Category: Mobile Computing

Hedy Lamarr And The Google Doodle

On Hedy Lamarr’s 101st birthday, she makes it to the Google Doodle. Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on 9 November 1914 in Vienna, Austria, Ms Lemarr got her first leading role aged just 17, in a German film called Geld Auf Der Strase. A subsequent German film, Exstase, brought her to the attention of Hollywood producers, and she soon signed a contract with MGM. Once in Hollywood, she officially changed her name to Hedy Lamarr and starred in her first Hollywood film, Algiers (1938), opposite Charles Boyer. She continued to land parts opposite the most popular and talented actors of

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The PS Vita’s First Death

I think it’s been a good run for the PS Vita, and it’s ability to offer third-party titles and act as a remote station for the PS4 means it still have a lot of utility (and a great back catalogue), but Sony’s SVP Massyasu Ito confirms that there are no first-party titles in production for the portable console. Ito told the Japanese gaming website 4Gamer (translated by DualShockers) that “first-party studios have no titles in development for PS Vita,” confirming what many have suspected and feared for a while now. According to the senior vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment’s game

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The dark side of ‘Free To Play’ games

Eil Hodapp edits an interview with a producer behind many of the well-known ‘free to play’ mobile games on just how much you give up for a free download to play games like Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, and pretty much anything with an in-app purchase. Even users who don’t really use Facebook or fill it with “fake” data actually tell us a lot. You might not use Facebook, but your connections give you away. If you play with friends, or you have a significant other who plays, we can see the same IP address, and learn who you are

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How do you say Xiaomi?

Over to the BBC Pronunciation Unit: …we recommend to our broadcasters: SHOW mee (-sh as in ship, -ow as in now, -ee as in street, note first syllable stress) This reflects the pronunciation used by the VP of Xiaomi Global, the Brazilian Hugo Barra, who said shortly after taking up his position in August 2013: “Think of ‘show me’, and then pronounce the first word as if it was ‘shower.’”

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Samsung plans to return to profitability by using Nokia’s old strategy

Samsung’s profits are down (60% year on year for Q3), because nobody is buying their high-end models and the average selling price per handset is dropping. Its solution is to…. sell more low-end handsets and promote the Note 4 heavily. That would be the Note 4 that they had to cut the launch price of because of the competition from the iPhone 6 Plus. Samsung is doing the same thing Nokia tried (which failed), that Palm tried (and failed), that [the standalone] Motorola tried (and failed), that Ericsson tried (and failed). What makes the South Korean company think they’re any different?

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