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Apple has shipped 39 million iPhones, 12 million iPads in 3 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Apple has posted its Q4 earnings, revealing that the company has shipped a massive 39.3 million iPhones in the three-month period. Apple also shipped some 12.3 million iPads, and 5.5 million Macs across the world in the quarter.

 

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The record-breaking 10 million iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus smartphone sales in the opening weekend alone would've kicked this along, but iPad sales have not only dipped in the quarter, but year-over-year, too. To make it even more clear, Apple's iPad has reached a new low, something it hasn't hit since it first started reporting tablet sales separately back in 2012.

 

Why would this be happening? Well, Android tablets are getting much, much better with each iteration, and now we have the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad is becoming more irrelevant to some users. The iPad did well in Japan according to Apple, and its slate is also the United States' education tablet of choice. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said during the Q&A session after the earnings report that Apple is looking at the slump in iPad sales as a "speedbump and not a huge thing" and said that he personally sees a "great future" for its tablets.

Samsung announces 32GB DDR4 DIMM for enterprise, teases 128GB DIMMs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

We're only just getting DDR4 on the desktop thanks to Intel's new X99 chipset, but what about the enterprise? Samsung is prepping up some delicious new RAM for enterprise users, announcing that they are mass producing the industry's first, and most-advanced 8Gb DDR4 memory, with a 32GB module.

 

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Both of these will be manufactured based on Samsung's 20nm process, targeted at enterprise servers. Jeeho Baek, Vice President of Memory Marketing at Samsung Electronics explains "Our new 20nm 8Gb DDR4 DRAM more than meets the high performance, high density and energy efficiency needs that are driving the proliferation of next-generation enterprise servers. By expanding the production of our 20nm DRAM line-ups, we will provide premium, high-density DRAM products, while handling increasing demand from customers in the global premium enterprise market".

 

It gets better, because past the 32GB modules, these new 8Gb chips will allow production of server modules that will crank right up to 128GB, thanks to 3D through silicon via (TSV) technology, something that will "encourage further expansion for the high-density DRAM market".

Mega producer leaves Ubisoft, walks out of the door at 30FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Jade Raymond, a 10-year veteran of Ubisoft, has left her position as a Producer at the the company. Raymond worked behind the scenes on some of the biggest names in the gaming industry, including Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs.

 

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Ubisoft has announced that Alexandre Parizeau will take her role as head of Ubisoft Toronto, something Raymond founded, and has managed since 2009. Raymond said in a press release "I've spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games".

 

Raymond continued "This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I'm confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities". She finished by saying "Stay tuned for more on what's next for me, but for now, I'd like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavours".

Chinese government likely behind iCloud attacks to compromise users

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

Chinese iCloud users are under attack, likely by Chinese government state-sponsored hackers, in an effort to compromise Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Users are hijacked by data that is routed through a malicious third party, utilizing a self-signed certificate that makes victims believe they are accessing iCloud through the SSL-protected service.

 

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It wouldn't be surprising to hear the Chinese government wants to compromise users - especially with security researchers noting potential gaps in iCloud security - as the "great firewall" of China undergoing change. Despite the Chinese government trying to clamp down on what Internet users have access to, there are a number of ways to bypass security.

 

"This is clearly a malicious attack on Apple in an effort to gain access to usernames and passwords and consequently all data stored on iCloud, such as iMessages, photos, and contacts," according to the Great Fire Chinese Internet freedom group. "If users ignored the security warning and clicked through to the Apple site and entered their username and password, this information has now been compromised by the Chinese authorities."

Research to create robots able to carry out household chores underway

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Robotics research is a major effort among private companies and universities, with much of the attention on Japanese research and development, but there is a major effort underway in the United States. Technology is progressing and researchers hope to see robots take a prominent role in the household, helping humans carry out regular tasks.

 

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The Kodiak robot is being developed by a team of researchers from the Cornell University Personal Robotics lab, in an effort to help owners use a robot to conduct basic household tasks. "The real high level goal for this project is basically just to have a robot do all those little things in your house that you don't want to do, said Ian Lenz, researcher and PhD student.

 

Kodiak is intuitive with the ability to learn tasks that it has never done before, able to manipulate a dynamic environment. Meanwhile, Japanese scientists hope robots can assist an aging population, easing the burden on caretakers and family members.

