We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are back with a gaming app. Land Grabbers is fun and requires a fair bit of strategy to defend your property as well as cunning and craftiness to dominate the enemy and grab up their land. Check it out and enjoy!
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Android App Pick - Land Grabbers
Humble Post-Apocalypitc Book Bundle
If you're a fan of eBooks and love the science-fiction genre, you'll love the Humble Book Bundle this time around. It features a couple of "Lightspeed" magazine issues, "Wool" by Hugh Howey, "The End is Nigh" and more. All together, this bundle will would set you back $184 USD (about $900 CAD), and you can get it all - DRM-free for $15. Of course there are different levels of support, but for $15 - you get it all. I'll be back after a finish a book.
The world may be over, but we can still read! Whether it's a nuclear holocaust, a contagion outbreak, or a zombie apocalypse, the world isn't going to last forever... until then, you can read about all the possibilities right here! Name your price for Lightspeed Magazine, July 2010, Lightspeed Magazine, March 2013, Gather, Darkness!, After the End: Recent Apocalypses, Wasteland Vol. 1: Cities In Dust, A Gift Upon the Shore, Wool - Omnibus Edition (Audiobook), and Defiance (Game). If you pay more than the average price, you'll also get Futureland, After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, The Massive Vol. 1: Black Pacific, Daybreak, The Wild Shore, and Damnation Alley. If you pay $15 or more, you'll receive all of the above plus The End is Nigh, Parable of the Sower, and The Strain Vol. 1. The pre-apocalypse just got a lot wordier so get reading!
Hunt the Truth - Master Chief History
Hunt the Truth is an exposé that is being released week by week to help hype up the upcoming Halo 5 game. While this game is a long ways off, there is never a better time to start hyping one of the few games that still sell Xbox consoles - Halo. This is a fictitious back story that will take us through the history of our beloved Master Chief. While I'm not a crazed fan, the story behind this game is actually pretty compelling. Follow along below.
Source: HuntTheTruth (Tumbler)
Battle for Your Boot
There were a couple of weird boot-related announcements this past week that came to light. Once of which is that Windows 10 may make it pretty near impossible to boot to Linux or another OS via the Secure Boot feature in your UEFI BIOS settings. While for many consumers, that really isn't a big deal - as very few people dual-boot their systems, the reality is that it is a weird step back from Microsoft as they've been showing a lot more love to the open-source and 'Maker' community lately. More details below.
The bad news isn't just coming from Microsoft though, it appears that with the launch of a couple of new Apple Macbooks, that Apple themselves is locking down Bootcamp from booting to Windows 7. If you want any Windows support on your Mac, the only other viable option right now would be Windows 8.1, but my guess is that will disappear soon enough though as Apple wants all of you.
Windows 10 upgrade for Android?
There was an interesting announcement from Microsoft earlier this week that they've been working on a project to basically upgrade users OS from Android to their new Windows 10 platform. According to the article they have been working using the Xiaomi Mi 4 Android smartphone and effectively overriding the Android OS with Windows 10 and Microsoft services which could offer native Windows 10 performance on Android devices. Microsoft of course hopes to have this service available on more devices eventually but I must give Microsoft some bonus points for being creative and giving users an option to try out the Windows 10 mobile platform without having to actually go buy another phone. TechCrunch has the story.
Near the end of its announcement, the Redmond-based company casually revealed that it is testing Windows 10 with “power users” of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 4 Android smartphone. The initiative, which Xiaomi stressed is not a partnership but merely assistance with the trial, is an interesting one because it again shows Microsoft’s new ‘platform agnostic’ approach.
Neither Microsoft nor Xiaomi provided specific details of the Windows 10 software being trialled, but TechCrunch understands from sources that it effectively overrides Android, turning the Xiaomi phone into a Windows 10 device complete with Microsoft services. (Which the company hopes will dazzle Android owners into making the switch.)
GoDaddy to GoPublic
GoDaddy has announced officially that they will be taking their company public and analysts are expecting GoDaddy to be worth around $2.87 billion dollars. GoDaddy is expected to sell around $418 million dollars worth of shares on this filing which isn't anything to laugh at. GoDaddy tried to go public back in 2006 but had cold feet and withdrew their application. Reuters has the story.
Web-hosting company GoDaddy Inc's initial public offering is expected to value the company at up to $2.87 billion, and comes at a time when there has been a steep fall in the number of companies going public in the United States.
Including debt, the company could be valued at $4 billion.
The IPO market has had a slow start this year compared with 2014 when U.S. IPOs raised about $93 billion, the highest since 2000.
Streaming music is the way of the future
Turns out streaming music might actually be the way of the future as streaming music revenues beat CD sales for the first time in 2014 in the USA. It's actually quite surprising that it has taken this long, however, the lack of services and lack of cooperation from some record companies in the past has slowed the adoption of streaming music for some people. The Verge has the full story.
Streaming music services accounted for more music industry revenue than CDs in the US last year, beating the dominant physical format for the first time. In total, streaming services were responsible for $1.87 billion in revenue, compared to CDs' $1.85 billion. Those streaming services include subscription options like Spotify, radio models like Pandora, as well as other platforms like YouTube and Vevo. Though it was only by a slight margin this year, the trend is clear: streaming services are moving toward the top of the industry, while CDs continue to fall. The figures were released this week by the RIAA.
60% of iPhone users don't want the Apple Watch
Well the headline basically sums up a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, A reported 60% of US iPhone users aren't interested in the 'groundbreaking' Apple Watch. While that sounds like a high number, if those numbers are correct that would still leave 40 million iPhone users that have some interest in getting their very own Apple Watch (there are 100 Million active iPhone users in the USA). If you multiply a minimum $350 x 40 million the resulting number will probably ruin your day. The full story can be found over at Digital Journal.
According to the survey, iPhone users in the United States, a very important market for the product going on sale from April 24, 39 percent expressed interest in purchasing the watch. About half of these respondents said they were very interested. The online survey included 2,469 respondents aged 18 and older, and was conducted between March 9 and 17. Of these respondents, 788 were iPhone users.
400,000 Apps have never been downloaded
A new article over at PhoneArena brings up some interesting points in regards to the Apple App Store, the biggest of which if that 400,000 of the 650,000 or so apps in the store have never been downloaded. Basically the conclusion of the report is that unless you are extremely lucky or have millions of dollars to spend your way to the top of the charts your odds aren't great. No stats yet on the Android Google Play Store yet but I'd wager a bet that the stats could very well be very similar.
Would you be surprised to hear that more than 60% of the apps in the App Store have never been downloaded, even once? That's the conclusion of analytical firm Adeven. The latter even counted the number of flashlight apps and found that Apple iPhone users in need of a quick light have 1,899 choices. Christian Henschel, Adeven CEO, said that there are only a "couple of thousand apps" that get downloaded in number from Apple's on-line applications store.
WTU Episode #305 - Big Money: Steam, Snapchat & Apple Watch
We have just posted up Episode #305 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Steam makes lots of money, Snapchat is worth lots of money and Apple wants pretty much all your money. We have those stories and more so check it out!