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Amazon Fire Phone being hampered due to AT&T exclusivity

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 20, 2014 3:29 pm

Amazon Fire Phone sales are being hampered due to exclusivity to the No. 2 wireless carrier, AT&T, according to a recent study released by Chitika Insights. Instead of directly monitoring the overall number of users, Chitika tracked the amount of Web activity through the phone, studying "tens of millions" of ad views.

 

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Industry analysts noted that limiting itself to just one of the four major U.S. wireless carriers would have an impact on sales. It appears Amazon was ready to make the Fire Phone a long-term project and didn't expect immediate success with its introductory device.

 

Meanwhile, the LG G3 smartphone saw a rise in sales, especially when Verizon Wireless and Sprint introduced the device to their subscribers. Amazon likes to keep sales figures secret from the media and general public, and it will be difficult to verify Chitika's research, but it wouldn't be surprising to hear Fire Phone sales grinding away.

Snapchat rumoured to be planning a news service

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 20, 2014 3:00 pm

Absorbing your daily dose of hard-hitting news isn't exactly the first thing Snapchat will conjure up in most people's minds, but that's exactly what the ultra-temporary messaging app is rumoured to be proposing.

 

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12 top media companies are thought to have already been in discussion with the platform about content, and it's thought that video and TV clips could be embedded as well. Details are a little thin on the ground at the moment, but considering Snapchat's absolutely enormous userbase, it's not too much of a surprise the company and potential media partners will want to take advantage.

 

If the rumours are true, it's possible the platform - dubbed Snapchat Discovery for now - could either launch in a standalone app or be integrated into the existing service.

Lockheed Martin, US Navy moving ahead with human exoskeleton testing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 20, 2014 2:30 pm

The U.S. Navy is currently testing the Lockheed Martin Fortis exoskeleton, designed to help Navy ship maintenance personnel carry heavier loads. Lockheed has developed two separate exoskeleton suits and will work closely with the Navy to analyze which one is better designed to help workers.

 

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Testing will be done at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington. The unpowered, lightweight Fortis exoskeleton increases the wearer's overall strength and endurance, and testing is being done as part of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) program.

 

"Ship maintenance often requires use of heavy tools, such as grinders, riveters or sandblasters," said Adam Miller, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control director of new initiatives. "By wearing the Fortis exoskeleton, operators can hold the weight of those heavy tools for extended periods of time with reduced fatigue."

Twitter adopts policy to remove pictures of the dead by request

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 20, 2014 2:07 pm

Popular microblogging social network Twitter has said it will now officially comply with requests from family members to remove pictures and videos of the recently dead.

 

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A spokesperson, Nu Wexler, said that Twitter will remove imagery of the dead in "certain circumstances" and will so so to "respect the wishes of loved ones." "When reviewing such media removal requests," Wexler said, "Twitter considers public interest factors such as the newsworthiness of the content and may not be able to honor every request."

 

However, family members will be expected to provide documentation that proves they're within rights to make the request. These requests will be valid from "when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death," Twitter morbidly outlined.

Ubisoft CEO urges Nintendo gamers not to buy Assassin's Creed

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 20, 2014 1:25 pm

Ubisoft doesn't plan to release any more games for the Nintendo Wii U, and Watch Dogs was the last title for the struggling Nintendo game console, according to Ubisoft.

 

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Moving forward, Ubisoft plans to support the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii through the rest of 2014 and next year - but wants to push forward to utilize the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles.

 

"It's very simple," said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot in an interview with Game Informer. "What we see is that Nintendo customers don't buy Assassin's Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers. What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360, but next year because they are selling very quickly, we'll move to the new hardware. After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems."

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Google's self-driving car will speed when traffic around you speeds up

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 20, 2014 10:31 am

During a recent interview with Reuters, Google's Lead Software Engineer Dmitri Dolgov said that Google's self-driving car is programmed to sit within the speed limits of the roads, most of the time.

