Tomorrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to announce the iPhone 6. Best guesses are that this newest and shiniest of iGadgets may go on sale in 10 days, on September 19th. This has not stopped Brian Ceballo and Joseph Cruz from setting up the first seats in the queue to get the iPhone 6 at Apple flagship store on Fifth Avenue, New York City. According to Ceballo, he and Cruz “wanted to beat the record, which had been 18 days.”
Although they may appear to be the ultimate Apple fanboys, Ceballo and Cruz are enterprising workers who queue for sponsors. By lining up for days on end over the past five years, the pair have earned USD7,000 (RM22,245) in addition to building a large social media following among the Apple fanboy community. This year Ceballo and Cruz are being sponsored by BuyBackWorld, an electronics reseller.
Now we’re reporting that Ceballo and Cruz were the first to set up seats outside Apple’s Fifth Avenue store but they are not the first in the queue. They sold their places to Jason and Moon Ray for USD2,500 (RM7,945). The Rays are being sponsored by VideoMedicine, a telemedicine app that allows patients to video chat with doctors.
Robert Samuel, founder and owner of S.O.L.D. (Same Ole Line Dudes), a professional line-waiting service—this actually exists?!?—says that his company already has seven orders for the iPhone 6. S.O.L.D. charges customersUSD25 (RM80) for the first hour of queuing and USD10 (RM32) for each additional half-hour. The queue for the iPhone 5S was 19 hours and customers paid USD385 (RM1,223) for someone to wait in line on their behalf.
This sweet madness has jumped the Pond and Bonnie Carr has pitched her blue tent outside Apple’s Regent Street store in London. Carr is being sponsored by TaskRabbit, an app-based service that lets users outsource small jobs and tasks.
Like Ceballo and Cruz, Carr isn’t at the head of the queue. An unidentified Hungarian man in a green tent has that spot although Carr believes he will sell his place in line as the retail launch of the iPhone 6 draws closer.
Whatever you may think about what they’re doing, you gotta love the crazies. They make us smile.
If you’re an Apple fan, today is better than Christmas Eve. Tomorrow Santa Cook and the Cupertino elves will trundle out their newest toys for us to “Oohh” and “Aahh” over. Countless rumours are coursing through the Internet with “news: and “leaks” about the presents under the Apple tree and here at SoyaCincau.com we’ve done our best to separate the possible from the ridiculous. Join us and read on as we pick up a crate, shake it about and try to guess what delights are inside.
The most anticipated announcement tomorrow is that of the new iPhone 6 that’s expected to be introduced in two sizes, 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. While the iPhone 5 got a bit taller than its predecessors, the width of iPhones has remained constant ever since the first model was introduced in 2007.
By increasing the screen size of the iPhone 6 Apple will be doing more than just making it easier to read text and view images on the latest generation of its flagship product. Larger screens also give developers more space for controls and visual features and we hope this will catalyse a new wave of innovation across the App Store.
The bigger iPhones are also expected to be equipped with larger batteries and the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 will likely have one that’s 1,810 mAh, around 16% larger than the battery in the iPhone 5S. The 5.5 inch iPhone 6 may come with a 2,915 mAh battery.
But at 5.5 inch, the iPhone 6 will be Apple’s largest iPhone ever and by going large, will Apple compromise its trademark ease of use over screen real estate? If a 5.5-inch iPhone is indeed true, it will be interesting to see how Apple designers strike a balance between the two.
On August 31st, hundreds of explicit pictures and videos of celebrities—including nude pictures of Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, swim suit model Kate Upton, 2012 Olympic gold medallist McKayla Maroney, and around 20 other famous women—were posted on 4chan, one of the most popular English-language Internet imageboard communities in the world.
The release of these images was as since been named The Fappening after a subreddit with that name was created for submissions of leaked celebrity nude photos “Fappening” is a portmanteau of “fap,” meaning masturbation, and “happening.” According to Reddit Metrics, The Fappening gathered more than 50,900 subscribers in its first 10 hours and was the fastest growing subreddit of the day. Mainstream media coverage of The Fappening is calling the incident Celebgate.
Allegations quickly emerged suggesting that the images contained in The Fappening had been stolen through a breach of Apple’s iCloud service that allows users of iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices to synchronize data, including images, between devices and to store their content online. One popular theory posited that a hacker tool called iBrute was used to conduct a brute force attack—repeated attempts to enter a system by trying every possible password—on Apple’s Find My iPhone service. Once Find My iPhone is breached, hackers can gain access to information in their victim’s iCloud account. Apple now limits users to five password attempts on the Find My iPhone service effectively neutralizing iBrute.
While it has yet to be confirmed that The Fappening resulted from a breach of iCloud, Apple issued a statement stating that it is “actively investigating this report.” Jumping on the ambiguity bandwagon the FBI released a statement that the Bureau “is aware of the allegations (and) is addressing the matter.”
In an effort to encourage more of the 4,700 Nokia employees it’s laying off to accept the company’s volunteer resignation package, Microsoft is offering to throw in a free Nokia Lumia 630 handsets for the first 300 employees who apply each day, and if you’re wondering, the phone is worth less than RM550.
On July 17th, Microsoft announced it would cut 18,000 jobs most of which would be from the Nokia devices and services unit it acquired three months earlier on April 25th for USD7.2 billion (RM23 billion). In China, where Nokia has an R&D center and two manufacturing plants, the number of employees is being reduced from 5,000 to just 300.
