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Barnes & Noble outsources Nook production due to massive losses in e-reader segment

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 3:08 pm

This morning, book retailing giant Barnes & Noble announced that they have decided to stop manufacturing their own line of tablet devices in favor of outsourcing production to a third-party company. This move comes at a time when Barnes & Noble is experiencing massive losses in its Nook division thanks to heavy competition from rival Amazon.




The news of the decision came via the company's fourth-quarter 2013 earnings report. Barnes & Noble said that it will now divert attention away from the hardware strategy of its Nook line and will instead focus on digital media and app sales. The company has not yet released who it is partnering with to produce the Nook hardware, but many industry insiders suspect some sort of partnership with Microsoft to be in the works.


An excerpt from the earnings report reads:


The company plans to significantly reduce losses in the NOOK segment by limiting risks associated with manufacturing. Going forward, the company intends to continue to design eReading devices and reading platforms, while creating a partnership model for manufacturing in the competitive color tablet market. Thus, the widely popular lines of Simple Touch and Glowlight products will continue to be developed in house, and the company's tablet line will be co-branded with yet to be announced third party manufacturers of consumer electronics products. At the same time, the company intends to continue to build its digital catalog, adding thousands of eBooks every week, and launching new NOOK Apps.

NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 760, will retail for about $250

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 2:06 pm

This morning NVIDIA released the highly anticipated GeForce GTX 760 to the world. The 760 is a mid-range GPU that is said to be about 12% faster than its predecessor the GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Like it's GTX 770 and GTX 780 brethren, NVIDIA says that the GTX 760 features all the latest hardware and software features.




"For gamers seeking insanely fast performance and smooth frame rates for their favorite games, the choice is clear: NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs," said Scott Herkelman, general manager of the GeForce GPU business at NVIDIA. "At a starting price of only $249, the GeForce GTX 760 ushers in a new level of performance, features and affordability, so gamers can experience today's most graphically demanding titles with all the eye candy turned high. It's a great time to be a PC gamer!"



Powered by an NVIDIA Kepler architecture-based GPU with an incredible 2.3 gigaflops of processing horsepower, the GeForce GTX 760 is already dramatically more powerful than the next-generation game consoles expected by the end of the year. To satisfy gamer demands for greater customization and overclocking options, the GeForce GTX 760 includes NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, which automatically increases the GPU's clock speed for enhanced performance, while adding temperature target and fan controls, as well as extra over-voltage headroom and optimizations for advanced water-cooling solutions.




With out-of-the-box factory overclocks and extra user-overclocking, expect the GTX 760 to extend its advantage even further - for performance data, check out the many press reviews that have gone live today. Available now at all e-tailers and retailers, the $249 GeForce GTX 760 will get your system ready for the first wave of next-gen games launching this Holiday season. TweakTown's own Shawn Baker reviewed NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 760 and you can read it here.

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Samsung inks deal that will see them move away from plastic and embrace carbon fiber

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 1:10 pm

One of the things I don't like about Samsung's Galaxy range of devices, is that they feel 'plasticy' - mainly because, well, they're made from plastic. But, the South Korean's materials arm, Samsung Petrochemical, have just signed up for a joint venture with carbon fiber specialist SGL Group.




The joint venture will see the two aim to "develop new industrial and electronic applications with carbon composite materials for Samsung and the Korean market." The company will operate under the name Samsung SGL Carbon Composite Materials, and be 50% owned by Samsung. According to the companies' recent joint announcement, Samsung SGL Carbon Composite Materials will look to "provide a stable long-term supply of carbon fiber materials for Samsung and promote its use in various Samsung products and applications such as consumer electronics, medical devices and engineering applications."


This will only be a good thing for us consumers, who will receive better-made, and better-quality devices from Samsung.

Zynga sees their unsecured line of credit slashed heavily, from $1 billion to $200 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 12:30 pm

Zynga used to have a $1 billion unsecured, revolving line of credit, but has had a limit slapped right on top of that to just $200 million. The amount of time to pay it back has been increased, though, from four to five years, but it continues to be unsecured.




Since Zynga went public, they've been faced with nothing but issues, taking away chunks of their value. The once-invincible company is now in troubled times, while they continue to restore their user base and release a new smash hit title which will get them out of the black. The company recently cut 18% of their workforce, and then they took another blow - investors cut their market valuation by a double-digit percentage.


At the prime of Zynga, they acquired the at-the-time gigantic OMGPOP, the company known for Draw Something, for $200 million. Well, that division has been closed, and Zynga have been left crying in the corner looking at that cheque they wrote. Zynga do have $1.3 billion in cash and short term investments, so they're not down and out just yet, folks.

