When Kickstarters Fail, 10 Million iPhones, China Blocks DuckDuckGo, And More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, HTC working on Google Nexus tablet, real-time YouTube analytics, the release of PlayStation TV, and when two Friends sold Windows 95.
Kickstarter Distances Itself From Failures
10 Million iPhones Sold Over The Weekend
Apple sold 10 million iPhones over the past weekend, setting a new record in the process. Apple shifted 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus by the end of launch weekend, with the new models going on sale in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the U.K.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said sales “exceeded our expectations,” and thanked all Apple customers for “making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin.” The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will go on sale in an additional 20 countries this Friday (Sept. 26), and will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.
DuckDuckGo Blocked In China
Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has been blocked in China, being knocked out sometime around Sept. 4. Until that date, DuckDuckGo worked perfectly in mainland China, but it has now suffered the same fate as Google, which was blocked in June of this year.
There is no mystery to why both DuckDuckGo and Google have been blocked: neither censors search results, meaning they were flouting Chinese media laws. By contrast, Microsoft complies with the relevant laws, meaning Bing is still accessible in China.
HTC Making Next Google Nexus Tablet
After disappointing sales of Flyer in ’11, HTC stopped making tablets. Guessing this new partnership w Google Nexus means they are back..
— Petra Dizdar (@sunnyside306) September 23, 2014
It looks extremely likely that HTC is making the next Google Nexus tablet, with the Wall Street Journal claiming this is a done deal. This would mean Google has dropped ASUS, which made the two previous versions of the Nexus 7. This new Nexus tablet is rumored to be aimed at the high-end of the market and feature a 9-inch screen.
If true, the Nexus 9 would be the first tablet from HTC since the disastrous HTC Flyer in 2011, which was the first and last tablet HTC produced. HTC has a strong reputation for making solid Android smartphones , so it is rather bizarre that this success hasn’t translated into a desirable tablet.
YouTube Adds Real-Time Analytics
YouTube has added real-time reporting to its analytics dashboard. This means the more stats-focused users can track how many views each of their videos are getting at any given moment. According to The Next Web, hour-by-hour data is available for the last 48 hours, with minute-by-minute data available for the last hour. And if your YouTube videos fail to get any views in that time, well, that’s just depressing.
PlayStation TV Gets Release Date
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 22, 2014
Sony has announced that PlayStation TV will be available in the U.S. from Oct. 14. The device is priced at $99 on its own, or at $139 for a bundle (adding a DualShock 3 controller, an 8GB memory card, and The LEGO Movie Videogame). The hardware, which was unveiled at E3 2014 , streams games from various PlayStation systems, and plays selected PS Vita titles.
When Friends Sold Windows 95
And finally, 20 years is a long time by any standard, but particularly in the fields of entertainment and technology. Which is why this promotional video for Windows 95 looks and feels so outdated. It features Friends stars Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston, and, as The Verge points out, it makes for timely viewing due to yesterday (Sept. 22) marking the 20th anniversary of the iconic New York sitcom. This surely remains the highlight of their careers.
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