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Apple Watch Edition to cost over $30,000 in Brazil

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Apr 2015 20:20

Apple Watch Edition to cost over $30,000 in Brazil If you are currently residing in Brazil and are looking to get the trendiest and most expensive smartwatch out there, the Apple Watch, you better have a fat wallet.

Thanks to huge import tariffs designed to protect local businesses, and a volatile local currency, the Apple Watch Edition that costs $17,000 in the U.S. will set you back over $30,000 in Brazil.

Even the cheapest Apple Watch, the Sport edition that retails for $349 in the States will cost you $625 in South America's most populous country.

This is not the first time we've seen a mind blowing number for an electronic device in Brazil. Last year, gaming fans had to drop over $1800 to purchase the Sony PlayStation 4 that retailed for $399.

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Apple has another stellar quarter even as Mac and iPad sales fall

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Apr 2015 19:54

Apple has another stellar quarter even as Mac and iPad sales fall As expected, Apple has reported another massive quarter, thanks yet another strong showing from the iPhone and huge growth in China.

In addition to their big revenue and profits, Apple has announced it will return $200 billion to its shareholders via special dividends and stock buybacks over the next 24 months.

For the quarter, Apple had revenue of $58 billion, up 27 percent year-over-year, and net profit of $13.6 billion, up 40 percent YoY.

Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones for the quarter, up 40 percent YoY, and the average selling price for the smartphone was $658.53. Apple CEO Tim Cook noted: "We're seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we've experienced in previous cycles, and we're off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of Apple Watch." Cook did not elaborate on Watch pre-order sales figures.

iPads remained a drag, with 12.62 million units sold, down 23 percent YoY and an average selling price of $430. Cook says the Mac and larger screen iPhones are cannibalizing the tablet and he's certainly right, and there does not appear to be a plan in place to slow down the falling sales.

Mac computers saw 4.56 million units sold, down from 4.7 million expected as consumers wait on the new line of thinner MacBook Pros.

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Leaked Windows 10 for mobile build shows updates to Live Tiles

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Apr 2015 23:28

Leaked Windows 10 for mobile build shows updates to Live Tiles The latest Windows 10 for mobile, build 10070, appears to show an update for the Live Tile app system that leaves very little room next to each tile.

Allegedly running on the Samsung ATIV S (which has a 4.8-inch 720p display), the update seems to line up four tiles per line with thin borders between each, seemingly squeezing as many tiles as possible.

As with all early builds, the tile sizing is subject to change but as of right now it looks pretty decent, at least on a 4.8-inch display.

Overall, the entire build is said to be buggy, but that is to be expected three months ahead of launch.




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Sony had to fight really hard to get an Xperia phone into James Bond's hands for 'Spectre'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Apr 2015 22:02

Sony had to fight really hard to get an Xperia phone into James Bond's hands for 'Spectre' Thanks to WikiLeaks, we have an interesting look into the negotiations that it took Sony Electronics to get their latest Xperia smartphone into the hand's of James Bond for the upcoming Spectre.

Despite the fact that Sony Pictures is producing the film, there was no playing favorites, and Sony will have to pay an exorbitant amount to get the phone featured in Spectre.

Here are some of the emails:

30 September 2014

"The mobile phones seem to be the priority for placement. I know that the phones are Sony's priority as well. I've been asked to have the design team focus on creating an ber modern phone instead of focusing on an existing product."

"I told AMy that we would try to get the phone in the film . I would like for you to send me a photo of the phone that they would like for us to use and Sam will ask the art department to alter it according to his specifications ..we do not want to do it the other way around..I told AMy that if we are to use the phone we would need to get compensation as we would be giving up a potentially huge product placement deal."


Followed by:

2 October 2014

"Barbara wants to get a PLACEMENT FEE for putting the phone in. She understands that Sony is willing to commit to a marketing/advertising campaign of 18MM, but she wants an additional placement fee. In the past, Sony Electronics/Mobile has not paid a fee...but has paid the following:

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Here is the brand new 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' trailer

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Apr 2015 21:32

Here is the brand new 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' trailer Activision has released the first official gameplay trailer for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, the latest in the blockbuster franchise.

The publisher also confirmed the release date, which had been leaked yesterday.

"Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a dark, gritty future where a new breed of Black Ops soldier emerges and the lines are blurred between our own humanity and the cutting-edge military robotics that define the future of combat," reads the statement.

The soldier in play appears to have a plethora of new and cool tools, including the ability to transform his arm into a gun and send out a swarm of nano bots.

