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Samsung set to post record Q3 profits of $6.2 billion, thanks to the Galaxy S III

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 12:31 am

Riding on the wave of success of their super successful Galaxy S III, Samsung are poised to record a record Q3 profit of $6.2 billion. The Yonhap reports that according to analysts, Samsung could see an operating profit of $6.2 billion, up from $5.9 billion in Q2.

 

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It wasn't too long ago that Samsung had announced they sold 20 million Galaxy S III handsets in just 100 days, as well as announcing and releasing the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 10.1.

 

Quarterly sales are estimated to have expanded by 24.5% to reach $45.5 billion or so, which sports a 78% year-over-year increase.

Galaxy Note II looks like its headed to AT&T

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2012 3:27 am

When Samsung's 5.5-inch 'phablet' of a smartphone launches in the US later this year, it should be hitting the AT&T network. Samsung has been very quiet about their US launch plans, which is surprising.

 

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BriefMobile, however, have spotted some screenshots of the Note II running on AT&T's network. The Note II would run on AT&T's 4G LTE network, with the screenshots showing some juicy information.

 

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We're looking at the US version of the Note II running the latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, with a screen res of 1280x720. Will you be grabbing of the 5.5-inch Note II's when it hits US shelves?

Microsoft's Bing to power the search capabilities of Amazon's new Kindle Fires

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2012 2:47 am

Whilst Google's Android OS will power the new Kindle Fire tablets from Amazon, there will be one, slight, but big change to its default search app. Instead of Google, it looks like Microsoft's Bing will power the Fires' search.

 

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Amazon have confirmed to AllThingsD that Bing will indeed power the Fires as the new default search engine, pushing Google out of the Fires' spotlight that it sat pretty with on the first-gen Fire.

 

This is a pretty big win for Microsoft, as Amazon are really pushing the new Kindle Fire's as a start of something new for the retail giant. Bing will see a huge rise in use, and popularity, as the new Fire's go out on sale and people start running around saying "hold on, I'll just Bing that for you".

RumorTT: Spotify to launch browser-based app, would include redesigned look

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 9, 2012 1:25 am

TechCrunch is reporting that music streaming and discovery service, Spotify, are close to launching a browser-based music player that would either compliment, or replace, the desktop Spotify application.

 

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The desktop Spotify application hasn't really had a proper update in quite a while, with people wondering what's going on. But, if we're looking at a redesigned desktop app, pushed into the confines of a browser, it would make things much easier, and much more streamlined to push changes into the app.

 

This would save having to update the app, restarting it, and all that jazz. TechCrunch also reports that along with the browser-based app, Spotify would throw in a redesigned look which would help users discover music and playlists recommended by influencers.

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NHK unveils 8K-capable Super Hi-Vision camera capable of capturing native 120Hz footage, oh boy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 9, 2012 12:27 am

4K is not even properly here yet, considering my wife hasn't bought me a 4K-capable screen yet, and now were hearing about not only 8K cameras, but 8K cameras capable of capturing 120Hz.

 

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Normally they capture at 60Hz, but 120Hz would make motion on screen look silky smooth, and not just for sport, but for movies, games and more. The Japanese Broadcasting Corporation's latest model was on show at IBC in Amsterdam, showing off the 120Hz, 8K-capable camera's abilities.

 

Engadget was there for some eyes-on action, citing that when "Filming a rotating image that paired ordinary objects and cityscapes with letters and numbers, you could see the difference instantly, with the 120Hz image on the right side yielding far shaper details, while the left side was often a blurry mess."

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Dual-sim Samsung Galaxy Note II for Chinese market being prepared

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 8, 2012 6:31 am

It looks like we should expect a new Samsung Galaxy Note II in the near future, but made for the Chinese market. Samsung are reportedly preparing the dual-SIM version of the 5.5-inch smartphone.

 

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With China quickly becoming one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world, and with dual-SIM phones doing quite well in the country, it would make sense for Samsung to release a dual-SIM Galaxy Note II.

 

The dual-SIM Note II would be identical to the current international version of the Note II, with the only change that it sports a normal SIM slot, and a micro SIM slot next to its microSD card slot. The phone is reportedly going to be sold through China Telecom, but there's no information on price, or availability just yet.

