Tesla Motors has reported its Q2 2014 results, which saw the electric car maker pull in non-GAAP revenue of $858 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.11. The non-GAAP revenue is up a huge 55% from the same period of last year.
The company delivered 7,579 vehicles in the three-month period, building a total of 8,763 vehicles in that time. Tesla has said that it is "on track" to deliver over 35,000 vehicles for the whole of 2014. Analysts had expected Tesla to report non-GAAP revenue of $810.61 million, so Tesla just edged out those expectations for the quarter. Shifting to normal accounting metrics, which are much easier to understand, Tesla Motors had revenue of $769 million for the quarter, losing $0.50 per share.
Moving into Q3, Tesla expects to build around 9,000 vehicles for the three-month period. The company expects to reach 10,000 vehicles per year on a run-rate basis by the end of 2014, which would see revenue growth expand for 2015.
The latest numbers from market research firm Strategy Analytics for Q2 2014 see that Google is completely dominating the mobile OS market, with Android hitting a global market share of 84.6%, up from 80.2% in the same quarter of last year.
Google's biggest competitor, Apple, has just 11.9% market share, which is down 13.4% from the same period of 2013. Microsoft has also lost market share to Google, dropping from 3.8% in Q2 2013 to 2.7% in Q2 2014. BlackBerry is barely hanging on, dropping from an already low point of 2.4%, to just 0.6% this year.
When it comes to smartphone manufacturers, Xiaomi has become the world's fifth-largest brand, which has Strategy Analytics calling the company a "star performer" for taking control of 5% of the global smartphone market by shipping 15.1 million units. Samsung is still number one, with 74.5 million smartphones shipped in Q2 2014, down from 76 million units in the same quarter of 2013. Apple shipped more units this year, hitting 35.2 million shipments, up from 31.2 million in Q2 2013.
How are the console wars going? Well, according to Sony's latest financial report, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One three to one in Q1 2014. Sony has said how many consoles it sold separately between the PS3 and PS4, but combined, they sold some 3.5 million units in the first three months of the year.
In the same period of 2013, the company sold just 1.1 million units, so I would say the majority of those 3.5 million units would've been PS4s. Its competitor, Microsoft, and its finanical report that was announced last week saw shipping numbers for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 sitting at 1.1 million total. So when we see Sony selling 3.5 million PlayStation consoles versus just 1.1 million Xbox consoles, we can see that Sony is kicking some major ass here.
Sony generated a huge $2.5 billion in sales from its Games & Network Services division, something that is credited to the launch of the PS4.
When OnePlus launched its One smartphone earlier this year, most were wondering when the company would release something else - were they working on the next version of One (Two?) or a wearable? Well, BGR India has an exclusive look at the OneWatch from OnePlus, something the company is reportedly close to launching.
The OneWatch will be build from some high-end materials, something that includes titanium for screen borders, leather for bands, and sapphire for the OLED display's cover. OnePlus kicks it up a notch with the OneWatch though, with Qi wireless charging capabilities, a circular screen like the beautiful Moto 360 smartwatch, and a curved battery. We should also see the OneWatch arrive with a user-configurable physical button on the side.
We don't know if OnePlus will use Android Wear on the OneWatch, or whether it'll feature a customized version of Cyanogen mod. OnePlus levied the custom Android-based OS for its One smartphone, so it might do the same with the OneWatch, too. The biggest selling point of the upcoming OneWatch will be its price, with OnePlus pricing its One smartphone incredibly cheap, at under half the price of the competition, with similar, if not better specifications inside of the One smartphone.
Apple seems to be stumbling over itself to get the iWatch production started, with another rumor coming from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says that the company will start mass producing its iWatch in the second half of November, instead of in September like previous reports have stated.
