Apples and Androids

Apples and Androids

New Nexus Phones Will Charge 6 Hours in 15 Minutes, Praise Google

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No matter how close our computers become to holistically taking care of our every need, there’s one thing that seems like it will never change: phone batteries suck. Worse yet, according to ~science~, they’re not going to be getting better, especially as our phones get smaller. Considering that, a shorter phone charge time than my iPad mini is the least we can ask for, and by ask, we mean beg.

Google debuted Android Lollypop and their new lineup of hardware at an event that was like Willy Wonka meets the Quantified Self. At their “tasting bar,” which was like their edition of an Apple Genius Bar without the assholes and with candy, they showed off their new Turbo Chargers. Read More

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Reading Habits Indicate Android Users Are Fun, iPhone Users Are Lifehacking Megalomanics

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In the war between iOS and Android, there are a few things we know: iPhone users are big spenders, live in more affluent neighborhoods and are vastly outnumbered by their Android counterparts. But now, we also intimate knowledge of their reading habits, which shows us more about their personalities than anything we’ve seen so far.

Oyster, the Netflix for books, released a study of their readers this morning, comparing the reading habits of iOS users with the Android users that have signed up since their recent Android release and redesign. Oyster told Betabeat that they pulled from their entire user database for the study. Read More

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Let Me Let Me Upgrade Ya: Apple Reportedly Plans Major iTunes Overhaul

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Damn, we feel old: Did you guys realize that iTunes debuted in 2003, which is now almost a decade ago? That’s practically a glacial age in technology, and in the era of Spotify, the software is starting to show its age.

Lest the program find itself suddenly in the dustbin of cultural history–Winamp-style–Apple reportedly plans to do a bit of sprucing up. Bloomberg says a major overhaul is scheduled to debut sometime before the end of the year.  Read More

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Why It Is Imperative For Apple To Build Its Own Search Engine

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder & CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at]

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that Apple last week announced its quarterly earnings and the entire tech industry let out a collective gasp and then promptly went into a swoon. Apple’s now overtaken Exxon as the world’s most valuable company and has almost $100 billion in cash reserves. Thats higher than the market cap of 474 of the S&P 500 companies. Apple’s been very careful when it comes to spending its cash. Expect it to continue the trend of locking in a better deal on components in its supply chain boosting its own profit margins and increasing prices (and scarcity) for competitors. Also expect it to snap up important IP that can provide a generational leap to advance core features of its hardware (camera, screen, battery, memory, CPU). Beyond that (‘n all the cool wearable computing rumors), one of the things thats imperative for Apple to do (if its not doing it already) is to finally build its own search engine. Here’s why. Read More

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Marco Arment Calls Android’s Bluff

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Instapaper creator Marco Arment is an Apple acolyte who pointedly and repeatedly refuses to develop an Android version of his popular reading app. In fact he often takes to his blog to bash Google’s mobile OS, berating its commercial potential and enumerating the woes he would have should he someday have the misfortune of developing for Android.

But last night the guys from Shift Jelly, a mobile development shop in Australia, managed to get Mr. Arment’s attention. Read More

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Paid The Cost to Be The Boss: Android’s Malware Growing 4X Faster Than iOS

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It’s commonly accepted that Apple’s tightly controlled iOS app ecosystem is a more difficult environment for scammers to push malware into than Google’s relatively open Android marketplace. But a new report from security provider Fortinet shows that Android’s dominance as the market leader in smartphones is making them a even juicer target for bad actors.

“Unfortunately, we believe Android’s higher market share comes with a price; an almost six fold increase in malware targeting the operating system,” Axelle Apvrille, senior mobile anti-virus researcher at Fortinet, wrote in an email release today. “To date, our Labs have seen a 90% increase in Android malware families in 2011 compared to 2010, while malicious iOS families only increased by 25%.” Read More