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Given that the iPhone has seen an annual refresh each year since its unveiling in 2007, it's a pretty safe bet that some flavor of iPhone will see the light of day in 2014. The big question, however, is whether or not we'll see an even bigger iPhone. With the Galaxy Note series selling tens of millions of units worldwide, it's clear that there's a very real demand for larger-screen phones. Apple's iPhone remains one of the smallest you can buy, but fresh reports suggest that this year may change all of that. Reportedly, Apple will release two new iPhones in 2014. One will have a modest 4.5" display (which still trumps the 4" display on the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s), while the other will boast... Read more...
A new report from The NPD Group shows smartphone sales are on the rise. Interestingly enough, the increase in sales has been driven by pre-paid smartphones. In fact, post-paid smartphone sales were flat year-over-year while prepaid smartphone volume increased 91 percent year over year. Overall, total smartphone sales rose 9 percent in the second quarter of 2012 in comparison to the same quarter of 2011. NPD’s data also shows the average smartphone buyer's annual income is lower than in previous years. In the second quarter of 2012, 33 percent of smartphone buyers had average household incomes of less than $35,000 per year. In the same quarter of 2011, that same number was only 24 percent.... Read more...
According to Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, the number of tablet owners in the U.S. will grow to new heights, reaching one-third (34.3%) of U.S. adults by 2016. This new report shows an increase from Forrester's previous estimates. Additionally, Forrester believes Europe isn't far behind the US in terms of tablet ownership. By 2016, Forrester expects 105.7 million users will own a tablet in Europe. This number represents 30.4 percent of consumers 16 and older in the European Union. In all, Forrester is estimating that 112.5 million US adults will own a tablet in four years. If this prediction proves true and you assume a replacement rate of two years, Forrester estimates the industry will... Read more...
2012 is bound to bring all sorts of new excitement in the mobile space, but it's worth taking a look at how the cards are stacked right now in order to see how things will or won't change in the 12 months ahead. ComScore's last numbers of 2011 found some rather unsurprising results, with Android on the upswing, RIM on the downward slope and Apple still kicking major rear. For the three-month average period ending in November, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 25.6 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 0.3 percentage points), followed by LG with 20.5 percent share and Motorola with 13.7 percent share. Apple strengthened... Read more...
For years, parents have punished misbehaving kids by banning them from watching TV. Now, a new report shows that Internet access is on the same playing field as TV in many parents' eyes. According to a report from researchers at the University of Southern California, more and more parents are limiting Internet access as a form of punishment as well. Really, this should come as no surprise given the amount of TV shows and other entertainment-related activities we enjoy over the Web. Among the parents surveyed, two-thirds restrict access to the TV as punishment. This number has remained fairly static for 10 years. By contrast, the number of parents who limit Internet access has nearly doubled in... Read more...
A new report from ABI Research shows what many of us have suspected for some time: the smartphone market is HOT, HOT, HOT. According to ABI's Smartphone Market Data report, smartphones made up 19% of all handsets shipped in the second quarter. Compared to the same quarter a year earlier, this represents an increase of 50%. Because many carriers are now offering relatively inexpensive (and highly subsidized) handsets, the initial cost of the smartphone is no longer the main barrier. Instead, the cost of the monthly data plan seems to be the main factor that is deterring users from making the switch. If you're curious as to which smartphone manufacturers are enjoying the success the most, it's... Read more...
AT&T revealed that many US companies are showing a great deal of interest in Apple's iPad. According to the wireless carrier, some businesses are even considering replacing employee laptops with the tablet computer. When the iPhone debuted three years ago, many businesses were reluctant to adopt the phone. Today however, businesses seem to be showing no hesitation when it comes to the iPad said AT&T chief financial officer Richard Lindner. As with the iPhone, AT&T is the exclusive 3G carrier for the iPad in the United States. In a conference call with analysts, Lindner said, "When we first introduced the iPhone, businesses and CIOs of our business customers were reluctant….They... Read more...
