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Xiaomi taking baby steps in United States, but not with smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 3:15 pm

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi plans to begin offering products to consumers in the United States, but that won't include smartphones any time soon. The company will offer smart wristbands, headphones, earbuds and a few other select items in a custom Xiaomi store - but still doesn't want to rush to compete with Apple, Samsung, and other manufacturers in the competitive US market.

 

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"We felt that coming right after launching (the Mi Note) in China was actually ideal, because this is the best product we've ever made," said Hugo Barra, international VP of Xiaomi, in a statement to The Verge. "Our devices are really nice, but this is ultimately nice."

 

Launching Mi.com is a big deal for the five-year-old Chinese company, and could help create a roadmap towards future smartphone and tablet product launches. Investors and analysts are curious to see if Xiaomi can eventually crack the US mobile market, which remains the most financially lucrative market in the world.

Report: Google Android under pressure by iPhone, with sales dropping

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 1:30 pm

Google Android smartphone shipments dropped quarter-on-quarter for the first time during Q4 2014, as Apple iOS shipments increased a whopping 90 percent. iPhone shipments rose from 39.3 million up to 74.5 million, while Android sales slid from 217 million down to 206 million, according to ABI Research.

 

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"Google's Android is being attacked by Apple's iOS at the high-end and forked Android and AOSP at the low-end in high growth emerging markets," said Nick Spencer, Senior Practice Director of Mobile Devices at ABI Research. "The Android One initiative has slowed forked Android and ASOP growth outside China, but Apple's success has taken the high-end of the market away from certified Android's premium tier vendors."

 

Android-powered devices still topped 1 billion throughout 2014 - but a strong sales quarter from Apple shows that it still has plenty of fight left while promoting new iPhones.

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Australian cable company Foxtel sees customers surge with price drop

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 11:28 am

Thanks to the poor-quality internet provided within the island country of Australia - cable television is most certainly still a viable and very common service seen in many households. Foxtel have cheapened their plan pricing recently, seeing their 12-month contracts start at price of $25 AU per month.

 

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Their basic package options include a multitude of pay-TV channels like Lifestyle, Fox8, MTV, BBC UKTV, Arena, Sky News and Sky News Business, with further channels like Entertainment Plus, Sport and HD offerings adding between $10-$20 AU onto the monthly bill. We've been told by Gizmodo that Foxtel's premium services will still set you back a whopping $130 AU per month - further discovering that this surge in customers is due to their adjusted entry-level prices.

 

mUmbrella has just released figures showing that Foxtel has added a whopping 118,000 subscribers to their list since these changes have been made - providing them for a 2.9 percent growth in subscription revenue year-on-year.

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Apple increases iCloud security with two-step verfication security

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 10:33 am

Apple has today announced a two-step verification process for iMessage and FaceTime applications, announced in the wake of the massive celebrity leak uncovered late last year.

 

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This new system means that users will be asked to supply their username and password alongside a verification code that Apple will send to a device with granted access to these services. This process has been recommended by computer security experts, with them stating the obvious - a hacker gaining control to your username and password is much easier than doing the former and stealing your phone.

 

The username and password issues most commonly seen are due to people using the same email and password combination for numerous accounts. This means that if a hacker has access to your iCloud, they likely have access to your Facebook, email, Twitter and more.

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Another great sticker-bombed PC hits our radar - try this one yourself

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 9:25 am

Thanks to our Facebook fan 'Daniel Ozankan', we've been told about another great sticker-bombed PC project. This CM690 II isn't quite as in-depth as our previously shared HEX GEAR R40 black and white build, but we've shared it because it's something a little more realistically obtainable for most would-be modders (including myself).

 

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We've always been happy to share more simply modded PC builds, there's always $10,000 monster builds out there with multiple GPU's, SSD's and crazy water cooling loops - just like there are a thousand Ferrari's to gawk at online. But how about something you can actually do for yourself?

 

Janac has gone about modding this Cooler Master CM690II with a 'JDM style' sticker-bomb set, creating a shroud to cover the PSU and radiator - further display the sticker goodness.

 

Also featuring white cable sleeving and a standard watercooling loop of its own, this build would be a great addition to any gamers home.

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iBUYPOWER announce $5,000 CS:GO invitational - could this be a trial?

