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T-Mobile Offers To Pay For Your Verzion iPhone, Google Pixel Device

May 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

T-Mobile has upped the ante regarding Verizon Wireless customers.

The company announced that it will cover the payments left on your Apple iPhone or Google Pixel if you bring it over from Verizon. Since they work equally well on both networks, the hope is that customers will just keep their phones when using T-Mobile service. The offer is a limited promotion that starts on May 31.

It’s the latest push by T-Mobile to extend its lead over rivals by getting you to make the jump. The competition has heated up with every carrier offering an unlimited plan, but T-Mobile has continually shaken things up with new offers. The carrier teased that this was the first of three announcements as it rolls into summer.

Initially, you will still have to pay off the balance of what you owe on the phone before you switch. After 15 days on T-Mobile’s service, the carrier will send you a digital prepaid MasterCard for that same value. If you have an early termination fee, T-Mobile said it will cover that as well. To ward off scammers, T-Mobile will only accept Verizon customers who have an established account for at least 60 days.

Families of up to five will be able to take advantage of this deal.

“We want all phones on all carriers to have complete freedom,” said Chief Operating Officer Mike Sievert. “We think it’s the start of a trend.”

The offer only works with iPhones and Pixels. Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said he is working with other manufacturers to ensure their phones are easily switchable, “but we’re not there yet.”

AT&T and Sprint customers aren’t completely left out. T-Mobile will likewise cover the cost of your phone if you switch, but you’ll have to buy a new device on T-Mobile. Sievert said that it takes a longer time to port a phone from those two carriers over to T-Mobile, so there isn’t an instant switch like with Verizon devices. Those customers will be able to sell that phone or use it for another account once it’s paid off. T-Mobile had previously required that customers trade in that device.

Can NBCUniversal Compete In The Mobile Games Space

May 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Gaming

As the mobile market continues to boom and the nascent virtual reality space becomes a larger sector within mobile thanks to devices like Samsung Gear and Google Daydream, NBCUniversal is aiming to leverage its bevy of popular IP such as Fast & Furious, Minions, Despicable Me, Jurassic World and more. According to GamesBeat, the company has hired former Disney mobile games leader Chris Heatherly to oversee a new mobile game and virtual reality publishing group.

The goal is to leverage properties from DreamWorks Animation, Illumination Entertainment, and Universal Pictures by directly getting involved in the creation, development, marketing and distribution of games as opposed to licensing out brands, which has been done previously. For example, Despicable Me had been licensed to Gameloft, and the publisher’s Minion Rush game went on to be downloaded more than 800 million times. While self-publishing is now a focus, the company said it will still complement its business by licensing some brands as well.

“Universal has decided to take a strategic position in games,” Heatherly said. “We are pushing heavily in the digital space. And they see there is no bigger digital space than games. It’s part of a larger plan to build evergreen franchises that support multiple products across multiple businesses.”

Heatherly will serve as executive vice president of games and digital platforms within Universal Brand Development, and he will be joined by James Molinets, senior vice president of production; Timothy FitzRandolph, vice president of creative; and Fabian Schonholz, senior vice president of technology and operations. The former two executives were key members of the Disney mobile team and also oversaw the kids-focused virtual world, Club Penguin.

While NBCUniversal said it’s going to be 80% focused on creating mobile games, interest in VR as an “emerging area” is building as well. “We are leveraging the best talent that is already out there… On the VR front, we are doing quite a few things. One of them we can announce soon,” he teased.

Courtesy-GI.biz

India Woos Apple Expansion, Offers Tax Concessions

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronics

India has proposed letting Apple Inc import mobile handset components intended for use in local manufacturing tax free, a top government official said.

The tax concessions will be subject to the condition of increasing local value addition over a period of time.

Apple Inc wants to expand its contract manufacturer’s facility in the southern Indian tech hub of Bengaluru, a federal minister said , as the iPhone maker seeks a bigger share in one of the world’s biggest smartphone markets.

Cupertino, California-based Apple last week started making iPhone SE at its Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron’s plant in Bengaluru..

