Over 50% of all mobile apps are dead in the water

Stardust, a French company that tracks and validates apps through the supply chain in mobile app stores, has released an infographic overview of its recent findings. According to the research, over 700,000 of apps have less than 10 reviews, or have never been updated, effectively making them useless as products in the marketplace.

Android mobile app revenue to reach $6.8 billion in 2013

Android’s smartphone mobile app revenues are projected to reach almost $6.8 billion by the end of 2013, nearly doubling its revenues from the previous year.

Smart set-top boxes and dongles are taking the market by storm

The smart set-top box and dongle market is expected to pass 18 million units in 2013 - higher than originally forecasted due to the arrival of Google’s Chromecast device. Overall the market is expected to grow with a 10.8% CAGR (2013 to 2018) with less saturated and developing (from connected and OTT perspective) markets like Asia-Pacific and Latin America helping drive this growth.

Australian site at center of hacking attack: takes down New York Times and Twitter

Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hackers "broke into" Melbourne IT, an Australian Internet services company that claims Twitter and the New York Times as its customers.

Android-powered MK908 II set-top box has an adjustable WiFi antenna

The TronSmart MK908 II, priced at $69-$75, is powered by a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor and features 2GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot.

Mobile security management market to hit billion dollar mark by 2015

​The Mobile Security Management (MSM) market is emerging as a strong, fledgling submarket of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM). As Mobile Device Management (MDM) evolves into application and content management, the core driver for this evolution is the demand for greater security around corporate assets, wherever they may reside and regardless of format.

Sky Drone FPV navigates with 3G or 4G/LTE

The Sky Drone FPV (First Person View) can best be described as an HD video system controlled via 3G or 4G/LTE networks.

The Apple 5S rumor round-up: gold, biometrics, better camera, better ARM processor, and more storage

Let's recap the rumors, sort out the likely from the maybe and the  you must be on something, dude. 

Google adds dictionary function to search AND Ngram Views

Type in a word and a dictionary definition on top of the search results or adjacent to it. I love this feature because it kills all those spammy dictionary websites like, Mirriam-Webster (that's right you two. I said it. You are spammy).   Why don't we all just give up and let Google do everything for us:   Google, bring me the head of Alfred Garcia Google, explain women to me

Steve Ballmer push-retiring from Microsoft within 12 months

Still worth $15 billion and unlikely to need the support of AARP in his dotage, nevertheless, Steve Ballmer leaving is worth billions in stock price uptick to Microsoft. That's got to hurt. Why? Only a billionaire could tell you why he would care, but clearly, it ain't something that Ballmer was chomping at the bit to do.  

Video: KDE Connect Android (mobile) with Linux (desktop)

KDE Connect can best be described as a utility that allows your Linux desktop to receive Android phone notifications, while transforming your smarpthone into a remote control for music and video players.

Tivo Roamio goes too far on price and not far enough on innovation

We've orgasmatron'd ourselves into a stupor over Chromecast, but we still have four TiVo boxes lying around the house, one is out of use, and one is even a TiVo Premier HD, or some such crap.    

Video: The Making of Intel's $200 open-source MinnowBoard

The $200 MinnowBoard - developed by Santa Clara and CircuitCo Electronics - is a motherboard that measures 4 inches (10.16 centimeters) by 4 inches, sans casing.

Chromecast is not smart TV; it's the display-less future of mobile computing

If Google starts to get really evil its redemption will come from having given us Chromecast. This $11 piece of hardware should, unless the world is insane, kill the attached computing display for ever. Because, we should never have to lug around a laptop, or set up a room with a projector or a TV for meetings, or even have to go through the nightmare that is Hulu Plus on Tivo Premier.   

Zuckerberg's Internet.org: Google's Project Loon without balloons?

Silicon Valley's sense of giving is disproportionately low compared to its sense of getting. So, you have to take every seemingly earth shattering we-are-the-world announcement with a tablespoon of salt.  Lord love them, the billionaire geeks running the world really try to make it a better place without every having had to really live in it, like the rest of us.  

Google Helpouts seems like deja vu

A few years ago, way back in the late 90s, Citrix Online, the maker of GoToMeeting, was known as Expertcity. They had a service to provide computer help using experts who would connect to users via a browser based screen sharing application. That didn't work out so good so, they pivoted and created GoToMyPC and then GoToMeeting.  

LG talks up humongous Quad HD LCD display for smartphones

What the....2560x1440 5.5 inch smartphone screen with 538ppi. Smartphones will eventually turn everyone into squinty eyed misanthropes with radiation burns.    

These mini-PCs are powered by Intel Celeron chips

At least two new mini-PCs powered by Intel (x86) Celeron chips, paired with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of solid state storage (SSD), recently surfaced on AliExpress.

Nokia Bandit: bigger is better

The new trend in smartphone design is: Screw it! We've run out of ideas so, let's just make it big. Everyone will see that our phone is clearly different because it is so damn big! It will have to hang off people's backs so other people will see our phone, our brand, and it will be really big. Right there, in their faces.    We will not be ignored. End of missive from smartphone marketing department head, Dickie Little.  

Kaiboer Q7 is an Android Jelly Bean set-top box with a SATA bay

The Kaiboer Q7 set-top box is somewhat different from the many STBs we've covered here on TG Daily in recent weeks.