Live from the Onswipe headquarters in NYC, the first company hackathon is well underway. The Developers and designers are pouring in fast in preparation for a weekend of stampeding keyboards and dual screen setups. Spectators are taking their fair share of beer and food as they prepare for a weekend of hacking. If you’re in the NYC area stop by the loft above west 14th and join the team for some brews, designing and hanging out. Programmers and non programmers alike are welcome to the festivities at 39 West 14th street.
We’re only about a week and a half from the Windows 8 launch, and the clouds seem to be gathering for a showdown between Windows 8 and iOS, and all the major players are involved. Today, take a look into Samsung’s launch of Windows 8 devices the FBI’s warning against mobile viruses.
Caught Between Apple and Microsoft: Samsung Reveals Windows 8 Devices, “Smart PCs”
Samsung revealed its Windows 8 lineup Monday night, including the new “Smart PC” tablet family. ” “The Smart PC is a new category driven by innovation and U.I., with Windows 8 as the lynch pin,” Samsung America consumer electronics head Tim Baxter said. Prices for the two Smart PC tablets ranges from $650 for the ATIV Smart PC 500T ($750/with keyboard) to $1,200 for the ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T.
For Samsung, this particular launch has multiple plot lines: It and Apple are locked in battle as the two largest players in the tech industry, and despite successfully challenging Apple for the smartphone market with its Galaxy Nexus phones, Samsung hasn’t been able to make much of a mark in a tablet market still overwhelmingly controlled by Apple’s iPad. Samsung, like Microsoft, is gambling that Windows 8 will expand the tablet market to include hybrid laptop/tablet hybrids like Samsung’s Smart PC series.
But on the other hand, Samsung will also be competing against Microsoft’s in-house Surface tablet, which will launch with Windows 8 on October 26th. In a decidedly Apple-like move, Microsoft undercut its own OEMs, like Samsung, to design and produce its own hybrid tablet, and there is a good chance that Microsoft can and will price these devices low enough to directly compete with the iPad, while still competing with Samsung and other OEMs to over the high end of the market. If Windows 8 does succeed in the way that Microsoft hopes/dreams, the potential market share appears to be heavily tilted in its own direction.
Oh, and let’s not forget that we’re watching the multibillion dollar chip partnership between Apple and Samsung crumble away as both companies position themselves to more directly compete with each other.
FBI Fingers Android As Susceptible to Mobile Malware
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a task force that includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has issued a mobile malware warning late last week, outlining a number of steps that smartphone users can take to protect their devices from infection. The Next Web’s Emil Protalinski criticized the report for focusing only on Android software to the exclusion of iOS and other mobile OS’s that suffered from the same malware. (TheNextWeb)
The whole world watched Felix Baumgartner leap from the sky, 24 miles up, breaking the sound barrier and our minds in the process. If you haven’t seen it yet, then fix that right now. After, though, come back and check out the best tech news of the day.
Long-Time Chip Partnership Between Apple and Samsung Crumbling
To say that the relationship between Apple and Samsung has been ‘strained’ as of alte would be the understatement of the year. With a billion-dollar patent lawsuit still being fought over, the Korea Times is reporting that “Apple…has made it clear it will no longer use its rival’s technology, according to a senior Samsung official.” It appears that Apple will move future chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). (CNET)
Microsoft Kicks Off Billion-Dollar Ad Campaign, Surface a No-Show
Sunday was pretty dang awesome for football fans across the country, but while they were watching the Seahawks shock the Patriots, they also got the first taste of Microsoft’s massive ad campaign. The ads showed a number of different Windows 8 devices from OEMs like ACER, Samsung, Lenovo and Sony. But what football fans weren’t shown was Microsoft’s own Windows 8 tablet, the Surface, which is set to launch on October 26, the same day as Windows 8. (WSJ)
Is it True? iPad Mini Pricing, Models Appears to Leak
German mobile site MobileGeeks seems to have got its hands a pic of an inventory system describing the pricing and models of Apple’s upcoming iPad Mini, with the pricing coming betwee around $300 and $800. While it should go without saying that even if the source of the leak is legitimate, these prices could still change. But what is interesting is that it lists various models of tablet that have cellular capability, which contradicts a previous report by The Guardian that said the iPad Mini would be Wi-Fi only, a measure which would allow Apple to bypass the drawn-out process of getting FTC approval for 3G or 4G LTE connectivity. (ZDNET)
Happy weekend everybody! The iPhone 5 is making some serious gains against Samsung, Microsoft is putting over a billion dollars into marketing, and…Google may get thrown an FTC antitrust lawsuit? Wha? All that and more right here.
