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New 14nm process chipset to deliver performance increase over Haswell
Today's Intel earnings conference call also revealed that the next generation of Intel microprocessor after Haswell, the "Broadwell" line will be delayed by three months. Production of the new 14nm process chip will now beginp in the first quarter of 2014, rather than in November of this year as originally envisioned. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that current yields of prototype processors are suffering from a "defect density issue" keeping productive yields down.
Apple-provided update fixes issues, uninstalls the old Apple Java applet plug-in
For the fifth time this year, Apple has had to issue an update to Java for all three supported versions of OS X: Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7) and Mountain Lion (10.8). As has become the norm, the update was issued due to the discovery of "multiple vulnerabilities" in Java 1.6.0_51. The cross-platform development technology has been updated to version 1.6.0_65, and is referred to in Software Update as "Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 17" for Snow Leopard and "Java for OS X 2013-005" for newer systems.
OtterBox Preserver Series offers full submergibility up to 6.6 feet
Protective accessories manufacturer OtterBox has announced the release of its latest rugged smartphone case line, the Preserver Series. The Preserver Series is promoted as being fully waterproof -- withstanding submersion in water up to 6.6 feet for 30 minutes -- as well as dust and drop proof. The cases fit the iPhone 5, and will be coming soon for iPhone 5s, 5c and Samsung Galaxy S4 as well.
Further signals new OS X upgrade will debut October 22
In a further sign that OS X Mavericks (10.9) will debut on October 22 at the now-confirmed Apple Special Event, the company has sent out a notice for developers to prepare their apps for the debut of the new OS X upgrade, and submit them for review in the Mac App Store. Developers can obtain access to both the "Golden Master" of OS X Mavericks as well as a new Xcode 5.0.1 GM seed with which they can compile, test and submit updates and new applications.
Router has 10 amplifiers, five Gigabit Ethernet ports, easy configuration
Wi-Fi communication product maker Amped Wireless today announced the launch of the APA20 High Power 700 milliwatts (mW) Dual Band AC Access Point, an 802.11ac wireless access point designed to deliver long range wireless access for existing home and business networks.
Yahoo recovery progressing despite challenging online advertising market
Yahoo today reported results for the quarter ended September 30. The company posted $1.139 billion for the third quarter of 2013, a five percent decrease from the third quarter of 2012. Revenue, excluding traffic acquisition costs, was $1.081 billion -- a one percent decrease compared to the year-ago quarter.
Could conceivably increase ban to cover three additional patents
Despite the current government shutdown, an International Trade Commission lawyer has filed a notice of Apple's intent to appeal unfavorable portions of the company's ITC win against Samsung back in August. Though the ruling awarded Apple a victory in declaring that Samsung had infringed on multiple Apple patents -- resulting in an embargo against mostly-now-discontinued Samsung smartphone models -- the iPhone maker is still pushing for a broader ban that includes more patents.
As expected PC Client losses, but solid performance for Intel
US chipmaker Intel today reported third-quarter revenue of $13.5 billion, operating income of $3.5 billion, net income of $3 billion and earnings per share of $0.58. The company generated approximately $5.7 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $1.1 billion, and used $536 million to repurchase 24 million shares of stock.
Change expected to have little practical benefit for government budgets
The Irish government is considering the elimination of a tax loophole exploited by a number of foreign corporations, most notably Apple, reports say. Currently, Apple's Cork-based subsidiaries -- including Apple Operations International (AOI), Apple Operations Europe, Apple Sales International, and Apple Distribution International -- are "stateless" for Irish tax purposes, since they're managed and controlled from outside the country. This has allowed Apple's to dodge Ireland's 12.5 percent standard corporate tax rate, and pay less than 2 percent in taxes in the US. Between 2009 and 2011 Apple funneled billions of dollars through AOI without paying taxes to any government.
iOS 7 Safari - It Kinda Blows
This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss what they dislike about Safari in iOS 7, while reminiscing about the way things use to be. Administrator "ghporter" spurred a discussion about some of the flaws in iOS 7 when he started a thread commenting on the questionable color scheme in Notes.
save up to 31 percent off Mac mini
Apple's online store is currently swamped with refurbished Mac minis, in a range of configurations and with savings of up to 31 percent off. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been cut by $130 to $469. A 31 percent price cut is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, now $549.
