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Meet the Sonim XP7 Extreme, the 'world's most rugged' Android phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 1 hour ago

Sonim has just unveiled the "world's most rugged LTE/Wi-Fi/Android smartphone" with its new XP7 Extreme, featuring a 4-inch 800x480 "glove touchscreen" and oh-so-much more. The company has taken to Indiegogo to raise $150,000 for this awesome device, with the campaign ending on January 7, 2015.

 

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The 4-inch display may be low-res in this QHD world we live in, but it is a high-visible display which is viewable in direct sunlight, a powerful 103 dB speaker, the keys and screen can be used with heavy or wet gloves, it's rated at IP68, which means the XP7 Extreme can be fully submerged in water at up to 6.5 feet, for up to 30 minutes, as well as being rated at IP69, for resistance to high temperature pressure wash.

 

The Sonim XP7 Extreme is also drop and impact resistant, surviving drops up to 6.5 feet onto concrete, from any angle. It can be used in temperatures ranging from -4C to 131F, can survive in extreme pressures of up to one metric ton, is resistant to oils and chemicals, and is also puncture resistant. But don't worry, Sonim (even with all these technologies keeping it safe) still offer a 3-year comprehensive warranty, covering accidental damage.

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Cyber espionage remains a major objective for Russian government

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 1 hour ago

Russian cybercriminals, largely backed by the Russian government, have growing coordination as their attacks victimize the United States, UK, and Western European nations. The Energetic Bear, APT28 and Uroburous - three Russian-based malware families - are being used to conduct cyberespionage, rather than conduct data theft purely for financial gain.

 

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Although Russian-based cybercrime targeting businesses gets most of the attention, threats of cyberespionage remain more problematic. Each new discovered exploit and toolkit reveals significant sophistication, as cybercriminals are able to rack up victims in a stealthy manner - often being discovered long after breaching targets, if at all.

 

"China has economic objectives," said Christopher Ahlberg, co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future. "Russia wants to show the world they are strong politically. Energy is incredibly important to them [as well]... They also want to sell gas to Western Europe - there's more of a focus on commodity markets and geopolitical [interests."

Employers on high-alert of temp workers being targeted by scams

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Cybercriminals will likely increase attacks against small and midsize retailers that hire temporary works to help augment staff ahead of the holidays. Cyberattacks don't peak during November or December, but criminals change their tactics to focus on companies that might hire additional staff and have focus on other day-to-day business operations.

 

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Seasonal temporary workers haven't been trained in company policy, and might not be aware of current social engineering attacks, so they make easy prey, according to Akli Adjaoute, CEO of the Brighterion security firm. "These less-trained workers that are hired during the holiday season are much more vulnerable to social engineering attacks."

 

The financial impact of a data breach - or other cybersecurity problems - have been a painful lesson for companies throughout 2014. However, many companies struggle in their efforts to

'Jurassic World' teaser trailer roars out of the gate

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Whilst the first teaser for 'Jurassic World' wasn't supposed to be released until Thursday, it seems Universal wanted to get out a little earlier to get some clear space before the launch of the 'Star Wars' teaser and have outed their first look at the 2015 blockbuster - and it's a doozy.

 

 

Showing the kinds of things I've wanted to see for years - a fully functional and operative park akin to a theme park, and something I didn't expect to see, I gotta say, 'Jurassic World' has now surpassed 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' as my most anticipated film of the 2015 blockbuster season.

 

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'Jurassic World' hits 3D, 2D and IMAX screens worldwide in June 2015.

Slumping enterprise demand hurts Hewlett-Packard's Q4 revenue

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Hewlett-Packard saw a 2.5 percent drop in its Q4 revenue, as it saw lackluster sales for enterprise computing hardware to businesses. The company's revenue fell from $29.13 billion earlier this year to $28.41 billion in Q4, with net income dropping from $1.41 billion down to $1.33 billion year-over-year.

 

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Despite the drop, HP continues to show pride in its businesses: "I'm excited to say that HP's turnaround continues on track," said CEO Meg Whitman. The company says "we stabilized our revenue tractor, strengthened our operations, showed strong financial discipline, and once again made innovation the cornerstone of our company."

