08 July 2013

Smartphone Commoditization

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Smartphone Makers Hit By Rising Competition
Wall Street Journal
Samsung Electronics Co.'s weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings guidance and tepid results from HTC Corp. show that high-end smartphone makers are starting to see growth taper as competition bites and cheaper devices flood the market.


14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed - Mashable
From the Ngram Viewer to Google Dart, check out some of these lesser-known Googleapplications.

RIP, WebTV: Microsoft to shut down MSN TV on Sept. 30CNET
The interactive TV service began life in the mid-'90s as WebTV, one of the first set-top box services to offer Internet access via television sets. . . .

The first arrest filmed on Google Glass?
CNET
A Google Glass explorer happens to be on a New Jersey boardwalk when a fight breaks out. His footage shows how easy it is to film, well, anything surreptitiously with Google's glasses....

Google Glass may get its own app and media store quite soon
VentureBeat
Still in developer preview, Google Glass has very few applications and no centralized way to find or buy them. That could be changing very soon. As part of a recent update that including web browsing features and an expanded set of voice commands, there ...

Tales of Xillia 2 confirmed for western localization, maintaining a two-year Tales ...
Neoseeker
Namco Bandai surprised us all this weekend by announced that Tales of Xillia 2 would be coming westward, to Europe and the US, in 2014. It's not surprising that it'll be localized, rather, it's surprising that it was announced before the first Tales of Xillia has yet ...

MIT Researchers Build All-Optical Transistor; The Future of Quantum Computers
Headlines & Global News
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Research Laboratory of Electronics, Vienna University of Technology, and Harvard University collaborated to figure out how to manipulate the behaviour of the photons in which they were able ...

GM to move Opel up market in Europe
Oman Daily Observer
DETROIT — General Motors Co reiterated a plan to position its struggling Opel line as a more expensive brand in Europe, while carving out a space for its mainstream Chevrolet nameplate as its value offering on the continent. Alan Batey, Chevy's new global ...

Spider webs found to attract insects by pulling them in using electric charge ...
Daily Mail
Spiders lure insects by using the mutual 'electrical attraction' of their web to their prey, new research has revealed. Flying insect's wings create an electric charge which in turn acts as a magnet for the spider's web - sucking them to their doom in the sticky silk.

Bald eagles thriving in Pa., game officials say
Philly.com
Two bald eagle chicks at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum mark a new chapter in the species' comeback. (Bill Buchanan). Travel Deals. $1009 -- All-Incl. 4-Star Cancun Beachfront Trip from Philly. Advertisement. See all travel deals » ...

Master 'The Last of Us' with these 8 developer tips
USA TODAY
Sony's The Last of Us is one of the most critically celebrated games in recent memory. If you're one of the many immersed in this PlayStation 3 exclusive but need a little help in mastering it, award-winning developer Naughty Dog has offered us a handful of ...

Space shuttle Atlantis 'go' for public viewing
The Advocate
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The last space shuttle to soar made its museum debut June 29, and it's the belle of NASA's retirement ball. The Atlantis exhibit opened to the public at Kennedy Space Center, the centerpiece of a $100 million attraction dedicated to ...

Can Windows 8.1 Mollify Windows Users?
Sci-Tech Today
The touch-friendly nature of Windows 8, released in October 2012, was intended to make the operating system work well on tablets and laptops with touchscreens as well as with traditional keyboard and mouse. But it was seen by many as going too far and ...

Maine AG reports progress in Google privacy concerns
Foster's Daily Democrat
AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills is pushing Google to offer more transparency and more meaningful privacy controls. Last year Google implemented a new privacy policy without giving consumers a meaningful opportunity to opt out, ...

Kickstarter Cancels Sequel Proposal for ' Where the Wild Things Are ' to Avoid ...
Headlines & Global News
The project was spearheaded by illustrators from the United Kingdom namely Rich Berner and Geoffrey O. Todd. Their target was to raise £25,000 to create the book, Back to the Wild. They wanted to share the story about Max and all those creatures that he ...

