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Sprint believes iPhone users more profitable than other smartphone users

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 9:33 pm

Last year, the Sprint Network and its customers finally got the chance to buy the iPhone, but it didn't come cheap. The price tag? About 15.5 billion dollars. The decision to do it? Questionable. In an interview with Mobile World Live, CEO Dan Hesse defended the decision to bet heavily on bringing the iPhone to Sprint. Hesse makes a lot of claims regarding iPhone users, but are they true?

 

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"Subsidises are heavy for the iPhone," Hesse explained. "Four out of every 10 iPhones we sold are for new customers. That's roughly double the rate of either of our competitors, so we're pulling a lot of customers from our competitors." Additionally, he contends that iPhone users are more loyal and use, on average, less data than other cell phone platforms. "iPhone customers have a lower level of churn and they actually use less data on average than a high-end 4G Android device. So from a cost point of view and a customer lifetime value perspective. They're more profitable than the average smartphone customer," Hesse said.

Interviewers ask applicants for login details to private FaceBooks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 8:29 pm

Several job hunters were taken aback recently when applying for a job because of something the interviewer did. The interviewer pulled out a computer, and pulled up the applicant's FaceBook profile. When the interviewer found the profile was private, she did the unthinkable: she asked the applicant for his/her login information to the site. The scary part is that this seems as if its becoming the normal practice; employers checking FaceBook and the Internet to try to find the best applicant.

 

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But what do they do when it's private? Apparently, they just ask the applicant. But, is this legal? Can they do this? Obviously, one can refuse, but they run the risk of not getting the job. Or, in the case of Justin Basset, he chose to withdraw his entire application, citing that he did not want to work for a company that requested such private information.

 

"It's akin to requiring someone's house keys," said Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor and former Federal prosecutor who labeled it "an egregious privacy violation." However, some people don't have a choice, such as Robert Collins of Baltimore who complied with the request citing he felt he needed the job to provide for his family and had no choice.

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Happy birthday Twitter!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:33 pm

Exactly six years ago, the first tweet ever was posted by Jack Dorsey, co-founder of the popular micro-blogging service Twitter. This makes today Twitter's sixth-birthday. The public debut of Twitter is technically July 6th, but the service was clearly running as the first tweet was placed today. Incredibly, the micro-blogging service now has over 350 million registered users, with 100 million posting regularly during 2011.

 

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Amazon's S3 offers the fastest storage cloud

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:32 pm

A series of tests were conducted by storage vendor Nasuni. What they found is quite shocking. The results of the tests indicate that both rival cloud services, MS Azure and Rackspace, are slow to accept data. Whether this is a limitation of the network or a limitation of the hardware, we can not be sure.

 

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Nasuni conducted five series of tests. The results are, again, quite shocking. Since all of these systems are cloud storage, you would expect similar performance, but you would be wrong. For example, moving 12TB from Amazon to Azure takes 40 hours, whereas moving the same data back took only four. 12TB from Rackspace to Amazon took five hours, yet Amazon to Rackspace took almost an entire week! Amazon "bucket" to Amazon "bucket" took only four hours.

 

Once again, it's not clear if this is just a limitation of the network, or if there is a massive difference in technology that is leading to these poor write speeds. Nasuni said the cloud providers were not "forthcoming about why their performance would vary so greatly." However, "Nasuni did not experience the same behavior with Amazon S3, and this measurement probably further indicates limitations in Azure's architecture or bandwidth, as other customers using the system appear to be affecting our results to a large degree."

Weekly Giveaway: ASRock X79 Extreme3 motherboard for LGA 2011 Socket processors

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 5:33 pm

This week we have teamed up with ASRock who are giving away a ASRock X79 Extreme3 motherboard for LGA 2011 Socket processors to one lucky winner!

 

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  • Premium Gold Caps (2.5 x longer life time), 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
  • Intel® Core™ i7 processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket
  • Supports Quad Channel DDR3 2400+(OC)
  • Digi Power, Advanced 5 + 1 Power Phase Design
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots, Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™
  • Clear CMOS Switch with LED
  • Supports ASRock X-FAN, XFast RAM, XFast LAN, XFast USB, XFast Charger, Graphical UEFI, UEFI System Browser, AXTU
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC898 Audio Codec), Supports THX TruStudio™
  • Free Bundle : CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite

 

Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway anyone can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.

