Some of you might remember when Goophone listed a knock off of Samsung's Galaxy S5 just hours after the phone was launched, but the company has taken it another step this time. With more than two weeks before HTC is expected to launch its HTC One 2 smartphone, Goophone already has a knockoff for sale on its website.
The only thing that appears to be the same on the Goophone M8 is the front facade which appears to feature the thin aluminum bezel as well as dual speakers and camera locations. The phone it self features a slower processor, 1GB of RAM and only supports 3G data connections. Flipping the device over and you will see that the dual camera's we have seen on leaked images of the official M8 is gone, and there are no seams in the rear housing where antennas would be. This leads us to believe that the rear of this device is plastic. The knock-off sells for $230, but I would strongly advise against purchasing it.
When we first heard rumors about Apple's iPhone 5C we all expected a cheaper version of the iPhone to be released by the company, but sadly that was not the case. The iPhone 5C debuted to the world as a very expensive iPhone 5 wrapped in a new plastic skin, and when asked about a cheaper version, Apple basically laughed in everyone's faces.
As with everything in the consumer-driven world, the consumer will glorify a product or condemn it to obscurity, and it appears that the public has spoken. A new report from VR-Zone is cluing us in on how well the iPhone 5C is actually doing. Since its release, reports have been flooding in that the iPhone 5C is a horrible failure for Apple and this new report suggest that the company has as many as 3 million units sitting in distribution warehouses just collecting dust.
While that may not sound like a big deal, you need to take into consideration that Apple usually has a hard time keeping iPhone's in enough supply to meet demand. With 3 million units sitting idle now, that number could double before Apple releases a new iPhone later this year, and with a manufacturing cost of about $200 each, Apple has roughly $600 million tied up in iPhone 5C units that just wont sell. Fortunately Apple has almost $100 billion sitting idle as well, so $600 million is just another drop in the bucket.
This week, Motorola began rolling out updates to its Touchless Control software featured on its Motorola Moto X smartphone. The new feature allows users to simply ask the phone "Whats Up?" and it will respond by reading off the pending notifications found in the notifications bar. Users can also access this feature by saying "Read my notifications." The new features also work on Verizon's Moto Droid Android-based smartphones too.
To use the feature, users must first wake up their smartphone by saying "OK Google Now," the command that activates the Touchless Control feature. The feature is auto updating to some phones, but users can make sure they have it by updating the Touchless Control app via the Google Play Store. Some users are also suggesting that Motorola has optimized the app and fixed several bugs as well as speeding things up overall. This is the one feature I wish HTC would bring to its HTC One flagship and I would use it several times a day. Maybe Google should make this a core feature? What do you think?
Its been nearly three years since the original Dark Souls launched, and in that time the game has risen to cult classic status. Today Steam announced that it has opened up pre-orders of the games sequel, Dark Souls II. Developed by FROM SOFTWARE, Dark Souls II is the long awaited successor to Dark Souls. Dark Souls II will be a unique old-school action RPG experience that takes players on a journey into the Nexus, the Undead Asylum, and your goal is to figure out who you are and break the curse that plagues you.
Dark Souls II is said to be much more content dense than its predecessor, and will allow players more freedom to shape their destiny as well as being just as tough as the first. There will be no easy mode, and players must duke it out at the same difficulty as everyone else. Dark Souls II launches on April 25th and can be bought on Steam now for just $49.99. Are you itching to play the next installment in the Dark Souls franchise? Let us know in the comments.
This morning office supply retail giant, Staples, announced that it plans to close 225 of its retail locations by the end of 2015. Staples says that amidst poor fourth quarter results deriving from what it calls "soft" consumer demand for electronics, the company has no choice but to close up many of its stores to starve off mounting losses. Staples operates 1500 stores in the US, which equates to it closing nearly 1/4 of its in-store retail business.
