Author Archives: Conner Flynn

I eat sleep and breathe technology, along with geek toys and video games. When I'm not blogging about the latest gadgets and technology, I am usually reading about them, or busy playing fantasy role playing games or Star Trek: Attack Wing. You can follow me on Google+.

Amazon posts massive quarterly loss

amazon-logoAmazon.com has announced financial results for its third quarter that ended on September 30. The news is not good for Amazon. Net sales increased 20 percent to $20.58 billion in the third quarter, compared with $17.09 billion in the third quarter of 2013. Despite this increase, Amazon’s net loss was $437 million in the third quarter, or $0.95 per diluted share. In 2013 the net loss was $41 million, or $0.09 per diluted share in the same time period.

The company missed Wall Street estimates of a $0.74 loss per share, and quarterly sales estimates were also off target. Forecasts were expecting $20.84 billion in sales, with the company turning a profit. Trading after hours on the news has hit Amazon’s stock for almost 10 percent of its closing value.
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Updated Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is coming for Xbox 360

san andCan you believe that 10 years have passed since Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was first released? It seems like yesterday. If you enjoyed that game back in the day, you might have felt a bit nostalgic yesterday when rumors started circulating that this title was going to be re-released on the Xbox 360.

Would they really release it again? Well yes. Yes they would. Rockstar has confirmed the updated Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Xbox 360 and it brings full Achievements support and improved 720p graphics. Sounds awesome.
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Halo: Nightfall Official Trailer

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You may have heard that Microsoft is making a Halo TV show called Halo: Nightfall. Fans are going to love this show and it has been a long time coming. Earlier this year, they released a first look trailer, but now you can view something with a bit more substance.

Good news. Microsoft has released the full official trailer for the TV series. It’s longer than the first trailer we saw and if you look closely enough, you can even spot the Halo energy sword being wielded by a Covenant soldier. The TV series will center around agent Jameson Locke as he investigates a biological weapon that apparently only affects humans.
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Titanfall gets a new co-op game mode

titanfall updateAre you still playing Titanfall? If so, this is some good news. Respawn Entertainment has announced the release of the eighth update for Titanfall. This is the biggest update ever released for Titanfall in fact and it brings with it a brand new co-operative game mode called Frontier Defense. In this mode players team up with three other players to defend an objective from increasingly intense waves of AI enemies.

This update is rolling out right now and should be available in all regions. So what other things can we expect from this update? Well, aside from adding a new co-operative mode this update also brings several fixes as well. Those fixes will improve the overall gameplay experience. There are also several fixes for online play as well.
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HTC Desire 820 mini goes on sale in China

htcminiA smaller version of the HTC Desire 820 has now gone on sale in China. The HTC Desire 820 Mini ditches the 5.5-inch 720p display of the original in favor of a slightly smaller five-inch version, but it keeps the same resolution and like most phones in this class, has marginally downgraded internal components within that plastic frame.

If you like the phone, but don’t need it at full power, this may be a good alternative. According to the company’s Tmall listing, the processor has been changed from a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 for a quad-core Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2Ghz. It also features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage with microSD expansion.
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Candy Crush Soda Saga hits Facebook

Candy CrushIt’s a mystery to me as to why, but Candy Crush is considered to be one of the most popular mobile games in the world. Don’t believe me? The developers of the game are said to be making over $600,000 a day on this game. You and I are clearly in the wrong profession.

Well, if you are tired of playing Candy Crush Saga, King has launched Candy Crush Soda Saga on Facebook. The game is meant to be a companion game to the Candy Crush Saga title. The game was in testing for a while, but now it is ready for prime time.
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Driveclub Online issues fixed for most gamers

driveclubps4Sadly, PlayStation 4 owners have had to wait for Driveclub for over a year. The game was delayed in November of 2013 and then when the game did launch there were tons of problems. Many of the features rely on online access since multiplayer is pretty much what this title is all about. So since launch Driveclub owners have had to put up with many issues. Like simply trying to connect to online servers. Problems that really should have been fixed long ago.

Developer Evolution Studio now says that these issues have been fixed for the “majority” of the people that are playing Driveclub. That’s great news as long as you are actually in that majority. Otherwise you are likely still pretty mad.
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The LG AKA concept phone has “moods”

lg akaLG has a brand new concept phone that it will be announcing at this year’s World IT Show 2014, held in Busan, Korea, between October 20 and October 23. We don’t know much about the device, aside from the name, which is the LG AKA. Oh, but we do know that LG describes it as “personal” and “customizable”.

The customizable aspect just means that the device will allow you to easily change its panel with a different-colored one. That’s no big deal. The “personal” part is something more unique, maybe even a tad creepy. These handsets have animated eyes above the interchangeable protective panel and they express different emotions. LG says that each phone will choose its emotion depending on how you use it and its features, like the alarm, apps, the kind of music that you load on it and more. Does it sound cool or creepy to you?
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Chinese Carrier enlarges the pockets of iPhone 6 Plus customers

Chinese CarrierIt’s always nice when a company goes the extra mile for it’s customers. A carrier in China is offering customers who purchase the iPhone 6 Plus a pocket enlargement service. Because many need larger pockets to rock that new extra large iPhone.

So customers can get the pockets on their pants enlarged so that they’re big enough to comfortably accommodate the iPhone 6 Plus. It might even help with the bending issue we have been hearing about when the iPhone 6 Plus is in tight pockets.
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The FCC says that 50% of wireless 911 calls are butt-dials

butt dialAfter visiting several 911-emergency call centers in New York and Alaska, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly determined that 911 misdials from wireless numbers are a real problem. About 70% of all emergency calls come from wireless phones, and of that number, half were the result of misdials due to the phone being jostled around in a purse, or squished under a butt. This is up from about 20% only a few years ago.

O’Reilly thinks this means that as many as 84 million misdialed calls are made to 911 every year. That is more than 230,000 per day. An insane number. Some might say that this poses a threat to public health, especially in busy emergency systems like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. It may prevent those who need it from getting real help in time.
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Verizon’s Lumia 735 might not arrive until 2015

735Last month Microsoft unveiled the Nokia Lumia 735 which looks like it is an entry-level handset for those on a budget. Now we are hearing that the handset could make its way onto Verizon, but the question everyone is asking is when?

Well if we can believe the rumors, if you wanted the Lumia 735 on Verizon, it looks like you will have to wait until 2015 to get your hands on one. The handset has already been made available. It is released in other parts of the world, it’s just not on Verizon’s network yet. It looks like 2015 is when you can get it and no sooner.
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CBS launches its own online-only TV streaming service

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People don’t watch TV the same way they used to. The TV landscape has changed. Subscribing to online streaming is how most people want to watch content. Getting a pay-TV subscription is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And with that in mind CBS has announced the launch of CBS All Access, an online-only TV streaming service that delivers live content and classic content without having to get a pay-TV subscription.

Subscribers will have the ability to live stream their local CBS stations and watch content as its aired for the first time. No NFL games though. Sorry NFL fans.
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