Chrome beats IE for short time, work week comes, loses top spot

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 5:30 pm

Yes, a historic milestone took place over the past week. According to StatCounter, for one day, March 18, Chrome had 32.71 percent of traffic to IE's 32.5 percent. The lead was in no way huge, but it was there and that is a major event. Some curious graphs regarding the stats leading up to this have been released. Take a look below:

 

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As you can see by the above graph, every weekend there was a significant drop in the usage of Internet Explorer and an equally significant increase in the usage of Chrome. What this shows then, is that many people are forced to use Internet Explorer at work who really don't want to. Because of this, Internet Explorer and Chrome appear to be in a dead heat when the playing field is leveled, such as on the weekends when few are working.

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Climate change has benefits, England moves 60ms closer to Japan

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 4:18 pm

Climate change has not resulted in all bad, it would appear. Thanks to the climate change-induced melting of the Arctic sea ice, the Arctic ocean is now navigable by ship. This, in turn, is allowing for new fiber cables to be run at the bottom of the sea. The ultimate result of this is that England is digitally moving 60ms closer to Japan. In other words, there will now be 60ms less latency in the internet connection between England and Japan.

 

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These new lines are good news for a wide variety of reasons. The current cables take a longer route, and traverse some of the heaviest traveled shipping lanes. This means that a ship who drags its anchor in the wrong spot could easily kill the backbone that links most of the world. Additionally, these cables are shorter, resulting in lower latency, as previously mentioned.

 

Another cable line is going to be laid following the North American coastline, instead of the Russian coastline. This will make connections into Canada, and ultimately reach Japan. The Russian Trans-Arctic Cable System (RUTACS) will be made of 6 pairs of fibers with a 1.6 Tbit/s capacity per pair, and the minimum latency between London and Tokyo will be 76.58 milliseconds. The North American route will have a total bandwidth between the countries will of 6.4 Tbit/s, with latencies between London and Tokyo of 168 ms.

Wednesday Morning Roundup for March 21, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 3:30 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 21st, 2012.

 

Media Center, Players & HTPC:

 

Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media Center - Benchmark Reviews

 

GPUs:

 

Sapphire Radeon 7750 Ultimate - PureOverclock

Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 Ultimate - Neoseeker

Sapphire HD 7870 OC Edition vs XFX R7870 Black Edition DD - Hardware Heaven

XFX HD7870 Black Edition Overclocked - KitGuru

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Video hands-on with two ultra high-end ASRock X79 boards: Fatal1ty Champion and Extreme11

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 3:27 pm

You may have already seen the first video from our ASRock HQ visit today that checked out their full range of Intel Z77 Express Ivy Bridge boards and now we have two boards based around the Socket 2011 X79 chipset which deserve your attention, and here's why.

 

 

Let's start off with the Fatal1ty X79 Champion which as you may have guessed is a high-end gaming motherboard. You could probably consider this an X79 motherboard refresh from ASRock as it gets some nifty features such as the inclusion of the Creative Sound Core3D audio processor which includes "Scout Mode" that allows you to get a better idea of where your enemy is, probably with better audio positioning support compared to other cheaper audio codecs. it also comes with other high-end gaming features such as quad-SLI support.

 

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And next up we have the ASRock X79 Extreme11 which really got out attention, nothing against the Fatal1ty board, but this one is really one to pay attention to for the following reasons. This is one of the biggest motherboards ASRock has produced and it comes totally packed with features. Let's start off with storage - it comes with no less than 14 onboard SATA 3.0 ports and eight of those SATA 3.0 ports are actually SAS 3.0 ports for more critical storage requirements...

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iPad 3 unable to charge while playing certain games, apps

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 3:11 pm

When a new device comes out, there's always going to be complaints from people experiencing buyers remorse. In this case, the new device is the iPad 3 and the complaints are that it runs too hot and, now, that it is unable to charge while running certain, high-load apps and games. The extra heat has to come from somewhere, and now it's plainly obvious: To power the new hi-res screen, they needed a more powerful processor, which has a higher power draw. This results in higher heat and a higher power requirement for these intensive apps.

 

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The new Retina display is a major part of the problem as well. It's, in part, the reason for the beefier processor. Additionally, the back-light for the screen uses 2.5 times more power than the iPad 2 back-light. So, this normally isn't a problem for the 10W charger to overcome. But, when the user decides to crank up the games or apps, it requires more power than is supplied by the 10W charger.

 

This nets a decrease in the overall battery charge since it is supplementing the power that the charger can't produce. The solution could be as simple as getting a higher powered charger such as the Mac Air's 45W MagSafe. Or, just don't use your tablet while charging. Besides, the new iPad already takes longer to charge due to its larger battery.

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