Apple, which sold over 50 million iPhones in the March quarter, down 1 percent year-on-year, is looking for new markets as its sales in China have weakened.

Among a set of tax concessions, Apple had initially sought a 15-years tax holiday for all components that it would import for setting up a manufacturing facility in India.

A panel of ministries rejected that demand and has offered a phased program to increase the share of local production in the manufacturing, Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary at the Ministry of Electronics and IT said.

“We have offered them tax exemptions on those components which could not be manufactured in India,” Sundararajan told Reuters, adding that local manufacturing component would have to be increased gradually.

Apple has agreed to increase local share in production over a period of time, but there was a difference between the plans of the two sides, she said.

Apple was not immediately available for comment.

India wants Apple to raise value addition share in phases of 3,5,7 and 10 years as the local capacity builds up, part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans to boost manufacturing.

Industry estimates the phased manufacturing program could increase local value addition in mobile phones manufacturing to 40-50 percent in the next three years.

Earlier, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the federal minister for Electronics and IT said government officials were in touch with Apple and other mobile phone manufacturers about expanding facilities and setting up new plants.

“It will be a little early to say that India and Apple have agreed on the common ground,” said the official, adding India was ready to work out a roadmap to encourage manufacturing.

Industry estimates total value of mobile phones produced in India touched near 900 billion Indian rupees ($13.90 billion) compared with 540 billion rupees in the previous year.

“We are waiting for Apple to come back,” said Sundararajan.

Is Intel Worried About McAfee

May 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

Intel is fuming that MGT Capital Investments went ahead with the announcement of the “John McAfee Privacy Phone” when it previously said that it did not plan to launch products and services under the McAfee mark.

For those who came in late MGT Capital Investments is owned by John McAfee who sold the trademark and which ended up in the claws of Intel. Intel, which once claimed to own the letter i, is now insisting that McAfee can’t use his name on products.

The federal court had earlier refused John McAfee and MGT Capital a preliminary injunction until the resolution of the dispute on Intel’s transfer of marks and related assets containing the word McAfee as part of the spin-out.

MGT announced last month a privacy phone that will be “as hack proof as humanly possible,” with features such as a bank of switches on the back cover that will allow the user to physically disconnect the battery, the antennas for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and geolocation, the camera and microphone, and would also not allow the phone to connect to a Stingray or any other IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) catcher device.

McAfee wants his phone in the shops by August and has referred to the phone largely as the Privacy Phone.

But in a sentence lower down in the statement on its website it refers to “the John McAfee privacy phone,” which appears to have raised Intel’s concerns about the naming of the phone. John McAfee also referred to “The John McAfee Privacy Phone, by MGT,” in a tweet last month.

Lawyers for Intel and McAfee have also objected to MGT asking for the depositions of McAfee’s CEO, Christopher Young, and Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, “even though Plaintiffs can point to no relevant, unique information that these chief executives possess.”

The companies have moaned that MGT and John McAfee have not produced required documents for discovery and asked for a conference in connection with a motion for a protective order to prevent the “harassing depositions” of the chief executives and another motion to compel MGT and John McAfee to “complete their document production and provide substantive responses to interrogatories about their name change and planned products and services.”

John McAfee has said he had entered in 1991 into an agreement with McAfee Associates, a predecessor to McAfee Inc., to transfer certain assets to it in exchange for stock and a promissory note.

But the security expert has told the court that at no point in the agreement had he assigned the rights to his personal name through an assignment of trademark or otherwise, or agreed to restrict his right to do business using his own name. Like most things involving John McAfee this will run and run and give great copy.

Courtesy-Fud

Cisco Slashing More Jobs As Revenue Continues To Fall

May 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Cisco Systems Inc forecast current-quarter revenue that widely missed analysts’ estimates and said it plans on slashing 1,100 more jobs, as the world’s largest networking gear maker ramps up efforts to transform into a software-centric company.

Cisco, which announced in August that it would eliminate 5,500 jobs, said the new cuts would result in $150 million in additional pretax charges.

