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High-res According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google are in a battle to secure exclusive rights over popular mobile games. The two giants are said to be hard at work at courting top-tier game developers to ensure their games arrive on iOS or Android first. Neither Apple nor Google offer developers money for exclusive titles. Instead, they place the coveted titles prominently in their app stores. A prime spot in an app store could cause a tenfold spike in daily downloads, thus resulting in massive revenue.
WSJ: Apple and Google are in a tussle over mobile games exclusivity

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google are in a battle to secure exclusive rights over popular mobile games. The two giants are said to be hard at work at courting top-tier game developers to ensure their games arrive on iOS or Android first.

Neither Apple nor Google offer developers money for exclusive titles. Instead, they place the coveted titles prominently in their app stores. A prime spot in an app store could cause a tenfold spike in daily downloads, thus resulting in massive revenue.

WSJ: Apple and Google are in a tussle over mobile games exclusivity

Samsung Electronics  celebrates 45th anniversary by opening innovation museum

Samsung Electronics is marking its 45th anniversary today by opening the Samsung Innovation Museum in Suwon, South Korea. “The Samsung Innovation Museum brings together some of the true historical masterpieces of electronics innovation,” said CEO Kwon Oh-hyun at the opening event. “These inventions laid the technological foundation that allowed us to develop and refine products that enhance lives today. The museum gives visitors an opportunity to see where we’ve come from and also see where Samsung draws inspiration from to continue to create category defining products.”

The museum features 150 inventions and products from Samsung as well as individuals and companies that have no ties with the Korean company –– an acknowledgement of its competitors. But you won’t find Apple iPhones or Sony LCD TVs on display, even though both pointed the way to future Samsung profits.

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High-res The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet isn’t a massive overhaul from its predecessor, but that’s no bad thing. Its skinny frame looks and feels great, while its waterproof design will keep it safe from spilled drinks or accidental dunks in the bathtub. Its quad-core processor provides heaps of power for gaming and the Android KitKat software is easy to navigate.
 Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: A supercharged, super-skinny slate

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet isn’t a massive overhaul from its predecessor, but that’s no bad thing. Its skinny frame looks and feels great, while its waterproof design will keep it safe from spilled drinks or accidental dunks in the bathtub. Its quad-core processor provides heaps of power for gaming and the Android KitKat software is easy to navigate.

 Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: A supercharged, super-skinny slate

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High-res Fitness trackers and smartwatches come a dime a dozen, but devices that combine the best of both? Still exceedingly rare. Now, however, Samsung thinks it has the perfect solution in the Gear Fit, a fitness band with a beautiful, curved screen, as well as a heart rate monitor, pedometer and a few smartwatch features thrown in for good measure.
Review: hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit 
Image credit: Mashable

Fitness trackers and smartwatches come a dime a dozen, but devices that combine the best of both? Still exceedingly rare. Now, however, Samsung thinks it has the perfect solution in the Gear Fit, a fitness band with a beautiful, curved screen, as well as a heart rate monitor, pedometer and a few smartwatch features thrown in for good measure.

Review: hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit

Image credit: Mashable

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Karma designer Henry Fisker designs a motorcycle

From Digital Trends:

With time on his hands after the sad and disheartening collapse of his once-promising hybrid-electric car company, talented vehicle designer and Fisker Karma namesake Henrik Fisker has turned his pen to designing a motorcycle — and no surprise, it’s a looker.

Danish boutique bike builder Lauge Jensen, which is headed by the son of a guy who came up with some kids’ toy called LEGO, hired Fisker to draw up the Viking Concept as a possible mass-produced cruiser for the firm, which until now has built its very limited production (and very expensive) bikes by hand.

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High-res Nike lay offs employees at its hardware division, Fuelband in trouble?
From The Verge:

One of the first mainstream brands to make wearable fitness electronics is getting out of the game. Nike confirmed to CNET this afternoon that the company is laying off people in its hardware division, which makes the FuelBand line of fitness trackers. “As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business priorities,” Nike spokesman Brian Strong told The Verge in an email. “As our Digital Sport priorities evolve, we expect to make changes within the team, and there will be a small number of layoffs.” The company declined further comment.
 Citing an unnamed source, CNET reports that as many as 55 people on Nike’s 70-person hardware team were laid off on Thursday. (A rumor of the layoffs first surfaced on Secret, the anonymous social network.)  In addition to the FuelBand, Nike’s hardware division makes the Nike+ sportwatch and other peripherals. The original FuelBand launched in 2012, but Nike was slow to iterate on it.

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Nike lay offs employees at its hardware division, Fuelband in trouble?

From The Verge:

One of the first mainstream brands to make wearable fitness electronics is getting out of the game. Nike confirmed to CNET this afternoon that the company is laying off people in its hardware division, which makes the FuelBand line of fitness trackers. “As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business priorities,” Nike spokesman Brian Strong told The Verge in an email. “As our Digital Sport priorities evolve, we expect to make changes within the team, and there will be a small number of layoffs.” The company declined further comment.

Citing an unnamed source, CNET reports that as many as 55 people on Nike’s 70-person hardware team were laid off on Thursday. (A rumor of the layoffs first surfaced on Secret, the anonymous social network.)  In addition to the FuelBand, Nike’s hardware division makes the Nike+ sportwatch and other peripherals. The original FuelBand launched in 2012, but Nike was slow to iterate on it.

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High-res In the midst of a major “copycat” lawsuit, Samsung has launched a site that highlights original design from the company. Emblazoned with the tagline “make it meaningful,” it’s described as “a platform to present influential design stories and solutions to be shared around the world.” It features explainers on what design is, and how it has the power to change our lives. It includes high-level explanations from Samsung designers and guest speakers like the Royal College of Art’s Dr. Nick Leon, who helps explain Samsung’s “Design Identity 3.0.”
Samsung launches website highlighting ‘meaningful’ design

In the midst of a major “copycat” lawsuit, Samsung has launched a site that highlights original design from the company. Emblazoned with the tagline “make it meaningful,” it’s described as “a platform to present influential design stories and solutions to be shared around the world.” It features explainers on what design is, and how it has the power to change our lives. It includes high-level explanations from Samsung designers and guest speakers like the Royal College of Art’s Dr. Nick Leon, who helps explain Samsung’s “Design Identity 3.0.”

Samsung launches website highlighting ‘meaningful’ design

How Microsoft’s Cortana compares to Siri and Google Now
From Readwrite:

Cortana, a new feature in Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, is both a search engine and a helper, just like its counterparts: Apple’s Siri and Google Now for Android. Cortana—who says she’s female, though not a woman—is Microsoft’s attempt to counter Google’s domination of Web search on smartphones while also serving as its counterpoint to the cheeky and informative Siri on the iPhone.
In this way, Cortana—like almost everything in Windows Phone—emerges as a combination of iOS and Android features embellished with some of Microsoft’s own unique elements.

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How Microsoft’s Cortana compares to Siri and Google Now

From Readwrite:

Cortana, a new feature in Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, is both a search engine and a helper, just like its counterparts: Apple’s Siri and Google Now for Android. Cortana—who says she’s female, though not a woman—is Microsoft’s attempt to counter Google’s domination of Web search on smartphones while also serving as its counterpoint to the cheeky and informative Siri on the iPhone.

In this way, Cortana—like almost everything in Windows Phone—emerges as a combination of iOS and Android features embellished with some of Microsoft’s own unique elements.

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