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Apple stock drops below $500 as reports on dwindling iPhone 5 sales surface

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 7:44 pm

Apple's stock dipped below $500 a share this morning after media outlets reported that Apple ($APPL) was decreasing iPhone 5 component purchases due to lowering demand. That is over a $20 drop from Friday's closing price.

 

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The Wall Street Journal has reported that demand for the iPhone 5 has been lower than expected and cited "people familiar with the situation" as saying that Apple has cut its order for iPhone 5 screens in half for the March quarter. The Japanese daily publication Nikkei said that Apple has halved its initial order of 65,000 LCD screens from suppliers.

 

As if on cue, this news rattled investors, sending the stock into a downtrend. The stock started recovering shortly after falling below $500 and at the time of this writing, was hovering around $505 a share.

Upcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile OS gets 15,000 apps after porting incentive event

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 7:02 pm

Two recent Research in Motion events has resulted in more than 15,000 apps being ported to the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system according to RIM's vice president of developer relations Alec Saunders. The so called Port-A-Thons have been a huge success in helping jump starting RIM's app offerings.

 

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Both the Android Port-A-Thon and Community Port-A-Thon were designed to entice developers to port their popular apps over to RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS for cash and prize incentives. In what has to be some sort of record, the events topped out at their goal within a mere 38 hours.

 

The events ran from January 11th to January 13th, and offered developers $100 for every app ported, with a maximum of 20 apps set per vendor. Vendors who submitted five or more apps were entered into a drawing for 1 of 100 BB10 Dev Alpha devices. Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins has promised that BlackBerry 10 will launch with at least 70,000 apps, which actually does not seem like such a far off goal now.

SpaceTT: NASA buys inflatable ISS expansion module for $17.8m

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 6:06 pm

When we think of inflatables, we usually picture the moon bounce or giant slides often seen at amusement parks and children's birthday parties. NASA has other plans for the inflatable technology though, commissioning a $17.8 million inflatable space habitat.

 

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A contract between Bigelow Airspace and NASA was just signed for the construction of an inflatable and expandable module for the International Space Station. Bigelow Airspace was chosen because they already have a few prototype habitats orbiting earth.

 

Last year Bigelow Airspace partnered up with SpaceX to launch its BA 330, seen above, sometime in 2015. It is unsure at this time if NASA will launch the new expansion module or if SpaceX will be handling the delivery. Further details on the new ISS expansion are due this Wednesday, and I will be covering the event, so stay tuned for more information.

Introducing the Nanolight, the world's "most efficient" light bulb

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 5:11 pm

Three students from the University of Toronto have designed a revolutionary new type of LED based light bulb that is orders of magnitude more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs.

 

 

The Nanolight is an LED based light bulb replacement that consumes just 12 watts of energy and produces 1600 lumens of light output. This is on par with a 100w incandescent bulb at almost 1/10th the power consumption. The new design claims to have solved the LED heat problem and has no need for an expensive aluminum heatsink.

 

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The Nanolight has a lifespan of 30,000 hours and is estimated to cost a mere $50 in electricity over the full lifespan of the bulb. The company plans on producing a 10w Nanolight which would be equivalent to a 75w incandescent and cost even less to power.

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Samsung has sold 100+ million Galaxy phones since release

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 4:18 pm

Samsung has passed a major milestone for its Galaxy S smartphone line. The Korean tech company giant said that it has sold over 100 million Galaxy S smartphones since its launch just over two years ago.

 

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The Galaxy S III is by far the its fastest selling model, with 40+ million sold in just seven months with the S II being next in line with over 40 million sales over a 20 month period. The S II is still quite popular, which has led the company to refresh it, and launch it as the S II plus, but we expect the S III to continue to rise in sales drastically over the next few months.

 

The next-generation Galaxy S IV is rumored to be nearing completion and could be the company's bestselling smartphone yet. It is expected to feature a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screed with a super high pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, a 13mp camera, and an Exynos 5440 quad-core processor. We should see it hitting the market sometime in March or April of this year.

US gets first paper-less library in San Antonio, Texas

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 3:38 pm

BiblioTech library in San Antonio, Texas, is the first of its kind in the US. They are ditching the traditional public library model of vast amounts of paper bound books and switching to a much more modern and efficient e-books and digital media.

