Xbox One Blu-ray drive blues

Microsoft has had amazing sales of it’s new Xbox one console but unfortunately plaiged by issues with noises coming from the unit.

It has been found that the Blu-Ray drive is the culprit. The nukbers of users affected is quite small but it is brining back some bad memories of the red ring of death issues experienced with the Xbox 360.

Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and stated it will send out replacement consoles

 

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New numbers from Microsoft and Instagram and Vine hit Windows Phone

WMPoweruser reports the latest figures from Microsoft on the Windows Phone store.

Currently, according to Microsoft figures, there have been 3 billion downloads from the store so far since it was launched. Each day they get 10 million transactions which is a step up from the 9 million in September and 6.6 million in June.

These numbers are only around 5% of the iOS store however it shows strong growth for the platform that is quickly cementing it’s place as the third platform in the smartphone market.

Since Windows Phone 8 was released Microsoft have seen an increase of 181% in app revenue and downloads have increased by 209%.

With the release of the long anticipated Instagram and Vine, these figures are bound to grow and bring the gap between Android and iOS much closer.

Have you considered coding for Windows 8.1? Well this may help!

In the Appreneur Challenge Microsoft are giving away some amazing prizes simply for making some apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

Prizes include 25 Xbox One console and a major prize of a Surface Pro and “Money-can’t-buy experiences”.

With higher conversion rates and some awesome hardware and these awesome prizes, there really is no excuse for not having a go at making some awesome apps for the Windows platform.

The Xbox One

Microsoft have just released a bunch of videos in anticipation of the launch on Thursday Nov 21.

From the xbox blog:

As we announced last week, we’re celebrating this Friday’s launch of the Xbox One by throwing massive events for fans in dozens of cities across the world, including London, Sydney, Paris and Toronto among many others. While we look forward to seeing thousands of passionate Xbox fans at these midnight launches, we realize that not everyone can make it out to join in on the fun. With that in mind, we’ve decided to bring the biggest celebration of all, the Xbox One Countdown To Launch show, directly to you live beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Thursday Nov. 21.

Check out the action below:

Watch the Xbox One Launch Festivities Live.

Panasonics Toughpad 4K Tablet

Panasonic recently previewed their new 4k Tablet at NAB this year and ever since the industry has been keen to know when it may be avaiable.

The tablet is a 20 inch monster that has been ruggedised for commercial use. The tablet delivers Ultra-HD+ to Windows 8.1 to assist photographers, video professionals, architects, artists and more who demand the highest quality imaging from thier devices. Panasonic have released the pricing for the US market at $5999 and a release date of Jan 2014.

The full specs are available on the Panasonic blog and will be soon releasing some hands on coverage of this beast.

 

Update: Gartner market share results for Q3 2013

This is an update to my previous posts here and here with Gartner now chiming on with thier results.

Essentially they are saying that smartphone sales accounted for 55% of overall mobile phone sales in Q3 of 2013.

Worldwide phone sales totaled 455.6 million which is an increase of 5.7% on the same time last year.

By vendor, Samsung rule the roost even though growth was flat for them with Apple trailing behind with a less than expected growth and small decline due to late shipments. Lenovo rank in third with a large market in China and LG, Huawei trail respectively behind them.

By operating system, Android rules with iOS second, Windows Phone third and Blackberry, Bada and Symbian trailing respectively behind them.

In maobile phone sales by vendor (smart and dumb phones), Samsung rule with Nokia coming up next followed by Apple, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Lenovo, TCL, Sony, Yulong and others following respectively.