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EA's CEO talks of next-gen consoles coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 5:25 am

With EA stock trading at a 52-week low, EA CEO John Riccitiello said during an interview with CNBC that the fundamental problem is not with the company itself, but with investors understanding the business.

 

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Julia Boorstin sat down with the CEO for an exclusive interview at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference, where the Riccitiello said that he's currently in the process of shifting EA from being about packaged goods to digital revenue. We reported just over two weeks ago that EA saying it's "inevitable" that they'll become a 100-percent digital company.

 

Riccitiello said during the interview that the industry's focus on NPD's packaged game sales numbers is misguided, and overlooks the massive growth EA have been seeing in digital revenue. EA have had a number of social and mobile gaming acquisitions, with the company saying it had found success on the Facebook social games platform, as well as Apple's game store.

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MSI's reflexes are great, doctor approves their entry into the SSD market with the MSI Reflex Series of SSD's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:32 am

There were rumblings of this just days ago, but it appears that MSI are officially entering the solid-state drive (SSD) business. Enter MSI's Reflex Series of SSDs. Reflex will come in three sizes, 60GB, 120GB and 240GB with model numbers of RX-60, RX-120, and RX-240 for the respective sizes. MSI's Reflex Series of SSD's are based on the SandForce SF-2281 processor.

 

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All drives will be based on the SATA 6Gbps standard, with the RX-60 capable of 525MB/sec read, 495MB/sec write and 85k IOPS, the RX-120 is slightly faster with 550MB/sec and 515MB/sec for read/write, respectively, backed up by 90k IOPS. Finally, the RX-240 sports 560MB/sec and 525MB/sec for read/write, respectively, with the same 90k IOPS.

 

Unfortunately, no information is available regarding price, or availability. As soon as we get one of these bad boys into our labs you can be sure we'll put it through some testing.

RumorTT: Galaxy Note II benchmarks show off impressive 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 3:27 am

We had a another RumorTT post on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II last month, where we heard it would have Samsung's quad-core Exynos processor inside, but it looks like those rumors are now materializing as we get closer to its impending release.

 

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Some numbers have just shown up in the form of some test results uploaded to GLBenchmark, which let's us report that the Galaxy Note II should sport a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, clocked 200MHz above its little brother the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S II was clocked in at just 1.2GHz and was only a dual-core chip, while the original Note was clocked in at 1.4GHz and also just a dual-core chip.

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Beats repurchases 25% of its shares back from HTC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 2:28 am

It looks like some internal cat fights between HTC and Beats have caused the partnership to go a little sour, with a company note to investors, HTC have announced that they've agreed to let Beats buy back 25-percent of its total shares from HTC. HTC have said:

 

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HTC and Beats today announced a realignment of their business agreement that provides Beats with more flexibility for global expansion while maintaining HTC's major stake and commercial exclusivity in mobile.

 

Under the terms of the agreement, the founding members of Beats will buy back 25% of its total shares for a total of approximately 75% ownership, with HTC remaining the largest outside shareholder with approximately 25%.

 

Over the last year, HTC and Beats have made great progress in sound innovation, product integration and brand awareness with successes like the HTC One. HTC and Beats will continue to work closely, including a joint global marketing campaign later this year.

 

We should see how this fares for HTC in the coming months, they did just recently acquire streaming music service MOG.

Samsung could start producing their flexible AMOLED displays this quarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 2:21 am

We heard about Samsung's flexible AMOLED technology a couple of months ago now, called "Youm". But it seems that new reports from Korean website DDaily are suggesting the production of these panels could be any day now.

 

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Samsung were rumored late last year to have these flexible AMOLED displays in mass production by Q2 2012. The first production run of these displays won't be too flexible, as the displays will be fixed to a rigid sheet of "protective" glass, at first. DDaily's sources claim that Samsung has an internal goal of mass-producing fully flexible screens by 2014.

 

Producing some of them now would give Samsung a head start on the competition, as they can get the screen tech working now, and get to work on the devices shrinking down (power sources, chips, PCBs, etc). This means we could see flexible smart devices sometime after 2014. We should see new forms of fashionable technology such as watches, headware, and others. The future is flexible.

Google forced to halt orders on 16GB Nexus 7, didn't expect this much demand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:30 am

It looks as though Google didn't expect this much demand for the 16GB version of their Nexus 7 tablet, with the tablet selling out from stockists and other sources, whilst demand for the 8GB variant remains comparatively low.

