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Analysts say Apple will sell 10 million iPhone 6's in the first week

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

Apple should unveil the next generation iPhone next month, with expecations of selling over 10 million units in the first week, according to a new RBC note to investors, reports Business Insider.

 

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RBC analyst Amit Daryanani said: "Most supply chain data is pointing towards Apple gearing up to ramp 70-80 million iPhone 6 units across the two form factors (4.7"/5.5"). This is a notable uptick from last year when the supply chain ramped 50-60 million units". Daryanani also believes that Apple will sell over 10 million iPhone 6 units in the first week of its launch, compared to the 9 million iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C units combined when the company launched them last year.

 

We should expect to see two iPhone 6 smartphones unveiled, the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions. The increased demand will come from Apple finally giving users something they've been asking for: a bigger screen, even though it'll go against previous marketing from the company, where it said that the 4-inch screen on the latest iPhones was perfect for the human hand, as a bigger screen would see users not reach the upper parts of the screen with their thumbs.

Sharp's new Aquos Crystal smartphone has barely any bezel

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

During an event in New York City overnight, Sharp unveiled its new Aquos Crystal smartphone, which will hit Sprint and its pre-paid Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands. It's a mid-range smartphone with some slightly redeeming features, such as its barely there bezel.

 

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The Sharp Aquos Crystal has a 5-inch 1280x720 - or 720p - display, with barely any bezels at the top and sides. Inside, we have a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, and a 2040mAh battery. On the back and front we have an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 1.2-megapixel camera up front. For the software side of things, we have Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

 

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Sharp has also provided Harman's LiveStage, which "adds dimension to the sound" according to Android Central, who went hands-on with the device in NYC. There's also Clari-Fi technology which "improves digital sound quality by restoring all types of compressed digital music". If you want to get your hands-on the Sharp Aquos Crystal, it'll cost you $0 down on a 24-month contract of $10 on Sprint Easy Pay. Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile will be offering the smartphone for $149.99 plus tax.

Sony does not 'completely understand' the crazy demand for its PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week ago

With only nine months on the market, Sony has sold over 10 million PlayStation 4 consoles - a number that is far beyond most people's predictions on Sony's fourth-generation console. Sony's Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Shuhei Yoshida, sat down with Eurogamer for a chat, where he had some interesting things to say.

 

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Yoshida was asked about the 10 million PS4s sold milestone, where he said: "The 10m sell through in the first nine months is well beyond what we had hoped for. As you know, we have struggled to keep up with demand of PS4 for so many months. It was hard to find and purchase PS4. Now we are able to supply units so in every territory I believe you can find PS4. So we just managed to catch up with demand".

 

"It's just beyond our imagination. We are so happy. But I for one am a bit nervous because we do not completely understand what's happening. You need to understand why your products are selling well so you can plan for the future, right? It defied the conventional thinking. Lots of people thought the dedicated game hardware might not be needed going forward, but still lots of people are very excited. When you see the new games coming out and being announced this E3 and Gamescom, I think there's a good enough reason for a gamer to believe this is something worth investing in."

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Bitcoin value drops 12% down to $435.60, lowest rate since May

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week ago

The bitcoin cryptocurrency has surged among consumers and businesses, but volatility has concerned many investors - and with values dropping almost 12 percent, from $492.95 down to $435.60 on Monday, there might be rightful concern.

 

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What happened on Monday was considered highly unusual, as values started at almost $500 on Monday morning. However, the BTC-e platform bitcoin value slump trended downward, there were three trades that occurred at $309, but there were more than a thousand transactions valued from $309 to $400.

 

"We have seen crashes like this before and they follow a certain pattern, namely a sharp drop followed by a swift rebound to about a bit less than the previous level," said Raffael Danielli, Matlab Trading margin trading critic, in a statement to CoinDesk.

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Gartner: Consumer 3D printing is at least five years away

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 1 week ago

While 3D printing is evolving and maturing at a rapid rate, it's mainly businesses that are utilizing the breakthroughs, with consumer 3D printing at least five years away, according to research firm Gartner. The short term outlook indicates business and medical practices, interested in embracing 3D for functional purposes, will benefit from using 3D technology.

 

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Trying to embrace 3D printing is still a relatively expensive endeavor at the moment, and end users might be interested in following the market - but aren't in a big hurry to invest in 3D printers and filaments to make their own 3D-printed creations. Over the next two to five years, there will be an increase in enterprise 3D printing, as 3D print creation software, scanners and printing services rise in the near future.

