If you’ve been following tech news over the last few years, odds are you’ve encountered some news that came from Evan Blass… also known by his Twitter handle @evleaks. Blass used to blog for Engadget and PocketNow, but for the past two years he’s been best known for breaking news by reporting on leaks about upcoming phones and tablets… and I can’t think of any single person who’s got a better track record of leaking news days, weeks, or even months ahead of official product announcements.
Now Evan’s retiring from the leaking business. He says it’s been tough to make a living from from Twitter or his recently-launched website and he’s looking for something more stable to help pay his expenses… which include medical bills due to his ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis.
He’s had a big impact on the tech news world in the past few years, and things won’t be quite the same without him.
Here are some of the latest tech news stories from around the web. You can keep up on the latest headlines by following Liliputing on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.
- Why @Evleaks is giving up reporting phone scoops
Evan announced his retirement from the phone leaking business on Sunday morning, and explained the move in an interview with [TNW]
- Crowdfunding campaign to help Evan Blass pay his medical bills
Want to say thank you to Evan for all the news he’s brought you over the past few years? Here’s a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to help him out. [Indiegogo] Update: Well this is all turning unpleasant.
- Amazon Fire TV now supports http://MLB.TV , A&E, Watch Disney, and more
There’s probably no perfect set-top-box for folks who want to watch content from *every* online video service (except maybe for a home-made home theater PC), but the Amazon Fire TV is playing catch-up with Roku and other leaders in the space. [Amazon]
- CyanogenMod 11.0 M9 release fixes bugs, adds features, now supports more devices
New devices include the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8, while a number of features have been tweaked and improved for all devices. [CyanogenMod]
- Help the Kodi (formerly XBMC) team come up with a new logo
XBMC media center is changing its name. As part of the new brand, the team wants to come up with a new logo. [XBMC]
- Ugoos S85 TV stick with Amlogic S805 CPU, Android 4.4 on the way
The stick has a quad-core ARM Cortex-A5 processor, support for H.265 video, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. [CNX Software]
- Android apps bought at the Google Play Store can officially be refunded within 15 minutes. Unoffocially… 2 hours
For the past few years Google has imposed a 15 minute refund window on app purchases. Don’t like an app you paid for? Just return it… quickly. But it’s hard to really test some apps that quickly. While the official refund policy is still stuck at 15 minutes, it looks like many apps can be “returned” up to 2 hours after you buy them… but that may change at any time and may not necessarily apply to *all* apps — so proceed with caution. [Android Police]