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iPhone 6 Plus leading phablet takeover of US consumer mobile market

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2015 6:35 pm

Consumers in the United States seem to want phablets, with the devices claiming 21 percent of overall smartphone sales during Q1, a steep increase from six percent year-over-year, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

 

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The Apple iPhone 6 Plus captured 44 percent of all phablet sales during the quarter, which isn't surprising considering how many iPhone owners wanted a larger screen size. Phablets have screen sizes that are 5.5-inches or larger, with 43 percent of Apple iOS users and 47 percent of Google Android users saying it was the top reason they chose a phablet device.

 

Android controlled 58.1 percent of the market, with iOS in the No. 2 position at 36.7 percent - and Apple is trying to fend off Samsung in a competitive hardware fight.

Periscope CEO is 'genuinely excited' to fight Internet piracy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2015 5:17 pm

Periscope proved popular during the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing super fight, but has brought intense scrutiny against the Twitter-owned app. The live video streaming app has a number of different legitimate uses, but its streams of the pricey boxing pay-per-view available last Saturday night gave it a large number of new supporters.

 

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HBO and Showtime submitted 66 takedown requests to Periscope, with 30 of the streams dropped within a few minutes - but there were still plenty of streams that could be found throughout the fight. The app was reportedly purchased for $100 million by Twitter, and racked up 1 million users after 10 days of public availability.

 

"Companies like YouTube and Ustream developed those tools over years. We've been live for a month. And we're really excited to work with whoever we need to to figure out what those tools are," Beykpour said on CBS This Morning. "I think we built a tool that allows people to share what they're seeing with the world, and sometimes people will use that for things that we have no intention of supporting."

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: May 7, 2015 5:00 pm

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Samsung will rely on Artik, a new processor for the Internet of Things

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 7, 2015 4:40 pm

Samsung is preparing to support the Internet of Things (IoT) on a larger scale, utilizing its Artik chip platform for connected products. The Korean electronics company is looking for new business opportunities as its mobile business unit struggles - and IoT could be a safe bet, as Samsung is proactively preparing new hardware.

 

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More details about Artik will be revealed next Tuesday, during a Samsung keynote at the Internet of Things (IoT) world.

 

"By continuing efforts to connect devices and people to achieve greater insights, we have a huge opportunity to work with others in the industry, to tackle these real-world issues in ways that will fundamentally change people's lives for the better," said Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer at Samsung Electronics, in a press statement.

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Nintendo actually turned a profit of $350 million

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2015 4:05 pm

Nintendo generated $350 million in net profit for the fiscal year which recently ended in March, a massive increase over a predicted $250 million profit. It's an impressive turnaround for Nintendo, which hasn't turned a profit since 2011 - as the company deals with drastically changing software and hardware markets.

 

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The Japanese gaming company hopes software game sales for the Wii U and 3DS will help add additional revenue - even though it predicted 3.4 million Wii U console sales and a drop in 3DS sales for the current fiscal year.

 

Even though Nintendo hasn't been able to compete with the Sony PlayStation 4 or Microsoft Xbox One, there are still bright signs for the future. The company's partnership with DeNA, for example, to take a more active role in mobile gaming should offer new life into the company: "A new source of revenue is expected from a gaming application for smart devices which will be released this year," according to Nintendo.

Nevada approves testing of autonomous 18-wheeler on public roads

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 7, 2015 3:25 pm

There has been a significant amount of attention centered on autonomous vehicles, but it looks like there is something else to look forward to: self-driving tractor-trailers. Nevada state authorities certified the Inspiration 18-wheeler for public road testing, where they will be tested in "less complicated" traffic environments.

 

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Developing a fully autonomous truck can help make the road safer, according to supporters, because the computer won't get fatigued - and help reduce costs for companies. A human driver will be in the cab of the vehicle to drive the vehicle to handle tricky driving conditions, poor weather, or in case of an emergency.

 

"You're talking about a series of different technologies; crash avoidance, blindsight, camera technology," said David Sierro, spokesman for the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, in a statement to The Guardian. "Rather than being a single autonomous [device] it's a series of technologies they're developing. They're building it in an incremental way."

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Australian government offers $198.7 million US upgrade to Bureau IT

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2015 2:19 pm

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has been granted a massive $198.7 million US ($250m AUD) budget in order to upgrade its out of date IT services.

 

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This is noted as an answer to the ABS desperately searching for IT upgrades of their old architecture, with manager Jonathan Palmer stating in their last annual report that "the age, fragility, and inflexibility of our systems continues to be a concern," adding "we need to update and transform our business processes if we are to continue to provide timely, relevant and accessible statistics and services in an increasingly complex and connected digital world."

 

Some of the systems in place at the ABS are reportedly over 30 years old as this upgrade is a much needed helping hand for a division based mainly around technology.

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Confidential CC allows you to send 'self destructing' emails

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: May 7, 2015 1:29 pm

This application produced and self-titled by Confidential CC is set as a safety net for professionals worldwide, allowing users to send 'self destructing' emails through their normal Gmail or Outlook accounts.

 

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This app adds an extra line to the normal 'TO', 'CC', and 'BCC' options called 'CCC' and ensures the messages sent cannot be printed, forwarded or saved and are deleted immediately after closing - think of it something like SnapChat for email.

 

There are other opportunities opened such as deleting sent emails, attachment options and also settings for what time an email will be sent - which is something very handy for those involved in Press Releases.

 

The app is currently on the Apple store and will become fully functional come May 21. There is no word yet as to a desktop or Android OS version.

Valve-banned CS:GO player Braxton 'swag' Pierce joins team as analyst

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2015 12:28 pm

We've covered quite a lot here at TweakTown about the various match-fixing and betting ring scandals to hit the international CS:GO scene, with the first and most prominent scandal being that of some North American and Canadian pros being banned by Valve themselves for life due to their actions - we even wrapped up the international wrong-doings here in a mega-thread for you.

 

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One of the highest profile players involved was Braxton 'swag' Pierce, a young teenage professional with many years of fragging to come ahead. Heartbroken by the ban, he announced on his public Facebook page that the ban was necessary to set a precedent and he regrets all actions.

 

In recent news, Swag has been kept around the gaming scene with professional North American organization 'Cloud9' announcing that it has offered him a position as their CS:GO team analyst. Yep, 'Swag analyst'.

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Basemark steps out from Rightware's shadow, becomes its own identity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2015 12:02 pm

Up until now, Basemark has been a staple of most mobile benchmarking, ours included. But now the announcement of a new company, Basemark, has been formed and they have acquired the rights to the business unit of Rightware.

 

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Tero Sarkkinen, the founder and CEO of Basemark told TweakTown "immensely excited about this new chapter in my life and in the growth opportunities now available for Basemark as a separate entity". Sarkkinen added that he could see that Rightware would continue to expand, but he wanted to do something new and saw the potential to grow the benchmarking software with its own, separate focus. The new vision of Basemark is to "become the world's largest testing house focused on gaming and graphics technologies".

 

Basemark has some serious partners that help out in the benchmarking process, including AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Marvell, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Samsung. Their benchmark portfolio "is the largest in the world" which spans across Android, iOS and Windows Phone, as well as OpenGL ES, OpenCL and even in-browser benchmarking.

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