When Beats Music finally launched their own streaming music service, playing off the name recognition of their line of headphones, AT&T managed to strike a special deal for their customers. AT&T subscribers were able to get the Beats Music service for a 90-day free trial, much longer than the standard 2-week trial period. In addition, AT&T subscribers could buy a Beats Music subscription for $14.99 per month, $5 more than the normal price, but could share their subscription with other users and devices. This special package is no longer available to AT&T customers although they can still order the standard $9.99 per month Beats Music service.
According to the latest numbers about app store downloads, Google’s Play Store sees about 60% more volume for downloads than Apple’s App Store. There were roughly 160 million downloads in Q3 on the Play Store, while the App Store only saw about 100 million. Both are impressive numbers however you slice, but Android’s enormous market share globally is really showing through here.
Teenagers use voice commands a lot and they really want to order pizza. That is just some of what Google found from its Mobile Voice Study. Google looked at 1,400 smartphone users and how they use voice commands from Google Search, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana. Teenagers (ages 13-18) use voice commands every day while adults are more inclined to “feel tech savvy” because of it.
Here are some notes from the Mobile Voice Study:
- 55% of teenagers in the United States use voice commands every day
- 45% of adults feel geeky when using voice commands
- 89% of teenagers and 85% of adults believe that voice commands will be “very common” in the future
- 22% of teenagers use voice commands in the bathroom
- 45% of teenagers selected “send me pizza” when told to “pick one thing you wish you could ask your phone to do for you”
- Northeasterners are the most active group to use voice commands — 50% use it at least once per day
Interbrand released a report for its best global brand rankings for 2014. Over 10 percent, out of the list of 100, were tech companies with Apple taking the top spot. The company is valued at $118.9 billion while Google, that took the second place spot, is valued at $107 billion. Google took fifth last year in Forbes’ own report. Eight out of the 13 tech companies on the list are in the top twenty with Amazon coming in no. 15 but also as the top riser for the year. Coca-Cola is still in third after being dropped out of a 13-year run in the top position.
Usually, as the year inches towards a new iPhone release, people eligible for upgrades in the summer and fall will wait until the latest iPhone is released to get their upgrades.
Apple owns Siri, but it does not own the company with the technology behind it. The company merely owns the voice assistant’s spun out company from 2010. Nuance Communications actually developed the voice recognition engine for Siri. The voice recognition engine remains in Nuance Communications’ ownership even though it may not be for much longer.
Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook was on Charlie Rose and questioned Google’s data collection practices. He said, “When an online service is free, you’re not the customer, you’re the product.” Now it’s Eric Schmidt’s turn as he appeared on CNN Money and obviously had some things to say about Tim Cook’s comments.
For the last few weeks, Apple has been the center of attention with the launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8. Some of that attention, though, is negative. A software update rolled out earlier this week was faulty and the company halted it. This was followed by “bendgate,” a situation in which Apple’s iPhones are bending. Samsung is unsurprisingly taking advantage bendgate by promoting the Galaxy Note Edge. In a tweet with the image above attached, Samsung says “Curved. Not bent. #Galaxy Note Edge.”
Earlier on Thursday, LG was in on the fun to promote the LG G Flex.
Source: @SamsungMobile (Twitter)
You guessed it, this is a little joke. The folks at MobileFun are offering what they are calling the “iPhone 6 Bendgate repair kit.” It’s only £49.99 and includes a simple to use multi-purpose roller. I am sure the majority of our readers don’t have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but if you’re friends do, make sure to send them the link. Better hurry up before they run out of stock.
If you use the internet even occasionally, you’ve definitely heard of #bendgate at this point. As expected, Apple’s competitors have begun taking shots at the tech giant in response to their unintentionally bending phones. Among them is LG, who recently sent out a tweet with a picture of their intentionally curved LG Flex, with a tagline of “Our phone doesn’t bend, it flexes…on purpose. #bendgate.” Check out the tweet via the source link.