16 July 2013

Verizon iPhone Fail: sales only about half of that promised?

Apple's carrier sales quotas--something's gotta give--

Who Pays the Price if Verizon Can't Sell Enough IPhones? - Businessweek: .."Moffett Research, after digging into some of Verizon’s regulatory disclosures, estimates that the telecom company is selling only about half as many iPhones as it promised Apple it would. The firm estimates that the size of the deal is $40 billion to $45 billion over three years, extending through 2013. Neither Apple nor Verizon has discussed the terms of the deal publicly, and both declined to comment today. (Sprint Nextel (S) also reached deep into its pockets for the right to sell the iPhone but seems set have met its targets, according to Moffett data.)"...

Microsoft Cuts Price of Surface RT Tablet by Up to 30%
Wall Street Journal
... more powerful version, Surface Pro. The Wall Street Journal also reported in April that Microsoft is working on a smaller version of the Surface, on the heels of popular 7-inch to 8-inch tablet computers like Apple's iPad Mini and the Nexus 7 from ...

Why I won't be buying a Surface RT, even for $349
With a paltry number of third-party apps and no keyboard included, Microsoft's tablet still isn't a good deal. by Rick Broida. July 15, 2013 · The Surface RT now starts at $349, but a keyboard still isn't...

Air pollution kills millions each year, says study
BBC News
Outdoor air pollution is estimated to contribute to more than two-and-a-half million deaths each year, a study has suggested. It calculated that, each year, 470,000 people died as a result of ozone and 2.1 million deaths were linked to fine particulate matter.

WWDC 2013 videos uploaded to YouTube, but not by Apple
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: Apple holds its non-disclosure agreements closely to its chest. But what happens when the company's entire developer conference video set end up on YouTube? ...

Sun's 2013 solar activity peak weakest in 100 years
Fox News
Though the sun is currently in the peak year of its 11-year solar weather cycle, our closest star has been rather quiet over all, scientists say. This year's solar maximum is shaping up to be the weakest in 100 years and the next one could be even more ...

Alaskan Volcano 'Screams' Before Erupting
ABC News
A kid throwing a temper tantrum and a volcanic eruption have a lot in common. Both are preceded by a low pitched whine that immediately informs either a geologist or a parent that something is amiss. That sound gets higher and higher in pitch as the minutes ...

Ultra Street Fighter IV Revealed, Coming in 2014
PC Magazine
From the look of Capcom's Evo 2013 event (see video below), you'd think Oprah was again offering everyone new cars. In fact, the company announced the latest Street Fighter IV update, available early next year. Dubbed Ultra Street Fighter IV, the game ...

Hack Turns Verizon Femtocell Into Spy Tool
PC Magazine
A pair of researchers this week revealed a vulnerability within Verizon Wireless femtocells that allowed hackers to spy on the carrier's customers. Tom Ritter and Doug DePerry from iSEC Partners told Reuters that the glitch within the femtocells, which boost ...

Apple gearing up iPhone 5S for output this month, analyst says
CNET (blog)
The next-generation iPhone -- still unacknowledged by Apple -- could arrive in late September or early October, a Jefferies analyst says. (Credit: Apple).

Sprint to offer three new tri-band hot spots on July 19
The Netgear Zing, Netgear 341U, and Novatel Wireless MiFi 500LTE will all be available from Sprint starting Friday. Sprint's new Tri-band hotspot trio. Sprint announced today ...

Apple chippery sticking with Samsung or moving to GlobalFoundries?
The ongoing rumor-fest over whether Apple will dump its longtime chip supplier Samsung and hook up with rival TSMC has taken yet another turn, with the latest report saying that, no, Apple isn't moving to TSMC for its A9 processor, scheduled for 2015, but is ...

Pure boffinry: We peek inside Nokia's miracle cameraphone
These days, “tech” means anything except technology. The word has become so debased that a group of marketing people talking about their ideas for websites are a “tech scene”. And hosting meetings for marketing people to talk about ...

Google's chances to obtain dotless 'http://search' domain shrink
IDG News Service - Google's chances of obtaining the "http://search" domain name are shrinking after several committees affiliated with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently warned that dotless domain names could be ...

