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LG ships a record 10.3 million smartphones in Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 6:33 am

Thanks to just a few of LG's smartphones, they've seen a record amount of smartphones shipped in Q1 2013. 10.3 million smartphones were shipped in the three-month period, riding the success of some of their LTE and 3G handsets.




The smartphones that helped LG reach their record high are the Optimus G, Optimus G Pro, Optimus L Series and Nexus 4. LG have said that more extensive availability of newer devices is expected to help smartphone sales and shipments even more going into Q2. The US launch of their flagship Optimus G Pro happens on May 3, and should see the South Korean company have great success in Q2 and beyond.

The most reliable Windows PC is an Apple MacBook Pro running Boot Camp

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 6:32 am

Apple's MacBook Pro is a delicious notebook, most people know that, but according to a new study from PC efficiency software vendor, Soluto, the MBP is the world's most reliable Windows PC.




Soluto used "data from its massive online database of PC crashes, hangs, and performance metrics to identify the 10 most reliable Windows PCs you can buy today". Their study found that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with Boot Camp installed is "at the top of the list". Their study found a few other suitable candidates, the Dell Vostro 3560, the Dell XPS 13, Acer's Aspire E1-571, Acer's Aspire V3-771 and Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.


When it is all swirled together, Apple computers make up 33% of the six most reliable Windows PCs in the world.

Nintendo's Miiverse is now available on web browsers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 5:38 am

Nintendo have made their social network available to web browsers, with Miiverse now available in beta form. Miiverse allows you to view your friends' updates and posts to individual game communities in both text, and written or drawn form.




The squiggly bits arrive thanks to the Wii U GamePad's touchscreen. Nintendo have stated that Miiverse in web browsers is in beta form, and features a simple, responsive design that scales down to mobile devices well.


The ability to make new posts from the web interface isn't ready yet, so for now you'll have to use your Wii U. Before using the app, you'll need to have created a Nintendo Network account on the Wii U. You can check it out here.

Sony pushes out update 4.41 to the PS3, designed to "improve system stability"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 4:40 am

PlayStation 3 owner? You might want to check for any new system updates on your console, as Sony have confirmed that update 4.41 is hitting the PS3 today.




Update 4.41 is designed to "improve system stability", but it's currently not known if this is a mandatory update or not. Sony took to the PlayStation Twitter account stating that it's just a minor update.

NASA goes low-budget, launches three smartphones into orbit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 3:31 am

NASA have just launched three Nexus One smartphones into orbit as part of a low-budget, experimental satellite program that uses off-the-shelf components.




The three Android-powered devices are now circling high above the Earth, encased in 4-inch metal cubes, at an altitude of around 150 miles and will burn up on re-entry within the next two weeks. NASA's mission of each PhoneSat is easy, they just have to take photos of the Earth and send back periodic radio messages.


The mission is to see if the smartphones are capable of supplying the "brains" of future satellites, which would make satellites much cheaper in the future. NASA launched the smartphones into orbit on Sunday when Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket lifted off from Virginia. Amateur radio operators had begun notifying NASA that they could pick up radio signals from the satellites within hours of the launch.

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Google Glass and its competitors' devices to be big sellers by 2016 - more than 9 million devices expected to ship by 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 2:30 am

Google Glass, and their sure to be following competitors, are definitely set to be the new smartphone craze. Research firm IHS knows this, and has predicted that shipments of smart glasses could hit 9.4 million units between 2012 and 2016.




The first shipments will be small, with expectations of around 124,000 units this year as Google Glass becomes available to developers. Adoption is set to really ramp up going into 2014, expected to push up by 250% as Glass becomes available to you and me, the general public. Google will of course push Glass in the market, which will have competitors' devices gain market share too, with combined sales reaching 6.6 million units per year by 2016.


If smart glasses are too expensive to the general public, these numbers could be much lower with IHS estimating shipments could be as low as a million units through 2016.

Netflix says they spend $2 billion per year on content, most goes to licensing old shows and movies

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 1:33 am

In the wake of releasing its financial earnings statement, Netflix posted up a new mission statement document for investors. The document details various metrics about the company and what it is doing to plan for the future. The most interesting fact to take away from the document is that the company is spending roughly $2 billion per year on content.




Most of that $2 billion expenditure goes towards licensing old TV shows and movies, but some of it is used to pay for its original content. Netflix has also noticed that quality is more important than quantity:


As we've gained experience, we've realized that the 20th documentary about the financial crisis will mostly just take away viewing from the other 19 such docs, and instead of trying to have everything, we should strive to have the best in each category. As such, we are actively curating our service rather than carrying as many titles as we can.


There's plenty more to read about in the 11-page document, but I won't bore you with the details.

Qualcomm reports stellar earnings, revenue of $6.12bn, profit of $2.07bn

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 1:05 am

The growing market for mobile devices is helping boost Qualcomm's earnings. Like most companies, Qualcomm has just reported their quarterly earnings and they are quite good. Unlike desktop chip manufacturers, Qualcomm is producing chips used in tablets and smartphones, the industry that is quickly taking over desktop products.




Qualcomm reported revenues of $6.12 billion, which is up 24 percent year-over-year. Profit came in at $2.07 billion, which is also up, though only by 17 percent. Qualcomm is looking to return $431 million to shareholders and expects third-quarter revenues and profits to be up 25 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

AMD releases WHQL-certified Catalyst 13.4 drivers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 12:32 am

Coinciding with the launch of the Radeon HD 7990, AMD has released updated Catalyst drivers, bringing the count up to 13.4. These are the first WHQL-certified drivers released by the CPU and GPU manufacturer in three months. Our resident GPU Editor and author of the driver analyses pieces will hopefully have a piece up on them soon.




The drivers bring official support for the newly released HD 7790 and HD 7990. To download the newest drivers, you can head over to AMD's driver support site.

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Volkswagen debuts iBeetle with iPhone integration at Shanghai Motor Show

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 11:51 pm

Volkswagen has debuted a new vehicle, known as the iBeetle, at the Shanghai Motor Show. This new vehicle was built in conjunction with Apple, meaning that the iBeetle's big selling point is the iPhone integration present. Volkswagen is hoping to boost the popularity of the vehicle more than Apple is hoping to boost the popularity of the iPhone.




The car features a built-in iPhone 5 cradle and offers numerous different functionalities. The Beetle app allows the iPhone to display various gauges, such as a G-meter or compass. The new iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet will be put on sale in 2014, likely in the first part of the year.