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Samsung expected to ship 10 million Galaxy S4 phones in first month of sales

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 3:00 pm

Samsung has been quite vocal about its plans to turn the Galaxy S4 into the bestselling smartphone in history. This morning we are learning that the company is expecting to sell over 10 million Galaxy S4 devices in the first month alone.

 

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Citing supply chain sources who are intimately familiar with Samsung's projected sales reports, DigiTimes is reporting that Samsung could ship as many as 30 million Galaxy S4 phones in its first quarter of sales alone, with 10 million of them flying off the shelves in the first month.

 

The company has lined up launches in 50 countries and more than 300 carriers, which will no doubt boost its initial sales numbers. Unlike HTC's One and Apple's iPhone 5, the Galaxy S4 is not expected to see any delays in shipping because Samsung actually manufacturers most of the components in-house, which is a huge advantage over the competition.

China gets pirated web-based Apple iOS app store website via KuaiYong

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 2:26 pm

KuaiYong, a Windows app that allows pirated iOS software to be installed on an iPhone or iPad without jail breaking, has just gotten a web based front-end. The new website dubbed 7659.com will let users install apps to their iPhone and iPads without having to navigate the KuaiYong app on their device.

 

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Pirated apps are nothing new on iOS, but have always required a jail broken device, which has served as a very lightweight safeguard against many people choosing to pirate apps. KuaiYong circumvented the need to be jail broken by using a bulk enterprise license to get around those safeguards.

 

It is still unclear as to why Apple has not attempted to take the site or app down. Some say that it is because they simply do not know it exists, but let's be honest here - if sites like Engadget, Techmeme and TweakTown know about the KuaiYong, you can bet Apple is aware of its existence.

 

Some suggest that Apple is simply afraid to push the matter in China as it is doesn't want to cause any more issues with state run media.

Meet the Inhon Blade 13 Carbon - the thinnest, lightest notebook in the world

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 2:02 pm

Inhon, a Taiwanese manufacturer of notebooks, has just unveiled the Blade 13 Carbon ultrabook. While the news of another ultrabook may not sound exciting, the Blade Carbon is something to get excited about, as it claims the title of thinnest and lightest notebook in the world.

 

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Weighing in at just 870 grams, the 10.7mm thick (thin?) Blade 13 Carbon is more than 400 grams lighter than Apple's MacBook Air, and more than 6mm thinner. Inhon ditched the aluminum unibody idea in favor of carbon fiber, which resulted in a much thinner profile and the record weight listing.

 

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Inhon will release the Blade 13 Carbon in several different configurations including models with Intel Core i5 and i7 low-voltage chips, 1080p 13-inch display and a 128GB or 256GB SSD. RAM is said to be limited to just 4GB, though. The Blade 13 Carbon will begin shipping in June at a price point of $1350. Unfortunately those of us state side will not get the chance to pick one (as yet) up as Inhon has no US distributors that we could find.

Palit and PC Partner overtake ASUS to become the biggest GPU sellers in the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 11:32 am

When people think global graphics card sales, they've always had ASUS stand there, proud, being number one - well, not anymore. Palit Microsystems of Taiwan, and PC Partner of Hong Kong have overtaken the Taiwan-based company, pushing ASUS into the number there position according to "industry sources" of DigiTimes.

 

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Palit and PC Partner both have large numbers of sub-brands, which have helped them get to that coveted number one position. Palit own quite a number of other brands around the world, a few of which might surprise you, DigiTimes reports that they own "Galaxy, Yuan, Gainward, Vvikoo, XpertVision and Daytona". PC Partner, make their graphics cards in sub-brands, and concentrates in AMD Radeon GPUs under the Sapphire brand, and NVIDIA GPUs under the Zotac brand.

Hulu sale rumors continue, new reports point to the company hiring a firm to help them with the sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 10:32 am

The sale of Hulu has been something that has been talked about for a while now, but we might just be a step closer to it happening now. Reuters is now reporting that the online movie and TV streaming company have hired the help of financial services firm Guggenheim Partners.

