Apple Inc. has been fined Taiwan$20 million (US$670,000) and was ordered to halt their practice of interfering with the pricing of mobile service providers and handset distributors. Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) released the statement on Wednesday.
FTC said that Apple Asia demanded carriers and handset distributors to ask their permission before setting contract prices on iPhones which is a violation of Taiwan's free-trade laws. They also ask carriers to change service contract prices and subsidy price.
Local Taiwan carriers: Chunghwa Telecom Co Ltd, Taiwan Mobile Co Ltd and Far EasTone Telecommunications Co Ltd, had all obtained reseller rights under their contracts with Apple, which gave them the right to set prices, FTC spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said.
Captain America shield leads the most dangerous toy list in the USA. Holiday shopping and Black Friday is just around the corner, a toy shopping a consumer group US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) released their 28th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report just in time.
They said that the Captain America shield contains 29 times more lead than allowed by law and is one of the most dangerous toys of 2013.
"We need to protect our littlest consumers from dangerous toys," Jenny Levin, US PIRG's public health advocate, told reporters in Washington behind the most dangerous toys this year.
The Captain American soft shield which sells for $8.99, has 2900 parts per million (ppm) lead content it is way above the 100 ppm limit set down in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
"Unfortunately, some toys with (excessive levels of lead) are slipping through the cracks" and finding their way onto toy shelves, she said.
The list also include a Super Play Food Set and a Fisher-Price Loving Family Outdoor Barbeque with plastic food items so small and authentic-looking that toddlers could potentially choke on them.
Major toy manufacturer Hasbro was called out for five products from its Littlest Pet Shop line which, US PIRG said, contain easily detachable small parts liable to cause choking.
The report also warned consumers about small but powerful toy magnets that could cause severe internal damage if swallowed, and toy mobile phones meant to be held close to a child's ear, yet as loud as a bedside alarm clock.
Qualcomm smartwatch named "Toq" will be released on December 2 to compete with Samsung's Galaxy Gear. The Toq smartwatch is designed to mirror notifications from a smartphone, phablet or tablet just like Samsung's smartwatch, but it is better since Samsung's smartwatch will work only on Samsung devices while Toq on the otherhand will work on any Android device running version 4.0.3 or later.
As you can see in the clip above Toq is slightly bigger than the Galaxy Gear. It also has a wireless charger.
Smartwatch is essentially a notifications accessory where you can check messages, choose music, or call handsfree. It requires a smartphone, phablet or tablet.
Samsung the biggest smartphone maker in world launched a new version of its Galaxy Tab 3 which targets kids.
This edition is more colorful and equipped with a bright orange bumper to keep it from scratches, chips, and bumps. The tablet is powered by a dual core processor and a neat HD screen. It has tons of pre-loaded content that includes educational apps, educational games, a child friend interface that is easier to navigate. There is also parental control setting to keep it safe online.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will be out in stores on November 10, 2013 in the US at $229.
Major tech companies are set to launch new tablets this week. Apple have sent official press invites last week to their launch event that will take place in London on Tuesday October 22. Aple is expected to launch its next generation iPads at the event which includes iPad 5 and the new ipad Mini.
Nokia is also set to unveil their new Lumia 1520 at an event in Abu Dhabi also on Tuesday October 22. Rumors said that the Nokia handset will be running on Windows and has a 6 inches 1080p screen with a 20MP PureView camera.
Microsoft which announced its Surface 2 tablets last month will officially go on sale also tomorrow October 22. The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are tablets that runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. Surface Pro 2 will have the same ClearType HD display as before but will be 20% faster and a 75% increase in battery life. While the Surface 2 runs on Windows 8.1 RT version. It is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and comes with up to 10-hour battery life for video playback.
Microsoft are set to improve their latest Surface tablets with better graphics performance and longer battery life. On Monday, they announced an update to both the full-Windows Surface Pro 2 and the low cost Surface 2.
Microsoft, wanted to join the tablet market, opted to push Windows 8 and Windows RT through its own products. However, their first attempt last year led to disappointing results, the company is trying again with improved internal specs.
Panos Panay, Microsoft vice president in charge of Surface said that the Surface Pro 2 is a full laptop in a tablet design, and noted the graphics performance is 50 percent better and its battery life 20 percent longer than its predecessor. It includes a tweaked "dual-position kickstand" that allows users to tilt the screen at two different angles.
