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Apple to go all-in on the Indian market with iOS devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 4:32 am

Apple is in some need of many more millions of customers, and what better market to pouch them from than an emerging market like India. According to The Economic Times, Apple execs in India recently hosted execs from some of the top retailers in the country.

 

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During this meeting, the Apple execs spoke of plans to open up store-in-store locations and 100 standalone stores in smaller Indian markets:

 

The new marketing vision for India was unveiled on Monday evening at a meeting with 20 CEOs and senior executives of the country's top multi-brand telecom and electronic retail chains. Apple India's senior executives spelt out plans to enter the top 50 tier II and III markets in India by selling its phones, tablets and portable music players at their outlets in an exclusive corner or a shop-in-shop, said three people who attended the meeting. They requested anonymity since Apple officials had asked them to keep details of the meeting confidential.

 

Apple wants to set up 100 exclusive standalone stores under the franchisee model in smaller markets. It's scouting for franchise partners and has made proposals to some of the multi-brand retail chains, the executives said. Apple has not set any deadline for setting up these stores in smaller towns in India, but is looking to roll them out this fiscal year.

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BlackBerry failsafe: selling itself to Intel, Google, Samsung or LG

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 3:36 am

As it stands, Fairfax Financial have a deal with BlackBerry, but this could all go south at any minute, just like BlackBerry did. Just in case, we have Reuters reporting that BlackBerry is having early, just-in-case sales discussions with some industry giants.

 

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These giants include Samsung, Google, Intel, LG and more. We don't know if these companies are actually serious, and would acquire BlackBerry if the deal with Fairfax Financial went sideways, but they could be interested in BlackBerry's servers, as the company isn't ready to hand over its smartphone business, yet.

 

The companies could also wait for BlackBerry to really limp, and be forced onto life support - which wouldn't be too far away - and then snatch and grab them cheap.

EA and Maxis could reverse always-online requirement for SimCity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 2:36 am

People are still wanting SimCity to not be an always-online title, and it looks like this might just happen now, after all this time. A post over on the SimCity blog by General Manager of Maxis, Patrick Buechner hints at this.

 

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Buechner said that Maxis now has "a team specifically focused on exploring the possibility of an offline mode." Maxis can't guarantee if the offline mode will ever appear to consumers, but the developer finally sees that some gamers do want to visit their cities without being on the Internet, and it would also see a huge spike of use in the modding community.

Retina iPad mini will not be released this year due to supply issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 6, 2013 10:30 am

One of the biggest downsides with Apple's iPad mini is its truly shocking 1024x768 resolution, in a world controlled by "Retina" displays unleashed by the company on its full-sized iPad and Retina-based Macs, the iPad mini is well and truly behind.

 

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Now it looks like the company won't be releasing a refreshed, higher resolution iPad mini this year at all, according to Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White, who recently met with several electronics manufacturers and suppliers in both China and Taiwan. His sources backed up claims that Apple is having issues getting the refreshed iPad mini to the market.

 

The original iPad min faced supply issues thanks to manufacturing difficulties, with Apple facing deja vu over the refreshed iPad mini.

Netflix has benefited from the US gov't shutdown

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 6, 2013 8:55 am

The US government shutdown last week, with over 800,000 'non-essential' staff no longer paid, or in employment until this is resolved. But, it looks like Netflix is directly benefiting from this, or maybe it was just the Breaking Bad finale.

 

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Netflix's stock price started to rise as the US government shutdown, but it could be due to other factors, too. We saw a distribution deal between Netflix and a Swedish cable company, which could've helped. Netflix's overall traffic numbers did increase after the US government shutdown, as there are nearly a million workers who are now home, probably watching Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

RumorTT: Samsung to release S-Circle, fitness-based device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 6, 2013 7:34 am

Samsung has been really pushing the fitness side of its devices as of late, with the Galaxy S4 and its S Health apps making a big difference for those who want an it-can-do-everything device, including fitness.

