There's better ways Samsung could market its smartphones, instead of letting Ellen use one at the Oscar's to take a selfie. How about using the eight-core brain of the Galaxy S4 to solve a Rubik's Cube in just 3.253 seconds?
Cubestormer 3 - a robot that solves Rubik's Cubes - in just seconds. The third-generation robot was built by co-inventors David Gilday and Mike Dobson for a single reason: speed. They used the eight-core variant of Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone, with the eight processors controlling eight Lego Mindstorms actuators.
Gidday explains: "We knew Cubestormer 3 had the potential to beat the existing record but with the robot performing physical operations quicker than the human eye can see there's always an element of risk." The eight cores inside of the Galaxy S4 analyze the cube's starting arrangement, then tells the four attached robot arms to process the required steps to get the cube into its complete state.
Members of European Parliament called for an effort to develop a common charger standard for mobile phones to reduce waste and therefore reduce the hassle to find compatible chargers. The MEPs have drafted a Radio Equipment Directive which points out the need to bring harmonized rules for 'radio equipment' such as mobiles phones and modems.
The draft law was amended to emphasize the need to have universal charging port for phones, though it will be up to the EU to decide which type of smartphones will need to use universal charging port.
The draft also makes sure that the increasing the range of particular devices will not interfere with other devices, followed by new health and safety requirements. Part of the draft emphasizes on reducing waste.
The latest issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine revealed exclusive information such as gameplay detail and screenshots, including the new Batmobile design.
The game has a function where gamers will be able to call the Batmobile while gliding towards the spot you have chosen to land. All elements of the location can get affected when hit by the vehicle. You can drive through the city at high speeds, drifting around corners using boost function. Rocksteady Studios did not reveal any information regarding upgrades of the vehicle, if possible.
It is also being known that Batman can use some of his gadgets while gliding. When using gadgets in mid-air, it will trigger a slow-motion effect.
Apple iPhone owners are most loyal to their smartphones, with 76 percent of customers that started 2013 ending with the same device or a newer version. Samsung is No. 2 and had 58 percent retention rate, as the Galaxy S line of smartphones battling with the iPhone.
The full list: Apple (76 percent), Samsung (58 percent), LG (37 percent), Nokia (33 percent), htc (30 percent), Sony (24 percent), Motorola (22 percent), and BlackBerry with just 21 percent. Furthermore, it's easier for Android users to jump between handset manufacturers, because of familiarity with Android across all platforms, while iPhone users have a more difficult time trying to migrate.
A survey recently conducted in the UK found that 60 percent of Apple iPhone owners have what can be described as a "blind loyalty" to the company.
The smartphone market has exploded in popularity over the past few years, but is expected to see slowing growth over the next four years, according to research.
Several public NATO websites were hit by cyberattacks that temporarily crippled them, though there was no risk to classified or sensitive information. Early indications point towards pro-Russian sympathizers and Vladimir Putin supporters, though it hasn't been confirmed if the attacks originated in Russia.
"It doesn't impede our ability to command and control our forces," a NATO official said following the attack. "At no time was there any risk to our classified networks."
A Crimea referendum website, referendum2014.ru, also has suffered cyberattacks from a likely Russian source, according to security experts.
The rising political tension in Crimea has led to a series of cyberattacks, with Russia interrupting Ukrainian infrastructure - and hacker groups attacking the Kremlin. Cyberattacks have been successful in gaining media attention and serving as an annoyance for those targeted.
Apple and Samsung continue to find success in the smartphone market, while companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Intel try to catch up. However, yearly sales and overall price are both dropping, so the profit margin also is shrinking for manufacturers.
A slowing market means all companies that jumped in late will find it even harder to try and compete. The smartphone market has greatly accelerated with a larger number of casual consumers embracing the devices for the first time - and even started to outsell feature phones.
Emerging markets are now driving smartphone sales, which is good to expand device ownership - but bad because profit margins shrink even further.
A continued initiative to help businesses become aware of the upcoming end of support for Microsoft Windows XP was recently given a boost by Revel Systems, a company known for Apple iPAD point-of-sale (POS) solutions.
The company is most interested in helping merchants in the retail and hospitality industries, as the XP end of support opens the door to a higher likelihood of attack. Microsoft estimates an increase of more than 65 percent for malware infection of XP machines after April 8, and many businesses still rely on the aging OS.
"Due to the recent credit card security breaches at well-known retail chains, it's amazing how many people have been calling us in the last few weeks," said Chris Ciabarra, Revel Systems CTO, in a statement. "They no longer feel confident in their current point-of-sale provider, and want a solution that is more secure and reliable."
Financial exchange operators are increasingly worried about cyber threats while hackers are becoming more organized and launching sophisticated attacks.
At least half of the world's major financial exchanges faced cyberattacks during 2012, a report from the World Federation of Exchanges Office revealed. To counter this, exchanges and financial institutions are trying to reinforce security methods to keep attacks from easily compromising networks and stealing information.
"We are worried a lot and we are far more worried now than we were just a couple of years ago," said Magnus Bocker, Singapore Exchange CEO, during a recent panel discussion.
NASA welcomes citizen scientists to compete for $35,000 in awards, and public recognition, for those able to successfully help develop improved asteroid identification algorithms.
The first contest in the series will launch on Monday, March 17 - and the Asteroid Grand Challenge Series will have topcoder challenges open to programmers from across the world.
"For the past three years, NASA has been learning and advancing the ability to leverage distributed algorithm and coding skills through the NASA Tournament Lab to solve tough problems," said Jason Crusan, NASA Tournament Lab Director, in a press statement. "We are now applying our experience with algorithm contests to helping protect the planet from asteroid threats through image analysis."
It looks like ASUS' plan to release a Windows and Android dual OS based tablets & hybrid devices may have ended. It was reported that ASUS is facing pressure from Google and Microsoft.
The company revealed Transformer Book Duet TD300 during CES 2014, and made plans to launch by second half of this year, but looks that Microsoft and Google do not want dual OS boot. It was also speculated that Google and Microsoft didn't like ASUS and Intel working on such devices. It was also reported that AMD's effort to partner with Android emulator 'BlueStacks' was halted because of the same issue.