Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for July 26, 2013:
- The Wall Street Journal reports Google is working on a set-top box for your TV with a motion sensor and camera for Google hangouts. A prototype was reportedly shown off in secret at CES this past January. At the time the device also had access to Android games and other apps from the Google Play store. Google's Sundar Pichai told All Things D earlier this week that Google TV would soon be a full-fledged Android for television. Read more at thenextweb.com.
- Amazon grew its revenue by 22% year-over-year between April and June, to $15.7 billion, but also posted a loss of $7 million, versus a $7 million profit in the same quarter last year. Why? Amazon has invested heavily in its Kindle business, digital downloads and streaming products, and is working on its China presence. Jeff Bezos says that Amazon's top ten bestselling products last quarter were all either Kindles, accessories for Kindles, or digital content for Kindles, so perhaps it's money well spent. Read more at engadget.com.
- IDC just released some worldwide smartphone marketshare numbers. Samsung and Apple are still numbers one and two respectively, but both saw their marketshare drop in the quarter. Three companies are picking up smartphone users and they are LG, Lenovo and ZTE. LG now holds a 5.1% marketshare and that's due in part to the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G Pro. Lenovo was in the #4 spot after spending two-quarters out of the top 5. Read more at thenextweb.com.
- The Google Chromecast TV dongle just got a little less valuable. At its announcement on Wednesday, Google included three free months of Netflix with the purchase of the $35 device. Now that part of the deal is off due to overwhelming demand. Pray Google doesn't alter it further. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Hacker Barnaby Jack has died in San Francisco, a week before he was set to show off techniques for attacking implanted heart devices that he said could kill a man from 30 feet away. Jack, a security expert, became one of the most famous hackers in the world after he showed off how to make an ATM spit out cash in a 2010 demonstration, dubbed "Jackpotting." Read more at reuters.com.
- Android 4.3 is out, so that means people are digging into the code to find out what's in there. Android Police found that the latest version of Android could support up to 640 DPI, which suggests it could run fine on 4K displays. Additionally the site found "App Ops," that would give users more control over what permissions apps have. That feature isn't enabled yet because it isn't fully baked. Lastly, Android Police found the Konami Code works - go to the Games section of Google Play for a little easter egg. Read more at therverge.com.
- Samsung announced quarterly earnings and it's doing just fine. operating profit increased 47.5% year over year as expected operating profit in the mobile devision rose 52% year over year to 6.23 trillion won, though it fell 3.5% over the previous quarter despite the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Strategy Analytics estimates Samsung is now more profitable at making phones than Apple. It was a nice quarter Samung, nothing to be ashamed of. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- The U.S. government is demanding Internet companies to give up users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders that point to surveillance techniques still publicly undisclosed. If the government has access to an encrypted password, the credential could be used to log in to an account or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused. Read more at cnet.com.
- Good news for Zynga! The game company reported revenues of $231 million, down 31% from a year ago, and a loss of one cent per share. Their reported daily active users of 39 million is down 45 percent from last year. How is this good news? Wall Street expected them to do a lot worse. New CEO Don Mattrick also announced the company would no longer pursue a real-money gambling license in the US, and focus on free-to-play social games. Read more at cnet.com.
- The BBC reports that the UK pornography filtering system is controlled by Huawei. UK-based employees from Huawei get to decide what sites and content are blocked. It's no secret that both UK and US politicians have raised concerns about Huawei's ties to the Chinese government. The company maintains that those concerns are unfounded. Read more at bbc.co.uk.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for July 26, 2013.