The latest happenings from around the web - November 23rd, 2011
- Arctic MC001-BD Media Center @ Techpowerup
- Samsung Series 9 (NP900X3A-B01UB) Notebook @ TechReviewSource
- X79: Features Comparison Overview of 25 motherboards @ Ocaholic
- X79 Express Performance Comparison @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS Rampage IV Extreme @ Overclockers.com
- Samsung C27A750X 27" Wirless LED LCD @ BCCHardware
- HIS 6950 IceQ 2GB @ XSReviews
Our Download of the Day today is SeaMonkey 2.5.
SeaMonkey is a web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.
Tabbed browsing gives you a better way to surf the net. You no longer have to open one page at a time. With tabbed browsing, open several pages at once with one click. Plus, your homepage can be multiple pages, in tabs.
Popup blocker lets you surf the web without interruption from annoying ads.
Image Manager lets you block images to remove offensive images or speed up the rendering of web sites.
Find as you type gives you another way to navigate a page. Just start typing to jump from link to link or to find a word or phrase within a page.
Plus all the features a modern browser should have including: Advanced security settings; Password, Download, and Cookie managers; Themes; multi-language and multi-platform support; and, the latest in Web Standards.
Deal of the Day: Sandisk 16 GB Extreme Secure Digital HC Memory Card 2 Pack + Bonus Memory Card Wallet - $46.99 Shipped Free!
Our Deal of the Day today is the BuyDig - Sandisk 16 GB Extreme Secure Digital HC Memory Card 2 Pack + Bonus Memory Card Wallet - $46.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Great price for this bundle! You get:
- Two - 16 GB Extreme HD Video Secure Digital Memory Card 30MB/s (Class10)
- DIGPRO Tri-fold Memory Card Wallet - Stores up to 3 Memory Cards
We knew it was coming, but Microsoft have now confirmed that there will be new Kinect hardware especially for Windows. Microsoft are building on the existing Kinect for Xbox 360 device, but have optimized certain hardware components and have made firmware adjustments which is said to enable better PC-centric scenarios.
This is mixed with the upgrades and improvements the team at Microsoft are making to the SDK and runtime for Kinect, with the new hardware delivering features and functionality that Windows developers and Microsoft customers have been asking for. Things like shortening the USB cable to ensure reliability across a broad range of computer and the inclusion of a small dongle to improve coexistence with other USB peripherals.
New firmware for Kinect also allows the depth camera to see objects as close as 50 centimeters in front of the device without losing accuracy or precision, with graceful degradation down to 40cm. Kinect is set to offer some new features such as "Near Mode" which will enable a whole new class of "close up" applications.
AMD is reportedly set to unleash their first Radeon HD 7000M series GPUs for notebooks on December 9th. There are said to be at least 16 models to be announced, all based on two silicons: "Thames" and "Seymour", and are being carved out of toggling various components within those GPUs.
AMD will launch models across the Radeon HD 7400M series, 7500M series, and 7600M series. Thames and Seymour are brand new chips that are built on the 28nm silicon fabrication process, which will allow AMD more TDP headroom where they can ramp up the clock speeds.
At the moment, there's no details on things like stream processor, ROP, and TMU counts, but ComputerBase.de have compiled a list which shows GPU and memory clock speeds, memory interface widths, and memory type. The table also makes a mention of higher-end GPU models with names of "Chelsea", "Heathrow", and "Wimbeldon".
Citi analyst Mark Mahaney thinks that Amazon could sell as many as 12 million Fires in 2012, which could suck a decent 15-percent share of the tablet market from Apple. If his predictions are right, it would generate up roughly $3.2 billion in revenue for Amazon, or roughly 5-percent of their total revenue.
The path is clear, with an aggressive pricing strategy, an unmatched content cross-sell opportunity, a market-smart form factor, and probable product improvements - Amazon can own a substantial segment of the Tablet market.
Whatever ends up happening, it seems Amazon is going to fight fire, with Fire. Oh I did like that one if I may say so myself!
Apple have started sending teaser posters around as announcements of their Black Friday holiday sale for this Friday, November 25th. The first teaser appeared on the Australian online store and will most likely be floating its way around the world by now.
The special one-day Apple shopping event. This Friday, November 25.
Mark your calendar now, and come back to the Apple Online Store for the special one-day event. You'll discover amazing iPad, iPod and Mac gifts for everyone on your list.
Apple's Black Friday discounts aren't usually too bad, but are small when compared to other retailers. Last year, Apple offered $101 discounts on their iMac, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines, with $11-$41 discounts on the iPods and iPads. Not bad, but not great, either.
Samsung Electronics are reportedly in last-stage talks with Google to roll out its Google TVs. Samsung have previously displayed Google TV-enabled Blu-ray players and companion boxes at CES in January this year, but they never commercialized those offerings.
But, president of Samsung's TV division, Yoon Boo-keun, has said that Samsung plan to unveil its Google TV at an event next year without elaborating on the schedule, only saying that they were working with Google on the upcoming rollout.
He also said that Samsung's Google TV products would differ from competitors products. Google just last month unveiled a revamped version of their Google TV service, in the hopes that it would be pushed into living rooms across the world. Yoon has also confirmed Samsung will unveil TVs featuring next-generation OLED displays at the upcoming CES in Las Vegas in January.
Well, it feels like this is a game of tug-of-war, one day we hear rumors of a next-generation Xbox coming out in 2012, then a day flips past and it is not coming. Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities says that the Xbox 720 won't launch next year and probably won't even see the light of day in 2013, either.
He believes that Microsoft might launch an updated version of the Xbox 360 instead. He said:
Those [2012 launch] rumors are silly. Microsoft is still selling a ton of Xbox 360s, and they won't replace the existing one until sales begin to slow. I think the rumors are based upon leaks about modifying the current Xbox 360 to allow it to operate Windows 8.
Apple lead Google by a fairly large margin when it comes to revenue generated by apps, with numbers from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster suggesting Android-based users are conservative when it comes to shopping on the Android Market.
The analysis shows that Android users seem to shy away from purchasing commercial apps, when compared to iPhone and iPad users who have purchased 12 times more paid apps per device. 13.5-percent of iOS customers purchase apps whilst just 1.3-percent of Android users opt for non-free software on their devices.
Those numbers mean nothing unless we're talking dollars, right? The Android Market generated just shy of $350 million in gross revenue, where Apple's App Store pulled in an impressive near-$5 billion. Both companies take a 30-percent cut of these totals, which is very impressive as they're just hosting them.