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Apple is edging closer to No. 1 in PC sales, HP is on their hit list

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 7:26 am

At it stands right now, Apple is currently the second-largest PC vendor worldwide, with Hewlett Packard sitting firmly in first place. But, come to end of 2012, this could very well change. Research outfit Canalys, says Apple's share of the PC market has grown 6-percent in the past twelve months alone.


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What is driving this growth? The super-famous iPad, which Canalys considers a personal computer. Canalys Analysis (say that three times fast) Tim Coulling says:


Apple has seen its PC market share expand from 9 percent to 15 percent in just four quarters, though iPad shipments in its core market - the United States - are likely to come under pressure in Q4 due to the launch of the Fire and Nook at extremely competitive price points. HP and Apple will fight for top position in Q4.


With the iPad 3 set to include a high-res 2048x1536 display, it will just make the iPad 3 an even tastier option. Canalys estimates global PC shipments to reach 415 million in 2011, a 15-percent year-over-year increase, thanks largely to the Apple iPad. What I'd like to know is, is this what the "2012 is the end of the world" is going to be... Apple, of all companies, as the number one PC vendor worldwide?

Next-gen Ultrabooks to sport 1080p panels, ASUS and Acer are working toward this goal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 6:19 am

Acer and ASUS are working with panel manufacturers AU Optronics and Chimei Innolux separately to develop a new generation of full HD notebook panels with resolutions of 1928x1080, according to industry insiders. This is contributed by the fact that Apple are pushing for their next-generation iPads to sport 2048x1536-capable displays in early 2012.


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Acer and ASUS want to push the next release of Ultrabooks in Q1 2012 at the earliest, to feature 1080p displays. At the moment, ASUS' 11.6-inch UX21 Zenbook models sport a resolution of 1366x768, with upgrades of resolution to 1600x900 for its 13.3-inch UX31 models. Acer's 13.3-inch Aspire S3 also includes a 1366x768 display.


Both ASUS and Acer are expecting to deliver between 400,000 and 500,000 Ultrabooks before the end of this year. Upgrading them to 1080p panels should help them compete against Apple's MacBook Air, a lot.

id Tech 4 game engine code released, thanks John Carmack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 5:20 am

Before id Software sold themselves [and their souls] to consoles, id Tech 4 engine was great. It powered Doom 3, and by 2007 it went on to become the most successful project by id Software to date. It also powered other games such as Quake 4, Prey, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Wolfenstein and Brink.


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John Carmack has now confirmed that the source code for Doom 3 is now available, only after some delays due to legal issues. Those legal issues arise from the use of "Carmack's Reverse" algoritm which has to do with a method of rendering shadow volumes using a stencil buffer.

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Steam's Autumn Sale, 23 - 27 November

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 5:01 am

Steam have started their Autumn Sale which will run until the end of the weekend, with today's sale including Portal 2, Men of War: Vietnam, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Duke Nukem Forever, Test Drive Unlimited 2 and many, many more.


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As for savings, how's this for some great pricing? Portal 2 is 66-percent off, $29.99 down to $10.19, COD: Black Ops has 50-percent off, $89.99 down to $44.99, Duke Nukem Forever includes 66-percent off, down from $49.99 to $16.99 and TDU2 has an amazing 75-percent off, from $19.99 to just $4.99.


Mass Effect 2 has 75-percent off, from $19.99 down to $4.99 and the Sam and Max Complete Pack also has 75-percent off, slashing the original $49.99 price down to $12.49. More sales are obviously on, and I'll continue to post some of the stand-out games for you. Black Friday sales are here already, it seems!

Telstra BigPond Cable customers will soon have speeds of up to 100Mbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 4:26 am

Telstra BigPond Cable customer? Live in Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney or Perth? You'll soon have the option of taking up plans offering download speeds of up to a maximum of 100Mbps into the home, which should cater to most people with the need, the need for speed.


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Telstra Director of Fixed Voice and Broadband, John Chambers, said the upgrade is expected to hit Perth customers from 30th November, with Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney getting access from the 12th of December, he added:


This upgrade provides additional capacity to Telstra's network and will provide one of the fastest broadband services available in Australia today. With speeds of up to a maximum of 100 Mbps, BigPond Ultimate Cable means the whole household can do more things at the same time, like downloading movies on the computer while streaming internet radio on the T-Hub® - all at high speed. BigPond customers also enjoy no peak or off peak restrictions and peace of mind that they won't incur any additional usage charges - as speeds are slowed once the monthly usage allowance is reached.

