The recently released Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone is set to receive another distinction, though this time it's one the Korean company would probably prefer to go without. Scam-busting BBC programme Watchdog is apparently set to investigate the Galaxy S4's lack of user-available storage on next week's show, according to a teaser video spotted online. The Samsung Galaxy S4 first launched in March, winning praise for its intriguing and innovative functionality, but subsequent owner investigations discovered that the handset's myriad features came at a price - a 16GB Galaxy S4 offers just 8GB of user-available on-board storage thanks to the bulky native software. Samsung has so far declined to comment on its appearance in the show, but the BBC has confirmed that it is investigating the Galaxy S4. The episode of Watchdog in question is set to air on BBC One on Wednesday, 15 May at 20:00 BST.
The online recruitment market has enjoyed a growth curve linked to the rise of the social web, as this is a great and logical place to make connections and mingle with potential colleagues. One of the reasons why the huge social giants (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) have become so successful is that they have opened up the doors to the inner workings of their websites to independent developers, so that they can program their own unique and handy features for users. Like so many other emerging hot trends, recruitment networks have really capitalised on this, providing some ingenious services to connect workers with jobs. Kate Russell talks us through the job-finding resources Twitjobsearch, Workaround.me, Gild and Simplicant.
Rumours about an Amazon smartphone have been circulating for quite some time and according to a new report, the phone may just have 3D capabilities. The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that Amazon is gearing up to expand its hardware lineup beyond its current slate of Kindle devices. The online retail giant is reportedly developing two smartphones and an audio-only streaming device. One of these high-end smartphones, however, will reportedly include a screen that supports 3D imagery that's viewable without glasses. According to the report, "using retina-tracking technology, images on the smartphone would seem to float above the screen like a hologram and appear three-dimensional at all angles, [sources] said. Users may be able to navigate through content using just their eyes, two of the people said." An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment about the report when contacted by ITProPortal, noting that the company does not respond to rumours and speculation.
Finally, Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Panasonic has posted its second net loss in as many years. Despite the various cost-cutting initiatives implemented by CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga - the company has cut 40,000 jobs over the past two years - Panasonic confirmed a net loss of 754 billion yen (£4.8bn) for the fiscal year to March 2013. The company also reported a slide in revenue of 6.9 per cent, despite previously positing that it would return to the black this year. After a loss of 772 billion yen (£4.9bn) in 2011/12, Panasonic predicted a modest net profit of 50 billion yen (£319m) for 2012/13, but analyst predictions of a 745 billion yen (£4.7bn) net loss ended up being much closer to the truth. Panasonic blamed the "severe business situation, including sluggish demand in flat-panel TVs, mainly in Japan" for its continued struggles, but again insisted that it had turned a corner and would return to profitability in 2014. Follow the link above for all the details.