US video game market is down 20%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 8, 2012 5:26 am

Research firm NPD Group are reporting that overall sales in the US video game market as sales of software are down 20% in August, falling to $515.6 million, down from $647.2 million from 2011.

 

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The hardware sector has also felt the drop, seeing a decline of 39% year-over-year, now taking in just $150.6 million. The ageing consoles are hurting the market, as well as the huge surges in gamers going mobile with their smart phones and tablets. Social networking sites such as Facebook are also drying up the video game markets customers.

 

"Core gamers", who are the ones who purchase games for consoles, typically spend around 35% more than others. The 'average gamer' spent $48 on a physical game, and $16 on a digital title over the past three months. Core gamers spent $65 on physical games, on average.

 

These numbers should see a nice jump when new consoles hit us, which should also reinvigorate the PC market, too.

RumorTT: Apple's September 12 event will see the unveiling of new iMacs - we think we're going to see 5 products unveiled on the day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 8, 2012 4:39 am

Fox News are reporting that "multiple sources" have teased that Apple will unveil new desktop iMacs next week at their September 12 event. I think we're going to see them, too.

 

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The new iMacs would most likely sport third-generation Intel Core CPUs, as well as Retina displays. Right now there's no confirmation, but I think we're going to see more products unveiled at the event. Maybe a new iPhone, new iMac, new iPad mini, new iPod touch and iOS 6. Count those, that's 5 things. The shadowing on the last teaser posted showed the number 12, with the shadow reading '5'. Everyone thinks it's going to be the iPhone 5, but what if it's actually 5 separate, refreshed and brand spankin' new Apple devices? That would be quite the epic event, especially after what we've seen from Motorola and Amazon in the past week.

 

Think about it, there have been 6 iPhones, meaning that the new iPhone being called 'iPhone 5', would make it feel out of whack with Apple's numbering scheme. The new iPad dropped its number, and was just called the 'new iPad'. I really think we're going to see Apple do the same thing with the iPhone, and just call it the 'new iPhone'.

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Mobile ad revenue for this year to reach 2.6 billion, will hit $6.6 billion by 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 8, 2012 4:25 am

Mobile ad revenue is a huge business, and it is expanding quicker than some can keep up with. Billions of dollars per year are generated, but who is at the top of the list? Google, that's who.

 

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Online market research firm, eMarketer, have put estimates out which show that Google would make $1.42 billion this year. Another interesting fact is that the two social networking juggernauts, Twitter and Facebook, are making some big figures, too. Twitter are estimated to make more money from ad revenue this year, looking at raking in $129.7 million, with Facebook sitting back with $72.7 million.

 

Next year is a different question, where the tables are reversed, considerably. Twitter are estimated to make $272.6 million, whilst Facebook zooms ahead with $387 million. Google's estimated 2013 numbers? A whopping $2.38 billion. We do have some other players, Pandora, Millennial Media and Apple's iAd's, making $226.4 million, $84.1 million and $75.1 million, respectively.

Obama DNC speech sets new Twitter record: 52,757 tweets per minute

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 11:37 pm

Twitter has seen a new record set thanks to Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. During yesterday's speech, Twitter saw an incredible 52,757 tweets per minute, the highest rate ever seen. The DNC has created quite a bit of talk on the social networking site, driving over 9.5 million tweets about #DNC2012.

 

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Yesterday alone saw 4 million of the 9.5 million tweets sent. Most of those 4 million were sent during Obama's speech. Four million tweets also rivals the total number of tweets that were sent about the Republican National Convention that was in full swing last week. Regardless of what your political views may be, Obama's clearly got the larger, more active following on Twitter.

 

According to CNet, several quotes from the president's speech proved tweetable:

 

"I'm no longer just the candidate, I'm the president." - 43,646 tweets

 

"I will never turn medicare into a voucher." - 39,002 tweets

 

"We don't think government can solve all our problems..." - 37,694 tweets

 

It will be interesting to see what event manages to top this latest record. As more people join Twitter it becomes easier for records to be broken, so it's unlikely that this record will stay.

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