 

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Google have stopped further orders for the 16GB variant across their US and UK Google Play stores, with orders placed up to the end of last week looking to be fulfilled, but a shortage in stock now means a stop in sales, temporarily. If you're after a Nexus, and don't mind the smaller 8GB version then you can still grab one, with a 3-5 business day wait.

 

If you still want that 16GB version, you'll have to "sign up to be notified by e-mail" when it becomes available, according to Google's Play Store. Even though the Nexus 7 is sold out in its 16GB flavor, the company haven't released any sales numbers, so its unknown whether this "sold out" number is just 500,000 or a few million.

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RumorTT: OCZ to be scooped up by Seagate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 22, 2012 1:51 pm

Well, ain't this a big rumor! The water cooler has been hot over the weekend, with talks that storage giant Seagate would acquire OCZ. According to Fudzilla's "unnamed industry sources", Seagate could purchase OCZ and would be willing to pay over $308.5 million.

 

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Considering that Seagate is worth $11 billion, it is but a drop in the ocean to purchase one of the best SSD makers in the business right now. If the deal were to go through, OCZ would continue as its own brand within Seagate, even possibly continuing to operate as a separate company.

 

Another buyer rumored to be eyeing OCZ is Micron. Since the rumor starting flying, OCZ's shares have had a very nice surge of around 22-percent, increasing their market cap by $68 million. We reached out to OCZ and had the following response regarding the rumor:

 

We can't comment on market rumors.

Mobile App of the Day: Reqvu for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 20, 2012 12:28 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day today comes in the form of Reqvu for iOS.

 

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Video for Facebook made simple.

 

Your life is full of sound and motion, so why limit yourself to photos? The all new Reqvu is the video app made for Facebook that simplifies and adds more fun ways to make and share videos directly with your friends, and even Facebook groups.

 

See something your friends would like? Dedicate it to them.

Want to see what your friends are seeing? Make a video request.

See something all your friends would like? Make a video update.

 

You know what you like and what your friends like. Life is full of moments you can capture and share with the people you care about. Use the richness and vitality of video to share fun and interesting experiences that others will enjoy. Reqvu brings friends closer through video.

 

You can download Reqvu for your iOS-based device directly from the App Store, or here.

Microsoft enjoys record Q4 2012 with $18.06 billion in revenue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 20, 2012 11:10 am

Microsoft have just released their Q4 2012 earnings report, where they had a record Q4 revenue of $18.06 billion, but took a hit with a net loss of $492 million for the past three months. This time last year, Microsoft were enjoying a net profit of $5.87 billion.

 

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But, the net loss is due to the collapsed aQuantive deal, costing the Redmond-based company a hefty $6.2 billion. Microsoft is looking up, though, as Windows 8 is nearly here, and they know that it will be a great time for them in the next two quarters. A big part of that ballooned revenue is thanks to Microsoft's Business and Servers divisions, which saw growths of 7- and 13-percent, respectively.

 

The Entertainment and Devices division grew year-over-year thanks to Skype, and saw $1.78 billion of the total revenue thanks to their good work. Microsoft also released their year-end financials, with revenues up $3.76 billion from 2011. Even with the aQuantive arrow to the knee, Microsoft still managed to post a net income of $16.98 billion for the year.

Microsoft updates Bing Maps with 215TB of high-resolution imagery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Jul 20, 2012 10:24 am

Microsoft have just updated Bing Maps, which now includes 215TB of high-resolution imagery covering most of the United States, as well as key locations within Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Tokyo. These new pictures, named Bird's Eye, were captured at a 45-degree angle to provide increased detail of buildings and landmarks.

 

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Over on the Bing Maps blog, they point out that the new photos in the update cover over 230,000 square kilometers, and are made up from more than 1.1 million files. Bing Maps now covers a total of 1,388,593 square kilometers, which is good for 302TB of data. Bird's Eye maps use three different kinds of data. The first is native Bird's Eye scenes using photos captured at 45-degree angles. There's also Bird's Eye Oblique Mosaics, which are a group of aerial photos that have been stitched together.

 

The final type of data uses top-down photography that is projected onto a digital terrain or landscape, again, at a 45-degree angle. This is used to showcase topological depth perception when traditional aerial photography just isn't feasible.

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