T-Mobile’s US Operations Take A Fall While Merging With Metro PCS

t-mobileWith the merger of T-Mobile USA to MetroPCS, there’s a slight drop in revenue: down to $4.9 billion from $5.2 billion last year, while income was down a whopping 25.1 percent to $1.05 billion year-over-year. Meanwhile the company lost 515,000 branded contract customers compared to 492,000 last quarter, representing a ‘churn’ rate of 2.5%, which is only a slight improvement. As for more miserable news: T-Mobile made $424 million less than in 2011 ($4.9 billion), while showing a total loss of $6.4 billion thanks to depreciation and impairment charges.

That merger with Metro PCS in April can’t come sooner enough, it seems.

Via: T-Mobile

Sergey Brin Thinks Touchscreens Are ‘Emasculating’

Sergey on #3Are you a manly man? Do you have a smartphone? Well, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, thinks that whether it’s iOS or Android, your touchscreen makes you a pansy. Some may think Brin’s words at a recent TED talk were asinine, but whatever the case is, he called it downright  “emasculating”.

As quoted by CNET:

Speaking at the TED Conference today in Long Beach, Calif., Brin told the audience that smartphones are “emasculating.” “You’re standing around and just rubbing this featureless piece of glass,” he said.

Um, Sergey? I love your work and all, but as a 16-year-old young boy who works out and reviews tons of touchscreen technology, I’ve never felt manlier until I could carry 3 phones on my person at any time.

Via: CNET

The Razer Edge? Pre-Order It On March 1st Starting At $999

Razer EdgeThe Razer Edge? You don’t remember the amazing Windows 8 tablet/gaming controller hybrid? I feel sorry for you then; I thought you were an honest gamer. Equipped with either Core i5 or Core i7 processors, a GeForce GTX 640M with Intel HD4000 graphics, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and either 128/256GB SSDs — all with Windows 8 Pro. As a result, you have a very capable gaming device (for a high price) that can double as a primary PC.

Pre-orders start March 1st for $999. Get yourself and your 10 Benjamins ready.

Via: Razer

The PS4 could affect our broadband needs

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There was a time when the release of a major movie, or perhaps the introduction of a new line of clothing by a world-famous designer, was the only thing that could get consumers truly excited. These days, however, the launch of new technological innovations will often grab the headlines around the world, and will have millions of potential users licking their lips in anticipation of the latest and greatest of gadgets.

Gates, Zuckerberg, Newell And Others Create Video Urging Kids To Code

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Young kids and teenagers around the world are being immersed with technology (like myself) and are being further encouraged to code by their schools, but in the United States, that’s barely an occurrence  So, in a an attempt of pushing things forward, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Chris Bosh and Valve’s Gabe Newell along with others have created a video to encourage young kids to start coding. Simple message, simple delivery, maximum impact — keep in mind however coding is harder than learning how to read; it takes serious concentration. Check out the fantastic video, past the break.

Via: Code.org

Samsung Outs Android Wallet App As Apple Passbook Competitor

Galaxy Note IINow there’s a direct company-sponsored competitor to Apple’s own Passbook for iPhone — Samsung’s Android Wallet. It can be used for tickets and coupons, with initial partners like Hotels.com, Booking.com, Expedia, MLB and Lufthansa with more on the way. For developers, the API is still in beta, and it’s confirmed that the Wallet app will be connected and location aware of nearby stores where you can use the app.

Via: TNW

Adobe Releases Adobe Photoshop Touch For Smartphones

Photoshop Touch for phonesReady for real photo editing on your smartphone? Adobe has you covered: Photoshop Touch for smartphones adds the core Photoshop capabilities, Scribble Selection and supports those high-res snapshots. The app also sports the handy Camera Fill and other special effects alongside the option to share creations via Facebook, Twitter, email and other apps, plus Creative Cloud with 2GB of syncing among any of your devices, including desktop Photoshop. There are also some requirements in terms of hardware: for iOS, an iPhone 4S, 5th-gen iPod touch or later while Android requires Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and above.

Photoshop Touch costs $5 on the Play Store and the App Store.

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Andy Rubin: Google ‘Has No Plans’ To Open Retail Stores

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Oh well. Despite much belief in the idea that Google would open their own retail stores later this year, Google’s own Andy Rubin has completely debunked the idea, stating that “Google has no plans and we have nothing to announce.” Rubin made this comment during a roundtable discussion, where he solidified his stance as to why a physical storefront is not required for Google, stating that, “For Nexus, I don’t think the program is far enough along to think about the necessity of having these things in a retail store.”

Of course, there’s always hoping. But let’s not bet on it.

Via: AllThingsD