It's official - according to Nielsen's calculations, this month marks a passing of the torch, so to speak, from Apple to Google in terms of smartphone sales in the US. New subscribers chose the Android platform 27% of the time and Apple's iPhone platform only 23% of the time. Of course, these numbers still pale in comparison to Blackberry's hold on the market with a full third of all handsets.
Normally we see major growth in the beginning of a product's life-cycle but Android isn't the baby it used to be. We have had major Android-powered handsets on the market for 2 years now, but adoption was slow until version 1.5 and now 2.1 making the platform really shine.
For more about Android's takeover, hit the break.
Chris Paget is not a name you probably know, but you should. He has spent the last few years trying to show the world the vulnerabilities of some of the technology we take for granted. Last year, he demonstrated how easy it is to snag the information off of "secure RFIDs" such as the ones used in US passports. He was able to download the information from the passports without even having to leave his car.
This year at DefCon, an annual security conference, the hacker showed off his latest feat - stealing cellular phone calls. With a setup that cost him about $1,500 he was able to intercept and record phone calls from unsuspecting phones.
Want to know how he did it? Hit the break!
Have you ever dreamed of living in a place where buses are cool? It might just be time for you to move to China. Beijing’s Mentougou District, to be exact. Here, Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co., Ltd has proposed a new type of bus, one they are calling the 3D fast bus, but after seeing the images, I want to call it a tunnel bus.
What is so special about the tunnel bus? Well, it takes up no space on the road. "How is that possible?" you might be asking. Well, it is, seemingly, very simple. Rather than rolling along the road on wheels, the roads will be lined with electric tracks and the bus will actually cover the road from above, leaving enough room underneath for other vehicles to pass.
For more info on the "3D fast bus" plus a video presentation of it in future action, hit the break.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but here it is. Google has announced they have stopped development on Google Wave and will only maintain the servers through the end of the year. What? You don't know what Google Wave is? Well, therein lies the problem. For those who don't know, and I will assume that is everyone reading this, Google Wave was billed as "the future of communication."
It was designed to be somewhere between the most complex instant messenger on the planet and the simplest collaboration software ever. Unfortunately, it never seemed to gain much ground as either. Wave had its share of problems and one of these, or possibly a combination of several, seems to have ended "the future of communication" here in the present.
Find out what killed Google Wave after the break.
For those of you who played the second
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords you may remember a little moon known as Nar Shaddaa. One of the most vibrant and dangerous places in the galaxy, the place is a sprawling cityscape where nothing comes without a price. Dominated by a black market that caters to every indulgence, the moon has become the ultimate symbol of corruption. The upper levels present an endless parade of glittering neon towers and floating pleasure palaces; no greater concentration of wealth exists across the galaxy.
Well this week, BioWare decided to reveal yet ANOTHER planet, and this time it's something to get excited for, if you played the original KoTOR series that is. This newly announced planet gives us a total of 14 planets to explore. Just a little fun fact, this game alone has one less planet than the first two had combined, and we are still another year from release. This meaning that there are still even more planets to be revealed, as well as even more content for the players of the game to get their hands on.
To find out more about this content, hit the break.
While Marvel news was all over Comic-Con this week, one of the things that got swept under the rug was the announcement that Marvel Studios has regained rights to the
Punisher franchise from Lionsgate. While this might seem like a small victory, let me tell you why it is no small matter.
Marvel has been assembling a Marvel Universe in the film franchises to rival that of the actual comics, but several of their main names are out of their own control, mostly owned by Sony, such as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men. The recapturing of the Punisher series brings another of its big-name titles back under its own control.
Hit the break for more on the Punisher story.