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Installment Plans Are A Hit With Mobile Phone Buyers, Subsidies Losing Steam

April 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Installment Plans Are A Hit With Mobile Phone Buyers, Subsidies Losing Steam

Installment plans for mobile phones are starting to out pace the time-honored practice of paying a subsidized price up front, according to AT&T. Buying installments is catching on in a big way, according to AT&T’s first-quarter financial results Tuesday. About 2.9 million people signed up for the carrier’s Next plan, in which subscribers pay for a phone in monthly installments and can trade it in for a new model after a year. That was more than 40 percent of AT&T’s... 

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ARM Predicts Smartphone Growth Recovering In Second Half

April 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
ARM Predicts Smartphone Growth Recovering In Second Half

ARM Holdings, whose chip technology runs Apple’s iPhone, said demand for smartphones would increase in the second half after a disappointing end to 2013 resulted in first-quarter profit rising less than in previous years. Sales of top-end smartphones, a market dominated by Apple and Samsung, were lower than predicted during the Christmas holiday season, leading to worries that the market was becoming saturated. But ARM’s Chief Financial Officer Tim Score said there were signs that demand... 

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Vevo Sees Dramatic Growth, Monthly Viewership Up Nearly 50 Percent

April 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Vevo Sees Dramatic Growth, Monthly Viewership Up Nearly 50 Percent

Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world’s biggest music labels, has enjoyed a nearly 50 percent spike in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, according to the company’s top executives. The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6 billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer. About... 

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Will Apple Become GlobalFounderies First Client For 14nm Chips?

April 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Apple Become GlobalFounderies First Client For 14nm Chips?

It is being said that ambitious plans are coming out of Samsung and GlobalFoundries, as the chipmakers claim they can manufacture some 14nm parts before the end of the year. Some people who know the industry quite well are claiming that risk manufacturing can start later this year, but full volume production is definitely taking place in the latter half of 2015. It takes time to transition from a manufacturing node and the general feeling is that industry will move from 20nm to 14nm much faster... 

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Astronomers Map The Milky Way Structure In Unpresidented Detail

April 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Map The Milky Way Structure In Unpresidented Detail

Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like. It may seem odd that a comprehensive understanding of the Milky Way’s structure has so far eluded researchers. But it’s tough to get a broad view of the galaxy from within. “We are fairly confident that the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, but we don’t know much in detail. At the most basic level, we’d like to be able to make a map that would show in detail... 

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Apple Finally Patches Heartbleed

April 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Apple Finally Patches Heartbleed

While the rest of the world rushed to fix servers containing the Heartbleed security bug, Apple was curiously quiet. It was not that its products did not contain the flaw, its AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Wi-Fi routers all were vulnerable, but no one seemed to want to talk about it. Yesterday Jobs’ Mob issued an update to their latest AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Wi-Fi routers in order to fix a Heartbleed-related vulnerability which would be triggered by Back to My Mac remote access or... 

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Samsung 28-in 4K Monitor Drops To Less Than $600

April 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung 28-in 4K Monitor Drops To Less Than $600

The price of Samsung’s latest 28-inch 4K monitor has decreased by $100 to just under $600, which could be a precursor to 4K monitor prices further dropping as the technology goes mainstream. The price drop comes just under a month after Samsung announced the monitor — the U28D590D — for $699.99. Major retail sites taking orders for the new monitor at $599.99 include Amazon.com, where the product is currently out of stock, and Newegg, which will start shipping the product later... 

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AT&T Plans To Expand High-speed Fiber Network To 21 New Cities

April 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T Plans To Expand High-speed Fiber Network To 21 New Cities

AT&T Inc said on Monday it has plans to expand its ultra-fast fiber network and TV services to up to 21 U.S. cities, including Chicago and Atlanta. AT&T, which is competing against rivals such as Google Inc as well as cable companies with its fiber-based product, is considering providing broadband Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second and its U-verse television service in cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. Before the company can enter these markets, it must make agreements... 

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Should Shareholders Come Before Gamers?

April 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Should Shareholders Come Before Gamers?

Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning has never played well with big corporations. In 2005, following a particularly vicious quarrel with Electronic Arts, his studio Oddworld Inhabitants seemed all but dead, taking the beloved franchise with it. Now it’s back, and barrelling towards a bright new future. At GDC earlier this year, Lanning was keen to explain to GamesIndustry International his new approach to the business – and why he trusts major publishers less than ever. “I don’t... 

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Espionage Hacking On The Increase, According To Verizon Study

April 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Espionage Hacking On The Increase, According To Verizon Study

Hacking for espionage purposes is drastically rising, with groups or national governments from Eastern Europe playing a growing role, according to one of the most comprehensive annual studies of computer intrusions. Spying intrusions traced back to any country in 2013 were blamed on residents of China and other East Asian nations 49 percent of the time, but Eastern European countries, especially Russian-speaking nations, were the suspected launching site for 21 percent of breaches, Verizon Communications... 

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Intel And MediaTek Gain Traction In China

April 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel And MediaTek Gain Traction In China

Intel and MediaTek don’t have much in common, but it appears that they are locking horns in China, in the white-box tablet business of all places. Both companies are vying for a slice of the booming white-box tablet space, which are starting to resemble vanilla PCs of the eighties. MediaTek drew first blood last November, when it announced plans for the introduction of several tablet-centric chips. The company is apparently planning to double its tablet SoC shipments this year for a grand total... 

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What Does NASA Have Planned For Kepler Next Mission?

April 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
What Does NASA Have Planned For Kepler Next Mission?

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has just spotted Earth’s cousin. Its next big find may be Earth’s twin. On Thursday (April 17), astronomers announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size alien planet ever found in its host star’s “habitable zone” — that just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water, and perhaps life, to exist on a world’s surface. While the discovery is a watershed moment, Kepler-186f still falls... 

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Alibaba Set To Offer Mobile Phone Service Beginning In May

April 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Alibaba Set To Offer Mobile Phone Service Beginning In May

Alibaba’s Tmall and Taobao sites already sell everything from clothes and furniture to car tires and medicines. But soon they’ll also be offering 3G data and voice call plans as well, according to the Chinese tech giant. User registration for mobile phone numbers will begin in May. Alibaba is among the Chinese companies that received a mobile virtual network operators license back in December. This allows them to resell wireless services from the nation’s state-controlled mobile... 

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Most Sites Have Fixed Heartbleed Flaw, Many Remain Exposed

April 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Most Sites Have Fixed Heartbleed Flaw, Many Remain Exposed

The world’s top 1,000 websites have been updated to protect their servers against the “Heartbleed” vulnerability, but up to 2% of the top million remained unprotected as of last week, according to a California security firm. On Thursday, Menifee, Calif.-based Sucuri Security scanned the top 1 million websites as ranked by Alexa Internet, a subsidiary of Amazon that collects Web traffic data. Of the top 1,000 Alexa sites, all were either immune or had been patched with the newest... 

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Mobile Payments Square In Trouble, Seeks Buyer

April 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Payments Square In Trouble, Seeks Buyer

Square Inc has been having discussions with several rivals for a possible sale as the mobile payments startup hopes to stem widening losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company spoke to Google Inc earlier this year about a possible sale, the Journal reported, adding that it wasn’t clear whether the talks are continuing. Square, founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, co-creator of Twitter Inc, will likely fetch billions of dollars... 

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