Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nexus 5 said to be 'half the price' of the iPhone 5S

A source says the new Google phone will come with an attractive price for those that have been hankering for a new Nexus.

(Credit: MacRumors)

The hype and rumors we're hearing around the upcoming Nexus 5, expected from LG and Google later this month, is that it could instantly become the new Android phone to beat. But the latest whisperings hint that it could also give the iPhone 5s iphone cases otterbox xperia play a run for its money when it comes to how much of your money you have to shell out for one.

TechRadar says a "source familiar with Google" has told the site that the successor to the popular but LTE-less Nexus 4 will ship in the latter part of October and cost "half the price" of the iPhone 5S.

What's a little tricky about this is that the source seems to be referring to United Kingdom prices and ship dates, which can be different from what we see in the United States. If the Nexus 5 were to be half of what an unlocked iPhone 5S sells for at retail stateside (it starts at $649 for 16 GB contract-free with a T-Mobile SIM), that would mean we could see a new unlocked Nexus that, according to TechRadar's source, will meet the specs of the iPhone 5S, but for less than $350.

That would certainly be a welcome deal for Nexus fans hoping for a repeat of the $299 price tag for an unlocked Nexus 4 right out of the gate.

We'll see in the coming weeks if Google actually offers such a pre-holiday bargain on a top-flight phone, or if we've just caught wind of some sort of UK-only pricing scheme or just total bunk.

Be sure to read up on everything else we expect in a new Nexus, and let us know in the comments if you plan to get one of your own.

Source: Cnet

Unofficial iPhone 5s tracker helps customers find gold

Summary: An inventory tracker was developed by an enterprising Apple developer looking for the fabled gold iPhone 5s iphone cases etsy.

Remember the rumor that Apple was going to update its Apple Store app to include real-time iPhone inventory status? Well, it never came to pass, at least the way I imagined.

In 2008 a developer built an iPhone 3G tracker by scraping the Apple Store's JSON data feed (Apple quickly pulled the feed). Then in 2009 Apple posted an official iPhone 3GS tracker that was updated hourly and linked to its sales system.

Unfortunately, it's 2013 and the current implementation is incredibly obtuse and difficult to use. There's no simple chart that simply shows where to find an iPhone 5s in stock. It's a huge step backwards from 2009.

To find an iPhone 5s near you, you need to go to Apple's buy page, click on the configuration you want, then click on the tiny blue "check availability" link in the right navigation bar. From there, you can enter your zip code to see availability at five stores at a time, for that configuration. If you want to check another color or configuration, you need to start over.

Enter iPhone-Check by Mordy Tikotzky (@Tikotzky), an Apple Developer from NJ.

Frustrated with not being able to find a gold iPhone 5c for his wife he build a slick iPhone tracker that scrapes for the most up to date iPhone 5s inventory information.

According to Tikotzky iPhone-Check started as a little project running on his local computer and then he decided to share it with the world. Tikotzky wrote it in an hour (using on top of with the support of his employer (@homeandstone) who let him do it on their time. He spent another two hours tweaking it in the evening.

iPhone-Check must be scratching an itch. The site broke 100k unique visitors Wednesday and has topped 1 million page views since it was launched less than a week ago. It's a shame that Apple couldn't offer a proper iPhone tracker, because clearly there's demand.

Now where all these gold iPhones I keep hearing about?

Source: Zdnet

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 5S Still Out Of Stock In Many Areas

Demand for apple 5s iphone cases otter box zoom Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone 5S remains strong, with many stores still not having enough stock.

When Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL) reports its September quarter results next month, one of the key things analysts will be paying close attention to is iPhone sales. According to analyst Chris Whitmore, demand for the iPhone 5S remains strong as stores in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia are having trouble keeping it in stock.

iPhone 5S demand going strong

He issued a note to investors with highlights from his most recent channel checks for Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL)'s two new iPhones. They have been on sale for a little over a week, and he said that 80 to 90 percent of the stores he checked in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia were out of stock of the iPhone 5S. He also notes that online ordering for most iPhone 5S models shows wait times of three weeks or more.

