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Google TV returns are outpacing sales PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 July 2011 17:56

Poor Google TV. Not only is Google's Apple TV competitor failing to sell in high volume, it's actually selling so meagerly that customer returns are outpacing purchases. Google TV

We knew Google TV wasn’t selling well, but we didn’t know it was this bad. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google TV connected devices and televisions are selling so poorly that “returns are outpacing sales.” Logitech, which bet heavily on Google, has taken the brunt of the pain. Yesterday, the company ousted its CEO and announced heavy losses due to returns of its Logitech Revue being faster than actual sales of the product. Yes. That’s right. Google TV is so unpopular that it’s actually selling in the negative.

“We launched Revue with the expectation that it would generate significant sales growth in spite of a relatively high price point and the newness of both the smart TV category and the underlying platform,” said Logitech’s new CEO Guerrino De Luca. “In hindsight, there are number of things we should have done differently.”

Since launching late last year, the Revue only brought in $5 million, which means it couldn’t have sold more than 17,000 units in total. Sales are so bad that Logitech will drop the unit to $99, after launching it months ago for $299. Our own Nick Mokey reviewed the Revue, noting that while Google TV is great in concept, the execution on both Logitech and Google’s part was sloppy. Sony has not revealed sales of its Google TV-powered HD televisions, but sales could be under performing as well. In our time with Sony’s first generation of Internet TVs, we encountered similar complexity and usability issues.

However, though sales remain slow, Google TV trudges on. The operating system is being upgraded to Android 3.0 this year and, despite losses, Sony and Logitech remain committed to the platform.

 
Rumor: Pegatron gets iPad 3 contract, may see tablet in November PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 July 2011 17:47

iPad 3
Apple has reportedly given the new iPad 3 contract to Pegatron instead of Foxconn. The tablet may be here by Thanksgiving as well.

The Internet is rapidly churning out Apple related rumors today. Along with the peeks at the iPhone 5, the iPad 3 is said to have switched contracts from Foxconn. Also, the popular tablet device’s release date may have been narrowed down to this November.

According to a report by the Taiwan Economic News, the Taiwan-based Pegatron manufacturer has allegedly outbid Hon Hai for the iPad 3′s production. Hon Hai owns Foxconn and manufactures many of Apple’s products including the iPad 2. The new iPad contract marks the second Apple order that Pegatron has snatched up—first breaking up Hon Hai’s supply dominance with an order for 15 million iPhone 5 units earlier this month. For consumers, the new manufacturer will mean that Apple won’t have such a hard time meeting demand.

The report notes that Apple has reportedly been looking for a way to decrease dependence on Hon Hai, perhaps due to the horrible May explosion in China’s Chengdu factory which led to the injuries and even deaths of many workers. However, even if Apple switches iPad contracts to Pegatron, the parts supply chain won’t be shaken up. Suppliers for iPad parts will stay the same including TPK Holdings (touch panels) Largan Precision (camera lens modules) and Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology (battery pack modules).

In a related tidbit found by BGR in the China Times—Apple will supposedly be launching the new iPhones in the second week of September and the iPad 3 release will follow in two months. The iPad 3 release has been delayed due to part shortage, though they are trying to get it out around Thanksgiving. The new iPad rumor may not have sturdy legs given that the iPad 2 was just unveiled March of this year.


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Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2011 17:49
 
ISP ordered by U.K. court to block access to possible piracy site PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 July 2011 17:41

Newzbin 2 ISP Ban

Did British courts strike a major blow to opponents of Internet censorship today? A landmark ruling is forcing an Internet Service Provider to block access to an alleged piracy site.

For the first time in the United Kingdom, a British court has ordered an ISP to block a specific website due to concerns of piracy according to the BBC. The suit against a members-only, file sharing site called Newzbin 2 was brought to U.K. courts by the Motion Picture Association. The MPA accused Newzbin 2 of supporting users that shared illegal copies of movies on the site. This ruling sets a precedent in the U.K. and supports further lawsuits to be brought against sites suspected of illegal file sharing activity.

The U.K. Internet service provider BT is being directed to use software called CleanFeed, a program used to block child pornography by several ISPs. BT is not planning on appealing the ruling and is meeting with the MPA in court during October to figure out a timeline for this implementation. According to estimates of the MPA, the Newzbin 2 site takes in about $1.5 million per year from approximately 700,000 members. In a previous case in 2010, the High Court in London ordered Newzbin to remove all copyrighted material from the site. Newzbin responded by shutting down and launched Newzbin 2 under a new jurisdiction to avoid further prosecution.

Other European countries, like Italy, have instituted site blocking through ISPs. Opponents of Internet censorship reacted negatively against today’s ruling. According to The Guardian, people against the ruling struck up concerns about overuse of blocking sites, blocking legitimate content and reliance on outside forces, like the MPA, to control what content the public is allowed to see. Proponents of the ruling focused on the empowerment of copyright holders in protecting content.

