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IDC: Tablet market facing further contraction due to more competition

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2015 12:40 am

The tablet market is suffering, with worldwide tablet shipments enduring a second consecutive quarter of year-over-year decline, according to the IDC research group. Tablet shipments and 2-in-1 devices dropped 5.9 percent, down to 47.1 million during Q1 2015, researchers discovered.

 

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Apple still leads the tablet market, shipping 12.6 million iPads during Q1, which captured 26.8 percent of the market. However, this is the fifth consecutive quarter of negative annual shipment growth, as Apple - just like other manufacturers - must find new ways to appeal to customers.

 

"The market slowdown that we witnessed last quarter is continuing to impact the tablet segment, but we see some growth areas that are starting to materialize," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, research director of the tablets segment at IDC. "Cellular-enabled tablets are outgrowing the rest of the market, providing an additional revenue stream for OEMs and mobile operators."

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Sony has sold more than 22.3 PlayStation 4 units since launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 1, 2015 12:05 am

Sony has sold more than 22.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide at the end of March, the Japanese electronics company said during a recent year-end financial results update. Throughout the year, Sony was able to sell 14.8 million PS4 sales. More than 20.2 million units were sold at the start of March, with the company continuing to rack up sales.

 

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Looking ahead, Sony expects to sell 16 million PS4 units over the next fiscal year, softening the blow of declining PlayStation 3 console sales.

 

Overall, surging game consoles helped the company rack up $576 million profit, a whopping 159 percent year-over-year increase. "I believe the largest part of our restructuring effort is now behind us, but we haven't fully recovered yet," said Kenichiro Yoshida, chief financial officer at Sony, warning that the company must continue working hard.

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Marilyn Manson releases 'The Pale Emperor' on PlayStaton discs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 11:30 pm

Marilyn Manson decided to release The Pale Emperor, his ninth studio album, on a PlayStation polycarbonate disc for the added style points. The discs actually came from the same manufacturing facility that once pumped out countless PlayStation discs years ago - done for the artistic value.

 

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"When you open the CD it's pitch black, but we also added a thermal texture on top - after it gets hot during playback, the disc comes out all white," said Hassan Rahim, art director for the album, in a statement published by Kill Screen. "The contrasting textures definitely speak for themselves when you hold the piece."

 

Manson and the art directors were seeking to showcase the "dark and light" theme, as Manson said he "sold [his] soul to be a rock star." The disc encompasses the transition that the artist, most famous in the 1990s, has undergone in recent years.

Microsoft looking for people to test Edge (Project Spartan) browser

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 10:40 pm

For users wanting to test Microsoft Edge (Project Spartan), it is now available in Windows 10 Technical Preview builds. The new Web browser will be available across all Windows 10 devices, and has been "built for the modern Web."

 

 

Features include built-in Cortana, inking capabilities to write or type directly on a page, distraction-free reading, and a custom-built rendering engine. Internet Explorer will be available in Windows 10, but Microsoft wants users to embrace Edge. IE will no longer be the default browser, as Edge looks to phase out IE.

 

Microsoft may face a difficult challenge convincing IE users to migrate to Edge - and lure Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera users to the browser. The company must offer some type of incentive to get users to give Edge a try, especially if they are familiar using other browsers.

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Audi researchers create liquid 'e-diesel' out of water and air

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 9:33 pm

Audi has created high-quality liquid "e-diesel," a synthetic diesel mainly made of water and CO2, according to the German automaker.

 

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Researchers first heat steam so it is broken down into hydrogen and oxygen, at temperatures above 1,472 Fahrenheit, and then mix the hydrogen with carbon dioxide. The result is a blue crude, something similar to crude oil, which is then refined into e-diesel. Unlike traditional diesel fuel, there is no sulfur or aromatic hydrocarbons which are bad for the environment.

 

"If we can make widespread use of CO2 as a raw material, we will make a crucial contribution to climate protection and the efficient use of resources, and put the fundamentals of the green economy in place," said Johanna Wanka, German Education and Research minister, during a press conference.