"With nearly half our sales generated online today, we're meeting the changing needs of business customers and taking aggressive action to reduce costs and improve efficiency," Staples CEO Ron Sargent said. The closings are expected to save the company nearly $500 million by the end of 2015. Staples will focus more of its resources into generating online sales, but with the PC market dwindling and more consumers turning to Amazon, Newegg and Tigerdirect for their electronics these days, this could just be the beginning of more hard times for Staples.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently discussed his country's budding cybersecurity industry, which is tasked with stopping attacks from Islamist militant organizations and cybercriminal groups.
During the interview, Netanyahu was asked about companies purchasing Israeli technologies and whether they should be worried of NSA-like spying behavior.
"My point is that to build in Israel a global center for cybersecurity, in other words to prevent this spying to prevent the piracy, to prevent sabotage" Netanyahu said in an interview transcribed by BloomBerg. "You have user accounts. You have to protect them. You have bank accounts. You have to protect them. You have electricity grids. You have to protect them, traffic systems and aviation systems. All of these can be both individually and national infrastructures could be imperiled by cyber-attacks, are imperiled by cyber-attacks."
Netanyahu also said he has made it easier for Israeli startup companies to develop technologies and join other companies while trying to improve proprietary knowledge of cybersecurity.
Andrew Meldrum, a 30-year-old British citizen, has been found guilty of three counts of unauthorized access to computer material after "fixing" webcams so he could remotely watch as many as three victims.
Meldrum was first suspected after one of the victims reported her computer was acting strangely, and it snowballed from there - one victim spoke with someone else, and victim 2 contacted a third victim - all three had the convicted creeper work on their PCs.
"I would like to thank all witnesses in this investigation but especially the three victims who game evidence on matters that were clearly of a private, intimate and personal nature to them," said Nick Pailthorpe, Southwark Borough CID, in a press statement. "I hope that they can take some consolation in the guilty verdict that sends out a clear message to anyone that this type of intrusion into a person's private life is not acceptable and the Metropolitan Police will support all victims and pursue all suspects."
Fruit jam and jelly company Smucker's reportedly suffered an online store data breach, with customer names, mailing addresses, e-mail, phone numbers, credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and verification codes at risk.
Security experts believe a sophisticated Trojan is likely to blame for Smucker's issues, with information siphoned from online web server applications.
"We are extremely disappointed this incident occurred and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause," Smucker's officials said in an online state. "Please be assured, we continue to thoroughly investigate this matter with federal authorities, and have taken steps to rectify the cause of this incident with the Online Store website."
The same attack has been successful against Adobe, data brokers such as LexisNexis and Dun & Bradstreet, and PR Newswire, with other retailers likely to fall prey in the future.
Pinterest appears to be experiencing a world wide outage, and TweakTown has confirmed that the popular image collecting website has been down for at least 15 minutes in the USA, Taiwan, India and the UK. When visiting the site via its main URL users are presented with nothing but a blank screen, and no server error code to identify the problem by.
I experienced an complete Google services outage earlier this afternoon, and it appeared to be DNS related. Whether or not this is related to the Pinterest outage is still a mystery. I have reached out to Pinterest for a statement and will update this post if and when I get a reply.
Plextor is gearing up to unveil its new high-performance M6 series of SSDs at the upcoming CEBIT 2014 conference being held next week in Hannover, Germany. Plextor's M6 line-up consist of several form factors of solid state drives including mSATA, M.2, PCIe, and 2.5-inch SATA drives, and the company says that attendees can check out the full lineup on March 10 - 14 in its showcases in the Business Center (Hall 15, Stand A18, Room 18) and at Planet Re-seller (Hall 15, Stand D21, Number 66).
Plextor will show off the new M6S 2.5-inch SSD which features new sustained sequential read / write speeds up to 520 MB/s and 440MB/s and random read / write speeds up to 94,000 and 80,000 IOPS. The M6S will also feature the latest generation of advanced 19nm Toggle NAND flash from Toshiba. The new M6M mSATA SSD will also be on display and features read/write speeds of 520 MB/s and 440MB/s, and random read/write speeds of 94,000 and 80,000 IOPS.