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Apple continue to lose foothold in Chinese mobile market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 8:36 am

Apple isn't having a good time in China, with Canalys' latest report showing that the iPhone's market share has dropped to just 5% in the second quarter of 2013. This is down from 9% in the same quarter of last year.

 

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Canalys' China Research Director, Nicole Peng, told Bloomberg that Apple is getting hit by low-cost Android-powered smartphones that are being pushed by vendors such as Lenovo, ZTE and Xiaomi, which have all been pushing super-cheap smartphones with decent internal specifications. Peng said: "Apple is only focused on the high-end segment, and China's smartphone market growth right now is coming from the mid- to low-end. Apple doesn't have any products in the mid- to low-end and that's where Xiaomi has been building their brand awareness."

 

The world's largest wireless carrier, China Mobile, has close to 750 million subscribers, but Apple will not play ball with them. The Cupertino-based smartphone giant will not accept lower subsidies from the carrier, which is now hurting them, bad. Is this why Apple is reportedly working on the cheaper iPhone 5C?

Civilization Online powered by CryEngine 3, South Korean exclusive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 7:34 am

XLGames and 2K are currently working on Civilization Online, an MMO title which is being powered by Crytek's very capable CryEngine 3. The new Civilization Online will shift away from the usual turn-based strategy game, into a single character within one of four societies.

 

 

Civilization Online is still centered around the ideas and characteristics that made Civilization the franchise that it is today, but Civilization Online just takes it from a new perspective. From the start of the game, player's will slot into one of four societies, where their task will be to conquer the world as it progresses through the ages.

 

Civilization Online is a massively, real-time, open world title that will see huge environments for gamer's to explore. There'll also be crafting PvP, resource gathering and other elements built-in. Traditional combat will be a part of Civilization Online, as will the ability to conduct research, build structures and even access an auction house to get rid of the items you have crafted.

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Acer to leave the cold arms of Microsoft for Google's warm embrace

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 6:29 am

Microsoft is losing partners left, right and center, with major partner, Acer, looking to shift its business away from the Redmond-based OS giant. The Wall Street Journal reports that Acer is trying to grow its "non-Windows business as soon as possible" by jumping to Android for mobile devices.

 

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Acer's goal is to generate 30% of its re venue from Android-based devices and Chromebooks by as early as the end of 2014, up from the current 10% revenue stream they will see from Android-based Acer goods this year. It would seem like, from the outside at least, Acer is trying to grow itself toward a Samsung-like company.

 

Acer President, Jim Wang, told The Wall Street Journal: "For the PC industry, I haven't seen light at the end of the tunnel. First, we have to sustain our market share and protect our bottom line...and by doing tablets and smartphones right, we can be prepared for the day after tomorrow."

Google's 'Wi-Fi balloons' are currently being tested in California

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 5:29 am

Google has finally started the testing of its Project Loon Wi-Fi balloons in California's Central Valley, where they are "to research various approaches for improving the technology, like the power systems (solar panel orientation and batteries), envelope design, and radio configuration."

 

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The Wi-Fi balloons have previously been tested in New Zealand and various parts of Africa, but there's no concrete date when we could expect them to float across other skies just yet.

Samsung infringed on Apple patents, ITC acts with an import ban

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 4:29 am

The US International Trade Commission has ruled that Samsung infringed on two Apple patents, which comes just a few days after the Obama administration vetoed an earlier ruling by the ITC that banned the import and sale of older iPhones and iPads.

 

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In December of last year, ITC Administrative Law Judge, Thomas Pender, suggested that certain Samsung smartphones be banned as they infringed on four different patents owned by Apple. Less than a month after this, the ITC said they would review the decision. This new ruling is the result of the ITC's review of the matter.

 

The patents that are causing all of these issues are US Patent No. 7,479,949, which relates to a touchscreen and user interface. The second, US Patent No. 7,912,501, which is in relation to detecting when a headset is connected. The ITC ruled that the South Korean giant didn't infringe on the other two patents.

Samsung Galaxy Note III mentioned in Samsung support documents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 3:33 am

We know it's coming, but an Android Central reader has noticed mentions of the Galaxy Note III in documentation for Samsung SideSync, which connects your phone to a computer and uses it as a second screen.

 

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The phablet should be unveiled at IFA in Berlin next month, or even before that, but until then we can stare at the photo above in anticipation. The Galaxy Note III shouldn't be much better than the Galaxy Note II, apart from a bigger screen and a few more features, but maybe I'm expecting too much these days? Is innovation that hard?

RumorTT: Apple to unveil the next-gen iPhone at September 10 event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 2:30 am

We know it's coming, but we haven't had a date, until now. All Things Digital are reporting that Apple will unveil their next-generation iPhone at an event being hosting on September 10.

 

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We should expect two iPhones to be unveiled on the day, the possibly larger, faster and next-gen iPhone - which could arrive as the iPhone 5S, or if Apple are smart, they will unveil something new and refreshing, and push it out as the iPhone 6. On top of that, we should see a budget-minded iPhone 5C, if previous rumors are correct.

 

This new event is to be focused purely on the iPhone and iOS, so we should expect some great things for the iPhone in the next month. Are you excited? If Apple only show off a slightly refreshed iPhone 5S running iOS 7, I will be very disappointed. They need to unveil something revolutionary to stop this constant attack from all fronts that is Google, Samsung, LG, Sony, and co.

RumorTT: Google Glass to cost just $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 1:30 am

Toward the end of the year we can expect the consumer version of Google Glass to arrive, but what sort of price should we expect? Most have been expecting $500+, but according to a local researcher at the Topology Research Institute, we should expect a price of an affordable $299.

 

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The display on Glass will most likely be supplied by Taiwan-based Himax Display Inc. and will cost between $30 and $35, which will be the most expensive part of building Glass. On July 22, Google announced they had acquired a 6.3% stake in Himax Display, who make liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) chips and modules that will be used in devices such as Google Glass, heads-up displays and handheld projectors.

 

Topology Researcher, Jason Tsai, also said: "We believe wearable devices will face the first wave of growth in the coming one to three years due to their innovative features, and will then experience a rapid growth in the next phase when the market becomes more mature."

Google pushes out digital textbooks, allows students to buy or rent

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 10, 2013 7:29 am

Today, Google launched a digital textbook section in Google Play Books. The new section is only available in the US and is available through the Google Play website, Android, and iOS apps. Many of the textbooks are available for rental, but most must be purchased outright.

 

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Website GigaOM is advising returning students to be cautious and still shop around as both Amazon and Barnes & Noble also rent digital textbooks and prices varied across the stores on the same books. They found that a psychology textbook rented for $66 for 180 days, while a print version from Amazon can be rented for $25.23 per semester with the option to extend the rental period by 15 days for $5.

Samsung Wallet makes its way to Google Play on certain Galaxy devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 10, 2013 6:45 am

While Samsung's Wallet app has been available in the US in beta form for several months now, the company has just launched the full version of the app on the Google Play Store for select Galaxy devices. Unlike Google's Wallet app, Samsung's version allows users to store items such as plane tickets, membership cards, coupons, and other important items.

 

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At the moment, the app is limited to Samsung devices and will only run on the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Note, and Note II. Additionally, the app is only currently supported by Walgreens, Major League Baseball, Expedia.com, Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Lufthansa.

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