 

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The library will feature around 10,000 digital titles, and is designed to "supplement" the area's traditional libraries. Those who like to visit the library and bring home a book need not to fear as BiblioTech will carry e-readers for you to check out. Checked out e-books will be programmed to be available for only two weeks, upon which the e-reader will be returned.

 

We all knew it was coming and rightfully so. Hardbound books are expensive, costly to maintain, and take up vast amounts of space. With dwindling budgets, falling public interest and rising book cost, the traditional library model is just not cutting it anymore.

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ASUS rolls out MeMO pad, a Nexus 7-esque Android tablet for $149

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 2:27 pm

We heard rumors before and during CES that ASUS would begin shipping a new sub $150 class Android tablet, and it seems that the rumors were true. The MeMO Pad is a direct competitor with Google's Nexus 7, which by the way, is manufactured by ASUS.

 

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The MeMO Pad is a 7-inch 1024x600, 170 pixels per inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly bean. At the MeMO's core is a VIA WM8950 A9 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB of RAM and a Mali-400 GPU. The tablet features a 10 point multi-touch digitizer, and a Micro SD slot that supports up to 32GB SDHC cards.

 

With a 140-degree viewing angle, the Nexus 7's IPS display greatly outshines the MeMO however. 802.11 N, 720p, 30FPS front facing camera, and a 4270mAh Li-Po battery round off the 7" tablets features. The MeMo is finished with a rubberized coating and is available in three colors including white, grey and pink. The MeMO is expected to ship in April at a price point of $150.

Lego unveils their next-generation robot, the EV3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:33 am

Lego has announced that they will soon be offering up the next-generation of their Mindstorms line. The new system, which is the third-generation of its line, will be the EV3. EV3 sports a bunch of improved features in both hardware and software, where it's headed to the classroom and will also be used in Lego League competitions. Soren Thomsen of LEGO Education told Forbes:

 

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We gathered information from teachers and coaches to meet their needs. This is a strong new kit that should last for a lot of years.

 

Some of the new features being built into EV3's kit include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the ability to add memory to the units - which is something that the Lego League teams have been asking for - as well as the file sizes of the programs being streamlined. The new EV3 has a 3D instruction manual which should make it easier for users to see all the pieces from all angles, allowing them to design and construct their own robots.

 

The EV3 is available right now for preorder and will ship in the fall semester of 2013.

Huawei to unleash even more smartphones at Mobile World Congress next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 10:37 am

Huawei used the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 last week in Vegas to unveil two new smartphones, but it looks like we're going to see the same strong presence and unveiling of new devices at Mobile World Congress next month.

 

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The news comes from Huawei's Consumer Business Group's head, Richard Yu. Yu wouldn't go into details of course, but he's quoted as saying "Huawei will be launching two new products at MWC that are more innovative than these phones." The phones he is referring to are the Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate. Considering the Ascend D2 sports a 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel display and the Ascend Mate sports a huge 6.1-inch device, this should excite most.

 

What innovative smartphones could we expect from Huawei? Something thinner? Something much faster? Something that has a little of both? We only have a few weeks left until we find out, and we should be bringing you this news live from MWC 2013 itself.

Windows Phone to soon reach one million sales per week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 9:34 am

In this world of iOS and Android dominance, the voice of Windows Phone isn't heard too much. Well, now we have something to go on. Forbes' latest report is talking about Qualcomm's CES keynote, in which Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ran onto the stage and spilled some numbers.

 

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During his speech in the Qualcomm CES keynote, he said that the latest Windows Phone was selling "five times more devices than the same period last year". There are no exact numbers here, but if we go back to Q4 2011, we're looking at around 2.5 million units. Ewan Spence, who wrote the article for Forbes, he made:

 

A couple of assumptions, I make the range of Windows Phone handsets sold in Q4 2012 as being between 9,500,000 and 13,250,000 smartphones. My gut feeling is that the sales are at the lower end of this range, but I'd expect Q1 2013 to build on Q4 2012, mostly because the Windows Phone 8 devices were only available for half the quarter. So there's lots of room to improve those numbers over the next three months.

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