Fire Emblem Heroes brings Nintendo nearly one third of a billion dollars in just one year

It was truly a great year for Nintendo and not just due to the success of the Switch, but its mobile gaming business seems to have brought the Japanese company a lot of money. As expected, Super Mario Run is far from being the most financially successful game launched by Nintendo, and neither is the rather newly released Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

According to new data published by SensorTower, Fire Emblem Heroes is Nintendo’s most successful mobile game to date. The title that was launched last year already brought the Japanese company $295 million in worldwide player spend, which is …

People are celebrating Lunar New Year by dressing up their dogs


Friday is Lunar New Year, and people are ringing the Year of the Dog by celebrating their pups.

Each lunar year is based on one of the 12 Zodiac signs. In celebrating 2018’s Year of the Dog, people are dressing up their pets for the most precious photoshoots. 

It’s the year of the dog and these two doggies wIsh you joy prosperity and success this New Years 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè) Gong Hey Fat Choy! Happy #ChineseNewYear 
#YearOfTheDog #chinese #happynewyear #newyear #abc7eyewitness #HappyChineseNewYear

— LouLou & Gipper (@LoulouHoltz) February 16, 2018 Read more…

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Google Assistant to expand to 38 more countries, add 17 languages this year

Do people in countries that support Google Assistant take the virtual personal helper for granted? After all, there are many countries where Google Assistant is not yet available. At the Digital News Initiative Summit that took place in Amsterdam, Google reportedly announced that it will be launching its digital assistant in 38 new countries this year. That will bring to 52 the number of countries that support Google Assistant.

The countries that will receive the virtual digital sidekick include Russia, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Saudi Arabia and more. In addition to rolling out to more …

Top Apple analyst sees 100 million 6.1-inch LCD equipped iPhone units shipped this year

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is considered to be the best Apple analyst in the world. Kuo is plugged into Apple in such a way, that no other analyst comes close when it comes to making predictions about future products or estimating how many units of a model will be sold. Kuo says that Apple will be selling three new models in 2018. All three will be equipped with the TrueDepth Camera, and offer Face ID. Two will feature OLED panels of 5.8-inches and 6.5-inches. Those are believed to be the Apple iPhone Xs and Apple iPhone Xs Plus, respectively.

According to Kuo, the third model will …

After a record 2017, T-Mobile CEO Legere says 2018 will be the Un-carrier's "best year yet"

T-Mobile had quite a year in 2017. Yesterday, the company reported record revenue north of $40 billion for last year, up 8.3% Net rose 211% to $4.5 billion. For the fourth quarter, T-Mobile added 891,000 postpaid phone net additions, which turned out to be twice the number reported by the second best performer in that category, Verizon. It was triple the number of postpaid net phone additions on AT&T and five times the figure announced by Sprint.

In addition, postpaid phone churn was a record low for the fourth quarter at 1.18%. Total net adds came to 1.9 million, which means that the …

Qualcomm already has 18 manufacturers ready to use its 5G modem next year

Qualcomm announced today that the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem series will be found inside devices manufactured by at least 18 different manufacturers. These companies will use the component to “deliver next-generation 5G mobile experiences to consumers.” The  Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem will start shipping in 2019, and will help usher in speeds in the multi-gigabit per second range, with significantly lower latency than seen with today’s 4G LTE networks.

The chip designer says that 5G enabled smartphones will connect to public Wi-Fi without having to log-in. Qualcomm says …

Chip maker TSMC sees shipments of top shelf smartphones declining this year

TSMC, the company that produced the A11 bionic SoC for the trio of 2017 Apple iPhone models, is expecting a decline in the shipment of high-end smartphones in 2018. C.C. Wei, co-chief executive of TSMC, sees declining shipments this year for high-end handsets. He sees shipments of mid-to low-end handsets actually increasing during 2018. TSMC expects wafer based revenue for mobile phones to come in flat this year, compared with 2017.

The company has already received the word that it will be the sole producer of the Apple A12 chipset which will be found in the 2018 iPhone models. TSMC also …

Led by iPhone X, Apple's Q4 U.S. market share rises 17% over last year

The Apple iPhone X made its debut during the fourth quarter of 2017. The tenth anniversary model launched during the first week of November, which helped Apple’s U.S. market share rise sequentially by 10 percentage points during the last three months of the year. For the period, the iPhone saw its share of the stateside smartphone market rise to 39% from 29% during the third quarter. On a year-over-year basis, the iPhone’s Q4 market share was up 5 percentage points (17%) from the 34% it achieved in Q4 2016.

Apple had a seven percentage point lead over Samsung from October through the end …

2018 needs to be the year of private spaceflight companies fulfilling their past promises


It’s time for private spaceflight to start making good on its promises. And in 2018, hopefully it will do just that.

From SpaceX’s long-promised first flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket to NASA’s plan to contract private companies to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station, 2018 should be the year when spaceflight companies start meeting many of their long-touted goals. 

“I’m looking forward to a lot of past promises becoming reality,” John Logsdon, professor emeritus of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, said in an interview.  Read more…

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It was a Happy New Year for the App Store as it took in a record $300 million on January 1st

On New Year’s Day 2018, Apple set a record for the most revenue earned by the App Store in one day. Just a few days ago, on January 1st, the App Store brought in $300 million in gross revenue. During the seven days that started on Christmas Day, the App Store took in an amazing $890 million. Since the launch of the store in July 2008, Apple has paid out $86 billion to developers for their share of paid apps and subscriptions purchased through the App Store.

During 2017, developers received $26.5 billion, up 30% on a year-over-year basis. Hit games last year included titles like Animal Crossing: …