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MIPS-powered tablets see huge shipment numbers, more than 1.8 million in the wild

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 1:48 am

During a panel with senior executives from Linley Group, Intel and Qualcomm, Amit Rohatagi, Principal Architect for MIPS Technologies detailed their mobile strategy of its company and the effects of collaboration with Chinese Ingenic Semiconductor.

 

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MIPS-powered tablets have seen a stellar rise in shipment numbers, thanks to Google announcing that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will work on MIPS-based processors, MIPS started to grow in mainland China very unexpectedly.

 

We first saw Ainovo (sold under the Ainol brand) hit the market with a 7-inch Android 4.0-based tablet for just $99, after which the company began offering $79 and $119 parts, all of which continuously sold out. Ainol is said to be producing as much tablets as they can, and they're now seeing competing companies launching similar MIPS-powered tablets.

 

For a part that only went into mass production at the end of 2011, Ingenic Semiconductor have shipped 1.8 million chips for tablets. Their next step is to aim for 10 million units shipped by the end of this year. With the insane popularity of Ainovo's tablet, that shouldn't be a problem for Ingenic.

AMD does better than expectations but still loses money

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 11:27 pm

AMD reported its first quarter financial results today and it's not quite as bad as was expected. AMD beat expectations, but they still posted a loss of $590 million. AMD has a strong product line-up in both the CPU and GPU markets, but it's pretty hard to compete against the chip giant that is Intel.

 

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The loss, however, is not due to operations but rather an accounting charge. Revenue for the quarter was $1.59 billion which was higher than the expected $1.56 billion Including the accounting charge, the loss of $590 million amount to 80 cents a share. If we take out the accounting charge, AMD had a good quarter, with a non-GAAP profit of 12 cents a share, or $92 million. Analysts predicted only 9 cents a share with the accounting charge taken out.

 

"AMD delivered solid results in the first quarter as we remain focused on improving our execution, delivering innovative products, and building a company around a strategy to deliver strong cash flow and earnings growth," said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO. "A complete top-to-bottom introduction of new APU offerings, combined with ample product supply resulting from continued progress with our manufacturing partners, positions us to win and grow."

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RumorTT: Apple to release iPad Mini: orders placed, release date this summer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 10:27 pm

Rumors about an upcoming Apple iPad Mini refuse to die. This week, rumors are point to Apple releasing another new iPad even though the iPad 3 came out less than a month ago. This new iPad is dubbed the iPad Mini and, pretty obviously, would be smaller than the current generation of iPads.

 

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The current 3rd generation iPad features a 9.7-inch screen and a resolution of 2048 x 1536. The rumors place the new iPad mini with a 7.85-inch screen and a 1024 x 768 display. This is likely so that Apple can sell a version of the iPad at a cheaper price and better compete against the upcoming Windows 8 tablets.

 

A site is claiming that reports out of China that manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron both started receiving orders from Apple for the smaller iPad. If you believe this site, the factories will have 6 million iPad Mini units ready to go by Q3 of this year meaning that you could have one in your hands by early- to mid-summer.

 

The late Steve Jobs wasn't a fan of a smaller screened device: "If you take an iPad and hold it upright in portrait view and draw an imaginary horizontal line halfway down the screen, the screens on the 7-inch tablets are a bit smaller than the bottom half of the iPad display," he said. "This size isn't sufficient to create great tablet apps in our opinion." This begs the question to why the iPhone and iPod Touch are seemingly easy to use.

Which cyberlocker service will get busted next? RapidShare, MediaFire distance themselves from MegaUpload

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 9:35 pm

RapidShare and MediaFire certainly don't want to be the next cyberlocker services to be taken down, but it's a fear that they are having to deal with after the US government took down MegaUpload back on January 19, 2012. They are now trying to distance themselves from MegaUpload in order to prevent being shut down on similar complaints.

 

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All of the online cyberlocker services have fear that they could be next, and they are now publicly trying to show that they are different from the now defunct MegaUpload. Danny Raimer, who is RapidShare's general counsel, told U.S. News & World Report that Megaupload's approach to piracy was "so far from what we're doing and what we want to stand for."

 

RapidShare continues to deny that they are or have violated copyright laws publicly released a "responsible practices" manifesto for cyberlocker and cloud storage companies. This includes practices like including in the TOS that the company reserves the right to go through repeat offender's lockers.

 

Langridge, of MediaFire, wrote: "MediaFire cooperates fully with the MPAA, RIAA, and various other organizations who work to identify and prohibit the distribution of copyrighted content."

 

A spokesperson for the top four recording companies released a statement about RapidShare:

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Codemasters focus on racing genre, abandons action

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 8:37 pm

This is some exciting news for all of you Dirt, F1, and Grid fans. Codemasters, the game studio behind the aforementioned games, has announced that they will be ditching the action genre in order to better serve and focus on the racing genre which is where their heritage is. This announcement comes on the heels of the difficult Operation Flashpoint: Red River and Bodycount launches.

 

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The new racing games will be published under the company's new publishing label, Codemasters Racing. The first game of the new label will be Dirt Showdown which is set to release on May 25. "We have kept our reputation for delivering best-in-class racing games," said communications chief Rich Eddy. "And best-in-class racing games is now our razor focus going forward."

