LG is flexing its muscle in smartphone technology with a new handset that boasts a curved touchscreen, along with a special "self healing" technology that the company claims can prevent scratches on the phone's casing.
The South Korean electronics vendor unveiled the new phone on Monday, calling it the LG G Flex. Digital renderings of the handset were leaked earlier this month. But in its Monday announcement the company offered further details on the phone, showing that it contains a few new technologies, along with its curved display.
The G Flex is the second phone to feature a curved display, the first coming from Samsung Electronics with its Galaxy Round handset. The top and bottom of the G Flex's 6-inch screen are curved towards the user, while on the Samsung phone it is the sides that are curved towards the viewer.
This makes LG's handset closer to the curve of a traditional fixed-line phone handset, a design choice LG said is optimized for the contours of a face. Users can more comfortably hold the phone to their mouth and ear, improving its voice and sound quality, according to LG. Read more...
News this week that Twitter's senior vice president of engineering, Christopher Fry, raked in $10.3 million last year confirmed what many already knew: Silicon Valley is an economic bubble where the competition to hire in-demand engineers is greatly inflating some pay packages. However, the high salaries awarded to many in the tech industry comes at the price of worsening inequality in the Bay Area.
In its first public financial statement in preparation for an IPO, Twitter revealed that Fry's package consisted of a $145,513 salary and $100,000 bonus, with the bulk of compensation coming from stock awards. His payday ranked just behind that of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, at $11.5 million. Read more...
The outbound exec of Wikipedia's tin-rattling nonprofit has admitted the organisation wastes public donations – and says procedures should be fundamentally changed to avoid corruption and self-interest.
In a candid statement, Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, says she wants the worker bees rewarded – the editors who spend hours of unpaid time on Wikipedia – instead of the local chapters of bureaucrats who receive the money today.
"I wonder whether it might make more sense for the movement to focus a larger amount of spending on direct financial support for individuals working in the projects," she wrote.
Gardner was instrumental in raising Wikipedia's warchest and WMF's staffing. In 2011/12 - the last year for which figures are available - the Foundation raised $38.4m, up from $5m in 2007/08. Read more...
Netlfix is a big company, and a big cloud user. With 38 million members across 40 countries, it streams a billion hours of content per month.
Almost all of the Netflix's customer-facing services like a massive database that creates personalized content recommendations based on prior viewing history are run in Amazon Web Service's public cloud.
The company has a content-delivery platform named Open Connect that it manages with partnering ISPs to actually stream movies to users.
As one of the biggest cloud users in the world, the company has gleaned lessons from its operations. Below are three takeaways of how the company approaches using the cloud from Ariel Tseitlin, director of cloud solutions for Netflix, who spoke at the Massachusetts Technology Leadership's Cloud Summit on Tuesday. Read more...
As Twitter gears up for an initial public offering, its executives should study Facebook's path to an IPO to learn what not to do.
Twitter made its IPO plans official last week by filing S-1 documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The social network is now preparing for its financial roadshow, where it hopes to woo skeptical Wall Street investors.
The frenzy that initially surrounded Facebook's initial public offering in May of 2012 quickly cooled once trading began -- the share price ended the day as it started. In the days and months that followed, the first day's result would have been adequate as the share price sank well below its initial offering price of $38 a share over time.
The world's largest social network hit its low point last September when the stock hit $17.55 per share Read more...
Northeast Utilities in Connecticut Tuesday confirmed that it plans to turn over part of its IT operations to two India-based outsourcing firms, despite a recent push by state lawmakers to keep it from doing so.
NU says it employs some 400 IT workers, and "will retain about half of those employees" after turning some operations over to outsourcers Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services, two of India's largest IT firms.
Today's announcement makes official what had already been suspected -- the company had told its IT workers weeks ago that it was considering outsourcing tech work.
The utility, which operates New England's largest energy delivery system, today said it is "working with strategic business partners to help conduct the rest of the work - the majority of which will still be conducted locally."
NU said it expects that 40 of its affected IT employees will be rehired by the outsourcers "and will still work at NU facilities."
U.S. Dept. of Labor filings indicate that Infosys has been bringing foreign H-1B workers to an NU job site for the last two years. Read more...
The arrival of Obamacare may make it easier for some employees to quit their full-time jobs to launch tech start-ups, work as a freelance consultant or pursue some other solo career path.
The insurance that's available for sign-up beginning Tuesday on the state health exchanges doesn't exclude people with pre-existing conditions or penalize them with high rates.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that anywhere from 19% to 50% of non-elderly Americans have some type of pre-existing condition. For older American, between 55 and 64 years of age, that figure may be as high as 86%.
Moreover, should you get sick, under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, you won't face possible loss of your health insurance or a rate spike. Read more...
Half of all American iOS users have now updated to the latest operating system, analysts have claimed, while Apple itself reckons 200 million devices worldwide are now running iOS 7.
Just a week after the release of iOS 7, eggheads from Chitika Insights found that 52 per cent of web traffic generated by Apple mobile devices came from people using the latest software.
