A chinese woman has had her eye and hand damaged when her iPhone 5 exploded, where beforehand, she stated that her iPhone 5 was hotter than usual during phone calls.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time an iPhone 5 has hurt someone, where a flight attendant died and a man was electrocuted, which was found to be caused by a fake charger. Apple has since sent out an advisory to warn all Chinese customers to buy original, official Apple chargers. The Cupertino-based company is even offering discounted chargers when you trade in your old charger.
The woman who was hurt, who only goes by the last name of 'Li', has said she dropped her iPhone 5. The drop caused a crack in the top right hand corner of the display, after which she noticed the iPhone 5 was getting quite hot during a 40-minute phone call. She tried to disconnect the phone call, noticing that the display was no longer working.
Shortly after this, the iPhone 5 exploded in her hands, with shrapnel propelled toward her face, scratching the cornea of her eye.
League of Legends is getting bigger by the day, and now American Express are jumping on the bandwagon with a new line of League of Legends themed credit cards. The financial services company will launch the new credit cards on Wednesday, which is all part of a partnership between American Express and Riot Games. In the new lineup of cards, we'll see pre-paid debit cards that will reward cardholders with Riot Points, which is the in-game currency of League of Legends.
Just for signing up for the card, the future League of Legends AMEX owner will receive 1000 Riot Pionds, and will earn an additional 1000 Riot Points for adding $20 to it. After the first 10 purchases on the new AMEX card, the cardholder will receive 1000 more Points. After linking the new AMEX card to a checking account, 10,000 Riot Points will be given to the cardholder.
American Express' general manager for online and mobile in the United States, Stefan Happ, told the New York Times that the new partnership was established to "expand our traditional reach beyond the mass affluent." One of the primary reasons American Express teamed up with Riot Games was because League of Legends features a very strong 32 million player base, and a "staggering one billion hours of game play a month."
WikiLeaks recently launched a defence fund for NSA whistlblower Edward Snowden, which now accepts the virtual currency Bitcoin. The Journalistic Source Protection Defense Fund (JSPD) was set up on August 9 with its goal of providing legal and campaign aid to journalistic sources such as Snowden.
Edward Snowden is the one man responsible for the largest intelligence leak in the history of the NSA, and is the first source of this new fund. Snowden was granted asylum in Russia on August 1, after spending over five weeks in a transit zone at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow. In the cover of darkness, Snowden left the terminal for an undisclosed 'secure' location.
Since August 9, there have been--at the time of writing--185 contributors, who have donated $10,715. You can use PayPal, MasterCard, VISA, and other forms of payment for the Journalistic Source Protection Defense Fund.
LG's plans to build a new US headquarters on the banks of New Jersey's Hudson River met some harsh resistance after two lawsuits threatened to derail the plans on grounds of environmental impact. The lawsuits claim that it would obstruct views of the Palisades above the western shore of the Hudson River, but today word has come in that a New Jersey Superior Court judge has dismissed the lawsuits.
The judge's ruling was based on the fact that the economic impact that the new headquarters would bring in far outweighed the negatives. He explains his decision by saying: "LG had met the positive criteria requirements because the project promoted the general welfare by maintaining jobs, promoting green building design, providing adequate light, air and open space, providing energy efficiency, and utilizing renewable energy sources."
While the new headquarters may not be as stunning as Apple's Cupertino spaceship or Amazon's biome in the city, LG's concept art shows off an ultra-modern structure that is not unappealing to the eye. When this is combined with the fact that it will bring thousands of jobs to a struggling economy, one can only see this as a good thing.
HTC is working on a rebranding, where they've acquired the talents of Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. The first TV spot, below, is a 15-second tease of HTC's "Here's to Change" advertising campaign, where Downey Jr. is holding a cat, with HTC standing for "Hold This Cat" meaning that HTC can mean whatever you want it to.