OnePlus One pre-orders will open up on October 27 for just one hour

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

If you've been on the hunt for a OnePlus One smartphone, then be sure to mark Monday, October 27 on your calendar. The new pre-order system will be based on a first-come, first-serve sale of the company's current inventory, so it's possible many customers will have to wait until later to get their hands-on a OnePlus One.

 

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OnePlus previously provided invites in batches of 20,000 and 30,000, ensuring its servers will be ready for an anticipated wave of pre-orders. During the one-hour time window starting at 11:00 EST on October 27, consumers can pre-order the 16GB $299.99, or 64GB $349 device - in an effort to continue driving demand for the smartphone.

 

"... We believe that we're forcing positive change within our industry by increasing consumer choice and building better quality products. This is why we have to be conservative and only produce the amount of devices we're 100% sure will be sold," the OnePlus blog noted.

Hackers targeting free software, shaking confidence among consumers

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

Cybercriminals targeting free and open source software continue to rattle developers and consumers, with high-profile attacks hitting security flaws that should have been resolved. Specifically, the Heartbleed and Shellshock exploits have led to an increased demand from private companies and the U.S. government to step up programming assistance, but that hasn't been well received among many open source developers. However, it has provided a much-needed wakeup call that open source software should be monitored more closely to prevent such high-profile breaches.

 

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"It's going to be a wake-up call for a lot of people to understand why we aren't auditing this software better," said Greg Martin, Threat Stream Inc founder and chief technology officer. "Everybody's been scratching their heads and saying, 'How could we miss this?'"

 

Hackers are increasingly organized - and well-funded - and that has made it difficult to defend against attacks, especially open source software. In theory, open source software provides a much larger pool of developers to help fix flaws, but others say proprietary software is more secure since the code is closed off from the public.

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Shift in TV viewership helping drive providers to evolve, diversify

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The current state of TV is evolving and has led to established companies testing out direct-to-consumer services away from costly cable and satellite bundles. Both HBO and CBS recently announced online video subscription services, providing viewers with another way to watch content. Other content broadcasters are expected to follow suit, despite pressure from cable and satellite providers that offer premium subscription packages - in a continually evolving market.

 

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Beyond HBO and CBS, the WWE wrestling brand, UFC mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, and other established brands now have their own online on-demand video services.

 

As more American consumers begin to watch programs online, the future of TV content appears to be online - at the expense of cable and satellite providers - which could be even more disruptive in the future. Consumers can also choose Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other online video services that provide TV episodes, movies, and exclusive content for their subscribers.

E-sports proving to be lucrative in South Korea, with butts in seats

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Professional gaming is a booming market in South Korea, with thousands of fans attending live tournaments - and millions watching over the Internet - as major tournaments offer large cash prizes. The recent League of Legends World Championships, held at the World Cup Stadium in South Korea, offered a championship title and a $1 million prize. The team of Samsung White won the top prize, with member ages ranging from 17 to 21 years old.

 

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"Most of the biggest championships are won by Chinese and Koreans simply because the number who go at it in a professional manner and everything aside are from those two countries," said Peter Warman, NewZoo CEO. "In the west that's difficult, in the west many wouldn't say e-sports is everything in their life, but in China and South Korea they would say it."

 

Along with heavy promotion of e-sports tournaments, Korea also has some of the leading pro gamers in the world - whether talking of strategy games or first-person shooters - and should only grow in popularity further.

Sony says PS4 exclusive Bloodborne graphics "off the charts"

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

From Software's Bloodborne reportedly looks graphically stunning, serving as a Sony PlayStation 4 game console exclusive. When released to gamers, Bloodborne will reportedly run at 1080p/30fps, and will be released in North America on February 6, 2015.

 

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"The way it looks; just off the charts to me," said Scott Rohde, PlayStation software product development head at Sony Worldwide Studios America. "It has, I've said this before... there's a certain, like, wetness to that game. I don't know what other word to use. It just feels like everything is dripping and oozing with whatever it is - it's water, it's blood, it's whatever it is; and it just looks gorgeous."

 

If Sony is so impressed with Bloodborne, it's possible it will be promoted during the PlayStation Experience event in December, especially as Sony prepares to promote some of its 2015 game title lineup.

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