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BlackBerry willing to offer $550 if consumers switch from their iPhone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 9 mins ago

Willing to give up your Apple iPhone in favor of the BlackBerry Passport? If so, BlackBerry is ready to hand over up to $550. Starting next month, BlackBerry will offer up to $400 in cash and a $150 prepaid gift card, depending on iPhone model and condition. The promotion will run from Dec. 1 until Feb. 13.


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BlackBerry has struggled to reinvet itself - on multiple occasions - as ioS and Google Android smartphones quickly took over the market.BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants to be diligent in his efforts to turn the company around, and winning over previous customers is a valuable step in that direction.

Gartner: More than one-third US smartphone owners use video calling

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 37 mins ago

Smartphone video calling is growing in popularity throughout the United States, and it appears 50 million adult smartphone owners in the US currently embrace video calling. The statistics top 60 million when researchers include people aged 17 and younger.


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Not surprisingly, adoption rates are skewed towards younger demographics, as video calling in the 18 to 24 age group was as high as 53.5 percent in the US.


"Based on these survey findings, we believe one of the use cases that has seemed marginal for some time now warrants much greater attention - and that is video calling," said Atsuro Sato, Gartner senior research analyst. "Person-to-person video calling, especially using smartphones, has reached very high numbers in the U.S., particularly among the younger demographics. Although the U.S> results were ahead of Germany, we believe they show the direction that other markets will follow, with important implications for product managers and marketers of smartphones."

US Army looks to test bug-inspired robot able to assist soldiers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 51 mins ago

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is working with robotic systems that provide a wide-field of vision that can improve 3D mapping and motion estimation for future technologies. Carnegie Mellon University is helping participate in the Micro-Autonomous Systems Technology Collaborative Technology Alliance (MASTCTA), with more partnerships in the works.


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"The upcoming tests are a small example of a much larger effort," said Brett Piekarski, Collaborative Alliance manager. "The university researchers across the consortium work with the Army researchers to come up with systems that can provide Soldier/robot teaming, and be transitioned to industry."


The US military wants increased collaboration from the private sector, in an effort to provide soldiers on the ground increased battlefield awareness.

IDC: Tablet boom is over as sales drop, with first year of iPad drop

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 3 mins ago

The tablet market has seen massive deceleration this year, and while year-over-year growth still accounted for 7.2 percent, the figure is down from 52.5 percent in 2013, according to the IDC research group. There will be 235.7 million tablets shipped in 2014, and is a clear indicator consumers need full functionality of PCs and smartphones.


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Android has seen 16 percent year-over-year tablet market growth, now amounting for 67.7 percent of the market - Apple iOS is the No. 2 spot, but struggled, losing 12.7 percent year-over-year. Microsoft Windows saw 67.3 percent year-over-year and now has 4.6 percent control of the tablet market.


"The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," said Ryan Reith, IDC Program Director. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years. We believe the two major drivers for longer than expected tablet lifecycles are legacy software support for older products, especially within iOS, and the increased use of smartphones for a variety of computing tasks."

Microsoft offers gamers pre-Black Friday deals for Xbox 360, Xbox One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 hour, 35 mins ago

Microsoft doesn't want Xbox 360 and Xbox One gamers to wait until Black Friday and Cyber Monday to begin shopping for Christmas. The pre-Black Friday offering is available now until Monday, December 1.


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Game titles ranging from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption, Forza Motorsport 5, and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition are available, along with numerous other game titles.


Xbox 360 and Xbox One game console deals kick into effect later this week, along with controllers, Xbox Live memberships, and Xbox Video deals launching soon.

AMD backs away from the tablet market amidst yet another restructuring

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 54 mins ago

AMD is reportedly stepping away from the tablet chip market as they enter into yet another restructuring period. AMD has struggled financially over the last several years, and the low-margin tablet market isn't likely to provide them much relief. Tablet sales are declining, and the market is awash in Apple and economically-priced Chinese tablets. The beleaguered AMD is changing their focus to the low-wattage CPU space and custom chips for their customers, such as the Microsoft XBOX and the Sony PlayStation 4.



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These two custom projects are projected to provide AMD with billion in sales alone, and they indicate that other custom projects are in the works. AMD is not releasing a new tablet chip this year, instead staying with their Mullins chip for the entirety of next year. AMD does not provide chip roadmaps more than a year out, so it is hard to determine if they will ever offer a new line of their currently unsuccessful tablet processors. Intel has also recently took a drubbing in the tablet PC market, as outlined during their recent investor conference, and has shifted priorities as they move forward.

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Intel to release computers as small as USB thumb drives next year

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 2 hours, 17 mins ago

Intel is planning to release diminutive thumb-sized computers next year. These Small PC's are fanless designs that are roughly the size of a USB thumb drive, and Intel actually demonstrated one of the devices at their recent investor conference. Intel didn't speak to the actual performance of the unit, but we do know that some Atom processors are small enough to fit into such devices.


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The market for these small computers is actually in the tens of millions of devices per year, and there are already competing designs on the market featuring ARM processors and the Android operating system. By expanding x86 computing ability into this small form factor it opens up new potential use-cases. This class of tiny compute devices rarely have much storage, if any at all, onboard. Intel might be planning on integrating their new 3D NAND, which can pack up to 1TB of storage into a 2mm package, into the new devices. This would provide Intel a massive advantage over competing devices.

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FTC rips Sony, and some PlayStation Vita gamers will get cash back

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 2 hours, 20 mins ago

Sony received harsh criticism from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and it looks like some PlayStation Vita gamers will receive money back. Sony promised "game-changing" features that simply weren't true, so the FTC made the Japanese electronics company stop making those claims.


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Also in the agreement, Sony will provide gamers with a $25 refund - or $50 games voucher - and put Sony, its ad agency Deutsch LA, and other companies on notice that it is watching.


The problem specifically mentioned the Vita "cross-platform" gaming features so gamers can link their PlayStation 3 or 4 game console to the Vita - being able to pause game play on the Vita and resume while using a console.

Princeton researchers create semiconductors with 3D printing process

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: 2 hours, 50 mins ago

3D printing is gaining popularity in manufacturing and for home users, but its application is pretty limited. Applying 3D printing technology to semiconductors could be a whole new way of revolutionizing products we use every day. A team of researchers at Princeton University has created Quantum Dot LEDs with a 3D printer.


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This opens the door for numerous advances, such as weaving small devices into fabrics or even printing them on surfaces. This can eventually be used for smart contact lenses and many medical applications.

Google offers 1Gbps Internet service in Austin for $70 per month

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 3 hours, 2 mins ago

Google has announced they will make a 1Gbps internet package available in Austin, Texas, for only $70 per month. Users will pay a one-time construction fee of $300, but that fee can be waived if customers sign up for a one-year contract. The plan also includes a massive 1TB of free cloud storage with other Google services, such as Gmail, Google+ photos, and Google Drive.


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There is no announced release date of the new plan, as Google is still installing the 1000 miles of fiber for their new network. Google Fiber is already available in several ares, and there are plans for more expansion as the year progresses.

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