Samsung's profits hit record

Samsung may be aiming to make us fat and lazier than ever, checking the fridge content and the visitor at the door from the couch in front of the TV, but obviously it is delivering what people want, as it just did a record profit forecast song and dance for this past quarter. 

In a regulatory filing ahead of its Q4 earnings announcement, which is apparently obligatory to do in South Korea for listed companies, Samsung says that it expects to have pocketed about $14.1 billion in the October-December period. For comparison, its last earnings guidance, for Q3, was $12.8 billion, …


New sunglasses can record HD video, snap photos, and stream video live to social media sites

Back in September 2016, Snapchat parent Snap introduced a new product called Spectacles. Basically a cheap pair of sunglasses with an embedded video camera, the device was priced at $129.99 and recorded 10 seconds of video everytime the “record button” was tapped. A maximum of 30 seconds could be recorded and uploaded to social media. Originally sold out of a vending machine that moved from location to location, the company announced last October that in one year it had sold over 150,000 units, 50% more than expected. Once Snapchat started selling them online, sales began to tumble.

Now, …

It was a Happy New Year for the App Store as it took in a record $300 million on January 1st

On New Year’s Day 2018, Apple set a record for the most revenue earned by the App Store in one day. Just a few days ago, on January 1st, the App Store brought in $300 million in gross revenue. During the seven days that started on Christmas Day, the App Store took in an amazing $890 million. Since the launch of the store in July 2008, Apple has paid out $86 billion to developers for their share of paid apps and subscriptions purchased through the App Store.

During 2017, developers received $26.5 billion, up 30% on a year-over-year basis. Hit games last year included titles like Animal Crossing: …

The 2017 holiday shopping season brought record sales to Amazon

Many consumers feel that they get a good value by spending $99 a year for a Amazon Prime membership. With a subscription, members get same day, one day or two day delivery of certain products. Subscribers also get free access to Amazon Prime streaming video and streaming music. During one week of this year’s holiday shopping season, the company added 4 million new subscribers who signed up for a free trial or paid membership to Prime.

According to Amazon, the company set a record for holiday sales this year. Amazon sold millions more of new devices in 2017 compared to 2016’s figures. In …

Bitcoin's wild 2017 ride continues with a Christmas Day rebound after a record slide

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Slow your roll, bitcoin.

The finicky cryptocurrency has skyrocketed in overall value throughout 2017, but its bumpy December continued in the run-up to Christmas. After posting an all-time high of $19,796 per bitcoin on Dec. 17, the price fell to $11,590 on Dec. 22, according to Coinbase data).

It was the steepest decline of the year, losing more than 40 percent of its peak value to date — a milestone reached just days earlier. The price has been creeping back up since then, and it continues to hover at around $14,000 as of Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Read more…

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Going strong: the Apple Watch is en route to set another sales record in 2018

During Apple’s September keynote — a.k.a. “The iPhone Event” — Tim Cook proudly announced that the Apple Watch has become the most popular watch on Earth. Note – not the most popular smartwatch, but the most popular wearable timepiece out of all of them. Yup, the Apple Watch beat Rolex. At least for now, who knows?

But it seems the Cupertino-designed timepiece is not stopping yet. According to Patently Apple, sources inside the supply chain for the Apple Watch Series 3 say supplier revenues have reached a 23.89% year over year increase this November. The leak, reportedly, comes from Advanced …

Record bitcoin price swings make Coinbase the most popular iPhone app

You’ve heard about Bitcoin, right? How couldn’t you, after the most famous cryptocurrency hit its record highs yesterday, and then took a $3000 nosedive. The reason we are following Bitcoin here, is that this crazy run-up made Coinbase the most popular iOS app in the App Store yesterday.

The cryptocurrency broker, however, saw its platform and app being unavailable for a while due to the wild speculative swings that Bitcoin experienced yesterday, and is still grappling with intermittent outages. The price for one Bitcoin went from a grand in the beginning of the …

No 21:9 display for the Galaxy S9, record screen-to-body ratio to come from shaved-off bezels

The rumors that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 may switch to a new display aspect ratio like 21:9, in order to execute the eventual screen-to-body ratio increase may be unfounded, reveals an insider claim. 

The source, with a good track record of Samsung-related scoops and finds, tips that it has gotten its paws on reliable info that the eventual screen area increase relative to the overall Galaxy S9 size, will be coming entirely from shrunk bezels, rather than a switch to an even taller aspect ratio.
The speculation is that Samsung will be gunning for the …

After 15 years, this 'GoldenEye 007' speedrunning record has been broken

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More than 20 years its release, gamers are still trying to master GoldenEye 007 on Nintendo 64, with a recent influx of speedrunners trying to play the game as fast as possible.

Many have tried to crack a long held record by speedrunner Bryan Bosshardt on “Dam,” the game’s first level. 

With a time of 53 seconds on the game’s lowest difficulty (Agent), many gamers have pondered if it was even possible to go faster126 people are tied alongside Bosshardt’s record. 

But now, after 15 years, that record has been broken by Australian speedrunner Karl Jobst, who clocked in with a run of 0:52 on Sunday.  Read more…

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One Plus 5T sets new company record for launch day sales in only six hours

The OnePlus 5T set a company sales record last Tuesday when the latest OnePlus model was launched. According to the manufacturer, it took only six hours for the old sales record to have been shattered. And that obviously made the OnePlus 5T the fastest selling handset in company history. The device features a Gorilla Glass 5 protected 6-inch AMOLED display with a 1080 x 2160 resolution, and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Powering the device is the Snapdragon 835 chipset with an octa-core 2.45GHz CPU, and the Adreno 540 GPU.

The two cameras on back weigh in at 16MP and 20MP, both with an aperture …