OnePlus’ Impressive $299 Smartphone Will Finally Go On Sale To All — But Only For An Hour By Clip Syndicate If you’ve been in the market for OnePlus One, the hugely impressive $299 Android smartphone that is available by invite only — thus far — then you’re luck is in. The startup has announced that it will make its first smartphone available to all members of the public, but for a one hour window only. The impressive device will be available to buy for an hour on October 27, starting from 15:00 GMT — that’s 08:00 PST, or 11:00 EST. ...Read More »
CEO Says No Gender Pay Gap At Microsoft By Clip Syndicate Satya Nadella, the Microsoft Chief Executive who ignited a firestorm of protest earlier this month by suggesting women should not ask for pay raises, said on Monday that men and women are paid equally at his company. Nadella's statement, made at a presentation on cloud computing in San Francisco, runs counter to some limited data made public by employees, but is unverifiable given that Microsoft does not release details of its pay structure. ...Read More »
Why Your Website URL Matters By Amy Beth Miller for America's Backbone Weekly From going beyond the .com to choosing a memorable domain name, here are the dos and don??ts of ensuring you have the right website address for your small business. ...Read More »
Alabama-Texas A&M Part III Lacks Hype Not Appeal By Clip Syndicate No team has given Alabama's stout defenses more fits than Texas A&M lately. The matchups have produced memorable, down-to-the-wire games the past two seasons, and even a shootout. Yes, involving Alabama. The 21st-ranked Aggies' visit to the seventh-ranked Crimson Tide on Saturday still presents an appealing matchup of high-powered offense against stingy defense, even with 'Bama nemesis Johnny Manziel now in the NFL. ...Read More »
IPad Air 2 And IPad Mini 3 Now Available For Preorder By Clip Syndicate Now that the dust has settled from Thursday's (not so magical) iPad event, Apple's latest iterations of the device — the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — are now available for preorder at the Apple Store and online. The iPad Air 2 is Apple's thinnest tablet yet, and it's available in silver, space gray and — for the first time — gold. The new generation of the iPad Air also includes Touch ID, Apple's fingerprint sensor, and Apple Pay, albeit with more limited functionality than the payment platform has on smartphone devices. Shipping begins next week.

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Google Drops 3% After Reporting Weaker-Than-Expected Third Quarter Revenue And Profit By Clip Syndicate Today following the bell, Google reported its third quarter earnings: The company had gross revenue of $16.52 billion, revenue net of traffic acquisition costs of $13.17 billion, GAAP earnings per share of $4.09, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $6.35. Analysts had expected Google to earn $6.53 per share on a non-GAAP basis, on net ex-TAC revenue of $13.22 billion.

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Here’s How To Watch Apple’s 2014 IPad Announcement Live By Clip Syndicate Apple is expected to host a live stream today when it is expected to announce the latest version of the iPad, among other new products. Alternatively, AppleTV users can click into the special “Apple Events” channel that popped up on screen right after midnight this morning. Earlier this week, images of a new iPad was leaked fueling speculation of a new version of the tablet.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Camera Shootout Versus IPhone 6 Plus, LG G3 By Clip Syndicate The battle of the phablet phones begins with a test of their built-in cameras that come equipped with optical image stabilization. Which phone takes the best shot? Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 4 sports a new design, but it sticks with a well-tested formula that has defined the phablet range of smartphones since its debut three years ago. Packing a Quad HD Super AMOLED display -- that's a super-sharp resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels -- and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, the Note 4 is the most advanced smartphone from Samsung yet. Like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Note 4 shares some of the same features -- and more importantly for this article, a 16-megapixel rear-shooter that comes with optical image stabilization. Like the S5, it features magic focus -- the ability to choose a focal point as well as handy feature that lets you take a selfie with the rear camera.

