Hardware manufacturer Foxconn has more egg on its face after the Taiwanese police have arrested at least 12 current and former Foxconn executives for bribery-related charges. Companies interested in becoming a Foxconn supplier, all iPhone parts suppliers were required to offer up at least 2.5 percent in bribes to secure the deal.
CEO Guo Taiming launched an investigation which led to police investigations in China and Taiwan, with executives leaving China and heading back to Taiwan.
"Foxconn holds our company, our employees, and our suppliers to the highest standards in responsible business practices and the results of our internal audit have driven a number of enhancements to our company's procurement process policies to ensure to ensure that such violations cannot be repeated," a Foxconn spokesperson told the media.
Foxconn produces products for Apple, BlackBerry, Sony, Nintendo, and other major electronics manufacturers - and has been plagued by issues relating to employee pay, poor work environment, and mass suicides in its factories.
BGR is reporting from "a number of different sources in recent months" that Apple will use a much bigger display in its upcoming iPhone 6. We know this will happen, but just how big will Apple go?
According to DisplaySearch, we should expect 4.7 inches, with a resolution of 1600x900. Apple analyst Peter Misek, thinks we'll see 4.8 inches, and KGI Securities analyst, Ming-chi Kuo, who is usually on-point with Apple rumors, thinks we'll see the iPhone 6 measure in between 4.5 and 5 inches. AppleInsider is reporting on the iPhone 6 too, with Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri chiming in saying that all the testing for the iPhone 6 is complete.
During Arcuri's note with clients, he said that the iPhone 6 design had been "locked down" and that the new smartphone from Apple would feature a 4.8-inch display. We should also expect the new iPhone 6 to feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and "key software innovations" in iOS 8 that will be a big part of the new iPhone.
Samsung continues its Galaxy rampage, announcing two new handsets in its Galaxy Note 3 range of phablets. The two new models are the Galaxy Note 3 Olympic Games Edition, and then we have the Verizon-exclusive Rose Gold version.
Starting with the new Galaxy Note 3 Olympic Games Edition, which comes with special retail packaging, and a nifty cover - but it is exclusive to the Netherlands for the moment. The Olympic Games Edition also includes free skating tickets for the local Amsterdam Olympic Stadium, and with every phone purchased, buyers are thrown into the raffle for a trip to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
The second Galaxy Note 3 version released is the new Rose Gold model, which is exclusive to Verizon in the US. Verizon will sell the Galaxy Note 3 Rose Gold version for $299.99 on a two-year contract.
What are Google's plans with digital currency, Bitcoin? Nothing it seems, with the Mountain View-based giant talking to The Next Web, confirming the news that it doesn't have any immediate plans to use Bitcoin.
A Google spokesperson told TNW: "As we continue to work on Google Wallet, we're grateful for a very wide range of suggestions. While we're keen to actively engage with Wallet users to help inform and shape the product, there's no change to our position: we have no current plans regarding Bitcoin".
Google was forced to come out and talk about it after a recent Reddit thread that tackled the digital currency issue, after a Reddit thread was titled "Google confirms their payments team is working to incorporate bitcoin". The user who posted the thread said he had e-mailed Google's Senior Vice President of Social, Vic Gundotra, asking him if the company was going to support Bitcoin.
Gundotra then allegedly forward the email to Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google Wallet's Senior VP, who replied with: "We are working in the payments team to figure out how to incorporate bitcoin into our plans".
LG really is at the forefront of flexible technology, with the South Korean giant launching its flexible 'G Flex' smartphone in the US later this month. LG's G Flex will launch at Sprint on January 31, featuring a curved 6-inch Plastic OLED (POLED) screen.
