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Qualcomm to pay its shareholders a dividend of $0.35 per share

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 5:28 pm

If you own stock in QUALCOMM Incorporated, today is a very good day for you. The company announced this morning that it will be paying a quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per common share which will be payable on September 25, 2013. This dividend comes after record-breaking quarters for the company as the mobile devices market continues unprecedented growth in all sectors.

 

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During the second quarter of 2013, QUALCOMM amassed $6.12 billion in revenue which is up 24 percent over the same period in 2012. Of that $6.12 billion, $1.87 billion accounted for net income which was actually down 16 percent year-over-year. Operating cash flow came in around $2.2 billion which was up 17 percent year-over-year. Second-quarter operating income was around $1.88 billion which is said to be up 24 percent year-over-year.

 

"We delivered another strong quarter as the worldwide adoption of smartphones continues," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "Looking forward, we are seeing strong traction with our new Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors, and we continue to expect healthy growth in 3G and 3G/4G multimode devices around the world. We are pleased to be raising our calendar 2013 3G/4G device shipment estimates and our revenue and earnings guidance for fiscal 2013."

WhatsApp removes up-front fee iOS devices, moves to yearly subscription plan

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 4:41 pm

WhatsApp has been quickly making its way to the top of the list for the world's most popular messaging platforms. Just a few months ago, its owners claimed that its servers see more than 10 billion messages pass through each day; that's more than Twitter or even iMessenge. The app is free on Android for the first year and then costs one dollar per year thereafter. Unfortunately for iOS users, until now they had to pay that dollar upfront.

 

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Today, the company announced that it is finally going to bring the iOS version of the app in line with Android and BlackBerry and offer the application free for the first year and then require a one dollar per year subscription thereafter. This move has been planned for quite some time and everyone knew it was coming; we just did not know when.

 

Existing iOS users should be ecstatic to hear that since they've already paid for the app, their subscription to the service will be free for life and they will not be required to pay the one dollar subscription fee each year. I use WhatsApp on a daily basis as it appears to be much faster than my carrier's text messaging service, is quite convenient, and is a free way for me to communicate with my brother and sister who live overseas. While none of us are iOS users, I know a few friends will be happy to hear of this announcement.

Google's Street View now lets viewers experience Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 3:39 pm

Hot on the heels of Google's public beta of its refreshed maps, the company has now updated its Street View service to include views from atop the Eiffel Tower. Google says that they worked with the Eiffel Tower Operating Company to gather a fairly large stack of panoramic imagery from all three of the Eiffel Tower's viewing platforms. Additionally, Google has built an online exhibit that depicts the story of the Eiffel Tower through 50 archival images, plans, engravings, and photographs.

 

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"In order to capture the imagery, the Street View team followed in the footsteps of 7 million annual visitors and ascended multiple floors of the Tower," Mark Yoshitake of the Google Cultural Institute wrote in a blog post introducing the new material. "Using the Street View Trolley (designed especially for monuments and museums) they filmed 360-degree views of the monument's architecture and its views over Paris."

 

The Eiffel Tower is 324 meters tall and held the title of tallest construction in the world for 40 years after it was built in 1889 until it was dethroned by the Chrysler building in New York City. It is comprised of over 18,000 separately made pieces and is one of the most photographed structures in the world.

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Panasonic unveils a new rugged wireless speaker dubbed the SC-NT10

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 2:29 pm

Panasonic likes building products that can take whatever you can throw at them and their new portable wireless speaker is no exception. The SC-NT10 is a black and orange 4W portable speaker that features two full-range speakers and a passive radiator. Panasonic says that the speaker is "quad proof" and is dust, water, and impact resistant. Panasonic says that the speaker is able to last about eight hours on a single charge but did not disclose standby time battery life.

 

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"Building on the popularity of other "tough" products in our lineup, Panasonic has created a wireless speaker that is small enough to carry almost anywhere and can handle the elements, but will still produce superior sound quality," said David Fisher, Product Manager, Home Entertainment, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America. "The SC-NT10 is an ideal audio companion for anyone who loves the outdoors. It's equipped with unique features for ease-of-use including Near Field Communication for easy pairing with mobile devices, and produces crystal clear, powerful sound."

