October 22, 2014

Samsung offers Galaxy Tab Active for SME

Samsung expanding its range of products for companies. On the menu: rugged mobile printers and Android.

The cured terminals are adapted for use in the field. With this in mind, Samsung offers Galaxy Tab Active, whose characteristics fit for careers in logistics, transportation, construction, and even the sale. The manufacturer indicates that the strength of the device is enhanced without compromising the aesthetics of the design. Galaxy Tab Active resistant to dust, water (IP67 certified), and falls to 1.2 meters. 
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Smart MultiXpress products range from ten multifunction printers feature a 10.1-inch Android tablet acting as the control panel. The device lets you create and edit documents directly to the printer, and access files in the cloud via applications like Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox or OneDrive. Only drawback: cost, which may be too high for small businesses.


October 19, 2014

OS X 10.10 Yosemite available for free

Apple used its conference to launch OS X 10.10 Yosemite free download. It is now available for Mac owners via the Mac App Store.

Last June, during the opening keynote of the WWDC conference in San Francisco, Apple introduced the new version of its OS X 10.10 operating system named Yosemite. Since beta versions have been proposed for pending final developers and the general public.
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As a reminder this new OS brings various improvements. At the interface, the icons in the dock, the menu or the Mail interface has been changed. Therefore, tools have been improved. The Safari web browser has been optimized especially with a new TabView display, which allows you to view all open tabs, or easy access favorites. In addition, the Spotlight search engine has been enhanced by allowing, among others, indicate the last pages open. The Notification Center acquires, also a new feature, called "Today," which acts as an enhanced calendar. In addition, owners of Mac and iOS 8 devices can better enjoy the "Continuity" function, allowing you to continue its activities in other media or to take his calls.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite is accessible for some Mac models sold in 2007 and 2008, and all those launched since 2009.

October 18, 2014

Netflix collects a total of 53.06 million subscribers

Its record in the third quarter is further evidence. Present in over 40 countries, Netflix collects a total of 53.06 million subscribers. If it is built now on international expansion, giant SVOD meets in the United States 37.22 million subscribers. An impressive figure that displeased the American channels.

However, some TV companies have reacted to counter Netflix on its own turf. These are large companies CBS and HBO, which just unveiled their new offerings this week.

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First, CBS introduced its streaming service, called "CBS All Access." Already accessible, it allows for a monthly subscription of 5.99 dollars, view programs including series, whose episodes are available the day after broadcast. All Americans can access the programs of local channels CBS television series that currently have a great success, such as "The Good Wife" and "Blue Bloods", and thousands of episodes of cult series, including "Twin Peaks "and" Star Trek. "

Moreover, the HBO group will expand access to its range of SVOD, "HBO Go," which is currently reserved for subscribers to the cable channel. From 2015, it will be publicly available on subscription via the internet. The group has not provided details, but it should appeal to many Americans attracted by the many successful TV series from HBO, such as "The Sopranos" and "Game of Thrones."

The great American bands of TV are determined to fight Netflix on its own ground, but also that of other players such as Amazon. With strong, diversified and successful series programs, they might worry Netflix. Not to mention that HBO and CBS are becoming available to consumers who have an internet subscription, but no TV or cable subscription.

MasterCard payment card with fingerprint reader

MasterCard and Zwipe created the first contactless payment card with an integrated fingerprint reader.

Different companies are trying to modernize and improve services and payment methods. Web companies are also interested. Social networks Facebook and Twitter have developed partnerships with banks to create a system of financial transfer. Another example, Apple will soon launch its mobile payment service via NFC, Apple Pay.
MasterCard has partnered with the company to develop Zwipe "payment solution fast and easy to use without compromising security." After a successful test in Norway, the two companies are launching a contactless payment card equipped with a fingerprint reader. A world first. Through the integration of a biometric sensor and secure authentication technology developed by Zwipe, this card allows you to adjust without contact and offers better security. Instead of typing the four-digit code, security is provided by the biometric data that is stored only on the card and not in a database.
The company prepares for 2015 Zwipe payment card identical to the standard model, which will be used on all payment terminals. On its website, MasterCard states that this "map will reload in contact with the payment terminal without the need for a battery."
Although both companies still need to improve this technology, the President of the Security Solutions Division for Business MasterCard, Ajay Bhalla, said: "(We) believe in personal identification without using the password or PIN. Biometric authentication will help us in this process. "

October 17, 2014

Google: quarterly profits down

Third-quarter turnover of Google rose 20%, but net profit was down 5%.
Among the leaders in several sectors, the financial results of Google are making steady progress. Experts and investors are watching closely and have high expectations. In the first quarter 2014, the group achieved a turnover and a profit increase year on year, respectively 19 and 6.5%. In the second quarter, growth was stronger with sales up 22% and especially a profit which rose 24.5%.
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In the third quarter, growth has continued. Google has thus achieved a turnover of 16.5 billion dollars, which grew year on year by 20%. Specifically, the direct income group accounted 68% of the total, 11.25 billion dollars and an increase of 20% compared to the same period 2013 partner sites generated 21% of Google's revenue, ie 3.43 billion dollars, an increase of 9%. Other information, international revenues Google still dominate and are progressing with a total of 9.55 billion dollars, or 58% of quarterly revenue.
However, the Group achieved a net profit (GAAP) 2.81 billion. Compared to the third quarter of 2013, this represents a drop of more than 5%. Involved, special charges related to the sale of Motorola Mobility and Lenovo to drop about 2% of the average cost per click ads on Google sites and partner.
Google CFO Patrick Pichette, said: "Google has once again achieved a strong performance in the quarter." However, investors are worried about the slowdown in advertising revenue growth and cost per click. At the end of the publication, the action had lost value. 

Apple iMac with Retina display

Apple unveiled a new iMac. Especially with a Retina display 5K, it's also the most expensive iMac.

Apple has introduced several new products this October 16. After the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus received great commercial success, it was the turn of the tablets iPad 2 and iPad Mini Air 3 to be launched. As for computers, Apple introduced its new iMac.
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This model is distinguished mainly by its screen. Indeed, the iMac has a 27-inch screen with Retina technology 5K 5120 x 2880 pixels, 14.7 megapixels. Compared to a standard screen offering, according to Apple, "four times more pixels" while consuming 30% less energy. Also, the camera has a choice of a quad-core processor Intel Core i5 clocked at 3.5 GHz (with Turbo Boost up to 3.9 GHz) processor or a quad core Intel Core i7 running at up to 4 GHz and Turbo Boost up to 4.4 GHz. It is associated with an AMD Radeon GPU R9 M290X (with 2GB of GDDR5 memory) or an AMD Radeon GPU R9 M295X (4GB of GDDR5 memory). In addition, the RAM is 8, 16 or 32GB of storage space and can be in Fusion Drive, 1 or 3 TB, and flash storage, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB.
Regarding connectivity, the iMac Retina provides, inter alia, 4 USB 3 ports and 2 ports Thunderbolt 2 , and is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 compliant.

Dimensions of 51.6 x 65 cm and weighs 9.54 kg, Apple has improved the display and components while maintaining the thickness of 5 mm. However, this has affected prices. Indeed, the Retina iMac is now available from 2,599 dollars and up to 4, 578 dollars with the highest performing components.