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Samsung Q4 2011 earnings, $42 billion in sales, $4.7 billion operating profit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 27, 2012 5:31 am

Samsung have posted their Q4 2011 official earnings, and they have done quite well indeed. Samsung had an operating profit in Q4 2011 of $4.7 billion from $42 billion in sales.




How did Samsung reach this success? Oh, by selling more than 300 million smartphones last year alone. Mobile accounted for roughly 40-percent of Samsung's sales, and nearly 50-percent of their operating profit, Samsung's semiconductor business also did very well, taking in more than $2 billion in profit over the same period.


Samsung's Display Panel business was improved year-over-year compared to 2010, thanks to LED TVs, with sales up almost 20-percent to $7.6 billion. Samsung expects good things for 2012, with mobile business to grow, LTE and new market segments like the Galaxy Note to drive sales. TVs are expected to continue their rise, with Samsung releasing more Smart TVs, and the 2012 London Olympics will help, too.

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HTC to streamline their product line, wants quality over quantity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 27, 2012 4:20 am

HTC do have a fair amount of phones on the market, and compared to companies like Apple where they can just push a handful of phones. HTC have a massive line up which is great for consumer choice, but also can come across as confusing.




Considering there's the Titan, Sensation, Impressive, Trophy, ChaCha, and more, HTC have decided to cull this down and concentrate on quality of quantity. HTC U.K. and Ireland Executive Director, Phil Roberson, has told Mobile magazine that 2012 will see HTC rolling out a smaller number of quality devices, rather than unleashing countless indistinguishable smartphones. He says:


2012 is about giving our customers something special. We need to make sure we do not go so far down the line that we segment our products by launching lots of different SKUs. We have to get back to focusing on what made us great - amazing hardware and a great customer experience. We ended 2011 with far more products than we started out with. We tried to do too much.

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Intel acquires RealNetworks patents, hands over $120 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 27, 2012 3:23 am

Intel have pulled out their credit card today and swiped down a purchase of patents from RealNetworks to the tune of $120 million. RealNetworks Inc. in the agreement hand over a large number of patents, which is set to help Intel's portfolio for streaming media on not only smartphones, but laptops and other devices.




Intel will receive roughly 190 patents and 170 patent applications, as well as next-generation software that allows for the quick compression or decompression of video for streaming. RealNetworks are still allowed to use the patent in current and future products, and will now work with Intel on continued development of the software and related products.


RealNetworks Chief Executive, Thomas Nielsen, said in an interview:


To bring new technology like that [video software] to market requires significant reach into the consumer and business markets. A partner like Intel has the capacity and size to do that.

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Apple's Tim Cook says at Town Hall all Apple employees get $500 off Macs, $250 off iPads, starts in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 27, 2012 2:26 am

Apple had an amazing quarter, and to thank their employees, Tim Cook has said at today's Town Hall meeting that there will be some new "employee benefits". This is just a way Apple want to show their appreciation to those who have worked so hard to continue pushing the company to where it is today.




Cook announced that starting in June of this year, Apple employees will be given $500 discount on purchases of new Macs and $250 discounts on purchases of new iPads. There are some conditions, though. Apple employees may only take this opportunity every three years, and have to have been working at Apple for 90 days or more.


Another condition is the Mac discount cannot be used on the Mac mini, which is priced pretty close to the $500 Mac discount which would make it nearly free. Apple employees already receive a 25-percent discount on Macs, so that $500 is going to go a long way.

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Steam app now available for iOS, Android devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 27, 2012 1:24 am

A tease of Valve's Steam mobile app is now available. Right now you can't properly use it, as attempting to login just adds you to the huge list of people wanting a beta invite, but the idea is there, the foundation has been laid.




Steam for iOS, Android lets you do virtually everything the proper Steam application does, apart from playing games. The description on the Android Market says:


Steam: chat and participate in the Steam community, catch unbeatable Steam sales

With the free Steam app for Android, you can participate in the Steam community wherever you go. Chat with your Steam friends, browse community groups and user profiles, read the latest gaming news and stay up to date on unbeatable Steam sales.


Is this a move by Valve to enter the mobile market? Could we see Steam-powered games on iOS and Android devices? One can wish, one can wish.

Thursday Morning Roundup for January 26, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 1:21 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, January 26th, 2012.




ASUS P9X79 WS Workstation - Benchmark Reviews

ECS X79R-AX Black Series Motherboard - Legit Reviews

[preview] ASUS P9X79 WS - ocaholic

ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard - Hardware Canucks




AMD Llano A8-3870K APU - TechwareLabs


Video Cards:


Galaxy GT 520 MDT - Overclockers Club

Sapphire Radeon HD6450 FleX Edition 1GB Video Card -

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Deal of the Day: Newegg - 16GB Patriot Holiday USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $6.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 12:16 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Newegg - 16GB Patriot Holiday USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $6.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!




Newegg has this funky looking festively tardy 16GB Patriot Holiday USB 2.0 flash drive for just $6.99 after $7 rebate, with FREE shipping. Ends 1/31/12.




Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: Network Dashboard for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 11:15 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is Network Dashboard for Windows Phone




Network Dashboard provides a quick, at a glance view into the network status on your Windows Phone. Tap on a tile and you can quickly change the settings. Tap and hold a tile and you can pin it to the Start menu for quick and easy access!


REMINDER: When using settings tiles pinned to your start screen, use your Back key to return to start, NOT your Start key. If you don't, your live tiles will get out of sync and any reminders (Paid version) may not work properly.

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Download of the Day: CCleaner v3.15

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 10:00 am

Our Download of the Day is CCleaner v3.15




It's Day 3 of our new year release extravaganza! Today we have a new build of CCleaner available for download. With new apps, browser compatibility improvements and extra features. Download now! :)




Added Chrome Canary Omnibox search shortcut cleaning.

Added option to only clean Recycle Bin files deleted more than 24 hours ago.

Improved Firefox History cleaning.

Improved Analysis results for Firefox and Chrome cookies and cache.

Improved Driver Wiper feedback for successful operations.

Improved thread synchronization algorithm to avoid possible deadlocks.

Updated Chrome Canary Saved Form Information cleaning.

Updated Chrome Canary Saved Passwords cleaning.

Updated Aurora History cleaning.

Added cleaning for Camtasia Studio 7.0, CoffeeCup HTML Editor, Ashampoo Burning Studio 11, Any Video Converter Ultimate, ConvertXToDVD, Freemake Video Downloader, Audio Converter and Video Converter.

Improved cleaning for Windows Log Files and MS Search.

Improved file size detection algorithm for Recycle Bin.

Minor bug fixes.


Download CCleaner v3.15, here.

NBC considering 'The Office' spin-off, Rainn Wilson to headline the show

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 9:18 am

Dwight Shrute is one of the best characters on TV, in the show 'The Office." NBC is now "giving consideration" to a spin-off show of The Office, starring current Office star, Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight Shrute, according to a report at Entertainment Weekly.




This would see Dwight returning to his faithful farm, where he runs a family beet farm and a bed & breakfast. It's said that a backdoor pilot would air later this season and take place at the Schrute Farms. If the series is picked up, the show would air as part of NBC's midseason lineup for 2013.


A source told Deadline:


Paul and Rainn have been joking for years about Dwight's life on the farm, his family and how ill-suited he is to run a B&B. A while ago, it started to feel like a show to them. NBC agreed, it's been further developed to include multiple generations, many cousins and neighbors. At its base it will be about a family farm struggling to survive and a family trying to stay together.

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