There was once a time when the iPad was invincible, selling millions upon millions of tablets for Apple, making the Cupertino-based company the leader in tablets. But, with Samsung shipping over 14 million tablets in Q1 2014 alone, Samsung is quickly ccatching up.
One Samsung official spoke with ZDNet, who said: "We have implemented a comprehensive sales plan for tablets, from emerging countries to developed ones. We have overcome last year's weak fourth quarter (for the first quarter this year)". Samsung's mobile boss has promised that the South Korean giant will be the leader in tablets before 2014 is wrapped up.
As it stands, Apple controls 30% of the global tablet shipments for the previous quarter, according to an internal Samsung estimation. In the previous quarter, Apple sold a record 26 million iPads. In 2013, Samsung shipped over 40 million tablets, double what it shipped the previous year. For 2014, Samsung has some big hopes, where it wants to ship as many as 100 million slates.
Navigating to images stored on your Dropbox on any mobile device has always been a pain in the but, and today Drobox took a big step forward in alleviating those pains. This afternoon, Dropbox announced the launch of a new image viewing and sharing app that will allow its users to more efficiently navigate and share their images.
Called Carousel, the new app allows friends to effortlessly share images between one-another all from within Dropbox. While users have always been able to share images via SMS, Email, and other apps from Drobox's native app, Carousel allows them to share images directly between each other's Dropbox accounts. Carousel also organizes all photos from within ones Dropbox account and unifies them all in a single camera-roll. Photos are sorted by date taken, and users can scroll through them in several different manners. Carousel is available on iOS and Android now.
Earlier today, Intel announced that it will be closing the doors on its assembly and testing facility located in Costa Rica. This unfortunate announcement will result in the loss of jobs for more than 1,500 employees, and will most certainly cause a ripple effect in the economy close to the facility.
Intel says that this closure is part of the company's on-going effort to cut five-percent of its global workforce by the end of the year. Intel is making these cuts to ensure that it remains out of the red as PC saled continue to dwindle in a market saturated by tablets and smartphones. "We have to be more efficient and effective," said Chuck Mulloy, an Intel spokesman.
If Facebook's recent acquisition of WhatsApp is not enough of an indication that the company is focused on dominating the instant messaging space, a new report that it will be removing messaging from its native app should be. Today Facebook began notifying select users that messaging from within the Facebook app will no-longer be allowed, and that they must download the official Facebook Messenger app to continue messaging on mobile.
Facebook says that it is ending messaging within its native app in an effort to send more users to its stand-alone messaging app, Facebook Messenger. Not everyone will be forced to use the Messenger app though, and those excluded include Android-devices with exceptionally small amounts of RAM, and Windows Tablets. All other iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users will eventually be forced to either download the Messenger app, or stop sending, reading or replying to messages on Facebook from their mobile device.
While unemployment numbers continue to rise in America, one major company is reporting that it now has more employees than ever before. Amazon released it's earnings report today and amidst all of the financial numbers, the company also announced that it now employs almost 110,000 individuals world wide. That number puts it well ahead of Microsoft's barely 100,000, and far out of reach of Google's 37,000-ish employees.
The rise in employee numbers is attributed to the companies unprecedented growth over the last three years, with it tripling in size since 2011. Unfortunately, this massive growth and rising employee numbers has taken its toll on the Seattle, Washington-based company which today reported its second straight quarter operating in the red. This morning Amazon announced that it lost more than $41 million during the last quarter despite a net sales of $17.1 billion.
"It's been a busy few months-we launched a new Paperwhite and new Kindle Fires to positive reviews and surprised people with the revolutionary Mayday button-average Mayday response times are just 11 seconds!" Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a press release.
Facebook is facing a class-action lawsuit in the Ontario Superior Cout, acused of intercepting website addresses shared among its members via private messages, according to the lawsuit.
Security researchers discovered what Facebook was doing, and the controversial action was stopped in October 2012. Facebook was able to scan and intercept private messages to allegedly improve its efforts for successful targeted advertising campaigns.
"Facebook intercepted its users' private messages for its own commercial gain and has never acknowledged or apologized for its behavior," said Joel Rochon, partner at Rochon Genova, the law firm representing clients in the lawsuit. "Social networking sites such as this need to be held publicly accountable. Surreptitious surveillance of private communications cannot be tolerated in a democratic society."
There is a legal case in Florida that could set an important precedent in the United States: how criminal law can deal with bitcoins and other forms of cryptocurrency being used by criminals to commit money laundering.
Two men, described as bitcoin "enthusiasts," were arrested trying to purchase bitcoins with money related to the Target malware hacking breach, according to the US Secret Service and Miami Beach Police Department.
Pascal Reid, 29, and Michell Espinoza, 30, face up to 25 years in prison if they are convicted of money laundering and for running an unlicensed money service business. The first transactions started around $500, but progressed up to a proposed $30,000 cash-for-bitcoin swap, according to federal investigators.
During the Warner Music YouTube blackout in 2009, Warner musicians sold more songs and albums during the hiatus, indicating YouTube hurts music album sales, according to Fairfield University and the University of Colorado.
The research believes top music labels lose out in total sales due to listeners heading to YouTube to listen to new songs - and watch music videos - instead of purchasing individual tracks and albums.
"We showed that the removal of content from YouTube had a casual impact on album sales by upwards of on average 10,000 units per week for top albums," according to the research. "While a great deal has been said about the potential role of these services in promoting and discovering new artists and music, our results cast some double on this widely believed notion, at least with regards to top selling albums."
Local law enforcement and federal authorities are trying to find methods to clamp down on organized criminals stealing personal information and later using ATMs to cash-out with stolen information.
Cybercriminals often use malware or phishing techniques to first compromise users, and migrate to opening new lines of credit - or stealing bank information which leads to fraudulent ATM transactions.
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recently said that banks must work harder to mitigate cyberattacks - and there are continually new stories about cybercriminals either compromising ATMs, or stealing identities and cashing out later.
The "Heartbleed" security vulnerability discovered by the security company Codenomicon found that the OpenSSL bug has opened up millions of Internet users to security risk. Although OpenSSL is designed to help keep sensitive information secure, Heartbleed may have led to website visitors susceptible to spying, according to researchers.
Heartbleed targets any OpenSSL version over the past two years (OpenSSL 1.0.1 up to 1.0.1f), and cybercriminals are able to access the server's system memory, and encrypted information such as usernames, passwords, debit and credit card information is up for grabs.
Here is what Codenomicon noted:
"We have tested some of our own services from attacker's perspective. We attacked ourselves from outside, without leaving a trace. Without using any privileged information or credentials we were able to steal from ourselves the secret keys used for our X.509 certificates, usernames and passwords, instant messages, emails and business critical documents and communication."