The second TV spot is a little crazier, where Downey Jr. walks into a meeting and says that HTC stands for "Humongeous Tinfoil Catamaran", uh yes - Iron Man - that's what we expected you to say. I don't know about these new ads, they feel a bit rushed. I'd like to actually see Downey Jr. sit down and discuss with the camera for 30-60 seconds on why you should buy a HTC smartphone.
It wasn't long ago that the US government officially recognized professional League of Legends gamers as athletes, but now the first VISA has been awarded to a Canadian League of Legends gamer.
Danny "Shiphtur" Le, received his VISA so that he could fly down to southern California to train for October's world championship, which is being held in Los Angeles. The VISA he holds is a P-1A, which is the VISA for "internationally recognized athletes," according to a spokesman for the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The spokesman stated that each candidate would be individually evaluated for a VISA. But, Le is a Canadian, and Canadian's can stay in the US for up to six months without a VISA, so why did the pro League of Legends gamer apply for a VISA? As a business gamer, Le will play in competitions and if he wins prize money, he keeps it - but he cannot earn a salary while in the US. With Le based in California for now, he is earning a salary, which he would like to keep, hence the VISA application.
Apple isn't having a good time in China, with Canalys' latest report showing that the iPhone's market share has dropped to just 5% in the second quarter of 2013. This is down from 9% in the same quarter of last year.
Canalys' China Research Director, Nicole Peng, told Bloomberg that Apple is getting hit by low-cost Android-powered smartphones that are being pushed by vendors such as Lenovo, ZTE and Xiaomi, which have all been pushing super-cheap smartphones with decent internal specifications. Peng said: "Apple is only focused on the high-end segment, and China's smartphone market growth right now is coming from the mid- to low-end. Apple doesn't have any products in the mid- to low-end and that's where Xiaomi has been building their brand awareness."
The world's largest wireless carrier, China Mobile, has close to 750 million subscribers, but Apple will not play ball with them. The Cupertino-based smartphone giant will not accept lower subsidies from the carrier, which is now hurting them, bad. Is this why Apple is reportedly working on the cheaper iPhone 5C?
Microsoft is losing partners left, right and center, with major partner, Acer, looking to shift its business away from the Redmond-based OS giant. The Wall Street Journal reports that Acer is trying to grow its "non-Windows business as soon as possible" by jumping to Android for mobile devices.
Acer's goal is to generate 30% of its re venue from Android-based devices and Chromebooks by as early as the end of 2014, up from the current 10% revenue stream they will see from Android-based Acer goods this year. It would seem like, from the outside at least, Acer is trying to grow itself toward a Samsung-like company.
Acer President, Jim Wang, told The Wall Street Journal: "For the PC industry, I haven't seen light at the end of the tunnel. First, we have to sustain our market share and protect our bottom line...and by doing tablets and smartphones right, we can be prepared for the day after tomorrow."
The US International Trade Commission has ruled that Samsung infringed on two Apple patents, which comes just a few days after the Obama administration vetoed an earlier ruling by the ITC that banned the import and sale of older iPhones and iPads.
In December of last year, ITC Administrative Law Judge, Thomas Pender, suggested that certain Samsung smartphones be banned as they infringed on four different patents owned by Apple. Less than a month after this, the ITC said they would review the decision. This new ruling is the result of the ITC's review of the matter.
The patents that are causing all of these issues are US Patent No. 7,479,949, which relates to a touchscreen and user interface. The second, US Patent No. 7,912,501, which is in relation to detecting when a headset is connected. The ITC ruled that the South Korean giant didn't infringe on the other two patents.
Recently, the US Securities and Exchange Commission charged Trenton T. Shavers with running an illegal Ponzi scheme using the digital currency Bitcoins. In the alleged scam, Shavers promised investors that they would receive a 1 percent interest rate per day on their investment. Shavers denied the allegations and claim that regulators had no jurisdiction over the case because he was using Bitcoins and the SEC can only govern transactions that involve real money.
