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T-Mobile estimated to sell over 3 million iPhones this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 29, 2013 9:34 am

Horace Dediu of Asymco, estimates that T-Mobile could sell around 3.4 million iPhones this year, totaling 10% of their total subscriber base. This might have seemed like a stretch just a few days ago, but with the US-based company's new "UNcarrier" initiative, this could be an easy estimate to beat.

 

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Dediu's estimates are based off trends from AT&T, Verizon and Spring, as well as the percentage of total subscribers that each operator has been activating. The Asymco analyst notes that the sales patterns are consistent across all of the carriers, and that the longer Apple's iPhone is available, the higher the activation rate.

 

The analyst also estimates that iPhone sales across the top four US carriers will break through 53 million in 2013, which will account for 17% of the 320 million subscribers, an increase of 14% year-over-year.

Amazon acquires Goodreads, is on the rampage to improve the recommendations for Kindle users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 29, 2013 8:34 am

Amazon have acquired Goodreads, who have a platform that is great at suggesting books to users. Amazon have announced previously that they were acquiring one or more popular reading recommendation engines, without any clear plans on what they were going to do with their acquisition.

 

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We can piece together that the retail giant is looking to help their Kindle reader line, as well as their array of Kindle apps. Amazon's vice president of Kindle Content, Russ Grandinetti has said "Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world -- together, we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike." The two companies are expecting the deal to be finalized in Q2, which isn't too far away at all.

'Express' flights to the International Space Station takes travel time down from two days to just six hours, no frequent flier miles included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 29, 2013 7:34 am

Normal trips from Earth to the International Space Station take around two days, but the first manned "express" flights to the ISS happened today, a journey which will cut down the time from two days to just six hours.

 

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The flight is being manned by one NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts, and is expected to have docked by 12:10am EDT. This is the first manned express flight, but there have been numerous unmanned cargo flights taking the six-hour express flight to the ISS.

Google updates their Chrome Web Store search UI, provides easier filtering

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 29, 2013 6:42 am

Google have updated the search interface for their Chrome Web Store, which now provides tabulated filter options at the top of the page. There are four filter options: All, Apps, Extensions and Themes.

 

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Google have been slowly improving the search functions within their Chrome store, where last July the company added social recommendations from Google+, which allows users to see which apps people in their circles +1'd. The company are working on a total revamp of the Web Store, that will reportedly include multi-platform support for apps and extensions.

Apple hiring 'ground truth managers' around the world in the hopes of improving their Maps app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 29, 2013 5:34 am

Apple are still tripping over themselves trying to get their Maps app working correctly, where I'm sure iOS 7 will feature "magical" and "revolutionary" new features in their Maps app.

 

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For now, the Cupertino-based company are hiring "ground truth managers" all across the world. These ground truth managers would have the task of testing new releases of Apple's Maps code in their specific regions, collecting truth data to analyze changes and make sure it all corresponds with reality, and evaluating competing mapping products against Apple's own Maps app.

 

Apple began this ground truth manager hunt in Australia first, why Apple didn't do this sooner is the question of the day, why they've waited until now, is the bigger question.

Google begins same-day delivery pilot in San Francisco

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 29, 2013 4:38 am

Google have begun their pilot scheme for a same-day delivery service in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it will potentially open up to other areas in the near future.

 

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The Mountain View-based search giant are offering testers a six-month period of deliveries from retailers in the area, free to the consumer, with all of the shopping taking place in a single online store. Testers of the same-day delivery service will be able to select from a number of local stores, including the big ones like Target, Staples and more.

 

The deliveries are then dispatched for a specific time, based upon the consumers' delivery instructions. Google are still reportedly working on a pricing scheme, but this could cost below $70 per year in order to compete with Amazon Prime.

 

I'd really like to see all of the Google delivery drivers to be wearing Google Glass, using the on-board Maps app for directions and delivery instructions - that would be very cool.

Apple drop Samsung like they're hot, South Korean electronics giant won't be making iPad mini displays anymore

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 29, 2013 3:33 am

Apple are wanting to move away from their kryptonite slowly, with David Hsieh from NPD Group's DisplaySearch stating on Thursday that Apple will rely more on Taiwan-based firm Innolux, and China's Century Display for touch panels in their next-gen iPad mini.

 

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Innolux unveiled their plans to ship their first touch panels for smart devices with their touch-on-display technology later this year. DigiTimes has also reports that Apple will shift their reliance away from Samsung, and offering their business to LG Display, Sharp, Japan Display and AU Optronics for the iPad mini.

Samsung executives are paranoid, are playing the market safely and dominating in the meantime

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 29, 2013 2:26 am

Businessweek have a very interesting piece on Samsung, which goes right into the heart and soul of the South Korean company. We know Samsung are willing to try anything and everything when it comes to smartphone form factors, where we see anything from smaller displays (under 4-inch) right up to the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II.

 

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But on the flip side, it's not just about offering a multitude of devices, it's about knowing when and how to play them out. It was only a couple of years ago that Android didn't exist, and now we have around one billion Android-based devices in the wild.

 

One of the parts of Businessweek's article is quite interesting, in that they state that Samsung executives are paranoid - but not in a bad way. Being paranoid means you never stop, like other companies I won't mention, and you continue to innovate in the hopes of keeping your existing customer base, and securing more.

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Google's pushes in Gmail's new compose experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 29, 2013 12:59 am

Google introduced their new e-mail compose window as an option last October, but Gmail users have noticed this morning that this is now the default way it will be from now on.

 

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The new compose experience is a pop-up window that appears on the right side of the screen, and makes it easier to not only send e-mails, but to multitask within Gmail. Google have noted that it is a little harder finding text formatting options such as underline, indent, numbered and unnumbered lists, but they're still floating around.

 

I have noticed it as an option for me, but it is not forced on me just yet. How do you find the new compose experience?

iFixIt tears down HTC One, rates it a one for repairability

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 29, 2013 12:01 am

iFixIt has gotten their hands on the new HTC One. They're already torn the thing apart and posted the internals online for all to see. The device, while sturdy, is difficult at best to repair. The construction is similar to Apple's products in that it has a quality feel but is nearly impossible to repair.

 

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They discovered that the motherboard is covered in sheets of copper foil, which are nearly impossible to reinstall during reassembly. Replacing the battery or the screen--two common tasks--is difficult. The battery is beneath the motherboard and adhered to the midframe. The screen requires the rear case to be removed.

 

Hit up the source link below to see the full dissection of the new HTC One.

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