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iOS absolutely dominates mobile shopping in 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 5:12 am

It looks as though the iOS platform is the platform for mobile shopping, with a retail analysis coming from RichRelevance. In the months between April and December 2011, RichRelevance analyzed 3.4 billion shopping sessions and found that consumers making purchases from mobile devices accounted for roughly 3-percent of total sales.

 

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Let's take April, where 88-percent of these purchases were made from an iOS-powered device, mostly the iPad and iPhone. Fast-forward to December and it increased to 92-percent. The increase in mobile shopping is being spearheaded by iOS. RichRelevance also add that the average order value (AOV) of purchases made from an iOS device is also more than the other platforms. iOS's AOV sits at $123 in December, where Android's AOV is just $101.

 

RichRelevance CEO, David Selinger says:

 

The numbers across our retailing partners sites demonstrate just how powerful the iOS platform is enabling mobile web shopping and, while still below 5 percent in total conversion, mobile traffic's doubling in eight months is a trend we only see accelerating.

Apple are expected to ship 111.4 million phones in 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 4:26 am

Apple are set to ship 111.4 million phones in 2012, according to investment firm Susquehanna. They also estimate that Apple will ship 30.3 million phones this quarter, an increased estimate from the original claims of 27.1 million.

 

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What is helping, is the iPhone 4S demand which seems to not be stopping. It has been reported that Apple have managed to fix some of their supply chain issues that they were experiencing in the past few months. This success has allowed Apple to increase their product rate going into Q1 2012.

 

Jeffrey Fidacaro, an analyst with Susquehanna, said in a release note:

 

Demand appears solid as iPhone 4S continues to ship in one to two weeks online and stores are generally sold out for in-store reservation and pickup (still hoping Santa has a few left). These factors, combined with positive color from Best Buy and AT&T, led us to increase our iPhone shipment forecast for North America and modestly for Western Europe and Asia Pacific.

LeakedTT: AMD Radeon HD 7950 specs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 3:30 am

We've all seen the reviews on the spectacular AMD Radeon HD 7970, but what about its slightly younger brother? Well, we have some leaked specifications on the Radeon HD 7950 now, so let's see.

 

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While the HD 7970 is based on the "Tahiti XT", the HD 7950 is based on the "Tahiti Pro". According to a slide posted by Donanim Haber, the Radeon HD 7950 sports 4 compute units disabled when compared to the HD 7970, which brings the number of stream processors down from 2048 to 1792.

 

These will be joined by 112 texture units, but the 384-bit memory interface and 3GB of GDDR5 memory remain unchanged. AMD also retain the same display output configuration with one dual-link DVI, one HDMI 1.4a, and two miniDisplayPort 1.2 outputs.

Bad Robot release iOS app, Action Movie FX

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 2:24 am

Bad Robot, the company behind Lost, Alias, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and Super 8, have just released a free iOS app called Action Movie FX. Action Movie FX lets you shoot a small video, and then layer in some special effects such as a Missile Attack or Car Smash.

 

 

The app comes with two free effects, the above mentioned Missile Attack and Car Smash, but for $0.99 you can download extra effects such as Chopper Down, Tornado, Air Strike and Fire Fight.

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Samsung to acquire Sony's shares in S-LCD, enter a new strategic alliance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 1:30 am

After a 7-year partnership with S-LCD, Samsung have acquired all of Sony's shares in the joint-venture for close to $939 million. S-LCD will now become a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung. Up until now, Sony owned 50-percent of S-LCD.

 

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On top of this, both companies have entered into a new strategic agreement for the supply and purchase of LCD panels, with the end goal of increasing the competitiveness of both Sony and Samsung. The agreement also allows Sony and Samsung to continue cooperative engineering efforts focused on LCD panel technology.

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Man receives a Satellite crashing through his ceiling as a Christmas present

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 12:33 pm

Andrei Krivorukov, wherever you are, stop what you are doing right now, buy eleventy million lottery tickets and bunker down. Andrei received quite the strange Christmas present yesterday, a Russian communication satellite crashed directly into his house, with Andrei escaping death by mere meters.

 

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The Russian satellite was a Meridian, which is used for both civilian and military communications. It was destroyed when a Soyuz-2 rocket exploded in mid-air, just a few minutes after launch. The Soyuz-2 rocket had an excellent track record until then, with hundreds of launches since the 1960s.

 

The explosion sent several pieces over Siberia, near the city of Tobolsk, and as far as 100km from the city of Novosibirsk. One of them was the 5kg titanium ball that fell through Andrei's roof, landing where he was just minutes before. Andrei is lucky as he decided to go out into his hard to grab some wood for his fireplace.

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Monday Morning Roundup for December 26, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 12:19 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 26th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Intel LGA 2011 @ Techpowerup

- ASRock X79 Extreme4-M @ Pureoverclock

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Club3D Radeon HD 6950 Battlefield 3 Edition Graphics Card @ eTeknix

- Sapphire HD 6670 Low Profile @ Overclockers Club

- AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB Graphics Card Review - Tahiti at 28nm @ PC Perspective

- Why The Radeon Gallium3D Performance Is Down @ Phoronix

- Sapphire Low-Profile Radeon HD 6670 @ Pro-Clockers

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Google Books for Chrome, now allows you to read eBooks offline

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 11:29 am

If you're a frequent eBook reader, this news might definitely be of interest to you. If you're reading a book, and your Internet drops out, you can't read the book you were reading minutes before, or you're you could be on your way on a trip, holiday or a friends house, and want to get into a newly-purchased eBook during that time.

 

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Well, you're in luck. Google eBooks now supports offline reading in Google Chrome. You could be virtually anywhere in the world, as long as you have your device, you can read your Google eBooks in your Chrome browser, or Chromebook.

 

If you want to read your Google eBooks offline, you'll need to install the Google Books app from the Chrome Web Store, and ensure that your Google eBooks are available to read offline.

Anonymous hack US think tank, use stolen credit cards to make Christmas donations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 10:23 am

Anonymous don't rest during the holidays like most people, they've donned their Santa hats and hacked their way into thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of a U.S.-based security think tank, Stratfor.

 

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One of the hackers said their goal was to take the funds from individuals' accounts to give away as Christmas donations. Anonymous boasted of stealing Stratfor's confidential client list, which includes entities including Apple, the U.S. Air Force, to where Dexter Morgan works, the Miami Police Department. They mined it for more than 4,000 credit card numbers, passwords and home addresses.

 

Stratfor is an Austin, Texas-based company which provides political, economic and military analysis to help clients reduce risk, according to their YouTube page. They charge subscribers for its reports and analysis, which are delivered through the web, e-mail and videos.

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Windows 8 gesture login, perform gestures to unlock your device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 9:20 am

Microsoft is preparing a new way to log into tablet PCs with Windows 8, by allowing a user to perform gestures on a screen instead of typing in letters or numbers. For example, you can use a photo with some personal meaning to you, create a sequence of taps, lines, and circles that must be performed in the right order, in order to unlock the computer.

 

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It is a new form of an unlock procedure, and will have three paths chosen for it: people will love it, people will hate it, or Apple will sue Microsoft for some form of patent rip-off. Microsoft does acknowledge that the new gesture unlock puts smudges on the screen, and recording devices could theoretically allow the gesture password to be compromised, but says the risks are very low.

 

Not everyone agrees with Microsoft, though. Kenneth Weiss, inventor of RSA's SecurID token who now runs a three-factor authentication business called Universal Secure Registry, told Network World that it's not "serious security," that the gestures someone makes upon a screen can easily be recorded from a distance.

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