Supply of the iPhone 5C, however, is no problem at all as there appears to be plenty of those models available for purchase.

Apple could see a lift next quarter

While some remain concerned about the availability of the iPhone 5S, Whitmore believes this will lift Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL)'s earnings results for the December quarter. In addition, he estimates that both the iPhone 5S and 5C offer better margins, so Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL) should see its gross margins improve as well. According to his estimations, the iPhone 5S will contribute about 1 point of additional margin, while the iPhone 5C will contribute about 50 basis points of margin.

He expects that the two new handsets will be immediately accretive to Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL)'s corporate margins and probably even improve as time goes on, thanks to ramps in volume and improvements in supply chain efficiency.

He notes that with new iPad models expected in October, Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL) could deliver a very strong holiday quarter. Whitmore maintained his above-consensus estimates of $44.63 per share in earnings for fiscal year 2014, compared to the Wall Street consensus of $43.09 per share.

Source: Valuewalk

Sunday, September 29, 2013

PHOTOS: This Is What You Need To Be For Halloween

<halloween costumes angel kidsp>Our favorite holiday will be here before we know it. And in order to be able to enjoy all of the pumpkin carving, trick or treating, candy eating, and spooking that comes with Halloween, we need to get one very important decision out of the way -- and that's choosing what we're dressing up as, of course.

To make it a little easier, our friends at HGTV featured the most adorable DIY Halloween costumes for the whole family that you can get started on this weekend. You'll be surprised at how easy they are to make. For example, that plain grey sweatsuit you wear as pajamas can be whipped into a pretty scary looking shark-inspired outfit by sewing on a little pointed-tooth trim and some eyes. Need some inspiration to get you started? Click through the slideshow of ideas below and head back to HGTV for even more.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The spotlight is now squarely on the man who does everything he can to avoid it publicly: Browns general manager Mike Lombardi.
Ultimately CEO Joe Banner makes the decisions on player selection, trades and free agency signings, but Lombardi does the legwork, so in the end Lombardi's player evaluation will determine what the Browns get out of trading Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first-round draft pick in May.
Brandon Weeden might as well think about a pro golf career since he has failed in baseball and the Browns have seemingly determined he has already failed in pro football. Otherwise, Coach Rob Chudzinski would not have said he is keeping his options open when Weeden returns from a sprained thumb. If Brian Hoyer plays well against the Vikings today, Weeden might never start another game for the Browns.
Packaging their own first-round pick with the one they get from the Colts to move up for a quarterback is obviously their desire. That is assuming the Browns win a game and don't earn the first pick outright; on Dec. 1 they host Jacksonville in the Quarterback Bowl.
But for now, let's assume they pick twice in the first round. They use their own choice, another top 10 pick most likely, on a quarterback and use the pick originally belonging to the Colts to plug another gaping hole. The Colts finished 11-5 in 2012 and picked 24th in the first round in 2013.
I went back to the 2011 draft researching for this column to learn how players picked between 17 and 25 fared, figuring the Colts' pick would be somewhere in that window. Four offensive linemen, four defensive linemen (including Browns nose tackle Phil Taylor) and one defensive back were drafted.
Picks 17-25 in 2012 included one defensive back, three defensive ends, a wide receiver, a quarterback (Weeden), a tackle, a guard and a linebacker.
Lombardi should be able to find a starter for Banner with the later pick in the draft, especially because that player won't be trying to crack the lineup of a playoff team.
Nate Solder, a tackle taken 17th by the Patriots in 2011, has played in 34 of a possible 34 games with 31 starts, including two games this year. Corey Liuget, a defensive tackle picked 18th by the Chargers, has played in 33 of a possible 34 games with 31 starts.
Some players such as defensive end Adrian Clayborn from the Buccaneers (picked 20th in 2011) and Taylor missed time with injuries. Danny Watkins, a guard taken 23rd by the Eagles, washed out. He was waived at the end of training camp this summer and signed by the Dolphins two days later.
The Browns have plenty of needs, and with 10 picks will want to use most of them. They need a quarterback, an offensive guard, a wide receiver, a cornerback, a safety and now a running back. They will need a center if they do not re-sign Alex Mack.
Making the right choice with the pick acquired from the Colts is the only way to justify sending Richardson to Indianapolis.
Put a cap on it
After trading Richardson, the Browns lead the NFL with $25.24 million in salary cap room.
When a player is traded, the team the player leaves is responsible for the pro-rated portion of his signing bonus. Richardson's signing bonus in 2012 was $13,341,672. The pro-rated portion of that for 2014 and 2015, known as "dead money" because the team is paying it to a player it no longer employs, is $6,670,836.
Brothers in misery
The Browns and Steelers are both 0-2 for the same reason. Both teams are scoring challenged. The Browns have scored 16 points and the Steelers have scored 19.
"Nineteen points in two football games is not going to win a lot of football in this league," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "If you would have told me we would have scored 19 points through the first two games, I would have told you we would have had an opportunity to be 0-2."
Grounded Eagles
Fans were very excited watching Chip Kelly's high-octane offense in the first half of the season opener in an NFC North match with division rival Washington. The Eagles haven't looked so hot since then.
Philadelphia is 1-2 and the Redskins are 0-2. Still, offense isn't the problem. The Eagles have averaged 461.7 yards per game. Their problem is they cannot stop anybody. Opponents are holding onto the ball for an average of more than 35 minutes a game — more than 10 minutes a game more than the Eagles.
There is no way Philadelphia's defense can continue playing at that pace. Opponents have 77 first downs in just three games.