 

"Consumer 3D printing is around five to 10 years away from mainstream adoption," said Pete Basiliere, Gartner Research VP, in a statement. "Today, approximately 40 manufacturers sell the 3D printers most commonly used in businesses, and over 200 startups worldwide are developing and selling consumer-oriented 3D printers, priced from just a few hundred dollars. However, even this price is too high for mainstream consumers at this time, despite broad awareness of the technology and considerable media interest."

UK police warned of social media etiquette, and what not to post

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week ago

Police officers in the UK have been warned about proper social media etiquette, so they should not tweet while naked or after drinking, and should even avoid sharing updates on social media if they are eating doughnuts. Some UK police officers have been found sharing racist and homophobic comments on Twitter, along with reckless pictures in which they are posing with weapons.

 

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If police are reckless with social media, it's likely that someone will notice - and tweets will be re-tweeted and Facebook status updates will be shared. There have been 828 cases of online-related incidents in the UK from 2009 until February 2014, according to Freedom of Information requests. Officers receive written warnings when found being inappropriate on social media, and punishments can escalate depending on a case-by-case basis.

 

"Social media is a key tool for us in having conversations with communities, using it not only to pass information but to receive information about crime and incidents, help people make informed choices," said Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Police Deputy Chief Constable, in a UK media statement. "So staff must act with integrity, with fairness, with honesty, openness, and regardless of whether they are tweeting as John Smith or Joanna Smith, if they are recognizable as a PC or a member of police staff, then they have to be taking into account the code of ethics."

iPhone 6 rumored to not even have a Full HD display, but 1704x960

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

Apple is preparing to launch not one, but two new flagship iPhones, with the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone to be announced next month. But what resolution should we expect the 'Retina' display to feature? According to Russian luxury modified iPhone outfit, Feld & Volk, the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1704x960 - not even Full HD (1920x1080).

 

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Feld & Volk took to the purported 4.7-inch iPhone 6 with a microscope, telling MacRumors that it does have a resolution of 1704x960. Then 9to5Mac reported from another reference to another resolution that still isn't Full HD, of 1472x828, in some recent Xcode 6 beta releases. Whatever happens, if these rumors are correct, Apple's flagship iPhone 6 (in both sizes) won't be featuring a Full HD resolution, which will see its competitors' marketing teams going into a flurry.

Delaware lets family members inherit social media accounts of deceased

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week ago

Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed House Bill (HB) 345, a bill that will allow family members of the deceased to access Twitter and other social media accounts. As part of the "Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act," executors of an estate can have legal control of a social media account, in the same manner of controlling a physical asset.

 

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It's an interesting debate because social media accounts typically disappear when a person dies, Facebook and Twitter usually prevents access to the accounts. Facebook plans to memorialize pages of deceased members rather than delete them - and Google will delete accounts or provide access to select family members.

 

"But if a person dies and his will is governed by Delaware law, the representative of that person's estate would have access to the decedent's Twitter account under HB 345," said Kelly Bachman, Delaware governor's office spokeswoman, in a statement. "So the main question in determining whether HB 345 applies is not where the company having the digital account (i.e. Twitter) is incorporated or even where the person holding the digital account resides."

Pro-Syrian hackers using malware to launch attacks against rivals

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Pro-Syrian hackers are using WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube and Viber to share malware that is aimed at activists fighting for a regime change in Syria. In addition to Syrian Internet users, people were also targeted in the United States, France, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Palestine, Israel, Morocco and Lebanon, security researchers noted.

 

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The malware is using remote access tools (RATs) and being shared to groups that support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The RAT technology are able to compromise PCs and systems in which they are installed, with attackers stealing credentials, remotely turning on microphones and video cameras, and controlling the infected PCs.

 

"Total Network Monitor (which is a legitimate application) is inside another sample found, being used with embedded malware for spying purposes," according to Kaspersky Lab researchers. "Offering security applications to protect against surveillance is one of the many techniques used by malware writing groups to get users desperate for privacy to execute these dubious programs."

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Would police be able to use kill switches to limit public protests?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The current protests in Ferguson, Missouri, related to the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, has led to a rather curious debate: could kill switches help police authorities limit journalists and protesters to stop recording video using their smartphones and tablets?

 

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"If the California bill were in place in Missouri, these officers might deploy the government kill switch alongside tear gas and rubber bullets, using the mandated technology to stop coordination between protesters, cut off access to outside information, and shut down video recordings that can deter police misconduct," said Jake Laperruque, Center for Democracy & Technology fellow, in a statement to the media.

 

It remains unknown if the police would have a realistic ability to turn off smartphones, as the authorities would essentially need to hack the phones. Instead, it's more likely the police would temporarily turn off wireless service in select areas, which is what the police did during protests in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011.

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