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Apple and Samsung continue to battle it out in the smartphone market, and Samsung continues to hold the upper hand. While Apple continues to hold a strong grip on the American smartphone market, the latest numbers for worldwide smartphone market share show that Samsung is beginning to pull away from Apple in its lead over the iPhone maker.

“The race between Apple and Samsung remained tight during the quarter, even as both companies posted growth in key areas,” Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst with IDC, said today in a statement. “Apple launched its popular iPhone 4S in additional key markets, most notably in China, and Samsung experienced continued success from its Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet and other Galaxy smartphones.”

During the first quarter, IDC research reveals that Samsung remained the number one smartphone vendor in the world with a market share of 29.1 percent, nearly five percent higher than Apple’s stake of 24.2 percent. Samsung shipped 42.2 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter, while Apple shipped 35.1 million iPhones. Both companies have increased their smartphone shipments dramatically year-over-year, with Apple and Samsung shipping only 18.6 million and 11.5 million smartphones respectively in the year-ago quarter.

At that time, Nokia was the top smartphone vendor with market share of 23.8 percent. A year later, it holds a staggeringly lower 8.2 percent stake in the smartphone market. Apple was also still ahead of Samsung at the time, but the smartphone landscape has changed significantly in the past twelve months.

“While Apple and Samsung have taken it in turns to lead the smartphone market over the last four quarters, it seems as if Samsung may now have established a firm lead in this space, shipping 11.8 million more units than the Cupertino, California company in Q1,” Juniper said in a statement today.

Apple has yet to launch the iPhone on the world’s largest carrier, China Mobile, so that could help the Cupertino-based company make up some significant ground in international market share. For now, however, Samsung is winning. Apple might dominate the United States smartphone market, but Samsung is dominating the rest of the world.

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Kickstarter project Brydge is an accessory that turns your iPad into a MacBook. It has an aluminum body, patent-pending hinge, speakers, keyboard, and more. With the project fully funded, it should enter production soon. Pledges are still being accepted, and $170 for the model without speakers or $210 with speakers will get you your own Brydge. What do you think about it?

Brydge is an elegant solution to the lack of quality iPad keyboards and accessories currently on the market. Made from aerospace-grade aluminum, with optional stereo speakers, Brydge connects to your iPad using a patent-pending hinge. This click-in hinge allows for close to 180 degrees of iPad positioning and holds your iPad secure.

Fast Company yesterday published what it claims to be additional “lost interviews” of the late Steve Jobs, Apple’s former CEO and co-founder. These interviews cover a good deal of the time when Jobs was at Pixar, which is not as well known as his presence at Apple, Inc. was. As you very well may know, Jobs purchased Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division in 1986 and renamed it “Pixar”, which later became well-known for its spectacular animated pictures.

Even though Jobs really enjoyed all the fun he got out of Pixar, NeXT brought him back to Apple after the Cupertino-based corporation had failed to develop a new software architecture back in 1996. Later that year, Jobs sold NeXT to Apple for $400 million in hopes of reviving what he once co-founded. Gil Amelio, who was the CEO of Apple at the time, also hired Jobs in the acquisition as an “iCEO” — the “i” was supposed to be “interim.” Do indulge in a good read of these interviews if you have some time on your hands.

Wall Street Journal and AllThingsD journalist Walt Mossberg, who interviewed Steve Jobs at the D8 conference in 2010, has recommended that potential Mac buyers hold off on their purchase ahead of the expected refreshes that Apple is expected to make to its product lineup. Mossberg is well-connected within the tech industry, and we recommend taking his words wisely.

Apple is overdue for redesigned laptops, especially in its MacBook Pro line, and it is a good bet that new, possibly heavily redesigned, models will begin appearing later this year. Current Macs will likely be upgradable to Mountain Lion, but if you buy now, you’ll miss out on the likely new hardware.

If you have been waiting patiently to get your hands on the latest MacBook Air or Pro models with Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors, be prepared to wait a little longer. During a first quarter earnings conference call, Intel’s CEO confirmed that the chip maker will launch its Ivy Bridge processors in two phases.

 

“The first versions of Ivy Bridge that we’re shipping are quad-cores,” CEO Paul Otellini said during the call today. “And then the second launch of the products is the dual core, which is the mainstream notebooks,” he added.

 

The chip maker will first roll out its quad-core Ivy Bridge processors, which are expected to be unveiled next Monday, April 23. Subsequently, the company will release dual-core models for mainstream notebooks, which likely includes the MacBook Air, in a second wave. According to CNET, that second launch is likely to take place in June, so don’t be too surprised if the remainder of April and May pass by without any MacBook Air or Pro refresh.

 

  • Multi-view stereo and 3D reconstruction
  • Inpainting of occluded geometry and texture data
  • SLAM
  • Mesh texturing techniques
  • Large scale bundle adjustment
  • Cameras and surfaces in a 3D environment

Apple is looking for a Computer Vision specialist to strengthen its multi-view stereo research group. As a member of this team you should have a genuine interest in technology and be a skilled developer with knowledge and experience in Computer Vision, Image Analysis and 3D geometry. To qualify for this position you should have a Ph.D. degree in a Computer Vision related field such as Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science. You should be a confident and experienced C programmer
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In a peculiar move, 9to5Mac reports that Apple is instructing Genius Bars at their retail stores to replace white iPhone 4 16 GB models that have issues with refurbished iPhone 4S models — provided the store doesn’t have any of the actual iPhone 4s in stock. This means that if you’re iPhone has an issue and the genius concludes it needs to be replaced, you’ll get a free upgrade to the iPhone 4S, which was recently released in October of 2011.

 

Apple is apparently telling their Genius Bars to do this unusual exchange because of supply constraints on the white iPhone 4 16 GB. Either that particular model is extremely popular, or Apple is having some sort of difficulty producing the exact model. In any case, now may be the time to bring in your phone if it’s been having any major issue and you’ve been procrastinating about it. Do understand that your local store may not be out of stock, so you’d be taking a chance.

 

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Marketplace reporter Rob Schmitz is the second reporter ever to get an inside look at Foxconn, the manufacturing plant where Apple’s products are made. Today, Schmitz posted a video showing our first-ever look at the assembly process of an iPad as it goes down the assembly line at the Foxconn plant in Shanghai, China. It is interesting to look at how machines streamline some of the process. Schmitz also noted a few other interesting points, such as workers switching positions every few days while making $14 a day when first starting.