 

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There's been an unannounced Samsung device that has hit the Bluetooth certification page, which hints at the name S-Circle and a product number of EI-AN900A. There was an appearance of the S-Circle on Samsung Updates over the weekend, with others thinking that it could be a fitness-orientated device by the South Korean company.

Nexus 5 to feature 4.95-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 SoC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 6, 2013 6:30 am

It looks like we have more of an idea of what to expect from Google and LG's upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone thanks to a leaked technical manual on the smartphone. The manual is a 281-page document, which is filled with troubleshooting materials, circuit schematics and pinouts, and much more.

 

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It is pretty much identical to the LG G2 smartphone, with some changes. The back of the Nexus 5 is featured, where we can see the Nexus logo placed vertically, like the 2013 Nexus 7, which we absolutely loved by the way. The specs on the Nexus 5 are definitely something worth getting excited over, check them out:

 

  • 4.95" 1080p IPS LCD
  • Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU (MSM8947) at 2.3GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB storage storage
  • Wireless charging
  • 8MP rear camera with OIS; 1.3MP front camera
  • 2300mAh battery
  • Accelerometer; ambient light sensor; Compass; Gyroscope; Proximity; Pressure sensors
  • HDMI out via Slimport
  • Notification LED
  • NFC; Bluetooth 3 (?); A-GPS; 802.11 b/g/n wifi

 

This could all be a lie, but I think this is what we should expect from the Nexus 5. I'm hoping to see LG and Google push a price of $399-$449 on this new device, starting at 32GB of on-board storage. I'm hoping to see a 64GB model, which would be nice, too. This will be a day one purchase for me, that's for sure.

NVIDIA drops pricing on mid-range GPUs, just in time for new games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 6, 2013 5:01 am

Just in time for AMD to announce its next-gen R7 and R9 series of GPUs, NVIDIA is using this time to drop its prices on its popular mid-range GPUs. This includes the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB and 2GB models, as well as the GTX 660.

 

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We now have pricing of the GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB and 2GB models for $129 and $149 respectively, while the GTX 660 is now priced at $179. The GTX 760 has a suggested etail price of $249, and the GTX 770 starts at $399. This is a great time to pick up a new GPU, with next-gen titles about to hit like Battlefield 4 and Watch Dogs. If you enjoy the GeForce side of things, prepare your wallets!

BlackBerry to blow most of its $2.6 billion cash pile very quickly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 6, 2013 3:54 am

BlackBerry won't be part of the consumer handset market soon, but the Canadian phone maker does have a decent cash pile at the moment: around $2.6 billion. Not huge, but it's still in the billions.

 

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AllThingsD is reporting from a research note from Bernstein Research analyst Pierre Ferragu, who says that BlackBerry is on track to blowing through $2 billion of its cash pile, over the next six quarters. This is just 18 months away. He says that this is because "the company is losing users at a very high pace, has a stretched working capital and massive off-balance-sheet commitments that will turn into cash burn in the next four quarters."

 

Ferragu also believes that this cash burning could also put problems on its deal with Fairfax Financial, who plans to buy the company at $9 per share with many potential investors starting to worry if BB begins whipping out its wad of cash left, right and center. BlackBerry is on track to spend over $500 million of its $2.6 billion cash pile in the next three months alone, so I think we'll see this money disappear quicker than 18 months.

Half-Life 3 trademark in the EU was a fake, prepare your tears

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 6, 2013 2:33 am

We reported earlier in the week that Valve had trademarked the Half-Life 3 name in the EU, but it turns out this was wrong. It has all been a fake, with the website for the EU trademark office now gone.

 

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Valve Time is right on the ball with this, but I'm sure that there are many out there, myself included, who are disappointed with the news. Just as we were hearing about the Steam Box, SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam Controllers, we were suckered into believing one of the, if not the most anticipated game was finally coming... but not anymore.

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