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Qualcomm doing well, Q1 earnings see revenue up 40%, takes $1.4 billion in profit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 11:38 pm

System-on-a-chip extraordinaire, Qualcomm, have posted their Q1 2012 financial results, with a very nice $4.68 billion in revenue for Q1, a 40-percent increase year-over-year, and 14-percent higher than just last quarter.

 

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Profits were up, too, at $1.4 billion, a 20-percent increase year-over-year, and a 33-percent increase sequentially. MSM chip shipments were great for Qualcomm, seeing 156 million units shipped, a 23-percent increase from last year. September quarter total reported device sales are quite staggering, with approximately $41.4 billion in sales, up 22-percent year-over-year and 6-percent sequentially.

 

Qualcomm's cash equivalents and marketable securities now total $22 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

 

Qualcomm are going quite well, and I think this year will see a continuation of that effort.

RunCore release Pro-V MAX series of SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 4:11 pm

RunCore have just debuted some new solid-state drives (SSDs) today, which sport the SATA 6Gbps interface. The new series are the Pro-V MAX series and are based on SandForce's SF-2281 controller with the optimized firmware (the Golden FW).

 

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Read and write transfer rates are at 560MB/sec and 520MB/sec, respectively, as well as burst IOPS at 87K while sustained IOPS over 60K. The Pro-V MAX is said to be ideal for use in gaming machines, HPC & datacenter servers, and with those specs, I definitely agree.

 

The Pro-V MAX series also sports RAISE technology for enhanced reliability and DuraWrite technology. On top of the SATA 6Gbps support, it is of course backwards compatible with SATA 3Gbps and 1.5Gbps. The RunCore Pro-V MAX also supports NCQ, and SMART Command and OS's such as Windows, Linux, Unix, Solaris, and Mac OS.

Thursday Morning Roundup for February 2, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 2:11 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 2nd, 2012.

 

Cases & Cooling:

 

Kingwin 120mm Fan - Overclockers Club

Deepcool Gamer Storm Dracula VGA Cooler - Legit Reviews

Fractal Design Define XL Computer Case - Benchmark Reviews

 

PSUs:

 

Enermax Platimax 1200 W - techPowerUp!

Thermaltake Smart 630 W Power Supply - Hardware Secrets

 

Sound:

 

Microlab M700 2.1 speakers - XSReviews

Asus Xonar Essence One (w/ Raysonic CD228 & Audeze LCD2) - KitGuru

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Deal of the Day: Newegg - 80GB Intel 320 Series SSD Drive for $69.99 after $50 Rebate, with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 1:21 pm

Today's Deal of the Day is Newegg - 80GB Intel 320 Series SSD Drive for $69.99 after $50 Rebate, with FREE Shipping!

 

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Newegg has a great deal on Intel's 320 Series SSD drive at just $69.99 after $50 mail in rebate (expiring 2/3/12). This 80GB 2.5" solid state drive includes a 5 year warranty, and FREE shipping.

 

80GB INTEL 320 SERIES SSDSA2CW080G3K5 SOLID STATE DRIVE SSD REBATE DEAL

 

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Mobile App of the Day: Fragger for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 12:21 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is: Fragger for Windows Phone.

 

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MORE THAN 10 MILLION PLAYERS CAN'T BE WRONG!!

 

OVER 100 MILLION GAME PLAYS AT MINICLIP.COM. THE SMASH HIT GAME NOW ON WINDOWS PHONE 7!

 

The world of Fragger is at risk, and he needs your help to explode all enemies! Unleash your shooting abilities to kill all the enemies and unlock 3 different perks!

 

Featuring 310 challenging levels, and 10 different worlds, Fragger guarantees you many long hours of exploding fun!

 

Once you become and grenade launcher expert, compare your score online with the millions of Miniclip users that play Fragger.

 

OTHER KEY FEATURES:

 

- Amazing graphics

- Leaderboards and Achievements

- Interactive tutorial to learn how to play

 

Try also the free web version of Fragger on our website:

 

http://www.miniclip.com/games/fragger/

 

A game by conceptualized by Harold Brenes and developed by Miniclip

 

Grab it directly from the Windows Marketplace on your device, or here.

Deal of the Day: Kinect for Windows

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 11:19 am

A little different Deal of the Day today for the release of Microsoft's Kinect for Windows.

 

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The Kinect for Windows sensor unit is intended to be used with the Kinect for Windows Commercial SDK .

 

Note: The sensor unit does not ship with any software, and will only operate with an application developed for Kinect for Windows.

