AMD's new 64-bit ARM board points way to x86 coexistence

From InfoWorld: AMD is moving closer to a motherboard design that will accept both x86 and ARM chips with the shipment of its first 64-bit ARM board.

The Opteron A1100-Series developer hardware is an uncased computer costing $2,999, and aimed at programmers who want to write applications and drivers for AMD's unreleased ARM servers, which are expected to become available by early next year.

AMD's Kaveri processors coming to smaller, cheaper desktops

From PC World: Advanced Micro Devices wants to help gamers build cheaper, smaller desktops through new processors the company started shipping on Thursday

AMD’s A10, A8 and A6 chips—code-named Kaveri—are targeted at small-form factor and even larger desktops starting at $399, said Adam Kozak, AMD’s desktop product marketing manager.

Apple now rumored to launch iPhone 6 on October 14

From CNET: When will Apple release the iPhone 6? September has been the expected launch month based on the company's past behavior, but a new rumor suggests that consumers may need to wait until October.

Samsung Reports Lower Smartphone Sales, Operating Profit Falls 25% YoY

From DailyTech: Yesterday, we got a look at how Samsung is performing in the current global smartphone market. IDC’s numbers for Q3 showed us that Samsung’s Q2 2014 shipments fell by 3.9 percent year-over-year (YoY) while its market share for Q2 2014 dipped to 25.2 percent compared to 32.3 percent for the same period last year.

While Samsung’s numbers were down, the overall market saw sales of 295.3 million units for Q2 2014 while sales were up 23.1 percent YoY.

Samsung, Apple still dominate smartphones, but their shares slip

From InfoWorld: Samsung and Apple, in the second quarter, sunk to their lowest shares of the global smartphone market in recent years as Chinese smartphone vendors came on strong, market research firm IDC said Tuesday.

"Samsung and Apple are both seeing a lot of pressure from alternative vendors working their way up the ladder," said IDC analyst Ryan Reith in an interview.

Netflix, AT&T hammer out interconnection deal to boost streaming video speeds

From TechHive: After Netflix made direct interconnection deals with Comcast and Verizon to boost the quality of its videos earlier in 2014, it was pretty much inevitable the streaming service would also strike an agreement with AT&T. Recently, the inevitable was confirmed: Netflix and AT&T came to an interconnection deal in May.

However, the deal will only start to improve streaming speeds for AT&T subscribers this week.

Nintendo posts another tough quarter as profits turn to losses

From CNET: Nintendo's troubles continue to pile up, as its latest earnings reveal.

Nintendo reported on Wednesday 74.7 billion yen ($730.5 million) in revenue during the quarter that ended June 30, representing an 8.4 percent drop compared with the same period a year ago. Perhaps more concerning to investors, the 8.6 billion yen profit Nintendo generated during that period in 2013 turned to a 9.9 billion yen loss this year.

EA’s New Subscription Service Gives Xbox One Users Unlimited Gaming Access for $30/Year

From DailyTech: It looks as though Electronic Arts is looking to shake the gaming industry up a bit with the introduction of EA Access. The new service, which will be $4.99/month or $29.99/year, will allow Xbox One gamers unlimited access to some of EA’s top-rated games.

Facebook to require Messenger app for mobile chat

From InfoWorld: If you like to send messages via Facebook when you're on the move, get ready to download a new app.

Facebook confirmed Monday that it will be removing the messaging feature from its mobile app over the next few days, and requiring people to use its stand-alone Messenger app instead.

The change follows through on a plan announced in April and for now affects Facebook's mobile app on iOS and Android. You'll be able to send and receive messages on the desktop as before.

Huawei's smartphones shipments rise on international sales

From PC World: Huawei Technologies shipped 62 percent more smartphones in the first half of 2014 than the same period last year, with shipments to some countries outside its home market of China doubling or even tripling.

It shipped smartphone 34.3 million units, boosted by sales of flagship phones the Ascend Mate 2 and the Ascend P7, it said on Tuesday. In the second quarter alone it shipped 20.6 million units, an 85 percent year-over-year increase.


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