The company said on Wednesday it expected revenue for its fourth quarter to fall between 4-6 percent from a year earlier, implying a range of $11.88 billion-$12.13 billion.

Analysts on average had expected revenue of $12.51 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Cisco said orders in its public sector business, which includes sales to federal, state and local governments, fell 4 percent in the third quarter ended April 29.

“It’s a pretty significant stall right now with the lack of budget visibility,” Chief Executive Chuck Robbins said on an earnings call.

Democrats and Republicans agreed earlier this month to provide around $1 trillion to keep the federal government funded through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

However, divisions between the parties are likely to flare up again when the White House unveils President Donald Trump’s first full budget for the 2018 fiscal year on Tuesday.

“So, you’ve got some pretty large pieces of (the) business under duress,” Needham & Co analyst Alex Henderson said.

“Some of it is probably around the lack of a budget agreement on extending the debt limits until fairly late in the quarter, some of it could be related to timing of programs – it’s hard to pin that down.”

Demand for Cisco’s routers remained weak in the latest quarter, contributing to the company’s sixth straight decline in revenue.

Revenue in its closely-watched security business, which offers firewall protection and breach detection systems, rose 9 percent to $527 million, but missed analysts’ estimate of $545.5 million, according to financial data and analytics firm FactSet Street Account.

The security business is set to benefit from a likely jump in spending by companies and governments following the recent global “ransomware” attack, according to some analysts.

Cisco, like other legacy technology players, is shifting its focus to high-growth areas such as security, the Internet of Things and cloud computing, amid intense competition from companies such as Huawei and Juniper Networks Inc.

The company said it expected an adjusted profit of 60 cents-62 cents per share for the current quarter. Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 62 cents.

The company’s net income rose to $2.52 billion, or 50 cents per share, in the third quarter ended April 29 from $2.35 billion, or 46 cents per share, a year earlier.

Qualcomm Previews Wireless Charging For Electric Vehicles

May 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Qualcomm Inc revealed that it had demonstrated how electric vehicles could be charged wirelessly while driving, a technology some believe will help accelerate the adoption of self-driving cars.

The smartphone chipmaker said a so-called “dynamic charging” test took place on a test track in Versailles, France. It used two Renault Kangoo vehicles driving over embedded pads in the road that transferred a charge to the cars’ batteries at up to 20 kilowatts at highway speeds.

Experts believe that self-driving cars of tomorrow will be electric and require a way to charge themselves without human intervention.

Wireless charging is an important area of research for carmakers, their suppliers and start-ups like xChargepoint, WiTricity and HEVO Power.

Qualcomm, which supplies chips to Android phone makers and Apple Inc, is on track to become the leading supplier to the fast-growing automotive chips market given its pending $38 billion takeover of NXP Semiconductors.

European Union regulators are to rule by June 9 on the deal, which would be the semiconductor industry’s biggest to date.

Electric vehicle charging is one area where Qualcomm could grow as it strives to reduce its dependence on a cooling smartphone market.

Qualcomm Chief Executive Steven Mollenkopf has called automotive technology and Internet of Things – in which household objects like cars and refrigerators communicate – a “tremendous opportunity” for the company.

Qualcomm Give The 600 Series A Makerover

May 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

Qualcomm’s new upper-midrange and midrange Snapdragon 600 refreshes were announced today with significant improvements over their predecessors.

 Both the Snapdragon 630 and 660 are being upgraded with the X12 LTE modem that debuted with the Snapdragon 820 last year. The newer modem can manage 600Mbps downstream and 150Mbps upstream connectivity.

The new Snapdragon 660 SoC is also an eight-core chip, with four Kryo CPU cores clocked at 2.2GHz, and four clocked at 1.8GHz. Total memory bandwidth is 29.9GBps, nearly double what the Snapdragon 650, 652, and 653 offered. It also has tech like QuickCharge 4 and a Spectra 160 ISP round out the chip.

