Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for April 23, 2014:
- A startup called OnePlus launched a low-cost phone today called the OnePlus One (Why don't they just do the math and call it the "two"?). The smartphone has some high-end specs, but starts at only $299 unlocked. There is a catch. You can buy the phone by invitation only. Read more at techcrunch.com and phonearena.com
- Dish is planning to roll out its Internet streaming TV service this summer, according to an exclusive on Bloomberg News by Alex Sherman and Edmund Lee. Read more at bloomberg.com.
- In other streaming TV news, Amazon has made a deal with HBO to provide Amazon Prime Instant Video members with past HBO shows like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire.” This is the first time HBO has licensed content to an online-only subscription service. Read more at variety.com.
- AOL has cut a deal with Miramax to offer full-length movies to U.S. users. These movies are watchable on phones, tablets or PCs. A new “Movies” section will be featured across the AOL On Network as part of the agreement. Read more at variety.com.
- Most Samsung phone owners like their phones but hate the software Samsung pre-installs on them, according to new research by Strategy Analytics. Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 users spent an average of seven minutes each on those apps during the month of March. Seven minutes in a whole month! Those same users averaged 149 minutes that month using just three of Google’s apps. Read more at strategyanalytics.com.
- A new report out of UNESCO says that mobile phones have triggered a "reading revolution" in seven countries where literacy rates are low. The report looked at the reading habits of 5,000 mobile-phone users in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. It found that nearly two thirds enjoy reading more after doing it on their phones. One third said they use their phones to read to their children. Read more at unesco.org.
- Apple reports earnings later today. Analysts are concerned with both iPad and iPhone demand. iPhone sales bring in half the company’s revenues.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for April 23, 2014.