Kristin Swasing

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App Store race sees Google leading downloads while Apple wins revenues

New data from tech analysts Canalys (via <i>TechCrunch</i>) shows Google leading downloads, with Google Play accounting for 51 percent of the market against Apple’s 40 percent, but Apple well ahead in monetisation, taking 74 percent against “close to 20 percent” for Google.<p>Q1 2013 app store downloads …

Blab Predicts Which Social Media Conversations Are Worth Joining

Blab is launching a platform that allows businesses to predict — up to three days in advance — which social media conversations are going to be important.<p>Co-founder and CTO David Snelling gave me a brief demo of the product yesterday. He showed off a visualization tool that highlights the …

iPhone 5S to Launch in 2-3 Different Screen Sizes?

Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White is out with another research note today sharing some highlights from day seven of his trip to China and Taiwan to talk with technology companies and other sources. Based on discussions with officials at an unnamed "tech-supply chain company", White now …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Impressive tablet tripped up by $400 price tag - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Samsung Galaxy Note 8</b> is comfortable to hold and has the best-looking small tablet screen yet. Writing with the S Pen feels natural and is preferred over typing on a tablet screen. Storage can be expanded via microSD, and the Watch On feature has potential as a universal remote/video …

Gear & Gadgets

T-Mobile-exclusive Nokia Lumia 521 arrives in May

T-Mobile has announced that it will be partnering up with Nokia to bring the Nokia Lumia 521 to the United States around May. It’s aimed at the …

Samsung’s Going to Ship a Ton of Smartphones This Year

Samsung’s preannouncement of a better-than-expected first-quarter operating profit could be a harbinger of a killer 2013 for the company’s mobile …

One Secret to BuzzFeed's Viral Success: Buying Ads

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>There is no question that BuzzFeed and its founder Jonah Peretti are good at marketing. Pondering …

The New Bitcoin Millionaires

They're out there. As the currency climbs in value, one new millionaire states his intentions: "I'm gonna cash out."<p>"With today's rise in Bitcoin I'm officially a millionaire," writes Reddit user Bitcoinmillo. "I'm gonna cash out over the next 30 days."<p>This is the type of story that's been …

Your Wine Habit Is Threatening Endangered Pandas

Starving Baby Sea Lions Flood Southern California Shores

In recent months, more than 1,000 starving baby sea lions have been found on Southern California beaches, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just declared the crisis an "unusual mortality event."<p>On a recent early morning, Peter Wallerstein is on …

Afghan women imprisoned for 'moral' crimes

Lost and alone in a strange city Mariam called the only person she knew, her husband's cousin. She had left her home in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, fleeing her husband's relentless and increasingly vicious beatings. The man promised to help, but too busy to come himself he sent a friend …

Giant John Paul II statute to be unveiled in Poland

Workers are putting the finishing touches on what builders say is the world's tallest statue of the late Pope John Paul II before its unveiling in the pontiff's native Poland on Saturday.<p>The 13.8-meter (45.3-foot) white fibreglass figure will tower over the southern city of Czestochowa, home to …

The Time an Entire Campus Dumped Its Booze Because of Snapchat

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This is not how you'd expect Snapchat, the self-destructing image-sharing app, to get college kids …