 

- Utilize Kinect skeletal-tracking, sophisticated microphone array, and other sensor technologies

- Link computers to Kinect devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8 Developer Preview

- Use the Kinect for Windows SDK to build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Studio Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

- Explore the limitless opportunities to transform products, processes,and businesses

- Run applications built with the Kinect for Windows Commercial Software Development Kit (SDK)

 

You can grab Kinect for Windows at the Microsoft Store, or Amazon for $249.99.

RumorTT: Apple iPad 3 to sport quad-core A6 chip, available in LTE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 10:28 am

We started the day off with a RumorTT about the iPod Nano, and toward the end of the news posting day, another RumorTT is here, about the iPad 3. I did originally say that it was weird posting a RumorTT piece about an Apple product that wasn't an iPhone or iPad... but mere hours later, here we are.

 

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A "source claiming to be in possession of an iPad 3 prototype" provided BGR with images that contained juicy details on Apple's next-generation iPad. From the above photo, which contains the output from an iPad 3 using a development and debug tool called iBoot, we can see tonnes of information on the iPad 3.

 

First, J1 and J2 (iPad3,1 and iPad3,2) are two different models, not different devices. A single iPad 3, available in Wi-Fi-only and another that sports GSM/CDMA/LTE for all carriers. Also spotted in the photo is the first news of the chip being slapped into the iPad 3: an A6 processor with the model number S5L8945X. To compare this to previous Apple chips, the Apple A4 model was S5L8930X and the Apple A5 is the S5L8940X.

 

The new A6 should be a quad-core device, making this one of the fastest tablets on the market, now able to compete with Tegra 3-equipped devices such as the ASUS Transformer Prime, and it will be the most powerful iOS-based device to-date.

The Pirate Bay founders' get sentences finaled, face jail time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 9:18 am

This has been going on for quite a while now, but just a few moments ago, Sweden's Supreme Court handed down its decision to not grant leave to appeal in the long-running Pirate Bay criminal trial. What this means is that their previously determined jail sentences and fines handed out to Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström will stand.

 

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During the original 2009 trial, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström all had their sentences decreased, but ordered to pay increased damages that added up to millions of dollars to be handed over to the entertainment company plaintiffs.

 

The three men filed for a hearing of their case at the Supreme Court, which happened today, and their request was denied. This means that the previously-given sentences now stand, and are final. Peter Sunde aka Brokep, will face 8 months in prison. Fredrik Neij aka TiAMO, is looking at 10 months. Businessman Carl Lundström has just 4 months behind bars. They are all still required to pay a combined $6.8 million in damages.

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Facebook files $5 billion IPO, 'likes' it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 8:18 am

Facebook has finally, after all this time, speculation and rumors, finally reached their status of hitting an initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It raised $5 billion, less than the previously speculated $10 billion.

 

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In their S-1 filing, Facebook also mentioned they would begin selling public stock as soon as possible. On top of the IPO news, they released some statistics on Facebook, which are very mind-blowing: Facebook now receives 845 million active users per month, 100 billion friendships, 2.7 billion likes and comments per day, as well as 250 million photos being uploaded every day.

 

We also found out that Facebook has been profitable for three years now, with revenue of $777 million on profit of $229 million in 2009 alone. Revenue grew 154-percent to $1.974 billion in 2010, and another 88-percent in 2011 to $3.711 billion. Facebook earned $1 billion last year, and are sitting on cash reserves of $3.908 billion.

 

What would you say Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg earned? Well, a salary of $483,333 in 2011, with a $220,500 bonus for the first half of the year, and $783,529 in other compensations (with $692,679 spent on chartered airplanes). This pay "reflected the impact of his performance in leading our product development efforts, our success in growing Facebook's global user base and developing strong developer and commercial relationships."

Samsung Galaxy S III will receive its own special launch event 'in first half of 2012'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 7:26 am

Samsung has confirmed with TechRadar, that the successor to the super-awesome Galaxy S II, the Galaxy S III won't be seen at Mobile World Congress this year. The Galaxy S II was announced at last year's MWC, but the successor will miss the show. Boo.

 

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It was revealed that the Galaxy S III will receive its own separate event to show off the new phone:

 

Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world.

 

What are your thoughts? As a GSII owner, I can't wait. I think it'll kick the iPhone 5's arse, all over the floor. The iPhone will have more hype, and sell more... but it will have to be a seriously huge jump over the lacklustre iPhone 4S, which wasn't that much better than a suped-up iPhone 4. Plagued with issues, too. Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S III will most likely sport a quad-core CPU, which will already catapult it way beyond the current iPhone 4S/Galaxy S II's dual-core CPUs.

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