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Bluehost appears to be down, has set Twitter ablaze with angry customers

It appears that web host Bluehost are down - and until now, I didn't know who they were. A quick Google and I see that they are "trusted by millions as the best web host". Well, not right now unfortunately.

 

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Twitter is nuts right now with people complaining of Bluehost being down, with countless sites and blogs relying on the web host to be online and working. IsItDownRightNow.com are reporting that is is "DOWN for everyone", and there are a bunch of comments expressing some concern over Bluehost's downtime right now.

 

Are you affected by Bluehost's downtime? If so, let us know in the comments.

Google stock continues to increase while Apple's falters

It's a good day to be an owner of Google stock. The price of Google shares continues to rise and has reached a new all-time high. The previous all-time high was $774.38, which was set during October of last year. The current stock price is at $775.60 in after-hours trading.

 

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Apple's stock, meanwhile, is at $453.62. The difference in performance shows how Google's Android is making gains against iOS, along with a more bullish outlook for Google after the company released better-than-expected results for the fourth quarter.

 

Apple still leads the charge in terms of market capitalization, though that could change if current trends continue the way they have been. Apple currently has a market cap of around $425 billion, with Google only have $255 billion.


RumorTT: Dell could go private with the help of Michael Dell, Microsoft and Silverlake

We have been hearing rumors that Dell wants to remove itself from the publicly traded market and once again become a private entity. If the recent rumors are true, Dell may just get its wish thanks to Michel Dell himself, Microsoft and Silverlake.

 

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Michael Dell reportedly contributed his stake of $3.6 billion yesterday along with an additional $500 million to $1 billion investment, which gains him the majority share of the company's stock. That puts him owning over half the company's $9 billion equity check. Microsoft is said to be investing $1 - $2 billion, with Silverlake following suit. The company itself could contribute some funds to its buyout as well.

 

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft will have more than just a stake in the PC manufacturing company. They are said to have a say in Dell's operations, and could shape the future of the once king of the personal computer market. Dell still holds the title of third largest PC manufacturer, but is losing market share.

Samsung eats more of Apple's tablet market share away

Research firm IDC and their latest numbers are showing that current market leader Apple with their iPad are losing tablet market share. Apple's tablet market share dropped from 51.7% to 43.6%, where in the last three months of 2012 Samsung jumped up to 15.1%.

 

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When taking in consideration the year-over-year numbers, Samsung's growth has been huge where a year ago they sold just 2.2 million tablets, and twelve months later they're seeing sales of 7.9 million units.

 

The tablet market is expected to get much more serious this year, with multiple Nexus tablets from Google, as well as Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro slate.

Samsung buys 5 percent stake in Wacom, costs $58.2 million

Samsung has invested $58.2 million in Wacom, which equates to a 5 percent stake in the company. Wacom is the maker of pressure-sensitive styluses and is the company that provided the stylus tech used in Samsung's Galaxy Note devices. Samsung is bringing the stylus back to the smartphone, and it appears to be working.

 

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Wacom has said the investment will be used for product development, manufacturing, and enhancements to the supply chain, to be used for Samsung-supplied products. This goes to show that Samsung is planning on bringing the stylus to more devices than just its line of Notes. Are you ready for the stylus to make a come back?

Facebook's new gift card is reusable and works at multiple locations

Facebook, as a way to remain relevant and continue collecting data, has launched the Facebook Card, which is essentially a reusable gift card that can hold balances at multiple different retailers. Facebook benefits from this by being able to collect real-world purchase information about users.

 

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Instead of just featuring a single balance that can be deducted from at the different retailers, the card will store separate amounts for each location. For instance, you can have $10 at Target, $5 at Jamba Juice, and $25 at Olive Garden on the card at one time.

 

"We're starting this early rollout as another way for people to instantly send their friends gifts through Facebook," a company spokesperson told CNET. "Each gift is a set value at a particular retailer, chosen by the sender."