 

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Guggenheim Partners will be advising Hulu, but are also interested in making a bid in the company which could lead to a conflict of interest. To steer around this possible, and probable conflict of interest, the company have created a separate Guggenheim Digital Media unit in January that is being headed by former Yahoo CEO and News Corp executive Ross Levinsohn, who is reportedly interested in a deal with the company.

Google CEO hints that the next Motorola phone would be more durable

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 9:32 am

Google CEO Larry Page had a talk at their earnings call today, hinting that the company could make Motorola's next device more durable than the current smartphones we all know and love. Page talked about battery life, water damage and drops, saying that those things shouldn't be an issue for a smartphone.

 

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Page added "Having just seen Motorola's upcoming products myself, I'm real excited about the potential there. In just under a year, they have accomplished a lot, and have impressive velocity and execution". Motorola's next phones are rumored to be running stock Android, something that excites me, a lot. We should hopefully hear about Motorola's next phone at Google I/O in June.

Larry Page confirms that Google Glass runs a modified version of Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 8:29 am

I've tried for a while now to throw money at my screen, but I still haven't received my Glass product from Google. In the meantime, between shedding tears and dreaming of a wearable computing world, Google CEO Larry Page has confirmed that Glass will indeed be running a modified version of Android.

 

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The news comes from the Mountain View-based company's earnings call, where the CEO said: "obviously, Glass runs on Android, so [Android] has been pretty transportable across devices, and I think that will continue". Google's mobile OS is on a multitude of devices, from smartphones to tablets, laptops to cameras and now their wearable computing device. This news should be music to developers' ears, as they can easily port their apps over to Glass' headset.

RumorTT: Samsung to release Galaxy S4 mini in early-June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 7:27 am

If you thought Samsung didn't have enough smartphones on the market, prepare for some new ones. Dutch site TechTastic are reporting that they've found a couple of new models on the South Korean company's website, claiming to be the Galaxy S3 mini refresh - the GT-I9190.

 

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The Galaxy S3 mini goes by the GT-I8190 moniker, so we should expect this one to be the Galaxy S4 mini. There will be two devices, the GT-I9190 and the I9195, with the latter being the S4 mini duos. We should expect the Galaxy S4 mini to feature a 4.3-inch 960x540 display, quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The S3 mini only featured a 800x480 display, dual-core processor and 5-megapixel camera.

 

We should expect the mini duos to feature a less powerful processor, most likely a dual-core chip, and would be aimed at markets where dual-SIM functionality is used.

NASA's Kepler telescope finds three 'super-Earth-size' exoplanets that could house life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 6:29 am

NASA has used their Kepler telescope to discover three "super-Earth-size" exoplanets that are close enough to their star to possibly have water on them. Two of the planets, Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, orbit a K2 dwarf estimated to be around 7 billion years old.

 

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This star measures in at around two-thirds the size of our sun, and is orbited by a total of five planets, three of which are too close to be habitable for life to form. Kepler-69c, the biggest of the three new planets discovered, is estimated to be around 70% larger than Earth, and takes 242 days to circle its star. This isn't the biggest news NASA has had, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Google Q1 2013 numbers are strong, revenues are up 31% from last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 5:36 am

While Apple's share price continues to tumble - I'm sure there's a better word for that... nosedive? - Google Q1 2013 earnings are in, and what a report they have to share with the world. A break down of the numbers is below:

 

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  • $13.97 billion in revenue for the quarter, up 31-percent year-over-year
  • $3.48 billion in operating income, up slightly y-o-y but down as a percentage of revenue
  • Google-owned sites represented $8.64 billion of those revenues
  • Google Network (partner sites) represented $3.26 billion of revenue
  • Motorola posted $1.02 billion in revenues, 7-percent of Google's total
  • Motorola ended with an operating loss of $271 million for Q1

 

The total revenue for the quarter being $13.97 billion, sees a huge 31% increase year-over-year. Motorola are still posting a loss, but I think we'll see the last of those in the coming months, and by this time next year we should see Motorola hopefully making all of Google's hardware.

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