 

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However, if traffic around your autonomous car is speeding, your self-driving car will go up to 10 mph above the legal speed limit to keep up with the traffic around you. This is a double-edged sword, as the self-driving car removes human error, so even while speeding, it is picking up every single detail of the road - the speed and varying distance of the other cars around you, other objects, and would slow down and avoid accidents, even when speeding - better than most drivers.

 

What happens when you get a speeding fine, though? Who is at fault if you have an unavoidable accident while your self-driving car was speeding on your behalf? Would you drive a self-driving vehicle if you knew it was going to be speeding at times?

Jimmy Fallon plays GoldenEye on the N64 against Pierce Brosnan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:30 am

For those who remember Rare in their prime, GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64 was one of those games that was just amazing at the time. Well, when Pierce Brosnan was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, they battled it out on the N64 in GoldenEye.

 

 

Fallon destroyed the real-life Bond, who said he had only played GoldenEye once before this. Fallon seemed to be having a good time, as he said it was a childhood dream of his to battle the real-life Bond in GoldenEye 007.

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Analysts say Apple will sell 10 million iPhone 6's in the first week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 20, 2014 7:31 am

Apple should unveil the next generation iPhone next month, with expecations of selling over 10 million units in the first week, according to a new RBC note to investors, reports Business Insider.

 

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RBC analyst Amit Daryanani said: "Most supply chain data is pointing towards Apple gearing up to ramp 70-80 million iPhone 6 units across the two form factors (4.7"/5.5"). This is a notable uptick from last year when the supply chain ramped 50-60 million units". Daryanani also believes that Apple will sell over 10 million iPhone 6 units in the first week of its launch, compared to the 9 million iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C units combined when the company launched them last year.

 

We should expect to see two iPhone 6 smartphones unveiled, the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions. The increased demand will come from Apple finally giving users something they've been asking for: a bigger screen, even though it'll go against previous marketing from the company, where it said that the 4-inch screen on the latest iPhones was perfect for the human hand, as a bigger screen would see users not reach the upper parts of the screen with their thumbs.

Sharp's new Aquos Crystal smartphone has barely any bezel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 20, 2014 6:31 am

During an event in New York City overnight, Sharp unveiled its new Aquos Crystal smartphone, which will hit Sprint and its pre-paid Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands. It's a mid-range smartphone with some slightly redeeming features, such as its barely there bezel.

 

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The Sharp Aquos Crystal has a 5-inch 1280x720 - or 720p - display, with barely any bezels at the top and sides. Inside, we have a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, and a 2040mAh battery. On the back and front we have an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 1.2-megapixel camera up front. For the software side of things, we have Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

 

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Sharp has also provided Harman's LiveStage, which "adds dimension to the sound" according to Android Central, who went hands-on with the device in NYC. There's also Clari-Fi technology which "improves digital sound quality by restoring all types of compressed digital music". If you want to get your hands-on the Sharp Aquos Crystal, it'll cost you $0 down on a 24-month contract of $10 on Sprint Easy Pay. Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile will be offering the smartphone for $149.99 plus tax.

Sony does not 'completely understand' the crazy demand for its PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 20, 2014 5:24 am

With only nine months on the market, Sony has sold over 10 million PlayStation 4 consoles - a number that is far beyond most people's predictions on Sony's fourth-generation console. Sony's Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Shuhei Yoshida, sat down with Eurogamer for a chat, where he had some interesting things to say.

 

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Yoshida was asked about the 10 million PS4s sold milestone, where he said: "The 10m sell through in the first nine months is well beyond what we had hoped for. As you know, we have struggled to keep up with demand of PS4 for so many months. It was hard to find and purchase PS4. Now we are able to supply units so in every territory I believe you can find PS4. So we just managed to catch up with demand".

 

"It's just beyond our imagination. We are so happy. But I for one am a bit nervous because we do not completely understand what's happening. You need to understand why your products are selling well so you can plan for the future, right? It defied the conventional thinking. Lots of people thought the dedicated game hardware might not be needed going forward, but still lots of people are very excited. When you see the new games coming out and being announced this E3 and Gamescom, I think there's a good enough reason for a gamer to believe this is something worth investing in."

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