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LSI AIS 2012: LSI Accelerating Innovation Summit 2012

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 17, 2012 12:52 am

LSI AIS 2012 - LSI beat the rest of the market to release the SAS 6Gb/s controllers that now dominate the datacenter, with over 75% of the channel and 4 out of 5 major OEMs utilizing their current generation products. LSI aims to extend this lead and has shown us some of the initial results for their new 12Gb/s SAS products.




The Invader, referred to as the 9271-8i MegaRAID, sports LSIs latest ROC, the 3108. This chip provides excellent scalability and the potential for speeds that saturate the current PCIe 3.0 bus.


We can also observe the battery backup unit, and also the innovative cache module that provides a fail-safe cache protection for mission critical applications.


Part of the attraction of this new series of controllers is the DataBolt expander technology that LSI has developed in conjunction with the Invader. With widespread adoption of 12Gb/s storage devices likely to take some time to enter the channel, the DataBolt technology provides the ability to aggregate the performance of two 6Gb/s devices across one lane.

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Apple's Australian branch gets hit with $28.5 million in back taxes

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 11:31 pm

Apple's Australian branch has taken a bit of a hit today after the country and continent of Australia billed Apple $28.5 million in back taxes. The back taxes relate to Apple and its use of tax havens such as Nevada, Ireland, and Luxembourg to avoid paying taxes on earned income, which saves them a fair amount of money.




Apple Australia pulled in $4.9 billion in revenue over the last year from sales of Macs, iPads, and iPhones. This new tax bill amounts for more than 25 percent of the tax bill now paid by Apple. With the new taxes, Apple's tax bill for the year ending September 24, 2011, amounts to $94.7 million.


Apple isn't the only one getting in trouble for using tax havens. Amazon has recently been hit with $252 million USD in back taxes by France. Amazon uses Luxembourg to avoid paying taxes in the European region. It will be interesting to see if any other countries come after Apple for back taxes...and how Apple's stock responds if any do.

ReportTT: Amazon losing $500 million to $1 billion each year offering its streaming service

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 10:28 pm

According to Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, Amazon's streaming service that comes with an Amazon Prime membership isn't anywhere near profitable. In fact, he pegs the yearly loss at an amount somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion. That's an incredible price to pay to try and enter a market, but Amazon has the ability to do so.




The way Hastings has determined this estimate is by using the value of content deals that Amazon picked up when Netflix and Amazon were directly competing for them. Netflix is planning on spending over $2 billion on content over the next year, so the fact that Amazon is only losing $1 billion isn't such a big deal.


Both Amazon and Netflix charge the same amount per month for their services, $8, but Amazon also offers free two-day shipping and other benefits for that $8. Amazon spokesman Andrew Herdener, via email to All Things D: "We don't comment on our individual investments but it's correct that Prime Instant Video is an amazing value for customers. Not only do Prime members get unlimited streaming video, but they also get free 2-day shipping and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library as well."


However, Hastings notes that Amazon is a strong competitor: "Amazon is the best competitor we've ever faced."

Google Nexus 4 camera suffers the same iPhone 5 purple haze

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 9:33 pm

The purple haze appears to be a phenomenon with most high-end smartphone cameras, not just something limited to the iPhone 5 and a few others. The latest device to join the purple haze party is Google's recently released Nexus 4 smartphone, which is selling quite well, if you hadn't heard the news.




As you can see in the picture above, the purple haze affects this brand new device just as much as the others. It only shows up in a few different lighting scenarios, so people should try to avoid these few conditions that will lead to the purple haze. Mainly, avoid shooting towards bright lights that are just out of frame.


The current thought regarding the issue is that the hard crystals that are used as lenses impart the purple hue because they are not perfectly clear. When the light comes roughly straight through, it doesn't present a problem, but as it reaches the outer parts of the lens, the purple color becomes apparent. Of course, this is only a theory.


Let's just hope that the manufacturers can work out the purple haze issue so that I can take whatever type of pictures I want--even though I know not to shoot with a bright light in the background.

Recommended WiiU GamePad range is on the conservative side

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 8:28 pm

People buying the WiiU might be upset that they must basically be in the same room as the WiiU to use the WiiU GamePad. While the recommended usage distance is in fact 26 feet, the designers of the wireless chipset used in the tablet say that it is capable of much, much more, but Nintendo wanted to be sure they wouldn't be sued by someone trying to use it too far away.




Ultimately, the range comes down to the amount of wireless interference present in the installation location. If you're in an apartment building in New York City, you'll likely have much less range than someone out in the middle of nowhere, a location where not even cell phones get reception.


