Read more »
Samsung’s Super AMOLED mobile displays have certainly received their fair share of accolades, however, that doesn’t mean that other companies are lining up to purchase the tech from the Korean manufacturer.
In fact, Samsung hasn’t been able to sell their OLED screens to anyone else but themselves. Read more »
Want a VR headset that isn’t made out of cardboard, and you’re not a fan of the Oculus Rift’s hardware?
Well Samsung’s Gear VR might be up your alley, and from the leaked image, it definitely looks like it has more swag than Google’s paper solution. Read more »
So you live in New York, but you, of course, keep it real and reside in either Brooklyn and Queens. There’s a downside to not being a Manhattan-ite, however. Even though you’re saving a ton of money on rent, your public transportation options are pretty limited.
Well it looks like you’ll have more choices soon, as Lyft will be launching in the New York City area, but exclusively in Brooklyn and Queens. Read more »
There are plenty of media hubs out there for purchase that allow you to play media files off of flash drives, SD cards, and even stream them from your PC to your TV.
EzeeCube does pretty much all of this, but has two cool features: an innovative stackable design, and the ability to play old-school SNES and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive cartridges. Past, meet the present, with a little bit of hacktastic goodness sprinkled on top. Read more »
As the saying goes, “we are all creatures of habit” and the creator of Pavlok, a new wearable, believes wholeheartedly in this mantra.
Pavlok helps to reinforce positive behavior habits. How? Well, it electrocutes you. Seriously. Read more »
The recently announced Huawei Honor 6 flagship isn’t even on the market yet but some industrious folk got their hands on it and did what comes natural to tech geeks – they took it apart. While it’s not coming from iFixit the people who took apart the Honor 6 (also called Glory 6 in some markets) awarded it a 7/10 separability score.
The teardown photos reveal the back material can take some abuse, but the battery is not easy to take out. Read more »
Facebook has been pushing hard to become a top player in the messaging game. The company has recently purchased WhatsApp, took a page out of Snapchat’s book with Slingshot, and made its messenger available for Windows Phone.
Facebook has taken another step towards improving its messaging experience by making Facebook Messenger a universal application for iOS; meaning that it will function on both the iPad and iPhone similarly. Read more »