The Spectra 160 ISP isn’t quite as powerful as the Spectra 180 ISP in the Snapdragon 835, but it is still pretty good. All this makes the 660 an upper-midrange SoC with some capabilities and features from the high-end.

The Snapdragon 630 is intended as a midrange, workhorse part with strong battery life and reasonable overall performance. It has s four Cortex-A53 cores (clocked at 2.2GHz) with four high-efficiency Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.8GHz. GPU performance is provided by the Adreno 508 which is a sexed up Adreno 506 with an overall memory bandwidth of 10.66GBps.

The Snapdragon 630 won’t break speed records but chips have not been making much in the way of progress on that front for a while.

Courtesy-Fud

Has AACS 2.0 Encryption Been Cracked

May 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

Smurfs have made a mockery of the AACS 2.0 encryption used to protect UHD Blu-ray disks.

A cracked copy of a UHD Blu-ray disc surfaced on the HD-focused BitTorrent tracker UltraHDclub. The torrent in question is a copy of the Smurfs 2 film and is tagged “The Smurfs 2 (2013) 2160p UHD Blu-ray HEVC Atmos 7.1-THRONE”.

This suggests that AACS 2.0 may have been “cracked” although there are no further technical details provided at this point.

UltraHDclub is proud of the release, though, and boasts of having the “First Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc in the NET!”

It will take a while to download the 53.30 GB disk and there are few seeders which means it will take a while. But after you do… you have a bloody Smurf movie!

Torrent Freak said that while the audio seems to match, the Maximum Content Light Level and Maximum Frame-Average Light Level listed in the media info appear to be different, and the colours in the screenshots are off too.

But this is not the first time that we have heard a rumour that the AACS 2.0 has been broken.

If the encryption has indeed been broken it will be bad news for AACS, the decryption licensing outfit that controls it. The company, founded by a group of movie studios and technology partners including Warner Bros, Disney, Microsoft and Intel, has put a lot of effort into making the technology secure.

Courtesy-Fud

Verizon Wireless Tops AT&T Bid To Acquire Straight Path Communications

May 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

Verizon Communications Inc, the No.1 U.S. wireless carrier, will acquire wireless spectrum holder Straight Path Communications Inc for an enterprise value of about $3.1 billion, ending a bidding war with rival AT&T.

The $184 per share all-stock offer represents a discount of 17.8 percent to Straight Path’s close on Wednesday and has an equity value of $2.3 billion.

The stock surged nearly five-fold since April 7, a day before the company first received a $95.63 per share takeover bid from AT&T Inc.

Straight Path’s shares, which had jumped 39 percent since Verizon made its final bid on Monday, plunged 20 percent to $178 on Thursday, indicating some investors were disappointed with the deal.

Straight Path, which holds a large trove of 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave spectrum used in mobile communications, will give Verizon an advantage in fifth-generation (5G) network development.

5G networks are expected to offer faster downloads and boost internet-reliant products such as self-driving cars.

Straight Path had said on Monday an unnamed telecommunications company had raised its offer to buy the company. Reuters reported, citing sources, that the unnamed bidder was Verizon.

Verizon’s bid tops AT&T’s offer of $95.63 per share, or $1.25 billion, which was announced last month.

Straight Path, which earlier agreed to be bought by AT&T, said it would terminate the previously announced deal.

Verizon will pay, on behalf of Straight Path, a termination fee of $38 million to AT&T.

Evercore was financial adviser to Straight Path and Weil, Gotshal & Manges served as company counsel on the deal.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP served as counsel to Verizon.

iPhone 8 Likely To Cap Memory At 3GB

May 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

Apple may reduce the capacity of DRAM in its upcoming anniversary iPhones with the rising prices of storage and memory components hitting its profit margins.

Apple acknowledged the rising DRAM and NAND prices during its second-quarter earnings call earlier this week. The company expects the pricing pressure to continue in the near term.

Those prices, in turn, could impact the memory capacity of the next iPhone. Trendforce, which tracks SSD and DRAM pricing, predicted the iPhone 8 will be capped at 3GB of DRAM.

