If you were like me, and expecting Apple to unleash a TV set next year, then you'd be wrong. One thing that could've dug Apple out of its financial mess on the stock market, would've been a TV set, but according to a KGI Securities analyst, it won't be happening next year, and maybe not even the next.
Ming-Chi Kuo, who is usually spot on with Apple rumors and insider talk, told investors today that he doesn't expect Apple to unveil a TV set until at least 2015, if not 2016. Kuo says that one of the big reasons behind this is that the supply chain for TV set production is a huge problem for Apple, as it continues to struggle getting additional content deals.
The analyst believes that integrating TV content, an App Store, and other services are absolutely necessary to Apple being successful with a TV. I agree, and I think if Apple wants to bring a TV to the market, it won't be cheap. If it's not cheap (which it won't be), then it needs to have its services, and content, nailed down, firmly.
Google is a gigantic company, a company that pretty much just prints its own money from advertising. Well, according to Business Insider's Henry Blodget, Google's yearly ad revenue has soared - and has overtaken both the magazine and newspaper industries.
If you look at the graph above, you can see that Google wasn't making that much money from ads in 2004... but each year sees a massive increase in profits made, and each year that Google makes more and more profits, the magazine and newspaper industries take an even bigger hit. Sure, back in 2004, the US newspaper industry was doing great business, but that has been knocked down, considerably.
If Google can keep at this pace, it will demolish the newspaper and magazine industries' profits in just a few years time.
It's on, it's off, it's on, it's off: this has been the way Intel has played its TV service game, until now. Bloomberg is reporting that Liberty Global, the European cable operator that owns Virgin Media, is talking with Intel in regards to its Web-based TV service.
Bloomberg's sources were quite coy, so we don't have much information on the talks between the two companies. The sources did say that the deal could easily disappear, all before any agreements are sealed. This means that Intel could still deliver its TV service, but nothing is in concrete just yet unfortunately.
If you're on Verizon and wanted to jump on the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone, you only have a few days to wait. Verizon has announced that it will start selling the Z30 online as of Thursday.
The wireless carrier will be selling it for $199.99 on a two-year contract. The BlackBerry Z30 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in flash, microSDXC support, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and the new BlackBerry 10.1 OS.
With Google building its Moto X smartphone in the US, it makes for good headlines, but what about Apple? We know that some of the Mac range are beginning to be manufactured on US soil, but this news is even better.
As it stands, Samsung is responsible for most of the A-series production, including the fancy new A7 processor that is found in the iPhone 5S, iPad Air and second generation iPad mini - which launched just yesterday. Now we have news that future A-series processors would be built-in GlobalFoundaries' Fab 8 facility, which is located in Malta, New York.
This deal wouldn't see Samsung pushed to the side, but it would see near total reliance on the South Korean giant (and major competitor to Apple) dropped a few notches. Apple could use both companies for the iPhone 6 production, which would increase the amount of units available at launch - giving them the ability to sell more, and reach more markets at launch - as well as slowly taking its reliance away from Samsung.
In this NSA and GCHQ controlled world that mimics 1984, Internet Service Providers are now having to step in and try and stop the spy agencies of the world from prying into your private lives.
News is coming from Deutsche Telekom, who has teamed up with security firm RSA, to work on building an Internet connection that can detect attacks early on, which will be known as "clean pipe" Internet connections, which push data through hack-resistant lines. The German ISP isn't giving us all the details just yet, but these connections will be tailor-made for small- and medium-sized businesses who are willing to pay a fixed monthly fee.
We should have more details on the "clean pipe" Internet connections early next year when it begins to roll out.
For those who play Diablo 3 on PC, which is most Diablo 3 players, the mouse and keyboard combination is something that shouldn't be messed with - right? Well, Blizzard has considered building in gamepad support, to bring it in line with the consoles, but this won't be happening.
Senior Level Designer, Matthew Berger, has said: "The rhythm on PC is tactactactactactac - you're clicking the mouse, you're telling your character where to go. On console, the rhythm is very different. It flows more, because you're constantly repositioning your character with the thumbstick; you're really never stationary on console, whereas on PC you're a lot more stationary ... When you're playing on the PC, you're not really looking at your character as much, you're kind of focusing on the cursor. Whereas on console it's the exact opposite, you're drawn in."
Berger continued: "[I]f I let you use the controller on the PC, then I have to let you use the user interface that goes with it, and if I give you the roll and I haven't throttled the number of enemies attacking you because the mouse-and-keyboard players can handle all those enemies, but with a controller you have too many guys ... The games have really been structured to take advantage of their environment and their ecosystem, so in the same way it would not be a good fit to put a mouse and keyboard on the console."
We are hours away from the next-gen consoles launching, and an interesting statistic has hit my inbox from Amazon. An Amazon spokesperson has said that if you were to combine the pre-order sales of the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, "it would make up the largest product release in Amazon history for all categories worldwide".
This is a seriously strong statement, and goes to show the kind of money that is rolling around with these next-gen consoles launching right now. Amazon is one of the biggest retailers shipping and selling the PS4 and Xbox One, but those numbers above are just gigantic. The company with the biggest smile on their face? AMD. AMD have APUs in the PS4 and Xbox One, and they must be laughing all the way to the bank, or at least to the Kaveri APU.
The PlayStation 4 has some awesome sharing abilities, where PS4 gamers can share screenshots and videos directly to Facebook. Unfortunately, this won't be done through a dedicated Facebook app on the PS4.
Facebook engineer, Colin Creitz, when talking with Polygon, explained why Facebook will rely on built-in browsers: "One of the things that came out of our experience with the previous generation of consoles is that we found that maintaining the native apps was a relatively high maintenance burden, and didn't really lead to a high fidelity experience."
Gamers can establish their real identity using their Facebook login, with Crietz explaining: "One way you can establish your real identity is by using your Facebook login," Crietz said. "It'll bring in your Facebook profile picture and you have the opportunity to manage whether people are looking at your PSN avatar or your Facebook profile picture, [which is displayed] on a per-other user basis."
One of the Xbox One's most unique features is app snapping, a feature allows users to do two things at once such as checking up on your friends via the activity feed while playing a game. Users activate the snap feature by using the command "Xbox Snap" which is picked up by the microphone in the new Kinect sensor.
The new snapping feature will even let gamers watch tv while gaming. For instance, a user may be playing Madden 25 on the Xbox One and could say "Xbox Snap to TV ESPN" and could watch Sports Center or this weeks NFL game while playing Madden at the same time. Other snap features include Skype, and internet searching. Users can use this feature to search for hints or game walkthrough in the event they get stuck in the game they are playing.