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RumorTT: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to hit Samsung Galaxy S III, as well as the S II

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 7:31 am

We knew that Samsung's quad-core smartphone, the Galaxy S III would receive some love from Google in the way of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but its predecessor, the Galaxy S II had not been on a confirmed list to receive JB.

 

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But, according to Sammobile.com, Samsung are prepped to announce the upgrade for both Galaxy smartphones sometime in August or September. Apparently, initial testing on the S II has been fine, with a strong chance that the South Korean company could release the Android 4.1 update, as long as it passes testing.

 

The site also suggests that the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 would also receive Jelly Bean updates. Samsung haven't officially confirmed any of this, so this gets stamped with a "RumorTT" stamp for now.

Valve boss Gabe Newell says Windows 8 is a "catastrophe", and is driving Valve to embrace Linux

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:33 am

During videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle, Valve boss Gabe Newell branded Windows 8 as "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space". He added that in the fallout from Windows 8 "we'll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people."

 

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Newell adds that one of the last remaining things keeping people from trying Linux was the lack of games, but with the company bringing both Steam, and Left 4 Dead 2 to the platform, it could be the start of a new direction for the PC. Newell describes it as "a hedging strategy" and if his predictions of Windows 8 are correct, he says "it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality".

 

But, you've got to remember, Valve makes money from every sale on their digital distribution platform, Steam. Windows 8 sports a built-in Windows Store, which would challenge Valve's revenue source, maybe not in a direct way, but it will still be competition. But, Microsoft's Windows Store is more closed, and controlled, compared to Valve's Steam platform.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 gets unboxed, sports 2GB RAM, HSPA+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:25 am

Samsung first showed off their 10.1-inch Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, and since its unveiling the slate, Samsung have baked in a few changes before release.

 

 

Since MWC, the Note 10.1 has received some of the same treatment the flagship Galaxy S III smartphone was treated to, this includes a similar color scheme of white and silver. It also includes the same Exynos 4 Quad processor, giving us a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU rocking along inside, as well as 2GB of RAM and support for HSPA+ 3G internet.

 

The Brave Post have managed to get their grubby little paws on one, and revealed the above details. Not only that, but they suggest that the inclusion of 3G internet access extends the Note 10.1's phone functionality, where it can act as a speaker phone and message access point. Samsung are still prepped to announce something on August 15, but this could well be their Galaxy Note II.

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AOL enjoys $531 million revenue for Q2, has been its lowest revenue decline in 7 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 5:31 am

AOL reported their Q2 earnings report, seeing revenues of $531 million. This makes it AOL's lowest total revenue decline in seven years, with a 2-percent year-on-year decrease.

 

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AOL's legacy income, such as mobile carrier revenues and subscriptions continued to fall, but it was offset by growth in international display advertising and third-party network revenues. Operating income was boosted by the $96 million AOL made from licensing patents to Microsoft.

 

But, AOL have insisted that its EIBDA grew regardless of this deal with Microsoft, saying that "excluding those items, the remaining Q2 2012 Adjusted OIBDA of $94.6 million reflects an increase of $18 million year-over-year." AOL chairman and CEO, Tim Armstrong said:

 

Today's results represent a significant milestone for AOL as we returned to Adjusted OIBDA growth for the first time in four years. The strong results and consumer performance we announced today are clear signs our strategic and operating efforts are translating into significant financial progress.

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Nexus 7 usage is rising, sales figures are still being ninja's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 4:30 am

Google and ASUS' new $199 tablet is enjoying some nice pure, raw, technology lust, with the tablet being pulled from sale as it was selling out faster than the companies had expected, but official sales figures are still not here.

 

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Chitika have collected some data, and in its early stages it looks like the Nexus 7 is doing very well indeed. Chitika's data includes the number of impressions per 100 Apple iPad impressions, with the Nexus 7 sitting at just 0.3.

 

But, considering it went on sale just a couple of weeks ago, it has already edged out HP's Touchpad, and Sony's Tablet S. Close to it we have the Motorola XOOM with 0.89, Amazon's Kindle Fire with 0.90, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab (which exact model, or the entire range, I don't know) at 2.69.