We talked to LG Australia's Head of Public Relations, Phillip Anderson, where we asked what LG thought about the G Flex smartphone, and why people should buy it over the $350 Nexus 5 smartphone, that LG also makes. He said:
"LG constantly strives to provide consumers with the latest and greatest technology and the G Flex is fantastic example of smartphone innovation that is designed to meet the needs of the user. LG has spent an extensive period of time developing its curved technology and from CES 2014 we have seen that the future definitely has 'curves' in it. The 'curve' provides consumer benefits such as a reduced distance between your mouth and the microphone when the device is held against the ear to deliver improved voice and sound quality. The Curved 6" Plastic OLED (POLED) screen has to be seen to be believed - it makes watching video content on LG's G Flex a very enjoyable and immersive experience. The G Flex is a step in to the future and we anticipate the early-adopter as well as intrigued consumers will be eager to get their hands on it".
Star Citizen continues its crowdfunding haul, with the Roberts Space Industries made title passing $37 million this week. This new milestone means that gamers will receive an additional in-game star system, which will be located in the middle of a rectangular planetary nebula.
The next milestone for Star Citizen is at $40 million, where we'll see the final system unveiled. This will be done by community vote, so it'll be interesting to see just how quick the game reaches $40 million now that it has breached $37 million, and what the community will vote on.
Alcatel-Lucent and BT have teamed up to work on a new research project: 1.4Tbps broadband. The new technology using commercial-grade hardware, spun with a new protocol which pushes for these insane, next-gen speeds.
The new protocol has been dubbed Flexigrid, which allows multiple signals to be laid over the top of one another within the same cable. During testing, the researchers were able to layer seven 200Gbps channels, which created something they called an "Alien Super Channel", which was capable of driving 1.4Tbps across 255 miles of fiber.
The two connections were the bases of a BT research facility in Suffolk, to another BT Tower, in London. 1.4Tbps is... well, fast, very fast. How fast in real-world terms? Well, someone with this connection could stream some 64 hours of HD through Netflix, 38 hours of 4K through Netflix, or an insane 36,409 songs... all within a single second.
This just in: North Korea has landed a man on the Sun. 17-year-old Hung Il Gong started his journey at 3am this morning, travelling alone, to reach our nearest star, a journey that took him just 4 hours.
A North Korean central news anchorman said during a live broadcast: "We are very delighted to announce a successful mission to put a man on the sun. North Korea has beaten every other country in the world to the sun. Hung Il Gong is a hero and deserves a hero's welcome when he returns home later this evening".
Hung is expected back on Earth in just a few hours time, where he will be greeted by his uncle, and supreme leader: Kim Jong-un. Hung traveled in the cover of darkness, as it would protect him from the harsh, and extreme temperatures of the Sun. Hung will also be bringing back some sun spot samples for his uncle, which I'm sure he will show off to the world in a short amount of time.
The North Korean central news agency is calling the 18-hour mission the "greatest human achievement of our time" - and so they should, landing a man on the Sun, a trip that took 18 hours return, is quite the achievement, all things considered. I wonder if Dennis Rodman considered this a slam dunk for the country.
If the rumors are to be believed, Pixar, the makers of Toy Story and Up, are working on a Star Wars movie. This makes a little more sense knowing that Disney, which owns both Pixar and the rights to Star Wars.
If Pixar were to make a Star Wars movie, it would be one of the countless tie-ins to Episode VII. The Latino Review is behind the rumor, so let's hope we hear more on this juicy rumor, and soon.
Fans of Microsoft Windows now have something to look forward to in 2014 if newly leaked information is correct. A "hacker" going by the name of, WZor, says that we can expect to see Redmond release Windows 9 in October of this year, not the following April as previously expected.
WZor has been accurate in the past, and many industry insiders believe him to have insiders deep within Microsoft, if not an actual Microsoft employee himself. The new release date rumor came in the form of a Tweet which read "Win 9 released in April 2015? No! No! No! ..WIN RTM-0 RELEASED SIGN-OFF DEADLINE IN 21 OCTOBER 2014 :)" In any event, lets just hope that Microsoft returns to their senses and brings back something more similar to Windows 7 instead of the atrocity that Windows 8 is turning out to be.