The Surface 2 is the successor to the original Surface RT, which runs a stripped down version of Windows 8. The company said it is lighter, thinner, and faster.
The RT version contains a Tegra 4 chip from Nvidia, a full HD 1080p screen and runs three to four times faster than its predecessor. At the same time, battery life is 25 percent better than the first Surface.
The 32GB Surface 2, which runs Windows RT, will retail for $449, $50 less than its predecessor. A 64GB will cost $549. The Pro version, meanwhile, starts at $899 for the 64GB version. Both tablets will be available for preorder at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday and will arrive in stores on Oct. 22.
Reuters reported that Nokia apparently delayed the launch of their phablet Lumia 1520 following a deal to sell its handset business and license patents to Microsoft. The release date was originally planned for late September.
The company from Finland has pushed back the launch date and a Nokia spokesman declined to comment on the new release date.
Nokia and Microsoft are still operating as separate companies as the 5.44 billion euro deal, which was announced on September 3, has not yet closed. But Chief Executive Stephen Elop, who was hired from Microsoft in 2010 to turn the company around and is returning to his former company after the deal closes, has stepped aside to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
Under Elop, Nokia struggled to close the gap with Samsung Electronics and Apple in smartphones, although it has stepped up its pace of product launches in the past year. Market leader Samsung has led the way in phablets, proving wrong early critics who said they were too clunky. Apple has become the top seller of tablet devices.
The Lumia 1520 is a 6-inch full HD screen, with fast quad-core chip, 20-megapixel camera on the back, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. AT&T and Verizon Wireless will sell the phablet in the U.S.
The new iPhone fingers security can start a new trend in smartphone security that can further increase trust in doing mobile banking and other important stuff using mobile devices.
Fingerprint recognition technology included features of the sophisticated iPhone 5S set to hit the market on September 20 was hailed by computer security experts as a great move that rivals will likely rally to match.
"It could be amazing," Lookout principal security researcher Marc Rogers told AFP on Wednesday.
"What is going to happen really depends on Apple's implementation," he continued. "We've seen Apple take obscure technologies and make them mainstream overnight."
Apple on Tuesday unveiled two new iPhone models, one of them a top-of-the-line 5S with innovative features including a fingerprint sensor to use as a security measure in place of passcodes.
"You can just press the home button to unlock your phone," Apple vice president Phil Schiller during an event at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters. "You can use it to authenticate iTunes purchases."
Schiller added: "We have so much of our personal data on these devices, and they are with us almost every place we go, so we have to protect them."
Reticle Research principle analyst Ross Rubin described Touch ID as a "show stealer" that addresses "a necessary annoyance that many consumers have to deal with many times a day."
Studies by Apple and Lookout, which specializes in protecting smartphones and tablets from hackers, show that less than half of smartphone owners protect handsets with access codes
A camera sensor built into the 5S home button at the bottom of the smartphone face peers deep into layers of skin to analyze loops and swirls of fingerprints.
Data from fingers is stored exclusively inside the sophisticated Apple-made chip that powers the smartphone and is refined every time Touch ID is used, according to Schiller.
"The company says that fingerprint data is encrypted and not sent to its (or anyone else's - sorry, NSA) servers," security researcher Graham Cluley said in a blog post, making a reference to reports of US spying on the Internet.
Touch ID lets 5S owners store as many as five fingerprints, meaning people will be able to let spouses, children, or others they trust share access to smartphones.
Combining fingerprint recognition with "second-factor authentication" such as verification codes ramps up smartphone security tremendously, according to Rogers.
"Imagine a banking application that lets you press a fingerprint to gain access, but to transfer money you also enter a four-digit code," Rogers said.
"It could make mobile devices more secure than their desktop counterparts."
Whether Touch ID transforms mobile commerce is likely to depend on how Apple shares the technology with the creators of applications tailored to run on iPhones.
"It is not unreasonable to imagine where Apple might go in the payment space for things outside the Apple ecosystem with a PayPal or Square type function," said Forrester analyst Charles Golvin.
"Some aspect of doing commerce in the real world is on the horizon for Apple."
Computer security specialists note that fingerprint security is not flawless, and resourceful hackers will still craft attacks.
