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Twitter beta sees a UI revamp, is a much simpler design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 10:33 am

If you're one of those lucky people in the Twitter beta testing group, you would know that there was an update tonight which has a new user interface. Twitter has changed the basic interface of its app, making it more simple to use.

 

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The left edge slide-in drawer is gone, and the scrolling tabs at the top of the page have been replaced by a simple three tab design: Home, Discover and Activity. Notifications and messages have been moved, which now feature their own distinct buttons in the top action bar, with number badges indicating unread counts.

 

If you want to compose a new tweet, that's now at the bottom of the app, where you'll also be greeted with new buttons to add a picture, launch into the camera, or directly into the tweet and start typing.

Instagram begins its ad rollout to its users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 9:31 am

It looks like Instagram is finally unleashing its ads to its application, with the Facebook-owned company announcing it will start pushing ads onto users' Instagram feeds.

 

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Instagram will do this to grow its revenues, and it says it will make sure that "any advertisements you see feel as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos many of you already enjoy from your favorite brands." Instagram also said that the ads that will be "be enjoyable and creative in much the same way you see engaging, high-quality ads when you flip through your favorite magazine."

Samsung estimated to rake in record $9.4 billion profit this quarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 8:32 am

Samsung has teased the world with its earnings estimates for Q3 2013, where it looks like the South Korean giant will break records, again. Samsung is looking to report $53.9 billion in total revenue, with an operating profit of around $9.4 billion.

 

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This is extremely good for the company, as it represents an increase from its $8.5 billion from its last quarter, and $51 billion in sales. When compared to its results from this time last year, it's a much bigger increase from the $48.5 billion in sales and $7.5 billion in profits. This represents an increase of 13% year-over-year.

Apple to power up Siri with its acquisition of Cue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 6:33 am

It looks like Apple is wanting to strengthen its voice assistant, Siri, with its acquisition of Cue. Cue is a personal assistant application that has been an iOS exclusive.

 

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AppleInsider reports that Cue's functionality is similar to the sort of predictive information delivery that is very similar to Google Now, which is incredible. Apple has always put continuous work into Siri, but it looks like this acquisition of Cue could help them better compete with Google and its incredible Now service.

Twitter is looking to raise $1 billion with its IPO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 5:31 am

Twitter is closer to its IPO, pushing out its IPO filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The social network filed an S-1 behind closed doors earlier in the year, as they were able to do so because Twitter's annual revenue was less than $1 billion last year.

 

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Now that Twitter's S-1 in public, we can find out what its financials are ahead of its IPO. The social network is looking to raise $1 billion, which will be underwritten by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and a bunch of other banks. Twitter will share its trade under the ticker TWTR.

Adobe hit with cyber attack, up to 2.9 million accounts at risk

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 4:36 am

Adobe has been hit with a cyber attack, with the hackers taking information from up to 2.9 million Adobe customers. The hackers were able to access Adobe IDs and encrypted passwords, but customer names, encrypted debit and credit card numbers, expiration dates and order information was stolen.

 

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As you can imagine, this is quite bad. Adobe says that the intruders most likely didn't access any decrypted information, which means your credit card details should be safe. The 2.9 million affected customers will see their passwords reset, with Adobe offering one year of free credit card monitoring to make sure that malicious purchases aren't made.

 

A separate, but possibly related attack also saw the source code to a number of Adobe's products taken, including Acrobat and ColdFusion. Adobe says there is no "specific increased risk to customers" due to its source code being stolen.

HTC's Q3 2013 sees $101 million operating loss

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 3:34 am

We know HTC aren't doing well, but it looks like the problem it is going through is continuing. The Taiwanese manufacturer has posted up its preliminary unaudited financial results for Q3 2013, posting an operating loss of $101 million.

 

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This is the first operating loss in HTC's history, but take a look at the break down in its Q3 2013 financials:

 

  • Total revenues of $1.6 billion (NT$47.05 billion)
  • Operating loss before tax of $119.4 million (NT$3.50 billion)
  • Operating loss after tax of $101.3 million (NT$2.97 billion)
  • Earnings per share after tax of -$0.12 (-NT$3.58)

South Park's latest episode revolves around Minecraft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 2:34 am

South Park has been here before, revolving an episode around a video game, back in 2006, South Park aired "Make Love, Not Warcraft" which ended up being an award-winning episode that spoofed World of Warcraft.

 

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This time around, South Park featured Minecraft, Mojang's indie super popular game. The episode has been called "Informative Murder Porn" and sees the children of South Park fear their parents' addiction to dramatized-crime shows, which lead to real-world violence. The kids install a parental content blocker, placing in a question that only kids would know: how do you take a horse in Minecraft?

 

In order to get their TV back, the parents then start playing Minecraft to find the answer to the kids' question. You can view the episode here.

New Call of Duty Ghosts trailer released - Ghost Squads

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 1:26 am

EA released a new Call of Duty Ghosts trailer today that showcases an entirely new gameplay mode called Ghost Squads. Squads is an all new set of modes that will be featured in the game, and will let players team up to battle with AI team mates or other CoD players. This is similar to how Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 work, except a single player can play with an entire squad of AI soldiers.

 

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Google to launch Google Music on iOS later this month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 12:22 am

Google is looking to take on Apple and its new iTunes Music service later this month when it launches its Google Play Music service on iOS. With mixed reviews coming in about iTunes Music, this new offering on iOS from Google could do quite well.

 

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Google is said to be testing the service on iOS internally at the moment, and should have all the bugs worked out and ready to launch by the end of October. Personally, after having tried out Google Play Music, and being a Spotify subscriber for over a year now, I feel that neither service live up to the quality and quantity of music Spotify is serving up.

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