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.
Major airline company United Airlines plans to offer free in-flight streaming for passengers, with the service rolling out next month. The initial launch is for Apple iOS 6, so only iPhone and iPad owners will be able to stream content - but the airline promises a Google Android version will be released in the future.
United hopes to have the free movie and TV show service in all U.S. domestic flights by the end of 2014, with content streamed using an app directly to a passenger's mobile device. Using the United Airlines website or app, passengers will be able to check to see if their flight is supported with the new streaming software.
Travelers are increasingly finding in-flight Wi-Fi and other connectivity helpful to stay entertained or get work done while flying - and technology options are getting cheaper for airlines to test.
A listing of rental options on the PlayStation Store hints that Sony is working on a way to rent games. Many NeoGAF members also posted the photos and screenshots of a 'Catherine PS Now' rental listing on their account management page, which confirms that Sony will implement rental plans via its PlayStation store.
Below the title, it shows an option of '1 Day rental', '7 day rental' and '30 day rental'. Rental pricing for Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3, The last of US and Unchartered 3 was found.
Broadband and phone provider BT is being investigated by the UK data regulator following accusations that spammers were compromising its email accounts.
Last May, BT dropped Yahoo! Mail and went with Critical Path, and that relationship worked until Critical Path was purchased by Openwave Messaging - and a company employee informed the UK Information Commissioner's Office that BT customers were affected.
"BT takes the security of all products very seriously," a BT spokesperson told British media. "And in the process of developing new services with partners, we rigorously audit and test for security, and fix any identified issues before going into live service."
Sony PlayStation 4 was priced at CAD $400 since 4 months, but now the suggested retail price as increased to CAD $450 more from today onwards. Following the price hike on PS4 console, its accessories and games will also have a price bump in Canada. As of now, the reason for this price hike is uncertain whether its due to exchange rate or supply/demand issue.
Currently, the PS4 camera and DualShock 4 controller is priced for CAD $65, while upcoming titles Infamous: Second Son and MLB 14: The show will be sold for CAD $70 as opposed to CAD $ 60 which was typical pricing for gaming up to this point.
Sony made a vague statement that price changes were made to respond to the changes in the marketing environment. On November 15th, the console was priced for $400 in the US while it was priced for CAD $417 in Canada. Now, while its the same price quote in the US, the console is now sold at CAD $444.
Amazon's plan to make a gamepad has been leaked. As the images from Dave Zatz (Brazil's equivalent of the FCC), the chances are high that these images are not fake.
The controller consists of 4 action buttons A,B,X,Y with 2 analog sticks, a directional pad and four function buttons in the center. Towards the edge, Amazon provided media controllers. The controller uses two AA size batteries.