Consumers will have to wait until the successor to the iPhone 8 to get 4GB of DRAM, TrendForce said. Those phones would be released in 2018 or 2019.

Trendforce is predicting that three iPhones will be released this year. Two iPhones — a  5.8-inch iPhone with an AMOLED display and a 5.5-inch model with an LCD screen — will have 3GB of memory. A 4.7-inch model with an LCD screen will have 2GB of DRAM, the company predicted.

The current 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB of LPDDR4 memory, while the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 has 2GB of memory. The memory is supplied by Samsung, according to iFixit.com.

Smartphone makers are plugging more DRAM and flash storage into devices because users are embracing multimedia, gaming, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. One version of Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ has 6GB of DRAM, but it is available only in South Korea.

Shortages have caused the prices of DRAM for mobile devices and PCs to spike. Trendforce says that prices for mobile DRAM like LPDDR4 will increase by more than 10 percent this year.

Last month, Gartner predicted a price decline of DRAM and flash storage would start next year and crash in 2019.

Prices of mobile devices have gone up due to DRAM and NAND flash shortages. During the earnings call, Apple noted that the average selling price of the iPhone, including all models, was up to US$655 from $642 a year ago, with those numbers including a strong mix of iPhone 7 Plus. Unfavorable foreign exchange rates also affected prices.

Apple buys DRAM and NAND flash in large quantities, and, as a result, gets favorable pricing from suppliers. The hit on iPhone margins was made up by profits from ancillary offerings like services, said Luca Maestri, chief financial officer at Apple.

At this point, adding more DRAM and NAND will make the next iPhones more expensive to manufacture and hurt Apple’s profit margins. Apple will likely avoid the temptation of adding more DRAM.

Trendforce is predicting that average memory in smartphones this year will be around 3.2GB, a revision from an earlier projection of 3.7GB.

Lowering memory capacity is one way for device makers to cut corners and maintain profit margins. It’s especially prevalent in PCs. Some new, low-cost laptops may have lower resolution screens, less memory, lower storage, or may not include a webcam.

 

 

 

 

 

Will Apple Compete With Venmo

May 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

For a while now the Tame Apple Press has been enthusing about Apple’s moves to set up own money-transfer service, but now it looks like it is actually happening.

The cunning plan is to allow iPhone users to send cash to other iPhone users so that they can buy more Apple gear and get themselves deeper into debt with their friends rather than the banks.

The company has recently held discussions with payments industry partners about introducing its own Venmo competitor, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks. The service would allow iPhone owners to send money digitally to other iPhone owners, these people said.

The new service is expected later this year, although some Apple deep throats have warned that the company still has not made up its mind.

Another cautioned that an announcement and launch date may not yet be set.

Part of the problem is that once again Apple is showing up at the banks and telling them about a service it is setting up and expecting them to nod their heads and do what they are told.

Apple previously held talks with banks about such a service back in 2015 but did not end up launching anything because the banks told it to go forth and multiply.

The reason is obvious. The new Apple product would compete with offerings from big US banks as well as PayPal, its millennial-popular subsidiary Venmo, as well as Square Cash in the increasingly competitive world of digital money-transfers. Chase’s QuickPay service processed $28 billion in transfers last year, while Venmo registered $17.6 billion in volume and is still doubling year over year.

In short, Apple is arriving on the scene too late and expecting to boss people about and the banks are saying no. The banks see these services have typically been money losers for  new entrants in the space, but are the gateway to the next generation of payment and personal finance services that could upend traditional consumer banking relationships.

Apple is desperate to prop up its Apple Pay service. Apple Pay which was launched with much fanfare is not getting the sort of use that Apple or its reluctant banking partners expected.

Long-time Apple analyst Gene Munster recently told the Wall Street Journal that he estimates Apple saw $36 billion in 2016 Apple Pay transactions, well below his original prediction of $207 billion.

If Apple pushes through this Venmo style service, backed with its own debit card, it could hack off the bankers even more. Visa has been named as one of Jobs’ Mob’s partners and it is possible that the banks could pressure Visa into not working with Apple. It would be too much competition.

