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We know Google isn’t afraid to make it rain for the sake of Chrome’s security, but today’s provisions appear to be an inside job. Laying the smack down on toxic browser extensions, the company introduced a new set of security measures that label applications in violation of its safety guidelines as malware. These potential threats try to bypass the browser’s silent installation blockers by manipulating its management settings. Once installed, the malicious software is enabled by default and cannot be removed or disabled from within Chrome. Google cautions that within a week people will begin seeing download alerts when attempting to install an identified threat. In the meantime, we suggest you start making plans to check out your current extensions just to be sure your setup has a clean bill of health.
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Samsung today posted extremely healthy financials for Q2 2012, and analysts have agreed that its smartphone division is well ahead of the rest of the competition. IDC says Samsung’s Q2 smartphone shipments were 50.2 million, while Strategy Analytics reports a slightly higher 50.5 million figure.
IDC’s figures reveal that Samsung’s smartphone shipments grew 172.8 percent year-over-year, giving the company an industry-leading 32.6 percent marketshare, almost double that of its nearest competitor. Apple was in second place, shipping an estimated 26 million iPhones for a 16.9 percent share of the market. It’s worth noting that shipments and sales are not the same thing: Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones in the second quarter, and the…
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Beats increases its share ownership to 75%, lets HTC keep majority stake, ‘commercial exclusivity in mobile’
Although HTC and Beats are just shy of the one-year anniversary of their 300 million dollar alliance, it resembles the 2 are once again expanding apart. In a letter to shareholders today, it’s been announced that the original managers of Beats plan to get back 25 percent of its own shares, for an absolute ownership stake of 75 percent. That asked, HTC will still maintain nearly 25 percent of the continuing to be shares for itself, ensuring that it continues to be the largest outside shareholder. As the release places it, this brand-new setup “delivers Defeats with more versatility for global expansion while maintaining HTC’s significant stake and commercial exclusivity in mobile.” All in all, it seems like this is more about moving priorities given current news like Beats’ MOG acquisition, however it would not make resulting breakup all that unsurprising offered the collaboration’s mixed outcomes. In the meantime, you can easily hit up the press release for all the details.
Converting a cellphone into a credit card reader is nothing new, but transforming one into a box office for live events could shake things up a bit — or, at least provide a bit of friendly competition for NFC-based alternatives. In Ticketing has just launched InHand Box Office software for use at live events. The company claims to be one of the greener ticketing outfits out there, and plans to turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a device capable of wirelessly processing payments (and printing out paper receipts, unlike Square or PayPal Here) at independently run concerts or festivals. Potentially reducing time spent in line and preventing congestion at the entrance translates into more people inside the venue, and using your phone instead of a difficult-to-establish credit card merchant account should reduce the friction in throwing such an event. As long as you tend to carry the appropriate iDevice with In Ticketing’s new app installed, you can marry it to that iAPS Sled you see above to create your own personal CC processing machine. The only issues? Convincing Gotye to play your house party instead of Coachella next year, and that awkward lack of support for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.
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AT&T has announced today that it is retooling the throttling policy on its unlimited smartphone data plan, a legacy offering still in use by many customers — largely because it was long the standard-issue package sold alongside the iPhone. The new cap will be 3GB for customers on HSPA+ plans and 5GB for those on LTE, up from roughly 2GB regardless of network type. Once the cap is hit, throttling will kick in until the end of the billing cycle, the same policy as before.
The carrier has taken a significant amount of heat in recent weeks for stepping up enforcement of the data throttling policy — many subscribers had been reporting text messages telling them they were in the top five percent of data consumers on the network, warning…
Foxconn is under increased scrutiny as of late. The nearly 40-year old company assembles a big portion of the world’s electronic goods but many are questioning its treatment of workers. But nothing calms a troubled soul like cash. The company just released a statement indicating pay raises for Chinese workers just before the Fair Trade Association is set to interview employees about life at Foxconn.
The base pay of junior level worker in Shenzhen is now at 1,800 yuan ($ 290) per month and, if the worker passes a technical examination, it will be raised to 2,200 yuan. Three years ago the base pay was just 900 yuan per month.
“As a top manufacturing company in China, the basic salary of junior workers in all of Foxconn’s China factories is already far higher than the minimum wage set by all local governments,” the statement said. “We will provide more training opportunities and learning time, and will continuously enhance technology, efficiency and salary, so as to set a good example for the Chinese manufacturing industry.”
Foxconn is often viewed as a good entry-level job in China. The work is hard, no doubt, but the pay is fair for the region and job seekers often line up by the thousands for a chance to work at Foxconn. Not only is the pay a good deal higher than the required minimum but the company also provides dorms, meals, and recreational facilities for its workers. Foxconn is viewed as a way to move from the fields to the city.
But the company is facing some serious accusations. Apple recently announced that the Fair Labor Association will conduct special voluntary audits of several Apple assemblers including Foxconn where they will interview thousands of employees about their living conditions, pay compensation and corporate communication. It’s hard to say whether this pay increase was already on the books or a sort of short-term ploy to garner better marks on these employee interviews.
When you’ve got an Android-powered super watch on your wrist, battery life is definitely a concern. If you’re a proud owner of the MotoACTV you’ll be glad to hear that Motorola has a software update that, just like the last one, bumps up the battery life a bit. The company now says that you can expect nine hours of outdoor battery life, which is a good sight better than the quoted five hours when the watch was first released. To help you keep tabs on the MotoACTV’s juice, the battery meter will tell you what percent of the battery is remaining, and you can now double-click the power button to lock and unlock the screen. Additionally, you can repeat a planned workout that’s already been started, and auto-run / auto-pause functionality has…
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Shortages in organic milk lead to price increases
Grocery chains including Publix Super Markets, Inc., faced organic milk shortfalls over the past three months after extreme summer heat and soaring feed costs led to lower production. In November, organic milk sales fell 8.8 percent from the same month …
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It's a dirty job, but New Orleans kindergarteners love watching worms compost …
This year, Liv Anderson's kindergarten class at Morris Jeff Community School is learning all about worms and the cycle of life by composting their lunch scraps to make rich organic soil. Photos by Chris Granger, The Times-PicayuneLiv Anderson shows her …
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AMOLED display market tops BN in 2011
Led by their application in Samsung's smart phones, active-matrix OLED displays doubled in market share last year, says Displaysearch. Analysts at NPD Displaysearch, the market research company specializing in displays technology, say that organic LED …
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Is the Android Market running out of apps to offer its sales-hungry users? Several of today’s downloads have already seen their prices snipped at some point last week — at least you now have a second chance to grab them. To ameliorate the disappointment of the slightly samey selection, the little green one’s pushed the boat out to 12 different apps. Instant Heart Rate Pro could be worth a ten cent investment, if only for some medical showboating. But is it too much to ask for a cut-price Shadowgun before the end? C’mon Google, give us an early Christmas miracle.