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Elite Daily — by Sean Levinson V Aug 21, 2013
Internet.org is a collaborative effort involving some of the biggest tech companies on earth, including Nokia, Samsung, Ericsson and chip designer Qualcomm.
The primary goal is to make the Internet affordable for roughly five billion impoverished people in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Facebook is currently trying to alter the programming of its mobile app so that it requires less bandwidth and is therefore cheaper to run.
The mobile companies are trying to make handsets that have longer battery lives and draw less Internet bandwidth.
According to Daily Mail, Zuckerberg hopes to reduce the cost of Internet access by 99% in ten years.
“The goal of Internet.org is to make Internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today,” Zuckerberg said.
The project’s main focus is smartphone connectivity, as billions of people in under-developed nations already use cell phones to communicate. Mobile phones are also cheaper than PCs and are more practical Internet sources in areas with unreliable electricity.
Internet.org has been live since this morning. The project’s website features an excerpt from a 1963 speech by John F. Kennedy set to images of impoverished people and regions.
Currently, Jaguar offers the F-Type in three trims:
F-Type: 3.0L Supercharged V6 engine with 340 hp, 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds, and a top speed of 161 mph. Starts at $69,000
F-Type S: 3.0L Supercharged V6 engine with 380 hp, 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds, and a top speed of 171 mph. Starts at $81,000
F-Type V8 S: 5.0L V8 engine with 495 hp, 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph. Starts at $92,000
Other highlighted features include intelligent stop/start, an Active Exhaust button to amplify the engine note (optional on entry level V6), Eight-Speed Quickshift Automatic Transmission with Paddle Shifters, a soft top that folds in 12 seconds at up to 30 mph, Dynamic Launch Mode for track driving, and two sound system options (10 speaker 380-watt/12 speaker 770-watt) from British Hi-Fi manufacturer Meridian.
More on the F-Type at JaguarUSA.com
Sony is firing the first salvo with upcoming PlayStation 4 video game console, which goes on sale on November 15 in the United States, and November 29 in Europe. The price of the PS4 will be $399 – or $100 less than Microsoft’s new Xbox system.
The PS4 replaces the PlayStation 3, which was introduced seven years ago. The new system will feature souped up graphics and processing horsepower. It has an eight-core x86 processor, and 8 GB of RAM that will provide an extreme level of detail in games. There is also a new share button on the PS4 controller, which gives users the ability to broadcast gameplay directly to Twitch. Twitch has become one of the most popular ways for gamers to share footage online.
Sony reports that they have already pre-sold more than a million PS4 systems.
The Japanese electronics giant also announced price cuts on older game systems. The PlayStation 3 console and PlayStation Vita handheld will both be available for $199.
The release of the PS4 console will make it a hot item for the holidays.
Here are some of the titles that will be available for the PS4 at launch:
- NBA 2K14
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Skylanders Swap Force
- Need for Speed: Rivals
- Battlefield 4
- Madden 25
- FIFA 14
- NBA Live 14
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- Assassins Creed IV Black Flag
- Watch Dogs
- Just Dance 2014
- LEGO Marvel Superheroes
Don’t expect a soft launch for iTunes Radio. Apple has lined up blue chipadvertisers for its upcoming launch next month of iTunes Radio, according to an Ad Age report. McDonald’s, Nissan, Pepsi and Procter & Gamble were named as advertising partners already on board. In addition, the launch appears to be timed for maximum exposure.
The report, which claimed the launch is set for next month, has numerous details that suggest Apple will roll out a fully conceived service rather than something half-baked that will improve over time. Minimum ad buys are said to be around $1 million. Apple’s iAds mobile advertising network had similarly high minimum buys that were drastically lowered over time.
There are a couple reasons why Apple can demand high minimum buys from advertisers for iTunes Radio. First, Pandora, iHeartRadio and other Internet radio services have already confirmed the viability of the format. Apple is not creating a new product unfamiliar to advertisers. Second, Apple can offer a range of ad types — audio, video and “slate” ads that appear in front of any app or web browser — that improve on the common display ad. Apple will also give advertisers the opportunity to sponsor branded stations.
Timing is another factor. The iTunes Radio launch appears to be timed to coincide with the arrival of two new iPhone models. Reports Tuesday said Apple has asked its assembler to begin shipping new high-end and low-end iPhones early next month. That jibes with AdAge’s claim that iTunes Radio will launch sometime next month. iTunes Radio would certainly generate strong consumer and media interest if launched alone, but launching in tandem with new iPhone models will amplify the message.
These details help answer an important question about the service: is iTunes Radio a profit center or a loss leader? It will take many years to turn a profit — look at Pandora — but Apple is clearly not treating iTunes Radio as a necessary expense to keep consumers within the Apple ecosystem. It certainly has enough resources simply to operate iTunes Radio at a loss while taking market share. But Apple is treating Internet radio as an extension of its iAds business that generates revenue while improving its customers’ experiences.
The new details don’t help answer a few other questions, however. How will iTunes Radio help Apple sell more downloads? It’s known that iTunes Radio will have an embedded buy button to facilitate purchases and will stream promotional tracks. But the service’s ability to induce purchases really can’t be known until it launches.
Perhaps the most important question is if iTunes Radio is a steppingstone or an end game. Put another way, will Apple use iTunes Radio to inform the development of a subscription service? As more and more consumer listening shifts to on-demand streaming, people are searching for signs that Apple will launch a competitor to Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Beats Music and Google Play Music All Access. Steve Jobs was known to dislike subscription services. To date, Apple has shown only slight interest — CEO Tim Cook reportedly met with Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine in March.
We know two things for sure based on the product about to launch. First, Apple doesn’t want to miss an opportunity to push Internet radio further into the mainstream. Second, Apple does not believe the mainstream consumer is ready for music subscription services.
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