SpaceX 'Grasshopper' rocket successfully takes off, hovers 325 meters in the air ...
Daily Mail
The California space transport company SpaceX launched its reusable Grasshopper rocket from McGregor, Texas, on June 14. The rocket reached a record 325 meters (1,066 feet) -- higher than the top of the Chrysler Building in New York. The rocket then ...

Mystery intergalactic radio bursts detected
Inland Empire News
Astronomers were on a celestial fishing expedition for pulsing neutron stars and other radio bursts when they found something unexpected in archived sky sweeps conducted by the Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia. The powerful signal ...

Can Dell Beat Apple to the Punch?
DailyFinance
Dell may hate itself right now, as the PC giant keeps trying to convince investors that it's not worth very much. But that's not stopping the company from wanting to ride the next possible wave of computing. Dell exec Sam Burd recently told The Guardian that ...

Apple Close to Deal With Time Warner Cable – Apple TV Set Looms Closer
Highlight Press
White LG Google Nexus 4 Gone for Good – Google Nexus 5 to Fill the Void Apple's iPhone 5S and iPad Mini 2 may be the talk of the tech town this summer, but behind the scenes in Cupertino there's reason to believe Apple TV is edging ever-closer to its ...

Mars rover Opportunity hits 10-year mark (pictures)
CNET
In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Mars Exploration Rover-2 (MER-2), better known as Opportunity, undergoes testing prior to its launch 10 years ago on July 7, 2003. Opportunity finally landed on the ...

Miyamoto: Manpower for HD development was 'underestimated'
Joystiq
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto pointed to Nintendo's struggles in adapting to HD development when explaining the company's Wii U software timeline during a recent Q&A session with shareholders. "When it comes to the scale of software development, Wii U ...

Boston University Sues Apple Inc. (AAPL)
ValueWalk
he educational institution is now demanding a part of profits made by Apple by selling those devices, plus interest. Endpoint Technologies Associates analyst Roger Kay expects the figure to touch at least $75 million. Boston University has challenged Apple ...

Photos, video show highly suspect 'iPhone Lite' display and shell with no exterior ...
Apple Insider
A series of images and a stylized video hit the Web on Saturday, all purporting to show a buttonless rear shell attached to a display assembly bound for Apple's rumored low-cost "iPhone Lite." iPhone Lite. Purported "iPhone Lite" (left) next to Apple's current ...

Mexico raises alert level for Popocatepetl volcano
Reuters
Mexican authorities raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano on Saturday after an increased level of explosive activity belched ash over Mexico City and pushed international ...

Record rockfish may also be the oldest
TheNewsTribune.com
Henry Liebman reeled in the 39.08-pound shortraker, breaking the old record of 38.69 pounds for a shortraker caught on sportfishing gear. The age of the fish hasn't yet been determined, but that too might be a record, a fishery expert said. Liebman, an ...

Verizon Motorola Droid Ultra MAXX Pictured
Ubergizmo
It has consistently been rumored online over the last few days that Verizon Wireless is going to launch a new Droid smartphone. This is actually the first that this alleged smartphone has been pictured, its been called Motorola Droid Ultra MAXX, but its unclear ...

Apple Inc. Celebrates App Store's 5th Anniversary
Design & Trend
The iPhone App Store turns five next week. In 2008, the iPhone App Store debuted with over 500 apps. The arrival of the App Store coincided with the release of the second-generation iPhone, or the iPhone 3G. Like Us on ...

UK expands search for extraterrestrial intelligence
Ars Technica
Astronomers from 11 different institutions in the UK have joined forces to hunt for alien life, setting up a network to coordinate their activity. The UK SETI Research Network will fund research that considers new ways to find extraterrestrial intelligence.

