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Mobile Technology News, August 22, 2014

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 Now Available

    Apple has released the 2.0 version of the OS X Yosemite Public Beta to those who have joined the program.  It appears to mirror the Developer Preview 6 release that was made to the developer community earlier in the week and it is evident that Apple is nearing completion of the OS as it appears to be stable and fully functional.  I’m personally at the point where I have loaded the beta onto one of my Macs which I use heavily to put it through it’s paces and so far, so good. I’ll remind everyone that it is still beta

    The post OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 Now Available appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Briefly: Otterbox's Alpha Glass protectors, Booq's Cobra Brief
    Rugged accessories producer Otterbox has announced its introduction of a new screen protection product for iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Alpha Glass consists of fortified glass that features reactive touch and anti-shatter properties. Suitable for standalone use as a screen protector, Alpha Glass is installed by lightly coating the protector with its accompanied alcohol wipe, clean with the microfiber cloth and align it against the screen. Gentle pressure secures the protector, pushing out air that can create bubbles. Alpha Glass is removable with no leftover residue. Priced at $30, th

  • The Ever Changing Face of the Music Industry

    The world of music over the last 20 years has greatly changed. Beyond just the format in which it is recorded on from vinyl to 8-track, from cassette to CD and now digital downloads, the music industry as a whole has evolved into something beyond just the concept of selling a song.

    For many years, music was produced by several major record labels; Sony, MCA, Universal, RCA and Warner Bros. They controlled the market and how their music was promoted to listeners. For the most part, we bought records at stores and called the local radio station asking a DJ to play our favorite song.

    Record labels spent millions of dollars producing music videos to play on cable channels promoting their latest act. Those big budgets have been reduced to a fraction of their prior cost, and often musicians find themselves funding music videos at their own expense.

    Today, there are two major record labels and a slew of independents, each vying to promote their artists to a sea of consumers. Gone are the days of the record store, though a few places such as Barnes & Noble and Starbucks still sell CD’s. Most of us download music for our smartphones online or watch music videos for free on YouTube.

    With all the free or almost free avenues to download music from, how does any label survive? According to Opus Label owner Jeremy Wineberg, it often times boils down to how much money you have behind you. The major labels have the money and the marketing machine to get their artists to the marketplace. The independent labels rely heavily on word of mouth via social media outlets.


    Independent artists with smaller budgets have to be very creative in how they make their dollars work for them. One of the best scenarios would be to have a leading DJ to remix your song, which immediately makes it relevant.

    Wineberg also noted “Celebrities have a lot of pull in the music world. Having one tweet their favorite song or band creates an instant fan following.”

    Not only has the format music is presented to the consumer changed, so has the music itself. One of the newest styles of music, EDM has quickly gained a strong following with worldwide sales estimated at $6.2 billion

    “People finally realize that electronic music isn’t a fad- it’s a new epoch that’s here to stay” stated EDM DJ Don Vaughn.

    “Because electronic sounds are becoming more the norm, infusing dance music with live sounds has a more exotic feel than ever. The guitar riff in Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” is so catchy precisely because, now, it stands out. I have a sense success will go to those who best fuse intoxicating electronic with unique live sounds.”

    Writing songs that appeal to more than one style of music greatly increases a fan base. More and more we are seeing Pop artists writing songs for their fans over EDM music. This places their music in front of potential new fans that perhaps were not listeners before.

    With the growing number of outlets offering free music downloads and videos and the challenge of small budgets to get your music in front of the consumer, it’s a wonder anyone stays in the business.

    “It’s an addicting business” according to Wineberg. “The highs are really high and the lows are really low. There are a lot of creative people out there.”

    So where does this place the future of the music industry? It’s hard to say. Many have predicted music will soon be free to everyone (there’s little you can’t find for free already). The fate of the “undiscovered artist” attempting to be “discovered” by the masses will be one to watch.

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  • Fark Bans Misogyny From Its Online Forums, Proves It's Possible
    The Internet can be a terrible place, but one website is doing their part to create a safer space for women.

    Fark, an online link-aggregation community launched in 1999, announced this week that they would no longer tolerate “highly misogynistic language” on their forums. In an August 18 post outlining the new guidelines, Fark founder and administrator Drew Curtis explained that moderators would consider the use of such language grounds for being banned.