COD: Black Ops 3 goes on sale November 6th and if you pre-order 6 months early (now) you can get access to the multiplayer beta.

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Google discontinues their 2013 model of the Nexus 7 tablet

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Apr 2015 12:31

Google discontinues their 2013 model of the Nexus 7 tablet Google has confirmed this weekend that the 2013 model of the Nexus 7 has now been discontinued, fully replaced by the newer and more powerful Nexus 9.

The original N7 was a great 7-inch tablet that was ultimately much more affordable than the iPad and was therefore popular among consumers.

While the Nexus 7 cost just $199, Google has moved to a more premium product, at $399 for its Nexus 9. The Nexus 9 packs an 8.9 inch 1536 x 2048 pixels display, a Nvidia Tegra K1 processor and upgraded cameras as well as a sleeker smaller bezel design.

If you are still in the market for a 7-inch tablet, Samsung has too many to count.




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Nokia: No we do not want to build phones again

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Apr 2015 9:43

Nokia: No we do not want to build phones again Nokia has denied recent reports that the company was preparing to reenter the phone manufacturing business.

"Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false," Nokia said. "Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets."

That quote is about as strong of a categorical denial as you can get, but for Nokia fans not all may be lost just yet. The company did suggest the Nokia brand could return as part of smartphone brand licensing, meaning OEMs could build devices and stick the Nokia name on it for added recognition.

Additionally, Nokia's sales agreement with Microsoft forbids them from entering the mobile phone business until 2016.

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Are you struggling with 'Bi-phonal Displeasure Disorder'? Try the HTC One M9

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Apr 2015 23:40

Are you struggling with 'Bi-phonal Displeasure Disorder'? Try the HTC One M9 HTC has released a strange video this week, aimed at the smartphone duopoly of Apple and Samsung.

The ad, which mocks current pharmaceutical commercials, says users should move on to the new HTC One M9 if they are struggling with the fictional disease "Bi-phonal Displeasure Disorder": "SAD (Samsung Affective Disorder)", and "iOS (Irritable Operating System)."

Now, the diseases do have a cure - 'Cellami' (metalidone boomsoundide), but you don't need the medicine if you have an M9, because "your phone is the best."

Check out the ad here:

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BitTorrent Inc. lays off large portion of its employees

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Apr 2015 23:00

BitTorrent Inc. lays off large portion of its employees In an effort to streamline their business and keep costs down, file sharing company BitTorrent Inc. has laid off around 40 of their 150 U.S.-based employees.

BitTorrent will move most of its resources to its Sync cloud storage and P2P tech that was released last year.

"We've recently realigned resources based on a regular evaluation of the business," noted BitTorrent. "Regrettably, this did include some employee departures. The business however, remains healthy, profitable and growing."

The company has seen its fair share of struggles in the last half decade as it tries to use the file sharing protocol made popular by pirates in the 1990s and 2000s for alternative, legal endeavors.

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Jolla delays shipping date for Tablet

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Apr 2015 9:17

Jolla delays shipping date for Tablet Jolla, the Finnish startup looking to break into the mobile industry, has delayed the initial shipping times for its popular Jolla Tablet.

The tablet was one of the highest funded campaigns in Indiegogo history, but just like with nearly all Indie tech items, consumers can expect some delays.

"We've been working very hard all year to get the Jolla Tablet ready. We have progressed very well in many areas, but as there are still many open items remaining, we are forced to postpone the delivery start of the Jolla Tablet," says the company.

It appears that most of the issues are related to the display, clearly an important part of a tablet. "On the hardware side we've had some implementation challenges with the original display. Since we want to offer you the best possible hardware, we chose to switch to a new display. This display is better than the original with a more balanced color spectrum. The display change also causes a slight delay in the tablet production," noted Jolla.

New shipping date is expected at the end of July.

You can read more about the tablet and its specs here at AfterDawn.




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Google officially unveils their Project Fi wireless network starting at $30 per month with data

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Apr 2015 22:29

Google officially unveils their Project Fi wireless network starting at $30 per month with data Google has introduced their oft-rumored wireless network today, Project Fi, offering a "fast and easy wireless experience."

Project Fi aims to seamlessly connect you to the strongest connection available, whether that is a Wi-Fi connection, or 4G LTE offerings from Google's two partners: Sprint and T-Mobile US. Google says the Wi-Fi hotspots have been vetted and are fast and reliable, and Google will secure your data automatically with encryption.

