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Boot to Gecko device made by ZTE based on V788D Android smartphone reportedly in hands of developers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 10:32 pm

Mozilla is working on a new mobile operating system to compete with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8, among others. The new OS is developed using HTML5 as the basis and reportedly uses quite a bit less power than its competitors. It would appear that devices have already been distributed to developers.




The device that has reportedly been distributed is a device based upon ZTE's V788D Android smartphone. The only change is the important part: the OS. The specifications of the device include a 3.5-inch 800x480 screen, 512MB RAM, 5 megapixel camera, and a 1.5GHz SoC. Not a high spec phone by any comparison.


However, by taking an existing phone and changing the operating system, Mozilla is able to produce a device with the new mobile operating system quickly which allows it to get into the hands of developers sooner. This allows the OS to be developed quickly so that it isn't left completely behind by iOS and Android.

Foxconn workers making the iPhone 5 strike after fights and raised quality control standards

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 9:03 pm

You might be waiting an extra week or three for that new iPhone 5 that you ordered. At 1PM October 5 Beijing time, Foxconn workers went on strike over new quality control standards implemented by Apple and Foxconn. It seems that Apple wanted to reduce the number of iPhone 5s coming with scratches from the factory and tightened quality standards.




Unfortunately, they didn't provide any additional training to workers to meet these new standards. Workers were frustrated by the fact that they couldn't meet these new standards and started beating up quality control inspectors. These inspectors, in turn, went to their management where the managers turned their back on the issues.


This led to a strike of about 4,000 workers and quality control managers, bringing the iPhone 5 production to a halt. We'll keep you up-to-date with the latest regarding the strike and any delays in iPhone 5 production due to the strike.

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Courts grants a hearing to a Megaupload user to argue for his data back

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 8:31 pm

We haven't heard much about Megaupload recently. We last left the saga with Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing being pushed off all the way until March of 2013. Now, a user of the Megaupload service has been granted a hearing by the United States court regarding whether or not he should be able to access his stored data.




Kyle Goodwin originally filed a motion back in May with the Electronic Frontier Foundation supporting his request. In the most general of terms, his motion asked the courts to figure out a way to allow users to get back their data from the shut-down servers, arguing that many users hosted legitimate content using the service.


"The Court stated today that it will hold a hearing to find out the details about Mr. Goodwin's property - where it is, what happened when the government denied him access to it, and whether and how he can get it back," says EFF attorney Julie Samuels.


"We are glad that Mr. Goodwin will finally get to make his case in court and we look forward to helping the judge fashion a procedure to make all of Megaupload's consumers whole again by granting them access to what is legally theirs," Samuels concludes.


This ruling comes after several months of negotiations between the original parties broke down again in September. Of course, Megaupload would like their customers to receive their data back, some of which is personal pictures, homemade music, and other perfectly legal files.

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Galaxy S III takes Best Smartphone of 2012 award at Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2012

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 7:45 pm

Samsung should be extremely happy with the results that have just come in from the 2012 Mobile Choice Awards in London. The Korean electronics giant's Galaxy S III took Best Smartphone of 2012, which is quite the flattering result. To achieve this award, it had to beat out the iPhone 4S, and HTC One X.




Due to the timing of the awards, some new models, such as the iPhone 5, were left out of the running. Had the iPhone 5 been in the running, the Galaxy S III might not have done as well as it did. Or, it could have had an easier time, considering all of the issues users have been having with the new device.


Also at the awards, Samsung's Galaxy Note took the Most Innovative Device award, while the Apple iPad (third generation) took first for best tablet with the Google Nexus 7 coming in second place for that award. The awards were passed around nicely, with Nokia's Lumia 800 taking Best Design and the Sony Xperia U taking Best Value.

Samsung estimates recording setting profit of $7.3b, likely due to Galaxy S III success

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 7:10 pm

Samsung is a giant when it comes to electronics. Producing a wide array of electronic gadgets, toys, and tools, Samsung has been growing in popularity and quality. The latest smartphones coming out of the company are incredibly brilliant--just ask Anthony Garreffa how much he likes his Galaxy S III!




Due to the smashing success of the Galaxy S III, along with its television division and other smartphone sales, Samsung is estimating record breaking profits of $7.3 billion for the third quarter. The finalized earnings report is due out on October 26, so the real number could be higher or lower than this estimate, though it shouldn't vary by too much.


The estimate places the total consolidated sales at $46.7 billion, which is a huge sum of money. Samsung has to be happy that these figures didn't come out during its trial with Apple as the damages awarded could have come in even higher than the $1 billion that the jury awarded Apple.