    “We don’t want to be the He Man Woman Hater’s Club,” Curtis wrote. “This represents enough of a departure from pretty much how every other large internet community operates that I figure an announcement is necessary.”

    Per the announcement, the ban includes:

    – Rape jokes

    – Calling women as a group “whores” or “sluts” or similar demeaning terminology

    – Jokes suggesting that a woman who suffered a crime was somehow asking for it

    New York Magazine‘s Jessica Roy called the move a “refreshing departure” and dismisses the idea that the site will be compromised by the new guidelines: “It’s hard to imagine Fark’s community will suffer from the banning of easy rape jokes — if anything, it will make the community a safer space for women and might even elevate the quality of humor.”

    In the announcement, Curtis alluded to the poor treatment of women on other websites, and stressed that the change would make the Fark community a “better place.”

    According to Curtis, the reaction to the changes has been positive overall.

    “The vast majority of Farkers are fine with the changes as it turns out,” he told The Huffington Post in an email. “Additionally there’s been a groundswell of people who stopped reading Fark over the years due to misogyny who have returned as a result, and all in all it’s been a great experience. I feel like a complete jackass for waiting so long to do this, and so will any other site that decides to make the same choice.”

    Twitter users were quick to congratulate Curtis and the rest of the Fark team for their decision:

    Just paid for a year of Total @Fark in support of the new anti-misogyny policy that @DrewCurtis announced: http://t.co/Q1znxbCfj9

    — Ben Cotton (@FunnelFiasco) August 18, 2014

    Bravo! @Fark refuses to put up w/ misogyny on its site! My latest on @CNET http://t.co/OoQjerd2w3 @DrewCurtis @wilw pic.twitter.com/NrvSJyJY2q

    — Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) August 19, 2014

    @DrewCurtis Hi. Great news about Fark’s anti-misogyny rules. Kudos. You’re featured in today’s Guardian diary. Enjoy! http://t.co/LIDruazW1f

    — Erica Buist (@ericabuist) August 21, 2014

    Curtis told HuffPost that users are also pushing for the rules to apply to hate speech towards men.

    “The most common question we’ve received is ‘what about misandry,'” he told HuffPost. “It’s not really a stretch to extend the rules that as well so we’ll probably be doing that in a bit… I don’t think we’ve ever had a misandry complaint.”

    Those unhappy with Fark’s new rules can still frequent plenty of other online spaces where misogyny is allowed or even encouraged. Supporters of such sites commonly argue that banning such language violates freedom of speech or is in fact “bad for women.”

    It’s amazing that Fark is taking a stand against online misogyny — we’d love to see other websites follow suit.

  • Apple searches for engineers to work on VoLTE tech for iPhone
    Apple has posted two job listings asking for people with experience in voice-over-LTE technology, better known as VoLTE. The first asks for a “cellular systems protocol engineer,” while the second asks for a “wireless communication software engineer” familiar with “SIP, RTP, and VoIP related protocols.” Although it’s dependent on carrier support, VoLTE can allow for much better call quality than regular or even 3G voice channels.

  • 'Thigh Bone' On Mars Seen In New Curiosity Photo
    NASA’s Curiosity rover has spotted a “thigh bone” on Mars — or at least that’s what some paranormal types would have you believe.

    The folks at UFO Blogger wrote this week that the rover’s MastCam had captured a photograph of a “fossilized thigh bone” on the red planet on August 14.

    thigh bone mars

    The object certainly resembles a fossilized femur, but the odds that it’s anything other than a weird-looking rock are, well, astronomical.

    Over the years, people eyeing pictures from Mars have claimed to have seen everything from an iguana to a finger to weird faces.

    But NASA hasn’t been too impressed.

    “On Mars, as on Earth, sometimes things can take on an unusual appearance,” NASA wrote on its website last year after a strange, “shiny” object was spotted on the Martian surface.

    NASA said at the time that while the “shiny-looking rock” resembled a car door handle or another metallic object, its actual identity was probably a bit more prosaic. As Ron Sletten, a scientist on the Curiosity team, indicated on the agency’s site, “the object is an interesting study in how wind and the natural elements cause erosion and other effects on various types of rocks.”

    The Huffington Post reached out to NASA for comment about the “bone.” This post will be updated with any new developments.

