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CNET Rules: ‘Samsung Galaxy S3 Beats iPhone 5′

CNET made headlines around the tech community this week, deciding that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the first device “to knock the iPhone off its pedestal.

Samsung mocked Apple in an outdoor advertisement in Australia this week, mocking the company’s map app for some potentially dangerous errors. What do you think? Could Samsung climb to the top of the smartphone market in 2013?

Here’s more from CNET: “It took years of iPhone dominance and many months of Android market leadership for a phone with Google’s mobile operating system to knock the iPhone off its pedestal. The Samsung Galaxy S3 won that honor. The GS3 is a truly global phone, available on nearly every carrier, nearly everywhere. Its large, vibrant HD display represents a growing class of phones with broader form factors, and its delicate balance of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a sharp 8-megapixel camera, 4G LTE or HSPA+ support, and an accessible price make the Galaxy S3 a worldwide hero.”

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At Launch iPhone 5 Wasn’t As Popular As iPhone 4S At Launch

The iPhone 5 accounted for 68 percent of total iPhone sales at launch, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). While this is a big number it is much less than Apple saw with the iPhone 4S, which grabbed 90 percent of all iPhone sales the first month that it was available for sale.

The report also found that Apple has sold less of the 64GB iPhone 5 models, the highest priced of the devices.The 64GB models represented only 9% of iPhone 5s sold during the first month at retail. The 64GB model of the iPhone 4S, on the other hand, made up 23% of those devices sold when that model was introduced.

iPhone 5 shoppers were more likely to buy from Apple than were those shoppers at the launch of the iPhone 4S. Twenty-nine percent of iPhone 5 shoppers bought from an Apple store or Apple.com at launch, while only 13 percent of shoppers bought their device directly from Apple at the launch of the iPhone 4S. (Via AllThingsD).

Apple To Sell Latest iPad, iPad Mini & iPhone 5 in China

Apple announced that it will begin selling iPhone 5s, fourth generation iPads and iPad Minis display in China. The company will be selling the iPads beginning on Friday December 7th, and the iPhone 5s on Friday, December 14th. The devices will be available online and in Apple stores, as well as through authorized resellers in China.

These devices are already available in 47 countries around the globe, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K.

The iPad Mini is a 7.9-inch tablet with a 1,024 x 768 resolution screen that sells for $329.  The fourth generation iPad is a 10-inch tablet with a retina display and an A6 chip. It retails for $499. The iPhone 5 is the lightest iPhone to date. It features a 4-inch retina display and is powered with an A6 chip.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Was ‘World’s Best-Selling Smartphone’ in Q3 2012

Research firm Strategy Analytics reported that Samsung’s Galaxy S3 had topped Apple’s iPhone 4S as “the world’s best-selling smartphone” in the third quarter of 2012–the first time this has ever happened.

However, the company projects that iPhone 5 sales will top Samsung’s Galaxy S3 in the next quarter and once again dominate the world smartphone market. What do you think?

Check it out: “Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone model shipped 18.0 million units worldwide during the third quarter of 2012. The Galaxy S3 captured an impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever … Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million iPhone 4S units worldwide for second place, as consumers temporarily held off purchases in anticipation of a widely expected iPhone 5 upgrade at the end of the quarter.”

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Brazilian Judge Orders Arrest of Google Executive Over YouTube Videos (The Daily Dot)
A judge in Brazil has ordered the arrest of a Google executive after the company refused to remove two YouTube videos last week allegedly slandering a mayoral candidate in the city of Campo Grande. Judge Flavio Peren placed the order on Fabio Jose Silva Coehlo, Google’s president of operations in Brazil. AP The videos on YouTube make incendiary comments about an alleged paternity suit aimed at Alcides Bernal, who is running for mayor of the city of Campo Grande. Google said in a Tuesday statement that it rejected the decision by Peren, which included an order for a statewide, 24-hour suspension of Google and YouTube. The Financial Times The order, which Google is appealing, is the second time this month that an electoral court in Brazil has tried to arrest a top executive at the company for failing to delete YouTube videos attacking a mayoral candidate. While Google frequently faces challenges worldwide over videos or images uploaded to its websites, especially in the Middle East, Brazil is among the top sources of requests for content removal. Reuters In the second half of last year, Google removed four Orkut social network profiles after an electoral court order, the company said on a portion of its website called the Transparency Report. The Verge The controversy over these ads echoes that over the trailer for “Innocence of Muslims,” an anti-Islam piece that has sparked protests worldwide. If popular outcry exists in this case, it’s much more muted, and the video below has gotten only about 8,000 views since late August. Read more

Friday Morning Laughs – Football, Kittens & The iPhone 5

Kitten with Cape

TGIF! Happy Friday, ladies and gents! Not only is the weekend just around the corner but…it’s iPhone 5 day! That’s why this week’s Friday morning laughs features a couple of hilarious iPhone videos, in addition to some cute kittens, American football, the latest Sh*t Girls Say video, a sweet animated building and more. So sit back, relax and prepare to be entertained!

