Google is on a path of serious domination, with its stock prices hitting nearly $1000 a piece after it had reported a large increase in mobile and video advertising that helped the Mountain View-based giant increase its quarterly revenue up 23%.
The company has seen paid clicks increase 26% in the last three months ending on September 30, which represents the highest rate of growth in the past year. There's an offset though, with an 8% fall in average cost-per-click. J.P. Morgan analysts said "We view solid paid clicks growth to be a good indicator of demand, driven by the continued shift to mobile." The analysts expected a huge 21.5% growth.
Comparing this to Apple in 2012, who were poised to become the first company to be worth $1 trillion, it has certainly fallen from grace. Google is now positioned to be a serious contender as one of the most powerful, valuable companies in the world.
Netflix has some of the best shows of late, with shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but after those shows are all said and done, it all disappears for another year until the show comes back. But, it looks like we could expect a change in this pattern according to an interview between Netflix and CNET.
Netflix VP of Product Innovation, Todd Yellin, told CNET that this will change soon. Yellin did stress that TV shows will always be the big focus for Netflix, where he said "but supplemental content, whether that's extra features or so forth, we're going to test that around our own originals." If users respond in a positive way, Netflix could bring in a bunch of additional content from other partners, but Yellin didn't say when this would happen.
Google's Nexus 5 has been leaked and detailed in rumors for several weeks now, and as its launch day approaches it appears that the biggest leakster of all is Google itself. Just a few minutes ago, the next-generation flagship smartphone was listed on Google Play for just $350 for the 16GB model.
The press photo that accompanied the listing appears to be the same image we have seen leaked several times as well. This could mean that all of the leaked specifications are true. On the other hand, a Dev at Google could be play a game of ultimate troll... but that is highly unlikely.
Many users who participated in the Battle Field 4 online beta experienced a number of issues ranging from minor bugs to major performance issues. While DICE and EA got a lot of flack for this,the purpose of the beta was to allow EA to test the servers, and discover bugs and glitches that exist across a wide range of systems.
Today EA and DICE have said that the beta provided a wealth of information and that they have already implemented a number a of fixes. Some of the fixes include performance and stability on multi-core systems. Other fixes take care of loading screen freezing issues, keybinding glitches, and even layout changes for console versions of the game.
"CPU usage could sometimes skyrocket for dual, quad and six-core processors," DICE's Vincent Vukovic admitted in a post to the official blog last night. "We identified some of the reasons and released three patches with fixes that went live during the beta, to address the problems. This was a true beta, and as such all the crash reports that were generated during this period will actually help us make a better game.," he added. "PC players may have experienced trouble in the beta getting the game running at a good frame rate. Rest assured that we're using the information we received to optimize the performance for the launch of the game."
Twelve days before Sixense successfully completed their STEM System Kickstarter campaign the company announced that the motion controller system would fully support the Raspberry Pi. I think that everyone knows by now that I am a bonafide Raspberry Pi enthusiast, so this announcement really caught my attention.
Today I got the chance to sit down with Sixense CEO Amir Rubin, and Scott Duensing to chat about the STEM System and how they have made the device compatible with the Raspberry Pi. Scott Duensing, the engineer behind the integration said that making the Sixense SDK compatible with the Raspberry Pi was important because it provided an affordable, highly accurate motion tracking system that developers can use to create amazing things with the Pi.
Ruben told me that the company will release the SDK early on and that anyone with a Raspberry Pi and a Razer Hydra can begin developing for the STEM system. Since the STEM system works off of the Hydra SDK, applications built by independent developers will work with STEM on day one. Ruben and Duensing both want to involve the maker / hacker community in the development of applications for STEM using the Raspberry Pi, and said that they would like feedback from the community as soon as possible.
Today Samsung announced that it will be offering free replacement batteries to about 30-percent of German Galaxy S4 owners. The free replacement batteries stem from many German S4 owners who have been reporting issues such as extremely fast power drain, to some extreme cases where the battery pack actually swells up enough to open the phones casing.
For now, it appears that the defective batteries are contained to handsets purchased in Germany which indicated that only a single batch of batteries could have been defective. If your battery is beginning to bulge, or rapidly drain of its power, Samsung urges you to seek out the nearest service center as soon as possible.
"We are aware of this issue, which has affected a limited number of customers." Samsung said in a statement. "We ask all affected customers to please visit their nearest Samsung Electronics service centre, where they can receive a replacement battery for free of charge. We remain committed to providing the best possible user experience for our customers."
It appears that Hollywood has won one of its larger battles in the "war on bittorrent." Long time torrent search engine, isoHunt, will be closing its site forever as the result of a pre-trial settlement. The settlement includes an agreement that sees isoHunt paying $110 million in damages to Hollywood studios.
This settlement ended what has been an ongoing battle over the last seven years between isoHunt founder Gary Fung, and was filed on grounds that the website enticed internet users to torrent movies and TV shows. The settlement comes after a ruling against isoHunt back in March of this year, where the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said that there was ample evidence that Fung offered his service with the intent to promote piracy.
Chris Dodd, chairman of the MPAA, said in a statement that the settlement "sends a strong message that those who build businesses around encouraging, enabling and helping others to commit copyright infringement are themselves infringers, and will be held accountable for their actions."
Today Panasonic launched its latest addition to the famous Lumix line of digital cameras. The Lumix GM1 is a retro-styled compact mirrorless four thirds camera that features a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS imaging sensor. The GM1 features a maximum ISO of 25,600 and can handle shutter speeds from 1/16,000th all the way up to 60 seconds.
Not only is the Lumix GM1 a formidable still camera, the shooter is also capable of some impressive video capture as well. Video capabilities include full HD 1920x1080 at 60i and 50i that is encoded in AVCHD and MP4. A mechanical shutter means that the camera is also capable of high burst mode shots up to five frames per second, while the electronic shutter is good for up to 40 frames per second.
A 3-inch touchscreen LCD is located on the back to aid in ensuring that you get the perfect shot every time. MSRP is set at $750 for the Lumix GM1 with a 12-32mm kit lens. Having been a DSLR guy for many years now, micro four thirds cameras are starting to appeal to me more every day. While I will never give up my DSLR, I would like to own one of these little cameras for every day snapping.
Today Canonical released Ubuntu 13.10, and included in the release was the first full version of Ubuntu Touch. While this first version of the mobile OS is intended for OEMs and and silicon vendors, Ubuntu Edge is supported by several Android smartphones and tablets including Google's Nexus 4 and Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.
"Thanks to our passionate community of early adopters and designers we've built a unique experience for end-users and for developers: one UI framework that scales across all the personal computing form factors," Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical said.
Todays release of Ubuntu 13.10 includes the full SDK for Ubuntu touch, and some additional resources, templates, and extensions that should help jumpstart app development. If you want to check out Ubuntu 13.10 or Ubuntu touch, just head over to the source link that has been listed below. We want to know if you are going to or have already installed Ubuntu Touch on your compatible device. Let us know in the comments below.
In addition to this mornings launch of the D5300, Nikon also introduced the world to a brand new lens. The Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 prime is designed for shooting portraits, landscapes and street photography, and features a nine-blade diaphragm for exceptional bokeh.
Nikon says that the lens is equivalent to a 35mm lens on a full framed camera or 87mm on a crop body. The lens elements feature Nikon's Nano Crystal coating which prevents ghosting and aids in blocking out flairs. Focusing is handled via Nikon's Silent Wave motor which provides silent operation, something that is required when shooting video. The Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 will retail for $1700 later this month.