Lionfish found at sunken ship 300 feet below water's surface wreaking havoc
Fox News
The relentless scourge of lionfish has crept to unexpected depths: Off the coast of Florida, researchers say they found the venomous invader thriving around a sunken ship at 300 feet below the water's surface. "We expected some populations of lionfish at that ...

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite to Launch This Month
Tom's Hardware Guide
Samsung Electronics America is now taking pre-sales for the upcoming 0.69 inch thin ATIV Book 9 Lite notebook for $799.99. The company says it has crammed cutting-edge technology into a slim, compact form factor even though the company is somewhat ...

Report: Apple probing death linked to charging iPhone
SHARE 293 CONNECT 60 TWEET 6 COMMENTEMAILMORE. Apple is reportedly investigating the death of a Chinese woman shocked by an iPhone while it was charging. According to Reuters, the 23-year-old woman was killed by an electric shock when ...

NASA Hubble Telescope Discovers New Neptune Moon, Meet S/2004 N 1 ...
International Business Times
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new Neptune moon. S/2004 N 1 is just 12 miles wide and is Neptune's 14th moon. New Neptune Moon The new Neptune moon, S/2004 N 1, can be seen as a faint white dot orbiting the planet. NASA, ESA ...

The Madness of BlackBerry Q5 Pricing
The Q5 is now launching in emerging markets – and at a price level that is raw folly. After the May quarter volume disappointment, it seems highly likely that BlackBerry priced the Q10 and Z10 too high. What the company needs is a staunch Curve upgrade; ...

Uber introduces fare splitting for multiple passengers
When you share an Uber ride with your friends, you can now split the tab with everyone. Donna Tam. by Donna Tam. July 15, 2013 9:20 AM PDT. Follow @DonnaYTam. Uber logo. Uber is adding a new feature that lets customers split the cost of a ride among ...

Astronaut Karen Nyberg washing her hair: Who knew it could bring us together ...
Christian Science Monitor
It's officially a thing now: Astronauts on the International Space Station posting videos and racking up huge YouTube audiences in the process. Chris Hadfied's cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" is the reigning champ of the genre, but this week the ...

Sony Agrees to Pay £250000 Fine for PSN Hack
PC Magazine
Sony has agreed to drop its appeal and pay a £250,000 ($400,000) fine for the 2011 hack of its PlayStation Network. In January, the U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) handed down the fine, arguing that the company failed to adequately update ...

Utilite mini PC starts at $99, scales up to quad-core ARM and 512GB SSD
Truly affordable and compact computing devices aimed at education and do-it-yourself markets have taken off in recent months. Although Raspberry Pi is certainly the most popular example, similar initiatives include devices such as the ODroid-X, FXI Cotton ...

LG Display Intros World's Thinnest 1080p LCD Screen
Tom's Hardware Guide
Last week LG Display revealed the world's slimmed Full HD LCD for smartphones, seemingly paving the way for the Optimus G2 and the Nexus 5 slated to arrive in the next few months. Previous reports stated that these two phones will sport a 5.2 inch screen, ...

Amar Bose
A keen amateur violinist, he decided to specialise in acoustics after being disappointed by the kind of speakers he bought as an electrical engineering student in the 1950s. In those days, typical speaker cabinets were big and cumbersome because they ...

Natural Habitats Provide Better and Cheaper Protection Against Superstorms ...
University Herald
16 percent of the U.S.'s coastline is at a "high hazard" risk due to rising sea levels and extreme weather and that number could double if various precautions are not taken, USA Today reported. (Reuters) Natural habitats provide better protection against storms ...

Warner Bros. debuts Mad Max gameplay in new trailer
At the Electronic Entertainment Expo gaming trade show in June, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed that its Mad Max game is heading to consoles (current and next gen) and PC in 2014. Now, the company is finally showing off ...

Rumor: Apple on Hiring Spree for 'iWatch'
PC Magazine
If you don't think that Apple is actively working on a wearable iDevice, well, we're not sure what to tell you. Not only has the tech giant already filed for a trademark for the name, "iWatch" in Japan, but a new report from the Financial Times suggests that Apple's ...

Polar ice loss cause still unclear
The Guardian
Springtime in southwest Greenland. Pools of blue water begin to dot the surface of the ice sheet as the top layer of snow and ice melts Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon/AFP/Nasa/Getty Images. Here is a non-conclusion: after nine years of close observation, ...