  • NFL CIO: Quarterbacking A Digital Revolution
    As Senior Vice President and CIO of the most popular U.S. sports league, Michelle McKenna-Doyle is transforming the National Football League (NFL) to bring technology out of the data center and onto the field and into the locker rooms and hands of millions of fans across its 32 franchises. The fans have helped grow the NFL, founded in the 1920’s, to what it is today – a huge part of American culture: Last year, Super Bowl XLVIII had over 200 million viewers making it the most watched television program in U.S. history. Super Bowl Sunday is the top at-home party to have ranking ahead of New Year’s Eve and more food is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday in people’s homes, second only to Thanksgiving!

    Michelle McKenna-Doyle (Twitter: @nflcio) – CIO of NFL

    With such amazing stats, it comes as no surprise that fan experience is the central focus of the NFL and as the steward of that fan relationship; McKenna-Doyle is looking at how to apply technology to deepen it. To compete with the awesome at-home fan experience, McKenna-Doyle is working with partners, like Extreme Networks, to bring that same mobile technology that people experience at home to the unmatched in-stadium experience.

    In a live interview at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, McKenna-Doyle shares her advice to CIOs in any industry for tackling change the right way – collaboratively and from the point-of-view of the customer. It’s interesting how whether we are talking about the fan experience or about internal IT, the common thread for success is putting the customer right at the center.

    4 Ways to Tackle Change from your Customer’s Point-of-View:

    1.Know your customer – By understanding the demographics of the customer at different degrees, whether it be gender, age or industry, CIOs can understand how best to connect with them. McKenna-Doyle has used the data to learn more about their 188 million fans in the U.S., over three quarters of which are avid fans. In doing so, she learned that the NFL fan base encompasses a lot more than what you typically think of as your male 25 to 34 year old avid fan. In fact, a surprising 46% of NFL fans are female, 78% are kids aged 12 to 17 and 65% are U.S. Hispanics. By seeing that their fan base is a diverse group that covers all demographic areas means they have to have a diverse way of communicating to them and connecting with them.

    Understanding customer behavior is also important. In order to provide an environment where fans can always be connected, the NFL did some analytics at this year’s Super Bowl, in partnership with Extreme Networks, to learn what fans were doing in the stadium, how they were doing it and how they could continue to tweak the infrastructure environment. NFL teams like the New England Patriots are using data analytics to improve the fan experience.

    2. Listen to your customer – In order to use technology to improve the customer experience, McKenna-Doyle says you have to listen to them first and then develop the technology to deliver a better experience. The NFL has introduced new products and new ways to connect to fans based on simply listening. For example, at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots have an amazing app that they have deployed based on the feedback of their fans. The app has everything in it from telling fans where the shortest line to buy a beer is, to where they can find the bathroom with the shortest line. McKenna-Doyle says that you would not necessarily think to offer these types of convenience-based things unless you listen to your fans: “We have to be flexible so that our fans can consume our content how they wish.”

    3. Personalize mobile content – The better the at-home experience gets, with more data and video analysis, the more fans expect the bar to be raised when they are in the stadium, which has led the NFL to a digital transformation around making content mobile. The NFL is first working on making sure that connectivity is a given. “It cannot be optional, you have to have it, so all of our clubs are undertaking syndicate investments,” says McKenna-Doyle.

    After that it’s about building on that core infrastructure to personalize the in-stadium fan experience. Just last week they launched NFL Now, which is an on demand, personalized video service where fans can personalize all things NFL and watch content anytime, anywhere, on any device. “You have got to make a connection. Even though we make millions of connections, those one-to-one connections of that special moment or experience are what live on in your memory. So we recognize that technology is not a necessary evil, it’s a way to connect to your fan and the customer,” says McKenna-Doyle.

    4. Enable progress – McKenna-Doyle advises CIOs faced with the challenge of transforming the business to first realize that they are not in control. CIOs have to learn how to enable, and not be a barrier, to progress and then they have to be willing to innovate and fail. She recommends shorter iteration cycles and to embrace shadow IT. “There are not enough IT people in this world to roll out the technology that your customers demand, so you had better find some shadow IT,” says McKenna-Doyle, which is right in line with the thinking of the CIOs of Intel, McAfee and IBM. She says it is more about managing the risks than locking down assets: “If a project is low risk to the overall enterprise and helps speed along the business process, as long as I give them the tools and there is a process to check it, then I embrace it. My success is only a reflection of the success of my customers,” remarks McKenna-Doyle.