Before the ruling was announced today, a representative of Newzbin 2 threatened to navigate around the content filters found in the CleanFeed software. Experts that use the CleanFeed software claim that the program wasn’t designed for blocking content other than child pornography and adapting it to block Newzbin 2 will be difficult.


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OS X Lion to ship today PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 10:31

Apple are launching the latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X Lion, today, adding new features aimed at iPad users.

osx lion

Chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer confirmed the launch yesterday, saying that Apple is "very excited to be launching Mac OS X Lion tomorrow."

It's the first time the company's released a download-only update to its operating system, which will be available only through the Mac App store and not on disk. This will mean more profit for Apple, but retailers won't be happy.

The new version includes more than 250 new features. New iPad-friendly additions include a more gesture-based control system and the iOS-likeLaunchPad, which gives one-click access to applications.

Other new features include an auto-save feature which runs across all apps, and AirDrop, a simple way to transfer files between Macs using Wifi.

There's also an improved search function for the mail function, and a timeline-based format for message threads.

And the Safari web browser now includes gesture-based navigation and a Reading List feature allowing web pages to be stored for later reading.

Lion costs $29.99. It requires a Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processor, with 2GB of memory. Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard needs to be installed - apparently, Apple Store staff are all geared up to help customers out with this.


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Codemasters User Data Compromised PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 June 2011 13:52

Just got this from Codemasters.

Dear valued Codemasters customer,

On Friday 3rd June, unauthorised entry was gained to our Codemasters.com
website. As soon as the intrusion was detected, we immediately took
codemasters.com and associated web services offline in order to prevent
any further intrusion.

During the days since the attack we have conducted a thorough
investigation in order to ascertain the extent and scope of the breach
and have regrettably discovered that the intruder was able to gain
access to the following:

Codemasters.com website

Access to the Codemasters corporate website and sub-domains.

DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page

Access to the DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page.

The Codemasters EStore

We believe the following have been compromised: Customer names and
addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords and
order history. Please note that no personal payment information was
stored with Codemasters as we use external payment providers, meaning
your payment details were not at risk from this intrusion.

Codemasters CodeM database

Members' names, usernames, screen names, email addresses, date of birth,
encrypted passwords, newsletter preferences, any biographies entered by
users, details of last site activity, IP addresses and Xbox Live
Gamertags are all believed to have been compromised.

Whilst we do not have confirmation that any of this data was actually
downloaded onto an external device, we have to assume that, as access
was gained, all of these details were compromised and/or stolen.

The Codemasters.com website will remain offline for the foreseeable
future with all Codemasters.com traffic re-directed to the Codemasters
Facebook page instead. A new website will launch later in the year.

Read more...
 
iPad 2 Faces Real Rivals In Android 3.1 Honeycomb Tablets, Reviews Say PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 May 2011 21:41

According to some reviews, Android 3.1 tablets are the equal of Apple's iOS 4.3 based iPad 2. Here are some of the positive reviews which were collated by ComputerWorld.

Android HoneycombScott Raymond sees three important improvements in the Honeycomb update: Android devices run faster and smoother, the browser and the Market apps are now stable and Flash performs better. He also thinks that developers will update their apps due to Google’s OS update.

Reviewer Joanna Stern tested the update on Xoom and remarked she did not encounter any force close crash with Flash in 48 hours. She added that due to a new UI tweak, users can now scroll down the recent app list. Stern mentioned the new Movie tab that lets users rent films and that the Video app plays very smoothly. She also noticed that apps opened faster and transition between menus was also smoother.

Jason Kincaid has tested the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and was pretty satisfied with the results. He underlined the tablet’s lightness and stated that the better and lighter tablet PC, which was given to all Google I/O attendees, could persuade developers to optimize apps for the Android tablet.

On the other hand MG Siegler is not that pleased. He thinks the software is mediocre and the app support is kind of missing. In his opinion, Android 3.1 cannot beat the iPad 2.


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Google Will Fight DNS Blacklisting Laws In The US And UK PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 May 2011 21:28

Google has announced that it will battle anti-piracy bills in the UK and the US even if they are passed.

Speaking to the media after Google’s Big Tent conference in London, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that blacklisting piracy websites like the Pirate Bay will have a negative impact on freedom of speech on the internet.Pirate Bay

He said that governments’ move to battle piracy by blacklisting DNS was not a viable option as other countries might use the same measures to block free speech on the web.

According to The Guardian, Schmidt vowed that Google will continue to fight the anti-piracy laws.

“If there is a law that requires DNSs [domain name systems, the protocol that allows users to connect to websites], to do X and it's passed by both houses of congress and signed by the president of the United States and we disagree with it then we would still fight it,” he said, adding that “If it's a request the answer is we wouldn't do it, if it's a discussion we wouldn't do it.”

Schmidt word’s come at the same conference in which UK culture minister Jeremy Hunt confirmed that plans to block piracy websites were being formed and will be announced soon.

 
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