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SSD Maker, RunCore, set to build state-of-the-art SSD facility in Changsha

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 3:33 am

Hunan-based SSD developer and manufacturer, RunCore, have announced they just recently began construction of a brand new state-of-the-art SSD production facility in Changsha's Junzhou New District in Hunan province.

 

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The investment from RunCore is at around $31 million, with the new production facility compromising of more than 360,000 square meters. The first construction phase is set to be completed by the end of this year, and shjould offer the room for the first four new SSD production lines. In the first phase, RunCore will gain production capacity increases of around 400,000 units per year, worth just over $50 million.

 

Within the next three years, the entire facility should be polished up and finished, and will offer RunCore one of the most advanced production capabilities in the industry. At this time, RunCore hope to have an annual production valued at $156 million.

Facebook: 1 billion pieces of content are shared through Open Graph daily

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:27 am

Facebook had their earnings call late last week, and one piece of information I looked past was the fact that the social networking giant admitted that 1 billion pieces of content are shared through Open Graph each and every day.

 

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Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook's priorities are mobile, platform and social ads. So by sharing all of these pieces of content, advertisers have a bigger opportunity to get their brands in front of Facebook's near 1 billion users.

 

Since Open Graph launched, most apps have seen incredible growth thanks to the fact that all of the actions that users take within those apps are shown on their Facebook Timeline, and friend's Ticker and News Feed. It has been said that thanks to Open Graph, social video service Socialcam sold for $60 million.

AMD Radeon HD 7990 6GB is on its way, will arrive with four 6-pin PCIe connectors, 6 display outputs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:39 am

AMD's elusive dual-GPU "New Zealand" Radeon HD 7990 has been hiding in the shadows for quite a while now, with the last time the card getting spotted was at the AMD Fusion Developer Summit in Bellevue, WA.

 

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According to a piece from VR-Zone, AMD have communicated to its partners that the HD 7990 would be ready in Q3 of this year, with a sampling date of June, which then led to a slip into July. The latest information comes from "confidential sources" who told VR-Zone that the boards will be coming in late-August at the earliest.

 

Considering NVIDIA have been enjoying the dual-GPU game with their GEFORCE GTX 690, AMD are considerably late to the party. The new HD 7990 is said to come with a very unique power system, consisting of four 6-pin PCIe connectors which will replace the usual dual 8-pin connector. These four 6-pin connectors give the card a multiphase power regulation, which is divided into three groups. The major groups are made up from Tahiti XT, 3GB GDDR5 memory per core (clocking in at 1.5GHz) and finally, the PLX PCIe 3.0 controller.

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Windows Phone 8 to bring native screenshot ability to the platform

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 10:31 pm

Windows Phone users, you can finally rejoice in the knowledge that Microsoft is just like Apple in that they are hesitant to add features wanted by users. Just like it took Apple a long time to add copy and paste to iOS, it has taken Microsoft at least an equal time, if not longer, to add native screenshot capabilities to Windows Mobile.

 

 

The video above shows the new feature in action. Not only is this a nice feature for users as they can now capture those auto correct fails more easily, it fills a need for journalists and bloggers covering the platform. It's extremely maddening to try and write about an app when you can't capture a screenshot.

 

It's not really clear why the feature has taken so long to be added, and in fact it hasn't yet been added. Windows Phone 8 is due out in a couple of months and is based on an entirely new core. Due to this, current Windows Phone devices won't be able to run the new OS, which comes as a major disappointment to many current device owners.

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Google updates Maps and Earth with new high-res imagery

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:32 pm

Google, not wanting to be outdone by Bing, has updated Google Maps and Google Earth with new high resolution imagery that encompasses 25 cities and 72 countries. Google had previously announced they were taking aerial shots of the globe to include in Maps and Earth and this imagery is finally starting to see the light of day.

 

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Quite frankly, the imagery is gorgeous. Since the Olympics are in town, Google is of course using Olympic Park and Village in London as the poster child, as you can see in the picture above. Hands down, this level of detail makes Google Maps the number one mapping service. If you look at competitors, it isn't even close.

