As it turns out, iPhone users are generally better at the problem solving game ‘Test of Wits’ than any other smartphone users. In Ladbroke’s small survey of 1000 smartphone users, iPhone users averaged 94 seconds for the brainteasers while Google users were second with 99 seconds and Blackberry was last with 118 seconds.
Robots are incredible manifestations of science fiction, and unless you’re in Japan, they’re hardly a part of everyday existence. Enters Romo, powered by iPhones and iPads it’s a Roomba sized pet with personality and brains the likes of your smartphone.
As you can see in the promo video below, the Romo is a body accessory that gets its brain power from an attached iPhone and app.
The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) in Taiwan has fined Apple $667,000 for price fixing. According to the penalty, Apple is not allowed to meddle with carrier’s pricing plans once they have purchased the rights for iPhone distribution, which gives carriers complete rights to sell the iPhones at their own discretions.
In a statement about the fine, the commission also added, Through the email correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market.”
The ruling only applies to iPhones – iPads were not mentioned in the fine. If Apple does not comply, the FTC will bring on an additional fine of $1.67 million.
It’s been a great year for apps, and now that the year is nearly over, it’s time to highlight some of the best, starting with the apps being honored in the iTunes store. The coveted app of the year award was given to Duolingo, a free, educational language app that uses images and games to teach users up to 6 foreign languages. Compared to the Rosetta Stone at $274, Duolingo is a great bargain and extremely practical.
For documentary filmmaker, Kirby Ferguson, Everything is a Remix. His previous works have explored film and music, but now, he’s focusing on case studies, like the iPhone. In this short video, Kirby isn’t saying the iPhone or Steve Jobs wasn’t original – it’s just that Apple’s iPhone was a culmination of various inventions by many people, not necessarily a new technology, but unprecedented in the way it used all of a whole host of things we’ve already seen. In other words, not new, just remixed, and sometimes from Android phones.
Apple’s iPhones are notoriously expensive compared to Android models, but is there any consolation for Americans, who are also paying the lowest rate of $707.41 USD? For comparison, the costliest iPhones are in Jordan at a whopping $1091.01 USD. That’s a rather large margin of $516.40 USD.
Even when compared to national GDP, the US is 4th on the list at 1.3682% while India’s price is 22.32%. So while the US is paying the lowest price, Quatar, with its GDP of $100,889 has higher buying power and therefore, is paying less. Read more
Apple’s Jony Ive and Marc Newsome along with Bono managed to raise nearly $13 million in curated and designed goods at the 2013 Red Auction – a benefit event for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Among the items sold was this nearly tawdry Rose Gold Earbud earphones that sold for $461K - way over its estimated value of $20K-$50K. The highest priced item was a special desk made of anodised aluminum which sold for $1,685,000 and a Red Mac Pro for $977,000. Read more
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has a Christmas gift idea for iPhone users: an Android phone. The tech titan even offered a tutorial on how to make the switch from an Apple world to a Google one with four steps he detailed in a Google+ post over the weekend.
More from Schmidt here:
Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android. The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface. They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!
Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back as everything will be in the cloud, backed up, and there are so many choices for you. 80% of the world, in the latest surveys, agrees on Android. Read more
This cute video is sure to make Android users chuckle – it’s a robot tale with iDiots, a robot’s version of iPhones filled with Grumpy Cat, Nyan cat, and all of the other necessary internets. The video was created by BLR, or Big Lazy Robots, a visual effects company that has a lot of serious affection for robots. They made the film using Japanese model robots from kits.
It’s not a secret we love robots here at BLR, so we wanted them to be the heroes in our latest promo clip. Luxury cars with powerful engines to drive through roads under severe speed restrictions, cable TV that allows us to pay to watch all kind of sports, all from our comfortable sofa, and of course, hyper expensive cell phones that do almost everything but making a decent phone call. Read more