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Samsung Galaxy S5 – First Impressions – Wait to Upgrade?

Samsung-S5Reading the first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smart phone may help you to decide if it is time to take advantage of the upgrade that you have been sitting on for quite some time now. If you have followed many of the Apple devices in the past, you are likely used to seeing the same thing released by a company year after year with very minor improvements made to the device.

However, this is far from what you will find when having a look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 phone. This device will include a fingerprint scanner that provides an additional layer of security in order to prevent people from being able to easily go through your phone. Playing with your applications and looking at your photos may not be something that you want people to be able to do by simply picking up your device, the new sensor would eliminate these issues.

Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy S5 would be a great device for someone that is interested in living a more active lifestyle. This device is water resistant meaning that you could fully cover the phone in water for up to thirty minutes without the need to worry about the functioning of the device. If you have ever dropped a phone into a puddle of water in the past, you know just how many problems this can cause. The design of this device is intended to help you avoid these issues by offering you simple protection from water. When you couple this with the redesigned back, it lends to a more comfortable all around experience every time you place the phone in your hand. The heart rate monitor and the beautiful large screen would be two of the features that you are going to find most useful when you get this phone into your hands.

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Flappy Bird Fans Left Flapping In The Wind

flappy birdIt looks like the Flappy Bird game was just a flap in the wind. Even though the game was immensely popular, the creator of the game Don Nyguyen has decided to take the game down. While he did apologize to all the Flappy Bird fans, he did not state a reason why other than he cannot take it anymore. He told all the fans that he just could not keep the game anymore nor would he sell it.

Nyguyen has created many other games other than Flappy bird yet they are not being taken down and this keeps people wondering why. A game that since its creation in May has been downloaded more than fifty million times is being taken down, yet the other ones are staying put.

The game is really a very simple game that is similar to Super Mario Brothers. All you have to do is to guide the flapping bird through sets of green pipes by tapping on the screen. It is so similar to the Super Mario game it makes one wonder if someone else will try to clone the game.

Floppy Birds has been a great source of revenue for Nyguyen. It brings in over fifty thousand dollars from in-app advertising alone. It also has fifty thousand reviews in the ap store. With all of this going on why, would he want to pull the game? No one knows and he is not talking.

Maybe this goes to show that money does not buy happiness. The money the game is pulling in is just not worth all the headaches of keeping the game updated as well as working out all of the bugs. He must have just gotten tired of all of the emails against the game not to mention all the ones from the fans of the game.

For those of you who missed the game count yourself lucky as all of the others are going to be left just like the title of the game flapping.

Filed in: New Technology
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Satya Nadella To Be Microsoft CEO

satya-nadellaMicrosoft’s newest CEO will be Satya Nadella. He will be the famous company’s third CEO, with co-founder Bill Gates as the first and Steve Ballmer as the second. Satya Nadella has been with Microsoft for over twenty years, working his way up to becoming vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise sector.

His team was responsible for creating the world renowned Cloud Operating System, which is the software that is currently responsible for powering Microsoft’s large cloud storage services, such as Azure, Skydrive, and even Office 365. Under Nadella’s skilled guidance, the revenue that the company generated from cloud services grew by leaps and bounds over the past several years. In a personal email, Satya Nadella went on to say that he is honored by his role, and that his technology driven philosophy will shape his leadership. He will work with other experts in the company to reimagine a lot of existing technologies to make them more efficient, while providing additional functions.

Through his new leadership position, Satya Nadella plans on working through more user friendly devices and services that will be able to empower the individuals and organizations that make use of them. While many other software based companies may disagree with his assertion that only Microsoft is capable of merging hardware and software into applicable forms, many understand that Nadella must strive to reassert Microsoft’s position as a technological leader.

Near the end of the email, Nadella stated that he will follow with the rest of the One Microsoft strategy that was formulated under the previous CEO. This would include a massive reorganization effort so as to restructure the company to be more efficient in its sales and function. Many people are excited as Nadella will be working as CEO immediately, which will allow the previous CEO, Steve Ballmer, the option to retire early.

Filed in: Microsoft
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