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Without Much Fanfare, Apple Has Sold Its 500 Millionth iPhone – Forbes

Apple has been known to mark big numerical milestones, celebrating the 50 billionth download from its App Store last May and the 30th anniversary of the Mac earlier this year. But it appears to have quietly let a big one pass within the last few weeks as somewhere on earth, the 500 millionth iPhone was sold. Despite much consternation in the media that the high-end of the market is reaching saturation, this data point demonstrates that iPhone sales continue to accelerate for Apple even if the rate of that acceleration is less breathtaking than it had been in the past. Once upon a time When Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, Steve Jobs did something rare for the company. He put Read More

HP: That Big 3D Printing Announcement In June? Never mind! – TechCrunch

Remember last week, when HP CEO Meg Whitman casually mentioned the company’s plans to make a “big technology announcement” about 3D printing some time in June? Whoops! Looks like she spoke a bit too early. While HP is still looking to make some mysterious 3D printing announcement, they’re quietly backpedaling on the whole “in June” thing. The good news: whatever 3D printing problems they’ve cracked, they’re still planning on showing them off them eventually. Bad news? They’re now aiming for “the end of [HP’s] fiscal year” — which means they might stay mum until as late as October 31st. Word of the schedule change comes from a small blurp of text added to a month-old page on HP’s own site. Read More

Android bug that crashed Google Play can brick devices too – ZDNet

Cybercriminals might be more interested in stealing a victim’s data than bricking their smartphone, but a newly-discovered bug in Android could potentially allow them to do just that. The flaw, which affects Android 4.0 and upwards, was reported by London-based researcher Ibrahim Balic on earlier this month as a memory corruption bug, which allows a malformed APK file to force Android OS to crash. According to Balic, the bug can be triggered by setting the application name parameter (‘appname’) to greater than 387,000 characters. Besides crashing Android devices, shortly after Balic uploaded his proof of concept exploit file to Google Play to test it against Google’s Bouncer, hundreds of developers reported being unable to upload their Read More

LG shows off G Watch wearing Android Wear – CNET

Some things in life really are free. Board games, arcade games, shooters, puzzles, simulations — there’s something for everyone. LG shows off G Watch wearing Android Wear – CNEThttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNFdRcjzRtEdSK37DuNIXBLhmrC9JA&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=oykyU6D6NYGsmQLWsgE&url=http://www.cnet.com/news/lg-shows-off-g-watch-wearing-android-wear/

Microsoft deal delay may mean more Nokia patent concessions – Reuters

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia does not expect to close the sale of its phone business to Microsoft until April as talks with Asian regulators drag on, it said on Monday, fuelling speculation it may have to make technology patent concessions to get the deal done. After selling its loss-making handset business, Nokia – which expected the deal to close this month – will derive more than 90 percent of sales from its telecom network unit, but its patent portfolio is seen as a promising source of future growth. As a phone maker, Nokia has paid rivals for the use of their licenses as well as charging for its own. A newly restructured Nokia would be freer to push up those Read More

Following the herd Why people quit Twitter – Quartz

  In short, it comes down to not knowing who to follow and not having enough followers. On Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, people are increasingly concerned about Twitter’s slowing user growth, and signs that those who do use the service are using it less. This week, Deutsche Bank released a survey of 1,100 people who are current users, lapsed users, and who have never used Twitter. As the above chart shows, the top three reasons why people who tried Twitter and stopped using it quit boil down to their inability to find and filter stuff that matters to them. There’s no shortage of information on Twitter, so Deutsche describes this as a “curation” problem, rather than a content problem. But more encouragingly for Twitter nearly Read More

A marketer’s dream: 95% of us hear about Twitter every week, usually via TV … – VentureBeat

More than half of the people who quit Twitter would be happy to come back if the service provided better filtering options. And of those who currently use Twitter, about half check the site multiple times per day. That level of engagement is second only to Facebook and bodes well for the future growth of the social network — if Twitter’s executives decide to focus on growing the number of users, according to Deutsche Bank, which published an analysis of Twitter’s monthly active user (MAU) trends (pdf). The report is based on a survey of 1,100 people online via SurveyMonkey. Currently, according to the bank’s report, Twitter is focusing more on engaging users — for example, with the “threaded conversations” timeline that shows Read More

Facebook Releases Open Source Hack – Guardian Liberty Voice

Social media leader Facebook has just released a new open-source language named, Hack, that integrates with the ever-popular language PHP. The new language will allow their engineers to increase their speed in code writing while at the same time Hack easily avoids common programming errors. One of the best features of Hack is the ability to combine elements of static web page coding and dynamic languages, such as Ruby or PHP. The new language has been built to detect early mistakes before the runtime occurs and which is sometimes seen only with static programming languages. Facebook has already migrated their newly released open source language into their PHP-based website. The transition of integrating their language into their site was aided Read More

Apple’s iPhone 5c Sales Story Is A Complex One – TechCrunch

For years, pundits and analysts have been suggesting that the only way for Apple to compete against cheap Android phones, especially in China and throughout Asia, was to produce a cheap iPhone. Well, Apple finally relented (sort of) when it released the cheapish iPhone 5c –only data suggests that the Chinese prefer the higher-end iPhone. It’s worth noting, however, that the data doesn’t actually tell a clear story about the 5c, and it’s difficult to draw clear conclusions about how it’s doing worldwide, mostly because Apple hasn’t released a break-down of iPhone sales by type, which leaves us to speculate and look at a variety of analyses to figure it out. The good news for Apple is that a recent study Read More