Source: News-herald

Leonardo DiCaprio is looking for some space, just south of Union Square; Khloe Kardashian hints there's news to come

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Rumors that People managing editor Larry Hackett is dating a staffer are the hot story at the magazine.

People's well-liked managing editor, Larry Hackett, has created more gossip inside the magazine's office than he does in the magazine.

Staffers are buzzing that the glossy's honcho, who is also president of the American Society of Magazine Editors, has been secretly dating an underling at the magazine.

"Everyone is saying he's been seeing a very high senior member of staff and that they have been dating since he divorced his wife," one insider tells us. "The whispers are loud because no one knows anything about his personal life at all."

Hackett and his schoolteacher ex-wife finalized their divorce last year after 20 years of marriage and two kids.

Immediately after the split, Hackett was rumored to have been dating an actress, but that turned out to be just a rumor.

Another source in media tells us Hackett has moved from Brooklyn, where he lived with his kids, and "hooked up with a beautiful younger woman that works at the magazine."

The notoriously private editor, who reveals personal details about celebrities' lives in his magazine, does not list his ex-wife or children's names in his official People bio.

"New beginnings seem to be in the air for Larry," says our initial tipster. "His contract at People is up at the end of the year and it will not be renewed as the magazine's sales numbers continue to decline."

(You first read about People not renewing Hackett's contract in Confidenti@l in July.)

The print mag has struggled in the past year, most recently when it ran a bethenny Frankel cover that rival Us Weekly had turned down. That issue sold just over 600,000 copies - a stunningly low figure for the most respected magazine in its class. Just a few years ago, People moved over 2 million newsstand copies weekly.

Hackett landed the top spot at People in 2006 and oversees all editorial operations of the magazine. He previously served as deputy managing editor.

The affable editor, known to be friendly with his staff, also has a weekly gig on "Good Morning America" in which he talks celebrity gossip, and appears on " Jimmy Kimmel Live" to chat about Hollywood. He may be looking toward TV for his next gig, we hear.

Neither Hackett nor a rep for People returned a request for comment.


Leonardo DiCaprio was planning to go apartment-hunting Thursday afternoon at 12 E. 13th St., where a spy tells us he was set to check out a parking garage that's being renovated into high-end condos. The building just south of Union Square doesn't look like much from the outside, but the pending residential conversion might appeal to "The Wolf of Wall Street" star. "Maybe they're offering him raw space to do whatever he wants," a source says.

Developers DHA Capital LLC and Continental Properties snatched up the garage - which houses a Hertz rental car station - for $32 million, according to the real estate journal Globe Street. The new owners plan to gut the space and market it as a mix of full-floor homes and duplexes. That could wind up luring some big-time buyers. "It's hard to find huge lofts in the middle of the Village," says Adrienne Alpert, CEO of the Marketing Directors real estate firm. "Usually you have to go pretty far west or east to find anything like this. It'll be spectacular."



