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Businesses squeezed between Apps and Mobile Web

Businesses squeezed between Apps and Mobile Web

Tech giants Apple and Google are the most valuable brands in the world. Apple’s iPhones and other gadgets are gaining attention of smartphone lovers, while Google’s mobile web is making several things easy for users. Today, the main objective of tech giants should be to offer simple and inexpensive Internet to users, but Apple’s focus on apps and Google’s focus on mobile web are making businesses grappling with online world.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Phone Cases are Available on Official Website

Samsung Galaxy S6 Phone Cases are Available on Official Website

Good news for people eagerly waiting for Samsung Galaxy S6 cases: There is a list of cases of this amazing phone on the company’s website, but there are some phone cases that are grabbing special attentions of users. Crystal encrusted Swarovski case is the one attracting lots of buyers.

Some other cases of Samsung Galaxy S6 that buyers should consider before making final purchase are: Samsung Galaxy S6 Swarovski Case, Samsung Galaxy S6 Speck CandyShell Inked, Samsung Galaxy S6 Kate Spade Cases, Galaxy S6 OtterBox SYMMETRY SERIES, Samsung Galaxy S6 Caseology Waterfall and Galaxy S6 Leather Wallet Folio.

NES turns 30 on October 18

NES turns 30 on October 18

Gamers in the US are celebrating 30th anniversary of Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Exactly three decades ago on October 18, first home console of Nintendo was released in the US.

NES by Nintendo provided a platform to a number of classic franchises. There was a time when gamers love to play games like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros on the console. NES gave gamers many things to remember.

NES was originally released by Japan in 1983, but it took over two more years to get the first NES in the US. On October 18, 1985, the console was launched with just about $50 million test launch in New York City.

AWS says it’s still on the top of the cloud market

AWS says it’s still on the top of the cloud market

The head of Amazon Web Services (AWS) assured customers on Wednesday that the company is still atop the cloud market, despite new competition that has prevailed within years.

On the first day of the company’s annual cloud conference reinvent, Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon's cloud-computing business, led a two-hour keynote. Jassy said that the company still leads, despite new comers may attract the customers. He added many product announcements, which included QuickSight, a business intelligence service and other was Kinesis Firehose, a service for loading streaming data.

Sony cuts price of PlayStation 4 to $349.99 in US

Sony cuts price of PlayStation 4 to $349.99 in US

Sony Corp. said on Thursday that it is cutting the PlayStation 4 prices in the US and Canada. The move has been taken to further push the sales of the popular videogame console. From Friday onwards, PlayStation 4 will be available for $349.99 in the US and C$429.99 in Canada. Presently they are sold for $399.99 and C$449.99, respectively.

A spokesman at Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., the group’s videogame arm, said that the aim of cutting the prices at this time is to fuel momentum of PlayStation 4 toward the end of the year and holiday season.

The company has taken the move after it slashed the price of console in Japan by over 10% in the beginning of this month. The spokesman said that the company has nothing to say regarding its plan for Europe.

Hackers Breached LoopPay's Office Network, Not Systems Used By Samsung Pay

Hackers Breached LoopPay's Office Network, Not Systems Used By Samsung Pay

LoopPay which was acquired in February by Samsung recently suffered a security breach. As per an analyst the breach was done to spy than gathering consumer data for profit.

The analyst said that the worst is yet to come. Samsung acknowledging the attack on LoopPay said hackers only breached LoopPay's office network, not systems used by Samsung Pay.

The affected servers have been isolated and no personal payment information was put at risk, according to Samsung. According to the New York Times, said Ken Westin, a senior security analyst at threat-detection software company TripWire, said if the breach was carried out by the notorious Codoso Group in China it wasn’t intended to steal consumer data for sale.

Sprint To Sit Out In Coming Auction of Wireless Airwaves

Sprint To Sit Out In Coming Auction of Wireless Airwaves

Sprint Corp, the American telecommunication holding company unveiled its plans not to participate in a coming auction of wireless airwaves. As per the company, the decision will help it save billions of dollars but could deprive its network of upgrades in the future.

The Federal Communications Commission has scheduled the auction for March 2016. The US government is planning to buy airwaves from TV broadcasters that it will then resell to wireless carriers.

