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Apple posted its quarterly profits this week and shed a bit of light on sales for its popular iPad and iPhone devices. While iPhone sales are up, sales of iPad tablets are slowing with sales slumping to 13.3 million units during the quarter, a 9% decline.
This marks the second quarter in a row where sales of the iPad have been on the decline. CEO Tim Cook says that the key to reviving iPad sales is to get more of the tablets into the business world. Cook notes that Apple has 76% of the commercial market with its products, but tablets are used less often in the commercial setting than laptops.
Apple admits that sales for the iPad last quarter were less than some analysts predicted, but says that sales were in line with its own predictions. "We still feel the category as a whole is in its early days and there is significant innovation that can be brought to the iPad and we plan on doing that," Cook said.
The Chinese government plans to launch a crackdown on mobile pornography and obscene content, as part of its "clean the Internet" campaign. Critics of the ban say it's nothing more than the Communist Party trying to limit anti-government discontent.
China is well known for restricting what its population of 632 million Internet users can access - and with 83 percent relying on smartphones for Web access - it's not surprising to hear the crackdown will focus on mobile apps. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said the campaign will first start with mobile app companies encouraged to remove inappropriate content on their own.
The actual effectiveness of these types of campaigns remains unknown, as tech savvy users will share ways to easily circumvent the ban. Furthermore, the use of WeChat and other mobile messaging apps make it even easier to share "lewd" content, as the number of social networking and messaging apps in China increases.
Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone marker that also has device like tablets and wearables to its credit. The company has unveiled two of its latest products including the Android Mi 4 smartphone and a wearable wristband. The smartphone has a 5-inch screen promising 17% higher resolution than the iPhone.
The wristband is an accessory for the phone that acts as an identifier to unlock the smartphone without a password. The smartphone has a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with four cores. Internal storage is 16GB or 64GB depending on the version and the phone has 3GB of RAM.
The 5-inch screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and power for the device comes from a 3080 mAh internal battery. Android is the OS with the Xiaomi MIUI skin on top. The smartphone will hit China first priced at the equivalent of $322 in the US.
For something that we've been teasing for a little while now, NVIDIA has just taken the official wrap off of its Shield Tablet. We now have confirmed specs, with the new device being an 8-inch tablet featuring the slightly higher than Full HD resolution of 1920x1200.
The new Shield Tablet is powered by the company's more than impressive Tegra K1 processor, is compatible with the new Shield wireless controller, something that will let you get your game-streaming fun on. This will allow you to run your games remotely from your PC at home. With its mini-HDMI connection, you can throw up 1080p content to the Full HD TV near you.
Because it's an Android-based device, you get the best of both world's - the Android games, as well as PC games. This is something most other devices don't even begin to offer, especially at $299. NVIDIA is doubling down with the Shield Tablet, by turning the Shield brand into a product family. The new NVIDIA Shield Tablet is also the first global launch that the company has taken on. The new Shield Tablet starts off with the Wi-Fi-only 16GB version priced at $299. The 32GB model with LTE capabilities is priced at $100 more, at $399.
China is the most populous country in the world with a huge number of people residing inside the country. Some new stats from the semi-official China Internet Network Information Center have been released that looks at how many people in the country use a smartphone.
According to the stats, China has more people using smartphones than the population of the US. In all, China has 632 million internet users as of the end of June. That means that China has a bit more than twice as many people using smartphones than the US has population.
The growth rate in 2014 for smartphone users in China has reached 14 million users. To put that number in perspective 14 million is about the same amount of people who live in New York City, LA, and Chicago combined. In China 83% of internet, using citizens access the internet via their phone, which is about 527 million people.
According to sources of The Wall Street Journal, Apple has ordered a huge number of next generation iPhones. The Journal's sources have said that the company has ordered a huge 70 to 80 million units, with this order being split between the two screen sizes.
Remember that we should have both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 arriving, with the 4.7-inch being teased the most so far. If we put these figures up against the order that Apple placed for the iPhone 5S and 5C, Apple ordered between 50-60 million. The iPhone 5S was met with big demand, which saw Apple experiencing shortages for consumers.
Things have changed in the past year for Apple, with the company signing a rather large deal with China Mobile, which has over 790 million subscribers on its network. We should expect Apple to bake in considerable changes into the iPhone 6, in both the software and hardware departments.
If you want to get your hands-on a new smartphone without having to pay the typical $200 to get one, the new LG G3 might be the perfect option. Best Buy is offering this smartphone with a low price, at least low by new smartphone standards, of $99.99.
The LG G3 will be available for $99.99 on three major mobile networks including AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. That makes the device $100 cheaper than it was when it first launched. The discounted price will also work for those getting the device on the Sprint Easy Pay, Verizon Edge, or AT&T Next plans.
Purchasing the LG G3 smartphone directly from any of these three carriers will cost you $199.99. The G3 has a Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2 or 3GB of RAM depending on the version. The screen has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 with 538ppi.
Smartphones continue to get thinner and thinner, but it looks like Gionee could be leading the pack with its upcoming smartphone codenamed GN9005. The GN9005 is just 5mm, or 0.2 inches thick, which would make it one of the thinnest, if not the thinnest smartphone on the market.
The Gionee GN9005 should arrive with a 4.8-inch 720p AMOLED display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. This should all be powered by a 2050mAh battery. There's no ETA on this super-thin smartphone, but we should hear more about it in the coming weeks.
Following news reporting Lenovo's plans to abandon the Microsoft Windows tablet market of devices 10-inches or smaller, the Chinese electronics manufacturer issued a new statement. Even though current supply is being sold on foreign markets, Lenovo will release new smaller-screen products in the United States again:
Here is what the company said in a statement: "We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. Our model mix changes as per customer demand, and although we are no longer selling ThinkPad 8 in the U.S., and we have sold out of Miix 8-inch, we are not getting out of the small-screen Windows tablet business in both the U.S. and non-U.S. markets."
The tablet market is a fierce competition between Apple and Samsung, but there is still room for other companies to grab attention.
We've been hearing about the next-gen Shield device from NVIDIA for a while now, something that should come to us in the form of a new tablet. The latest rumor is that NVIDIA will launch its Shield Tablet on July 29, starting at a competitive price of just $299.
The new NVIDIA Shield Tablet will come in two sizes, 16GB and 32GB, with the 16GB version being Wi-Fi only at $299. The 32GB version will feature LTE connectivity, with an additional $100 cost for a total of $399. There will reportedly be two accessories sold alongside it, the first being the Shield Controller for $59 and the second being the Shield Cover for $39.
NVIDIA will cram in some great technology and options into the Shield Tablet, starting with an 8-inch 1920x1200 IPS LCD display, microSD card support up to 128GB, Stylus support and it will also be 4K/Ultra HD ready. Inside of the Shield Tablet we should find NVIDIA's very capable Tegra K1 processor, which will feature 192 CUDA cores. Other than that, we have 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel cameras are featured up front and back, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.