Khloe Kardashian's steel veneer may be starting to crack. Since tossing hubby Lamar Odom out of their L.A. manse due to his alleged crack addiction, Khloe has remained mum. But she posted an eerie picture of a girl in a mask to Instagram on Thursday, with a caption reading: "She smiles to mask the pain in her heart. She laughs to conceal the tears in her eyes." It may be a clue into the near future - we're hearing the couple's divorce is imminent.


The mayoral race isn't over yet, but Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir already has the perfect cast in mind if someone makes a movie about candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota. " Christopher McDonald and Jason Alexander," Saffir told us at the New Yorkers for Children gala to benefit youth in foster care. Saffir also looks forward to Mayor Bloomberg attending more of his star-studded screenings after he leaves City Hall. "I hope so, because he's a good guest and he's smart and fun and people love him."


New York isn't such a big city for Hollywood indie darling Parker Posey. At a recent Hope North charity event, the Big Apple resident told us she rarely ventures north of 14th St. "I'm pretty much strictly downtown," she said. "The Union Square Market and then down." Staying downtown lets Posey reduce her carbon footprint - and so does the greenmarket. "We're so blessed to have that market. You know you can compost there? I store it in my freezer then bring it down." Posey was at the event to support a school in Uganda for orphans and former child soldiers.


Of all the actresses to feel self-conscious about looks, we don't want to hear it from the absolutely stunning Jessica Alba. In the new issue of Health magazine, where she looks gorgeous as always, she breaks down her insecurities. "I was a lot more critical of my body when it was probably pretty awesome," she says. "It's like, why did I not ever wear jean shorts? That's so crazy. I was so skinny! I didn't have any cellulite. ... what was I thinking?!"



You've got to hand it to Miley Cyrus - since the backlash over her totally naked "Wrecking Ball" video she at least had the decency to put on underwear on a newly leaked alternate album cover for "Bangerz." With a pixie cut slicked to the side and that underboob tattoo, the now-single Cyrus doesn't look like she's shying away from the spotlight after calling off her engagement to Liam Hemsworth earlier this week. If that's too much skin for you, yet another version of the record cover shows her merely pants-less.


When you look like Kate Upton, you can't go low-key. The supermodel tried to fly under the radar Tuesday at Stone Rose Lounge in the Time Warner Center, but was noticed by nearly every patron in the restaurant. "She was sitting with an unidentified male friend and was not with [boyfriend] Maksim Chmerkovskiy," a spy tells us. "She looked demure in a black sweater and matching leggings." The duo sipped on Sonoma Cutrer wine and Don Julio Silver tequila on the rocks with their meal.



LeBron James enjoying a romantic night out with new wife Savannah Brinson at Antica Pesa in Rome - the sister restaurant of the Williamsburg hotspot. ... Amanda Seyfried dressed down without makeup, with boyfriend Justin Long at Lure Fishbar in SoHo. ... Bill Wackermann, publisher of Condé Nast Traveler, giving away trips to Madrid and Milan, for the launch of the mag's "I Am a Traveler" ad campaign at Tertulia in Greenwich Village. ... Tim Gunn attending the American Folk Art Museum's gala kickoff at the long-anticipated Harlem supper club Minton's.


Known for her privacy, Charlize Theron spent most of the night in a lounge that resembled a "cage" at Hakkasan Beverly Hills. Our spywitness says the actress hid out in the restaurant's Ling Ling Lounge as Chris Ivery and wife Ellen Pompeo hosted a launch event for Vallure Vodka Wednesday. Also at the fete were Hillary Duff, Sanaa Lathan, Minka Kelly, Mandy Moore and Julianne Hough, and Samantha Ronson dejaying.

