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Today Apple announced over four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones were sold within the first 24 hours of accepting pre-orders. A little math reveals Apple was selling iPhones at a rate of 46.296 iPhones per second! Apple mentioned iPhones sold over four million in 24 hours. Getting a bit technical, 47 iPhones sold per second equals 4,060,800 iPhones solid in a 24 period, matching Apple's statement. Considering Apple’s servers were going down due to massive volume during the first 2-3 hours the iPhone became available, it is truly a staggering number. Meanwhile, Samsung threw caution to the wind blitzing the Sunday NFL crowd with a new Samsung Galaxy Note ad. Truth be told, it was not so much a Galaxy Note ad as it was a “We are better than iPhone 6. Do not consider buying iPhone 6. And look, we have a stylus!” ad.

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Angry_samsung_kim_team_americaIn 2011, Samsung launched the Galaxy SII with an – at the time –  massive 4.3" display. The launch was a key moment in time for the Korean tech giant, as the company heavily leveraged their larger-than-iPhone display sizes. But starting today, the display options from Apple arrive in three flavors; 4", 4.7" and 5.5" displays. The major advantage Samsung had over the iPhone is now officially gone. Samsung's display supremacy has just run aground on an obvious question: What does Samsung do next?

Hot on the heels of Apple's special event, Samsung's ad agency of record RGA pushed out a slew of advertisements, bashing everything from Apple's event streaming issues, to the fact Apple now offers large display smartphones... Many of these ads have a nonsensical core to them, but apparently, bashing Apple (whether it makes sense or not) is the core to their advertising strategy. But advertising is one thing and countering Apple's latest iPhone lineup is another.

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Itunes_costcoBeginning June 27, iPhones and iPads will once again be sold through Costco Wholesale. Apple's strong march back into Costco means Samsung will no longer be going unchecked within the U.S.'s largest club wholesaler. Apple will soon be reconnected the club's higher income Americans, tp which Costco largely caters. 

The average annual household income of each Costco membership is $96,000. The typical Costco member who purchases technology at the retailer is not part of the early adopter crowd. Rather, Costco members largely tie into what is called the "laggard" segment of the market, settling on whatever Costco is offering. This is a large high-income segment Apple has been missing for the past four years.

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Yesterday Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos introduced the company’s first smartphone called fire Phone. Taking queues from the popular fire brand Amazon had built from their tablets, it seemed a logical extension of their tablet offering. The questions surrounding the fire Phone have largely been answered.

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Costco_AppleIn 2010, Apple and Costco parted ways. At the same time  Apple’s divorce with Costco was being completed, dealings with Walmart and Sam’s Club were heating up. Coincidence? We didn’t think so then, and now we don’t believe that's the case now. But rumor is, Apple and Costco are putting aside their differences in order to team up once again.

An email that's been circulating the past week is claimed to be from the Wireless Advocates CEO (Wireless Advocates owns the wireless kiosk contract at Costco), which states:

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Samsung’s Fingerprint Security Flaw

by: E. Werner Reschke | May 14, 2014
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Security Research Labs has discovered an pretty simple way to spoof Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner and gain access to the smartphone. The spoof involves creating a fake fingerprint which the Galaxy S5 thinks is valid and therefore unlocks the phone. What’s more is that the Galaxy S5 allows unlimited fingerprint attempts. This means the hacker doesn’t need to worry about not getting it right the first, second or third time. Just keep trying and eventually the hacker can get in.

However, a bigger problem is that once a hacker has gained access using the fingerprint spoof, they now have access to all areas of the phone — including the new PayPAL app. The hacker can use the hacked Galaxy S5 smartphone to make purchases and send money from the PayPal account on the phone.

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Apple "Beats" Samsung's LeBron

by: Mark Reschke | May 09, 2014

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A new war of cool and hip exploded onto the scene yesterday, with the rumor that Apple is set to acquire Beats Audio, and with it, take on Samsung's latest approach to cool, via their use of celebrities.

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