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Twitter Policy’s Latest Victim: If This, Then That (Mashable)
The online service IFTTT is the latest company to suffer because of Twitter‘s new API policy. The service sent a note to users on Thursday afternoon saying it would be removing some abilities with how it interacts with Twitter due to the new rules. AllThingsD The way the email was worded made it seem like IFTTT was the latest in a string of companies affected by Twitter’s recent overhaul of its developer guidelines (currently a hotbed of contention in the tech community that relies upon Twitter’s platform to power their services). “In recent weeks, Twitter has announced policy changes that will affect how applications and users like yourself can interact with Twitter’s data. As a result of these changes, on Sept. 27 we will be removing all Twitter triggers, disabling your ability to push tweets to places like email, Evernote and Facebook.” BuzzFeed Animated GIFs don’t display in most Twitter apps, including the official clients for iPhone, Android and Mac OS. They do display in Tweetdeck and on Twitter’s website, but they’ve been officially unsupported for years, according to Twitter’s support pages. Yahoo Chelsea confirmed that Jon Obi Mikel has closed his account on social networking website Twitter after receiving racial abuse following the 2-2 draw with Juventus on Wednesday evening. That error led to several racist tweets being directed at the Nigeria international, something which the west London club has now condemned. The Next Web Twitter is making what many of us feel to be mistakes with its beloved service. A service with a legacy of robust developer support and user-created community. But Twitter is not evil. Read more

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Apple: iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Topped 2M in 24 Hours (USA Today)
Apple on Monday said iPhone 5 preorders topped 2 million in 24 hours. The company said that because demand exceeded initial supply, some pre-orders will be delivered in October although most will be delivered this Friday. CNET That’s about double the first-day preorders for the last model, the iPhone 4S. One analyst is estimating sales could reach 10 million within the first week of it going on sale. Los Angeles Times Pre-ordered iPhone 5s have begun to ship and are on their way from China, according to various reports. Numerous people who pre-ordered their iPhone 5s have begun to say they’ve received shipping emails notifying them their iPhone 5s have left Zhengzhou, China. Bloomberg Businessweek Apple surpassed $700 in late trading Monday, fueling optimism that the company will keep generating the revenue growth that transformed it from a niche computer manufacturer into the world’s most valuable business. The stock has advanced 73 percent this year. GigaOM There was a 16-month gap between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S releases, and the September 2011 quarter saw an earnings miss as a result. By releasing iPhone 5 right before the end of the September quarter this year, Apple’s ensuring that won’t happen again. Read more

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Google Refuses to Remove Anti-Muslim YouTube Video (Mashable)
White House officials on Friday asked YouTube to review an anti-Muslim video cited as fueling violent protests worldwide, but according to The New York Times, the Google-owned site doesn’t have any intention of taking it down. Google told the publication that the “Innocence of Muslims” video does not violate terms of service for YouTube regarding hate speech because it is focused on the Muslim religion and not the people who practice it. Forbes The protests, which started in Africa and moved into the Middle East, have now spread into China, Great Britain, Germany and Australia. Google said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia, and has already blocked it in Egypt and Libya, where U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed inside the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. Reuters Google said it was further restricting the clip to comply with local law rather than as a response to political pressure. “This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007,” the company said. CNET This is not the first time that a U.S. tech company has found itself at the center of a political storm. Nor is it likely to be the last. But earlier cases centered around the sometimes awkward interaction between the technology industry and nondemocratic regimes. The New York Times The controversy over the video has raised questions about the role of Google in governing free expression by determining which content is acceptable to show online and which is not. The company does not police videos uploaded to the site because of the sheer volume involved; 72 hours of videos are uploaded each minute. Read more

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Apple’s Big Day: Everything You Need to Know (Mashable)
Wednesday was a big day for Apple. The company announced a new version of its iPhone, new iPods and a number of updates to iTunes and the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. USA Today The latest and the sixth version of the phone — to be called iPhone 5 — is taller, thinner, faster and brighter, with new features installed seemingly as a response to stepped-up competitive pressures from Samsung, HTC and Nokia. With consumers increasingly turning to smartphones for photography and viewing videos, Apple’s most significant upgrade is the new four-inch screen that will make the device about half an inch taller than previous models. PC Magazine Apple spent a significant portion of its iPhone 5 keynote talking up its revised iPods. A lot has changed — even right down to the bundled earphones. Macworld The tech giant also announced the newest version of the company’s mobile operating system, iOS 6, will be available for users to download on Sept. 19. The update will be free and available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S; the fourth-generation iPod touch; and the the second- and third-generation iPads. The Huffington Post Apple also revealed that iTunes is getting a major revamp. It will feature a grid user interface, users can change the order of upcoming tracks within a queue, and search has been upgraded with inline results: one click for information, double-click to play. SocialTimes While there aren’t a huge number of new social features, the iPhone 5 and the new iOS 6 operating system do incorporate a few updates that will make social media lovers happy. For starters, FaceTime now works over cellular networks. Additionally, iOS 6 features a shared photo stream, and you’ll be able to post to Facebook by voice using Siri. AllFacebook The newest smartphone and iTunes will feature Facebook integration as part of the company’s plan to deepen its ties with the social network via the iOS 6 software update. Apple executives fostered discussion of the highly anticipated iPhone 5 Wednesday, showing off how Facebook is deeply integrated into the system. Wired In the United States, the phone ships on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint on Sept. 21. The iPhone 5 will come in three storage sizes: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, and will cost $200, $300, and $400, respectively, with a two-year contract. Read more