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Update evaluates, possibly fixes, data corruption issue with SSD storage
Apple has released a single-model firmware update for the MacBook Air. The new update, the "MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1" applies only to the mid-2012 MacBook Air line, and allegedly fixes a rare issue that appears to be erasing some customers' data.
No confirmed specs, other than $349 price for 16GB model
Adding to the panoply of leaks about the new Google device, a detail-free listing for the Nexus 5 appeared with no fanfare, and has since been pulled, on the Google Play store. Other than an image, no details were made available, except for a price -- the anticipated phone is listed at $349 for 16GB of storage.
First revision to software in three years delivers enhanced connectivity
Microsoft has issued a pair of updates to its Apple-oriented Remote Desktop applications. Earlier today, it released versions for iOS and Android. A few hours ago, Microsoft churned out a long-in-coming update with several improvements to the software for OS X, bringing some much-needed enhancement and fixes to the software.
New cameras leverage Canon's DSP technology to boost performance
Canon USA added four new Full HD network cameras to its product lineup today -- the VB-S30D PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) Micro Dome Full HD Network Camera, VB-S31D PT (pan-tilt) Micro Dome Full HD Network Camera, VB-S800D Fixed Micro Dome Full HD Network Camera and VB-S900F Micro Box Full HD Network Camera. The new S-series network cameras have been designed for indoor environments that require sensitive monitoring of specific areas or items, such as in the retail, education, commercial and hospitality sectors.
Landmark settlement intended to send a message to future infringers
According to court records filed today, Canadian Gary Fung has until the end of the week to close his BitTorrent search engine IsoHunt in addition to related sites TorrentBox, and Podtropolis. Fung has also agreed to pay various movie studios and other media production groups $110 million in damages to end the seven year-old legal skirmish.
Boost comes from GPU sector, includes some next gen console payments
AMD today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2013 of $1.46 billion, operating income of $95 million and net income of $48 million, or $0.06 per share. The income greatly exceeded Wall Street's estimates for the company, which generally came in at $0.02 per share. The quarter marks the company's return to profitability after a series of unexpectedly bad results.
95 percent of enterprise apps, 90 percent of tablets, 72 percent overall
A new report by Good Technology notes that in addition to dominating the competition in corporate adoption, Apple's iOS platform is also gaining share as it sees a new wave of enterprise device adoption and activation. Overall business mobile device activations are up 60 percent, while iOS percentage of the market has grown to 72 percent, up from 69 percent in Q2. Apple's platform is also responsible for an astonishing 95 percent of all enterprise app use, and holds 90 percent of the tablet share.
Line boasts four dual-core models ranging from 4 to 5.3 inches
Electronics manufacturers Archos and MediaTek have partnered to release the Archos Titanium smartphone line, with four mid-range fully-featured smartphones with prices starting at €100 ($137). The new Archos Titanium smartphones include dual-SIM support with HSPA+ speeds, and are fully Google certified running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, giving them complete access to the Google Play store.
Update brings OS X 10.9 Mavericks support, USB improvements
Oracle VM VirtualBox has been updated to version 4.3. The newest revision of the virtualization environment for running non-native OS installations introduces a virtual multi-touch user interface, supports additional devices and platforms, and provides enhanced networking capabilities enabling developers to virtualize modern operating system features while maintaining compatibility with legacy operating systems.
Orb interfaces with other products in Fitbug health tracking device line
Adding to the wearable fitness tracker market and growing its own line of health monitoring devices, Fitbug has launched the Orb. The Fitbug Orb combines technology that tracks movement and sleep patterns, with KiK, a digital coach that helps people set, monitor and where necessary prompts users to act to achieve preset goals.
Moto X users receive web tool for transferring iPhone handset data from iCloud
Motorola has announced its latest web tool for Moto X users, which allows iPhone owners to transfer handset data to their Moto X smartphone. Once consumers make their purchase of a Moto X, they will be prompted to migrate their data if applicable. Data that can presently be migrated consists of contacts and calendar entries only. Included in the web tool is a help page that outlines how the data fields will translate between iOS and Android.