Chitika: iPhone 5 Needed Only 3 Weeks To Overtake Galaxy SIII In Web Usage
In a stunning reminder of just how powerful the iPhone 5 user base is, Chitika Insights is reporting that Apple’s new smartphone has beat out Samsung’s Galaxy SIII in web usage after just three weeks on the market. Analyzing millions of mobile ad impressions between October 3rd through October 9th, the market research firm found that the iPhone 5 accounts accounted for 56 percent of mobile web volume. The Galaxy SIII has been on the market for four months now and even topping the iPhone 4S in domestic sales during August; however, Apple reported selling five-million iPhones during the first launch weekend. (Chitika)
How Bad Does Microsoft Want Windows 8 to Succeed? Enough to Spend Over $1 Billion on Marketing
Microsoft ins’t playing around with its Windows 8 launch. First reported by Forbes, the company is planning on a marketing blitz worth between $1.5 billion and $1.8 billion, triple the amount spent on the Windows Phone 7 launch two years ago. The campaign is set to kick off this weekend, with the actual launch of the OS happening on October 26th. (The Verge)
For First Time Ever, Desktop Search Declines As Mobile Surges
Analysts at the Macquarie Group have reported that for the first time since they began recording search metrics in 2006, desktop web search declined in September. ComScore data supports the finding, as it reported that, for September, its data showed that searches declined 4 percent year over year. Mobile search seems to be the most logical culprit for the decline, and more and more people use their smartphones to search on-the-go for directions, movie showtimes, restaurant reviews, etc. Macquarie analysts predict that almost a third of Internet search traffic will come from smartphones and tablets by the end of the year. (CNET)
FTC Targeting in Google Antitrust Case, Microsoft Probably Snickering Right Now
After a year of investigation, it appears that the higher-ups the FTC are convinced that “Google illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt its rivals,” according to Reuters. During a congressional hearing in September 2011, Google CEO Eric Schmidt denied that the company manipulated its search results. “May I simply say that I can assure you we’ve not cooked anything,” he said at the time. (Reuters)
Photo Credit: Chitika
Darwin would be proud of the tablet industry. The dominant predator, Apple, is starting to feel its prey start to really fight back. And while Amazon, Google, Samsung, (and even Microsoft) are evolving to flourish in the tablet ecosystem, others like HTC are feeling extinction nipping at their heels. Check out what Eric Schmidt thinks of the tech ecosystem, and how you can win two tickets to Empire.js by being the most badass HTML5 coder in the land.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: Apple v. Amazon “Defining Fight” In Tech Industry
There may be an argument that the massive patent battle between Apple and Samsung will shape the future of the tech industry, but Google Chairman Eric Schmidt sees the platform fight between Apple and Amazon as the real show-stopper. “The Android-Apple platform fight is the defining fight in the industry today, Schmidt said during an interview with All Things D’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Schmidt declined to weight in on the the subject of the patent issues, saying that he was not an expert on those issues and, seemingly more importunely, that the entire conflict was depressing. “These patent wars are death,” he said. (AllThingsD)
HTC Not Interested in “Me Too” Tablet, Stepping Away from Android Tablet Market
HTC has decided to take a break from the tablet market. TC’s global online communications manager Jeff Gordon said he was “pleased with the results” of HTC’s tablet lineup (HTC Flyer, Evo View 4G, and HTC Jetstream) but has decided to back out of the saturated Android tablet market. HTC is already having trouble keeping up in the smartphone market, and the tablet market is already dominated by Apple, Google, Amazon and others. (CNET)
FCC Grants Amazon Approval for 4G Kindle Fire Tablets
While Amazon’s high-end line of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets were released last month, the company has finally gotten the OK from the FCC to release the 4G devices. The issue was that the devices’ 4G capability requires approval from the FCC to make sure that wireless communication devices don’t interfere with government or emergency frequencies used, for example, by the military, airports, or emergency services. According to Reuters, while analysts and attorneys didn’t expect the FCC to reject the Kindle Fire, it was an unusual move for Amazon to launch such a major device without first getting the approval. (Reuters)
You Pumped, Bro? Onswipe’s Epic HTML5 Hackaton Happening October 19th!
Onswipe is reaching out the amazing coding talent of New York, and is hosting a two-day HTML5 hackathon on October 19th. Participants will have the run of our awesome office and staff, plus piles of every conceivable type of tablet/smartphone to develop on. The details are right here on the blog, but we must stress two points above all else: 1) We’re giving away two tickets to Empire.js. 2) There Will Be Beer.