Kuo has now cut his iWatch shipment projections down with this news, down from his previous estimate of 5 million, to 3 million. Kuo doesn't know why there is a delay, but he did say that the company is having issues producing enough sapphire displays for the iWatch, which will see around half the amount of iWatches shipped this year featuring standard glass displays.
iFixit have given the new Oculus Rift DK2 unit its teardown treatment, revealing what makes the DK2 provide one of the best VR experiences known to mankind. Inside of the DK2, iFixit found that Oculus VR is using not just the Galaxy Note 3 panel, but Oculus VR has either sourced them directly from Samsung, or is buying up Note 3s as it still has the Samsung branding on it - inside of the DK2 itself.
The screen itself is Samsung's 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920x1080, or 960x1080 per eye. Oculus VR have overclocked this panel up to 75Hz, from the default 60Hz on the Note 3. Remember that Oculus VR has a partnership with Samsung, which would explain the use of the Note 3 panels inside of the DK2.
Considering the rumors of the Note 4 sporting a 5.7-inch 2560x1440 panel, this is what I think we'll find in the CV1 (the retail release) of the Oculus Rift. The rest of the iFixit teardown on the Oculus Rift DK2 unit is an interesting watch, and if you don't have time for the video, there's a slew of pictures you can flick through here.
Just a few days before the IFA event in Berlin, Germany, Samsung is expected to unveil its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. The Korea Times has reported the news according to its sources over at Samsung that the company will unveil the latest Galaxy Note 4 on September 3, a day earlier than it revealed the Galaxy Note 3 last year.
The company is reportedly afraid of the bigger 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that is coming, which has seen Apple backtrack on previous sales pitches and marketing on the 4-inch screen being all you need for single-handed iPhone use, and moving toward a bigger screen. The South Korean giant is now putting faith in its Galaxy Note 4 at making a comeback in device sales, with some serious specs being baked into the upcoming Note 4, including a reported 5.7-inch 2560x1440 display.
On top of that, we should have an 8-core processor inside of the Note 4, 3GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera using a Sony sensor. We should know more in a little over a month from now.
HBO and Warner like to give fans a huge advance notice of the Blu-ray release of 'Game of Thrones' tied to the broadcast of the next years season. Despite that, they've obviously used the time to create a huge incentive for fans to actually purchase the series, with some illuminating and in-depth extra features.
To be released in Australia on 18th February 2015, 'Game Of Thrones' Season Four comes to Blu-ray on 4 discs, with each episode presented in 1080p and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, alongside a range of extra features, including in-Episode Guides, multiple behind the scenes featurettes, multiple audio commentaries, a cast roundtable documentary and deleted Scenes.
It's going to be a long wait for fans, but 'Game of Thrones: Season Five', which promises more surprises, blood and departures from the novel, is scheduled to premiere on HBO in April 2015.
A man has survived being shot thanks to having his 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphone in his shirt pocket, stopping the bullet from piercing him and possibly killing him.
The man ended up in a street altercation with another man after he armed man dropped his wallet, the victim picked up the wallet for the man, joking about using it to buy a beer. The armed man pulled out his gun, and fired it into his chest, but thankfully his Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 blocked the bullet. You can see in the shot above that the phone is done for, but the owner survived.
Now we just need Samsung to build a Galaxy jacket, made from the same materials that stopped this bullet. For someone like myself, who keeps their phone in their jeans or trouser pocket, I would've had this bullet shot into me. Luckily this man, out of all the clothes he owns, wore this top with the pocket on that day.
An area the British government now officially brands "Tech City" has broadband so poor that a group of startups and small internet providers have formed a lobby to fix it.
Old Street in East London has undergone a series of organic development as tech companies, such as Last.FM, set up shop in the area. Shortly after coming into power, David Cameron's Conservative government announced "Tech City" around the same location and as part of the Olympic site a little further away. Cameron's idea was to promote London as ahead of the curve in a bid to attract international investment from top tech companies - so it will be more than a little bit embarrassing that the startup scene, which arguably forged the area into what it is today, for better or for worse, think so little of its infrastructure.
The startups will be meeting with Labour Member of Parliament Meg Hillier to try to iron out the connection, which has been described as "not fit for purpose" and a "national embarrassment". Hillier is now proposing a "comprehensive review of broadband, plans for infrastructure and roll out, and a competitive framework for delivery".