Sprint and SoftBank will reportedly launch the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, with the smartphone set to be unveiled during IFA next week. However, the company - which attracted just 2.1 percent smartphone market share in 2013 - will face stiff competition from Samsung and Apple. However, this would be the first time Sony smartphones would be available for SoftBank, and could provide a roadmap to increased market share.
The Xperia Z3 is a Google Android (v4.4.4 KitKat) device running a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage capacity.
"I can't see this making much of a difference," said Yasuo Nakane, Deutsche Bank analyst, when explaining the proposed deal. "Even if they put out a phone on Sprint, Verizon is the priority any way you think about it."
A labor rights organization has accused Samsung and Lenovo of working with a Chinese supplier that uses child labor in its factory. The China Labor Watch sent in an undercover investigator that found child labor, overtime and pay abuse of younger employees in the HEG Technology factory. HEG reportedly uses facial recognition software to ensure no underage workers are hired at its facility, and an outsourcing company is used to hire students.
Child Labor Watch previously found a different Samsung supplier using child labor in its factories earlier in the summer, as Korean and western companies receive criticism when these types of reports surface. Samsung is no longer working with that supplier.
Samsung said it would like to do a joint investigation "for more precise verification," also saying: We find it regrettable that CLW issued the allegations today without any mention of our statement."
Hardware companies Corsair and ASUS have teamed up to create the fastest production DDR4 memory kit for use with the Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition CPUs. The new Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 memory kits are available in 3000MHz, 3200MHz and 3300MhZ speeds. The new RAM kits work especially well using the ASUS X99 Deluxe and Rampage V Extreme motherboards for Intel Core i7 CPU fans.
This is a significant collaboration, as DDR3 speeds increased from 800MHz up to 1600-1866MHz, but the DDR4 modules introduced by Corsair should immediately provide impressive benchmarks. The Corsair DDR4 memory kits are available now for the Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum lines - and the ASUS X99-Deluxe and Rampage and V Extreme motherboards are available now.
"Our rigorous validation with ASUS has enabled us to make Dominator Platinum 3300MHz the fastest desktop DDR4 memory available at launch," said Thi La, Corsair COO, in a press statement. "Our OC team and engineers are excited to see such performance headroom the new Intel platform and are looking forward to releasing even faster kits in the near future."
Electronics maker Archos has unveiled the Archos 80 Cesium tablet, a device running Microsoft Windows 8.1 and uses an Intel quad-core CPU with a 1200 x 800 resolution. The 8" tablet's hardware specifications haven't been released, but for $149, the price point might attract consumers.
Archos has released multiple Google Android tablets, but hopes a low-price Windows 8.1 tablet will help draw users in - most Windows 8.1 tablets, from Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo and other OEMs, are still rather expensive.
The company also introduced the Archos 40 Cesium, a 4-inch Qualcomm Snapdragon 200-powered smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1. It will be released in Europe next month for around $130.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is being pressured by the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General to fix several vulnerabilities currently found in the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). There are at least a few different high-risk vulnerabilities found in the JPSS ground stations that could be exploited by clever cyberattacks.
Some of the issues would only require software updates or new security patches, but the NOAA is taking 11 to 14 months in some cases to fix the problems - the JPSS system requirements have 30 days to fix security problems, with the inspector general saying it shouldn't take more than three months to resolve problems.
"The remediation of high-risk vulnerabilities is critical to the continued success of the JPSS mission and should have a high priority," according to the report. "The more high-risk vulnerabilities that exist in the system, the higher the probability is that an attacker could compromise it. This could lead to a disruption of NOAA's ability to command and control the Suomi NPP satellite and to provide data that is used in numerical weather models that support weather predictions and climate monitoring."
We've been expecting this update for the Xbox One for a while now, but it's finally rolling out to users across the world, and will continue to do so over the coming days.
The new update for the Xbox One includes a new media player app, which will bring file support for MKV (which is a very big deal), animated GIFs, and DNLA support by the end of the year. We will also have new party features, new SmartGlass features, an option to boot directly to the TV, and much more. The full list of updates can be found in the full story.
Ubisoft has announced that it has delayed Assassin's Creed: Unity by two weeks, with a new release date of November 11. Assassin's Creed: Rogue launches at the same time for the previous generation consoles, the Xbox 360 and PS3, while Unity launches on current generation consoles and PC.
Senior producer Vincent Pontbriand said on Ubisoft's blog today: "This being a fully next-gen game, it requires a lot of work, a lot of production, and a lot of learning. It's always hard to be precise and to quantify exactly how much work is involved. So as we get close to the finish we often realise we're near the target but we're not quite there yet."
2014 should be known as the year of delays, with Battlefield: Hardline being delayed through to 2015, Dragon Age: Inquisition was also delayed from October to November, The Division pushed into 2015, and more.
Apple has finally confirmed the September 9 event we've all known was coming for a while, sending out invitations to the media for the event that will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino.
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has a capacity of just 757, which is where Apple normally hosts its media events, but The Flint Center holds a huge 2400 people. There's not much given from Apple, apart from the tease of "Wish we could say more." It of course teases the 9/9/2014 date, where we should see the company launch either one, or two new iPhones - in 4.7 and 5.5 inches - as well as the purported iWatch.
It looks like we should get excited for the event, but what to expect? Just two new iPhones with an iWatch too? Will we see some true innovations from Apple after years of slight iteration changes to the iPhone? I don't know whether to get excited or not, what about you?
Amazon didn't shell out $970 million for nothing, so it should come as no surprise that Twitch has some incredible viewer numbers. The streaming gaming outfit, when pitted against cable networks, draws more viewers in peak times than the likes of HLN, CNN, E!, MSNBC, TruTV and even MTV.
Twitch's primetime viewers has hit 800,000 this year, but when we go by hours of content viewed per month, YouTube and Netflix blow Twitch away. When these numbers are looked at, Netflix is around eight times larger than Twitch, while YouTube is a massive 24 times larger, according to The New York Times.
There is a new mode in Titanfall, something that was baked into the game for its sixth update, which removes the titans and provides gamers with an 8 vs 8 shootout - no titans, no AI bots, just pure run and gun.
A standard Titanfall match is 6 vs 6, so this is a nice change for those who wanted a slightly bigger player base to play with. Considering the word 'titan' is found in 'Titanfall' it's a weird mode to be introducing into the game, but why not? The new mode is called Pilot Skirmish, which should make it much closer to Call of Duty or Battlefield, which some gamers won't mind.