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BlackBerry CEO promises updates for BB10 smartphones BlackBerry CEO promises updates for BB10 smartphones
- January 10, 2016

Blackberry revealed earlier today that the Priv will soon go on sale with more carriers to choose from. Blackberry, the company that chose to name itself after its smartphones which featured the company's in-house developed OS, has announced that it is going all-in, as far as the choice of OS is concerned. (more...)
Apple reportedly cuts iPhone 6S orders
- January 10, 2016

For that reason, the firm reportedly plans to cut production of its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus by around 30 percent during the first quarter of 2016. Low orders from Apple mean that those suppliers don't need as much staff as they previously did to cater to the iPhone's stellar demand, which has resulted into idle capacity and layoffs. (more...)
Family members join refuge occupation Family members join refuge occupation
- January 10, 2016

There may be more drama afoot at the Bundy militia standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The group, which calls itself the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, said it will leave when the imprisoned ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, are freed and the federally owned land in Harney County is relinquished to local ranchers. (more...)
Oculus Rift Priced At $599 As Pre-Orders Go Live Oculus Rift Priced At $599 As Pre-Orders Go Live
- January 10, 2016

This includes the headset with built-in headphones and mic, sensor, and an Xbox One controller and Oculus Remote. The launch day Oculus Rift will run consumers a total of $599 and will ship March 28th. Tech experts say the Rift will require a fairly powerful computer. Initially the Oculus Store was serving up blank pages, but eventually began to forward eager pre-orderees to see an option to add the Oculus Rift to their cart. (more...)
Cheaper version of Oculus Rift 'very unlikely', says co-founder
- January 10, 2016

The headset with ship with two games, Lucky's Tale and CCP's EVE: Valkyrie , and an Xbox One wireless controller as the Touch controllers have been delayed until the second half of the year, the company announced on December 31. Preordered Oculus Rift units will start shipping in March but thanks to early demand, the site says if you order one now you won't get it until May. (more...)
Oculus Rift test for PC specs requirement
- January 10, 2016

Oculus VR set off the current virtual reality boom in 2012, with its successful Kickstarter campaign , raising almost $2.5 million. Oculus Touch controllers are not included as those have been delayed to 2H 2016. It will also be available at select retailers starting in April. Like new consoles, new VR headsets are only as good as the games you can play on them. (more...)
Oculus prices Rift virtual reality headset at $599
- January 10, 2016

On January 6th, 2016 , the world got its first look at what a modern VR gaming headset would look like with the Oculus Rift becoming available for pre-orders. Gabe Newell led the apologetic charge amid the unfolding paid mods disaster, and now Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has delivered a substantial AMA explaining why the Rift costs several hundred dollars more than expected, alongside new details. (more...)
Millions of Egyptians offline as Facebook cancels free internet service
- January 10, 2016

The news comes the week after India's telecom regulator TRAI ordered the suspension of Free Basics as it prepares to hold public hearings on net neutrality. He said the regulator has received only 3.81 lakh comments from people claiming supporters of net neutrality. About 32% of Egypt's almost 90 million people had access to the Internet in 2014, according to data from the World Bank. (more...)
Differential pricing violates net neutrality: IAMAI
- January 10, 2016

Not satisfied with such "invalid" answers, TRAI has now chose to ask such respondents (who sent comments on Free Basics ) to send comments on specific questions pertaining to differential pertaining, rather than supporting "Free Basics". The move comes amid growing debate over whether the service, which critics say would create a "walled garden" prioritizing some websites over others, violates the principles of net neutrality. (more...)
Egypt shuts down Facebook's Free Basics ahead of uprising anniversary
- January 10, 2016

Facebook , however, hopes to "resolve this situation soon". The industry group said also that even the pricing models suggested by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in a discussion paper on differential pricing for data services contravene the watchdog's own stated principles of being non-discriminatory, transparent, non-predatory, and non-misleading. (more...)
Facebook's Free Basics Service Shut Down In Egypt
- January 10, 2016