Developers allowed to submit lucrative apps in new market
App developers can now submit games for sale at Apple's South African App Store, reports say. Correspondingly, a "Games" banner has appeared at the storefront, advertising the initial selection. By default, though, any game cleared for sale in the country will automatically go live there, meaning that most developers won't have to take any action to pull in the extra revenue.
Search engine monolith sees increase in ad clicks, drop in cost-per-click
Google today reported consolidated revenues of $14.89 billion for the quarter that ended September 30, an increase of 12 percent compared to the same quarter of 2012. Traffic acquisition costs came in at $2.97 billion, 24 percent of advertising revenue. Operating income in the third quarter of 2013 was $3.44 billion, or 23 percent of revenues. Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities grew to $56.52 billion in the quarter.
Examination performed under non-disclosure agreement
Lenovo has reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement to take a close look at BlackBerry's finances, unnamed sources have told Wall Street Journal (sub. required). The leak is the second report pointing to such talks, fueling speculation that the Chinese company is still considering a potential bid for the struggling smartphone maker.
Yerba Buena Center for October 22 press event
Decorations for Apple's October 22 press event are beginning to go up at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, photos show. Images on the Center's windows copy the look of the email invitation sent out to the press, which features a white Apple logo against a backdrop of multicolored leaves. So far, no photos of any indoor decorations have emerged.
AT&T retains top spot among US carriers
Apple and the iPhone have topped JD Power's smartphone satisfaction study for the 10th time in five years, according to a newly-released chart. With a score of 856, the company beats out rivals like Nokia (840), Samsung (839), and and HTC (829). AT&T remains the US carrier with the most overall customer satisfaction, garnering a score of 843; trailing behind are Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Among iPhone users, though, Verizon is the top carrier.
Supports Windows 8 multi-touch gestures
Microsoft has released a promised iOS version of its Remote Desktop app. The title lets people connect to a remote Windows PC, and gain access to both its data and apps through a secure connection. Microsoft is promising support for the multi-touch gestures in Windows 8, and high-quality audio and video through optimized compression and bandwidth. For presentations, the app can help push content to external monitors or projectors.
Changes expected as Vodafone removed from picture
Verizon has reportedly confirmed that it has ended a joint venture with cable companies Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House Networks. In a conference call following the company's quarterly earnings report, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo suggested the partnership was terminated in August in response to developments in technology and changing market conditions.
LG releasing G Pad 8.3 in United States on November 3rd
LG has put its G Pad 8.3 Android tablet heading to the United States, following its release in the United Kingdom and South Korea. The tablet, with an 8.3-inch 1920x1200 display, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 4,600mAh battery, will go on sale from November 3rd priced at $350.
Was responsible for Apple's online sales platforms
eBay has hired on Apple e-commerce head R.J. Pittman as its new chief product officer and senior VP, according to an official statement. The executive will report directly to eBay president Devin Wenig. While at Apple, Pittman was "responsible for worldwide design, product management, and e-commerce innovation," including "growing the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac e-commerce businesses via the web, mobile commerce, and contact center," according to his LinkedIn profile.
iOS 7's Control Center feature brought to Mac OS X by Controls+ app
Controls+, an app for OS X, is available at an introductory sale price since its launch at the beginning of the month. Priced at 80 percent off until Friday, Controls+ offers the features of iOS 7's Control Center, which includes quick access to commonly used utilities via a menubar icon. Controls+ presently includes brightness controls, a flashlight mode (white screen), screen saver locking, iTunes controls, and a timer. Its user interface emulates the visual aesthetic of iOS 7, with a compact drop-down menu for accessing all features. Currently available for download for $1, Controls+ can be purchased on iTunes.
Prototype integrates six displays
Nokia recently submitted a patent filing for a smartwatch concept that features modular display components. The application describes a wearable device with up to six displays, each capable of showing separate content as the band is rotated around the wrist.
Hints at prep for launch of OS X Mavericks
People using the latest version of OS X Mountain Lion are beginning to see an "Open in iBooks" buttons on iBookstore pages within iTunes, users say. The button appears if a person has a title in their iBooks library, but is currently non-functional, since the first Mac version of iBooks is only due to launch alongside OS X Mavericks. That may suggest, however, that Apple is making final preparations for Mavericks' release.