The drastic cut—94%, if you’re doing the math—sparked protests by employees who claim that Microsoft had promised not to cut jobs for a year after acquiring Nokia. The Inquirer reports that hundreds of Microsoft employees gathered at the gate of the Nokia R&D facility in Beijing’s Yizhuang industrial park for five hours waving banners that read “Protesting hostile acquisition and forcible layoffs by Microsoft” and “We want jobs” and shouting chants against the treatment they were receiving from Microsoft.
The severance package Microsoft is offering to Nokia staff being laid-off in mainland China compensates employees with two months’ salary plus an additional month’s salary for every year of service the employee had put in at Nokia. The protesters were also claiming that Microsoft was treating them unfairly alleging that Nokia staff being laid-off in Taiwan were being offered a further two months’ salary.
Microsoft said it is aware of the disagreements regarding the severance plans and that it was in negotiations with the labour union to settle the disputes.
Have you ever felt that the people younger than you were more tech savvy than you? If you have, then you are right, according to research published by Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, in its annual Communications Market Report.
Ofcom tested 2,000 adults and 800 children from all over the UK to measure their Digital Quotient (DQ), a new rating system that attempts to assess a person’s awareness and self-confidence around high tech consumer gadgets their knowledge of high-speed Internet, mobile technology and apps.
The tests revealed that the most tech savvy people in the UK were 14 and 15 year-olds, who scored an average DQ of 113. After that it’s a steady drop in DQ as we get older. At 45 to 49 years-old the average DQ was 96, two less that the DQ of 6 to 7 year-olds who presented an average rating of 98.
Google recently removed a game titled “Bomb Gaza” from Google Play after numerous complaints surfaced. Bomb Gaza has players piloting and Israeli jet fighter and dropping bombs on “terrorists” in Gaza while avoiding killing civilians. The game ends when you max out your “rage meter” when you kill too many civilians.
A Google spokesperson says that the company does not comment on specific apps and that Google removes games that violate Google Play’s policies that do not allow “content advocating against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, (or) religion.”
Bomb Gaza was released on Google Play on July 26 and, according to UK’s Guardian newspaper, was downloaded around 1,000 times before being removed from Google Play. The game has also been removed from Facebook.
Bomb Gaza’s developer, PlayFTW (Google Play, Facebook), says that the “game was a joke made in 2 hours” and that “it is based on avoiding killing civilians.” Arutz Sheva reports that spokesperson Roman Shapiro also added, “As usual, Jews are demonized by everyone. Not surprised.”
Roman, you and everyone at PlayFTW are unmitigated assholes!
Telekom Malaysia Bhd. (TM), Packet One Networks Sdn. Bhd. (P1), Green Packet Bhd. and South Korean mobile operator SK Telecom have agreed to extend the longstop date for TM’s investment in P1 by two months until September 30th, 2014, according to Digital News Asia (DNA). The extension is to give TM more time to obtain necessary approvals from local telecommunications industry regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
On March 27th, 2014, TM, Malaysia’s largest fixed-line telco, announced that it had agreed to buy a majority stake in P1 for RM350 million and would invest a further RM210 million into P1’s parent company, Green Packet, through the purchase of 8-year redeemable exchangeable secured bonds that could be swapped for P1 shares held by Green Packet at a later date.
Less than 3 years since the launch of its first smartphone, the Mi1, China’s Xiaomi is a market phenomenon and arguably the most talked about smartphone manufacturer in the world. In the second quarter of 2014, Strategy Analytics reports that Xiaomi shipped 15.1 million smartphones, making the company the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world with a 5.1% global smartphone market share.
According to IDC, global smartphone sales in second quarter of 2014 rose to a new single quarter record of 295.3 million units, a year-on-year growth of 23.1%. Xiaomi’s market share in the second quarter of 2013 was 1.8% which means the company achieved 183% year-on-year growth in market share for the quarter and far outpaced fellow Chinese manufacturers Huawei and Lenovo who saw their market shares grow 41.7% and 12.5% respectively. Smartphone market leaders Samsung and Apple both saw their year-on-year market shares fall in the second quarter of 2014 with Samsung losing 22.7% and Apple losing 11.2%.
IDC’s recent report, Mobile Service Tracker 2H 2013, forecasts that revenues for mobile data services in Malaysia will exceed mobile voice revenue in 2017 as we move towards becoming a fully connected nation. This is an emerging global trend that began in 2012 when Japan was the first country to see mobile data generate more revenue than mobile voice. At the end of 2013, the United States became the seventh country to cross this milestone.
In Malaysia, IDC expects total revenue from mobile services to reach RM27.6 billion by 2018; and while total revenues will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 2.6%, mobile data revenue will grow at more than three times that rate, at a CAGR of 8.5%. Right now, 57% of Malaysian mobile subscribers are also mobile data users but as smart devices become more affordable and mobile operators roll out more competitive data plans, IDC expects that by 2018, 89% of Malaysian mobile subscribers will also use mobile data.
Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, announced that in the second quarter of 2014, it earned net quarterly profits of 6.25 trillion won (RM19.36 billion) down almost 20% from the second quarter of 2013. Its mobile phone division made the largest contribution toward the company’s profit and posted operating profits of 4.42 trillion won (RM13.7 billion) down 30% from the second quarter of 2013. These figures are Samsung’s lowest quarterly profits in two years and its third straight quarter of profit decline.
Strategy Analytics reports that in the same period, Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones worldwide, capturing 25.2% of the global smartphone market down from 32.6% market share it held in second quarter of 2013.