Samsung Vs. Xiaomi Smartphone Sales

Samsung now has another company to fear besides Apple

By on April 23, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Samsung now has another company to fear besides Apple

Right now, the smartphone market is essentially split between Samsung and Apple, with all other companies struggling to make a profit. However, this could soon change, as Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is hoping to shake things up with its dirt-cheap smartphones that actually sport fairly impressive specs. For example, it’s flagship Mi3 smartphone features a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, a 5-inch Full HD 1080p display, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, all for about $330. More →

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Apple TV new channels

Apple adds new channels to Apple TV ahead of major upcoming refresh

By on April 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM.

Apple adds new channels to Apple TV ahead of major upcoming refresh

In the past few months, rumors have been heating up that Apple will begin taking TV more seriously with a refreshed Apple TV. Apple has been negotiating with Comcast about the next-generation Apple TV, and earlier this month, Comcast hinted in FCC filings that Apple is working on a set-top box. According to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release an updated Apple TV later this year. In advance of this rumored launch, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple has added three new channels to its current Apple TV: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. This brings popular shows such as Duck Dynasty and Pawn Stars to Apple TV customers. While a subscription is required, 9to5Mac notes that you can watch the most recent episodes of popular shows for free. Apple is smart to be making these partnerships new — if it wants to compete in the living room, customers will expect to be able to watch all the shows and channels they currently watch.

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Facebook mobile ad network

Facebook ads are about to invade mobile apps from other developers

By on April 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Facebook ads are about to invade mobile apps from other developers

Facebook is about to launch a mobile advertising network that could potentially take on Google’s. According to Re/code, Facebook will launch its mobile advertising network at the end of this month during the annual F8 developer conference. Re/code didn’t have much more information about the network, but the move makes sense for Facebook. Facebook has incredibly rich data on its users, allowing advertisers to target specific segments of the population. More →

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Android malware targets Facebook users

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

By on April 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

Android users have yet another piece of malware to worry about. PC World points out a technique that is specifically targeting Facebook users who use mobile banking. On computers infected with this trojan, users will see a message when visiting Facebook’s website alerting them that “due to a rising number of attempts in order to gain unlawful access to the personal information of our users and to prevent corrupted page data to spread Facebook administration introduces new extra safety protection system.” More →

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Google Glass Self-Driving Cars Robots

New poll shows Google’s Glass, robots and self-driving cars are tough sells

By on April 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

New poll shows Google’s Glass, robots and self-driving cars are tough sells

According to a recent survey, Americans are excited for futuristic technology that you might see in a sci-fi novel, but are anxious about how we’ll get there. That’s the conclusion from a report from a Pew Research Center released today which asked 1,000 Americans what they thought of various technological advancements. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S5 sales double

More signs point to the Galaxy S5 being a winner

By on April 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

More signs point to the Galaxy S5 being a winner

When Samsung launched the Galaxy S5, it did so amid fears that the smartphone market was becoming saturated. However, based on recent reports about launch-day sales of the S5, it looks like Samsung will do just fine this year. According to a report from CNET, the Samsung Galaxy S5 sold at more than twice the rate on its first day at U.K. mobile phone retailers Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse. More →

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Samsung Design Website Released

Samsung says its devices ‘bring joy and meaning’ to people’s lives

By on April 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM.

Samsung says its devices ‘bring joy and meaning’ to people’s lives

After teasing it a month ago, Samsung released a website today that highlights its design prowess under the tagline of “make it meaningful.” The website explains its design philosophy, showcases some of its best designs, and lists the design awards it has won. According to the website, Samsung designs with three principles in mind: balance of reason and feeling, simplicity with resonance, and meaningful innovation. Samsung says it “believes in the value of people’s dreams. Therefore, our design should begin with empathy for people’s lives.” More →

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Apple indoor mapping patent

New Apple tech doesn’t need GPS to determine your location

By on April 15, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

New Apple tech doesn’t need GPS to determine your location

Apple was awarded a patent on Tuesday for a technology that should allow for much more accurate indoor location detection and mapping, even in the absence of GPS. The new patent, which was picked up by Apple Insider, uses a combination of Wi-Fi access points, location databases and other data to determine proximity to what the patent called “presence areas.” It then analyzes various data such as Wi-Fi signal strength and building architecture to determine a more precise location. More →

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Brightest Flashlight app scam

Maker of Android flashlight app with 50M downloads avoids fine after selling location data

By on April 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Maker of Android flashlight app with 50M downloads avoids fine after selling location data

This past December, we reported that a popular Android app called Brightest Flashlight could do more than just shine light. Brightest Flashlight was a simple flashlight app that was highly-rated and had over 50 million installs. However, it had one devious, hidden feature: It would share personal data, such as your location, with advertisers. The FTC caught wind of this and began investigating the developer. According to GigaOm, the FTC reached a settlement with the developer last week, and it looks like he got away easy. More →

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Samsung tablet marketshare

Samsung is coming closer and closer to overtaking Apple’s tablet market share

By on April 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Samsung is coming closer and closer to overtaking Apple’s tablet market share

Samsung’s worldwide tablet market share in the first quarter rose to 23%, according to a report from ZDNet Korea. Samsung reportedly shipped 14 million tablets during Q1, up 200,000 from the previous quarter, according to unnamed senior executives at Samsung. More →

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U.S. Navy Railgun Video

Video: Watch the Navy’s futuristic railgun blow stuff up

By on April 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM.

Video: Watch the Navy’s futuristic railgun blow stuff up

The United States Navy is set to deploy its electromagnetic railgun on one of its joint high-speed vessels (JHSV) in 2016. According to the Navy, the weapon uses “an electromagnetic force – known as the Lorenz Force – to rapidly accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails.” The railgun will be able to fire projectiles at a much higher velocity than current weaponry, obviously allowing them to travel much greater distances. More →

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Leaked Titanfall Xbox 360 video

Video: The hottest Xbox One game released this year finally comes to the Xbox 360

By on April 7, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Video: The hottest Xbox One game released this year finally comes to the Xbox 360

Last month, EA delayed releasing the Xbox 360 version of the hit game Titanfall until April 8th for the United States and April 11th for Europe. Now that its actual Xbox 360 launch is just about here, screenshots and video of Titanfall have begun leaking all over the web. MP1ST has a particularly large collection with over an hour of video footage. More →

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Google Street View $1.4 Million Fine

Google slapped with yet another fine over Street View

By on April 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Google slapped with yet another fine over Street View

Google was handed a 1 million euro ($1.4 million) fine yesterday by Italy and has already paid it, according to Reuters. This time, Google received a fine for complaints related to its Street View program— in 2010, people complained that the cars were not easily recognizable as Google Street View cars. More →

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