HTC One M8: Windows Phone Edition

Brad Molen, Engadget:

The software giant has buddied up with HTC to convert the One M8, its Android flagship, into a Windows Phone. That’s all there is to it. There’s absolutely no change to the hardware — and it’s a fantastic idea.

As long as smartphone hardware manufacturers, like HTC, design smartphone hardware so either Android or Windows Phone can run, a bit of power might trickle back to them during negotiations with Google and Microsoft. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Samsung decided to launch Windows Phone editions of its Galaxy S5 and the upcoming Galaxy Note 4…

Prime-time Twitch Is Bigger Than CNN, MSNBC, And MTV

Ben Popper, The Verge:

One year ago the video game live-streaming platform wasn’t even equal to HLN in size. Fast-forward to this summer and Twitch is bigger during prime-time hours than CNN, E!, or MSNBC, with occasional spikes that put it above MTV as well.

Gregor Aisch and Tom Giratikanon, The New York Times:

Twitch’s peak viewership now rivals the average prime-time viewers of some cable networks, as seen in the chart above. But compared with online video giants, Twitch is small. In hours of video viewed each month, Netflix is roughly eight times larger than Twitch, and YouTube is roughly 24 times larger, according to statistics from each company.

Traditional TV is dying.

Livescribe Notebook by Moleskine


The Livescribe Notebook by Moleskine #1 is an elegantly designed blank space that brings thoughts and ideas straight to your device as you write on its pages. Using the Bluetooth technology of the Livescribe 3 Smartpen and dot paper, its content instantly appears in the app in real time.

An elegant analog plus digital note taking solution.

Hyperlapse by Instagram

Instagram Blog:

Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment.


“Blade Runner” Sequel

Ridley Scott:

It’s written and it’s damn good. Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years — despite the accident. So yes, that will happen.

Can’t wait.

“Well, this is real.”

Ellis Hamburger at The Verge has a Q&A about Oculus with Cory Ondrejka, creator of Second Life and VP of engineering at Facebook, and asks: “What impressed you most about it?”

First, visual performance. The difference between a slightly laggy experience or bad registration, or an experience with slightly malfunctioning optics, makes you half feel like you’re in VR and your brain has to adapt to it. With Oculus you didn’t have that. Instead, it was able to cross that threshold into presence where your brain is saying “Well, this is real,” and that difference is fundamentally the difference between VR that’s a promise and VR that’s actually here.

The Most Expensive Cell Phone Bills In The World

Anna Bernasek, The New York Times:

If your monthly cellphone bill seems high, that may be because American cellphone service is among the most costly in the world.

That’s why I’m on Ting. I pay for what I use, so I tend to use less.

“Cable TV is dying.”

John Gruber:

[...] Google’s 2006 purchase of YouTube for $1.65 billion has proven to be one of the smartest and most important acquisitions of the Internet era. My son and his friends watch far more YouTube content than they do traditional TV. Cable TV is dying.

Amazon’s betting ~US$1 billion on it.

Amazon to Buy Twitch For $1+ Billion

Douglas MacMillan, The Wall Street Journal: Inc. has agreed to acquire Twitch, a live-streaming service for videogame players, for more than $1 billion, according to a person who has been briefed on the matter.

Amazon wants its own YouTube.

Android Ransomware

Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times:

The message claims to be from the F.B.I., or cybersecurity firms, but is in fact the work of Eastern European hackers who are hijacking Android devices with a particularly pernicious form of malware, dubbed “ransomware” because it holds its victims’ devices hostage until they pay a ransom.


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