According to a recent wireless study by the Nielsen Co., the typical smartphone user consumes less than 300MB of data each month. This figure represents an increase of about 230 percent compared to last year's figure. Considering the increasing popularity of data-intensive mobile services such as video chat and Hulu streaming services, we have to expect that mobile data use will continue to rise. The Nielsen Co. sorted through about 60,000 mobile bills to discover that the average smartphone user was consuming about 298MB of data each month. As you may recall, AT&T recently unveiled new, tiered data plans. The lowest tier offers only 200MB of data for $15 per month. Although this allotment... Read more...
It's time we, as a nation, came to grips with something. No, we're not about to go on some rant about healthcare, and we aren't talking about the Federal Interest Rate, we're talking about something far, far more endearing to the US public. Yes folks, we're talking about texting. Hold your gasps, please. But feel free to send your immediate thoughts and feelings to Twitter via SMS.Thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010 (which is apparently a report that we didn't know existed until today), we have just learned that the number of text messages sent on cell phones has more than doubled from 48 billion in December 2007 to 110 billion in December 2008.... Read more...
News flash: Blu-ray adoption on PCs is still awfully sluggish. And we're talking about years after the format was introduced, and over a year since it trampled HD DVD to become the lone supported next-gen high-def video format. Why? The answer is pretty simple, really. Cost and necessity. A new research report from iSuppli digs into the reasoning behind the sad truth: Blu-ray just isn't moving the meter on PCs. While the sales of standalone Blu-ray Disc players and PS3 consoles have risen, just 3.6% of PCs shipped in 2009 have BD support. Just think about that. Not even four out of every 100 computers shipped this year have a Blu-ray player/writer in it. That's pretty astonishing if you ask us,... Read more...
Ever since this so-called "recession" thingy got the media all hot and bothered a few months back, we'd been hearing that more and more individuals were finding ways to stay entertained at home. Now, we finally know what they've been doing at the domicile: gaming.A new research report published this week by the Nielsen Company shows a sharp uptick in hours spent in front of a game console since the economy as a whole took a turn for the worse. Said stat has been on the rise since 2007, but here lately is has especially shot up. Of course, this totally makes sense--with more people curbing their spending on "going out," it makes sense that dusty consoles are seeing more usage.The other finding... Read more...
You know our HH Forum regulars are definitely a lively, ambitious crew, always eager to lend a hand, some advice or an opinion, sometimes whether you ask for one or not.  Many of the HotHardware Elite possess a wealth of knowledge such that, if you're in the dark on something, they'll be happy to oblige and shed some light, tips or tricks from their own personal tool bag; if you'll just simply take the time to register and then fire off a thread.  In addition, many of our dedicated members are gifted with some pretty "mad skillz" when it comes to custom mods, systems builds and designs.  Take Nelson's custom-cut, watercooled Monster Rig, for example.  The man has been working... Read more...
No matter how carefully you try to protect your personal and financial information, you are still at the mercy of those companies you choose to give your information too. Unfortunately, it looks like keeping your sensitive data secure is becoming increasingly difficult for some companies. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), 2008 is shaping up to be the year of the greatest number of reported identity-theft security breaches to date: "As of 9:30 a.m. August 22nd, the number of confirmed data breaches in 2008 stood at 449. The actual number of breaches is most likely higher, due to under-reporting and the fact that some of the breaches reported, which affect multiple businesses,... Read more...
Many have modified their Priuses, and one of those possible modifications is a rooftop solar panel system.  It seems that Toyota is considering the same as standard equipment for its own models, but only for high-end models, and only to power the AC. Toyota Motor Corp plans to install solar panels on some Prius hybrids in its next remodelling, responding to growing demand for "green" cars amid record-high oil prices, a source briefed on the matter said on Monday. The panels, supplied by Kyocera Corp would be able to power part of the air-conditioning on high-end versions of the gasoline-electric Prius, the source said. "It's more of a symbolic gesture," said the source, who asked not to... Read more...