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Adobe MAX 2014 By Ko Maruyama This week was the kickoff of Adobe MAX 2014, which seems to be the most concentrated convergence of Adobe creative users from around the world. In this series of articles I'll just present some notes from the convention and my experience as an attendee, a user, a community leader, and a professional user of their software and services. In this installment, I'll give a few words about the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. I may be the wrong candidate, or the perfect candidate to write about this, because I am a Apple/Mac fan, but I'm going to write this piece, and a few to follow on the Surface Pro. ...Read More »
Netflix Says Standalone HBO Was “Inevitable,” Claims Both Services Will Prosper By Clip Syndicate Netflix didn’t deliver the subscriber growth that investors were hoping for, but hey, it managed to keep up with today’s news cycle — specifically, HBO’s short-on-details announcement that it will be launching a standalone streaming service next year. CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells managed to squeeze the news into today’s investor letter, where they say that HBO’s move was “inevitable and sensible. ...Read More »
Google Announces Android Lollipop, Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet By Clip Syndicate Google has announced the next version of Android, formerly known as Android L, will be called Lollipop, officially version 5.0 of the mobile operating system. It also announced the first two devices to run Android L: the HTC Nexus 9 tablet and the Motorola Nexus 6. Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android and Chrome, announced the new software and hardware in a blog post . ...Read More »
Netflix Stock Falls 25% After Missing Subscriber Growth Numbers By Clip Syndicate Netflix's rough day just got even worse. The company revealed that it missed its own subscriber forecast for the September quarter, adding fewer than one million new members domestically. It ended the quarter with 37.2 million domestic subscribers. The news helped send Netflix stock down by more than 20% in after hours trading Wednesday, effectively shaving $100 off the stock price. Netflix reported earnings of $0.96 per share for the third quarter, beating estimates for earnings of $0.91. However, its revenue of $1.22 billion fell short of the $1.41 billion that analysts had expected.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is The Best Android Phone Money Can Buy By Clip Syndicate If large-screen phones have a royal bloodline, it's Samsung's Galaxy Note brand. The Note was the first real "phablet" — a smartphone with a big enough screen that it was almost a tablet. Samsung has greatly improved the line over the last three years, culminating in the impressive Galaxy Note 4. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ($299.99 with a contract from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint; 24 monthly payments of $31.24 from T-Mobile) isn't just a state-of-the-art phablet. ...Read More »
Apple Looks To Rev Up Fading Tablet Growth By Clip Syndicate Apple Incororated is expected to unveil thinner and more powerful iPads on Thursday ahead of the holiday season, but may struggle to arouse passion for tablets among consumers already over-supplied with hand-held, touch-screen devices. According to new forecasts by tech research firm Gartner,tablet sales are set to rise only 11 percent this year--compared to 55 percent growth last year, even as smartphone sales continue to soar and PC sales trickle back. ...Read More »
Chasing Down the Perfect Shot to Capture the Vengeance of Atalhos in Film Noir José Menezes is the founder of and partner at MA7 Filmes, a production house based in São Paulo, Brazil that specializes in advertising, feature and short films, and documentaries. André, a director and cinematographer, had been working with José on a number of projects through which they developed a close working relationship. They've since collaborated on a variety of projects, most recently working with some of the music video's crewmembers on a feature film, "Obra," directed by Gregorio Graziosi. It will be making its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. They are also releasing two short films this year, 'Boatman' and '3310,' directed by José and photographed by André, both shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Amazon's Hope For Gaming Success At Last? Build A Multimedia Empire By Clip Syndicate Between an e-book business, a TV studio, and gaming streaming service Twitch, Amazon has all of the pieces to build a video game franchise with cross-media potential. Now all it needs is that hit game. Amazon is getting another chance to deliver. The Seattle online retailing giant on Tuesday released a new set of games for its mobile devices. The fall lineup is a mix of original titles and collaboration with other game developers, all made specifically for Amazon's devices. ...Read More »
Skype Launches Standalone App For Disappearing Video Messages By Clip Syndicate Skype is capitalizing on the increasing popularity of photo and video-centric messaging apps with a new standalone app for disappearing video messages. The Skype Qik app is ideal for short, impromptu video conversations between friends. While the company says the app is meant to run alongside Skype, it's a standalone smartphone app that doesn't require a Skype account to use. Dan Chastney, principal program manager lead at Skype, said "Skype started with desktop. ...Read More »
New IPhones To Be Available In More Than 115 Countries By Year-end By Clip Syndicate Apple Inc said that its recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones will be available in more than 115 countries by the end of the year. The iPhones will arrive in 36 additional countries and territories across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of this month. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be made available in China, the world's biggest smartphone market, and India from Oct. 17.