Courtesy-Fud

Google’s Chrome Laptops Shipments To Increase by 15% This Year

May 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

Microsoft for years has been battling the increasing presence of Google’s Chrome OS, which is siphoning PC market share away from Windows.

The company’s new Windows 10 S operating system, announced on Tuesday, will be Microsoft’s latest attempt to tackle Google’s surging Chrome OS. The OS is targeted at the education market, which in the U.S. is dominated by Chromebooks.

Even with the new Windows OS, worldwide Chromebook shipments are expected to grow by double digits this year, analysts from IDC and Gartner said. The market share of Chromebooks has been growing up consistently since 2015.

The new Windows OS is built like Chrome OS. PCs with Windows 10 S will be able to download apps only from the Windows App store. The OS is more like a “container” that will run apps secured and verified by Microsoft. A version of Microsoft’s Office Suite will also come to Windows 10 S.

Similarly, Chromebooks run apps secured and verified by Google. Newer Chromebooks with touchscreens are also getting support for Android mobile phone apps, adding versatility to the devices. Google has positioned Chromebooks as an alternative to Windows PCs, though the devices have limited offline functionality and work best with an internet connection.

Top PC makers are expected to ship Windows 10 S education laptops, starting at $229, later this year. But those same PC makers are also selling low-cost Chromebooks, which are being used by 20 million students worldwide, with most of them in the U.S.

Windows is used in most PCs today, but it won’t be easy for Windows 10 S to make a dent in classrooms, especially in the U.S.

About 10.8 million Chromebooks shipped in 2016, a 6.9 percent market share, according to Jay Chou, an analyst at IDC. Shipments are expected to grow by about 15 percent this year compared to 2016. Shipments totaled 7.7 million in 2015.

Chromebooks make up about 6 percent of Acer’s total PC shipments, and that number is growing, said Gregg Prendergast, director of Acer Pan America. Most of those Chromebooks are going to schools, and interest is growing among businesses, he said.

Chromebooks are selling well in North America, the Nordic countries, and in Australia and New Zealand. Microsoft’s Windows 10 S has a chance to catch up in other countries where Chromebooks haven’t been adopted widely yet. Microsoft’s mainstream Windows 10 OS is already popular in classrooms outside the U.S.

In the U.S., Chromebooks accounted for 58 percent of laptops shipped to classrooms in 2016, while Microsoft Windows had a 22 percent share, according to research firm Futuresource.

For the rest of the world, the mainstream Windows OS held a 65 percent market share, while Chrome OS had a 9 percent share. Android OS had a 17 percent market share.

BlackBerry Announces Delay Of KEYone Smartphone

May 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

Enterprise customers anxious to acquire the new BlackBerry KEYone, with its old-fashioned hardware keyboard, will have to wait another month until its May 31 release.

The delay isn’t expected to hurt sales much, analysts said, partly because there are 275 million BlackBerry customers worldwide — many of whom may want a newer phone with physical keys. Hardware keyboards have been a hit for years in countries like India and Indonesia, which are mainstays of the BlackBerry and BlackBerry Messenger.

The May 31 launch date for KEYone sales in the U.S. and Canada was announced Wednesday by TCL Communication. TCL is licensed by BlackBerry to make the Android device.

In an email to Computerworld, TCL North America President Steve Cistulli said the delay was needed to ramp up production due to overwhelming demand.

“TCL Communication has grown to be a top-5 smartphone [manufacturer] in North America by focusing on delivering great quality and value, and this remains true with our BlackBerry Mobile devices – beginning with the BlackBerry KEYone,” he said.

“Make no mistake, the innovations found in the BlackBerry KEYone are distinctly different than anything else available to consumers today. Launching at the end of May allows us to meet the overwhelming demand for this new BlackBerry smartphone, ensuring all of our partners – including nearly all the tier one carriers in North America – can meet their respective customer needs. It also ensures that those customers get the highest in quality and performance that they demand in a BlackBerry smartphone.”