Elon Musk's Next Plan: Connect LA, San Francisco In Half An Hour
Musk said in a tweet that he will release the plans for Hyperloop, which will deliver people between San Francisco and Los Angeles in less than half an hour, on August 12th. Musk has described Hyperloop as a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an ...

'We're with Windows': The anatomy of a cold-calling scam
NBCNews.com (blog)
On its face, it was totally unbelievable. After all, when was the last time you recall any tech support pro-actively contacting you to solve a problem? “Hello, sir. I am calling from Windows support.” So began the call at 3:36 p.m. PDT on June 12. It was as if an ...

Phytoplankton Join 'Social Mixers' In Ocean Turbulence
The motility of phytoplankton allows the tiny ocean plants to determine their fate in ocean turbulence, according to scientists at MIT and Oxford University. Researchers wrote in the journal Nature Communications that the individual vortices that makes up ...

Next-gen iPad Mini possibly delayed until 2014 -- report
Apple doesn't plan to start mass production on its next-generation iPad Mini until the fourth quarter of 2013, DigiTimes reported on Monday, citing sources within Apple's supply chain. That would mean that the device won't launch until 2014.

HTC One Max, with 5.9-inch display, to launch in September -- report
CNET (blog)
According to a new report, the phablet is designed to take on Samsung's Galaxy Note. Don Reisinger. by Don Reisinger. July 15, 2013 7:38 AM PDT. Will the HTC One Max compete against Samsung's Galaxy Note? (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET).

Oracle Exalytics in-memory machine updated to analyze larger data sets
ZDNet (blog)
Oracle is rolling out a number of new software and hardware enhancements for its X3-4 Exalytics in-memory machine. Being that this is an in-memory machine for crunching data into actual business analytics, it makes sense that the team in Redwood Shores ...

Rogers Moto X video shows off advanced voice control and active updates
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: We are seeing more and more about the Moto X appear, and a new Rogers video shows the device with a release date in August. Matthew Miller. By Matthew Miller for Smartphones and Cell Phones | July 14, 2013 -- 21:05 GMT (14:05 PDT).

Droid MAXX and Droid Ultra coming this week, images leaked
Technology Bloom News
droid-ultra Motorola has been all tied up trying to decide the best way to market and release the new Moto X in a partnership with Google and for the most part, that might even be what you are thinking about when you that Motorola is about to reveal a new ...

Google and Microsoft are enemies in court, frenemies in Congress
Washington Post
July 15 (Bloomberg) -- Even as they battle in courts over smartphone and video technology,Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. have discovered a common foe: patent owners who try to sue their customers or go after an entire industry. Both companies are ...

Apple may be building more iPhones, but at what cost?
Apple Inc. is reportedly preparing to begin production on the up-coming iPhone 5S ahead of an expected launch this fall, though some question now remains as to whether customers will gravitate towards the latest devices — or cheaper models. Apple's ...

Google's China Head Steps Down
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Google Inc. said its current China head, John Liu, will step down in mid-August. In a statement Monday, the company said Google's current head of its partnerships business in Europe, Scott Beaumont, will take over Mr. Liu's responsibilities. Mr. Liu ...

Apple Ruling Heaps Doubt on 'MFN' Clauses
Wall Street Journal
Apple entered the e-books market in 2010, at time when Amazon.com Inc. accounted for between 80% and 90% of all e-book sales and was discounting titles below cost to lure customers to the new format and promote its Kindle e-book reader. Apple's gambit ...

Apple's developer-only WWDC 2013 videos are on YouTube ...
By Erica Ogg
Their appearance on YouTube is unusual since much of the material covered in the video is provided to registered developers only.

Apple allegedly working with Samsung again on chips for 2015 ...
By Stefan Constantinescu
Samsung has been exclusively making chips for Apple's iOS devices since the first iPhone started shipping in 2007 -- we don't need to tell you that makes.
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HBO Asks Google to Take Down “Infringing” VLC Media Player ...
By Ernesto
Screw the laws, they have money. Hundreds of thousands of fraudulent DMCA takedown requests have been made by these companies, but they don't get a single reprimand when counter-DMCA notices succeed (99.99% of the time because ...

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