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Columbia House hopes you’ll come back for vinyl records

To put it mildly, Columbia House has seen better days. The mail-order service went bankrupt this summer, and it’s hard to see the allure of regularly buying movie discs when downloads and streaming are within easy reach. The company thinks it has an answer, however: it’s restarting the Columbia House Record Club with a focus on vinyl records. It’s betting that the resurgence of the old format and the popularity of subscription services (think Birchbox or Lootcrate) will draw in a younger audience. Columbia hasn’t nailed down the launch details yet, but it’d return to the outlet’s roots with membership and steep discounts.

Whether or not it succeeds is another matter. Although vinyl sales are soaring, they still make up just 7 percent of the music market. Moreover, Columbia House isn’t exactly a household name for younger generations. If you grew up with iTunes, Spotify and YouTube, why would you yearn for a mail service that even your parents don’t use? Still, you have to give credit to the firm for seeking out a niche where physical copies are still in vogue — it beats trying to pretend that online media doesn’t exist.

[Image credit: Tom Simpson, Flickr]

Via: Wall Street Journal

Source: Columbia House Record Club


Apple wants an additional $180 million from Samsung in patent infringement lawsuit

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In early December, we heard that Samsung would finally be conceding to the decision handed down in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, paying the $548 million that it owed the tech giant. While Samsung is still searching every legal avenue of getting the money back, Apple is apparently not content just to get amount agreed on in the lawsuit – it wants more. In court papers filed just before Christmas, Apple submitted a claim that it wants an additional $180 million from Samsung in interested and additional damages.

This is probably payback for when Samsung managed to get its payment amount reduced by around $382 million in May this year, down from the original amount, $930 million, which was ruled on in 2012. And just so we’re reminded about the kinds of things that were part of this lawsuit, Samsung was charged with infringing on patents to do with the iPhone’s front face, bezel and app icons – seems like a whole lot of hullabaloo over nothing, but this lawsuit likely isn’t going away anytime soon.

What do you think about Apple looking for an additional $180 million from Samsung? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Reuters via SamMobile

The post Apple wants an additional $180 million from Samsung in patent infringement lawsuit appeared first on AndroidSPIN.


Video: this is how the BlackBerry Priv is put together

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The BlackBerry Priv’s design has many an Android fan going nuts, but so far its construction has been a mystery. Build quality is still questionable, but the company managed to accomplish a sleek design despite building in a plethora of extra hardware keys (something they are very good at). But how exactly is the Priv built?

BlackBerry has released a video to show us just how they put together their Priv handsets. Let’s take a look at it.

Sales of the new handset haven’t been as expected, with numbers well below the estimated quantities, but CEO John Chen stays optimistic about the company’s future. There’s even a possibility that they will release other mid-tier Android handsets at more affordable prices.

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We still have plenty of time to decide whether the BlackBerry Priv is a success or not, though. Verizon still needs to release the BlackBerry Priv. The launch on the USA’s largest carrier is expected to be a big push for BlackBerry. And if they continue to offer good deals, things should definitely slide into the good side in 2016.

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Until then, all we can do is wait and see how much BlackBerry can grow. Their Android handset is great, but it didn’t come without its faults. What we are hoping is that the Priv gives BlackBerry enough traction to keep pushing for more Android handsets. With time, they will get even better at making Google-powered smartphones.

What do you guys think of the BlackBerry Priv? Are any of you proud owners of this handset? Hit the comments and share your thoughts/experiences with us!


Translogic 191: Best of 2015

Translogic 191: Best of 2015

It’s been another stellar year for Translogic. We explored the futuristic world of electric and autonomous cars, as well as drones, robots and hoverboards.It’s been another stellar year for Translogic. We drove the updated Tesla Model S, raced against an autonomous Audi, and explored the futuristic world of drones, robots and hoverboards. We even encountered a few zombies.

The future is now, and we’ll be back next year to continue bringing you the latest and greatest in transportation technology.



Here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week – December 26, 2015

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From all of us here at Android Authority, we hope you’re having a wonderful time with your friends and family this holiday season. We can’t wait to show you what’s coming down the pipeline, as we gear up for CES 2016! Yes, that’s right, CES is just around the corner, and of course, the Android Authority team will be on the show floor, bringing you the best Android-related content around.

Before we head to CES, though, we thought we’d bring you a quick roundup of the best videos we released this week. We’ve published our full reviews of the Google Pixel C, ZTE Axon Mini Premium Edition and OPPO R7s, rounded up some of the best Android apps and games of 2015, and even had time to help figure out who actually makes the best SoC. It’s been a busy week and we have a lot to cover here, so let’s jump right in – here are the Android-related videos you don’t want to miss this week.


Google Pixel C review

Google’s Pixel C tablet is a beautiful, powerful, confusing machine. Can it really be used to do more than a “normal” Android tablet? Is it worth the high price point? Lanh walks us through everything you need to know about the Google Pixel C.

ZTE Axon Mini Premium Edition review

The ZTE Axon Mini was already a great phone, and now the company has put out another iteration with a pressure-sensitive display. Despite some processor and fingerprint sensor woes, how does this device fare against the competition? Gary finds out in our full review of the ZTE Axon Mini Premium Edition.

OPPO R7s review

OPPO’s new R7s is a great mid-range offering with a larger display, larger battery, and even looks a little better than past devices from the company. Is there anything you should know before buying one for yourself, though? Don’t miss Krystal’s full review of the OPPO R7s.

The best apps and games you should definitely check out

10 best Android apps released in 2015

As we near the end of 2015, it’s time to take a long, hard look at the Android apps that made the biggest impact this year. Joe has done a great job at rounding up the 10 best Android applications released in 2015. Don’t miss the full post linked below, and be sure to check out the video overview above.

10 best Android games released in 2015

There have been tons of great games released on Android this year, so we thought it was important to round up some of the best ones. Which games make the top of the list? Find out more in Joe’s full overview of the 10 best Android games released in 2015.

Android Apps Weekly

Star Wars: The Force Awakens pre-orders, huge Google Play Store sale – you don’t want to miss the latest episode of Joe’s Android Apps Weekly show!

Who makes the best SoC?

We recently published an in-depth comparison of the leading SoCs from Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek and Huawei, but we didn’t include Intel. Since there seems to be a good amount of interest to see how Intel compares to these SoCs, we thought it would be a good idea to add the latest from Intel into our comparison. If you’re interested, you don’t want to miss Gary’s full comparison of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, the Samsung Exynos 7420 and the Intel Atom Z3580.

Happy holidays to you!

Last but not least, we wanted to wish you all happy holidays! We really appreciate every one of our readers and watchers, and we can’t wait to start the new year off with a bang as we head to CES!

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