This is your brain. This is your brain on Super Mario 64. See how the gray matter is increased? A new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry suggests a whole lot of benefits to playing video games.
An e-mail survey is not a pretty thing. For Mixpanel founder Suhail Doshi, it's downright insulting.
"It's a giant form," he explained. "There's 13 questions, text inputs, no great incentive." It's the standard way companies get user feedback at the moment, using services like SurveyMonkey. But Doshi is hoping Mixpanel's new tool, exclusively for mobile, will help developers see the light and seek out a more pleasant way of polling their users.
Samsung hosted it first conference for app makers on Monday and Tuesday in San Francisco. The vast majority of sessions and talks focused on Android-based devices, but Tizen, the open-source operating system being developed by Samsung and Intel, made its own low-key appearance.
That presence wasn't through a high number of presentations or speeches by Samsung -- or really any public mention by the Korean electronics giant at all. Rather, Tizen popped up in discussions between … Read more
Gear debuted last month with about 70 apps. Since that time, one of the biggest criticisms of the smartwatch is that there aren't a lot more apps available. However, Samsung says that for now, it's sticking with its plans to seek out apps instead of opening up the platform to developers at large.
"We've had sort of an an invite-only world," Curtis Sasaki, senior vice president of Samsung'… Read more
The Korean company is the world's biggest mobile phone and TV vendor. It sells more Android smartphones than LG, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, and Motorola combined, and many consumers equate Samsung's Galaxy brand with Google's operating system. As a smartphone vendor, Samsung benefits from the Android ecosystem and the huge Google Play app store.
But being just another Android player is not enough, at least not if Samsung wants to continue its … Read more
The new SDKs include one for multiscreen capabilities and another for multiscreen gaming. Samsung also streamlined its mobile SDK, released a new version of its smart TV SDK, and updated its enterprise SDK.
The SDK releases highlight Samsung's push to offer something different from all the other Android device makers. It's also part of Samsung's effort to work more closely with startups and boost its software and service offerings. The two areas … Read more
About 20 percent of the world's population still lacks access to electricity, according to the World Bank. Those who use kerosene as a source of light at night face the danger of fumes and fire.
Lighting startup Nokero has launched what it calls the world's most affordable solar bulb, the N180-Start, which sells for $6 on its Web site.
The bulb has a 5-lumen LED that can shine for about four hours on a full charge after hanging outside in the sun. … Read more
The underlying code that powers Android text messaging is about to get a makeover, and that could have far-reaching changes for how people text each other on Android 4.4 KitKat and beyond.
For non-developers, the changes will be practically unnoticeable. As the screenshot above indicates, soon you'll be able to choose a default SMS (Short Message Service) app through the Android operating system itself. Currently, the SMS app developer must make it an option in the app's settings.
The effort is Amazon's latest to kickstart its app store, as it looks for ways to encourage developers to make better tablet apps.
The program, which Amazon rolled out Tuesday, asks developers to build their apps specifically for newer Android tablets, such as Amazon's Kindle Fire line. In exchange, Amazon will promote those apps, featuring them in a special section of its app store to increase the chances consumers will buy them. … Read more
Google's vice president of product management at Motorola Mobility Punit Soni announced on his Google+ page on Monday that the sought-after versions of the phone are once again available.
"We should have enough in stock now for what has been an unprecedented demand," Soni wrote.
Two developer editions of the smartphone are available -- a GSM version that works on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and doesn't have … Read more