Apple sells record 4 million iPhone 6 in single day

September 17th, 2014

Demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 was expected to be high, but Apple just smashed its own record with this new flagship duo. According to the company, Apple moved a whopping 4 million units via pre-orders during the first 24 hours.

To put this figure in perspective, Apple sold half as many iPhone 5 devices during the pre-order period — 2 million units in 24 hours. The company did not offer pre-order sales of the iPhone 5s and 5c last year.

This momentum bodes well for a very successful launch day come Sept. 19 for Apple. Last year the company moved 9 million devices during the launch weekend of the iPhone 5s and 5c. And based on the lukewarm reaction to the colorful 5c, most of those sales likely went to the iPhone 5s.  More

Mobile phone or toothbrush

September 16th, 2014

There are 6.8 billion people on the planet and 4 billion of them use a mobile phone.

Only 3.5 billion of them use a toothbrush.

New restaurant tech lets servers order, swipe, print from iPod

September 15th, 2014

Startup company Zuldi is taking the touchscreen technology that’s become common in restaurants and bars to the next level.

“It makes things so much easier, everything is right there at my fingertips,” said Taryn Vazquez, one of the first bartenders in the country to use the new Zuldi technology at Bin 702 in Las Vegas.

Vazquez said it’s much faster than the old-fashioned method of placing orders from an anchored, touchscreen register.

“There would be a line of girls or bartenders to use the Micros system to punch in the orders,” Vazquez said.  More

Beware of cyber risks before dumping your old phone

September 12th, 2014

The launch of new smartphones by tech giants Samsung and Apple has some consumers wanting to make the upgrade as soon as they come on the mobile market.

Before making the switch, though, cybersecurity expert Mike Ricotta says users should be aware of potential cyber threats when moving personal information to a new phone.

When getting rid of the old device, “you want to make sure you’ve taken off any personal data, information you don’t want to be sharing with the public,” said Ricotta. He suggests backing up the phone to an external device. “You want to be sure you can recover data you may want, should it get lost.  External hard drives are something you can keep off-line, much more securely than a cloud server.”  More

Beware of the court-summons scam

September 8th, 2014

In today’s litigious society, almost anyone could be sued, and that’s what makes a pernicious malware scam so effective.

In an email that appears to bear the logo of a law firm, victims are told that they’re being summoned to court and that their failure to appear would cause the case to be heard without them — possibly resulting in a default judgment.

The catch: To find out who is suing, as well as the date and time of the hearing, you’re supposed to click on an attached “notice.” If you do, you’ll see what appears to be a court document — which is phony — on your screen. But what you won’t see is that the “exe” file you just opened is also slipping some nasty malware onto your computer.  More

Sony throws a curve at its already eye-catching 4K TVs

September 4th, 2014

It seemed for a while there that Sony was going to take the high road and avoid the whole curved 4K TV craze entirely. But, the company must have had a change in heart because it announced earlier this year that it had plans to introduce a two curved 4K televisions later in the year. At IFA 2014, we got our first look at those two models.

Positioned solely for the European market (for now … CEDIA is right around the corner, folks) the 65-inch KD-65S9005B and 75-inch KD-75S9005B are priced at £3,900 and £7,300 (roughly $5100 and $9500) respectively. If the two sets do make it to the U.S. (and that is very likely) they will probably come in pricier than their Samsung HU9000-series counterparts.

Sony’s flat X900B 4K TV series, which we recently reviewed, stands as the best overall LCD-based television we’ve seen so far this year, with Panasonic’s AX800 very close behind. As for curved LCD-based TVs, we’ll hand the crown to Samsung’s HU9000 ruling the curved LED TV roost, though we feel the Sony edges it out just slightly when it comes to overall picture quality.  More