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Weak sales for BlackBerry

I haven't used a BlackBerry for years, but I have some friends that still swear by them. But apparently there aren't enough people who feel like them, as .

Maybe the announced Q20, or classic BlackBerry, will help a bit, as there are tons of people who still love a phone with buttons. That one can't come fast enough.

The Evolution of Mobile Gaming

The evolution of casino games

It used to be that if you wanted to play any of the casino classics like roulette and poker, you’d have to get yourself down to a casino. This was fair enough if you lived in Vegas or Atlantic City, and a relative few other places around the world, but not so convenient for the vast majority of the world’s population.

In the last decade or so, though, the casino world has been revolutionized by the arrival of online casino sites. Now anyone over the age of 18 with internet access can gamble anytime. And even more recently, that’s changed again – so you can not only gamble anytime, it can also be anywhere. There’s a choice of which are now available to play on the casino’s mobile app, so you can have access to your gaming favorites wherever you are, provided that you have an internet connection.

Of course, it’s not just 32 Red that’s gone mobile. Many other casino sites also offer a similar deal, but with 32 Red, there are special loyalty points to be earned too. You can enter Free Chip Friday, for example, where certain players are chosen to be awarded with free mobile casino chips. To qualify, you simply need to play on your mobile during that week. Winners are notified by SMS and the prizes can range from $5 to $500. It’s really simple to download the to your device. Just choose the game you wish to play and then fill in the details on the window that appears on screen.

Currently there are 18 mobile casino games on offer from 32 Red including blackjack, baccarat, slots, roulette and keno. For those of you who like to go for the big jackpots there’s Mega Moolah and Major Millions to play too.

With so many games now available on your smartphone, there really is no limit on when you play casino games. It’s a perfect way to keep yourself amused on the commute to and from work, as long as you’re not driving, of course! And if you have to wait in line at the doctor’s or another appointment, there’s now an entertaining alternative to reading the well-worn magazines in the waiting room!

The only thing you have to bear in mind, of course, is how much your entertainment is costing you. As long as you keep a lid on your spending though, you can make casino games a fun thing that you do now and then, rather than any cause for concern for your financial well-being!

Top casino games for your mobile phone

Can Facebook's Buffy "Stake" Its Claim In The Smartphone Market?

I swear, that's my last bad "Buffy" pun.

Various news outlets from to the are reporting that Facebook is reconsidering an entry into the smartphone market.

For some time now, the social media giant has teased the idea of launching a phone of their own. However, until it was ultimately determined that the actual complete process of making a phone from concept to manufacturing was harder than anticipated, and the idea was scrapped.

Now though the project seems to be back in earnest. Codenamed “Buffy” (), the smartphone’s hardware is reportedly going to be worked on by, while Facebook will internally handle the software development, which could include an independent operating system. To help get the phone out by its alleged 2013 target date, reports are that Facebook is looking for former Apple and other high end smartphone developers to add to the team, of which they may have already hired almost half a dozen.

Everything revealed so far has suggested that Facebook is taking this project very seriously. The word around the company is that Mark Zuckerberg is worried that if Facebook doesn’t make a play to start its own phone service, that it will become just another mobile app and get lost in the shuffle of the new world order of smartphone superiority. Not to mention that Facebook could lose out on advertising revenue if it starts being accessed primarily through a third party device.

Facebook still carries a lot of name value, and its internal app market could potentially be very popular if kept exclusive to its new phone, but I still think this sound like a case of overreaching. If the initial conclusion was that smartphone development was going to be too complex just a year ago, I don’t know what could have changed their minds in the meantime. Well, besides that .  But if this is all an effort to extend Facebook’s reach enough for them to wipe some egg off of their face, things could turn ugly.

Smartphones are now the majority

CES kicks off

The biggest technology and gadget show, CES, just kicked off in Las Vegas, and as usual surrounds Apple:

Microsoft made news earlier by saying this was the last year they would attend CES/ Why attend if Apple gets all the buzz anyways? Maybe Microsoft should focus on new products instead of protecting its Windows/Office cash cow? Or maybe not . . .

Verizon abandons new fees

Smartphones and the boom in social games

People love to gamble and they love to play games on their computers and phones. With that the trends will just accelerate on games like poker that can be played in all sorts of settings. Now with new smartphones there are even more ways to play. You can play real games against real people, or just play practice games against a computer so you .

The new rules from the Obama administration announced Friday might make this even more popular, as the new rule suggests that the federal government can only restrict sports betting under the current federal law. This can lead to an explosion of state regulations overseeing and encouraging online play in order to generate tax revenues.

This decision makes sense, as people love playing . Now with smartphones exploding, imagine how much time people will spend playing these games. You can play blackjack hands while standing in the line at the grocery store. So get ready for a bunch of new players as people start using their Christmas gadgets!

Mobile games will drive holiday shopping

Headphone cords that don't get tangled

I hate it when my headphones get all tangled up. Here's a that have fettuccine type no-tangle cords.

Tips for Apple 4S battery issues

Battery issues for new iPhone 4S

Some stories are coming out about the iPhone 4S and . I just got a new one and I love it, but I was a little surprised at how quickly the battery was depleted. Apple is apparently looking into it, so we'll see if this becomes a bigger story.

Get a cover for your new iPhone 4S

The Steep Slope of Improvements Since The First iPhone

Think your iPhone is the best version available today? Well, it is until the November release of the iPhone 5, at least. Don't fret: in the short history of the popular platform, many versions have been overshadowed by upstarts. Take a look at this iPhone evolution infographic, and find out how it has improved over the years. The next time you're wondering you'll be armed with the knowledge of its past, and insights about its future.

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