Sprint on Sunday said that its airwaves at present are sufficient enough to provide its current and future customers great network coverage. The US wireless carrier said it will commence another major network which it says will improve the data speeds.

Facebook to Assist In Bringing Internet to Refugee Camps

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that his company will make every possible effort to make internet accessible to refugee camps. Recently while speaking at the United Nations Private Sector Forum, Zuckerberg said Facebook would work with the intergovernmental body to make the internet available to those who wouldn't be able to use it.

The New York Times reported that Zuckerberg also noted that if more people will be online it will be beneficial to Facebook itself. But Zuckerberg didn’t tell how and when internet was coming to the refugee camps.

“It's one thing to say we should connect the world. The real trick is how. There's no simple solution or silicon bullet”, Zuckerberg acknowledged.

iPhone 6S Finally Available To Customers

iPhone 6S Finally Available To Customers

Gadget lovers or the entire world has been eyeing Apple’s new handsets i.e. iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus and now the tech giant has finally unveiled the new iPhones and has finally made it available to public.

This year’s release is the second generation to feature the 4.7-in and 5.5-in displays. As per gadget experts these new handsets are slightly larger and heavier, but look very similar to their predecessors.

This year the company has launched a new color for the iPhones i.e. the ‘Rose Gold’ color. Apart from their appearance, the iPhone 6S models are very different from the once previously launched by the company.

Experiment to capture images of Grand Canyon from edge of space fails

Experiment to capture images of Grand Canyon from edge of space fails

Months-long preparations of five Stanford University students to capture images of the Grand Canyon from the edge of space have failed. A hiker has found their cameras in the desert two years later.

The team has launched a weather balloon to carry out the project. It was carrying two cameras and a smartphone and launched in June 2013 over the desert just north of Tuba City in Arizona. Using a smartphone app, the students intended to retrieve the cameras and phone.

But they could not establish contact from the phone and their plans failed. One of the team-members, Bryan Chan, was of the view that the phone did not send any signal because it returned to earth. It landed around 80 km from the launch site in an area, where it should be having the coverage.

Google names John Krafcik as first CEO of its autonomous car project

Google names John Krafcik as first CEO of its autonomous car project

It seems that Google will speed up its autonomous car project as it made an announcement on Sunday that auto-world veteran John Krafcik will be first CEO of their project. Prior to the new post, Krafcik has been serving as a president of consumer-focused pricing site TrueCar. Earlier, he was CEO of Hyundai's US operations.

Later this month, he will start working at the company. According to him, "This technology can save thousands of lives, give millions of people greater mobility, and free us from a lot of the things we find frustrating about driving today. I can't wait to get started".

Microsoft announces Biggest Software Update Yet for Xbox One

Microsoft announces Biggest Software Update Yet for Xbox One

There is good news for Xbox One lovers: Microsoft has announced that it is prepping a software update for the console, which will be the biggest software update yet. The upgrade has been inspired by users’ feedback, the company said.

The decision of software update has been taken after reviews and feedback from users. In a statement, the company said, “This year’s November upgrade is a completely re-imagined Xbox One, inspired by your feedback, brings the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever”.

According to the company, users are going to get fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. All they have to do is look for an Xbox Live message with their invitation as it will launch the Xbox Preview Dashboard.

Apple comes out with leasing offer for latest iPhone

Apple comes out with leasing offer for latest iPhone

Apple has habit of surprising its customers through its new launches. In its September 9 event, Apple has launched many new products including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a sophisticated stylus, a revised Apple TV, and the refreshed iPhone. The company has also announced that the latest iPhone can also be purchased through monthly payments starting at $32 and customers getting free upgrades after every year.

Peter Karazeris, a senior equity analyst for Thrivent Asset Management, who owns $400 million worth of Apple's shares, said that the announcement will definitely move Apple's stock and especially when iPhone's sales account for 56% of Apple's revenue.

11 million passwords from Ashley Madison uncovered

11 million passwords from Ashley Madison uncovered

There are reports of revelation of millions of Ashley Madison's passwords. A team of password-cracking hobbyists found mistakes in the encryption of approximately half of the 32 million stolen accounts on the website. The password-cracking hobbyists examined the data that the Ashley Madison hackers released.