Says Google: "Project Fi works to get technology out of the way so you can communicate through whichever network type and device you're using. Wherever you're connected to Wi-Fi--whether that's at home, your favorite coffee shop or your Batcave--you can talk and text like you normally do. If you leave an area of Wi-Fi coverage, your call will seamlessly transition from Wi-Fi to cell networks so your conversation doesn't skip a beat. We also want to help phone numbers adapt to a multi-screen world. With Project Fi, your phone number lives in the cloud, so you can talk and text with your number on just about any phone, tablet or laptop. So the next time you misplace your phone, you can stay connected using another screen."

There is no annual contract required and the plans start at $30 a month for unlimited text (including international), Wi-Fi tethering and talk and 1GB of data. Each additional GB of data is $10 more, which is almost prohibitively expensive although Google will refund you for any unused data. For example, 3GB is $30 but if you only use 1GB Google will refund you the $20.

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Frustrated man takes his computer out back and shoots it eight times

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Apr 2015 20:59

Frustrated man takes his computer out back and shoots it eight times Lucas Hinch of Colorado Springs could face a penalty after shooting his ill-performing computer eight times.

Hinch was detained very briefly for discharging a firearm and cited, but a judge will decide what kind of penalty (if any) he receives.

"He was having technology problems, so he took it to the back alley and destroyed it," a police spokesman noted.

"He got tired of fighting with his computer for the last several months," added police spokesman Jeff Strossner.

Apparently, Hinch's computer would not reboot and the standard ctrl+alt+del features were not accessible to him.

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HBO sends out thousands of warnings to Game of Thrones file sharers

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Apr 2015 19:56

HBO sends out thousands of warnings to Game of Thrones file sharers A day before the latest season of the blockbuster 'Game of Thrones' launched on HBO, pirates took the wind out of the company's sails, leaking the first four episodes of the season online ripped from a review screener.

Within hours, the episodes were downloaded over a million times.

While HBO used to be relatively nonchalant about piracy and HBO Go password sharing, the company certainly took offense to this latest leak. HBO has sent out thousands of warnings to file sharers via its anti-piracy partner IP-Echelon, demanding ISPs tell their subscribers to cease their activities.

Reads the alert given to the ISP: "1. Contact the subscriber who has engaged in the conduct described above and take steps to prevent the subscriber from further downloading or uploading HBO content without authorization. 2. Take appropriate action against the account holder under your Abuse Policy/Terms of Service Agreement."

HBO does not know the identities of the thousands of IP addresses, nor does it appear to be searching for any but it does appear that the company is looking to dissuade potential pirates for the future.

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One analyst believes the Apple Watch will be the company's most profitable item ever

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Apr 2015 19:21

One analyst believes the Apple Watch will be the company's most profitable item ever Last week, Apple began pre-orders on the Apple Watch and its hundreds of varieties before the smartwatch goes on sale officially this Friday.

Carl Howe of Think Big Analytics has been one of the biggest bulls on the launch of the device, suggesting that Apple has already sold over 3 million units at an average price of over $500, selling 1.8 million Sports (starting at $349), 1.3 million Watches (starting at $549) and 40,000 Edition (priced at $10,000 or higher).

"I've built a simple model that predicts that the initial run of watches was more than 3 million units and will yield Apple Watch revenues of over $2 billion for the first two weeks of sales," said Howe. "The model suggests that while Sport Watch will lead sales in volume, selling 1.8 million units through May 8, Apple Watch will actually lead in revenue during that period, garnering about $900 million versus Sport's $675 million. I also believe that Apple's decision to introduce the Edition will be validated by $500 million in sales on only 40,000 units." If accurate, the figure crushes all other smartwatches to date, including the popular Moto 360, and that's only with pre-order sales.

In addition, Howe believes the device will be Apple's most profitable, with gross margins over 60 percent compared to the already large 35-40 percent it sees for its iPhone line. "Why? Because the core electronics modules in the expensive models are the same ones used in the Sport models, and they just don't cost that much," noted Howe.

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Tidal will let you bring over your Spotify, Rdio playlists

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Apr 2015 19:00

Tidal will let you bring over your Spotify, Rdio playlists Tidal, the high-fidelity music streaming service recently acquired by Jay-Z, has announced a new partnership that will help rival service users to bring over their existing playlists.

The partnership is with a company called Soundiiz, which will let you connect to your Spotify, Rdio, Xbox Music, iTunes and Soundcloud accounts to convert your playlists over to Tidal.

Soundiiz is currently in beta and nearly everyone who has used it says there are plenty of glitches to go around, mainly related to translation and text issues.

Overall it appears that Soundiiz, and Tidal in general are still works in progress but Jay-Z and his group of A-list musician friends are well on their way to competing with the big boys.

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