The Overwatch League (OWL) had a great debut a couple of weeks ago, with more than 10 million viewers tuning in during the first week of the inaugural esports league featuring Blizzard’s Overwatch first-person shooter game. One of the early believers in esports was Peter Levin, president of interactive ventures, games, and digital strategy at Lionsgate. He invested in Immortals — the Los Angeles esports team, which created a new team, LA Valiant, to participate in the Overwatch League. Lionsgate also invested in Immortals/LA Valiant. Activision Blizzard sold the Overwatch League franchises for an estimated $20 million, and it gave each franchise owner a region as part of a worldwide geographic competition. Market researcher Newzoo estimates that esports will become a $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion business by 2020. With Levin, Lionsgate has become active not only in esports, but video game licensing, game-startup investments, and virtual reality experiences as well. I … [Read more...] about Why Lionsgate is bullish on the future of esports
Followup phone call
I got a call from HTC this weekend asking if my storage problem on my HTC Incredible had been resolved. Wasn't that nice of them? I told the very friendly caller that that I had resolved the problem, though through no action of either HTC or Verizon. I also noted that the problem hadn't actually been resolved; as one reader pointed out, I just happened to find a workaround. "Oh..." he responded. Apparently, though, this memory and cache management issue has finally been escalated to HTC developers and we should see a hot fix pushed down to us "soon." I'm not holding my breath, though, since Incredible users are supposed to get Android 2.2 "sometime 'in the second half of this year.'" It's like waiting for the cable guy, only much, much worse. Right now, of course, HTC is hustling to upgrade its Sense user interface for Android 2.2 compatibility and the Sense software stack is at the root of the storage problems cropping up for Incredible users, I'm not actually expecting the … [Read more...] about Followup on my Incredible storage issues
It's reasonable to be concerned about the abundance of data stored on your smartphone. Beyond the information that users intentionally record--text messages, photos and notes--it was recently revealed that Apple iPhones were keeping locally stored logs of individuals' whereabouts, in the form of a comprehensive list of every cell tower the device connected to. This data could be mined by anyone with access to a user's phone or personal computer, including law enforcement. Apple quickly apologized and updated the iPhone software to eliminate long-term location logging. Nonetheless, this episode was more than enough to get people worrying about mobile phone privacy.For Malte Spitz, a German Green party politician, the followup question was obvious: If our phones know this much about us, how much do our wireless carriers know? So he asked one. Rather, he compelled one. His own. Spitz filed a successful lawsuit against Deutsche Telekom to obtain six months of his own detailed … [Read more...] about Cell phone tracking: a wireless carrier’s view
posted on 18 Oct 2011, 16:50 2 1. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009) couldnt have said it any better! carriers are looking to raise bottom line profits upfront by lowering subsidies so they see profit from the get go, not jus waiting until the subsidy is paid off. If this scheme works i fully agree att and possiblly sprint will follow shortly. but without better resoning consumers will fail to understand the process and may ultimately lose this battle with price tags in the end :/ posted on 18 Oct 2011, 20:10 1 117. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009) each phone that has been both dual core and LTE will be 299.99. posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:07 5 125. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011) i really think verizon is making a mistake and android manufacturers are making a big mistake... before when the droid was say the same price as the iphone, salesman could convince customers to buy the droid that supposeddly was even better... … [Read more...] about Comments for : The danger in Verizon’s new $299 phones
OnePlus recently announced the classy and elegant younger sibling of the OnePlus 2, the OnePlus X. This new smartphone will start rolling out on November 24 to those who have secured early invites, allowing early adopters to quickly capitalize on the company’s penchant for design and competitive pricing.However, looks and affordability aren’t everything. The forthcoming device also sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 5-inch AMOLED, along with 13-megapixel rear camera and 16GB of internal memory suited for all your storage needs (photos, music, etc.).There are some notable differences between the OnePlus X and the like-minded OnePlus 2, though. Below, you’ll find a detailed outline of the specifications powering both devices, as well as detailed analysis of how the two compare when it comes to design, power, camera quality, pricing, and availability. Frankly, it’s a toss up. OnePlus XOnePlus 2Size140 x 69 x 6.9 mm (5.51 x … [Read more...] about OnePlus X vs. OnePlus 2: Which invite-only phone should you buy?
