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Apple is losing their grip on the tablet market, Android on the other hand is making huge gains

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 10:33 am

After Apple released their Q2 2013 earnings yesterday, market research firms have dived head first into the numbers, churning out some interesting facts. Strategy Analytics were one of the first to start shoving numbers out, with a report released late last night.

 

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Apple sold 19.5 million iPads in the three-month period, taking 48.2% of the global tablet market. This may sound impressive, nearly 50% of the global tablet sales are iPads - but let's rewind twelve months and look at the same quarter of 2012. Apple were enjoying a huge 63.1% of the market, meaning that we've seen a gigantic drop in Apple's dominance of the global tablet market.

 

If we look at Android in the same way, last year they took 34.2% of the global table market, but now they've jetted up to 43.4%. What is Apple's loss, is Google's gain, in more ways than one. We do have Windows, which isn't actually doing too badly, jumping from 0% last year to 7.5%, so Microsoft are even benefiting from Apple's slide.

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Verizon reportedly preparing $100 billion bid to purchase Vodafone's shares in Verizon Wireless

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 9:35 am

Reuters have reported that Verizon is looking to buy out Vodafone's 45% share of Verizon Wireless, as Verizon is preparing $100 billion in order to complete the transaction.

 

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Reuters' unnamed sources say that Verizon have hired bank and legal advisers to prepare the bid, raising $50 billion in bank financing plus an additional $50 billion in their own shares. Discussions are said to take place "soon", but if Vodafone aren't willing to play ball, they could take its bid into the public arena.

Apple R&D reaches $4 billion this year, up 33% from 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 8:34 am

I've made my thoughts on Apple quite clear in an editorial back in October, predicting the huge stock tumble and reduced sales on the iPhone, but one area Apple can come back is by releasing something that we don't expect.

 

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These devices are worked on in the company's research and development department, with R&D expenses growing 33% this year and are set to fly past $4 billion in fiscal 2013. Apple spent an additional $278 million on R&D expenses in the recent quarter, and when compared to their R&D expenditure in 2012, this number is up 33%.

 

R&D spending for the first six months of fiscal 2013 is now up $530 million year-over-year, another 33% increase from the first six months of fiscal 2012. If Apple keeps this pace, we should expect them to pass $4 billion in R&D expenses this year alone, comparing it to last years $3.4 billion R&D bill.

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Google joins the FIDO Alliance's board of directors, wants to beef up their two-factor authentication

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 7:26 am

Google have just joined FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance's board of directors, where they hope to improve their two-factor authentication efforts. FIDO have pushed out press release, announcing that NXP and CrucialTec have also joined the board.

 

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FIDO wants to increase security measures across the Internet, and plan to implement multiple technologies in order to make web security stronger. Biometric verification is one of the technologies the Alliance is investing into, with the technology being reliable for identifying an individual as it uses distinguishable traits, such as fingerprints, voice recognition, eye scanning and face authentication to verify the user.

 

Another technology FIDO is looking into is One Time Passwords, which can be used just once. These passwords are generated randomly, and can only be retrieved by a special device, or through a computer. FIDO are also interested in Near Field Communication (NFC), which is already baked into many smartphones that consumers already own.

LG ships a record 10.3 million smartphones in Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 6:33 am

Thanks to just a few of LG's smartphones, they've seen a record amount of smartphones shipped in Q1 2013. 10.3 million smartphones were shipped in the three-month period, riding the success of some of their LTE and 3G handsets.

 

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The smartphones that helped LG reach their record high are the Optimus G, Optimus G Pro, Optimus L Series and Nexus 4. LG have said that more extensive availability of newer devices is expected to help smartphone sales and shipments even more going into Q2. The US launch of their flagship Optimus G Pro happens on May 3, and should see the South Korean company have great success in Q2 and beyond.

The most reliable Windows PC is an Apple MacBook Pro running Boot Camp

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 6:32 am

Apple's MacBook Pro is a delicious notebook, most people know that, but according to a new study from PC efficiency software vendor, Soluto, the MBP is the world's most reliable Windows PC.

 

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Soluto used "data from its massive online database of PC crashes, hangs, and performance metrics to identify the 10 most reliable Windows PCs you can buy today". Their study found that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with Boot Camp installed is "at the top of the list". Their study found a few other suitable candidates, the Dell Vostro 3560, the Dell XPS 13, Acer's Aspire E1-571, Acer's Aspire V3-771 and Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

 

When it is all swirled together, Apple computers make up 33% of the six most reliable Windows PCs in the world.

Nintendo's Miiverse is now available on web browsers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 5:38 am

Nintendo have made their social network available to web browsers, with Miiverse now available in beta form. Miiverse allows you to view your friends' updates and posts to individual game communities in both text, and written or drawn form.

 

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The squiggly bits arrive thanks to the Wii U GamePad's touchscreen. Nintendo have stated that Miiverse in web browsers is in beta form, and features a simple, responsive design that scales down to mobile devices well.

 

The ability to make new posts from the web interface isn't ready yet, so for now you'll have to use your Wii U. Before using the app, you'll need to have created a Nintendo Network account on the Wii U. You can check it out here.

Sony pushes out update 4.41 to the PS3, designed to "improve system stability"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 4:40 am

PlayStation 3 owner? You might want to check for any new system updates on your console, as Sony have confirmed that update 4.41 is hitting the PS3 today.

 

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Update 4.41 is designed to "improve system stability", but it's currently not known if this is a mandatory update or not. Sony took to the PlayStation Twitter account stating that it's just a minor update.

NASA goes low-budget, launches three smartphones into orbit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 3:31 am

NASA have just launched three Nexus One smartphones into orbit as part of a low-budget, experimental satellite program that uses off-the-shelf components.

 

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The three Android-powered devices are now circling high above the Earth, encased in 4-inch metal cubes, at an altitude of around 150 miles and will burn up on re-entry within the next two weeks. NASA's mission of each PhoneSat is easy, they just have to take photos of the Earth and send back periodic radio messages.

 

The mission is to see if the smartphones are capable of supplying the "brains" of future satellites, which would make satellites much cheaper in the future. NASA launched the smartphones into orbit on Sunday when Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket lifted off from Virginia. Amateur radio operators had begun notifying NASA that they could pick up radio signals from the satellites within hours of the launch.

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Google Glass and its competitors' devices to be big sellers by 2016 - more than 9 million devices expected to ship by 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 2:30 am

Google Glass, and their sure to be following competitors, are definitely set to be the new smartphone craze. Research firm IHS knows this, and has predicted that shipments of smart glasses could hit 9.4 million units between 2012 and 2016.

 

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The first shipments will be small, with expectations of around 124,000 units this year as Google Glass becomes available to developers. Adoption is set to really ramp up going into 2014, expected to push up by 250% as Glass becomes available to you and me, the general public. Google will of course push Glass in the market, which will have competitors' devices gain market share too, with combined sales reaching 6.6 million units per year by 2016.

 

If smart glasses are too expensive to the general public, these numbers could be much lower with IHS estimating shipments could be as low as a million units through 2016.

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