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Today in Tech News Digest, there is confusion over just how successful the Samsung Galaxy Gear is, the PlayStation 4 is revealed to be a profit-maker for Sony, Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone division is greenlit, Snapchat eases past Facebook, Twitter explains itself, 3D Builder for Windows 8.1 is released, and ‘Selfie’ is named word of the year.

Galaxy Gear Sales Confusion

Samsung claims Galaxy Gear sales have hit 800,000, but Business Korea claims the true figure is actually closer to 50,000. Samsung told Reuters, “It’s the most sold wearable watch available in the market place… and we plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear.” This statement was released 24 hours after the aforementioned Korean website claimed sales were below expectations.

The truth, as uncovered by The Verge, is that the figure of 800,000 units actually refers to worldwide shipments to retailers rather than sales to consumers. These, as any sensible person would know, are very different. Spin is a wonderful thing.

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Piffling PS4 Profit

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If research firm IHS is to be believed, then Sony is making just $18 in profit on every PlayStation 4 The PS4 Revealed: 10 PlayStation 4 Videos All Gamers Should Watch The PS4 Revealed: 10 PlayStation 4 Videos All Gamers Should Watch After months of speculation Sony recently entered the eighth generation of video games hardware, joining Nintendo, which kicked it all off by releasing the Wii U at the end of 2012. The not-very-imaginatively-titled PlayStation 4... Read More currently flying off store shelves. According to All Things D, IHS conducted a detailed teardown of the PS4 hardware and added up the cost of the parts and manufacturing. The total came to $381, $18 less than the $399 price tag Sony has placed on the games console at launch.

This may sound like a ridiculously low profit margin, especially when compared to the small fortune Apple manages to squeeze from its overly loyal customers, but a similar analysis was made when the PS3 was released, and Sony was spending $805 to manufacture a console selling for $599. The PlayStation 4 is a veritable goldmine in comparison.

NokSoft Is Go

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services unit has been given the go-ahead by the Finnish company’s shareholders. The deal, worth around $7.2 billion, was forged in September, with Microsoft hoping that the addition of the Lumia line of smartphones will ensure a positive future for Windows Phone. More than 99 percent of Nokia shareholders approved the deal which will see former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop returning to Microsoft in 2014. Elop is just one of a number of people being considered for the job of Microsoft CEO, vacant once Steve Ballmer retires in 2014 Ballmer's Successor, YouTube Comments, Facebook Likes, TARDIS Truth [Tech News Digest] Ballmer's Successor, YouTube Comments, Facebook Likes, TARDIS Truth [Tech News Digest] Microsoft edges closer to naming CEO, a computer-generated girl tempts predators, Apple forces Apple stock to shut down, YouTube comments lose their edge, and Doctor Who's TARDIS is shown to be theoretically possible. Read More .

Snapchat Surpasses Facebook

Snapchat users now share 400 million photos every day, compared to the 350 million shared on Facebook. This is interesting insofar as it may go some way to explaining why Facebook is so desperate to acquire Snapchat, as it reportedly offered $3 billion PS4 Reviews, Moto G, Chromebook 11, Domainapalooza [Tech News Digest] PS4 Reviews, Moto G, Chromebook 11, Domainapalooza [Tech News Digest] PlayStation 4 gets reviewed, Motorola unveils the Moto G, HP Chromebook 11 is removed from stores, Yahoo tries to sell domains, Snapchat rebuffed Facebook's acquisition offer, Chrome Beta is listening in, and Bing gains musical... Read More to do so. However, after the dual reporting of these figures from Business Insider and CNET, others tried to crunch the numbers to determine how many active users Snapchat may have. Buzzfeed and TechCrunch both arrived at dizzyingly different conclusions, and I suspect only Snapchat will know the truth until the company deems it suitable to actually share it with the rest of us.

Twitter Explains Itself

Twitter is an essential tool for many of us, but it remains an elusive wonderland of tweets and hashtags to the uninitiated mainstream population. After far too many years spent refusing to explain its objectives in any way, Twitter has finally done just that in a YouTube video first spotted by Mashable. It may not persuade you to become part of the Twitterati, but it should help cull any confusion you had over exactly what the point of it all is.

3D Builder For Windows 8.1

3D printers are very much in vogue, though they’re a long way off becoming mainstream. Still, this niche angle hasn’t dissuaded Microsoft from throwing its weight behind the concept, with the company having released 3D Builder for Windows 8.1 Microsoft Has Designs On 3D Printing As It Releases 3D Builder For Windows 8.1 Microsoft Has Designs On 3D Printing As It Releases 3D Builder For Windows 8.1 Microsoft’s recently introduced app called 3D Builder for Windows 8.1 should make it easier for amateurs try their hand on 3D printing. The application takes advantage of the native 3D printing feature on Windows 8.1. Read More . This app makes it much easier for budding amateurs to design and print 3D objects in the comfort of their own homes. Just don’t go expecting Star Trek levels of replication quite yet.

‘Selfie’ Named Word Of The Year

And finally, ‘Selfie’ has been named word of the year for 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries. It beat out other contenders for the honor, including ‘twerk’, ‘binge-watch’, and ‘schmeat’. Oxford Dictionaries define ‘Selfie’ as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself This Is How You Take Self Shots This Is How You Take Self Shots There's nothing vain about taking photos of ourselves. In fact, we can often be our best subject. Read More , typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” While I, and all right-thinking people in the world, define it as an affront to human decency that needs to stop. Now. Please.

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