DailyDose: Apple is making a cheaper iPhone for late 2013 & Microsoft sells 60 million Win 8 licenses

Apple is making a cheaper iPhone for late 2013Apple iPhone 5s

Apple Inc  is working on a lower-end iPhone, according to people briefed on the matter, a big shift in corporate strategy as its supremacy in smartphones has slipped. While Apple has explored such a device for years, the plan is progressing and a less expensive version of its flagship device could launch later this year, one of the people said. [Source]

Windows 8 – 60 Million Licenses Sold

At the 11th Annual J.P. Morgan Tech Forum at CES 2013 today, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller announced that Windows 8 has sold 60 million licenses to date. This represents the cumulative sales of Windows 8 including both upgrades and sales to OEMs for new devices. This is a similar sales trajectory that we saw with Windows 7. [Source]

Google Android Baked Into Rice Cookers in Move Past Phone

Android software, the most widely used smartphone operating system, is making the leap to rice cookers and refrigerators as manufacturers vie to dominate the market for gadgets controlled via the Internet. Android-based products ranging from Royal Philips Electronics NV’s PicoPix pocket projector and LG Electronics Inc. Smart Thinq refrigerators to Parrot SA’s Asteroid car stereo systems and Samsung Electronics Co’s Galaxy Camera will be on display this week at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. [Source]

Galaxy phones power Samsung to record $8.3 billion profit

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in mobiles and memory chips, said it likely earned a quarterly profit of $8.3 billion, as it sold close to 500 handsets a minute and as demand picked up for the flat screens it makes for mobile devices, including those for rival Apple Inc products.[Source]

WikiLeaks soldier’s sentence reduced – if convicted

A military judge on Tuesday reduced by 112 days any sentence that accused WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning might receive as compensation for harsh treatment he received in military detention, a Department of Defense spokesman said.Manning, a 25-year-old U.S. Army private, faces 22 charges including aiding the enemy, which carries a penalty of life in prison. [Source]