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The End Of Smartphone Dreams?

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It seems that China has become a usual suspect for the bad business news in this year. First, we heard that the Chinese economy had some problems in catching up a fresh positive growth breath. Now, the smartphone market has hit its very first alarming and painful performance minus.

What is that supposed to mean? If the most important smartphone market in the world cannot give some good news and encouragement, then who can? Really? For quite some time we have admired to the unparalleled growth of the smartphone industry. Why this trouble in mobile paradise?

The last thing we have had a chance of hearing was a reassurance that we need to deliver at least a billion or two of new shiny smartphone devices, before we officially declare that the party is over. So, what happened? Well, we have some presumptions, which do not have to be necessarily true.

However, they make a perfect sense to us. We can own a smartphone or two, but three smartphones are definitely too much to handle. In addition, we can buy ourselves a new smartphone after two or one year, but do can you afford yourself a new one each six months? Keep an eye on mobile news from China.

One Month For One Dollar

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Here is the latest Samsung’s “indecent” proposal. You have a unique opportunity to try Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge, or Edge Plus, for the whole month. How much is this trial going to cost you? Well, one dollar, no more and certainly no less. So, what is this trial all about?

Well, hold your horses, because there are some conditions you need to comply with. You need to be a US citizen with a valid bank account and postal address. In addition, the most important condition is that you have to own an iPhone. Does this last condition rings any bells?

You own an iPhone, but you can try Samsung devices, almost for free. At the end of this tempting trial period, you will either return these devices or acquire them. What is going to happen with your existing iPhone? Well, Samsung hopes, you will not be needing it any more.

This is really an intriguing marketing idea. Maybe, you had some second thoughts about your iPhone, but you lacked a decent chance to try something else. To tell you the truth, we just cannot wait to see first-hand, what is going to be the outcome of this “controversial” trial. How about you?

BlackBerry Venice

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It is official, cyber boys and girls, the BlackBerry now runs on an Android platform. One of the first mobile pioneers, just could not avoid the sad destiny both of its “colleagues” Motorla and Nokia had to go through. The BlackBerry has launched its newest model called the Venice.

So, what is so special about Venice? Well, the BlackBerry has embraced the brave new world of Android, while admitting at the same time that it cannot follow the new smartphone tide. Was this the only way, or there was other highway available for this legendary brand?

If Samsung itself is not strong enough to promote Tizen properly, then how can BlackBerry find a decent place for its mobile OS among the giants, such as Android, IOS or Windows Phone. Sad but true for BlackBerry, which desperately tries to catch with the merciless new smartphone world.

Was this a partial surrender, or a temporary tactical move, until some better days will less clouds appear for the BlackBerry? Well, there is always an option for an inglorious, but financially acceptable takeover. Can the Venice save the shaken BlackBerry? It is too early to say.

Google OnHub On Priorities

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Google is working on something useful, you are certainly going to be grateful for, called OnHube.  So, what is this Google newbie OnHube all about? Well, in plain English, this is a smart router. Why should you need a smart router in your home, in the first place? Well, here is an obvious reason.

This smart router can organize your WiFi infrastructure and traffic at home. You probably have dozen of devices, which require the Internet at all time, but not with the same intensity. This is a problem Google has volunteered to fix. Google will set WiFi priorities on your behalf.

You will get the most optimal Internet speed for your most used devices, when you need it the most. When you put it like this, it really sounds like a good plan. Yet, it is in our nature to introduce some of the dark clouds of doubt. What is going to happen with our privacy?

It is a well-known fact that our home is our last line of defense. It would be a dumb thing to allow smart devices to occupy our homes. Who says that Google is not going to use this smart router for advertising purposes. Thank you, but no thank you Google, we are good just the way we are.

Nokia By Aliexpress

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Here is a great news for all of you, who feel a desperate and incurable nostalgia about Nokia. This time Aliexpress has decided to jump in. Believe it or not, you will be able to order the timeless classic of the mobile world called – Nokia 3310. And, that is only the beginning of this intriguing story.

The price itself is going to be more than tempting. Only six bucks for a piece of history. Does this sound like a fair deal to you? To tell you the truth, we are already thinking about checking on Aliexpress website and ordering a couple of these for ourselves and our loved ones.

So, what is the catch with this “ancient” model? Well, you cannot even dare to dream about the usual smart functions, we usually take for granted. However, this little fellow is an indestructible machine, which protects your privacy flawlessly. And, most importantly the battery problem.

How long it is going to last with this Nokia? Well, compared to the modern shiny smartphones, Nokia’s battery lasts forever. We are talking about weeks rather than days. Somehow, we have a strong feeling that the 3310 model is going to go through an epic Renaissance.

2 in 1 Frankenstein

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Not so long ago Tim Cook did not have nice words to share about the so-called “hybrid” devices. We are talking about the “transformers”, which allow you to have both a laptop and a tablet in a single device. How convenient indeed. So, what happened in the meantime, with these notorious Frankensteins?

Well, it turns out that Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro marked the reign of new rulers in this market. The sales of these 2-in-1 devices literally exploded, allowing their manufacturers to sell five times as many models compared to a period of only a few years ago.

On the other side, tablets are literally on the brink of extinction. In addition, laptops are also struggling for a decent business survival. Desktop computers are already treated as the ancient history. This is a plenty of room for the hybrids to jump in. So, what is going to happen in the near future?

Well, the Frankensteins do not have to worry about the profit. On the other hand, Tim Cook should choose his words more carefully and wisely the next time. Why should we pay $600 or $800 for an iPad, when you can get Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro for that money, more or less?

Twitter Bot Prize Runner

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Are you a little bit tired of all those annoying reward and competition invitations on social networks, especially on Twitter? Well, you are definitely not the only one. So, what can you do about them? You want those free giveaways, but you do not want to waste time participating.

Here is a solution. One busy little surfing bee has created a Python script, which generates an automatic prize runner on Twitter. This is a genuine and a pretty effective Twitter bot, which collect all available free prizes and rewards online. So, how effective it really is?

According to its creator testimony, after being a part of almost 165,000 competitions and free trials on Twitter, his bot was able to get back home with more than 1,000 rewards. This is definitely not an impressive figure, but who cares, when a computer does all the job for you. Right?

So, let us create new bots for each and any social network. Then we can sit and relax, while waiting for rewards to be collected efficiently and with no costs at all. What you are going to do with all those gifts and prizes, at the end of your long cyber day? Well, offer them for free online.