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February 25 2014

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Soup.io will be discontinued :(

Dear soup.io fans and users,
 
today, we have to share very sad news. Soup.io will stop working in less than 10 days. :(
 
It's breaking our heart and we honestly tried whatever we could to keep the platform up and running. But the high costs and low revenue streams made it impossible to continue with it. We invested a lot of personal time and money to operate the platform, but when it's over, it's over.
 
We are really sorry. Soup.io is part of the internet history and online for one and a half decades.
 
Here are the hard facts:
- In 10 days the platform will stop working.
- Backup your data in this time
- We will not keep backups nor can we recover your data
 
July, 20th, 2020 is the due date.
 
Please, share your thoughts and feelings here.
 
Your Soup.io TEAM
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Android Makes Up Nearly 80% of Global Smartphone Shipments
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There is no end in sight to the Android versus iPhone debate, but while we can all argue over the pros and cons of each, the numbers don't lie: Android is still the most popular operating system in the world.

According to data from market intelligence firm IDC, Android's dominance in the mobile market is still growing. In 2013, Android devices comprised 78.6% of global smartphone unit shipments — up from 69% in 2012. Compare that to iOS, which made up only 15.2% of smartphone shipments in 2013 (down from 18.7% in 2012).

The following chart, created by Statista, shows the evolution of the top smartphone operating systems. As you can see, there's no contest. Read more...

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Google Adds 'Relationships' Option to Voice Search on Android
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Another piece of Google's voice search puzzle fell into place on Tuesday as the search giant announced that Android users will now be able to voice search on their smartphones by relationship terms in addition to name searches

The update, as described by Google, will bring up any contact you've designated as having a particular familial connection to you in the "relationship" field in your contacts tool on Android. This additional functionality is meant to allow a user to now speak a phrase such as "call mom," or "text sister" to initiate those actions without the user needing to say the person's name as it's listed in their contacts Read more...

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Android Apps May Be Coming to Windows
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In an effort to boost interest in its desktop and mobile platform, Microsoft is reportedly considering opening up Windows to Android apps.

Citing "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans," The Verge says there are serious discussions within Microsoft over whether to open up the company's desktop and mobile platforms to Android apps. The idea would be to let consumers download the apps from a store run by a third-party "enabler" where Microsoft is still the gatekeeper

According to the report, the discussions are in early stages and there is an ongoing internal debate over whether the plan should go ahead. While some Microsoft executives believe it would draw more users to Windows' platforms, others worry it would be Windows' undoing. Read more...

More about Microsoft, Android, Windows, Tech, and Apps Software

February 13 2014

Two-Thirds of U.S. Consumers Own Smartphones
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Two-thirds of U.S. consumers currently own smartphones, up significantly from 44% in 2011, according to a new report. In fact, nationwide smartphone popularity is so high, it's now more common than gaming consoles (46%) and digital cable (54%).

The findings come from Nielsen's Digital Consumer Report released this week, highlighting the country's growth in tech adoption in the past few years

The report also revealed that the average person owns about four mobile devices and spends 60 hours a week consuming content on them. Half of smartphone users access social networks each day and 84% use a mobile device while watching TV. Smartphone owners spend 86% of their time using apps, compared to 14% of their time accessing the mobile web. Read more...

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45 Million Smartwatches Expected to Ship by 2017
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The wearable wristband market is already heating up, but forecasts expect more than 17 million wearable devices will ship in 2014. This includes both smartwatches and fitness wristband trackers.

According to research firm Canalys, annual smartwatch shipments alone are estimated to reach 8 million in 2014; that number is estimated to grow to more 23 million units by 2015 and more than 45 million by 2017

Fitbit became the leader in the wristband fitness tracker space in 2013, thanks to its Flex, a wristband that launched in May and even smarter Force device that debuted in October. In the second half of 2013, Fitbit dominated the market with 58% market share, followed by the Jawbone UP (21%) and Nike's Fuelband devices (13%). Read more...

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Pete Wentz on Fall Out Boy's 'Flappy Bird' Homage
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Fall Out Bird, the Fall Out Boy-themed version of Flappy Bird launched on Android Wednesday, much to the delight of Fall Out Boy and Flappy Bird fans everywhere.

Flappy Bird was removed from Apple's App Store and Google Play earlier this week when its creator announced he could no longer cope with the attention his game's sudden popularity brought on. Two days later, Fall Out Boy announced that it would release their own version of the hit game

"Every once in a awhile I feel like a game comes along, and it's a cultural touchstone," Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy's bassist, said in an interview with Mashable. "This game is made out of love for the original." Read more...

More about Android, Ios, Gaming, Tech, and Apps Software

February 12 2014

Fake 'Flappy Bird' Apps Are Infecting Androids With Malware
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In the days since Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen removed the beloved avian hero-themed mobile game from Apple's App Store and Google Play store, a series of wannabes have flooded both stores.

While many of the ripoffs are harmless, security blogs are reporting that malware-filled versions of the game are popping up on alternative Android marketplaces.

On the surface, the malicious versions of the game look just like the original Flappy Bird, including the same app icon and gameplay. However, the infected apps are really trying to take over your device's ability to send and receive text messages in order to rack up charges by messaging premium numbers. Read more...

More about Android, Mobile Security, Tech, Apps Software, and Flappy Bird
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