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TIME selects iPhone as the most influential gadget ever

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 05 May 2016 11:04

TIME selects iPhone as the most influential gadget ever TIME magazine has released its list of 50 most influential gadgets of all time. The winner is not a surprise but there's a lot of variety further back.

The number one spot was clinched by the original iPhone released by Apple in 2007. Many would say that was an expected top spot for the highest grossing consumer gadgets of all time.

Following iPhone the rest of the top five Sony's revolutionary color TV Trinitron from 1968, Apple's first Macintosh, '80s sensation Sony Walkman, and IBM Model 5150 that taught us what PC is.

Later on the list you can also find possibly your first proper cellphone Nokia 3210 equipped with internal antenna and of course Snake, gaming systems like NES and Sony PlayStation, and my personal favorite Commodore 64.

While a nostalgia trip is inevitable there's many recent invention in the top 50 as well, including some virtual reality and 3D printing equipment. Check the list in its entirety here.




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Here are the leaked specs for the OnePlus 3

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Apr 2016 20:45

Here are the leaked specs for the OnePlus 3 Thanks to a couple of leaks, we have the alleged specs for OnePlus' upcoming flagship, the OnePlus 3, as well as price.

The phone is expected to be officially launched in late May, with a release date expected in June.

Thanks to benchmark tests, we know the device will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, either 3GB, 4GB or 6GB of RAM depending on the configuration, dual 8/16MP cameras and NFC and fingerprint support. Strangely, the tests also cite 5-inch, 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch screens, suggesting there may be multiple models available.

OnePlus 3 devices will launch with an Android 6.0-based Oxygen OS and you can choose 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

According to other reports, we have a price, as well. $350 will get you the base model (likely 3GB RAM/32GB storage), with the price going up for each improved spec, although it is unclear by how much.

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Steam adds bitcoin support

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 29 Apr 2016 17:09

Steam adds bitcoin support Bitcoin has been called a revolutionary currency but it has had its problems, and adoption in the mainstream is far from perfect. One big name in the gaming industry has decided to embrace the so-called cryptocurrency.

From now on Valve's gaming platform and game store Steam supports bitcoin. You can buy games and other content with bitcoins, the currency mediator being Bitpay. Bitpay is one of the largest bitcoin payment services.

Even though bitcoin has been adopted mainly in the western world Steam believes that the new currency will bring new customers from developing countries and within communities that do not use credit cards to a western degree.

It's essentially the alternative to mobile payment which Steam didn't see as well fit for the purposes of PC gaming.




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Samsung reports strong quarter, thanks to Galaxy S7

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 28 Apr 2016 12:28

Samsung reports strong quarter, thanks to Galaxy S7 Samsung has revealed its quarterly earnings for the first three months in 2016. The results are impressive as the company gains momentum with Galaxy S7.

Samsung's mobile business revenue increased by 8 percent but the big impact is seen in the profits. The company reported an impressive 42 percent growth in net profits in the three month period compared to year before.

The new strategy with Galaxy S7 and more streamlined portfolio of middle and entry-level devices has paid off. The flagship has been received well nearly universally and the orders have blown the predecessor out of the water.

Increasing profits are not given even for giants like Samsung and Apple as we know from the quarterly results from Cupertino. Apple's iPhone sales has dropped as have the company's profits.

Estimates are that still a fairly new Galaxy S7 will keep Samsung steady through the summer while Apple will be reporting decline in sales probably until Q4.




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Apple Music now boasts 13 million subscribers

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Apr 2016 0:48

Apple Music now boasts 13 million subscribers Despite an overall rough earnings report, Apple did have some promising tidbits of note.

One such note was Apple Music, which now boasts 13 million subscribers.

Apple last noted a Music milestone in February, and the number was 11 million, so growth remains strong. Industry leader Spotify has over 30 million paying subscribers, but the service has been around since 2009. Apple Music launched just 9 months ago.