The password cracking squad, called CynoSure Prime, hacked 11 million passwords from accounts of Ashley Madison customers. Initially, the group's findings were published in a report by ArsTechnica.

Apple’s New Plan Allow Users to Finance New iPhones through Monthly Installments

Apple’s New Plan Allow Users to Finance New iPhones through Monthly Installments

The American multinational technology giant Apple Inc has just introduced a new plan under which it allows users to finance unlocked versions of the new iPhones through monthly installments.

The monthly installment will be starting from $32, said Apple. Until now, customers could only lease subsidized phones on two-year contracts requiring an up-front payment.

Susquehanna analysts wrote in a note on Thursday that they hope this program would act as a tailwind for iPhone sales, since they serve to shorten the replacement cycle.

The deal for iPhone owners, which will initially apply to the United States and 11 other key markets including China, has so far emerged as one of the most positive announcements that has been made at Apple’s annual launch event.

Google hopes to expand Internet Service in Southern California, Kentucky

Google hopes to expand Internet Service in Southern California, Kentucky

Google Fiber is looking forward to expand its 1Gbps Internet and TV service to more parts of the US. It has been confirmed by the company that it is in the process of expanding its service in Irvine, California; Louisville, Kentucky and San Diego.

The company made announcement regarding its plans to bring high quality Internet service in the abovementioned cities in its blog. The company is looking forward to plan the process in cooperation with the leaders in the cities.

According to Jill Szuchmacher, director of Google Fiber expansion, "We'll work with Irvine, Louisville and San Diego to conduct a detailed study of factors that affect construction such as local topography, housing density, and the condition of existing infrastructure".

Apple's two-year contract struggles to impress Buyers

Apple's two-year contract struggles to impress Buyers

Apple Inc's new financing plan for sale of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus does not seem to have gone down well with the American population that has been fed of the 'two-year contract' system.

The two-year contract, which limits the buyers from owning the phone, has been already annoying the population in America. Now that Apple took up the same policy, it came as a jolt to smartphone pricing index.

On Wednesday, Apple announced iPhone 6S that would start at $199 EMI with a new two-year contract, and the 6S Plus would be available at $299 on contract. Apple banked too much on this new marketing policy. However, the absence of any discount plans in the announcements disappointed the buyers.

Algorithm that predicts upcoming top model with 80% accuracy

Algorithm that predicts upcoming top model with 80% accuracy

A team of researchers from Indiana University has an answer to who will be next top model. The researchers said they have formulated an algorithm that can assess Instagram data from New York Fashion week and estimate who will be the upcoming top model with 80% accuracy.

Researchers said they have to predict many factors like the number of runways walked, number of Instagram followers, amount of posts per month, likes and comments on these posts, along with their association with modeling agencies to know the popularity level of the model.

Apple heavily reliant on its iPhone

Apple heavily reliant on its iPhone

There was a time when Apple was known as Apple Computer Inc. and was famous for the Apple Macintosh. But now things have changed and it’s now a hardcore smartphone company. It is being said that Apple relies heavily on its iPhone.

It does not happen with any other smartphone company that people camp outside their stores the way they do outside Apple stores. They do so just to have the latest iPhones and it happens every time when the company launches the new model. It is something that becomes something of legend.

It has been seen Apple is known for maintaining complete secrecy about its gadgets before launch. It may have to do with the company’s protocol. But the rumors before the launch with regard to new features take excitement to a different level.

EMV Technology may not be able to completely protect against credit card fraud

EMV Technology may not be able to completely protect against credit card fraud

A new technology with the name EMV is said make it tougher for thieves to steal data. The EMV chip will be embedded in credit cards. It is said that with the adoption of the EMV technology, a decline will come in credit card fraud rates. But as per a new study by NerdWallet, there are more chances of opposite to take place as criminals will look out for other ways to commit card fraud.

EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) chip is the small silver or gold chip set in front of the card. There is a difference between EMV chip card and a standard card. In the magnetic stripe cards, static payment data can be transferred from one card to another. But such is not the case with the EMV chip card.




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