 

At this rate, it could overtake the already established Fire and XOOM within the coming months, without breaking a sweat.

TMS show off new 2.5GB/s, 900GB PCI Express SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 2:33 am

Where's Vin Diesel? Because the fast, and the furious just arrived in the form of a new SSD from Texas Memory Systems (TMS). The company has announced the world's fastest PCI Express-connected, flash-powered solid-state drive, the RamSan-70.

 

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TMS' RamSan-70 uses 685GB of single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash parts, which only 450GB of usable. The rest is given to overprovisioning and RAID parity storage for reliability and performance purposes, as well as sporting a pretty decent PowerPC CPU.

 

TMS also claim that the RamSan-70 can reach an astounding 2,500MB/sec sustained read, with anywhere between 300K-1,200K read input/output operations per second (IOPS). This is all backed up with a write latency of 30 microseconds,with bandwidth being sustained through a PCI Express 2.0 x8 slot. Isn't that the hottest few lines of text you've ever heard regarding storage? I think so.

 

TMS also claims that the the RamSan-70 is the fastest flash-based SSD around, considering rivals OCZ with their RevoDrive 3 maxing out at just 1GB/sec read and 130k write IOPS. Comparing that to TMS' solution, it now feels slow.

 

But, the RamSan-70 is aimed mainly at the professional market, considering there's no cost yet, it could cost you an organ. But, can it run Crysis?

Samsung turns their Galaxy S III smartphone into a four-in-one check-in, keycard, TV remote and AC control in Olympic hotel, even MacGyver is jealous

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 1:20 am

For those staying at the new Holiday Inn London Stratford City hotel, which is situated next to the Olympic Park, Samsung have some exciting news. Samsung has partnered up with Fingi Inc., to enable Holiday Inn London Stratford City to offer residents' a full suite of hotel services.

 

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This includes remote control of room settings, and a special Samsung & Holiday Inn 'Olympic Newsletter', which includes the latest updates from London 2012 - all on the Galaxy S III smartphone. The mobile solution offers the ability to provide complete integration of TVs, lighting, AC and other audio-visual and in-room functions, topping it off as acting as the room key.

 

The service will initially be made available to VIPs staying at the aforementioned hotel, and will see 40 rooms at the hotel equipped with the hospitality solution. You can read more about this unbelievably cool feature here.

Zynga fails to meet analyst estimates for Q2, sees $332 million in revenue, lowered outlook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:46 am

Zynga didn't have high estimates from analysts, but the company didn't even meet those. The company releases their Q2 earnings report, which showed revenue of $332 million, and lost $22.8 million, or 3 cents per share. Analysts predicted Zynga would pull in 5 cents per share on revenue of $344 million.

 

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Zynga have said they have 72 million daily active users, up from 59 million in the previous quarter, and 306 million monthly active users, up from 228 million. Bookings on the other hand, were $302 million, up 12-percent from the same time last year, but a sequential decline of around 9-percent from the previous quarter.

 

The company has now lowered its outlook going into the rest of 2012 based on delays in launching new games, a faster decline in existing web games due in part to a more challenging environment on the Facebook web platform, and reduced expectations for Draw Something." Zynga are projecting $1.15 billion to $1.225 billion in bookings for the remainder of 2012.

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FCC spending $115 million to bring broadband access to 400,000

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 25, 2012 7:33 pm

It would appear that the United States government is actually doing something useful with its money. The FCC has announced a plan to spend $115 million over the next three years bringing broadband internet access to 400,000 individuals and businesses who don't have access to such services as of right now.

 

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The government's money will be complemented by tens of millions of private funds. This new undertaking is part of the FCC's Connect America Fund project and works to bring broadband access to rural areas that may still be stuck using dial-up. It's a pretty big issue as the United States is an extremely large area.

 

The FCC realizes that high-speed internet access has "gone from being a luxury to a necessity for full participation in our economy and society." The FCC had the following statement: "Today's action is just the beginning of our efforts to unleash the benefits of broadband for millions of homes and small businesses in unserved rural communities across the U.S."

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