This adoption rate is roughly the same as that of iOS 6, which was downloaded and installed by half of iOS users within a fortnight of its launch according to Chitika's figures. Read more...
As more people have come online, the way people search has changed - so Google has overhauled its algorithms to better deal with the vague, rambling questions we bombard it with.
The new "Hummingbird" update was announced by Google at a shock-and-awe PR event held in the Menlo Park garage where the ad-slinger spent its early years.
Though Google declined to discuss the technology underlying the algorithm – a depressing break with the past – it did tell us that Hummingbird "makes results more useful and relevant, especially when you ask Google long, complex questions."
According to Google, as time has gone on we have used more sophisticated, conversational queries, and moved away from short directed terms like, say: site:theregister 2009 + IPv6.
Today, people – knowledgable Reg readers aside, that is – are much more likely to write: IPv6 article on the register with pictures from 2009, or something equally hard to parse. Read more...
With a U.S. government shutdown looming, most everyone's asking: How will this affect me? The tech sector's no different -- and given how many government agencies deal with, use, or manage technology in some way, they've got good reason to be worried.
The good news: Not everything will be disabled. A shutdown doesn't affect the entire federal government, only those services which are deemed "nonessential" -- which works out to about 41 percent of the government's workforce; emergency management, the military, law enforcement, senators, and congressmen would stay on the job.
The bad news: A lot of what will get shut down can have a major impact on the technology world, either directly or indirectly. Read more...
Touch-enabled Windows notebooks and Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks contributed to better-than-expected PC sales during the back-to-school period and may hint at a less dismal holiday-selling season than once thought, a retail analyst said today.
"The trajectory of the numbers means that the holidays should be more aligned with back-to-school than with the [gloomier] projections of earlier this year," said Stephen Baker of the NPD Group.
This wasn't a turn-around, Baker cautioned, not by a long shot, but things could have been much worse. "The point we would make is that the talk that no one wants PCs and that they're on a road to ruin is not what we see in the sales numbers," Baker said. "This is a mature market struggling to find its place in a changing industry, but it still has a pretty solid base."
Even so, the back-to-school stretch in the U.S. -- from June 30 to Sept. 7 -- saw PC sales down 2.5% compared to the same period in 2012. But the decline was slightly better than the 4% drop that NPD measured in the U.S. retail market during the first half of 2013. Read more...
Techies and investors with bright ideas for commercial video, imaging and games businesses can apply for a slice of £15m this month – if they can wade past the quango-ese jargon of "catapults" and "launchpads". It's all intended to commercialise good ideas.
Created by Gordon Brown in 2007, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) survived the Coalition's cull of the quangos, and is a public body sponsored by the government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The board is now directing new dosh at the "creative industries" – the definition of which is fairly broad. Examples cited include Tangentix, a Sheffield graphics compression outfit which has partnered with both an archaeology department and a games studio, to Biobeats, a healthcare provider that captures and processes physiological data like brainwaves. Read more...
When Apple announced the iPhone 5s would be powered by a new 64-bit processor, the A7, many responded with a shrug. Conventional wisdom had it that 64-bitness in a mobile processor had no particular advantage.
But then the first real-world performance benchmarks came in, and soon most everyone changed their tune -- including the manufacturers of chipsets for competing devices. Samsung, which manufactures the A7 for Apple, recently said it would have 64-bit dices.
64-bit processors are generally compared against their 32-bit counterparts in terms of the amount of memory the processor can address at once. The original hedging of bets about the value of 64-bitness in mobile revolved around this: What mobile device would need to access more than 3GB of memory? Read more...
The man police suspect of a mass shooting Monday at the Washington Navy Yard was employed by an IT subcontractor working on a government network project. He got that job despite having an arrest record for gun violence.
Aaron Alexis, 34, who was killed by police, was upgrading the Navy and Marine Corp.'s network. He was working for a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based firm called The Experts.
There isn't much information available on Alexis' IT skills, but there is much detail about Alexis' prior arrest record of reckless gun behavior, and it's going to raise a lot of questions.
Because Alexis was employed on a military IT project, he almost certainly needed a security clearance with a background investigation. Read more...
The jarring combination of Microsoft's radical reinvention of Windows with old-style hardware caused the average satisfaction score of PC makers to slip in the last year, a pollster said today.
Meanwhile, Apple again took top honors by tying its own 2011 record in computing device customer satisfaction as measured by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a consumer survey that's tracked opinions on technology for 18 years.
Apple's score of 87 -- out of a possible 100 -- was up one point from 2012 and seven points higher than its closest competitor.
The ACSI survey polled more than 2,700 Americans in April and May, asking them to rate their experiences with recently purchased devices -- desktop and notebook personal computers, as well as tablets -- sold by Apple, Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba. The rest of the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) were lumped into a secondary "All Others" category in ACSI's results.
With a score of 80, HP was Apple's nearest rival; other OEMs collected scores between 76 and 79. Read more...