 

The US economy is recovering, but the PC market has struggled - and while HP does have tablets it offers to consumers and business users - the company has struggled to compete against the Apple iPad and Google Android-powered devices. As such, HP relies heavily on its value-added resellers (VARs) to drive sales of PCs, servers, software, and other products to their business partners.

Intel learns painful lessons in the mobile industry, as it looks ahead

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Hardware maker Intel wanted to rely on its desktop, laptop and server CPUs, and missed the mobile boat when the smartphone and tablet markets began to soar. The company has managed to get its CPUs in tablets, giving away millions of chips to manufacturers, and will continue to expand its offerings in 2015.

 

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"All is not well," said Andy Bryant, Intel board chairman, when speaking at the Intel annual investor meeting. "We are aware we're losing logs of money trying to gain presence in the mobility space. I'm not proud of the money we're losing, but I'm not embarrassed by it. This is the price we pay for sitting on the sidelines for a number of years. We're fighting our way back into a market. We will improve this. We will not accept a business to lose billions of dollars. We are getting back in."

 

Despite dropping growth in the tablet market - as saturation continues to increase - the mobile market will remain a viable goal for hardware manufacturers. Even though Intel has greatly struggled trying to enter the space, profitability in smartphones, tablets, and other devices can be achieved.

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BlackBerry willing to offer $550 if consumers switch from their iPhone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Willing to give up your Apple iPhone in favor of the BlackBerry Passport? If so, BlackBerry is ready to hand over up to $550. Starting next month, BlackBerry will offer up to $400 in cash and a $150 prepaid gift card, depending on iPhone model and condition. The promotion will run from Dec. 1 until Feb. 13.

 

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BlackBerry has struggled to reinvet itself - on multiple occasions - as ioS and Google Android smartphones quickly took over the market.BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants to be diligent in his efforts to turn the company around, and winning over previous customers is a valuable step in that direction.

Gartner: More than one-third US smartphone owners use video calling

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

Smartphone video calling is growing in popularity throughout the United States, and it appears 50 million adult smartphone owners in the US currently embrace video calling. The statistics top 60 million when researchers include people aged 17 and younger.

 

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Not surprisingly, adoption rates are skewed towards younger demographics, as video calling in the 18 to 24 age group was as high as 53.5 percent in the US.

 

"Based on these survey findings, we believe one of the use cases that has seemed marginal for some time now warrants much greater attention - and that is video calling," said Atsuro Sato, Gartner senior research analyst. "Person-to-person video calling, especially using smartphones, has reached very high numbers in the U.S., particularly among the younger demographics. Although the U.S> results were ahead of Germany, we believe they show the direction that other markets will follow, with important implications for product managers and marketers of smartphones."

US Army looks to test bug-inspired robot able to assist soldiers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is working with robotic systems that provide a wide-field of vision that can improve 3D mapping and motion estimation for future technologies. Carnegie Mellon University is helping participate in the Micro-Autonomous Systems Technology Collaborative Technology Alliance (MASTCTA), with more partnerships in the works.

 

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"The upcoming tests are a small example of a much larger effort," said Brett Piekarski, Collaborative Alliance manager. "The university researchers across the consortium work with the Army researchers to come up with systems that can provide Soldier/robot teaming, and be transitioned to industry."

 

The US military wants increased collaboration from the private sector, in an effort to provide soldiers on the ground increased battlefield awareness.

IDC: Tablet boom is over as sales drop, with first year of iPad drop

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

The tablet market has seen massive deceleration this year, and while year-over-year growth still accounted for 7.2 percent, the figure is down from 52.5 percent in 2013, according to the IDC research group. There will be 235.7 million tablets shipped in 2014, and is a clear indicator consumers need full functionality of PCs and smartphones.

 

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Android has seen 16 percent year-over-year tablet market growth, now amounting for 67.7 percent of the market - Apple iOS is the No. 2 spot, but struggled, losing 12.7 percent year-over-year. Microsoft Windows saw 67.3 percent year-over-year and now has 4.6 percent control of the tablet market.

 

"The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," said Ryan Reith, IDC Program Director. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years. We believe the two major drivers for longer than expected tablet lifecycles are legacy software support for older products, especially within iOS, and the increased use of smartphones for a variety of computing tasks."

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