In somewhat of a coup for them, Hulu, the joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp., has landed a few more shows for their burgeoning video vault, including both The Colbert Report and The Daily Show from Comedy Central.We had to check and make sure the press release wasn't a joke, but there are indeed full episodes from both programs available. It comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering Comedy Central parent company Viacom has not signed on to Hulu, which launched as a joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp. and does not yet have any other major networks on board.But on the other hand, MTV Networks, the Viacom division that encompasses Comedy Central, has made more distribution... Read more...
Responding to reports that first surfaced in the Wall Street Journal, Dell issued a statement late Tuesday night regarding the future of the XPS line of gaming systems. While the WSJ indicated that Dell would be dumping the XPS line in favor of systems developed by Alienware, which Dell purchased in 2006, Dell denied this was the case - although the company did say that Alienware would get the lion's share of resources."Dell XPS and Alienware are both great brands...and both will live on," spokeswoman Anne Camden said in a blog. "But we are going to expand our focus on Alienware. We are going to invest like crazy in product development, design, and engineering to propel Alienware as the premier... Read more...
Microsoft Releases Latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Company finds use of malicious software increasingly motivated by financial gain. LONDON - Microsoft Corp. today released the fourth volume of its Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) at Infosecurity Europe 2008. The report focuses on the second half of 2007 and uses data derived from a range of tools running on approximately 450 million computers worldwide to provide an in-depth, global view of software vulnerabilities, software exploits, malicious software and potentially unwanted software. The latest SIR shows the fewest number of security vulnerability disclosures across the software industry since the second half of... Read more...
AMD Reports First Quarter Results SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 17, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported first quarter 2008 revenue of $1.505 billion, a net loss of $358 million, or $0.59 per share, and an operating loss of $264 million.  These results include an impact of $50 million, or $0.08 per share, from ATI acquisition-related charges.   First quarter revenue decreased 15 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 and increased 22 percent compared to the first quarter of 2007.  In the fourth quarter of 2007, AMD reported revenue of $1.770 billion, a net loss of $1.772 billion, and an operating loss of $1.678 billion.  In the first quarter of 2007, AMD reported... Read more...
NVIDIA Reports Record Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2008 Company Achieves Record Quarterly Revenue and Record Annual Revenue; Annual Net Income Increases 78 Percent Year-Over-Year SANTA CLARA, CA—FEBRUARY 13, 2008— NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 and the fiscal year ended January 27, 2008. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, revenue increased to a record $1.20 billion, compared to $878.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, an increase of 37 percent. Net income computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for... Read more...
Just in case you like to shoot straight down to the news and missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you know that we’ve just posted our photo report and recap from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.  We’ve got images and product information from over 20 companies available, including perennial players like Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA.  But if you’d also like to check out things like Samsung’s 30nm prototype NAND flash chips, Seagate’s D.A.V.E., the OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator, Asus’ new GPS, or any one of a number of other cool products, we’ve got that posted too.  Click the link below and take a look...CES 2008 Photo Report and Recap... Read more...
Like giant, transformable robots, once a year a contingent of editors from HotHardware change form and morph from our typical, reserved, hardware-loving selves into fast walking, fast talking scoop hunters throwing hip-checks and stiff-arms on the insanely busy show floor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. As many of you are no doubt aware, CES is held at the gigantic, 3.2 million square foot Las Vegas Convention center, but numerous other exhibits spill out into adjacent hotels and resorts.  The sheer number of things on display, and the busy means of transit between them, necessitates the aggressive transformation.  If you want to catch a glimpse of the hottest... Read more...
Last week testers reported that Windows Vista SP1, at least in Release Candidate (RC) form, is still somewhat of a slowpoke.  Those same testers have run their suite against Windows XP SP3, and the results are quite different.Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), the update scheduled to release next year, runs Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite 10% faster than XP SP2, a performance testing software developer reported Friday.Devil Mountain Software, which earlier in the week claimed Windows Vista SP1 was no faster than the original, repeated some of the same tests on the release candidate of Windows XP SP3, the service pack recently issued to about 15,000 testers."We were pleasantly surprised to discover... Read more...
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