The presiding judge said that the case could move forward as the investments meet the definition of contract, and as such, are securities. Basically what this means is that the $4.5 million in Bitcoins Shavers collected as investments is considered true currency by US law.
Yesterday, Nokia announced that they have officially completed their acquisition of the Siemens stake in the Nokia Siemens Network, a move that was first announced back on July 1. The company says that the Siemens name is being phased out from the Nokia Siemens Network and the new name branding shall now be known as Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN).
Nokia says that the Nokia Solutions and Networks is now wholly owned by Nokia; Rajeev Suri continues as CEO and Jesper Ovesen continues as Executive Chairman of the NSN Board of Directors. The NSN Board of Directors has been adjusted to the new ownership structure and the Siemens-appointed directors have resigned their positions.
Today, AOL released its earnings report for the second quarter of 2013. The company says that its revenue grew to $541 million, which is up more than 2 percent during the same period last year. This equates to a diluted earnings per share of $0.35.
Net income per quarter was $28.5 million, which was actually significantly lower than the same period in 2012, but AOL was quick to note that this is because it sold $1.1 billion worth of patents to Microsoft in Q2 2012. However, Q2 2013's net income is up $3 million over quarter one 2013.
"AOL takes a major step forward today with another quarter of growth and our agreement to acquire the Adap.tv video marketplace platform that will make AOL a clear global leader in the most important growth segment in our industry - online video," AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong said in the report. "AOL continued to get leaner during Q2 while growing consumer traffic, growing all advertising revenue lines, and improving our subscription trends."
The company says that ad revenue grew by 7 percent, totaling $361 million with a 5 percent growth in the domestic market and 19 percent internationally. Third-party network revenue grew by 9 percent, while search advertising revenue managed to grow 8 percent. The company did admit that its ISP subscription rates were down 5 percent.
The Obama administration gets a second mention (in a row!) today, where they're trying to arrest you for "unauthorized streaming." The Washington Post is reporting that the Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force last week unleashed a report that recommended classifying illegal content streaming... as a felony.
I bolded the word "felony" because this is quite serious, with the report proposing "adopting the same range of penalties for criminal streaming of copyrighted works to the public as now exists for criminal reproduction and distribution... since the most recent updates to the criminal copyright provisions, streaming (both audio and video) has become a significant if not dominant means for consumers to enjoy content online."
This could actually materialize, which is scary, with this latest recommendation coming months after the United States Register of Copyrights' Maria Pallante stating that Congress should make illegal content streaming a felony. If your eyes haven't been opened yet, you might want to sticky tape them open, because this could soon be a reality.
But, it has been closed off from the borders of Canada, until September 9, that is. Kickstarter will open their doors, arms, and wallets to Canadian developers on September 9, with Kickstarter holding events on August 8 and 9 in Toronto, as well as more in Montreal on August 12 and 13.
Today, the Washington Post officially announced that it would be selling its operations to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for a reported $250 million. The 135-year-old Washington Post is being sold because of the current owners' unsuccessful attempts to thwart years of newspaper-industry challenges. The company hopes that Bezos, with his tax savvy business skills, can help steer the company a new direction that will once again return it to being an industry leader.
Bezos says that the values of the Post do not need to change, but things about the company will change. We are sure this means that the Post will become much more intertwined into the Internet and a reduction in its print media levels could be on the horizon. In a statement to the Washington Post's staff, Bezos had the following to say:
The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment. Our touchstone will be readers, understanding what they care about - government, local leaders, restaurant openings, scout troops, businesses, charities, governors, sports - and working backwards from there. I'm excited and optimistic about the opportunity for invention.
We all know the PC market is changing, and it isn't selling as many units as it used to, but then there are hundreds of millions of smartphones and tablets sold each year. Where one market shrinks and slowly dies, another emerges, making billions of dollars.
Well, one section of the market where PC still reigns king, is in college campuses. Market research firm Deloitte found that 82% of college students own computers and 80% of them own smartphones, but just 18% of them own a tablet. Deloitte's Brent Schoenbaum told MarketWatch: "The combination of smartphones and laptops makes the tablet redundant for students."