On October 19th, Onswipe is holding a two-day uber hackathon for all the dreamers out there like us. There will be food, there will be WiFi, and yes: there will be beer. We want you to come hack with us and show the world what is possible on the web. This is what you can do about it:
- Register for Onswipe’s two-day hackathon
- Show up on October 19th
- Achieve greatness
And there’s a bonus: Onswipe will be giving away four iPads, one each to the top projects in design, gaming, data, and best overall. We’ll also be giving away two tickets to Empire.js for the best overall project and best designed project.
We’ve picked HTML5 as the theme for the hackathon. We know that covers a broad range of web apps, libraries, and general hackeries. That’s the point! We’re looking forward to creating cool HTML5 stuff with you, whatever it is you can think of.
Keep in mind you’ll have Onswipe’s arsenal of 30+ touch devices available for you to develop on, if you want. We have everything from iPads, to Galaxies, to Kindle Fires. In general you’ll have the whole Onswipe office at your disposal, plus a bunch of Onswipe’s best hackers.
Go register now for the Onswipe HTML5 hackathon. All participants must fit in our office, so there is limited space available. Don’t miss your chance! And remember: beer. Beer good.
More teens than ever are grabbing iPhones, but Microsoft is putting all its muscle behind taking some of that market back Windows Phone 8 (as well as its Surface devices). But can Microsoft do ‘Apple’ better than Apple? Dig into that issue and more with today’s best touch news.
Microsoft To Fully Unveil WP8 Features During Oct. 29 Event
Microsoft has sent out invitations to “Meet Windows Phone 8″ event to take place in London on October 29. Up until now, Microsoft has been keeping the details of WP8 largely locked up to members of the media, and previous events have features demo devices that could not be navigated past the lock screen. In related news, CEO Steve Ballmer seems to be taking a page from Apple, writing in his annual letter to shareholders that hardware and online services are the future of the company. (TechCrunch, Reuters)
iPad Mini Limited to Wi-Fi Only — But New, 4G-Enabled iPad In the Works
The Guardian, citing unnamed industry sources, reported Tuesday that iPad users Mini will probably be limited to only Wi-Fi on their devices. Eliminating 3G support for the 7.85-inch tablet is seemingly a cost-cutting measure that will help keep the iPad Mini’s price competitive with Google and Amazon. The Guardian’s sources also said that Apple would be updating its 9.7-inch iPad with 4G connectivity, the new “Lightning” connector, and compatibility with the UK’s Everything Everywhere network. (The Guardian)
iPhone Ownership Among Teens Doubled Since Fall 2011.
An annual survey by analysis firm Piper Jaffray found that 40 percent of teens own an iPhone, almost double the number, 23 percent, reported in Fall 2011. The survey of 7,700 teens also found that 62 percent of teens said that the iPhone would be their next smartphone, compared to just 22 percent who had an Android phone on their wish lists. (CNET)
AMD Enters Tablet Chip Race With Z-60 APU
Not content to let Intel run roughshod over the Windows 8 tablet market with its Clover Trail chip, AMD has thrown its had into the ring with a new Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) with Radeon class graphics technology, which places the Z-60 above the graphics power of Intel. However, writes PC World’s Loyd Case, AMD’s processor seems to sacrifice battery power for the increased graphical muscle. “In essence: Customers will have to choose between possibly better graphics or longer battery life.” (PCWorld)
Product differentiation is the name of the game in the current tech war. Will Apple be able to create a unique smaller tablet with its iPad Mini? Will a larger Nexus tablet allow Google to take the fight directly to the iPad? And how can struggling HTC stand out from among the throng of Android devices? Onswipe has all that and more right here with today’s best tech news.
Will the $299 iPod Touch Complicated Pricing for the iPad Mini?