Acer all-in-one for $649, 16GB iPad 2 for $349, more
This week, the Microsoft Store is offering a steep price break on the Acer Aspire touchscreen all-in-one computer, which has been cut from $1,149 down to $649. That $500 discount makes this the lowest price we've seen on this computer by about $200. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. This computer features a 2.5GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, along with a 23-inch touchscreen with 1920x1080 resolution. Windows 8 is pre-installed, and will be automatically updated to Windows 8.1 for free after October 17.
Late October release for four new models from Sony
Today, Sony Electronics announced US pricing and availability for the Vaio Flip and Tap PCs it announced earlier this year. Both the Vaio Flip in 13-inch, 14-inch, and 15.5-inch models and the 11-inch Tap tablet PC will be available before the end of October.
Computer could fetch as much as $500,000 or more
A working Apple I will go up for sale by Germany's Breker auction house on November 16th, according to an announcement. Making the item even rarer is that it includes the white box the system originally shipped with, and that it's listed as 46th out of the first 50 units hand-assembled by Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Ultimately a total of just 200 Apple Is would be built, most of which are non-functional due to wear and their use of obsolete parts.
No flex on commercial-server ban
Google has updated its Google Fiber policies, enabling users to operate personal servers on the search giant's high-speed Internet service. The language backs down from an explicit ban on all servers, leaving room for home security equipment or virtual private networks (VPNs), however it maintains a restriction on any servers used for commercial purposes by small businesses.
Adds new languages, help functions
Google has released an update of its iOS Maps app. Version 2.3.4 carries over recent Android upgrades, namely faster access to navigation, including route and traffic overview. A Tips and Tricks section has been added to the left-hand menu.
One of three HTC-Amazon smartpones said to be in advanced development stage
HTC could be working with Amazon on a number of smartphones, according to a report. The two are apparently in "an advanced stage of development" on the mobile devices, and while a total of three smartphones are claimed, one of the devices is said to be close to completion, though it is unlikely to be released anytime this year.
Allows iPads to rotate 360 degrees
Accessory maker iHome has launched the Type Pro, a new Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad. The distinguishing feature is the ability to rotate an iPad 360 degrees while still in its holder. The case is compatible with second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPads.
New FuelBand SE algorithms add accuracy to activity monitoring
Nike has launched an updated version of its Fuelband activity monitoring device at its NikeFuel Forum event. The Nike+ FuelBand SE retains the same basic design of the original, adding some bright accents to the main black color, but it is now able to more accurately track movements used in specific types of activities through its new algorithms, making it much harder to fool.
Transition expected to begin next month
T-Mobile is reportedly preparing to force many of its customers to adopt new pricing schemes, putting an end to the grandfathered plans carried by some long-term subscribers. The company is said to be offering significant discounts to affected customers, with contract rates well below the pricing for new customers.
New Macs, iPads anticipated
Apple has sent out email invitations asking the press to attend an October 22nd event in San Francisco. The presentation is being hosted at the Yerba Buena Center, and will start at 10AM Pacific time. The invite features the slogan "we still have a lot to cover," and an Apple logo on top of a bed of multi-colored leaves reminiscent of Apple's iOS 7 aesthetics.
Product could be new Mac Pro
Flextronics America is in the process of hiring close to 1,700 people to work on a "next generation desktop computer" at its factory in Austin, Texas, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The company has declined to go into any more detail on the product, but filed a presentation with Travis County commissioners on Monday, as part of a bid to have its facilities declared a foreign trade zone. At least 879 jobs have already been created, and Flextronics says it could add another 815 if it hits peak targets.