In the latter situation, Dino Bekis, senior director of Wireless Connectivity at Boradcom has said that people could likely get up to 100 feet of range. It also depends on what your house is composed of and different factors. The bottom line is that Nintendo went pretty conservative on the number to ensure that all users would receive a decent experience.


Bekis explains:


They have to make sure that it will operate in all of these different environments. If you're in an environment that has a lot of different (WI-FI routers) running simultaneously or other interference, you won't get the same range. We've done many multiples of (Nintendo's suggested range), but Nintendo's perspective is that they want to guarantee a flawless user experience.

RumorTT: Samsung to unveil Galaxy S IV at CES 2013, we'll be there to cover it

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 7:31 pm

A new rumor is placing the Galaxy S IV as being announced at CES 2013 in Las Vegas in a couple of months. The latest rumor comes from Asi Economics and says that the new Samsung flagship device will be introduced in January at everyone's favorite technology show, CES. Not only do we get an announce date, but Asia Economics has also reported some specifications.




The new Galaxy S IV is said to be coming with a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) screen that measures 5 inches. It's said to be an HD AMOLED display, and if the resolution and size are accurate, it would come with a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch, which is higher than any of the Retina displays utilized by Apple.


Other rumored specifications are that it will come with a quad-core Exynos processor and 4G LTE capabilities. If it didn't have either of those two specifications, the device really would be dead on arrival. If the rumors prove true, rest assured that TweakTown will have the scoop for you come CES 2013.

Microsoft gets hit with a lawsuit over advertised Surface storage capacity

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 6:43 pm

Microsoft has been hit with a lawsuit in relation to the Surface's advertised storage capacity. LA-based lawyer Andrew Sokolowski claims that the Surface RT tablet comes with less storage space than advertised by Microsoft, so, being a lawyer, he feels he is entitled to some compensation.




Mr. Sokolowski's lawyers are seeking class action status for the lawsuit, claiming false advertising and unfair business practices, which would help get compensation for everyone who purchased a Surface RT tablet. Of course, the lawyers would end up getting a good portion of the money as they always do in a class action suit.


Sokolowski reported that the 32GB tablet he purchased ran out of space after loading some music and Word files. This is when he discovered that only 16GB of the 32GB claimed was available for use. However, I imagine he missed the fine print detailing that space would be used by the operating system, formatting, and other causes.


This lawsuit likely won't go far, but on the off chance it does, we'll be sure to keep you availed to the latest.

Sony sells 70 million PS3s; 15 million PS Move controllers worldwide

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 5:57 pm

Microsoft is celebrating its Xbox Live 10-year anniversary this month as it was officially launched back in November 15, 2002, but Sony has hijacked their party, popped their festive balloons and punched every celebratory cake in sight with its news of updated sales figures for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Move controller.




Sony has announced today its PlayStation 3 has reached a total of 70 million units sold worldwide since its debut back in November of 2006, one year after the Xbox 360 was made available. Even with a one-year head start, Sony has caught up with Microsoft's Xbox 360 as they reached their 70 million units sold worldwide mark just last month. Seeing how Microsoft has always struggled selling its Xbox 360 in Japan, I'm sure Sony's dominance of the region helped reach today's goal.

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Google, Dish Network could launch their own wireless network

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 5:26 pm

The wireless service here in the U.S. is absolutely abysmal as customers and handset manufacturers are caught in a whirlwind of phone exclusivity, price increases and data throttling across the majority of our wireless networks. Something needs to change soon, and hopefully, that change could be a new wireless service between Google and Dish Network if recent reports turn out to be a true.




According to the WSJ, Google and Dish Network have been in talks over possibly partnering up to create their own wireless service. As of now, the talks are in their very early stages as Google currently isn't the only company Dish Network is in talks with, but seeing as Google has been moving ahead with its Google Fiber, it would be interesting to see the company also deliver a wireless network to its potential customers.

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Google releases 'test version' of Google Maps for iOS

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 4:59 pm

Apple's attempt at supplying its own Maps application could be considered a complete disaster as not only did it create an uproar within the iOS community, but it became such a problem, Apple had to issue a public apology, even going as far as recommending alternatives within its own App Store. iOS users who updated to iOS 6 and have longed for the days when Google Maps was made available as a standalone application will soon have their day as it's being reported Google Maps for iOS is very close to being released.




According to the WSJ, Google has released a "test version" of its Google Maps iOS application to a limited number of people outside of the company. This release could indicate a near-final version of Google Maps for iOS is much closer than we all expected, which hopefully means we could be hearing of it heading into Apple's approval process soon.

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