Windows Phone Shrinks In Android-Dominated Europe, As New iPhones Boost iOS’ Share

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iPhone 6 Rear The latest 12-week smartphone sales figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, up to September, indicate that Windows Phone’s already small share of the smartphone market has shrunk in Europe — dropping 0.3 percentage points in aggregate across the top five markets in Europe (the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany). Read More

The best ‘Mario Kart’ ever steers Nintendo to profit

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This summer wasn’t a happy time for Nintendo, in spite of the hugely popular and universally welcomed arrival of Mario Kart 8. In late July, the Japanese games company reported growing losses and decreasing revenues, which weren’t stemmed by Mario Kart‘s boost to both software and hardware sales. Still, Nintendo managed to triple the number of Wii U consoles it sold in that quarter relative to its performance a year earlier, and it’s kept that momentum going with another year-on-year doubling in sales. 610,000 Wii U consoles were sold in the past three months, adding to the 510,000 of the previous quarter and taking Nintendo’s six-month total past the million mark.

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Creator of ‘Operation’ game can’t pay for his own operation

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The man who created classic children’s game Operation is crowdfunding his own surgical operation. The 77-year-old is currently wrestling medical expenses, and is need of $25,000 to pay for oral surgery. Thanks to the nature of the business arrangement he struck in his twenties, creator John Spinello was never paid more than the $500 for his work, and cannot claim royalties from the sales of his invention. The game was a household sensation for millions, spawning numerous spin-offs since it was first introduced in 1965.

In a show of camaraderie, his friends Tim Walsh and Peggy Brown created a funding campaign over at Crowdrise, where they’ve raised more than $9,000. Those who can’t afford to donate to the cause are invited to write a…

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Marvel’s new ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer has Iron Man trying to lift Thor’s hammer

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You know you’ve always wanted to watch the Avengers lounge in formal wear, while periodically attempting to loft the mighty Mjolnir. The latest clip for Avengers: Age of Ultron shows the superhero team enjoying a rare moment of leisure, material from the original trailer, and what could possibly be the demise of a certain key character. Today has been a veritable deluge of news about Marvel’s big screen activities, including the full line-up of movies over the next few years and Benedict Cumberbatch’s upcoming performance as the sorcerous Doctor Strange.

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GoPro ad shows a lion’s lethal hunt from the big cat’s perspective

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GoPro’s marketing department has the easiest job in the world — all it needs to do is strap one of its rugged cameras to someone or something doing something exciting and it has an instant ad. In the case of this new video, the GoPro has been attached to an African lioness, and we can watch in first-person as she finds, stalks, and kills a waterbuck. The lioness is tracked by Kevin Richardson, a conservationist who’s somehow confident enough to approach the lioness as a friend while she’s choking the life out of her kill, capturing the footage on his own GoPro in the process.

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Next up for Node.js: Going mobile

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Node.js, known as a popular server-side JavaScript implementation, could become more prominent in the mobile space. 

The platform needs to expand its horizons in mobile, according to Node.js maintainer Burt Belder. “It’s an identity question,” Belder said when interviewed after his HTML5DevConf presentation on Node.js this week in San Francisco. “The question is more like, do you want to be a server-side-only thing, or do you want to do world domination?”

Although Google’s Android platform interoperates with Node.js to some degree now, users are reporting bugs and saying it doesn’t work, said Belder, who added that the Android implementation is not maintained as part of the core server-side Node.js. He remains undaunted, saying Node.js could even end up ported to Apple’s iOS mobile OS. “Supporting all devices adds a lot of value to the platform,” he noted.

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Hadoop’s growth opens up demand for data migration tools

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Hadoop’s explosion over the last few years has been phenomenal. One estimate puts its growth at nearly 60 percent year-over-year, with a market of $50 billion by 2020. As the furious uptake has created demand for Hadoop vendors, an accompanying need for vendors selling Hadoop data migration tools and services is also shaping up.

In theory, getting data into and out of Hadoop is well within the capacity of both the software and its users. Apache’s Sqoop project was created to deal with Hadoop import and export, with native support for the usual suspects: MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and HSQLDB. But not everyone is comfortable doing the work themselves, so vendors are offering polished import/export solutions that require less manual labor.

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Verizon is scared of the truth

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In the last decade the written word has been devoted largely to declaring the death of the written word. The harbingers of journalism’s doom refer to dramatic charts, like this one from The Pew Research Center, that show a precipitous decline in newspaper advertising revenue. Fortunately, though, the internet is here to fill the content void, and we have technology barons to thank for becoming our new media benefactors. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who once peddled quesadillas for Taco Bell, bought The Washington Post last year at a bargain. eBay founder Pierre Omidyar poached prolific security state reporter Glenn Greenwald to start his own publication, The Intercept. Even Facebook wants to get in on the action by convincing publishers to…

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Political mailer includes opponent’s SSN and driver’s license number

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Did you hear the one about the Kentucky GOP candidate who asked his attorney general to investigate the state Democratic Party for allegedly sending out the Republican’s Social Security number and more personal information to thousands of constituents? Sorry to say, there’s no punch line here, because according to recent reports, it actually happened. By Adam Levin. Read the rest

Americans are more afraid of being hacked than of all other crimes, including murder

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Just in time for Halloween, famed polling agency Gallup has released the latest results of its long-running annual survey of American fears about crime. For the first time, hacking tops the list of the things respondents were most concerned about, far surpassing every other type of meatspace crime. Specifically, 69 percent of those surveyed said they were “frequently or occasionally” worried about “having the credit card card information [they] have used at stores stolen by hackers.” And almost as many, 62 percent, were “frequently or occasionally” worried about having personal information stolen from their computer or smartphone. In contrast, less than half of respondents (45 percent), were worried about their homes being physically…

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Facebook’s Slowing User Growth And Weak WhatsApp Revenue Send Shares Down 9%

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fb-drop Wall Street wants growth, or else. Twitter reported slow growth of 4.8% yesterday down from 6.3% last quarter and got hammered with a 9.8% share price drop today. And now, Facebook’s growth slowed from 3.125% last quarter to 2.27% this quarter, and now $FB is down 9.76% in after-hours trading. Meanwhile, Facebook broke out financials of its $22 billion WhatsApp acquisition for the… Read More

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