Posts by Daniel Bean, Yahoo News

  • The letters are falling off Google's Nexus phones and tablets

    Yahoo News10 mths ago

    Give me an “N!” Give me an “E!” No, really, I need them. They fell off my Nexus 5.

    Some owners of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet devices arecomplaining of losing the shiny plastic NEXUS letters from the backs of their phones and tablets (like the two Nexus 5s shown below),according to tech sites andforum posts from around the Web. In most of these instances, the glue that holds the letters in place has seemingly given out.

    One Nexus 7 owner from themobile device forum XDA actually claimed to have seen the glue begin to seep out from around the letters, so the user removed all of the glue and plastic (shown below). Though the device cleaned up nicely, we assume most would rather hang on to their fairly elegant looking Nexus logo.

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  • My first weeks with the Nexus 5, reviewed

    Yahoo News11 mths ago

    What was behind my decision to grab the Nexus 5, Google’s latest phone in its premium, once-a-year Nexus line?

    Mostly, I wanted to flex my “off-contract and unlocked” muscle. Google is now selling unlocked phones, no two-year contract required, with pure Android, out of its Google Play Store; that means you’re not locked onto a certain carrier, or into a single smartphone, for 24 months, with huge fees to pay if you dare to upgrade.

    Google also sells versions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4, but their respective $599 and $649 price tags make them unrealistic for most shoppers. At $349, the price of the Nexus 5 was just right.

    Also: Eschewing the iPhone or a Samsung device and buying into the Nexus program is like voting for a third party candidate. It’s forward thinking, but without the compromises of picking someone like Ralph Nader as your guy.

    Cockamamie political analogies aside: How’s the actual phone itself? Well, I’ve been using it for about three weeks now. Here’s the (mostly) great and the (occasional) not-so-great of the Nexus 5 that I’ve encountered over almost a month of ownership.

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  • Snapchat, Yelp, Square: How much are the most popular tech startups worth?

    Yahoo News11 mths ago

    Wait 6 seconds: Snapchat is worth how much?

    After reports surfaced that Facebook attempted to buy the popular picture and video messaging app Snapchat last week, we all learned that the ephemeral messaging service is apparently worth billions (and at least $3 billion - the amount that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel turned down).

    It’s no longer uncommon for tech startups to reach this level of valuation in mere years, and, in some cases, doing so without any real source of revenue. Instagram, the make-your-picture-look-like-a-Polaroid photo sharing service, was purchased last year by Facebook for approximately $1 billion. Instagram has only just begun rolling out its ad revenue program, something the big blue social network, no doubt, had in thought during the time of acquisition. Facebook itself is publicly listed on the Nasdaq trade and is currently valued at $111.5 billion.

    Here are some other tech startups that are now worth a shockingly large amount.


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  • How is Candy Crush so popular when everyone seems to hate it?

    Daniel Bean at Yahoo News11 mths ago



    Here is a list of tweets featuring people screaming about how frustrated they are with their Candy Crush games.

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