toggle

Top Stories  |   (Jan 29, 2015)

(0)

Samsung fourth-quarter, fiscal year 2014 results shows drop in profits

Chip segment strong, but not enough to make up for lagging smartphone segment

Samsung released its Q4 and FY 2014 results today, and as expected , the news was not good. The past three years have resulted in growth for the company, but fiscal 2014 shows an annual earnings decline, in spite of strong performance by the company's chip division. The earnings from smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices fell to 1.96 trillion Korean won ($1.8 billion), a 64.2 percent decline from the year-ago quarter. The news comes on the heels of a record-shattering report from its main rival, Apple.

more

(0)

Apple's Q1 certified as best quarter for any company ever

Apple holds five of the top 10 best quarters ever reported

In addition to being the best quarter in the company's history, Apple's Q1 results also blew away quarterly revenue and profit figures for any company ever , according to credit rating analysts Standard & Poor's. Even more remarkably, CFO Luca Maestri noted repeatedly that fluctuations in major currencies (such as the Russian ruble and the unusually-strong US dollar) actually cost the company a potential five percent -- or $3.73 billion -- in additional revenue.

more

(8)

Apple posts $74.6B in Q1 revenues based on iPhone, Mac sales

Company mum on iPad results in official press release

Apple has posted the results of its first fiscal quarter for 2015, which actually ended on December 27. The company says it achieved record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion, and similarly record-setting net profits of $18 billion, or $3.06 per share. The figures compare against $57.6 billion, $13.1 billion, and $2.07 in Q1 2014; gross margins increased from 37.9 percent to 39.9 percent. Apple notes that international sales made up 65 percent of the recent quarter's revenues.

more

(0)

Analysts: China iPhone sales outpace US, Apple gaining on Samsung

Remarkable reversal in Korean maker's fortunes benefitting Apple

On Tuesday, Apple will reveal its latest figures on its overall sales and general health, but analysts will again focus on one key segment -- Apple's best-selling device, the iPhone -- as the only metric that matters . Two key aspects of that metric, however, may have larger implications than just the quarterly revenues, or a temporary change in Apple's stock value. According to analysts, it is now likely that Apple is selling more iPhones to China now than it is in the US market (where it is market leader by a long way) -- and even more remarkably, that Apple is close to rivaling the total smartphones sales of rival Samsung.

more

(3)

Apple takes majority of US phone activations in Q4

Nearly doubles rival Samsung's sales, equals all combined competition

Apple's share of the US mobile phone market has nearly doubled following the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 in October, a new study has revealed. The report, by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners , finds that the iPhone went from 28 percent of the market in the July-to-September quarter to just over 50 percent in the final three months of the year, an improvement even over the same time the year before, when the iPhone 5s was released.

more

(0)

Samsung to switch to in-house chips for Galaxy S6, report says

Qualcomm chips dropped due to over-heating issues found in testing

A new report citing unnamed sources has claimed that Samsung will discontinue use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor in the forthcoming Galaxy S6 due to quality control issues. The Snapdragon 810 reportedly overheated in testing by Samsung, prompting the switch to the company's own Exynos line of processors, which it has used for certain editions of the flagship phone in the past.

more

Windows 10 a free upgrade, not subscription, for Windows 7, 8.1 users

Free upgrade to Windows 10 offered to previous versions for one year after launch

The next iteration of Windows will be a free upgrade to a large number of existing Windows users, Microsoft revealed today at its media event . Owners of computers running Windows 7 or later will receive an upgrade to Windows 10 at no charge, in a move that is highly likely to bolster user numbers for the operating system shortly after launch.

more

(0)

SpaceX gets $1 billion in funding from Google, Fidelity

New investors get just under 10 percent ownership stake

Today SpaceX released a succinct announcement that $1 billion had been raised in the latest financing round from two new investors -- search and advertising giant Google, and investment bank Fidelity, which now have a combined ownership share of "just under 10 percent" in SpaceX. Up until now, the company had been relying on investments from traditional venture-capital funders, but Google has its own agenda for helping the startup.