 

Featuring Near Field Connectivity (NFC), the device is able to quickly pair with your smartphone's Bluetooth connection or alternatively, a 3.5 mm jack allows you to input your favorite tunes. The SC-NT10 is able to survive splashes of water, intense heat or freezing cold, and is able to survive drops from about 3 feet. Samsung says that they expect the speaker to ship sometime in August, but interested parties may pre-order one now for $100.

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Apple and Samsung will head back to court next month, the patent war continues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 11:30 am

On my Mum's birthday, August 9, Apple and Samsung will head into court to continue their patent battle. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC said on Monday that it will hear oral arguments from both companies on the day.

 

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Apple are appealing Judge Lucy Koh's decision to not slap Samsung with a sales ban on a bunch of their Galaxy-branded devices that were found to infringe on Apple's patents. Apple were originally ordered over $1 billion from Samsung, but Koh cut the damages to around $450 million in December - less than half the original amount.

 

Koh determined that the jury's calculations were flawed, and the damages were then softened. Koh also ordered a partial retrial that will happen in November, where Samsung will find out just how much they'll have to sign over to Apple.

RumorTT: Google ready to reintroduce Google TV to the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 10:30 am

Google showed Google TV off before it was fully baked, so all of the goodies inside were oozing out instead of being fully-functional features that blew people away and had consumers throwing money at their product.

 

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But, it looks like they're at it again, and according to The Wall Street Journal's inside sources, Google are pitching the idea of an online TV service to media providers and distributors. The difference between it not working before, and it working now, is that content providers are looking for nationwide distribution - something Google can provide, very easily.

 

The WSJ are reporting that Google has the system developed and is shopping it around to various partners. The world of TV has changed since Google first introduced Google TV, with the likes of Netflix and their smash hits like the fourth season of Arrested Development and House of Cards doing very, very good business online.

Oculus Rift could one day be free, but for now we should expect a $300 price point

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 9:23 am

I'll be attending PAX AU on Friday, where I'll finally get some hands-on (or is that heads- and soul-on) with Oculus' Rift VR headset. I'll be using the Full HD version, which I'm quite excited about.

 

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But, for now, the company have said that they're going to be releasing Rift to consumers at $300. Most people will look at that and think it's expensive, but consider the price of a Full HD 27-inch monitor, which is around the same price, and it doesn't seem so bad. Moving onto multi-monitor setups, which are even more expensive, it makes Oculus' Rift look like a much better alternative.

 

During an interview with Edge Online, Oculus' CEO, Brandon Iribe noted how he hopes it would influence how we play games in a better way than next-gen consoles. He talked about the way that Rift will reach the market, acknowledging that "the lower the price point, the wider the audience." It's true, but getting it cheaper than $300 will be hard.

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Crytek are moving to Linux, the Crysis developer is looking for a programmer to port CryEngine 3 to Linux

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 8:25 am

Valve have been talking about, and slowly making the jump to Linux for a while now, but it looks like Crytek are looking to make a similar move to the open source operating system.

 

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A job listing at Crytek has been noticed, with the future employee of the studio to be responsible for maintaining Linux support for CryEngine 3, provide training to internal and external developers and help out with prototypes of games, too.

Diablo III for the PlayStation 3 will be playable at Comic-Con

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 7:24 am

We've been hearing about the console version of Diablo III for quite some time now, but a playable version will be available at Comic-Con, which starts in San Diego on July 17.

 

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Multiplayer sessions will be available between 9:30am and 7pm PT on July 18, and will close on July 21 at 5:30pm. Diablo III will be launching on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 3. It'll arrive on the PlayStation 4, but that won't be happening until 2014 unfortunately.

Path are raising $50 million over a $500 million valuation, still walking down the path to find a lead investor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 6:20 am

Path may have just updated their apps for both Android and iOS, but their heart is with their finances right now as they're raising a $50 million Series C round at a $500 million post-money valuation.

 

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It was only back in April of 2012 that the social network raised $30 million at a valuation of $250 million, so they've grown considerably in the last fifteen months. Google offered Path $100 million to acquire them back in 2011, with rumors arriving again that the search giant would acquire them. We'll see in the coming months, I guess.

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