Android and iOS continue to fight for the US smartphone market and according to a recent NPD study, both companies saw an increase in marketshare for Q2 2011. Android takes 52% of the marketshare whilst Apple plays with its 29%. webOS, Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile all stuck with 5% shares with no yearly change which left BlackBerry OS to have an 11% decline. Google's new toy, Motorola, saw a 3% year-on-year decline, with [surprisingly] the biggest loss coming from Android-based unit sales.
This was a 50% drop to 22% of the market. Interesting, isn't it? Maybe Google can swing things around for Motorola now that they own them. Only time will tell.
I can't believe I'm about to type the following words: Deus Ex: Human Revolution is OUT. Yes, released. Below I have the launch trailer which looks absolutely delicious. I've pre-ordered the game and if you haven't, I urge you to do so. It looks absolutely amazing.
Q2 of 2011 saw a decent 16.1 million discrete GPUs shipped worldwide according to the latest figures from Jon Peddie Research. This is a 15.2% drop from the 19.03 million recorded in the previous quarter. The drops in market share didn't faze NVIDIA or AMD and their respective shares. AMD gained 0.1% from 40.5 to 40.6% in Q2 2011, seeing an 0.8% drop for year-on-year growth. The green team, NVIDIA, saw a 0.1% decrease from 59.1 to 59.1%, with a 1.1% increase year-on-year.
JPR expects a huge 33% drop in discrete graphics shipments for the entire year because of the increase in performance in integrated graphics thanks to AMD and Intel.
We all know how HP went down in flames last week when they announced they were looking to spin off its PC products division, which sell all HP-branded PC products. Of course, rumors flew thick about who would acquire it and now the rumor that is sticking is that Samsung could be interested in acquiring HP's PC business. Included in this juicy rumor is that Samsung is reported to have contacted Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Pegatron Technology, major Taiwan-based OEMs of notebooks, to evaluate the possibility of outsourcing notebook orders.
Samsung have, until now, manufactured their notebooks through OEMs in mainland China and had previously tried to have some manufactured in Taiwan but lucked out. So for Samsung to contact those Taiwan-based manufacturers again, it's fuelling speculation that Samsung is looking to explode into the PC business in a rather large way. If Samsung were to take over HP's PC shipment volume, we're talking about 40 million PCs shipped per year - this is not a small number by any means.
Question: 5 years ago, would you have predicted this? That the juggernauts of the industry to fight like this would be Apple and Samsung? Wow.
The latest happenings from around the web - August 23rd, 2011
- ASUS G74SX-A1 Gaming Notebook @ Hardware Canucks
- Lenovo IdeaCentre K330 Desktop PC @ Techspot
- Dell Inspiron 620 MT @ TechReviewSource
CPU & APU
- AMD Phenom II X2 560 @ Ultimate Hardware
- AMD A6-3650, A8-3850 APUs @ ixbtlabs
- Zotac GTX 560 Multiview Video Card @ Techwarelabs
- MSI N560GTX TI HAWK @ HT4U
- HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo @ Pureoverclock
Following the recent launch of Samsung's MeeGo running N100 netbook, stores are still awaiting to receive stock. Meanwhile, Samsung has just outed a slightly updated model in the N102, running the more widely accepted Windows 7 (Starter Edition).
Weighing in at just a fraction over 1Kg, the 10.1-inch netbook uses a typical 1024x600 resolution display, 1.33GHz Atom N435 CPU, 1GB of DDR3, 250GB HDD, and GMA 3150 IGP. Other features include 10/100 LAN, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 1.3MP webcam, 4-in-1 card reader and a 3-cell battery.
The Samsung N102 is actually already available, providing you're in Russia that is (no word on when it'll hit the U.S. yet). Pricing works out to about $320 USD.
Apple has just rolled out another iTunes update, taking the revision to 10.4.1. The update primarily deals with minor issues like non-working media keys on third-party keyboards, artwork adding woes for songs and videos etc.
The following fixes may also be of relief to some of you experiencing these issues previously :-
- Resolves an issue which may cause iTunes to become unresponsive when purchasing an HD movie
- Fixes a problem where iTunes may take longer than expected to open after waking your Mac from sleep
- Addresses issues with VoiceOver support
The full build of iTunes 10.4.1 can now be downloaded directly from Apple's website.
LG has just readied up its first 3D-capable notebook for market in Korea, the XNote series A530. It's a 15-inch notebook with the 3D-ready LED backlit display sporting a native 1080p resolution and an integrated stereoscopic webcam using two individual cameras to build a stereo 3D video stream via LG's own software.
Based on Intel Sandy Bridge with a 2nd Gen Core i7 processor, the XNote A530 uses a discrete GPU from NVIDIA, the GT 555M. The notebook will also ship with a software tool called "True 3D PT" which is said to allow users to create 3D presentations that can then be displayed in 3D on all capable displays and projectors.
No word when it'll hit other regions yet, or at what pricing.
Oh no, please leave it alone now Gearbox. We've all been through enough false promises followed by eventual (catastrophic?) disappointment that has deeply tarnished an iconic memory of our gaming past.
Would you believe guys, Gearbox is already looking to reboot Duke despite no doubt taking notice of all the negative reviews and feedback following DNF's recent launch. In actuality, they were already working on the "Duke Begins" project before they took over development of DNF; and as an agreement was made to hand ownership of the Duke Nukem IP to the studio, they can do whatever they like with it now. Once they've wrapped up development on their current title - Aliens: Colonial Marines they'll be waking the poor bastard back up for more.
Whatever they have planned, obviously they must think they can somehow make it up to us very unsatisfied, crippled fans. The real question now, however, is whether or not us fans are willing to give it the slightest of attention, after an over 15 year saga filled with broken promises and what some say was the final nail in the coffin when Gearbox offered up a rather weak result, worsened by the extended wait and frustrating hype we all had to endure.
Our Download of the Day today is LibreOffice 3.4.3 RC 1.
LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs.
Writer is the word processor inside LibreOffice. Use it for everything, from dashing off a quick letter to producing an entire book with tables of contents, embedded illustrations, bibliographies and diagrams.
Calc tames your numbers and helps with difficult decisions when you're weighing the alternatives.
Impress is the fastest and easiest way to create effective multimedia presentations.
Draw lets you build diagrams and sketches from scratch. A picture is worth a thousand words, so why not try something simple with box and line diagrams?
Base is the database front-end of the LibreOffice suite.
Math is a simple equation editor that lets you lay-out and display your mathematical, chemical, electrical or scientific equations quickly in standard written notation.