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Apple partners with Sharp for production of iPhone and iPad displays, possible TV release in 2012?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 4:24 am

We all know that Apple and Samsung's relationship has been a bit... interesting, over the past few months, but today's news is actually quite the surprise. Apple is reportedly shifting production of iPhone and iPad displays to Sharp in Japan, and may even introduce a television with Sharp-based screens as early as the middle of next year.


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Jefferies & Co were behind the latest report, with New York-based analyst Peter Misek giving the skinny on Apple's new foray into display production. Apple moving its business to Sharp will be at the expense of Samsung, as they are the current partner for Apple's displays.


Misek said in an interview:


It's a huge deal for Sharp because they spent significant amounts of capital to try and expand capacity and upgrade their facilities. It gives Apple a partner that they can control manufacturing and secure supply at a lower price.

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AMD cancels 28nm APUs from GlobalFoundaries

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 3:54 am

AMD are reportedly having more issues with their APUs in production with GlobalFoundaries on the 28nm process. Rumors have started emerging over the last few days that AMD cancelled its Wichita and Krishna APUs, the 28nm successors to its C-Series and E-Series chips for budget and mainstream notebooks.


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AMD are now looking to move production of 28nm chips from GlobalFoundaries to TMSC, as well as starting completely from scratch. As ExtremeTech have said, "the implications and financial repercussions could be enormous," there's just no other way to put it. Moving 28nm APUs from GloFo to TMSC means completely scrapping the existing designs and laying out new parts using gate-laste compared to gate-first manufacturing currently in place at GloFo.

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Big Fish sells subscriptions of its games on the iPad, offers dozens of titles for just $6.99 a month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 3:19 am

Apple have just allowed a video-game company to offer their titles on a subscription for the iPad, something they've only thus far allowed magazine and newspaper publishers. Big Fish Games, a Seattle-based publisher, won approval from Apple to become the first to offer access to dozens of titles for $6.99 per month.




Until today, games have only been made available as a one-time purchase, requiring users to download individual applications. Apple introduced their subscription feature earlier this year, where the founder of Big Fish, Paul Thelen, seeing an opportunity to offer an "all-you-can-eat" service. This is great as it allows players to go into one game, then into another, without having to download separate games.


Game-subscription services have not had a perfect track record, but mix the popularity of the iPad, with easy payment methods provided by Apple's App Store, makes this a much better step in the right direction. Thelen says:


This is the first time that the technology has matched the business model.

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Amazon's Kindle Fire won't feature the Android Market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 2:16 am

Well, this is quite the development and is sure to set a fire under the rug for most people. The only method that Kindle Fire owners will be able to install apps is through the Amazon Appstore for Android, it does not ship with Google's Android Market, period.




This means that Android developers need to make sure that their apps will be available on the Amazon Appstore, if they want to get a piece of those 12 million Fire owners that Amazon hope to have in 2012. Right up until now, Amazon has been very Apple-esque in the way that they treat developers, and publishers. By having your app on the Amazon Appstore, you give up more control than Apple actually asks of you, with you giving up the control to set your own price and control your app's description, with more restrictions behind those Fire-y curtins.


Google's open approach to the Android Market is what draws a lot of people to it, versus the rose-tinted world of Apple's App Store, or Amazon's Appstore. If the Fire does indeed sell 12 million tablets next year, what will happen to owners who want a game, or app that just isn't made available on the Amazon Appstore? I hate to think that Amazon could have this plan back fire on them...

ASUS Transformer Prime now available for pre-order

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 1:19 am

Pre-orders are now available for ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer Prime, which 100-percent confirms its December release schedule. Various North American retailers have starting putting their pre-orders up, so if you want to get one, I'd suggest you do it quick.


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These things should be a pretty hot item, not just on their own, but for the holiday season ramping up already. The Tegra 3-powered tablet has the same specs we've discussed about before, but a refresher course for it is: 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, mini-HDMI, USB 2.0 port, and an SD card reader.


US-based customers can pre-order at B&H Photo, Tiger Direct and Best Buy, with those across the border in Canada-land can check out Future Shop. 32 and 64GB sizes are being made available at $500 and $600, respectively.

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