The Moto Z2 Force , the modular successor to last year’s Moto Z Force, is a powerhouse of a smartphone. It features a 5.5-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) Super AMOLED screen with shatter-resistant glass, Qualcomm’s cutting-edge Snapdragon 835 processor, and a 12MP dual-sensor camera that mimics the look and feel of high-end DSLRs.But the competition hasn’t been slacking. Earlier this year, LG hit one out of the park with the LG G6, the lauded followup to the G5. The G6 features a powerful processor that’s paired with 4GB of RAM, a capable pair of cameras, and an edge-to-edge screen that’s bright, colorful, and incredibly vibrant. Needless to say, the competition is fiercer than ever.So how do the Moto Z2 Force and the LG G6 compare? Below, we’ve pitted the two against one another to see which is the superior device. Lenovo Moto Z2 ForceLG G6Size155.8 x 76 x 6.1mm (6.13 x 2.99 x 0.24 in)148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm (5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 in)Weight5.04 ounces … [Read more...] about Lenovo Moto Z2 Force vs. LG G6: Which is the better Android phone?
Windows Phone is dead. Long live Windows 10. And right now, there’s not that much else to get excited about aside from new flagship phones, which Microsoft execs promised will debut this fall.If Windows 10 is an iterative upgrade to Windows 8, then Windows 10 for phones feels even more so. I think the best way to view Windows 10’s direction, both in mobile devices as well as the desktop, is not so much straight ahead, but laterally: closer together, with each Windows device becoming a more cohesive part of the whole.But that leaves what we’ve seen of Windows 10 a bit bland by comparison, if you’re looking for new features.“As Terry [Myerson] mentioned, during the time that Windows 10 rolls out, we’re going to have a new category of devices, including new flagship devices,” Ifi Majid, head of experiences marketing for Microsoft’s Devices Group, said in a group interview. “So we’re really excited about that. Watch this … [Read more...] about Windows 10 for Phones: A Change in name, But Not in Core Features
The U.S. Congress should kill the section of the Patriot Act that has allowed the National Security Agency to collect millions of phone records from the nation’s residents, instead of trying to amend it, a civil liberties advocate said Friday.Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the NSA to collect phone records, business records and any other “tangible things” related to an anti-terrorism investigation, expires in June, and lawmakers should let it die, said Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to approve a bill to amend that section of the anti-terrorism law. The USA Freedom Act would end the NSA’s bulk collection of U.S. phone records by narrowing the scope of the agency’s searches, backers of the bill said.The USA Freedom Act “does not go far enough” to protect U.S. residents from surveillance, Guliani said during a debate … [Read more...] about ACLU: NSA phone dragnet should be killed not amended
In my article Strata8 - new approach to in-building wireless telephone usage, I expressed some skepticism about Strata8's approach to the "problem" of enterprise users using their cellular phones while on the premises of the enterprise - totally bypassing the expensive (and extensive) investments by the enterprise to insure lowest-cost (landline) telephony services.I'm less skeptical about Strata8 after an interview with Andy Wilson, Strata8's Vice President of Marketing. In this article, Part 1 of 2, I'll "answer myself" about points I raised in the initial article. In Part 2, I'll discuss the bigger picture of Strata8 that I gained from a frank discussion with Wilson.CDMA-only, Sprint-only, no GSM - Yes, Yes, and Yes. There's a simple explanation. Strata8 is a subsidiary (?) of Wirefree Partners which owns a 10 MHz "PCS block" (1.9 GHz) of spectrum in 15 markets in the US (plus US Virgin Islands). Wirefree Partners in turn leases half of that block to Sprint. So, it's natural for the … [Read more...] about Strata8 Followup – Part 1
In Part 1 of Strata8 Followup, I discussed some issues and concerns that I raised in my original article on Strata8 - Strata8 - new approach to in-building wireless telephone usage. In Part 2, I'll conclude with discussion of the bigger picture of Strata8 that I gained from a frank discussion with Andy Wilson, Vice President of Marketing at Strata8.In our discussions, Wilson disclosed that the way that Strata8's on-premise picocells communicate to the corporate PBX for voice traffic is Session Initialization Protocol - SIP. My impression from Wilson is that this was simply the most practical way to communicate between two disparate systems. But that use of SIP makes provokes some interesting implications for "value-added" services and systems beyond what's possible / practical / affordable with "pure cellular" service from a carrier. One trivial example is that most enterprises have web-based global directories of employees - why not enable such directories, via SIP, that lets you … [Read more...] about Strata8 followup, part 2