Xbox Addiction Claims A Life

A 20 year old guy Chris Staniforth died because of pulmonary embolism, which occurs if someone sits in the same position for a very long duration of time. According to his family, Chris died after following a marathon session on his Xbox.

Chris’s father said that his son normally spent upto 12 hours playing on his Xbox. He further stated that,”He got sucked in playing Halo online against people from all over the world.”

This is not the first time that a gamer has lost his life due to excessive playing. These type of news are commonly heard throughout Asia. In the past, a South Korean gamer had died after 3 days of non stop online gaming in 2005.

Online computer games have become an addiction now a days. Various games are available on the Internet which can be played with other players from all over the globe.

Though these games are pretty good, but addiction of anything is always bad. Obesity and lack of interest in other pursuits of daily life are the common diseases that are found in gaming addicts.

Our take on this is that games should be considered as games only. They should not become the target of a person’s life. There is a real life beside virtual one which is the most beautiful gift of the god almighty.

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Apple To Sue Samsung Over White Galaxy S II ?

Apple is planning to sue its top competitor Samsung over its ambitious plan to launch the white Galaxy S II. Apple and Samsung are already fighting a lawsuit which says that the Korean giant has copied the iPhone and iPad’s design in its Galaxy range of products.

Though Apple and Samsung are business partners(Samsung manufactures Apple’s A4 chips) but ever since Apple Inc. started to sue its Korean partner, both have turned bitter rivals.

This rivalry can be dated back to the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy range of products when Apple first sued it for “deliberately copying” the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2.

Apple is thinking that these lawsuits might make Samsung more heedful about its future devices but it doesn’t seem so.

Samsung has announced that after seeing its Galaxy S II’s huge success, it is planning to launch a white edition of it in Britain later this year. Moreover, the leaked photos of the white Samsung Galaxy S II are already flooding the Internet.

Both these tech giants are making superb products but had they been into a healthy competition, users surely would have been benefited.

Will these companies ever think of resolving their feuds outside the court?

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Users Getting Bored Of Google+?

A few days back, every tech blog was raving about Google+ being the strongest competitor Facebook has ever seen. But users are now finding Google+ not as interesting as they thought it would be when it was launched.

Google+ started superbly with record 10 million users in its first week. It was said that Facebook’s days were gone and Google+ will mark the beginning of a new era. Ranging from startup blogs, even blogging giants were covering great success of Google+. But recent data shows that Google+ traffic has fallen due to users spending very less time on it.

According to a company called Experian Hitwise, Google+’s traffic fell nearly 3.7%. At the first look, this data seems insignificant but if you consider the total population on Google+, which is more than 20 million, it depicts a hell lot of users.

There can be several reasons for Google+ traffic loss. The major reason is that it is still in field testing stage which restricts users to join it without an invitation from an existing member. Another reason is that Google+ is not yet open for organizations which means no fan pages like Facebook.

Though these stats will not be a problem for Google+ in near future, but if it is planning to replace Facebook, this should prove to be a wake up call for it.

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Google+ App For The iPhone Is Now Available

Good news for the iPhone users! You guys can now access Google+ with an official app available in the app store from your iPhone. This app was being awaited since the launch of Google+ at the end of previous month.

Though, at the launch of Google+, Google said in a blog that iOS app was on its way but since Apple never provides time-line for its app approval proceedings, the final release date was not announced at that time. Now at last, our wait is over.

When Google initially presented the app to Apple, there were rumors that Apple may not approve it. These rumors were based on the fact that Apple has rejected some products in the past that it thinks can pose threat to the iOS and the iDevices.

We already know that Google+ has more than 10 million active users and that too in just two weeks. Now, by adding an iOS app, the number will increase for sure. Till now, only Android users could enjoy Google+ on their phones.

According to Vic Gundotra, the head of google’s social division, “This app may not be available immediately to everyone because of the high nymber of requests from users.”

We’ll keep you updated on this as soon as an update arrives.

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HTC To Appeal Apple Patent Ruling

HTC is going to appeal a ruling by a United States trade body which accuses it for the infringement of two patents held by Apple Inc. Last year, Apple filed a complaint against HTC with the US International Trade Commission accusing it of violating ten patents related to the iPhone.

HTC said that it will “vigorously fight” these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC commissioners who make the final decision. According to HTC, it will use “all means possible” to defend itself.

HTC general counsel Grace Lei said in a statement that, “We strongly believe we have alternate solutions in place for the issues raised by Apple. We look forward to resolving this case.”

The patents which, according to Apple, were violated by HTC deal with how the phone handles data sent to it from other devices over a network and how a device opens an e-mail.

HTC continues to deny all allegations of Apple over its patents and is seriously planning to protect its intellectual property which has been targeted by the American giant since last year.

As the competition in the smartphone market is on increase, more patent related disputes in near future won’t come off as a surprise.

What do you guys think?

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