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Razer introduces Seiren Pro digital microphone for users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 8:07 pm

Gaming specialist Razer has announced the Razer Seiren Pro, a digital microphone designed for people recording videos and audio to be shared online. The microphone is available for pre-order now, and will launch in May.

 

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The microphone allows users to record via analog XLR or digital USB, and can be plugged into mixing boards and cameras. A high-pass filter helps eliminate low-end ambient noises that can lead to poor sounding audio during recording.

 

"With the success of YouTube, Twitch and the likes, there is a greater demand for high-fidelity recording equipment than ever before," said Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer. "Our second condenser microphone, the Razer Seiren Pro, delivers what video game streamers are looking for and provides great value to YouTubers, musicians and anyone looking to capture sound clearly."

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Showtime, HBO take aim at websites trying to show boxing superfight

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 7:45 pm

In case you have been living under a rock, a major boxing pay-per-view featuring a main event fight between Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is taking place on Saturday night. The pay-per-view will be available for $89 (standard definition) and $99 (high-definition), and Internet PPV streams won't be aired.

 

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HBO and Showtime, which typically aren't publicly active in anti-piracy efforts, sued boxinghd.net and sportship.org to prevent both sites from offering free streams. These sites profit by increasing traffic, leading to additional page impressions and more potential advertising revenue.

 

"There are no authorized online streams of the Coverage for delivery to United States audiences," according to the complaint, saying the defendants "are seeking to benefit from this high profile, live fight by infringing the rights of plaintiffs."

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Watching the wearables market? Get ready for 'disappearables'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 6:30 pm

Trying to predict what is next for wearables is extremely difficult, but as technology advances at a rapid rate, it seems likely we'll have to get ready for "disappearables." It could be less than five years when sensors are so advanced that "hearables" can be used to fit products directly into your ear, and then disappearables will be right around the corner.

 

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Smartwatches will lead the wearables market over the next three years, and hearables will be next, accounting for around $15 billion of a $30 billion market. The wearables market still needs time to become more mainstream, but hardware manufacturers and app developers have time to work on their products before launching publicly.

 

It looks like disappearables will have an immediate impact in medical and fitness tracking, but there are plenty of other options available. Using machine learning, disappearables could recommend physical changes to help make people healthier - and to make access to technology even easier.

'Space Spider' 3D scanner could be used on space station

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 5:40 pm

Artec 3D hopes that its "Space Spider" 3D scanner will one day have a presence in space, possibly aboard the International Space Station.

 

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The Space Spider's advanced cooling system has been designed to prevent the handheld scanner from overheating, making it an ideal solution while in microgravity. It's not uncommon to hear that electronics in orbit overheat and malfunction, with NASA and other space agencies asking companies to find solutions to prevent these types of issues.

 

"Imagine the potential of using 3D scanning technology on the International Space Station paired with a 3D printer," said Artyom Yuhkin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. "The Space Spider boasts an enhanced cooling system that allows the user to capture accurate 3D data more rapidly. This handheld scanner can endure some of the most difficult situations on Earth and has been engineered to perform in nearly zero-gravity environments when called upon."

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Growing number of millennials prefer in-store mobile payments

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 4:35 pm

As millennials embrace in-store self-service checkouts and mobile payments, there is concern that cashiers and "retail sales clerks" will one day face a reduced number of open positions. Twenty percent of millennials would choose to use self-checkout or mobile payments and avoid interacting with cashiers, according to a survey from Retale.

 

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Eighty-five percent of survey respondents confirm using a self-checkout lane, with the number increasing up to 91 percent among millennials. Meanwhile, 26 percent of millennials "want to be able to pay at self-service kiosks using mobile devices," though may have to wait a while. Retail stores don't tend to embrace technology rapidly, and it will be a steady rollout in the coming years.

 

Apple Pay has successfully attracted banks and credit card companies, retailers and consumers - and there is growing interest in mobile payments. It will take time for shoppers and retailers to adjust to newer technologies, but it seems inevitable that more solutions will become available in the future.

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