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Windows Phone satisfaction higher than that of Android, still behind iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:55 am

The iPhone remains the number one desired device in the United States, with half of American's planning to buy a new device in the next 90 days planning on getting an iPhone. That's down from 71 percent in September 2012, while Samsung's numbers have jumped from 13 percent to 21 percent, respectively.




More interestingly, 71 percent of iOS customers say they are "Very Satisfied," while only 53 percent of Windows Phone customers say they are. However, both groups are ahead of Android, which only sees 48 percent very satisfied. RIM lags behind with only 26 percent of its base being very satisfied.


Because of this, Windows Phone could very well see some great growth in the coming year, as long as those satisfied customers are getting the word out. The data above comes from 451 Research. They surveyed 4,061 people, with 88 percent of those being US-based.

Comcast invests $150 million in Arris, maker of set-top boxes

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:14 am

Comcast has purchased a stake worth $150 million in Arris, a set-top box maker. Cable still relies on users having set-top boxes, so it's probably not a bad investment for Comcast to be making. In return for the cash, Comcast will receive around 10.6 million shares of common stock in the company.




Comcast's purchase will close along with Arris' purchase of Motorola Home from Google. The value of Motorola Home is valued at $2.35 billion. Both Comcast and Google will end up with roughly a 7.85 percent stake in Arris once the deals are complete.


"We are very pleased that Comcast has agreed to make this significant investment in Arris," said Bob Stanzione, CEO of Arris. "We believe this investment by one of our largest customers is a strong indication of customer support for the Motorola Home acquisition and its potential to accelerate innovation to the benefit of the industry and consumers."

Tesla opening 25 new stores in 2013, including first store in China

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:55 pm

The all-electric vehicles made by Tesla are awesome pieces of technology. Not only should they help advance battery technology, they look great and, apparently, drive great. Tesla is planning to open 25 more stores during 2013, which is almost double that of the 13 stores it opened in 2012.




Half of those locations will be in the United States and the other half will be in foreign countries, including Tesla's first location in China. The new location in China is set to open this Spring.


Tesla has also redoubled its commitment to rolling out Supercharger charging stations across the United States. Currently only eight are in operation, most of which are on the west coast. Tesla plans to cover both coasts and then connect them in the middle so that someone can travel from Boston to LA without using any gas.

Samsung was most popular brand on Twitter during CES 2013, according to Salorix

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:05 pm

Data from Salorix suggests that Samsung was the top brand on Twitter during the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, which isn't too surprising. Salorix looked at over one million tweets related to CES to come to these conclusions. While Samsung led the pack, Sony, Panasonic, Lenovo, and LG weren't far behind.




As far as top products go, 4K "Ultra HD" TV's and mobile devices were given the most attention, which is also unsurprising for someone who attended the show. This year's CES was pretty much entirely dominated by mobile devices and 4K televisions. Samsung was on top of the Twitter heap every day, save for Day 1, when Sony was on top.


Day 2, which saw Samsung's keynote, was dominated by Samsung, with over 30 percent of CES-related tweets being about the company. It's prototypes, including a flexible cellphone and curved TV, were especially popular among the Twitter crowd.

Want to know how SSDs are made? Crucial takes you behind the scenes in this new video

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 10:14 pm

Ever wonder how an SSD is made? No longer will this burning question keep you up at night as Crucial has just posted up to YouTube a behind-the-scenes video detailing the creation of a solid state drive, from inception to delivery.



In the video, they explain the process in a quick manner, so pay attention. They cover silicon design, wafer production, individual chip production, testing, assembly, more testing, packaging, and delivery. Watch the video and let us know something cool you learned from it that you didn't know before.

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RumorTT: iPhone 5S to be mass produced in March, launch in June/July

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 10:07 pm

Jeffries analyst Peter Misek has released another research report, which continues to assert that the iPhone 5S will be coming June or July. New to the report is the assertion that mass production of the next iPhone will begin in March. If this is the case, I would expect to start seeing leaks soon, and definitely by March, as long as Apple continues to be as leaky as they have been in the past.