more

(0)

Friday Deals: Dell XPS, Nikon D5200, Samsung SSDs [Update]

MacNN and Electronista Deals for January 16, 2015

[Updated with more great deals!] The second full week of 2015 is almost over, and so it's time for the Friday Deals post, where we find great offers on hardware, gadgets, and software for you, the ever-discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, the prices are correct at the time of writing, but the offer may change at a later time, so check before purchasing. Also, remember to come back over the weekend, as we will be adding more deals for you to enjoy.

more

(4)

Google Nexus 9 versus Apple iPad Air 2

Nexus 9 struggles to deliver a knockout blow against iPad Air 2

Ever since the day that I scored a world exclusive for Electronista by spotting the original Samsung Galaxy Tab in the wild ahead of its release, I have taken a keen interest in watching Android tablets continue to take on the iPad and fail. Google's success with Android has been largely dominated by smartphones, with no single Android tablet competitor getting anywhere near the sales numbers of Apple's iPad. With the continued rise of "phablets," which effectively do double duty as a smartphone and a tablet, it seems that the chance for Android tablets to truly challenge the success of the iPad may have passed. Despite this, Google is persisting with Android tablets of its own, with the Nexus 9 its latest hope. Does the Nexus 9 stand a chance against the undisputed champion of tablets, the Apple iPad Air 2 ?

more

(4)

Apple adding 1M new iBookstore users per week since September

Pre-installing app in iOS and Yosemite triggered wave of growth, says company

At the Digital Book World conference in New York City on Thursday, Apple's iBooks chief Keith Moerer revealed that since the release of iOS 8 and Yosemite -- both of which came with the iBooks app pre-installed -- the user base is growing by about one million customers to the iBookstore per week. Moerer added that the introduction of larger-screen iPhones may also have played a role in the growth, and he spoke about the way Apple runs its iBooks business.

more

(6)

Google Glass 'graduates' from Google X, team reports to Tony Fadell

Sales of Google Glass Explorer Edition to end January 19

Google is putting its Glass Explorer Program to an end, the search company has declared. The head-mounted wearable device is said to be "graduating" from the experimental Google X labs, with sales of the Glass Explorer Edition headset ending early next week, though the company claims the technology is far from ending completely; it said the Glass program will gain its own official Google team.

more

(0)

Tizen-powered Samsung Z1 smartphone launches in India

Samsung Z1 has dual-core 1.2GHz processor, runs Tizen 2.3

Samsung is attempting to push forward with its plan to sell Tizen-powered mobile devices, following the ill-fated Samsung Z , by launching its rumored smartphone in India. The Samsung Z1 is an entry-level mobile phone with fairly typical specifications, all backed by a mobile operating system spearheaded by Samsung and Intel as a light-weight, open-source alternative to Google's Android.

more

(0)

Apple, Google agree to new settlement in anti-poaching case

New compensation amount likely to be higher than previous offer

A new settlement offer has been tendered in what's come to be known as the "anti-poaching" lawsuit against four of Silicon Valley's biggest tech companies. Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe were among those originally involved in a "gentlemen's agreement" that the companies would not actively try to recruit or poach employees from each other -- however once the conspiracy came to light, employees complained that the agreement limited opportunities and suppressed wages.

more

(0)

Google security fixes for pre-Jelly Bean WebView discontinued

Security analysts warn of security problems for 60 percent of current users

There comes a time in any piece of software or hardware's life when the company that produced it decides that it's no longer worth providing updates or support for it. That time has apparently come for the version of WebView used by Android Jelly Bean and earlier, which is still installed in roughly 60 percent of Android devices: Google has made the surprising announcement that it will no longer update the default browser technology, opening older devices up to vastly increased security issues.

more

(3)

AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

Forces company to claim 'common carrier' status to avoid FTC jurisdiction

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion , AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband.