    You can watch the full interview with Michelle McKenna-Doyle here. Please join me and Michael Krigsman every Friday at 3PM EST as we host CXOTalk – connecting with thought leaders and innovative executives who are pushing the boundaries within their companies and their fields.

  • Robots Are People, Too
    “This is an economic revolution,” a new online video says about automation. The premise of “Humans Need Not Apply” is that human work will soon be all but obsolete.

    “You may think we’ve been here before, but we haven’t,” says CGP Grey, the video’s creator. “This time is different.”

    The video has gone viral, with nearly 2 million YouTube views in one week. But is it true?

    Joshua Gans of “Digitopoly” is skeptical and offers some cautionary thoughts. So does the Econospeak blog, which addresses the issue of economic agency and observes that

    “… the alleged automaton, is an illusion — at worst a hoax — that distracts from the scale of human intervention required make the automaton’s motion appear autonomous. The more remotely human intervention can take place, the more effective is the illusion.”

    By contrast, David Atkins gave the video two thumbs up in a post whose title flatly proclaimed that “This is the future. It doesn’t include jobs for humans.” Wrote Atkins:

    “This is real, and it is happening. A lot of people on both sides of the aisle don’t want to believe it’s true, for their own ideological reasons.”

    But is it true? There’s a simple answer to that question: We don’t know.

    A Change Is Coming

    It seems unlikely that there will be no jobs at all. But the world will certainly change.

    The Grey video appears to draw heavily on the work of Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, with Oxford University’s Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology and Department of Engineering Science. Frey and Osborne concluded last year that 47 percent of current US jobs were vulnerable to automation.

    As we noted at the time, Frey and Osborne noted surprisingly rapid developments in automation, then assessed jobs based on the level of “creative intelligence,” “social intelligence,” dexterity, and other skills in which humans currently have the advantage.

    Frey and Osborne conclude that, in the first wave of automation, “most workers in transportation and logistics occupations, together with the bulk of office and administrative support workers, and labour in production occupations, are likely to be substituted by computer capital.”

    The authors add that, “more surprisingly,” service, sales, and construction jobs will be increasingly vulnerable to automation. They concluded that “generalist occupations requiring knowledge of human heuristics, and specialist occupations involving the development of novel ideas and artifacts, are the least susceptible to computerisation.” That heterodox category includes CEOs, mathematicians, and poets.

    In other words: Yes, a lot of people will lose their jobs. But it’s wrong to say “we’ve never been here before.” The Industrial Revolution led to a wrenching transformation of the workforce. The de-agriculturalization of the United States changed us from a rural society of independent farmers to an urban society of workers and job-seekers. Earlier periods saw us transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers, and from nomads to settlement dwellers.

    Who Decides?

    The right question is not, “Will transformation happen?” The right question is, “Will we manage transformation wisely and fairly?”

    While the nature of that transformation is still unknown, here’s what we do know: Atkins writes that “The future will belong to the political faction that can anticipate and deal with the inevitability of this transition.”

    If you substitute the word “economic” for “political,” you’re left with a statement that’s almost certainly true. The fight for the future is well underway, and the majority is losing. For evidence, you need look no further than CGP Grey’s list of reference books, which includes three works: “Race Against the Machine,” a summary of studies like Frey’s and Osborne’s; a book which tells its readers “how to survive the coming economic collapse and be happy”; and, tellingly, “Average Is Over” by economist Tyler Cowen.

    We’ve dealt with Cowen and his work before. Whether intentionally or not, Cowen is an aggressive propagandist for a brutal libertarian future in which the brilliant and self-motivated (as he sees them) will become wealthier and more powerful than ever, while the rest of society (which Cowen pegs at 85 percent of the population) becomes a permanent underclass, dwelling in shantytowns and struggling to survive.

    Cowen argues that “the wealthy class will … be larger over time” and “will have increasing influence. It is their values that will shape public discourse.”

    CGP Grey’s video demonstrates that the wealthy class is already shaping public discourse. Grey may be completely unaware of this influence, but it’s there nonetheless, and it is that influence which we must consciously change and resist.

    A Democratic Future

    How should we deal with change? First, we must democratize the planning process. Last year the White House announced the formation of “the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee ‘2.0,’” which it describes as “part of a continuing effort to maintain U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness.”

    There is only one labor representative on the committee, as compared to eleven corporate CEOs. That needs to change. Student and community leaders must also be added to the list of “industry, academia, and government” which the President said “must work in partnership to revitalize our manufacturing sector.”

