Puzzle game Telepaint is the Free iOS App of the Week

How would you like to download a puzzle game for your iOS device, and save $2.99 in the process? Telepaint, which normally costs $2.99, is the Free iOS App of the Week. The game has you carrying walking buckets of paints through portals that you open. … Continue reading

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[Good Deal] Fossil have 30% off their Q series Android Wear watches

Still looking for the right deal to get Android Wear on your wrist? Fossil has discounted a selection of Q Marshall, Founder and Wander watches on their online store. The range includes a selection of configurations of the Gen 2 series watches, but not all of the selections that were available at launch. The 30% …

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Google Pixel 2 specifications leaked

Eight months on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are still widely regarded as the smoothest, fastest Android experience available. Eight months on though means one thing, we are only a few short months away from the next iteration of the Google Pixel. As 2017 is the year of the leak it would seem likely …

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Insiders detail why Apple’s efforts in the TV space have been unsuccessful

Apple’s interest in the TV space has been nothing short of a jumbled mess, in part because the company can’t seem to decide whether it wants to dive in head first and invest in original content that people actually want to watch. Recently, Apple introduced its first original show, a largely lambasted tech-oriented reality series called Planet of the Apps. Of course, Apple’s unfamiliarity with how TV in the modern era works was on full display as Apple forced users actually interested in the show to jump through a number of hoops in order to watch it, unless of course you were an Apple Music subscriber.

That said, Apple finally seems to be picking up the pace. A little bit more than a week ago, word surfaced that Apple hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg — two former Sony executives — to spearhead the company’s original video efforts. Notably, some of the shows released during their tenure include bonafide classics such as The Shield and Breaking Bad. Suffice it to say, Apple finally has executives on board who actually understand the TV landscape.

In the wake of Erlicht and Van Amburg landing at Apple, Business Insider has an interesting piece up which details some of the reasons why Apple’s TV efforts thus far have been underwhelming, to say the least.

Part of the problem, the report claims, is that Apple’s Eddy Cue doesn’t seem to realize that content creators don’t need Apple at all.

“Eddy [Cue] is extremely smart,” a former Apple Music staffer said, but Cue is “very aggressive” in negotiations with people outside Apple. “In that area , Eddy negotiates like they need Apple. Not everybody is on board that they need Apple.” With the music industry, Apple had a lot more leverage than with TV, this person explained.

“They were trying TV stuff, but things would always fall through with networks,” another former Apple Music employee said. This person said that everyone in Apple Music had a great deal of respect for Cue, and that he was a smart guy, but that he could be overbearing in negotiations (“like a dictator” was the exact phrasing).

Apple may be able to play hardball when securing contracts with component suppliers who desperately want Apple’s business, but Apple doesn’t enjoy the same type of pull when it comes to TV. After all, with avenues like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO to choose from, Apple is far from the only game in town. Indeed, Apple at this point is negotiating from a point of weakness because, let’s be honest, landing a show on Apple Music at this point is far less prestigious than an HBO or Netflix original series.

One thing is clear, if Apple wants to really make a splash in the TV space, it should cede more power to folks who actually understand the market. Thankfully, the recent hires of Erlicht and Van Amburg suggests that Apple is finally starting to recognize that. Continue reading

Alleged Specs For Taimen & Walleye Pixel Phones Leaked

Alleged specs of the Taimen and Walleye Pixel phones have been leaked according to a “source that’s familiar with the details.” While some information about Taimen and Walleye has been known for a little while, like these being the code names for the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 (if those are indeed the […]

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