more

(0)

Friday Deals: Mophie Juice Pack, Sony Action Cam, Blu-ray player [u]

MacNN and Electronista Deals for January 9, 2015

[Updated Saturday with more deals!] As CES winds to a close, the week of non-stop tech news may put you in the mood to acquire some more hardware. Let today's Friday Deals post help you with that. As usual, we trawl through the retailers to find great offers on hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Note that prices are correct at the time of writing but can change over time, so check it is still valid before purchasing. Remember to check back over the weekend, as more deals will be added to this post over the next few days.

more

Happy eighth birthday to the iPhone

All modern smartphones owe Apple, Jobs a debt of gratitude

Tech memories, sometimes, are the shortest memories of all. Do you remember what "smartphones" were like before the iPhone? Unless you were fairly well-off, you may not have any clear recall of those hazy days of 2007, when the Palm Treo and the BlackBerry ruled the world. Maybe your dad has one in a drawer somewhere -- go find it, power it up, and take a trip back to the Dark Ages (comparatively speaking). Eight years ago today, Steve Jobs blew up Macworld West in San Francisco with an earth-changing announcement.

more

(0)

Hands On: AKG N90Q audiophile headphones

Sound profiles are automatically adjusted for each ear

AKG is attempting to revolutionize headphone technology with its new N90Q. The company has developed an active signal-processing system, known as TruNote, that automatically calibrates the frequency response to suit the listener's own ears. Electronista listened to the new headphones at CES to see if the technology is a gimmick, or the next big thing.

more

(3)

Internet Archive casts saving throw, resurrects 2,300 MS-DOS games

Prince of Persia, Maniac Mansion, Original Sim City, Lemmings among web-adapted games

Last November, the Internet Archive debuted their new service, The Internet Arcade , where over 900 arcade titles from the 1980's and 90's were hosted for free play over a web browser. Today the service topped itself, expanding the the Software Library to include 2,300 MS-DOS-era games, available through the EM-DOSbox in-browser emulator.

more

(0)

Hands On: Hyundai Blue Link app for Android Wear

Drivers can now use their watch for remote start

Hyundai is among the first automakers to bring its connected-car features to wearable devices, introducing a Blue Link app for Android Wear. Electronista checked out the new service at CES, where Hyundai brought a connected Sonata and a few Android-powered watches to demonstrate the capabilities. Owners of select vehicles can already access the full range of Blue Link features via their smartphone, and the Android Wear implementation simply serves as the watch-based extension of the service.

more

(1)

Hands On: Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system

Ford revamps its oft-derided interface

Ford recently introduced Sync 3 , an entirely new infotainment system that serves as a successor to the oft-derided MyFord Touch platform. Electronista stopped by the company's CES booth to try out the revamped interface in person, ahead of its official launch on new models later this year.

more

(0)

Hands On: Sennheiser's wireless Momentum headphones

Retro cans add modern refinements

Sennheiser has upgraded its Momentum family of over- and on-ear headphones, adding modern features to the retro-style cans. Electronista had a chance to listen to both new wireless models at CES, putting their new noise-canceling capabilities to the test. We were generally impressed by the second-generation Momentum headphones, which are expected to command a slight premium over their wired counterparts, but read on for our specific thoughts on the latest changes.

more

(0)

Dell's new business XPS, gaming Alienware laptops unveiled at CES

A 5.2mm bezel, a 4K display, up to 6.8 hours of battery life distinguishing features of new models

Today at CES, Dell has unveiled new models in its XPS 13- and 15-inch options, along with its Alienware line. The new XPS 13 is billed as the "smallest" 13-inch laptop, based on an internal analysis from June of last year. The Alienware 15 and 17 are also 20 percent thinner than previous models for gaming on the go. The XPS 13 offers (in addition to a smaller overall size) a reported battery life of up to 15 hours, while the 15-inch model offers an optional 4K display. Likewise, the Alienware models have lost some weight and gained 4K display options.