 

"In racing, we are No.2 in Europe and that's not good enough. We want to take racing games across multiple platforms and genres. So that players can play anytime, anywhere and on any device," he added. "Racing is our DNA, it is our heritage, it is our specialisation and it is our absolute focus going forward."

 

This "specialisation" will come in the form of a new online hub that was announced along side of this. The hub will unite players of F1, Dirt, and Grid online so that they can take part in additional in-game events and even win extra content. The hub is called Racenet and will provide users with a Driver Profile that will work across all future Codemasters racing titles.

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Genius announces FPS gaming mouse dubbed Maurus

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 7:29 pm

If you want to be a champion gamer, you better have some good hardware to support you in your quest to be the best. There are many different mice and keyboards built for the sole purpose of gaming, and today sees the announcement of another. Genius has announced a new mouse in its line of GX Gaming.

 

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The new mouse looks pretty sleek. It features five programmable buttons and can handle 21 macros to give you an edge in whatever game you may be playing. All of the settings are stored in on-board memory so that they move with the mouse rather than stay with the computer. Additionally, it features 4 different DPIs that can be changed on-the-fly via the mouse.

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Diablo 3 demo accidentally posted for download, Blizzard shuts down servers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 6:32 pm

Oh how I love when companies screw up. It really makes my job so much easier. Today's company to screw up? Well, that would be Blizzard. They accidentally posted the Diablo 3 Starter Edition for download via people's battle.net accounts. The Starter Edition is basically a demo, similar to World of Warcraft's demo.

 

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A lucky few managed to download the game before Blizzard took battle.net down for maintenance at 8:45am EST. Obviously the 'maintenance' is removing the game that shouldn't have been posted. The lucky few have reported being able to play through part of the single player campaign without any need for a CD key.

 

Diablo 3 has been in development for over 10 years, so when Blizzard announced the May 15, 2012 release date, many gamers rejoiced. This slip-up by Blizzard confirms that there is indeed a Diablo 3 which should further make gamers happy. I imagine one of the lucky few who snagged the game will end up putting it on a torrent site.

The rumors of Prey 2's demise have been greatly exaggerated

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 5:35 pm

It turns out that all of the rumors saying that Prey 2 has been canceled have been greatly exaggerated. While it's true that it may not make it to shelves this year like originally planned, Bethesda revealed today that they are in fact still working diligently on the game to make it top quality before releasing it.

 

 

Bethesda posted on its blog:

 

Development of Prey 2 has not been canceled but the game will not be released in 2012 as planned. The delay is due to the fact that game development has not progressed satisfactorily this past year, and the game does not currently meet our quality standards. Prey 2 has shown great promise and we regret disappointing our fans. We have made a substantial investment in game development to deliver the experience fans want. We are determined only to release the AAA game that fans rightfully expect, and are unwilling to compromise our quality standards to meet a release schedule.

 

While it saddens Prey players, which, let's make clear, I am not, it makes me extremely happy that the company behind it would postpone it in order to release a better game. It's a tough decision to make since they need to make money. They are a company after all. But, it's better than them canceling it altogether.

Microsoft evangelist goofed on Windows Phone 8 upgrade claim, there is no upgrade from 7 to 8

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 4:28 pm

I love it when a rumor is proved false so quickly. Especially when it is proved wrong by the person who started the rumor. In this instance, Microsoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva has said on his blog that he was wrong. Apparently he confused applications with devices when he made the claim that there is an upgrade path.

 

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"I mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability, which caused the rumors we saw yesterday," Silva wrote. "I did not intend to give the impression I was offering new guidance on any products under development or their upgradeability." He was attempting to echo Microsoft's statements regarding app compatibility, he said.

 

The rumor which gained popularity yesterday has been denied by multiple sources for a while now, so the rumor came as a surprise. However, once one starts, it usually takes a while to go away. Windows Phone 7 currently supports only single-core processors and WVGA screens. For Windows Phone 8, it's likely that Microsoft will go to dual-core processors with higher res screens.

 

Microsoft refuses to go into any detail regarding the issue: "We have stated publicly that all apps in our marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone. Beyond that, we have nothing to share about future releases." Although lacking the support for the upgrade will probably not affect Microsoft's already marginal sales.

Intel phasing out 6 low end CPUs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 3:11 pm

Intel, as is tradition, is saying out with the old and in with the new as it ushers in Ivy Bridge, the next generation CPU architecture based upon its 22nm tri-gate transistors. What's interesting this time is that Intel is phasing out low end CPUs while the upcoming launch will be the high end CPUs.

 

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The parts on the chopping block come from the i3, Pentium, and Celeron line of products--not exactly blistering performance stuff. But every product has its place, such as these are useful in low-cost PCs. Intel has advised its partners that it will end shipments of the following processors as of April 16th, 2013:

 

  • Celeron P4600 (2.0 GHz)
  • Core i3-370M (2.4 GHz0
  • Core i3-390M (2.6 GHz)
  • Pentium P6100 (2.0 GHz)
  • Pentium P6200 (2.13 GHz)
  • Pentium P6300 (2.2 GHz)

 

Orders will continue to be accepted with the ability to cancel until October 16, 2012. Past that date, no more cancellations can be made. Intel's justification for killing these low end processors is that a "shift of market demand" has occurred. If you want to grab one of these processors, you best do it within a year.

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