The latest happenings from around the web - November 1st, 2011
- ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic
- MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard @ ixbtlabs
- Contemporary Graphics Accelerators in Might and Magic Heroes VI @ XBit Labs
- AMD FirePro V4900 Video Card @ Phoronix
- ScanFX Mini HD Media Box @ eTeknix
- NoiseHush NX80 Stereo Headphones @ TechReviewSource
- SpeedLink Medusa NX 5.1 Headset @ eTeknix
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew by 44-percent annually, with a record 117 million units in Q3 2011. Samsung sped past Apple to claim top spot as the world's number one smartphone vendor. Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones and overtook Apple to become the world's largest smartphone vendor by volume with 24-percent market share.
Director at Strategy Analytics, Neil Mawston says:
After just one quarter in the top spot, Apple slipped behind Samsung to second position and captured 15 percent share. Apple's global smartphone growth rate slowed to just 21 percent annually in Q3 2011, its lowest level for two years. We believe Apple's growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung's popular Galaxy S2 model.
But, numbers are more impressive. Comparing 2010 to 2011, Samsung shipped 7.5 million units in Q3 2010, while shipping 27.8 million in Q3, 2011. Apple on the other hand, didn't really expand that much, with shipped users sitting at 14.1 million in Q3 2010, and this year, just 17.1 million. If we compare marketshare between Q3 2010 and 2011, we see Samsung at 9.3 and 23.8-percent, for 2010 and 2011, respectively. Apple on the other hand slipped from 17.4-percent in Q3 2010 to 14.6-percent in Q3, 2011.
Apple's iPhone 4S may have enjoyed a large start in sales, but those sales are useless if there are various issues with the handsets. Today brings the problem of battery life on the new iPhone 4S. A story on the Guardian reported that Apple engineers have begun contacting certain users who have complained of battery problems.
Apple have reportedly asked those used to install diagnostic programs onto their iPhone 4S' so that Apple can better diagnose what is causing the battery issues. Since the get go, the Internet has been ablaze with people complaining about the battery life. Even as far as reviews from such places like iLounge, which noted their biggest disappointment with the iPhone 4S was its battery performance.
Naughty, iiNet! iiNet's recent ad on TV has been taken down after it was found it breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice as it included a subliminal message. The message in the ad read:
Wow. Impressive. You not only spotted this in our TV ad, you found a way to read it. That can't have been easy. This whole page only lasted two frames. That's less than one tenth of a second. Well done, sir or madam. We're going to reward your awesome pausing powers with a little gift. Type this link into your browser: iinet.net.au/2framefreebie. And yes, you can tell your friends. But let's keep it to a minimum of a hundred, OK? And hey, watch for more two-frame freebies in our next TV campaign.
The link sends you here, but the limit of 100 entries has already been met. You can however, still enter your details for the chance to win one of five iPads. The message itself is fine, it won't make you a zombie for iiNet products, but it was enough of a breach to enable Free TV Australia to take it down. The Code of Practice states that information conveyed in a manner that is "below or near the threshold of normal awareness" is unacceptable.
Google and their "Broadcasting Ourselves ;)" slogan are going hard this weekend, with the announcement that Google will have even more talented creators and original entertainment will soon join YouTube's existing channel lineup. This includes channels created by well-known personalities and content producers from the TV, film, music, news and sports fields, as well as some of the most innovative up-and-coming media companies in the world and some of YouTube's own existing partners.
These channels are set to include something for everyone, no matter what style of media you're after. Google's goal with the channel's expansion is to bring users an even broader range of entertainment to YouTube, giving you more reasons to keep coming back again and again. Advertisers also benefit, with new ways to engage and reach their global consumers.
If you want to be out of the confines of Apple's control, well, you'll be happy to know that the iPhone Dev-Team is already showing off a preliminary jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. This news is based on a tweet from MuscleNerd, iClarified is reporting that while Dev-Team has found a way to sneak Cydia onto both devices, the actual jailbreak is still "very preliminary" and "huge missing pieces prevent public release. LOTS of work left...".
So it's not ready yet, but its definitely on its way and this is enough to get iPhone 4S and iPad 2 owners quite happy indeed. As this becomes available, be sure to know that we will keep you posted with any developments! Until then, there's a YouTube video below that shows off the iPad 2 running iOS 5 with the preliminary jailbreak showing off Cydia successfully loading up.
Guess who's back? The Battlefield 3 on Steam rumors are back, that's who. This time its thanks to a competition held by Sapphire, which was found on the Sapphire Select Club website. One of the prizes in this competition is "[o]ne (1) PC Game code for Battlefield 3, redeemable for the game on Steam". Of course, this could be a mistake on Sapphire's behalf.
Kotaku does raise an interesting point, that Sapphire are most likely so used to writing competition terms and conditions that usually reference Steam codes, that they just assumed it would be the same with this competition. But... there's also the PBSetup.exe file, which is used to install Punk Buster for Battlefield installs, has been updated and now shows the following install files:
C:Program Files (x86)Electronic ArtsBattlefield 3
C:Program Files (x86)SteamSteamAppscommonbattlefield 3
C:Program FilesSteamSteamAppscommonbattlefield 3
C:Program FilesElectronic ArtsBattlefield 3
There is now some more solid proof, and with thousands upon thousands chanting for Battlefield 3 to be on Steam, could we see an eventual release on the popular platform? Maybe...
ARM wants an arm wrestle with Intel, AMD, goes 64bit and is going to compete in the high-end desktop market
ARM Ltd is getting serious against Intel and AMD, and are now going to compete with the chip giants in the high-end and server computing market, where competition is tight. ARM has announced their new ARMv8 architecture, the first one to include a 64-bit instruction set. ARM CTO, Mike Mullar says:
ARMv8 will enable the development of ARM architecture compatible devices that can be designed to maximize the benefits across both 32-bit and 64-bit application areas. This will bring the advantages of energy-efficient 64-bit computing to new applications such as high-end servers and computing, as well as offering backwards compatibility and migration for existing software through a consistent architecture.
ARMv8 will have both 32- and 64-bit modes, like todays x86/x64 CPUs, and this should help transition ARM into the 64-bit world for existing applications. ARM have dubbed the 32-bit mode "AArch32" and the 64-bit mode "AArch64".
Google TV arrived last year to some lukewarm reviews, citing its complicated interface and lack of actual usefulness. Google has spun out with another push in the form of Google TV 2.0, which includes a totally revamped UI as well as access to Google's Android Market. The update will get rolled out to Sony devices starting today and will hit Logitech Revue set-top boxes soon after.
There's no new hardware announced, but we should see some from Samsung, Vizio and other partners next year. Google, for now, are focusing their efforts making its software more user-friendly and building a solid base that will continue to be improved upon with one or two major OS updates per year and through apps from third-party developers.
Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1.9 beta 2.
foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.
Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.
Full unicode support.
Easily customizable user interface layout.
Advanced tagging capabilities.
Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
Full ReplayGain support.
Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.1.9 beta 2
- fixes more MP3 tagging regressions
- refines the WAV tagging feature.