"Your fingerprint isn't a secret, you leave it everywhere you touch," said security researcher Bruce Schneier.
Fooling some of the better fingerprint sensors with rubber fingers is difficult, but possible, according to Schneier, who noted that a researcher in Japan managed the trick more than a decade ago with candy gelatin used to make Gummi bears.
"The best system I've ever seen was at the entry gates of a secure government facility," Schneier said.
"Maybe you could have fooled it with a fake finger, but a Marine guard with a big gun was making sure you didn't get the opportunity to try."
Touch ID also prompted speculation about movie-style scenarios in which someone's digit is lopped off to unlock a stolen smartphone.
Security specialists thought the gruesome tactic unlikely, especially since PIN code access will likely remain in place as a way to get access to a smartphone if something goes wrong with the fingerprint scanner.
"It's inconceivable that malicious hackers and data thieves won't try to subvert Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanning technology," Cluley said.
"How capable they will be at doing that, remains to be seen."
Taiwanese company unveiled their newest phablet the Acer Liquid S2. It is the only smartphone/tablet hybrid that can record footage in ultra-high definition (4K resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels).
The Liquid S2 has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage memory, 4G LTE connectivity, and run on Android 4.2.2. The whole device measures only 8.9mm thick and has a generous 3300mAh battery inside. The camera has 13-megapixels, and can shoot regular 1080p video too, plus it’s accompanied by a 2-megapixel video call lens above the big screen. Acer has also fitted a pair of stereo speakers to the Liquid S2, and installed Dolby Digital Plus to ensure they sound their best.
Acer plans to put the Liquid S2 on sale in Europe by the end of October, but hasn’t released a price for the phone yet, nor has it stated if the phone will see a U.S. release in the future.
Software problems at one of Amazon's data centres has knocked out several high profile web services.
Users of Instagram, Netflix, Vine, Airbnb and several other services reported problems getting through to the services for several hours late on Sunday.
All of them rely on servers that are part of Amazon's cloud-based network.
The problems were traced to a data centre in northern Virginia that was struggling to keep up with demand.
Also caught up in the network problems were cloud software firm Heroku and web automation service IFTTT.
Instagram was the first to acknowledge that access to its services was intermittent via Twitter and other services put out warning messages soon after.
The problems for Americans began about 16:00 Eastern time (21:00 GMT) and continued for several hours. During this time access to the web services was intermittent with many people reporting that login pages were hard to reach or pages were taking a long time to update.
On the status page for its web services, Amazon said it was investigating a series of problems at the Virginia data centre. The problems hit databases, software that spreads queries across servers as well as the code controlling the core computers underlying the whole service.
After the problems were resolved, Amazon said the glitch was caused by the "partial failure of a networking device" but added no further details.
The short-lived problems come less than a week after Amazon's North American web stores went offline for about 30 minutes.
Largest cellphone makers Samsung Electronics, is said to be developing a flip phone which would run on the Android OS. The device is only listed on Samsung's Chinese website and the company has not announced plans to sell it elsewhere.
Stuff.co.nz reports that the comeback version of the flip phone is called the W789, featuring two screens, one on the cover and another on the inside and comes in a light-purple colored shell with a retro numerical keyboard for dialing.
The report said the device's two screens measure 3.3 inches and have 320x480 pixel resolutions.
The W789 is rumoured to run on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, with a 5-megapixel rear camera and has 8 GB of storage running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Sony and Panasonic have agreed to work together to develop a new standard next-generation optical disc. The optical disc will have a capacity of over 300GB which would have six times more capacity than the current popular Blu-ray standard or equivalent to over 60 DVDs.
Physical media and associated hardware sales are in decline which is mainly due to the emergence of faster broadband that makes media downloading and streaming possible in acceptable qualities and downloaded games offering easier access than going to the store or waiting for it in the mail.
SAN FRANCISCO - NVIDIA said that they will release their new handheld gaming and entertainment device called Shield on July 31, 2013. It will run on Google Android.
“Last month, we made the difficult decision to delay the launch of Shield due to a mechanical issue we found in our rigorous testing process,” Shield director Jason Paul said on a blog post. “Since then we have been working non-stop to put Shield through its paces and ensure it meets the highest quality control standards in the industry.”
