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According to a new report, Apple's iPhone is actually more susceptible to attacks than other operating systems such as Android, Windows and even BlackBerry.


According to the report, the number of people who want to ditch the iPhone in place of an Android or Windows device just keeps on growing.


Furthermore, out of all the "vulnerabilities" that were recorded for phones of various operating systems, 81% have been found in different iPhone models, whereas only 19% of other phones were found to have these similar vulnerabilities.


Source: ZDNet



Someone is selling the unreleased BlackBerry Z10 on eBay, current bid is well over $1,500 dollars.  Click below for the ebay to the auction.

 

eBay Link


Specs as follows:


  • Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz - Snapdragon S4 Plus
  • Display: 4.2", 4 point multi-touch LCD display, 1280 x 768 resolution at 356 DPI, Touch On Lens
  • Camera: 8MP rear facing camera, Auto Focus, 5X digital zoom, 1080p HD video recording ・2MP front facing camera, 3X digital zoom, 720p HD video recording
  • Memory: 2GB RAM ・16GB Internal Storage ・Hot Swappable microSD Slot
  • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n ・2.4/5GHz ・4G Mobile Hotspot
  • GPS: Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
  • Battery: 1800mAh Removable ・Talk Time: up to 10 hours on 3G・Standby Time: up to 305 hours on 3G, up to 316 hours on 2G・Audio Playback: up to 60 hours・Video PlayBack: up to 11 hours
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
  • Connectivity: NFC ・microUSB ・microHDMI-Out ・Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • ・4G LTE
  • Size (LxWxD): 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm

Part of the description:

  • With today's announcement of the BlackBerry 10 platform and the high-end Z10 smartphone, BlackBerry (formerly RIM) showed that it doesn't have the slightest intention to play the silly specs game. The BlackBerry Z100 will neither have an octa-core processor, nor will it feature a 5" screen. Instead, the new flagship will keep things nice and compact, while still being powerful enough in order to deliver a perfectly smooth user experience. We approve.


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Apple may have quietly invested more than $2 billion in display maker Sharp, the struggling Japanese company that is a component rival to Samsung. While Apple also receives display supplies for its products from Samsung, the iPhone maker and the Korean company have been in an increasingly uneasy relationship because of their rivalry in the smartphone market.

 

Apple's annual capital expenditures for the full fiscal year were $2.3 billion higher than anticipated, which has led Asymco analyst Horace Dediu to believe that the company gave the same amount to Sharp. In an analysis made on Wednesday, Dediu said Apple spent one-third more than it expected in capital expenditures in the 2012 fiscal year. While it had forecast in October of 2011 that it would spend about $8 billion, the final number came in at $10.3 billion. Nearly all of the over-spending related to "product tooling, manufacturing process equipment, and infrastructure," Dediu noted.

 

"My guess is that these attempts to shore up Sharp are directed by Apple to ensure both continuity of supply and a balanced supplier base (offsetting Samsung, another supplier)," Dediu wrote. "If Sharp were to enter some form of bankruptcy, the key plant[s] used in producing screens for Apple might be ‘up for grabs' by creditors and they might be taken off-line, jeopardizing Apple's production capacity, irrespective of contractual obligations."

 

According to the analyst, the deal may have included pre-orders for new components for Apple products. Apple also reportedly sources displays from LG Display .

 

Financially struggling Sharp was set to receive a $1 billion investment from Apple manufacturer Foxconn earlier this year in order to build a new LCD plant and boost production for Apple products. However, the deal fell through. Sharp executives admitted at the end of last month that the company may not recover from its $5.6 billion loss.

 


 


LG Electronics Inc. said Friday it has sold more than 1 million Optimus G smartphones worldwide since the flagship device's launch last year.

 

The milestone comes roughly four months after the South Korean handset manufacturer unveiled the 4.7-inch display phone that runs on Qualcomm Inc's Snapdragon S4 processor introduced two premium smartphones, the LG Optimus G and the LG Optimus Vu.

 

The company has released the Optimus G in Canada, Japan, South Korea and the United States and plans to release the device in China and in several European countries in the first quarter of this year.

 

In the third quarter, LG sold a record of 7 million smartphones globally, compared with its previous high of 6.2 million. Of the total, roughly 2.1 million were long-term evolution smartphones, according to the company.

 

Congrats to LG for the milestone.

 



Samsung and Apple have always been in a tight race to smart devices supremacy and each has attracted droves of following all over the world. Each company will take a swipe at each other whenever they can and it's interesting and definitely most entertaining. The latest? Samsung thinks Note 8.0 is better than the iPad Mini because of several reasons.


According to the Korean giant, the Note 8.0 is waaaay better because it has a quad processor, is capable of multi-tasking, and has a stylish stylus! (Cheer!) It even went out of its way to create a poster for the jab aimed at the Apple A Pad Mini. It's also possible that they were talking about a different brand of device.