Source: Nydailynews

SUNDAY 1 AM, 4TH UPDATE: With the 65th Emmys broadcasting this weekend, Hollywood is only talking television, television, television. Yes, I'll be interrupting my vacation and live-snarking the small screen awards starting Sunday at 5:00 PM PT. But only because the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was hoping I wouldn't. As for the big screen, total moviegoing should be only $75M, or -9% from last year. Prisoners-takes-7-5m-friday22m-weekend/prisoners-poster-3/">Both Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal plugged, plugged, plugged (playing in 3,260 theaters) to a $7M opening Friday and then up +28% to $9M Saturday for a decent $21.4M domestic weekend. Their pairing didn't produce the hype that Christian Bale or Leonardo DiCaprio might have as originally planned. But Jackman and Gyllenhaal did their jobs to open this R-rated Alcon Entertainment developed, financed, and produced dark kidnapping thriller distributed by Warner Bros to a $20+M debut like stars should. (Who was the bigger draw? Definitely Hugh... Jake usually can't open an envelope.) Prisoners is the 2nd biggest three-day opening for Alcon founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove behind Blind Side 's $34.1M.

With a 'B+' CinemaScore despite a longish 2 hour, 26 minute running time, pic had a lean budget of $46M and a stellar supporting cast (Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo). During a slow September, this adult drama directed by Denis Villeneuve (Foreign Language Oscar nominee Incendies) and written by Aaron Guzikowski (whose script wound up on Hollywood's prestigious Black List) could have legs here and overseas. The marketing strategy was "to sell a visceral, taut, beautifully made thriller with powerhouse performances that asks the question, 'What would you do if this happened to you?'" Warner Bros Pictures' Worldwide Marketing President Sue Kroll tells me. The film emerged with great buzz from the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals from cinefile and mainstream media. (EW critic Owen Gleiberman ranked it with classic vengeance films Straw Dogs, Death Wish, and Kill Bill.)

This weekend's new underperformer is Sony Pictures' Screen Gems 3D teen dance pic Battle Of The Year (released into a middling run of 2,009 theaters) which dropped from #4 to #5. Inspired by director Benson Lee's award-winning documentary Planet B-Boy, and co-written by Brin Hill ( Won't Back Down), pic stars Josh Holloway ( Lost) and Grammy bad boy Chris Brown, it's obviously a tired genre despite a fresh 'A-' CinemaScore from audiences. So Friday's $1.4M and Saturday's $2.0M (+45%) for the $4.6M weekend is half what the studio was forecasting for pic's $20M-range cost. Media campaign was designed around television especially to target young females, clubbers, and urban audiences. Integrations and takeovers included Fox's So You Think You Can Dance where dancers from the film performed on-air during the show's finale, and BET'S 106 & Park where the winner of a national dance contest performed during a special BOTY cast show. Online and social media included Tumblr, VEVO, Buzznet, Instagram, Vine and hip hop sites.

No updated numbers yet for The Wizard Of Oz: IMAX 3D whose pre-sales big online ticketseller Fandango proclaimed were "looking great and powerful" in limited release. The PG upgrade of the 1939 classic released into 318 theaters and made $750K Friday and is targeting $2.8M this weekend. Platforming in 5 theaters this weekend is Universal/Imagine's Ron Howard's Formula One critical darling Rush starring Chris Hemsworth, for $66K Friday and a $223K weekend. Pic opens wider on September 27th when I'll post a full report and see if car racing pics are cursed at the box office. Fox Searchlight's James Gandolfini-Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said, opened Wednesday in 4 runs. With $62K Friday and a $210 weekend, one of the final movies from The Sopranos star has a cume of $263K.

Here's the partial Top Ten list based on weekend estimates:

1. Prisoners (Alcon/Warner Bros) NEW [Runs 3,260] R
Friday $7.0M, Saturday $9.0M, Weekend $21.4M

2. Insidious: Chapter 2 (FilmDistrict) Week 2 [Runs 3,155] PG13
Friday $4.6M, Saturday $6.3M, Weekend $14.2M (65%), Cume $50.5M

8. Riddick (Universal) Week 3 [Runs 3,022] R
Friday $1.0M, Saturday , Weekend $3.4M, Cume $37.0M

For more estimates listed by title, see box office results here...

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Source: Deadline