Our checks indicate that preliminary builds for the iPhone 5S will start in March for a launch in June/July. As word of the earlier production schedule starts to spread, we believe we could see a slight slowing of demand CQ1 in anticipation of the new product launch and Apple will likely start curtailing channel inventory.


Along with rumors and predictions for the iPhone 5S, Misek provides some insight into the possibility of a cheaper iPhone:


Similar to the iPad mini, we expect a concentrated low-cost iPhone rather than a "cheap" one. Likely specs: polycarbonite case with 4" non-Retina display and no LTE. We believe a new low-cost iPhone would increase Apple's share, decrease [gross margins], but have little impact on [earnings per share].


We'll see if any of this comes true in just a few short months, so keep your eyes peeled for all news iPhone 5S related.

Red October attacks also used Java exploit, according to researchers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 9:11 pm

The Red October cyberespionage attacks were thought to have used Excel and Word exploits solely, but new data by a different set of researchers suggest that a Java exploit was also used to spread the infection. Israeli IT security firm Seculert was analyzing the Command and Control servers for the attack and found a special folder containing a malicious Java applet.




The applet used an exploit that was patched back in October 2011, which suggests that the attackers preferred older, known vulnerabilities and not zero-day ones. The applet was compiled in February 2012, which furthers this theory. This discovery is being credited to the fact that the attackers switched from a PHP server-side scripting language to CGI on the C&C servers.


They left up older PHP-based attack pages, which allowed the source code to be viewed. Full analysis is now impossible as the attackers have shut the C&C servers down, likely to cover their tracks.

Facebook's big thing is Graph Search, allows you to search through its social graph

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 8:40 pm

Facebook's big announcement today was the preview and beta launch of Graph Search, a new tool that will help you sift through the massive amounts of connections and data that Facebook has in its social graph. For the questions that can't be answered by Facebook's data, Bing will try and provide the answer from the Internet.




The current version is available in a limited preview for English users only. Zuckerberg stressed that privacy was an important issue when building the search engine. For instance, you should only be able to search for content shared with you, however, you can search for something like "TV shows watched by doctors" or "Music liked by people who like Mitt Romney."


The ability to do searches such as the examples above could allow researchers to sift through connections to see if there are any connections. According to Zuckerberg, there are currently 1 billion people, 240 billion photos, and 1 trillion connections in the social graph. How it works:


"Graph Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page. When you start typing to search for something, it will make suggestions of searches you're looking to perform and once you select the search it will return results on a page that you can further customize and filter."



Only "hundreds of thousands" of users will be getting the initial roll out of the Graph Search feature.

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NRA releases shooting game 'NRA: Practice Range' for the iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 8:28 pm

NRA, an organization that stands for the Second Amendment, recently spoke out against violent video games, using them to explain recent school shootings. However, the NRA has released an iPhone game, which involves shooting targets, albeit non-human targets. The app also offers safety tips, such as "Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction."




The game comes with handguns and rifles, which players use to shoot at targets. Gamers can pay extra money to use an AK-47 or MK11 sniper rifle. The game itself is a free download from iTunes and is more about spreading safety information than anything, but the release timing is certainly not the best choice the NRA could have made.

ReportTT: Data shows US federal employees continue to illegally download TV episodes, movies

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 7:38 pm

The people in charge of the United States government are apparently not above illegally downloading movies and music, if data by ScanEye is to be believed. ScanEye tracks IP addresses downloading files from BitTorrent and matches those IP addresses to a physical location by utilizing MaxMind.




The data shows that "dozens" of films and TV shows have been downloaded by computers in the House of Representatives. Remember, this was the group of legislators responsible for creating SOPA and PIPA. Among the downloaded TV shows and movies were Glee, Dexter, Lawless, The Cabin in the Woods, and Life of Pi, which doesn't even release until March 5.


You can check out the full ScanEye report at Scribd.

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