Kidding aside, Samsung has really topped its performance with high-profile devices and innovative technologies. It is so successful that even Google is already taking notice of its important niche in the Android market. With that said, here's hoping they'll hire a new publicist or a marketing manager who has better grammar next time.


 

Source: Sammobile


 

 

Looks like the Galaxy S IV was received 40% higher than the Galaxy S III did when it first came out in UK. Phones4U shared this information based on the number of customers who had their names listed to get hold of this much-talked about phone. An executive of the mobile retailer further said that the Galaxy S 4 has received the "most number of pre-registrations of any other smartphone" that were introduced this year. He even added that it could even be the best-selling smartphone this year.


Just recently, Samsung announced that its former flagship phone has already reached 50 million sales since it has been formally introduced in March last year. Prior to S 4's launch, Samsung announced that it aims to sell 100 million units of the Galaxy S IV and they are possibly on the way to doing so. If they could sustain this kind of interest in the S 4, then it's highly likely that they'll achieve this goal. Galaxy S IV units will ship on April and already, people have lined up to be the first to get the device.

 


 


The Samsung Galaxy S 4 was officially and successfully introduced last March 14th and vendors are gradually informing potential buyers of the price for the device. The S 4 won't hit the stores in Europe until April 26th, although there may be other online mobile vendors who could already be selling the new device earlier than the said date.


In Germany, the handset can be had for €649, a little more affordable than Apple's iPhone 5, which is priced at €679. On the other hand, the S 4 will sell for €699 in Italy, and is due to arrive on the first week of May. It will possibly be cheaper in other places in Europe. The 32- and 64 GB variants will be slightly more expensive than these prices mentioned.


Most carriers and mobile phone vendors have already accepted people who want to pre-register and get listed to be one of the firsts to get their S 4.


source: unwiredview



People who have been waiting for the Galaxy Express, which is an LTE-enabled phone, can now get their unit in Germany. This device features a dual core processor that clocks in at 1.5 GHz and this 4.5-incher runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 version. It also has 1 GB memory, 8GB storage that is expandable using microSD.


It can be recalled that the US carrier, AT&T has launched a similar phone awhile back. In Germany, the device will cost €489. It sounds expensive but with extensive LTE-coverage in most of Europe, this phone can actually be quite cost effective in the long run. It is comparable to the Galaxy S3 and is available in white. It will also be available in other markets in the near future and by that time; other colors will already be available.


The Galaxy Express is a great addition to Samsung's LTE phones. It should also benefit from future improvements that Samsung plans to provide to its flagship as well as other popular devices.


Source: unwiredview

 

 



The announcement of the remarkable achievement comes from Samsung Mobile Communications chief JK Shin, who also reckons that the recently announced Galaxy Note 3 will "surpass its predecessors". Shin expects the Galaxy Note 3 to sell well over 10 million units.  The Samsung Galaxy Note I hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2011. One year later, the Note II landed. That means Samsung has been selling, on average, 4.75 million Notes a quarter since first introducing the world to the "phablet" product category.


The Samsung executive didn't break down the sales between the two devices. As a reference, the Samsung Galaxy Note II needed just two months to hit 5 million sales. Samsung's successful market performance is certainly in no smart part due to the wide availability of its devices. 


 


 

Corning, the company behind the popular Gorilla Glass on most of the phone screens, will be showcasing it's latest generation of Gorilla Glass, version 3.  According to Engadget, the glass is now three times more scratch resistant than the previous generation, and 40 percent fewer scratches will be visible to the human eye.


Corning plans to introduce two new products at CES 2013 next week, the new glass composition with durability enhancements, and Optical Cables by Corning, fiber-based, device-to-device connectivity solutions that significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables.  See below for the Press Release.


Press Release:


CORNING, N.Y. , January 3, 2013 - Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced its plans for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The Corning booth, #14813 Central Hall, will highlight the company's newest specialty glass solutions and their benefits for today's consumer electronics device trends.

 

Corning plans to introduce two new products at CES 2013: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, a new glass composition with durability enhancements; and Optical Cables by Corning, fiber-based, device-to-device connectivity solutions that significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables. Full product details will be included in announcements planned for Monday, Jan. 7.

 

"This year at CES, Corning will demonstrate its industry leadership in specialty glass and fiber optic technologies with the introduction of two products designed to enhance and extend the capabilities of consumers' favorite devices," said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer, and president. "These new innovations build on the increasingly important and continually evolving role of highly engineered glass technologies in delivering improved product performance and functionality through touch capabilities, protective cover glass, and device connectivity."