Incredible X-ray video captures a bat in flight
io9
To better understand why bats are the only mammals capable of sustained flight, a team of biologists at Brown University is examining ultra high-speed X-ray videos of fruit bats as they launch themselves into the air. Led by Nicolai Konow, the team used X-ray ...

Google Supposedly Pays to Keep Specific Ads Afloat
Maximum PC
Millions of Internet users rely on Adblock Plus daily to keep their web experience a relatively clean one. While it's a taboo practice with some companies that depend on the income raised by advertisements, it's an invaluable tool that cuts down on much of the ...

Microsoft Opens Registration for Xbox Live 2013 Beta
Tom's Hardware Guide
Microsoft's Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson to Xbox fans the world over, announced that the company is throwing open registration for the Xbox Live 2013 beta. Microsoft last month confirmed that it would be phasing out Microsoft points in favor of ...

New Pokemon X / Y Pokemon Revealed At . . .
Gaming Union
We've had a whole host of announcements coming out of Japan Expo, and the latest is that Nintendo has revealed a new Pokemon for Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. The new Pokemon is called Honedge and will be a ghost-type Pokemon. He was revealed by ...

Earth hits aphelion on Friday
French Tribune
Our mother plant, the Earth, reached aphelion (its farthest point away from the Sun) last Friday, according to a report by National Geographic News channel. As the orbit of the Earth is elliptical, it distance from the Sun varies as it revolves around the star.

Without Mattrick future of Xbox One less clear, to be helmed by Windows Chief?
TECH.BLORGE.com
The future of Xbox One to be helmed by Microsoft Windows chief When Don Mattrick, former Microsoft executive of the company's entertainment division, resigned from his post months before the launch of the Xbox One, many were shocked. However, rumors ...

Instagram Landscape Update
Geeky gadgets
Two days ago, on July 5th, Instagram for the iOS got an update that enabled a new landscape mode for picture and video use. Taking photos and videos sideways tends to create a better picture quality and makes production easier and more ...

Video: Sights, Sounds, Cars, Motorcycles & Trucks of the 2013 Pikes Peak ...
TFLcar.com
The the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is in the record books and this year's race proved to be a remarkable test of skill as the weather turned wet right after WRC Champion Sebastien Loeb's record breaking run. This year's race proved to be one for ...

ASIMO Embarrasses Himself, Might Not Be Ready to Lead the Robot Rebellion ...
Geekosystem
If anyone was worried that Honda's humanoid ASIMO robot would lead the machines in their inevitable uprising against humankind, it's probably going to be a while. In a demonstration in Tokyo this week ASIMO kept mistaking reporters phones for their hands ...

Boxee team joins Samsung, will shut down cloud DVR service on July 10
tuaw.com
The Boxee team has announced that it is joining Samsung, shuttering some existing services. Boxee TV users who were using the company's beta Cloud DVR service will see it shut down on July 10. Boxee added that it was working with Samsung to ensure ...

Layoff Not an Option for Nintendo to Reduce Operating Costs ; Don ' t Want to ...
Headlines & Global News
Despite the losses, Nintendo is still planning to hire more people instead of cutting it since they will need more people to work with them on their more comprehensive product development. The company acknowledged the idea that cutting their manpower ...

Unique nano-structures make Guillemot eggs extremely resilient: research
French Tribune
Guillemot eggs' extreme resiliency is due to the unique nano-structures present on their shells, according to a study presented at the Society for Experimental Biology Conference recently held in Spain. Guillemots often leave their eggs completely unprotected ...

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will Feature Lightning as a Character
The Gamer's Drop
In anticipation for the upcoming reboot of Final Fantasy XIV, which will now be called Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, a new Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII crossover has been announced for the game. At a Japan Expo in Paris, Naoki Yoshida ...


Apple's iOS 7 rollout to shake up its $10bn app economy
Financial Times
Many are scrambling to reconfigure their apps to fit the new aesthetic. While some designers praise a bold – if belated – step forward, others have lambasted Apple for copying Microsoft's Windows Phone and Google's Android mobile operating systems.
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