So, either Zuckerberg and his team wants everyone to start believing the internet access means Facebook access or they simply want to increase the number of users on their network. "The net result of these offers is that it empowers/enables the TSPs (telecom service providers) to select certain content providers, either through the platforms or directly, and offer discounted access plans to these websites/applications/platforms", Trai paper said. (more...)
IPhone 6s and 6s Plus to See Production Cuts IPhone 6s and 6s Plus to See Production Cuts "Amid Lackluster Sales"
- January 09, 2016

Other suppliers such as Japan's Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd, Alps Electric Co Ltd and TDK Corp fell by 3 or 4 per cent. Apple hopes the slowdown in production will enable retailers to deplete their stocks, and the company plans to resume production back to normal levels for the second quarter of 2016. (more...)
Apple might cut iPhone 6s production by up to 30% this quarter
- January 09, 2016

Although a few bad quarters won't really spell doom for one of the biggest corporations on the planet but Apple would have to adjust its strategy to ensure that low sales don't continue to impact its bottom line. "Apple has been gaining significant market share in pretty much every region, and I'm not seeing a global slowdown", Moorhead said. Apple was not immediately available for comment. (more...)
Zurich women report Cologne-style sex attacks Zurich women report Cologne-style sex attacks
- January 09, 2016

Wolfgang Albers, head of the police department, was sent into "early retirement" by the North-Rhine Westphalia state government. Residents worry that a similar coordinated attack could occur during carnival celebrations next month. Germany's journalists union also issued a statement on Friday accusing Mr Albers of issuing inaccurate information over the assaults . The interior minister said that he personally spoke to Albers and that the police chief showed "a great deal of ... (more...)
Apple to Cut iPhone 6s Production by 30% in Q1 2016?
- January 09, 2016

Some analysts are arguing the Nikkei report doesn't show the full picture. It is not clear if that means the iPhone 7 will come with no EarPods or if Apple will ship standard EarPods with some kind of adapter. Among LCD panel makers, Japan Display Inc fell 4.7 pct while LG Display Co Ltd fell 3.4 percent. That's 350mAh more than the battery in the iPhone 6S Plus. (more...)
Kanye West releases "Real Friends" / "No More Parties in LA"
- January 09, 2016

She was by all accounts in a decent mind-set, a source told E! Kim and Kanye reportedly sold their LA home for $20 million late previous year, so they have "a few spare pennies" for the £500,000 they are apparently putting towards a large plot of land somewhere in the UK. (more...)
Apple Cuts Down 6s & 6s Plus Production
- January 09, 2016

After all, Apple did increase its order supply prior to the launch of the new phones, making between 85 and 90 million, as compared to the initial production run of 70 million to 80 million for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. CNBC added to a growing base of reports that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will cut iPhone production, saying that the tech giant "may significantly slash" its iPhone 6S and 6S Plus output. (more...)
The HTC Vive Now Has A Front Facing Camera
- January 09, 2016

HTC has unveiled a redesign of its HTC Vive headset, with the HTC Vive Pre being branded the company's second-generation developer edition virtual reality system. The Vive Pre also brings about a more compact design with updated features for comfort and usability. But it's the new camera that's of most interest. (more...)
Mercedes, Audi sales top new records in 2015 Mercedes, Audi sales top new records in 2015
- January 09, 2016

With 1,193 vehicles delivered in December, Mercedes-Benz Pre-Owned sales closed the year with a grand total of 15,689 vehicles retailed. BMW previously won the USA luxury-sales crown in 2011, 2012 and 2014. It's a 9.1% growth based on a year-on-year comparison. A Mercedes-Benz logo is seen on S500 auto at the company's vehicle assembly plant in Chakan, outside Pune, India, June 11, 2015. (more...)
Snapdragon 820-equipped Xiaomi Mi 5 will launch after Chinese New Year Snapdragon 820-equipped Xiaomi Mi 5 will launch after Chinese New Year
- January 09, 2016

The Xiaomi Mi4 featured the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip, which was marketed as the flawless processor, until the imperfections started to arise. Not sure about the pricing but we're assuming it won't go over $390 if we are to base it on the past Xiaomi Mi models released. (more...)

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