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BlackBerry, Nokia, Apple to suffer at hands of 'good enough' Android surge

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 24, 2013 12:13 am

Nomura Equity Research's Stuart Jeffrey believes that Apple, Nokia, and BlackBerry will suffer at the hands of Android devices that are good enough. Jeffrey believes these lower cost devices will provide attractive options for emerging markets, making it tougher for the aforementioned companies to enter.

 

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The drivers of our higher growth estimates are ones to which Apple appears to have no exposure, at least not currently. These drivers include: We see APAC driving 70-79% of growth; Apple's 1Q13 APAC share was 13%; "Good enough" Android phones priced at $100 and below are driving most of the growth; Apple has no exposure to this segment; 5" screen sizes are driving the higher-priced market segments, a segment where Apple has no exposure; Local application development in APAC is focused on Android, giving Android a big competitive advantage over Apple.

 

Jeffrey maintains a Neutral rating on Apple, with a price target of $420. He has, however, lowered his estimates for Nokia to $25.22 billion in revenue and a 1-cent-per-share net loss. BlackBerry's estimates have also been cut to $13.31 billion in revenue and 31 cents per share.

Windows 8 causes Microsoft's customer satisfaction rating to drop to Vista levels

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2013 11:29 pm

Microsoft's customer satisfaction rating has plummeted to levels it hasn't seen since Windows Vista was the current operating system. Most attribute this fall of satisfaction to Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system, which has been received by consumers with much discontent.

 

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Windows 8.1 should hopefully help customer satisfaction recover as its rumored the much-loved Start button will be making a return along with an option to boot straight to the desktop mode. Microsoft's ACSI report has consumer satisfaction at 74 out of 100. Shortly after Vista launched, it was just 73 out of 100. In 2011, Microsoft's ACSI was at 78 out of 100 and it quickly dropped to 75 after Windows 8 launched.

 

David VanAmburg, director of ACSI:

It seems clear that the release of Windows 8 did not give Microsoft a significant bump, as the release of Windows 7 did, nor did it dramatically lower customer satisfaction in a rather short time frame, as the release of Vista did.

 

One of the issues with PC software appears to be that there is less of it out there now. While productivity software remains in demand -- Office, TurboTax, Acrobat -- with so many households that own PCs relying more and more on their tablets, smartphones and gaming systems for entertainment and recreation, the range of PC software may be shrinking, not a welcome sign for diehards [who are] still very loyal to the traditional PC.

Rockstar announces Grand Theft Auto V bundles, Collector's edition will cost $150

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 10:57 pm

We've learned more about Grand Theft Auto V's upcoming special editions that will be available for pre-order. Rockstar is offering up two special editions: the Special edition and the Collector's edition. Both come with special features, though the Collector's edition is more expensive and features more perks.

 

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The Special edition costs just $79.99 and comes with loads of special content. Gamers who opt for the Special edition will be provided with a SteelBook case, a blueprint map of Los Santos and Blaine County, a regeneration boost for each character's in-game special ability bar, extra challenges for the stunt plane, bonus outfits and tattoos, special deals at the in-game shops, and additional weapons.

 

The Collector's edition comes with even more. It includes everything the Special edition does and adds a unique outer box, a real life "security deposit bag", a New Era hat with the Los Santos logo, classic GTA characters for GTA Online, and a special garage with custom vehicles. It will set you back $149.99, or just under double that of the Special edition.

 

The game will be released September 17 and pre-orders are now available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Microsoft has their numbers off in latest tablet ads

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2013 10:31 pm

An eagle-eyed ad watcher caught that Microsoft might have done their math wrong, or just completely lied, in their latest round of Windows 8 tablet ads. In the ads, Microsoft tries to portray that an ASUS VivoTab Smart has a larger screen than the iPad 4. While the diagonal measurement of the ASUS is indeed larger, the actual area of the screen is smaller.

 

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Microsoft claims that the ASUS features a 36 percent larger screen. However, the iPad's screen is actually about 3.55 percent larger due to its dimensions. The ipad measures 7.76 by 5.82 inches and the ASUS measures 8.8 by 4.95 inches. Because of the different ratio, the iPad is actually bigger.

Microsoft announces new Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 10:11 pm

Microsoft has announced that there will be a new Kinect sensor for Windows and an accompanying SDK released next year. The new Kinect sensor will be similar to the one recently announced for the Xbox One, which means we should see a 1080p camera, better skeletal tracking, and a new active IR.

 

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Microsoft says that the new Kinect sensor will power "some exciting new Windows PC experiences." We can expect more information regarding the new Kinect for Windows at BUILD 2013, which takes place towards the end of June. Windows 8.1 will also be making an appearance at the BUILD conference in June.