TCL showed the new device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February, saying it would ship globally sometime in April with a U.S. pricetag of $549.

On March 31, Cistulli tweeted that the KEYone wouldn’t be available until sometime “in May,” indicating that “excitement from the BlackBerry community has been so tremendous it is exceeding our initial supply.”

He also tweeted that production of the KEYone was underway, “but we want to be certain we can meet our customer demands.”

The delay angered a few Twitter followers, including Pratik Dixit who called it “disappointing” and tweeted that “delivering in the time frame promised should be a priority.”

Some analysts were more forgiving, arguing that a one-month delay in a product rollout is not that serious.

“It’s better to get it right than to get it out quickly,” said Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates. “Four or five weeks’ delay is not that big of a deal, but if it keeps slipping, that’s an issue.”

Is Apple Having Problem With The Forthcoming iPhone 8?

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

According to Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri Apple company is struggling with low production yields on the revolutionary edge-to-edge display rumoured for the Apple iPhone 8.

He thinks that this will mean that the outfit will have to dump the embedded the Touch ID fingerprint scanner technology, which until now has been housed within the physical button, beneath the glass display.

Arcuri believes Apple is looking at dropping the ambitious new technology for another less-exciting design for the iPhone 8.

Samsung is believed to have faced similar issues with the Galaxy S8, leaving it no choice but to relocate the fingerprint scanner to the back of the phone.

Arcuri believes Apple could follow suit and maroon the Touch ID scanner on the rear of the iPhone. He also thinks it is possible that Jobs’ Mob could drop its fingerprint sensor altogether, and rely solely on the face recognition technology believed to debut on the next iPhone.

However, this would be stupid as the technology is half-baked and not reliable enough to be the sole biometric security option included with the handset.

Apple could push-back the launch of the iPhone 8 until it can remedy the production problems and there are rumours that the next-generation iPhone will miss the company’s traditional September launch window.

Although there are all sorts of rumours put about by the Tame Apple Press, it is clear that the iPhone’s design has not been worked out yet and the next handset has yet to enter full-scale production.

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Facebook Is A Hub For Augmented Reality, Says Mark Zuckerberg

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronics

Facebook Inc is wants to capitalize off of the technology known as augmented reality, a mix of the real and digital worlds best known from the hit smartphone game Pokemon Go, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said.

Speaking at F8, the company’s annual conference for software developers, Zuckerberg said Facebook was an obvious hub for businesses to reach people and experiment with augmented reality, although he did not suggest the company was planning to make similar games itself.

Pokemon Go, jointly developed by Nintendo Co and Niantic Inc, has generated masses of followers around the world as players use their phones to capture animated characters that appear in real locations.

Other uses of augmented reality have included the ability to hang out with a hologram of “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm or assemble a virtual human brain, all on mobile devices.

A recent push by Facebook to add camera features to its suite of smartphone apps will help the company popularize similar features, Zuckerberg said.

“Even if we were a little slow to add cameras to all our apps, I’m confident that now we’re going to push this augmented reality platform forward,” he said.

For a company that began as a way for college students to see pictures of each other, Facebook’s move toward augmented reality represents another step in its long evolution. It also raises the stakes for its competition with rival Snap Inc, the maker of Snapchat that describes itself as a camera company.

Zuckerberg said people could use the technology to leave a virtual note for a friend at a bar, or to find virtual street art on a wall that in real life is blank.

“This isn’t just about finding a Pokemon in a one-block radius,” he said.

Eventually, he said, people would use augmented reality on eyewear, although he did not give any details about possible Facebook hardware.

In 2014, Facebook acquired its Oculus virtual reality goggles unit for $2 billion, although that division is a long way from making a mass-market product or contributing significantly to the company’s earnings.

As part of his conference address, Zuckerberg addressed shortcomings on another major project, Facebook’s push into video. He said the service needed to do more to prevent the spread of violent videos, such as one on Sunday of a fatal shooting in Cleveland that was visible on the site for two hours.

 

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