 

Google has also increased its 45* offerings with 21 U.S. cities and 7 locations internationally. Google explains which locations got what:

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Samsung fixes universal search in new Galaxy S III update

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 8:31 pm

We had previously reported that Samsung's updates to the Galaxy S III removed universal search. Yesterday, the company issued a statement that the removal was inadvertent and not as a result of the ongoing patent lawsuit between Apple and Samsung. They said that they would roll out an update to fix it within a few days.

 

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However, Samsung has started rolling out the update within a few hours. Samsung's statement is below:

 

The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S III in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function. Samsung will provide the correct software upgrade within the next few days.

 

The update is a 5MB download and can be installed over the air or via Kies. The update is labeled I9300XXBLG8 and does in fact restore universal search to the Samsung Galaxy S III device. If you don't have the update quite yet, you should within a day or two.

Samsung takes in $5.9 billion of profit in Q2

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 7:31 pm

It's that time again. Everyone is reporting their Q2 financial result to the world and Samsung didn't want to be left out. The world's largest TV and mobile phone manufacturer reported a massive $5.9 billion in profit for the second quarter. Laptops and desktop monitors haven't been doing as well lately, but the Galaxy S III and Note have been boosting sales.

 

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Incredibly, over half (62%) of Samsung's profit came from mobile phone sales, a large portion of which were made up of Samsung's flagship device, the Galaxy S III. Seven million Galaxy S III smartphones were shipped during the second quarter and analysts are expecting that number to increase to around 20 million in the third quarter.

 

Analysts are also expecting that the upcoming Apple iPhone 5 will put some water on Samsung's hot streak. Furthermore, Samsung is experiencing competition in the low-end smartphone market. Samsung is also coming up against a lawsuit with Apple in California, where Apple has reportedly requested $2.5 billion in damages.

RumorTT: iPhone 5 smuggled out of factory

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 6:31 pm

Reports have surfaced that an Apple iPhone 5 has been smuggled out of the factory. Included in those reports are purported pictures of the device. If this is truly an iPhone 5, then Foxconn is seriously not doing its job of protecting Apple's upcoming device from prying eyes.

 

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This isn't the first time that we've seen supposed leaks of the iPhone 5 nature, but this is certainly the first time that we have seen the full device. It seems as though Apple's security measures are slipping as Apple experienced these same issues with the last iPhone produced.

 

The device looks strikingly similar to the device in previous predictive renders and it could just be another render. Furthermore, it could be a non-working dummy phone that is designed to be used by accessory manufacturers for design and verification.

Visits to Google+ soar, 66% increase in last 9 months

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 5:31 pm

It would appear that Google+ could finally be catching on, if comScore's numbers are anything to go on. comScore has been released numbers that count how many unique visits a site gets. This means it doesn't take into account how long a person stays on the site or how many return visits that person makes.

 

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But enough disclaimer, let's get into the numbers. comScore says that Google+ saw 110.7 million visitors worldwide in the month of June. Compare that to November of last year and the number is 66% higher. Furthermore, strictly US traffic over the same period increased from 15.2 million to 27.7 million, a growth of 82%.

 

Facebook, over the same period, dropped from 166 million US users to 159.8 million. In November, Facebook had more than 11 times the unique hits that Google+ had, but now that number has dropped to only 5.8. However, this is where the disclaimer comes in. More people may be visiting Google+, but it is likely they are still spending much more time on Facebook.

AMD readies three Athlon II X4 processors in FM2 packaging

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 3:32 pm

Athlon chips just won't die. While originally the top of the market, AMD changed the name usage to be used in conjunction with budget parts with the introduction of the Phenom parts. Even when Llano came out, the Athlon's got an upgrade into the FM1 socket and are basically the same, minus the on-board GPU.

 

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And know we can say that the Athlon processor will continue to live on, even after AMD transitions to the FM2 socket. AMD is planning three new Athlon chips for the socket, and while we know only the most basic details, the main takeaway from this is that the Athlon brand will continue to live on for another day.

 

The three new chip models are the Athlon II X4 730, 740 and 750K. Athlon II X4 730 and 740 are 65 Watt processors and operate at 2.8 GHz and 3.2 GHz. The 750K is a 100 Watt product and should have an unlocked multiplier, due to it being a K processor. They will all be quad cores with 4MB L2 cache and will be based upon Piledriver.

 

There's not much more to report other than they will likely feature TurboCore, though frequencies are unknown, and the on-board GPU is likely to again be disbaled.

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