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Smartphone maker OnePlus is riding some strong marketing momentum after announcing the OnePlus 2 device in late July. The new flagship phone follows up the OnePlus One, as the company continues promoting powerful devices that don't have premium price tags.
"In 5 years I think it will be Apple, OnePlus and Samsung because there's no more room in the market," said Carl Pei, OnePlus co-founder, in a statement to USA Today. "Everyone else would've died because they couldn't reach the scale they wanted fast enough or they couldn't have a margin to sustain their business. Look at the soft drink space: there are only two players, Pepsi and Coke."
Pei said the company broke even last year, and is looking to break even again in 2015, though admitted OnePlus has aggressively expanded its staff. If everything goes well, OnePlus hopes to sell 3-5 million units in 2015, but officials are more interested in what consumers think of its products.
Recently Steve Luczo, CEO of Seagate, told investors in a conference call that "There is no one that is using SSDs for storage," during talks about his companies fiscal third quarter earnings results.
This statement followed reports of Seagate earning a fiscal third quarter revenue of $3.3 billion at a gross margin of 28.7%, while posting a $3.4 billion profit at 28.2% margin over the same period in 2014. As mentioned in the title, the drop is certainly small and provides nothing for this HDD producing company to worry about just yet. But it makes you think, will Luczo's and his companies stance change if or when SSDs become more utilized by all consumers?
Luczo is happy with these results, stating in a recent press release that "In light of dynamic market conditions this quarter we are quite satisfied with our operational performance and ability to return value to shareholders," continuing "Near-term macro uncertainty is affecting certain areas of our addressable market however we remain optimistic that market demand for exabytes of storage will continue to increase over the long-term."
Majority of citizens in the United States access the Internet, whether using a PC, smartphone, tablet, or some other device - but 15 percent of adults still don't access the Internet, according to the Pew Research Center.
The US government and social service programs have increasingly invested in additional Internet adoption, and there has been a noticeable change. In 2000, a whopping 48 percent of the American adult population did not use the Internet.
"Despite some groups having persistently lower rates of Internet adoption, the vast majority of Americans are online," Pew said. "Over time, the offline population has been shrinking, and for some groups that change has been especially dramatic."
EA has posted its latest revenue numbers, where the company is seeing a huge 77% of its revenue in Q1 2015 arriving from online video game services and add-ons, some of which is thanks to DLC.
Now that EA is making big business from digital distribution, the company can invest the money it used to put into manufacturing and shipping physical retail copies of games into other things. With its Q1 2015 revenue hitting $693 million, 77% of that is a massive chunk of money courtesy of digital goods. EA also noted a 32% rise in profits over the previous year, securing itself $442 million.
EA has some big games in its wings waiting for release, with Star Wars Battlefront to be released in November, with analysts expecting over 10 million sales.
Japanese police arrested Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of the defunct MtGox bitcoin currency exchange, after the company infamously lost hundreds of millions of dollars of bitcoins more than one year ago.
The company filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2014, with 100,000 of its own bitcoins - and more than 750,000 customer bitcoins - mysteriously disappearing in a high-profile theft. Company officials eventually blamed a software security flaw. Those bitcoin totals were the equivalent of $27 million of company funds and $480 million of customer currency.
Around one month after its bankruptcy claim, MtGox reportedly found 200,000 missing bitcoins - about $116 million - located in a digital wallet from 2011. Japanese officials believe Karpeles knew about the missing bitcoins, and depositors weren't notified when the money was transferred again.
We knew it was coming, but the retail packaging for Intel's upcoming Skylake processors have leaked online. We now have a legitimate look at the Core i7-6700K, and Core i5-6600K processors.
The Core i7-6700K will feature 4 physical cores and 4 HT cores to make up an 8-threaded CPU, while boasting a 4GHz clock speed, support for dual-channel DDR4 and DDR3L memory, as well as Intel HD Graphics 530. The Core i5-6600K on the other hand, features just four physical cores at 3.5GHz, without Hyper-Threading the same dual-channel DDR4/DDR3L RAM support, and Intel HD Graphics 530.
Imagine walking into a restaurant and seeing a team of robots making your meal for you... sure, some people don't like the idea of machines doing this type of work, but it is the future. Technology runs so much of our lives, from the smartphone in your hand to the cloud it connects to, right up into space to satellites and everything in between.
But now we're looking at a group of experts based in the UK who are working on the first "robotic kitchen" which can be installed into any home. The scientists behind the project have made a machine that is capable of emulating human chefs in the kitchen while packing access to an unlimited library of programmed recipes.
They plan to have the robotic kitchen ready by 2018, for just $75,000 with the costs coming down "substantially" if the unit sells well. But the sheer tease of this is exciting, as custom home builders could start including a robotic kitchen in their designs in the next decade. Imagine walking through a new home that you're planning to buy, and it featuring a robotic kitchen making world-class meals, without you having to lift a finger from food preparation, cooking, and cleaning.
In a world where 8-core smartphones with 4GB of RAM is normal, Chinese smartphone maker Meizu might just have the new champion handset with its upcoming MX5 Pro.
The Meizu MX5 Pro is said to be powered by Samsung's 14nm FiNFET processor, but its the huge 41-megapixel rear-facing camera that should surprise most. Filling out the rest of the specs, we have a 5.5-inch QHD panel (2560x1440), a large 4100mAh battery, Android 5.1, a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, and 32GB of internal storage.
When it comes to pricing, the 32GB model should be priced at around $483 (2999 Yuan). Meizu only has one competitor in the 41-megapixel camera race: Nokia, and its Lumia 1020 smartphone.
German automakers BMW, Audi and Daimler plan to purchase the Nokia HERE map business unit, in an effort to provide smarter navigation - and pave the way for autonomous vehicles.
Each company will hold an equal stake in HERE, which is available in 50 different languages in almost 200 nations. The deal should close during Q1 next year, once it passes antitrust regulators.
Although the companies didn't announce a price, but reports indicate the German companies will pay $3.2 billion. "For the automotive industry this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully automated driving," the companies said in a joint statement.
The specs of Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 haven't been much of a secret, but now notorious leaker @evleaks has dished the specs on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 5.
We should expect Samsung to be using an 8-core Exynos 7420 processor, a 5.66-inch 2560x1440 QHD display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage (with 64GB and 128GB models, too), a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 5-megapixel selfie shooter, Android 5.1.1 and no SD card slot. The last bit is going to have Galaxy Note fans up in arms, as it was one of the more powerful features of the previous generation handsets.
Samsung should include some updated, and new pen-orientated apps that the S Pen can be used with, but here's hoping there's more in store for the Galaxy Note 5 ahead of its unveiling later this month.