Author Archives: Robert Evans


The New X-Com Trailer: Better than my Childhood?

The New X-Com Trailer: Better than my Childhood?

Huge swathes of my childhood were devoted to two things: X-Com, and the X-Files. And now both of those wonderful things are being poured into one mold, called "XCOM". Unlike the original turn-based game, it is an FPS. Made by 2K Games, the same devious bastards who brought us BioShock. It looks to be set in the late-40s, early 50s, which place it much earlier in time than the original X-Com.

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Internet ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Hits Congress Again

Internet ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Hits Congress Again

Egypt's sudden removal and equally sudden return to the web has given open Internet advocates a stockpile of new ammunition. The first target of this arsenal will be S.3480, a new version of an old piece of (failed) legislation. The "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act" was first introduced in 2010. It didn't work then, but Senators Lieberman (I-Conn), Collins (R-Maine) and Carper (D-Dela) think 2011 is the magic year.

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HTC Thunderbolt Will Function as Mobile Hotspot

HTC Thunderbolt Will Function as Mobile Hotspot

The HTC Thunderbolt is shaping up to be one hell of a powerhouse. The next-gen 1 GHz Snapdragon processor is blazing fast. I spent a lot of time with this phone at CES, and found it just as zippy as any dual-core option at the show. It feels like magic and cold molasses in your hand- HTC's best design by far. Today we've received further confirmation that the LTE smartphone will offer simultaneous voice and data- and we've learned that the ThunderBolt will launch with mobile hotspot functionality.

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People Use Apps Once 26% of the Time

People Use Apps Once 26% of the Time

It's a good thing that apps don't take up any physical space. If they did, we'd be up to our ankles in rusty iFarts and buggy home screen widgets. A new Localytics study shows that 26% of new apps are never opened a second time.

Download numbers only matter so much. If you have an ad-supported app, you need people coming back again and again to make any money. For the people who make pay apps though, this might not be bad news. It suggests that people are rather frivolous about their app downloading habits.

This trend has been on the rise since the start of 2010. We've all had it happen. You find some neat "time-saving" app or organizational app, download it, and promptly shelve it forever because change is tough. I'd be interested to see what percentage of these "one-time" apps are exercise or fitness-related.

Nintendo Sticks Head in the Sand, Pretends Social Media isn’t Happening

Nintendo Sticks Head in the Sand, Pretends Social Media isn’t Happening

Nintendo has a bad habit of ignoring big threats until they become implacable foes. The latest goof? President Satoru Iwata attempted to allay investor's fears about social media games like FarmVille. He didn't do it by announcing a new Nintendo Facebook game or social networking service. Instead, he said this: "Nintendo has been developing social entertainment in the field of video games for a long time."

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Android Honeycomb Could Support Smartphones?

Android Honeycomb Could Support Smartphones?

Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb, has been pushed by Google and Motorola as a tablet-centric version of the Android OS. Google is open about their plans to unify Android and we may in the midst of a stirring towards that now. While Honeycomb's default setting is 1280x768, it switches into a different mode when you change the screen setting to WVGA.

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