more

(0)

Hands On: Nikon D5500

Nikon adds a touchscreen for the first time

Every year, CES acts as a launching ground for a range of new products, and this year is no different. Nikon decided to use the event as an opportunity to officially unveil its new D5500 DSLR , which acts as an evolution of the existing D5300. While the newly-announced D5500 advances upon its predecessor in a number of ways, the most significant change is the introduction of a touchscreen. While the show floor isn't really an optimal ground for testing a new camera, we managed to get our hands on the new Nikon, and spent a little time checking out just what this new product has to offer.

more

(1)

IK Multimedia releases iRig 2 guitar-to-smartphone interface

New edition compatible with iOS and Android with simultaneous analog connection

Unlike its predecessor -- which only recently added support for Android devices (and then just the Galaxy Note 4) -- the iRig 2 guitar-to-phone interface, announced today , will support both iOS and Android right out of the gate, developer IK Multimedia says. Outputs on the device have been improved and added -- not only provide studio-quality sound from a smartphone, but to allow musicians to additionally plug into a traditional amplifier without an adapter.

more

(0)

CES: iDevices debuts Switch, first HomeKit automation product

Wall-plugged controller allows non-smart devices to be controlled through apps

Internet of Things (IoT) developer iDevices has debuted Switch , the company's first Apple HomeKit-enabled device at CES in Las Vegas. The device is a hubless home automation solution which plugs into a power outlet and gives the user control of anything plugged into it using an iOS app -- extending "smart home" capabilities to non-smart devices.

more

(0)

CES: Panasonic shows 4K TVs with Firefox OS

Flagship CX850 pairs Firefox OS with voice commands

Panasonic has revealed its 2015 lineup of 4K TVs, including several models powered by Mozilla's Firefox OS. The company's Ultra HD lineup has expanded to nine different models in the CX850, CX800, CX650 and CX600 families, adding an upgraded flagship series and new midrange options. Aside from the software features, Panasonic's latest 4K display panels are claimed to bring improved picture quality with brighter presentation and a wider color gamut.

more

(0)

Intel ships new dual-core PC Broadwell, mobile Cherry Trail processors

Lineup lacks quad-core desktop and laptop processors

Today, Intel finally unveiled the fifth-generation Intel Core processor family. Named "Broadwell," the long-expected chip technology is introduced in 14 new processors for consumers and businesses, including ten new 15W processors with Intel HD graphics, and four new 28W products with Intel Iris graphics. Alongside the release is the "Cherry Trail" mobile processor, offering 64-bit computing and improved graphics for the mobile user.

more

(0)

Hands On: Perfectly Clear by Athentech (OS X, iOS, Android, Windows)

Exceptional algorithms improve nearly any picture with little assistance

Unless you are a supremely-gifted photographer with a bucketful of top camera gear, you may often find yourself wishing a shot you had taken could be sharper, clearer, or otherwise "better," and are always looking for an app that can deliver this magic to your pictures consistently. Honest to gosh, we think we've found it -- or at least, pretty darn close. The program is called Perfectly Clear by Athentech, it's available as a mobile app or a plug-in for Photoshop or Lightroom, and -- we kid you not -- it's like Windex for most photos.

more

Electronista Sponsor

Electronista Newsletter

Free Technology and Gadgets Newsletter

  • We will not share your email address with anyone.

    toggle

    Most Popular

    Sponsor

    Recent Reviews

    Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 projector

    Trying to find the perfect projector for a home theater can be tricky, as there are bountiful options on the market from a large numbe ...

    Thecus N2310 NAS

    For every computer user, there comes a point of critical mass in data storage. When it hits, external hard drives, USB sticks and DVD ...

    iRig Pads

    When it comes to mobile music products, IK Multimedia has positioned itself as one of the top suppliers. Right from the early days of ...

    Sponsor

    toggle

    Most Commented

     
    toggle

    Popular News