12 September 2013

China, Apple, iPhones

Apple unlikely to sell many iPhones in China -- iPhone pricing too high vs low cost Android smartphones made by Chinese manufacturers --

iPhone 5C Price Good News for Chinese Vendors - Digits - WSJ: "At 4,488 yuan ($733) for the 16-gigabyte model without carrier contracts, the less expensive iPhone still falls easily in the high-end segment of China’s enormous smartphone market."

Apple falls on concern about iPhone pricing
USA TODAY
Apple shares fell 4.9% to $470.31 in afternoon trading. Apple has lost ground to Samsung and other rivals which make cheaper smartphones based on Google's Android operating system. This is especially true in faster-growing emerging and developing ...

Apple's shares tank as new iPhones fail to dazzle
Reuters
Apple Inc's shares slid 6 percent on Wednesday as a pricier-than-expected iPhone "5C" extinguished hopes of a major expansion into lower-end markets such as China, while ...

Intel Bay Trail: Chipmaker doubles tablet performance as it takes fight to ARM
ZDNet
Summary: Intel today unveiled its new family of chips designed to challenge ARM in the tablet market - promising to deliver a two times performance boost on its earlier tablets and support a raft of new Windows 8 and Android tablets. Nick Heath. By Nick ...

Apple raises bet in poker game with Microsoft over mobile productivity
Computerworld
Computerworld - Apple yesterday poked the bear that is Microsoft by announcing that it would give away its trio of iWork productivity apps to buyers of new iOS 7-compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches purchased after Sept. 1. As part of the iPhone 5S ...

Google can face wiretap claims in Street View suits, court says
Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court has refused to dismiss a civil lawsuit accusing Google Inc. of violating federal wiretap law when its fleet of Street View cars inadvertently swept up emails, passwords and other highly sensitive personal information from unencrypted ...

Nokia Lumia 1020 retains camera phone crown after iPhone 5S launch
ZDNet
Summary: I was hoping to see some new innovations in optics from Apple, but after yesterday's announcement it was easy for me to stick with my Nokia Lumia 1020's amazing camera technology....

Haswell signs up four new Chromebooks
CNET
Chromebook hardware gets a boost from Intel's Haswell chip as Google and Intel debut new, low-cost Chromebooks. Seth Rosenblatt. by Seth Rosenblatt. September 11, 2013 10:30 AM PDT. Follow @sethr. Google and Intel debut four new Chromebook ...

Free game sharing coming to Steam
Computerandvideogames.com
Software giant Valve will allow Steam users to turn their PCs into game platforms that can be shared among friends and family, the company has announced. A new initiative, called Family Sharing, allows one person to share their library of Steam games ...

ARM Adds $1 Billion on Apple IPhone Royalty Boost: London Mover
Bloomberg
ARM Holdings Plc (ARM), the chip designer whose products power Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s new iPhones, gained the most in almost five months on predictions it will generate increased royalties from the use of its latest technology. The shares advanced 4.8 ...
Apple unveils two new iPhones -- the 5S and 5C
CNN
Cupertino, California (CNN) -- For the first time ever, Apple unveiled two new iPhones on Tuesday, a traditional upgrade of its iPhone 5 as well as a simpler, cheaper version.Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are a reaction to a ...

Microsoft Shouldn't Put Ford's Alan Mulally in the Driver's Seat
Businessweek
Could Ford (F) Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally work the same turnaround magic atMicrosoft? (MSFT) Let's hope not. Tech folks are buzzing about the possibility that Mulally could be the man to replace Steve Ballmer when he retires later this year.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday delivers critical IE, Outlook fixes
Computerworld
In addition to the Microsoft patches, administrators should also take a look at the critical patches that Adobe also issued Tuesday for Reader and Flash. Users of Google Chrome and Internet Explorer will have the Flash patches applied automatically ...

Apple, it's time to drop the whole 'S' routine
CNET
At a time when HTC boasts an all-metal One smartphone, and Nokia has pushed the envelope with a 41-megapixel camera phone, Apple offered an iPhone 5 lookalike with some new software tricks and internal specification upgrades. The lack of a major change ...

Google Details Anti-Piracy Practices In Defensive Report
Forbes
Google, long a target of the content industry for what's perceived as a hands-off approach to copyright infringement, has produced a 25-page report in its own defense. In an attempt to improve its PR and woo the film and music industries – which ...

Apple's iWork free on all new iOS devices
ZDNet
Removing the application donwload fees may also tempt more consumers away from rival services such as Google Drive, and could be a way for the company to upsell more space within the cloud storage service, iCloud, in the future. Apple announced a split ...
Apple iTunes Radio due on September 18 with iOS 7
CNET
Streaming music -- a rare corner of growth for the otherwise beleaguered music industry -- is already a field crowded by the likes of Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Rdio, GoogleMusic All Access, et al., but Apple's base of at least 575 million iTunes ...

Google security exec: 'Passwords are dead'
CNET
Speaking on a TechCrunch Disrupt panel called "Spies Like Us," Heather Adkins,Google's manager of information security, told moderator Greg Ferenstein that in the future, the "game is over for" any startup that relies on passwords as its chief method ...
Intel's Wi-Fi adapters connectivity issues continue - Neowin: "The Windows 7/8 disconnection errors appearing with Intel Centrino 6230/6235 adapters are still a problem area, and users are becoming increasingly annoyed with the way Intel are handling the issue. Sadly, despite even more new driver updates released over the past couple of months, Intel still hasn't got to the bottom of what is causing users to be disconnected from their networks. To make matters worse, users who complain about the fault are now seeing their Intel forum accounts removed."

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