Overall, Apple's "services" divison, which includes Apple Pay, Music and iCloud, saw large 20 percent growth to $6 billion in revenue, making it the second biggest division for the company behind the iPhone.

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Nintendo NX to launch in March 2017

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Apr 2016 23:20

Nintendo NX to launch in March 2017 Nintendo has announced today that their upcoming NX console will launch in March 2017.

The company gave little more details but they did also announce that the highly-anticipated Legend of Zelda open-world title will launch simultaneously with the NX, tacking on at least a six-month delay for the game, which had been expected for the Wii U.

While many had hoped to see the console launched at E3 this year, but that is not happening. There is still likely to be a lot more revealed this June at the event, however.

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Gmail for Android adds Microsoft Exchange support

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Apr 2016 22:44

Gmail for Android adds Microsoft Exchange support Google has updated Gmail for Android to add support for Microsoft Exchange.

Previously, only Google Nexus owners had the Exchange support but the ability has been expanded to a billion other Android owners. "Exchange support was previously only available on our Nexus devices, but as of today, Exchange support covers mail, contacts, and calendar data in Android across all devices," a Google spokesperson added.

While Microsoft Outlook is more popular, Exchange is still the defacto standard for many corporate email systems, as well as calendar syncing.

Thanks to the new support, business employees can now use Exchange through their Gmail app, getting their work email, contacts and calendars without the need for a separate app.

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Sony to add two-factor authentication to PlayStation Network

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Apr 2016 22:05

Sony to add two-factor authentication to PlayStation Network Nearly five years after a major cyberattack exposed the data of nearly 100 million users, Sony has announced two-factor authentication for the PlayStation Network.

The company did not give a timeframe for when the service would be available, or what Sony would use for the 2-factor. Many services use one-time verification codes sent via text or email, but others use authenticator apps connected to your phones or other methods.

For Sony and the PSN, two-factor is a big deal. The company currently has 110 million users and 65 million monthly active users that access the network via the PlayStation 3 or 4, PlayStation Vita, the PlayStation mobile app or even through the site. Rival Microsoft has used two-factor since 2014 for the Xbox Live gaming platform.

Back in 2011, Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attack that took down the PlayStation Network for weeks and exposed the account names, birth dates, email addresses and encrypted credit card numbers for nearly 100 million gamers.

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Microsoft: "We're committed to Windows 10 Mobile"

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 27 Apr 2016 14:15

Microsoft: "We're committed to Windows 10 Mobile" Microsoft hasn't seemed too interested in smartphones after acquiring Nokia's mobile phone business. Oddly the number of phones released has dropped drastically, even though Windows 10 should be living its heyday.

The executive VP of Devices and Windows, Terry Myerson, has however sent an email to employees assuring that smartphones have not been forgotten. In the email Myerson explains how Microsoft is still dedicated to developing Windows 10 as a mobile operating system.

Even more specifically, he says that Microsoft is going to make Windows 10 for small devices with ARM chips.

The company is obviously trying to calm the employees down after a horrific decline in Windows Phone sales. Just couple days ago Microsoft reported a 73 percent decline in quantity and nearly 50 percent decline in Windows Phone revenue.

According to the rumors, Microsoft is shifting smartphone strategy and moving them under the more successful Surface brand in 2017.




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Apple released quarterly results, iPhone sales down first time ever

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 27 Apr 2016 14:01

Apple released quarterly results, iPhone sales down first time ever Apple has released the first quarterly earnings of 2016. As expected, the results weren't as impressive as quarters in recent history. The most significant drop was witnessed in iPhone sales.

The first time in years Apple had to tell shareholders that profits have declined compared to the corresponding quarter last year. The drop was orchestrated by a first in a history decline in iPhone sales.

Apple sold 16 percents less iPhones than year ago, amounting to 51.2 million phones. Also declining were iPad and Mac sales, just over 10 million and 4 million units respectively.

Even sales in China, which has been a big boomer for Apple for recent years, declined a hefty 26 percent.

Apple predicts this trend to continue in the second quarter as well. We might have to wait for iPhone 7 for more positive sales figures from Apple.