LeakedTT: Official images of the Huawei Ascend P6 appear online, will likely launch June 18

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2013 9:29 pm

Thanks to Evleaks, official images of the Hauwei Ascend P6 have been leaked onto the Internet. The device continues to appear extremely thin and is quite good looking. An official release date still hasn't been divulged, but there isn't much left for Huawei to do other than officially announce the device.

 

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We suspect June 18 to be the date it is officially launched because Huawei Device Chairman Richard Yu psoted that the device should be revealed at Huawei's June 18 event in London. Of course, the post was quickly deleted, seemingly adding credibility to the post. If the phone does debut on June 18, you'll be able to read about it on TweakTown.

Verizon and AT&T getting Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Editions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2013 9:03 pm

Samsung can't seem to turn out variants of the popular Galaxy S4 fast enough. Now, the latest is that Verizon and AT&T will be getting Developer Editions of the venerable Galaxy S4. Oddly enough the variants are going to carriers that have been the worst in the past in terms of locking devices down.

 

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The Galaxy S4 Developer Edition will be available in Black Mist with 16GB of internal storage. I find it odd that internal storage on a developer device would be so slim. We doubt that the Developer Edition will be available with a subsidy, so you can expect to pay full price for the device. Users of AT&T will also soon get access to Samsung's new Google Edition Galaxy S4 that was announced at Google I/O.

Need for Speed Rivals is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 8:29 pm

Now that both next-gen gaming consoles have been announced, EA has been issuing a flurry of press releases detailing games that we can expect on the consoles. Today's announcement sees Need for Speed Rivals coming to both the newly announced Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

 

 

Need for Speed Rivals will make use of the Frostbite 3 game engine, allowing the game to use stunning graphics and continue to blur the line between virtual and real. The game is being developed by EA's newest studio, Ghost Games, and is being built with help from Criterion Games.

 

Need for Speed Rivals is bringing with it several new features, most interesting of which is AllDrive. The developers explain:

At the heart of Need for Speed Rivals is AllDrive, an innovative new online feature that allows gamers to seamlessly transition from playing alone to playing with friends, eliminating the line between single player and multiplayer. Players will have to keep one eye on their rearview mirror as friends will be able to enter and exit races on-the-fly, creating a world where no two events will ever be the same.

 

Gamers who pre-order Need for Speed Rivals will receive the NfS Rivals Ultimate Cop Pack for no additional cost. It brings an exclusive Nissan GT-R Black Edition cop car and various other exclusive items. To learn more, head over to Need for Speed's website.

HP launches Envy Rove 20, a mobile all-in-one PC with built-in battery power

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 23, 2013 8:02 pm

We've seen several great new products out of HP today. First the Envy TouchSmart 14 with a 3,200x1,800 pixel display, now the Envy Rove 20. HP's engineers appear to be working overtime to produce feature-rich products. The Envy Rove 20 is a "mobile all-in-one PC" and is significant as it is HP's first mobile all-in-one.

 

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Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs and Consumer Solutions:

Customers are looking for mobility and flexibility in their computing devices to give families new ways to bring generations together. HP is evolving to meet our customers' needs by designing next-generation form factors, like the Rove mobile All-in-One PC, which will enable people to connect, share and create in ways they never imagined.

 

The system can be utilized like a tablet around the house, running on its built-in battery, or as a desktop all-in-one, making it highly versatile. The 20-inch display is of the IPS variety, meaning users can expect excellent color reproduction and viewing angles. I am a bit disappointed that the resolution is just 1,600x900. The Envy Rove 20 will be powered by Intel's upcoming Haswell line of processors.

HP prepping Envy TouchSmart 14 laptop with 3,200x1,800 display

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 23, 2013 7:38 pm

I'm just a little bit giddy about this latest announcement from HP. The company as of late is producing more and more products with features that actually matter to consumers in attempts to return to their previous glory. HP has announced a new Envy TouchSmart 14 laptop with a 3,200x1,800 pixel display.

 

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That resolution is packed into a 14-inch screen. The Retina MacBook Pro, for comparison, features a resolution of 2,880x1,800 in a 15-inch display. This means the new HP should pack more pixels into a smaller screen, providing an even higher pixel density. Wow. The Envy TouchSmart 14 notebook will be available sometime in June after Intel launches Haswell.

 

We aren't sure just how much the machine will set you back, but the version with a 1366x768 display cost just $699. I would venture to guess that the display will be a $150-200 upgrade. We'll have more when this notebook launches, hopefully with a review shortly after.

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