NVIDIA has priced Shield at $299 and is taking orders online at nvidia.com and newegg.com. NVIDIA unveiled the portable gaming device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early this year.
The device is powered by Tegra 4 chip and features multi-touch display and console-grade controls.
Shield will enter a gaming landscape being transformed by the booming popularity of free play on smartphones or tablet computers.
This is good news for tech hunters! Two giant tech companies Microsoft and Blackberry have reportedly cut down on the prices of their flagship products in an attempt to boost sales.
Microsoft has trimmed down the price to as much as 30 percent of its 32GB Surface RT to 279 pounds from 400 pounds in the UK and Blackberry has cut the price of the Z10 phone to as low as 49 dollars in US with a contract, down from 199 dollars, reported on BBC.
According to the report, the two firms are competing hard with popular brands like Apple, Google and Samsung in the smartphone and tablet market.
The new Nokia Lumia 1020 leaked photos have been circulating the web and Nokia fans are excited with it. Nokia Lumia 1020 which is a Windows Phone will have a 41-megapixel camera. It is likely to be launched on July 11 and will be available in three colors Yellow, Black and White.
Tue Jul 2, 2013 - Yahoo Inc said that it will buy Qwiki Inc, a mobile app for creating videos in Apple Inc's iPhone, as it tries to increase its presence in the world of smartphones and tablets.
The company paid about $50 million for the deal, tech blog AllThingsD cited sources as saying. Terms of the deal however were not disclosed.
This is Yahoo's third acquisition since May when it bought blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash. Earlier this week, the company reportedly acquired Bignoggins Productions, another mobile app developer.
Yahoo has seen its revenue shrink in recent years in the face of competition from Google Inc and Facebook Inc, but since she took charge in 2012 CEO Marissa Mayer has tried to turn the tide through a string of acquisitions.
Qwiki's app would continue to be supported by Yahoo and its emp
All three tablets will go on pre-sale on June 25 with actual sales starting July 7. The models sold in the U.S. will be Wi-Fi-only, with no cellular capability.
Here are the Specs:
Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Budget (Marvell processor) $199
* 1.2-GHz dual-core Marvell processor
* Android 4.1
* 1,024-by-600 screen
* 3-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front
* 8GB of storage, with memory card slot
This tablet is comparable to the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Kobo Arc, however it has a lower-resolution screen. Samsung will include three months of Hulu Plus and two years of a 50GB Dropbox account.
Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch (Samsung Exynos processor) $299
* 1.5-GHz Samsung Exynos dual-core processor
* Android 4.2
* 1,280-by-800 screen
* 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera
* 16GB of storage (only 11.26GB is available)
* 7.4mm thickness
Its main competition are Apple's $329 iPad mini and Amazon's $269 Kindle Fire HD 8.9.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch (Intel tablet) $399
* 1.6-GHz Intel Atom Z2560 "Clover Trail+" processor
* Android 4.2
* 1,280-by-800 screen
* 3-megapixel main camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera
* 16GB of memory and a memory card slot
* 7.9mm thickness
* 6,800mAh battery
Huawei a Chinese smartphone maker claimed that their latest flagship Ascend P6 smartphone “beauty worth waiting for” is priced at £329 or around $513.80 US dollars. It will be released on July 4. The company claimed that it is the world's thinnest smartphone.
Huawei unveiled the Ascend P6 on last Tuesday, boasting that it is the world's thinnest smartphone due to its 6.18mm frame. It may be thin but it also power packed with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.7in HD touchscreen and Google's Android 4.2.2 mobile operating system. Huawei's refreshed Emotion user interface is also onboard.
Other specifications include an 8MP rear camera with HD 1080p video, a 5MP front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and 3G and WiFi connectivity. The Ascend P6 doesn't come with support for 4G, but Huawei CEO Richard Yu said that an updated model with LTE will be released later in the year.
Financial Times also reported yesterday that Huawei would consider buying Finnish phone maker Nokia.
In a blog post Facebook said Wednesday that users will now be able to click a hashtag to see a feed of discussions about a specific topic. If you see a number sign in front of the word "Britney", that word will turn into a clickable link that leads to posts topics about "Britney."
Hashtags are used by Twitter and Instagram to identify topics being discussed and allow users to search for them.
Facebook said it will make the clickable hashtags available to users beginning on Wednesday.
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