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Kick-Ass Facts About Batman By Clip Syndicate Batman is an amazing concept. Sure, his look has changed over the years, but his dark origins, gritty hometown and overall realness make him stand out among comic book heroes. The complete, classic Batman TV series is finally coming to DVD and Blu-ray on November 11 . ...Read More »
Content Insider #360 - No Good Deed By Miles Weston Ask anyone and they'll tell you they want to do the right thing ... and they mean it. Problem is there are temptations facing them every time they turn around. Unsecure notebooks, tablets, smartphones. Stuff you've put out there about yourself in every social media nook, cranny you can find. Personal data, pictures, video content that any sub-teen can access without even thinking too hard. Business, government files that she/he left open because well it's easier than having to remember the multiple passwords he/she needs. Content, news, information they can get for free and product/service discounts they can receive simply by giving them a little information like name, date of birth, home/office location, phone numbers...you know nothing important. You give a little, they give a little and man...life is good! Then you find out they did what? ...Read More »
Apple Patent On The NFC Mechanics Of Apple Pay Details Its Inner Workings By Clip Syndicate Apple has applied for a patent (via AppleInsider) related to its new Apple Pay mobile payment system, and within the document, it goes into detail about how the near field communication between the phone and the payment terminal at participating stores works. The filing discusses the basics, like how Apple’s new smartphone uses an NFC module to communicate to a merchant’s payment terminal. ...Read More »
HTC Desire Eye Takes Selfies Really, Really Seriously By Clip Syndicate Everyone loves selfies, but they almost always force you to use the lousy front-facing camera on your smartphone. Even the supposedly good front cameras are still decidedly inferior to the primary camera on the rear. Not so with the HTC Desire Eye. It's the selfie phone you've been dreaming of, boasting a front-facing camera with virtually the exact same specs and features as the rear cam. Both are 13-megapixel imagers, and each has a dual-LED flash — almost unheard of on a front camera. ...Read More »
Truecaller Scores $60 Million In Series C From KPCB, Atomico, And Sequoia By Clip Syndicate Truecaller has just announced the raise of a $60 million in Series C led by Atomico, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, and Sequoia Capital. The Swedish company that helps users identify phone numbers calling their smartphone was aiming to raise up to $80 million on a $300 million valuation. CEO Alan Mamedi said “We have confidence in our ability to do this and with the help of our partners, and support from leading VCs like KPCB, Sequoia and Atomico, we think we’re well positioned to succeed. ...Read More »
Watch Samsung Torture Its Galaxy Note 4 In Extensive Drop Test By Clip Syndicate Nobody wants to drop their smartphone (and potentially throw a few hundred dollars down the drain), but it can happen — no matter how careful you are. To ensure the damage is minimal, manufacturers perform rigorous drop tests on their devices. For its part, Samsung recently released a video showing the torture its Galaxy Note 4 undergoes before reaching consumer' hands. In the video, a poor Note 4 is dropped from various heights onto a granite floor — a test that it seems to pass easily. ...Read More »
Film Work By Miles Weston Cirina Catania, Founder of the Catania Group , a female director, independent filmmaker and a co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival is launching an informational tour for Post Production User Groups and guests around the country, sponsored by Blackmagic Design and with support from OWC. Scheduled to begin this month, the "Courage & Creativity - The Magic of Conviction" tours will provide creative groups with filmmaking tips and personal insight into her successful production processes. She will be visiting cinematography and production user groups around the country to discuss her latest movie project and the background for the documentary. ...Read More »
Japan's Murata Unconcerned About Reliance On Apple For Sales: CEO By Clip Syndicate Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd's chief executive said rising demand for electronic components from Chinese smartphone makers could buffer any future fall in sales from its two largest customers, known to be Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

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Samsung Expects Lowest Profit In Over 3 Years By Clip Syndicate The world's biggest smartphone maker is suffering a stunning financial decline in the face of intense competition from Apple Inc. and upstart Chinese brands. In a preview to earnings due out this month, Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday its quarterly profit is estimated to have fallen to its lowest level in more than three years, dragged down by weak sales of its new Galaxy model. Samsung became the biggest smartphone brand on the popularity of earlier Galaxy models. But the bigger screen on Apple's new iPhone 6 is luring away Americans who liked the bigger Galaxy, while in China, local brands are making inroads into Samsung's business.