Apple has found itself in a tricky situation when it comes to pricing the upcoming iPad Mini. Amazon, Google, and Barnes & Noble already own the market, with a price floor firmly set around $200, which brings us to Apple and the problem of the $299 5th generation iPod Touch. Quoted by Investor’s Business Daily, analyst Shaw Wu predicts that Apple will be hesitant to price their competing 7.85″ tablet at the same level as the iPod Touch. “It’s a low likelihood that they will price the Mini on par with the Touch or even at a discount. You can forget about a discount. So we’re probably looking at a price above $299.” Wu thinks the iPad Mini will clock in at $350 (Investors.com)
As Apple Goes Smaller With iPad Mini, Google Teams Up With Samsung For 10.1″ Tablet
CNET is reporting that Google is teaming up with Apple-nemesis Samsung to bring their Nexus tablet to the high end. The rumored device will boast a 10.1-inch screen and a 2,560×1,600 display, according to NPD analyst Richard Shim. That would give the device a pixel density of than Apple’s Retina display. Shim also confirmed a previous rumor that Google would be partnering with ASUS to release a $99 tablet by December. (CNET)
A Tablet With Built-In Projector is Match Made In Tech Heaven
How cool would a tablet with a built-in projector be? Can you imagine splashing a Netflix movie or a game of Angry Birds all over the office wall? Granted, the 7-inch SmartQ U7, which has a 40 lumen projector tucked into the side, doesn’t yet fulfill the potential for the meeting of these two technologies, but Gizomodo’s Adrian Covert thinks there’s great things in store in the future: “If the quality of the picture was good enough, an integrated projector is definitely something I’d want in a future tablet.” (Gizmodo)
Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola — Will HTC Join them as Casualties of the Smartphone War?
It seems more and more apparent that the smartphone market is being tugged between only two parties: Samsung and Apple. Adding to this argument is HTC’s Q3 numbers: The company reported an 80% drop in profits in the September quarter compared to the year ago quarter, which had been HTC’s most profitable quarter. Forbes’s Christopher Versace writes that HTC’s plight illustrates a wider challenge for smartphone manufactures who have adopted Google’s Android OS, namely that there are over a dozen other companies companies pushing Android smartphones. (Forbes)
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs death, and there have been an outpouring of stories both commemorating and analyzing the life and work of the man who arguably shaped the modern industry more than any other individual. So take some time to today to reflect the legend of Steve Jobs, and check out all the best tech news right here.
iPad Mini Production Delayed Due to Scratch-Prone Chassis
DigiTimes is reporting that the black anodized finish process on black cases of the iPad Mini is slowing down the production process. The issue is that the finish on the aluminum casing has, as many iPhone 5 owners are discovering, particularly vulnerable to scratches. This isn’t the only problem manufacturers have confronted in putting together the devices, a sTopeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White said that “suppliers have found the specs around Apple’s 7.85-inch ‘iPad Mini’ to be a challenge and yields have been frustrating.” (DigiTimes, PCMAG)
LG Nexus Phone Rumored to Drop This Month, Modeled On Optimus G
Multiple sources on the web today have pointed to LG releasing its own Nexus-branded smartphone by the end of this month. First broken by MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien, the device will be on LG’s Optimus G, but “doesn’t look the same,” whatever that means. LG would be following in the footsteps of companies like HTC, Samsung, and ACER that all have produced Nexus devices. Among the features listed by MoDaCo, the device will have wireless charging, 1280×768 True-HD IPS screen, Quad Core Snapdragon S4 processor, and 2GB of RAM. (MoDaCo, CNET)
After Decade-Plus Research, Lithium-imide Ready To Revolutionize Smart Device Batteries.
Anyone with a tablet, computer or smartphone knows the limitations of the Lithium-ion batteries in their devises — such as poor performance under high temperatures, regular recharging, chemical leaks and swelling. But after being first developed by DuPont in 2000, Lithium-imide technology is poised to increase the independence of these devices. The technology would offer increased durability, no leaking, and three-times the cycle and calender life. (ZDNET)
No LTE Support Leaves Intel With Just 0.2% Of Smartphone Chip Market In H1 2012
While it looks like Intel is heading in the right direction — six phones launched this year with its Atom x86 Medfield chips inside — the company is still getting crushed because of its current smartphone chips don’t support LTE. Even though Intel says it plans to roll out LET-compatible chips this year and next, the company must dig itself out of pretty deep hole with only 0.2% of the smartphone chip market for the first half of 2012, Strategy Analytics report. The rest of the market is owned by Qualcomm (48 percent) Samsung, MediaTek, Broadcom and Texas Instruments. The smartphone chip market is now worth $5.5 billion. (TechCrunch)
Check out the tips laid out by Onswipe’s Chief Revenue Officer, Jared Hand, on how to make the best of advertising on tablets published on Digiday: “Tablet Ads Dos and Don’ts”
“With touch-screen functionality, the portability and location-aware characteristics of mobile, and the browsing and content consumption similarities to desktop, the tablet has created a massive opportunity for advertisers and publishers to rethink the digital ad experience from the ground up. People expect a different experience when consuming content on their tablet, which gives marketers and advertisers the chance to connect with readers and users in unique and more meaningful ways than currently exist online.”
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