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Nokia acquires Withings to get into the health wearables business

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Apr 2016 0:05

Nokia acquires Withings to get into the health wearables business Nokia has announced their acquisition of Withings, the French health and wearables company.

The one-time handset giant will pay €170 million ($191 million) for the company, and Nokia says Withings will become a division of Nokia Technologies. NT currently houses the Ozo Camera and the Android-based N1 tablet.

"We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market," said Rajeev Suri, president & CEO of Nokia. "With this acquisition, Nokia is strengthening its position in the Internet of Things in a way that leverages the power of our trusted brand, fits with our company purpose of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world, and puts us at the heart of a very large addressable market where we can make a meaningful difference in peoples' lives."

Withings creates stylish fitness wearables and smartwatches including the popular Withings Activité

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Sling TV to add Comedy Central, BET, Spike, MTV, Nick and more

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Apr 2016 22:18

Sling TV to add Comedy Central, BET, Spike, MTV, Nick and more Dish Network and Viacom have signed a new licensing deal, meaning Comedy Central, BET, Spike, MTV, Nick and more are headed to the Sling TV service.

"We appreciate Viacom's willingness to continue with us on our journey as we work to deliver the best, most innovative television services available," said Charlie Ergen, DISH chairman and CEO. "This creative, bold and consumer-friendly approach extends a nearly 20-year-old relationship."

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Bitcasa shuts down Drive cloud service

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Apr 2016 21:59

Bitcasa shuts down Drive cloud service Bitcasa has discontinued its Drive cloud service, with the service shutting down completely on May 20th.

"We are discontinuing our Bitcasa Drive service in order to focus our full attention on our growing platform business," the company said. "All account owners must take action to avoid losing their files. For more information, please visit our Help Center. Thank you for being a Bitcasa Drive user. We have appreciated all of your support."

Bitcasa also offers the CloudFS API that lets companies embed the Bitcasa tech into their applications. The consumer product had too much competition, from notably larger companies like Amazon, Box, Google, Microsoft and Dropbox, and just did not have the name recognition.

In addition, Bitcasa got rid of unlimited storage in 2014, and then got rid of the 5GB free tier last year. They did offer a good deal, however, at 1TB for $10 per month.

When the service launched we reviewed the product, which at the time had promised to be the "infinite cloud storage solution." You can check that old review here: Afterdawn

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HBO Now available on Xbox One, 360 and Samsung Smart TVs

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Apr 2016 20:39

HBO Now available on Xbox One, 360 and Samsung Smart TVs After launching a year ago exclusively on the Apple TV, HBO Now is now available on some Samsung Smart TVs, the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One.

HBO Now is a $15 per month standalone streaming service that gives you access to HBO's large catalog of original shows, documentaries, movies, comedy specials and boxing without the need for a cable subscription.

Interestingly enough, you won't be able to sign up for HBO Now via your Xbox, so you have to actually sign up via your iOS or Android device, or through your Verizon and Optimum homepages if you use them as your ISP.

Samsung Smart TV owners can sign up directly through their TVs or through the other options.

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SpyEye botnet makers get combined 24 years in prison

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Apr 2016 23:58

SpyEye botnet makers get combined 24 years in prison Two cybercriminals convicted of creating the SpyEye botnet were sentenced this week to a combined 24 years in prison.

Aleksandr "Harderman" Panin, of Russia, and Hamza "Bx1" Bendelladj, of Algeria, were convicted of creating the software that infected hundreds of thousands of computers and helped steal millions from victims.

Panin received nine years for conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, as he was the core developer and distributor of SpyEye. Bendelladj received 15 years for his part in creating the botnet kit and for also running his own botnet using the kit, stealing 200,000 credit card numbers and causing tens of millions of dollars.

"It is difficult to over state the significance of this case, not only in terms of bringing two prolific computer hackers to justice, but also in disrupting and preventing immeasurable financial losses to individuals and the financial industry around the world," said John Horn, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

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