Author Archives: Paul Fang


Apple opens up monthly subscriptions model on iPad to game publishers

Apple opens up monthly subscriptions model on iPad to game publishers

Apple is now letting video game publishers offer their titles to iPad users by way of a subscription model as well as a revenue stream previously only available to digital publications by newspaper and magazine publishers. Specifically, Big Fish Games, a Seattle-based game publisher, has been the first to garner approval from the tight-fisted gate guardian that is Apple, to "offer users access to dozens of titles for $6.99 a month. Until now, games have only been available one at a time, requiring users to download individual applications."

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The Facebook Phone may be finally coming

The Facebook Phone may be finally coming

Earlier this year, you may still remember the HTC Status and HTC Salsa from AT&T, the pair of "Facebook phones" that weren't exactly up to their titular status. But just hours ago, reporters over at All Things Digital claim that social-networking company itself is working with a cell phone manufacturer to build, yes, a very Facebook phone, code-named Buffy (from the vampire-killer television series, for some reason). And most likely not one with just a tiny little Facebook button on the front.

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Minecraft 1.0 released, over 240 million logins every month

Minecraft 1.0 released, over 240 million logins every month

What's this, a game that gets 240 million logins a month that isn't actually named Farmville or World of Warcraft? And was just barely fully released this weekend? That's, drum roll please, the block-building Minecraft for you. Since the official launch of Minecraft’s 1.0 release candidate this weekend, the game has seen an astounding 4000 logins per second, and over 240 million logins every month. If you do some math, that's 240,000 logins a minute, and roughly 14 million logins an hour. Now that's what I call a popular game. And a very smart developer, Mojang.

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Facebook testing Windows desktop client for chat and ticker feed

Facebook testing Windows desktop client for chat and ticker feed

Facebook begun letting a limited group of users to download and try out a new Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 desktop client (much like in the way they started off with their newly-revamped Facebook Timeline user interface, which still hasn't rolled out to all users yet). Apparently, the new desktop client provides access to Facebook Chat, the Ticker feed, and update notifications. From what it looks like, the social networking company is trying to gauge user interest in desktop client access to these real-time features that could keep users engaged all day without the need of having to keep a browser window open for the Facebook website itself. If I say so myself, such a client could become instantly popular, especially since Facebook is essentially the largest contact list for most people these days, the author included.

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Apple announces worldwide one-day Black Friday sale on Nov 25th

Apple announces worldwide one-day Black Friday sale on Nov 25th

With all the Android news that has been hovering around today, here's an announcement from the other side of the mobile fence, all the way in Cupertino, California. Apple has now begun putting up banners on its online store website for its "one-day shopping event" (the upcoming Black Friday holiday sale, no doubt) next Friday, November 25th. This is looking to be a worldwide event, so for all our non-US readers out there, you can breathe a little easier come this Black Friday.

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Samsung (Galaxy) Nexus Prime leaked in Best Buy ad, on sale 11/27?

Samsung (Galaxy) Nexus Prime leaked in Best Buy ad, on sale 11/27?

Well then, readers, take a good, close look at this. It appears to be that we have an end-of-the-month Best Buy catalog leaked with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, um, scratch that, the Samsung Nexus Prime? Wow, what on earth is going on? Seems like Verizon may have made some eleventh-hour changes on the rebranding whiteboard with the Galaxy Nexus, with what looks like a Verizon-exclusive name. And from this point on, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus may very well be officially christened the Nexus Prime.

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BMWi concept to debut at LA Auto Show

BMWi concept to debut at LA Auto Show

European automobile giant BMW is scheduled to debut its initial lineup of “i Cars”, the completely electric lithium-ion i3 “megacity vehicle”, and the plug-in hybrid i8 high-performance car, for the first inaugural time in North America at the Los Angeles Automobile Show this week. From the looks of the initial concept art, these are some sweet, sweet looking concept cars. BMW really has outdone themselves again on the these "i Cars", even though they've long been known for cutting-edge design.

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AT&T to sell smartphones for one cent come Black Friday

AT&T to sell smartphones for one cent come Black Friday

Looking for a cheap way to get a brand new smartphone this Black Friday? If so, then you're in luck. AT&T has announced a full-on Thanksgiving weekend of promotional sales. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on this year's Black Friday in a couple weeks, AT&T's website will reveal some impressively affordable deals on sales on touchscreen devices, including tablets. Furthermore, new electronics deals will gradually roll out each day through the following Monday.

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iPad garners almost 90% of tablet web traffic globally

iPad garners almost 90% of tablet web traffic globally

Even with all the steadily surging amount of tablet competition out there as of recent, Apple's iPad has managed to snag almost 90% of global web traffic for tablets. According to a just released report from the Royal Pingdom, The iPad has reached 87.6% of all global tablet web traffic. Now that's something that any tablet manufacturer not named Apple should be concerned about (Yes, I'm looking at all you Android tablet manufacturers out there). And there are quite a few of those.

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Developer code hints that iChat could come to iOS devices

Developer code hints that iChat could come to iOS devices

Some particular strings of code uncovered in Apple's iOS mobile operating system by iOS developer John Heaton hints that Mac OS X's popular iChat client could come to iOS devices in the near future, namely the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Well, this is certainly interesting news, especially to an iOS user like myself, since the current iMessage app found in iOS 5 is somewhat limited to sending only text messages.

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Google Music app launches for Google TV, music purchases on Android Market

Google Music app launches for Google TV, music purchases on Android Market

Just as Google affirmed with their announcement yesterday, their music service is "opening up to a broader audience and that it will integrate with the music store on Android Market to make music discovery, purchase, and sharing easy and fast." Well, the Google Music App has just launched right now for the Google TV, as well as the Android Market now opening up to music purchases to select Android smartphones. So for all you Android and Google TV users out there, feel free to start downloading and listening to your favorite tunes.

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The Fiat 500 Abarth is finally coming to the US

The Fiat 500 Abarth is finally coming to the US

Last mentioned last month, the Fiat 500 Abarth is finally coming stateside, for all you non-European readers out there in the wild known as North America. This is the car that Chrysler calls “the Italian high-performance car for everyday driving." And that says a lot for such a, well, shall I say, minute car. Are you looking for a more sexier, more vroom-vroom version of a Mini Cooper? Then by all means, take a look at what Fiat has to offer.

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