 

In the Corning booth, experts will be on hand to discuss and present hourly demonstrations of the toughness of Gorilla Glass 3 as well as the connectivity and flexibility of Optical Cables by Corning. The booth will also showcase the benefits of Corning Gorilla Glass in larger format, multi-touch displays for education, entertainment and other applications.

 

Additionally, James P. Clappin, president, Corning Glass Technologies will be a panelist in the "Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Games and Video" session at 11a.m. PST on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at LVCC, North Hall N255-257. He will discuss the important role of highly specialized glass in some of the latest consumer electronic technologies such as hi-res, 3D, HD video, Internet-connected TVs, conformable displays, tablets and viral apps.

 

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements


This press release contains "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning's financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

 

 

 


 

Latest Android OS install stats are out, While Gingerbread still remains the largest major version of the platform, its dominance is decreasing steadily. As of today, Gingerbread only represented 47%, down from 50% in December.

 

Second place was Ice Cream Sandwich with 29$ up from 27% in December. The two versions of Jelly Bean totaled up to 10%, ICS 4.1 accounts for 9%, while ICS 4.2 is on a measly 1.2% of devices.

 

The decrease in Gingerbread and increase in Ice Cream Sandwich is actually welcome news, especially since we want to see more users getting the latest UI available, that remained fairly consistent throughout subsequent platform releases. Take a look at the breakdown at the screenshot.

 

 

 




Smart watches have been around for years but they never really gained enough following to sustain the demand for them. However, this year is bound to be different. Almost all popular brands of smart devices have expressed their interest in launching high-tech smart watches and it's only a matter of who goes to launch first this year.


Furthermore, according to a forecast by ABI Research, an estimated 1.2 million units of smart watches will be sold this year and if this were true, then 2013 might be the year that sales for this interesting device will truly increase.


Also, customers who have smart devices tend to buy similar-brand gadgets and manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, LG and Google would like to bank on this theory and sell their very own smart watches. We think it's about time that the smart watch finally gets its accolades and that manufacturers step up their game and create watches that will shame James Bond's gadgets. If there are Google Glasses, why can't there be smart watches?


Press Release:


More Than One Million Smart Watches will be Shipped in 2013


London, United Kingdom - 16 Apr 2013 - Smart Watches have been around for the last decade. The wearable computing device has failed to take off for one reason or another: they looked ugly, were too bulky, had weak functionality, or the battery life was not good enough. However, over the last nine months a number of new smart watches have emerged that could change consumers' perceptions. Market intelligence firm ABI Research projects more than 1.2 million smart watches will be shipped in 2013.


"The strong potential emergence of smart watches can be attributed to several reasons," says senior analyst Joshua Flood. "Contributing factors include the high penetration of smartphones in many world markets, the wide availability and low cost of MEMS sensors, energy efficient connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth 4.0, and a flourishing app ecosystem."


The wearable computing device can be split into four categories: notification types, voice operational smart watches, hybrid smart watches, and completely independent smart watches. Notification type devices are the MetaWatch and Cookoo smart watches, for example, offering alerts for incoming calls, messages and other notifications. Voice operational smart watches enable users to conduct calls and speak some commands via the device such as Martian's smart watch.


Standalone smart watches with their own OS are moving beyond a smartphone accessory. With the potential to be purchased as a standalone product without the need for a smartphone, they offer high functionality and can connect to other consumer devices like audio speakers. A good example is the Italian smart watch maker, I'm Watch. Other good possible archetypes for this category could be Apple's hotly anticipated iWatch, Samsung's Galaxy Altius and Microsoft is also reportedly planning to release a new touch-enabled watch for its Windows-based smartphones and tablets. "Smart watches that replicate the functionality of a mobile handset or smartphone are not yet commercially feasible, though the technologies are certainly being prepared," adds Flood.


ABI Research's latest "Market Opportunities for Smart Watches" report analyzes and provides forecasts for the new wrist computing device. Regional device shipments and segmentation splits are also included in the report. It forms part of ABI Research's Mobile Device Technologies Research Service.

 




According flurry.com, there are 10 percent more active Android devices in use around the world than iOS devices, and it looks like this trend is likely to continue. At the recent All Things D conference Apple's CEO Tim Cook spoke on stage with Walt Mossberg, he mentioned Android users spend 20 percent less time using apps on their devices compared to iOS users.


So what are the reasons for this? One reason could be that Android phones are becoming so prevalent that many users are switching from feature phones to Android smartphones but actually they don't want/need/know about the smartphone features and so spend less time in apps but more time using the phone as just a simple phone.


In this report from flurry.com, arguing that there is more than one race for mobile market share occurring simultaneously. They analyzed four years worth of Flurry's data to understand who is ahead in which contests, discuss the apparent strengths and weaknesses of the competitors, and consider the implications for the overall mobile ecosystem.


Source: Flurry.com


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