    A rational and democratized planning process would look something like this:

    1. Include all segments of society in the conversation, not just corporate interests or those who reflect elite values.
    2. Avoid becoming so engaged in hypothetical future events that we ignore the crisis right in front of us. Today’s unemployment emergency involves cyclical, not structural, unemployment. We need to have one debate about our current dilemma, and another about the needs of the future. Let’s not confuse the two, as the “structural employment” conservatives would have us do.
    3. Act, not as Luddites or technophobes, but as wise stewards of our own future – a future which must include a healthy middle class, as well as corporate executives and social or digital engineers.
    4. Target government resources toward technology that is job-producing, as well as wealth-producing. Clean-energy technology is an excellent example of that. The President’s first manufacturing committee had excellent ideas for “green tech,” which produces well-paying and hard-to-automate jobs retrofitting homes and commercial buildings across the country.
    5. Explore income alternatives to ensure that every working American can earn a living wage during this period of displacement. This includes a higher minimum wage, as well as more innovative ideas like a guaranteed minimum income.
    6. Learn from the errors of globalization. This time we should remember to distinguish the inevitable from the merely possible, and to consider all the alternatives before embarking on a course of action.

    Robots: They’re Only Human

    As we wrote in response to Frey and Osborne: Automation is not a tidal wave, sweeping everything in its path. It’s a process which we can shape and direct toward the best possible outcome for all the affected parties. That includes all of us, so we all deserve a place at the table.

    Every revolution — whether technological, political, or economic — is a moment when human values are either reaffirmed or denied. “This time is different,” says CGP Grey. But here’s the thing: It’s always different. Humanity has always faced an uncertain future, and we’ve lived through periods of wrenching transformation before.

    So far the automation process has been guided almost exclusively by corporate interests. Deliberate choices have been masked by the false and ideological assertion that technological development is guided by implacable, invisible forces. That’s not true. For the moment, at least, robots are a human artifact. We may not be able to stop the automation wave, but we can help guide it — and we can respond to it in wise, humane ways.

    Technology is not an alien force. It’s the product of human action, human culture, and human choices. When we create our future, we recreate ourselves. That’s the real task before us now. As social critic John Ruskin said during the Industrial Revolution: “You can either make a tool of the creature, or a man. You cannot do both.”

    Portions of this commentary were adapted from “The Robots are Coming – Now What?

  • Introducing The Chairless Chair You Can Wear, So You Can Sit Anywhere
    Those with desk jobs may be constantly looking for innovative ways to sit less, but Zurich-based startup noonee has configured a wearable technology that would allow workers who are constantly on their feet to sit more.

    The “Chairless Chair” attaches to users’ legs like an exoskeleton. When it’s not being used as a seat, the device allows wearers to run and walk like normal.

    Here’s how it works: When the user is ready to take a seat, he or she just activates the chair and squats into a desired sitting position; the chair then locks in place. The battery-operated device, which straps around the wearer’s hips and thighs, redirects the user’s body weight to the heels.

    “The idea came from wanting to sit anywhere and everywhere, and from working in a UK packaging factory when I was 17,” Keith Gunura, the 29-year old CEO and co-founder of noonee, told CNN. “Standing for hours on end causes a lot of distress to lower limbs, but most workers get very few breaks and chairs are rarely provided, because they take up too much space.”

    On its website, noonee says the technology can boost worker productivity, especially in factory settings, by alleviating fatigue and muscle strains related to standing for long periods of time. (According to robotics research site Robohub, “a staggering 85 million [out of 215 million industry workers in the EU] are reported to suffer from muscle-related disorders.”)

    “By making the process of work more comfortable and by reducing the risk of exposure to muscle related disorders, employees will also work more efficiently and effectively. As a result, production levels will increase,” noonee’s website notes.

    The chair isn’t available to the public just yet. A trial phase is set to begin with BMW production line workers in Germany in September, and another trial is set to hit Audi later this year, according to CNN.

  • 3 Reasons iPhone 6 Sales Will Be Absolutely Bonkers
    Each iPhone launch sets new sales records. So it’s hardly a reach to predict that the launch of the next iPhone, expected in September, will be big.

    Wall Street and Apple fans are starting to salivate over the idea.