 

Currently, only Jamba Juice, Olive Garden, Sephora, and Target are supported by the card, though that will likely change fairly quickly. The Facebook Card is a natural extension to Facebook's whole Gifts product, which allows users to send friends and family real-world gifts on birthdays and other occasions, rather than just writing on their wall.

Apple discontinuing Mac Pro sales in Europe after March 1 due to regulatory standards

The Mac Pro will no longer be sold in Europe after March 1. The issue apparently stems from new regulatory standards that Apple's Mac Pro fails to meet. It's not clear which standard isn't met by the machine, but Apple apparently doesn't want to update it to meet the standards.

 

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Resellers will be able to continue selling the Mac Pro beyond March 1, though stock will not be replenished. Final orders for Mac Pro units must be placed with Apple before February 18 so that they can be delivered before March 1. The following letter was sent to retailers:

 

As of March 1, 2013, Apple will no longer sell Mac Pro in EU, EU candidate and EFTA countries because these systems are not compliant with Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950-1, Second Edition which becomes effective on this date. Apple resellers can continue to sell any remaining inventory of Mac Pro after March 1. Apple will take final orders for Mac Pro from resellers up until February 18th for shipment before March 1 2013. Countries outside of the EU are not impacted and Mac Pro will continue to be available in those areas.

 

Apple will likely make sure the promised refresh of the Mac Pro, coming later this year, will meet the European Union's new standards. It's likely not cost effective to redesign the current machine to meet the specifications, as the Mac Pro doesn't sell in high quantities.

Half of US iPhone users spend $100 per month on wireless bills, more than any other smartphone

According to the latest research from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, 59% of iPhone users spend over $100 a month on their wireless bills. This is the biggest percentage of any other group of smartphone users.

 

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Windows Phone users' bills are nearly as much, but 56% of Windows Phoners (is that a thing? well, it is now) spend more than $100 per month. Android numbers see 53% of users spending more than $100 per month. This brings us to BlackBerry - and not RIM, remember? - who have the lowest average monthly smartphone bill, where just 40% spend more than $100 per month, and 10% spend under $25 per month.

Apple is looking for a Plastics Design Engineer, could signal plans for plastic iPhone

Apple has posted up a job listing for a Plastics Design Engineer, and that has, of course, sparked questions about whether or not Apple is planning to produce a budget iPhone using a plastic case. The job listing is looking for a Manufacturing Design Engineer with a focus in Advanced Plastic Tooling and Process.

 

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Identify, develop and launch new tooling and process capabilities in support of new Apple product developments. Areas of focus will be "non-traditional" Apple plastic processing such as thermoforming, foam molding, blow molding, etc., and their application to new Apple products. The successful candidate will have demonstrated history of bringing new process and tooling technologies through a full development cycle and launch into high volume production.

 

Of course, an engineer hired at this late date would be unlikely to be working on a device rumored to launch later this year, though they could be working on future designs. Most of Apple's products have utilized aluminum, though plastic is still used in keyboards, Apple TV, Airport Extreme, and other accessories.

 

If you happen to be a Manufacturing Design Engineer, you can find the job listing on Apple's website.

Facebook reports Q4 financial earnings, revenue up, profit down

Facebook reported their fourth quarter financial results today. For the fourth quarter, Facebook saw increased revenues, yet experienced decreased profits. Part of the reason profits were down is the amount of investing that Facebook is doing to build an empire and plan for the long-run.

 

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Revenue was up to $1.59 billion, a 40 percent increase from last year. Wall Street estimates had placed revenue at $1.52 billion, so Facebook performed better-than-expected. Revenue, however, was down 79 percent from last year as a result of increased investment spending.

 

"2012 was a big year for us," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO on Wednesday's earnings call with analysts and journalists. "There are now more people using Facebook on mobile every day than on desktop."

 

Facebook's monthly active users climbed to 1.06 billion by the end of 2012. Facebook drew in an average of 618 million daily active users in December 2012. Costs and expenses were up 82 percent from Q4 2011 to $1.06 billion.

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