Verizon earns $30.3B revenue, 1.1M more wireless customers
Verizon has beat Wall Street expectations in its third quarter financial results, adding more than 1.1 million new customers to its wireless service in the period. Overall Verizon revenues of $30.3 billion marks a year-on-year increase of 4.4 percent, with the wireless business increasing its contribution to the total to $20.4 billion, up by 7.2 percent compared to last year.
Re-establishes foothold for Apple lawsuits
The US Patent and Trademark Office has finished a re-examination of Apple's so-called "Steve Jobs patent" and upheld all 20 claims as patentable, reports note. The patent is 364 pages in length, and covers many of the core concepts of the iPhone. Last year it was challenged anonymously, however, and in December the USPTO issued a preliminary invalidation.
Chip executive hints at holiday pricing
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has reportedly hinted that the company's OEM partners are preparing to embrace aggressive pricing strategies ahead of the holiday shopping season. Speaking during a conference related to the company's quarterly earnings disclosure, the executive is said to have referenced Intel-powered tablets for as little as $99, Haswell notebooks starting at $299, and convertible hybrid tablets with prices as low as $349.
Proposal sees Samsung avoiding standard-essential patent lawsuits
The European Commission is requesting feedback on an offer by Samsung to stop suing other device manufacturers over specific types of patents. The proposal would prevent Samsung from suing over standard-essential patents (SEPs) for a five-year period, in order to cease the antitrust proceedings it is embroiled in, and to avoid a potential fine from the EC of $18.3 billion.
Company may be shifting tax burden to shoppers
Apple has silently raised prices for the iPhone 5s and 5c in France, reports note. 16, 32, and 64GB versions of the 5s previously cost €699, €799, and €899. Now, however, they cost €709, €811, and €911, making even the cheapest 5s worth about $968. French iPhones are sold unlocked, but in the US, an unlocked 5s still starts at just $649.
Apps have yet to get iOS makeover
Updated icons for iPhoto and GarageBand within iOS' iCloud Storage Management settings hint that Apple is on the verge of updating the apps, notes AppleInsider. The icons have to be downloaded from Apple servers whenever someone enters the Storage Management panel, suggesting that Apple is laying the groundwork for the updated software. Visually the icons have been changed to adopt the flat, colorful design of iOS 7.
Smartphone with 10x optical zoom allegedly heading to AT&T this year
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom will be heading to AT&T in the future, according to a new rumor. A leaked image of the hybrid compact camera and smartphone shows it as having icons for AT&T services on its screen, as well as connected to AT&T, strongly hinting that the carrier will soon be offering a subsidized version on its network.
Free, paid downloads of Microsoft operating system upgrade commence
Windows 8.1, Microsoft's upgrade for Windows 8, is now available to download and buy. The update, which reintroduces the Start Button to the desktop among other changes, can be downloaded from Microsoft directly or bought as an installable DVD, with current Windows 8 users able to download it via the Windows Store at no charge.
Acer offers free Microsoft Office for purchasers of new device
Acer today debuted the new eight-inch Iconia W4 tablet that features an IPS display and Zero Air Gap technologies for a sharper display with enhanced clarity and brightness. In addition, the Iconia W4 is also equipped with the Windows 8.1 operating system and a fourth Generation Intel Atom processor, offering faster tablet performance than its predecessor as well as battery life up to eight hours for video playback and up to 10 hours for web browsing.
Updated image processor allows for optical low pass filter removal in D5300
Nikon is updating its consumer-level Digital SLR range, by upgrading the D5200. The new D5300 retains much of the design and workings of its predecessors, but still manages to introduce some changes to the product line, with the most notable being that Wi-Fi and GPS are built into the camera instead of taking the form of extra attachments.
Maximum 40fps burst mode, ISO 25,600 in compact retro Lumix GM1
Panasonic has added another retro-styled compact camera to its Lumix line, in the form of the Lumix GM1. The mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera sports a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor with Venus Engine image processing, which offers a maximum ISO of 25,600, shutter speeds of between 60 seconds and 1/16,000th of a second, and claims of sharp images in low-light situations.
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