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Samsung Electronics Says Third Quarter Profit Likely Down 60 Percent On Year By Clip Syndicate Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said operating profit likely fell 59.7 percent in the July-September period to 4.1 trillion won ($3.8 billion) as earnings from its market-leading smartphone division likely continued to shrink. The guidance, released ahead of final third-quarter figures due around end-October, was lower than a 5.6 trillion won mean estimate of 43 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. It would mark the company's fourth consecutive quarter of declining operating profit. ...Read More »
CNY Hub for Emerging Nano Industries By Clip Syndicate Film making is about to ramp up in CNY with the help of the post-production facility being built in the new CNY Hub for Emerging Nano Industries. ...Read More »
CNY Hub for Emerging Nano Industries By Clip Syndicate Film making is about to ramp up in CNY with the help of the post-production facility being built in the new CNY Hub for Emerging Nano Industries. ...Read More »
Adobe Looks To Bridge Gap Between Mobile And Desktop By Clip Syndicate Adobe is making new efforts to bring its ever-growing suite of mobile apps more in line with its flagship desktop offerings. The goal, they say, is to create an environment where users can seamlessly transition projects and workflows from mobile to desktop. To help further this vision of "truly mobile to desktop workflows," the company rolled out a series of updates Monday, including nine new and updated mobile apps, enhanced Creative Cloud tools and improved touch optimizations for the Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8 devices.

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Smartphone Spyware Targets Hong Kong Protesters By Clip Syndicate A U.S. mobile security firm says it has uncovered smartphone spyware aimed at pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong that comes disguised as an app created by a community of socially minded programmers. When activated, the Android app reveals the smartphone user’s geographical location, text messages, address book, emails and more, San Francisco-based Lacoon Mobile Security said this week. Lacoon notes that a link to download the spyware began spreading via chats on the WhatsApp messaging app in recent weeks. Messages, which arrived from an unknown account, said “Check out this Android app designed by Code4HK for the coordination of Occupy Central!”

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Charlie Sheen -- Knife, Drug Allegations Are Lies ... By Unethical Dental Tech By Clip Syndicate Charlie's rep, Jeff Ballard, tells TMZ, Charlie Sheen admits he went crazy in a dentist's chair last week ... but insists he was not on drugs -- he had a horrible reaction to nitrous oxide ... and the technician who is making the allegation is just bitter because she was fired for violating the law.

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'Angry Birds' Maker Rovio To Cut 130 Jobs By Clip Syndicate Mobile game developer Rovio Entertainment says it plans to cut some 16% of its workforce amid signs that its Angry Birds game is losing some of its luster. CEO Mikael Hed said in a statement on Thursday that Rovio expects to cut up to 130 jobs in Finland, as the company had been building its team on assumptions of faster growth than has materialized. However, its earnings growth has stalled in the past year as industry reports suggest Angry Birds has decreased in popularity.

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LinkedIn-Owned SlideShare Gets Its First IOS App By Clip Syndicate Better late than never? LinkedIn this morning announced it has at last rolled out the first-ever iOS app for SlideShare, the presentation and content-sharing platform it acquired back in 2012. The new app was built using Swift and is optimized to work on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, offering a modern, clean layout to browse and search through the presentations hosted on SlideShare’s service.

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Samsung Electronics Profit Seen Bottoming In Third Quarter Ahead Of Slow Recovery By Clip Syndicate Samsung Electronics' profit is seen weakening further in the third-quarter, underscoring the downturn in its market-leading smartphone business and piling pressure on the firm to deliver a revamped product lineup. Analysts forecast the world's largest smartphone maker, which is due to give its July-September earnings guidance on or around Oct 7, to show its worst operating profit in nearly three years, with a slow recovery seen starting in the fourth quarter. Analysts and investors say Samsung's days of massive smartphone-driven earnings are over, as Apple grabs the lion's share of profits at the high end of the market and Chinese makers of cheap and feature-rich smartphones, like Lenovo and Xiaomi, erode margins at the low end.

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