Smartphones, smart watch sold off-contract, unlocked from Sony directly
Sony has put two new Xperia smartphones and an upgraded smart watch on sale in the United States, off-contract. The unlocked Xperia Z Ultra LTE and Xperia Z1 have gone on sale through the company's online store, and are accompanied by the follow-up to the SmartWatch, the SmartWatch 2, which also goes on sale today.
Feature integrated into Chevy MyLink
Siri's "Eyes Free" mode will be supported in several 2014 Chevrolet cars, GM has announced. These include the Camaro, Volt, Malibu, SS, Cruze, and Equinox. The technology will be integrated via Chevy's MyLink service. Earlier in 2013, the company's Spark and Sonic models were among the first vehicles to get Eyes Free support.
Launches in quick succession after Oct. 22 event
Release dates have been leaked for the products Apple is expected to announce on October 22nd, says French site MacG. An updated MacBook Pro is slated to launch on the 24th or 25th, followed by the fifth-generation iPad and second-gen iPad mini on the 30th or the 31st. The overhauled Mac Pro is only forecast for November 15th.
LG G Pad 8.3 heading to retail in the UK and Ireland
LG is launching its G Pad 8.3 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in time for the holiday shopping rush. The tablet, with an 8.3-inch 1080p display, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM, 5MP and 1.3MP cameras, 4,600mAh battery and 16GB of storage, will cost £260 ($415) when it goes on sale.
Network could reach 150Mbps maximum thanks to 4G cable licenses
Verizon could be working on increasing the speed of its phone network in New York, by performing a new LTE rollout. The carrier has apparently been spotted operating a new LTE network, which is shown to be providing network speeds of around 80Mbps downstream, and peaking at almost 23Mbps for uploads.
Apple iPad 5 set to gain iPhone 5s Touch ID sensor
A photo leak coming out of China confirms that the forthcoming fifth-generation Apple iPad will incorporate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor Home button. Touch ID debuted on the iPhone 5s with reviewers praising its ease of use and reliability. Apple says that the sapphire crystal covered fingerprint sensor built into the iPhone 5s boosts security over the traditional iOS 4-digit code, while it can also be used to authenticate purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store and iBooks Store.
Claims customers can 'continue to count on BlackBerry'
BlackBerry has issued a letter to its customers, advising "You can continue to count on BlackBerry." The letter is an attempt by the company to put its customers at ease following the large number of negative headlines in the media in the last few months, ranging from the poor sales of its smartphones, to the ongoing potential breakup and sale discussions, to the massive job losses.
Logitech M560 mouse incorporates quick access button for Win 8
Logitech has rolled out the M560 wireless mouse for Windows 8. The new mouse is one of the first to incorporate a Windows 8 menu button that sits behind the scroll wheel. When activated, the button gives users one-touch access to the App Bar, Charms Bar, Desktop and Start Screen.
Customers able to download data blocked after company shutdown
Encrypted e-mail service Lavabit has temporarily reopened, to allow customers to retrieve their stored data after the service's shutdown. Customers will be able to change their account password on the service for a 72-hour period starting at 7pm Central Time today, with personal account data being made available to download from Friday for a limited time.
Angela Ahrendts to join Apple senior executive team
Apple has announced the hiring of Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as its new Senior Vice President of Retail and Online stores. The position was specially created for Ahrendts, who will report directly to CEO Tim Cook when she takes up her post in the spring of 2014. Ahrendts will remain at Burberry for the time being while that company undertakes a search for a replacement.
Claims previous covers, Smart Covers won't fit new full-size tablet
Citing sources from among Apple's Chinese and Taiwanese suppliers, analyst Brian J. White of Cantor Fitzgerald says that if the rumors and parts leaks for the next full-size iPad are accurate -- a thinner design that mimics the iPad mini in style -- then the company will additionally introduce new iPad Smart Covers for the forthcoming product. While the conclusion may seem a bit obvious to fans of the tablets, White's investor clients don't often factor in ancillary sales such as covers into their AAPL profit forecasts.
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