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The bad news just keeps piling up for The Company Formerly Known as Research in Motion. Today's recap includes a look at how nearly a third of the BlackBerry maker's app store is clogged up with titles from a single developer -- and as you can imagine, it's more about quantity and quality. Read on to find out more...
Sorry, Apple, that gold iPhone you haven't even officially announced yet is already old news: According to 9to5Google, Samsung is now the Goldfinger of mobile phones thanks to the introduction of its new Galaxy Golden. Featuring dual flip screens running Android 4.2 and priced at 790,000 won (approximately $700), the handset appears to be targeted more to the international market where this kind of tacky product is apparently more popular. Ironically, the report notes that the Samsung Galaxy Golden "appears to be closer to bronze in color than gold," so Apple still has a chance to reclaim the Goldfinger title, should they want to.
MacRumors reported Wednesday that AT&T retail stores may soon see a ghost from the past in their stockroom. According to a tipster, refurbished iPhone 3GS handsets could soon be offered to prepaid GoPhone customers, despite Apple having discontinued that model nearly a year ago when the iPhone 5 made its debut. Apparently AT&T won't publicly advertise the handsets, instead offering them to "price-sensitive customers" in larger store locations. Sounds like all of those old trade-ins may finally find a home in the near future...
Those curious to know when popular RSS application Reeder will return to the iPad and Mac now that Google Reader is defunct should look no further than the app's official Twitter account. On Wednesday, developer Silvio Rizzi confirmed "Reeder for iOS is still on track for submission this month. Universal (iPhone and iPad). 4.99$. Reeder for Mac public beta this autumn." Although good news for die-hard Reeder fans, the tweet caused some degree of confusion with existing users, since the current iPhone app already syncs with Google Reader replacements such as Feedly, and it isn't quite clear if the new universal app will be an update or an entirely new app altogether — but we won't have long to find out.
BGR reported Wednesday on a rather disturbing statistic for flailing BlackBerry: Apparently, more than 48,000 of the roughly 150,000 apps in the company's BlackBerry World store are the work of a single developer. The culprit is developer S4BB Limited, whose dubious work includes "the Mega Fart flatulence simulator, a Hong Kong Taxi Call app, a self-described 'fake out-of-battery display' app and a plethora of city guides," among many others. Although we admire S4BB's tenacity (but not really), this can only be viewed as another black eye for BlackBerry, which clearly turned a blind eye to this sort of thing in an effort to bulk up its catalog.
Why should American sports have all the fun? If you happen to enjoy soccer and follow the exploits of the Barclays Premier League, the latest app from The Topps Company will be right up your alley. KICK is a free, exclusive iPhone app for the 2013-2014 season that allows users to collect, trade and play their favorite footballers (not to be confused with players of American football, of course). The app also comes in quite handy for fans who are regionally challenged and can't actually watch the games, since KICK will keep users updated as the season progresses, with real-time valuations, trades and more. KICK: The Exclusive Barclays Premier League Digital Football Trading Card Game is now available as a free download from the App Store.
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