It looks like Sony are starting to make some money from their smartphone business - and so they should - they've been releasing some great smartphones lately, such as the Xperia Z, and the new Xperia Z Ultra.
Sony's latest earnings report showed that the Japanese company sold 9.6 million smartphones in the last quarter, a huge improvement year-over-year for the same quarter in 2012 of just 7.4 million units. As for the business side of things, Sony made a $60 million profit in their smartphone division, which is a stark contrast to the same quarter of last year, which saw them gobble up a $28.1 million loss.
This might not sound like much, but this is big for Sony considering the strong competition in Apple and Samsung. These two companies secure most of the profits in the smartphone market, and Sony are making waves pretty quickly if you ask me.
Micron have just closed a deal to purchase Elpida for an estimated $2 billion. Micron have been working on the deal to acquire the Japan-based company since mid last year.
Included in the deal are the entirety of Elpida's assets, which include a DRAM fabrication facility located in Hiroshima, Japan and a 65% stake in Rexchip, who are another memory company with a DRAM fabrication facility in Taiwan. Micron also scored Elpida's 100% stake in Akita Elpida Memory, who owns an assembly and test facility in Akita, Japan.
During a statement, Micron said that Elpida had built themselves a strong presence in the mobile DRAM market using advanced technologies to target mobile phones and tablets. Considering Elpida is one of Apple's biggest clients, this is a huge opportunity for Micron.
Micron now has the ability to produce over 185,000 300mm wafers per month, which doubles their current manufacturing capacity by 45%.
Take-Two Interactive have posted a $142.7 million net revenue for Q1 2014, down from Q1 2013's $226.1 million. The company took a net operating loss of $61.9 million for the three-month period, compared to $110.8 million from the same quarter last year.
Take-Two have said this is part of the loss of software development costs for a cancelled game from 2K, that cost them $29.6 million. The company attributes their first quarter net revenue to the strong sales of Borderlands 2, NBA 2K13, Grand Theft Auto IV and BioShock Infinite. The latter, selling over 4 million copies.
Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two CEO, said during their financial call: "With Grand Theft Auto 5 launching on September 17, followed by the releases of NBA 2K14 and WWE 2K14, fiscal 2014 is poised to be one of our best years ever. Looking ahead, we are well-positioned to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the upcoming launches of the next-generation consoles."
Apple is once again coming under fire from former employees of its retail stores. This time a group of ex-employees have filed suit against the Cupertino giant as a result of TSA style security searches that were performed daily by managers who were searching for stolen merchandise.
According to the employees, they would have to stand in line for 30 minutes a day without pay while their managers searched their bags and persons in an attempt to discourage theft of devices. The employees have filed a class action suit that claims that they were cheated out of $1,500 per year in unpaid wages due to the unlawful searches.
The court documents say that Apple managers were not just looking for Apple devices either; apparently, they were searching for and confiscating other "contraband" without the permission of the employees being searched. Apple's official "personal package and bag search" policy routinely results in staff being forced to stand around for 5-30 minutes each day without pay, each and every time they clock out for a break or meal. How do you feel about this policy? Let me know in the comments.
Today, Gary Kovacs announced that he has been named the new CEO of AVG Technologies. The former CEO of Mozilla said that he wanted to join AVG and help them further their expansion into the mobile space. He will be taking on a company that has over 150 million users globally, which include the consumer and small business markets, and with 25 percent of its users already using the company's mobile solutions, Kovacs should have no problem kicking things into high gear.
"AVG currently has a big footprint on desktop, but it also wants to be leading in mobile," said Kovacs in an interview yesterday with All Things D. "As more and more people access the Internet via these devices, what AVG does in this area will become ever more important." Kovacs comes to AVG after about three years at Mozilla and Adobe before that. AVG says that Kovacs is a good fit because of his strong mobile background and that they also feel he will help them usher in a new open source era at the company.