In other news, Samsung's brand success is also increasing like its profits. Interbrand's brands report shows that the value of Samsung's brand increased 40 percent in the last year, which puts it just behind Intel and two spots lower than McDonalds, both huge names in the United States.

AMD slashes pricing on the HD 7850 again, prices trending down for entire 7000 series

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 6:44 pm

The thrifty among our readers will be happy to hear that the AMD Radeon HD 7850 has seen another price cut, bringing the retail price for the 2GB version down to $189. Along with that cut, the rest of the product line continues to trend downwards as the series ages, the process matures, and competition heats up between AMD and NVIDIA.




Anandtech has produced the nice chart you see above. The chart shows how the prices of AMD's offerings have declined continually since launch by comparing launch price, spring MSRP, late summer MSRP, and fall retail price. AMD has changed from quoting MSRP to quoting retail price as that usually is $10 lower than MSRP.


While the prices on the HD 7000 series started out really high, as of late they've become extremely reasonable due to the continual price cuts that AMD has been implementing. With the HD 8000 series due out early next year, prices will likely continue to fall on the HD 7000 series, though probably not until the holidays or just past.

Playing World of Warcraft makes you unfit for office according to Republican politicians

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 6:11 pm

If it wasn't so crazy, you'd think I was making this up...and I wish I was. But, no, I'm not. The following is a completely true political attack on a Democrat candidate using her playing of the popular game World of Warcraft as the focus. For some reason, the Republican incumbent believes that this makes her unfit for office.




Now, I don't want to start any political debates between Republicans and Democrats. Instead, I would like to take this moment to point out how absolutely ridiculous this claim is. The fact that a candidate plays World of Warcraft almost shows that he/she is more in touch with current life than the opposition.


"I think it's weird that I'm being targeted for playing online games," Lachowicz said. "Apparently I'm in good company since there are 183 million other Americans who also enjoy online games. What's next? Will I be ostracized for playing Angry Birds or Words with Friends? If so, guilty as charged!"


She added, "What's really weird is that the Republicans are going after my hobbies instead of talking about their record while they've been running Augusta for the last two years. Instead of talking about what they're doing for Maine people, they're making fun of me for playing video games. Did you know that more people over the age of 50 play video games than under the age of 18? As a gamer, I'm in good company with folks like Jodie Foster, Vin Diesel, Mike Myers, and Robin Williams. Maybe it's the Republican Party that is out of touch.

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We're hiring a US East Coast TweakTown News Editor!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 4:14 pm

We are hiring a news editor based on the US East Coast!




You will be required to post daily news and attend tech events on the East coast. You need to own a digital camera. You need to be addicted to technology and have a passion to write about it. It would be a bonus if you have previous online experience, too.


If you feel you are the right person for the job, please email your CV and other relevant information to jobs at tweaktown dot com.


Just to be very clear, this is a paid position.

LeakedTT: Spotify's financial numbers have reportedly hit the web, can't make a profit

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 3:11 pm

A company known as PrivCo has reportedly obtained Spotify's private financial records. PrivCo attempts to obtain private, non-publicly traded companies' financial reports and sell the info. In this case, PrivCo has released the data on its website for all to see, and it paints a somewhat bleak picture.




Even with increasing revenues for 2011 from 2010, Spotify reportedly widened its losses by 60 percent year over year. In 2010, Spotify brought in $97.5 million in revenue and had to pay out $101.4 million in royalty fees, distribution, and other costs. They then had to pay out personnel costs which netted them a $37.5 million loss for the year.


In 2011, Spotify managed to increase revenue by 151 percent up to $244.5 million, and the cost of sales followed right with them coming in at $239 million. Personnel costs increased by a massive 173 percent, which helped produced a massive $59 million loss for 2011. Spotify has yet to comment on these numbers, though if accurate, they might prove Spotify won't be around much longer.

Razer's Project Fiona gaming tablet begins production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 12:29 pm

Razer's gaming tablet surprised the world when it was teased at CES earlier this year, dubbed Project Fiona. Project Fiona is a 10.1-inch, Windows-based gaming tablet which sports an Intel Core i7 processor.




Where it steers away from other tablets, is that it features two joystick handles which both sport dual analog sticks and a normal controller-style layout. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan teased the world through Facebook, where he asked his followers for 10,000 likes in 7 days - which happened.


Tan then confirmed via Twitter that the production of the gaming tablet is happening, and thus makes a 2012 launch of Project Fiona that much more real. Final design and hardware specifications are not yet set in stone, with various ARM- and Intel-based processors that could be baked inside of the tablet.

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