T-Mobile customers learned last week that their information was amongst the 15 million records recently hacked from credit rating agency Experian. For those customers, getting some identity and fraud protection in place should be a priority since the hackers were able to gain information like social security numbers and driver’s license numbers along with basic personal data. However, victims may want to look for other options instead of T-Mobile’s recommended solution from ProtectMyID as a tangled web starts to unfold amidst John Legere’s commitment to be “direct, transparent and honest” regarding the data breach. Read more
Working with Playdigious and Pastagames, NVIDIA has released Pix the Cat for their NVIDIA SHIELD devices, both the Tegra K1 and Tegra X1 variants. Pix the Cat is an arcade style game in which the player takes on the role of Pix as he plays his own game. Read more
Lyft and Uber are more than business rivals, they are bitter rivals. That bitterness has taken a nasty turn as an Uber investigation into a breach of their driver database has escalated to accusations of corporate espionage. Uber says an IP address tied to Lyft CTO Chris Lambert has been identified as a source that accessed an Uber security key. Read more
Sources are reporting a new image that surfaced on Weibo appears to show benchmark testing results for the Samsung Exynos 8890. The processor is based on a new CPU architecture that Samsung has been working on codenamed Mongoose that not only improves performance, but efficiency as well. The Exynos 8890 is supposedly going to be one of three chips available in the Galaxy S7 when released next year. Read more
Amazon announced today the launch of a new store within their ecosystem called Handmade at Amazon. The new storefront features genuine handmade items sold directly from the artisans who create them. All of the products are guaranteed to be factory-free and will be available from artisans in more than 60 countries around the world. Read more
With more than half a dozen Google Fiber markets currently under development, a new study looks at how Google Fiber is performing in the initial markets in terms of attracting customers to choose Google Fiber over other options. Bernstein Research conducted a door to door survey in Kansas City where they determined Google had signed up around 20% of the homes they passed within a year of launch. Bernstein says this is “putting it well on the way to exceed 40% of homes passed and realize attractive ROIs.” Read more
Early in 2015, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai announced plans to return the electronics giant to profitability. However, his plans at the time did not include any mention of the smartphone lines of business leading many to conclude the company may exit the smartphone and mobile devices market. Despite producing highly rated smartphones, Sony has struggled to turn a profit on them and has not enjoyed much success in the market, gaining only 1% market share in the U.S. and not much better in other markets. A new statement from Hirai indicates 2016 could be the make or break year for the smartphone division. Read more
Barnes & Noble announced today that they are expanding their lineup of NOOK devices with a new 9.6-inch device from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab E NOOK. The new tablet reader will sell for $249.99 retail. As part of the launch, Barnes & Noble is conducting a special Trade-In/Trade-Up promotion that offers a credit of up to $200 towards the purchase of a new NOOK device for customers who trade in certain NOOK, iPad, Kindle or Samsung devices. Read more
When Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 this year, the company took a bit of a different route from previous flagship launches in that only a single chip was used, their own Exynos processor. Previous versions of the Galaxy S devices were generally released with two versions, one using an Exynos chip and one using a Snapdragon chip depending on the market. Although previous reports indicate Samsung has been working hard on preparing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip for use in next year’s Galaxy S7, rumors recently surfaced suggesting Samsung was going back to the familiar strategy that involves some markets getting Exynos equipped devices. The latest rumor indicates Samsung may use two different Exynos processors, bringing the number of variants up to three for the first time.
Sources believe Samsung will use their Exynos 7422 chips, which were originally planned to power the Galaxy Note 5, in Galaxy S7 devices that will be sold in India. Meanwhile, the Exynos 8890 will be used in units destined for the Korean, Japanese and some European markets. The U.S. and Chinese markets will get devices that come with the Snapdragon 820 chips inside.
As first world markets have become saturated with smartphones, the market has started to move on to emerging markets. One of the challenges in those places is the lack of high speed connections, like 4G LTE, that many of us may take for granted. In some areas of the world, users may even be limited to 2G speeds. With more users located in regions with challenging communication infrastructures and slower speeds, app developers have to start taking that into account and optimize their apps for these challenges. Facebook has shared some of the steps they are taking to help users access their News Feed even if they are on a slow connection. Read more