    “I’m expecting it to be huge with a capital ‘H,'” Avi Greengart, a research director at Current Analysis, said of the new phone, which will likely be called the iPhone 6 and be available in two larger screen sizes.

    Apple’s stock reached a record intraday high of $101.77 on Wednesday, as investors psyched themselves up for the phone, which is rumored to come with screens that are 4.7 and 5.5 inches, significantly larger than the current iPhone’s 4-inch screen. They’re also hopeful that Apple will soon release a so-called wearable device, unofficially dubbed the “iWatch.”

    But it’s smartphone sales that really have everyone buzzing. Here’s why:

    1. Upgrades:

    Millions of iPhone owners are eager to upgrade their phones.

    More than a third of all iPhone owners in the U.S. say they plan to upgrade their phones by the end of the year, according to a recent report from comScore. And 40 percent of Americans who own an iPhone 4S — the iPhone that more Americans use than any other iPhone — say they’ll upgrade.

    Even those who just bought an iPhone want to upgrade: Nearly a quarter of people with the iPhone 5S, the fingerprint-sensor-equipped phone that came out last September — indicate they’ll buy a new phone before the end of the year, according to comScore.

    iphone upgrades

    iPhone owners are incredibly loyal, so the vast majority of these people will likely spring for the new phone. From October to December, the quarter after the iPhone 5S and 5C went on sale, 85 percent of iPhone owners who bought another phone bought an iPhone, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, a Chicago-based research firm.

    CIRP’s Mike Levin says he expects “a similar rate of loyalty for the next iPhone launch.”

    2. Bigger Screen:

    Samsung recently released an ad called “screen envy” that depicts an iPhone owner jealous of the bigger screen on his friend’s Galaxy S5 phone.

    It’s a sentiment that rings true — iPhone owners who have wanted a phone with a screen bigger than a measly 4 inches have had no choice but to ditch Apple for a phone from a company such as Samsung, LG, Motorola or HTC.

    Morgan Stanley’s Katy L. Huberty, who wrote in a research note on Tuesday that “We expect larger screen iPhones to drive a meaningful upgrade cycle,” thinks an iPhone with a larger screen could increase Apple’s marketshare by a whopping 11 points.

    3. Global Rollout:

    Apple is increasingly relying on iPhone sales outside the U.S. to drive business.

    When the first iPhone was released in June 2007, it was available only in the U.S. It became available in a few more European countries later in the year, though the rollout was very limited.

    Last year, however, Apple released the iPhone 5S and 5C in a dozen regions, including the U.S., China, Japan, Singapore and Germany, on the same day.

    This launch will be the first since Apple reached a deal with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier, to sell the iPhone. Huberty wrote that this could move sales “much like iPhone 4S drove demand at Verizon early in that carrier relationship.”

    “In all likelihood it’s going to be a global launch — or a much faster rollout globally — than we’ve seen in the past,” said Greengart of Current Analysis.

    Apple is certainly confident that sales will be big. The company reportedly requested from suppliers 70 million to 80 million iPhones to be ready by the end of the year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    The most iPhones Apple has ever sold in a single quarter is 51 million.

    iphone sales

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  • 4PM (ET) – Shazam CEO Live Stream on #AOLBUILD

    Yesterday, Shazam made history. The app that made your music search, and your life, so much easier has hit 100M monthly active users and shows no sign of stopping. In fact, Shazamers shazam 20M times a day.

    So if these mind-blowing numbers are not enough to turn you into a Shazamer, we know what will, catching Shazam CEO, Rich Riley on AOL BUILD.

    4PM, today Live Stream HERE on AOLBUILD.COM. Be there or be square!

    Shazam CEO Rich Riley shares his experience at the helm of one of the most recognizable names in the industry, moderated by Endgadget’s @DanaWollman.

    Tune in at 4PM (EST) for the #AOLBUILD Live Stream.

  • Schematics suggest iPhone 6 may come in 16, 64, and 128GB models
    Another new schematics leak from Chinese repair firm GeekBar suggests that the iPhone 6 may come in 16, 64, and 128GB capacities. Modules from suppliers Toshiba and Hynix are listed, notably excluding 32GB. If the schematics are indeed representative of planned iPhone models, it may hint that Apple is doing a significant shakeup of its usual 16/32/64GB tiers.

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    A British defence firm is working on technology that will give aircraft a “skin” of sensors, allowing it to feel in a similar way to humans.
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