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 8:34 am

Not too long ago, almost the whole iBUYPOWER CS:GO squad were handed lifetime CS:GO bans for a match-fixing and betting ring scandal. Unshaken by their previous players' actions, this large-scale North American company announced that they were interested in continuing support for the local CS:GO community.

 

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iBUYPOWER has just announced a partnership with ESEA which will see seven invited teams from North America and one from Canada battle it out for a $5,000 prize pool. In total this prize pot will be split only between the first and second placing competitors, seeing $4,000 go toward the winners.

 

This is by no means a massive tournament in its own right, but it could quite possibly be a testing ground for a new iBUYPOWER team pickup - especially seeing as they've publicly stated that they "look forward to building a new team to compete on the game's biggest stages".

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Poor security leads to 1 billion stolen data records in 2014 alone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 8:12 am

More than 1,500 data breaches led to at least 1 billion data records being compromised in 2014 alone, according to a report from Gemalto. It's a 49 percent increase in data breaches and 78 percent increase in data records theft year-over-year, with attacks expected to increase even higher in the future.

 

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Cybersecurity experts warn that hackers are changing their tactics, with a focus on stealing personal information which can be collected - and used - at later dates. Fifty-four percent of all data breaches in 2014 focused on identity theft, including financial data, which led all other categories - with attack focus beginning to change.

 

"Not only are data breach numbers rising, but the breaches are becoming more severe," said Tsion Gonen, VP of strategy for identity and data protection at Gemalto. "Being breached is not a question of 'if' but 'when.' Breach prevention and threat monitoring can only go so far and do not always keep the cyber criminals out."

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Android Wear powered just 720,000 of the 4.6 million wearables in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 6:46 am

Out of the 4.6 million wearable devices shipped across 2014, only 720,000 of them were powered by Android Wear according to analyst firm, Canalys.

 

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According to Canalys' data, the Moto 360 was the most popular wearable on the market. But out of those 4.6 million, Google must be feeling the pain that its Android Wear OS only powered 720,000 of those units, as it faces heavy competition from Pebble, and Samsung's Gear range of smartwatches, which runs Samsung's own OS.

 

Xiaomi shipped over 1 million units of its Mi Smartband, which is something Canalys puts down to its unique marketing campaign. LG's G Watch R had a nice sales boost over the holidays, with Samsung not igniting the wearable world as much as it most likely hoped to.

Intel to unveil its new Haswell-EX Xeon CPU soon, with 36 threads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 5:09 am

According to new reports, Intel will launching its new Haswell-EX based Xeon E7 CPUs in Q2. The flagship Xeon E7-8890 v3 will arrive with a clock speed of 2.5GHz, rocking 18 cores and 18 Hyper-Threaded cores for a total of 36 threads. It'll have 45MB of L3 cache, and a TDP of 165W.

 

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The new Haswell-EX family of Xeon processors will arrive with 4/10/12/14/16 threads with varying thread counts due to HT. Frequencies will also range between 2GHz for a handful of the CPUs, right up to 3.2GHz on the E7-8893 v3 which is a 4-core CPU. The new Xeon E7 processors will feature multiple improvements and technologies, including AVX and TSX instructions, as well as support for DDR4 RAM.

Samsung rumored to unveil Galaxy S6 without its own bloatware apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 3:36 am

One of the biggest downsides to any of Samsung's mobile devices is that there are so many pre-installed apps and bloatware on the phone, but according to the latest rumors, the Galaxy S6 could arrive without any of its pre-installed apps.

 

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SamMobile is reporting that the Galaxy S6, while it won't have any of the Samsung pre-installed apps installed, would have some of Microsoft's applications such as OneNote, OneDrive, Office Mobile and Skype, which is due to an agreement between Microsoft and Samsung. The Galaxy S6 would arrive not only without the pre-installed applications, but it would also be faster, too. Faster than that of the Galaxy Note 4, which is already a quick handset. There are some nice UI changes to expect too, which you can check out below:

 

  • Samsung's default keyboard app supposedly looks more like a mix between the keyboard on the Galaxy Tab S and the iOS keyboard.
  • More theming options are available
  • All Samsung's apps are more colorful
  • You can select between 4×4, 4×5 and 5×5 icon layouts for the app drawer
  • The app drawer no longer supports endless cycling through the list of apps (meaning you can't go back from the last page to the first without going back through the previous pages).
  • The music app still runs in full-screen mode at all times
  • The dialer app looks "green as grass", or that's what we were told.

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