Sony will put micro ads on the fingernails and uniform of a tennis player at Wimbledon, let the 4K marketing begin!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 11:32 am

Sony are going to be pushing their 4K marketing this week at Wimbledon, which lines up with the launch of their Bravia X9 line up of 4K-capable TV's which are hitting UK retailers this week.




The best time to advertise your 4K goodness in the UK would be, well, now, with Wimbledon, wouldn't it? Sony are putting micro ads on the fingernails and uniform of tennis player Anne Keothavong, with 4K owners being able to see this ultra-insane detail. Sony and the BBC are recording some of the event itself in 4K, with an experience zone at the event being shown off in 4K.

LSI expands its Nytro PCIe Flash Adapter portfolio

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 10:41 am

LSI Corporation announced news of the latest version of the Nytro WarpDrive and the new Nytro MegaRAID software features. LSI Nytro products provide ultra-low latency and high-bandwidth performance required for Big Data applications, hyperscale web and cloud datacenters, financial services, virtual desktops and server workloads. These flash solutions provide significant reductions in TCO through lower power consumption, less floor space and frugal IOPS-to-Watts requirements.




The flash segment has proven to be a big winner for LSI, with the delivery of over 50,000 PCIe flash cards having propelled LSI into the #2 position for the worldwide flash adapter market. The expansion of the Nytro product line includes enhanced hardware capabilities and new Nytro MegaRAID features.

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iPad mini made up 60% of iOS sales during Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 10:30 am

Just how popular is Apple's iPad mini? Well, it made up 60% of all iOS sales in the first three months of this year - that's how popular it is. It beat out the bigger brother, the full-sized iPad as well as the iPhone.




The data comes from Gartner, with Research Director Ranjit Atwal saying that the increased availability of lower-priced tablets, as well as a shift in focus from hardware to software will see an extended lifetime for premium tablets. What this translates to is higher-end tablets will continue to be here, and be in consumers' hands longer than ever before, without a need to replace them as often.


We're seeing the same thing with smartphones right now - where there's no need to update them every year because the one you bought 6-12 months ago is still a great smartphone. Comparing the market to Android, where 90% of Android-based sales are smartphones, while 85% of Microsoft's sales comes from the PC market.

RumorTT: iPhone 5S prototype features A7 processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 9:28 am

Let the rumor mill begin, people! We've already heard some news about a fingerprint reader, which our own Charles Gantt reported on late last week, but now MacRumors is talking about the processor inside the currently-rumored iPhone 5S.




The photo below has the iPhone 5S on the left, and the iPhone 5 on the right. As you can see, there's an Apple model number of APL0698 which suggests that this is going to be an A7 processor instead of a modified A6 chip like the iPhone 5 features. The original A6 processor had a model number of APL0598, and the A6X chip had the APL5598 model number, which found its way into the fourth-generation iPad.




This shows us that Apple varies the first digit for members of a given A-series family, with the second digit moving into a new family. The current iPhone 5S prototype that has been caught on camera looks to feature Elpida DRAM, and 1GB of it, the same amount on the A6 processor.

Minecraft for PC crashes through 11 million copies sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 9:06 am

Minecraft is an uber-successful game for Mojang, having now sold over 11 million units for the Windows PC and Mac platforms. The news comes directly from Minecraft's official website.



At the time of writing, Minecraft on the PC and Mac has been sold to 11,008,187 people, which is really just crazy. If you had told me 5 years ago that a game that looked, and played like this, would sell 11 million+ copies, I'd have laughed at you and continued to play COD4 (the last good COD). The website has a running counter, which continues updating as copies are sold.




Since typing the original number just a paragraph above, the game has sold 11,008,202 copies and is selling around 1 copy every couple of seconds. Kudos, Mojang!

Google goes back to school, Google Play for Education is now accepting submissions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 8:27 am

Google are stepping in a new direction with their latest announcement, in that they're accepting submissions for their Google Play for Education platform which will provide education- and age-appropriate applications to schools.




Google Play for Education will fall under the Play Store, but will allow bulk purchasing and content curation for apps, books and movies for K-12 schools. If a developer has an age-appropriate application, they can now mark it for inclusion, which will see a third-party group of educators review it.


This third-party of educators will review each and every app, reviewing its subject, grade level and whether or not it meets a set of development guidelines that have been set in place for the education system. Part of these guidelines see that the app must not collect personally identifiable information or use student data for noneducational use.

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