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Aliens: Colonial Marines gets a new cinematic trailer, has also been delayed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:14 am

A new trailer has for Gearbox Software and SEGA's new Aliens-themed, Aliens: Colonial Marines is out, this time it's a cinematic trailer. The trailer features a decent music track in the background as well as a tease of things to come.

 

 

Watch it above, but if you want to just read about it, then don't blame me for spoilers: The trailer shows off a couple of different floors of a structure, where we can see marines lock 'n' loading, preparing to fight an onslaught of near-unkillable aliens.

 

Acid drops through the levels, through the metal and lands on a nasty looking alien. It of course opens its mouth and reveals its second chomper. Anyone who is an Alien/s fan and says they're not excited about this, needs to be checked out. Let's hope Gearbox do well with this game.

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Nintendo: "we will launch the Wii U in Japan, the U.S., Europe and Australia in time for the year-end sales season"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 7:24 am

Nintendo have released their Corporate Management Policy Briefing/Third-Quarter Financial Results Briefing, and after sifting through the numbers, I've found some juicy information on their next-generation console, Wii U.

 

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Nintendo have confirmed they will show off the final unit and discuss details at the upcoming E3 2012 event, which is held in Los Angeles in June. After E3, Nintendo will organize an opportunity in Tokyo where they can showcase the same things to Japanese wholesalers and financial analysts who can't make it to E3.

 

They tease launch timing saying that it will be between the E3 show and the end of the year, with Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata confirming this by saying:

 

Today, I'd like to confirm that we will launch the Wii U in Japan, the U.S., Europe and Australia in time for the year-end sales season.

 

Nintendo have said they don't want to miss the "critical year-end sales season," where they hope to have the Wii U development completely done, with the entire system and software debut to be perfect at the launch of the Wii U. Nintendo have said they learned a bitter lesson from the launch of their Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system.

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Australia's first Windows Phone-powered Nokia device arrives in March

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 7:23 am

The first Windows Phone-powered Nokia-branded smartphone to go down under, will be the Nokia Lumia 800. It has been confirmed by Nokia, but which carriers will take it on? Nokia's answer: "all of them, and possibly others, too."

 

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Nokia said in a statement that the Lumia 800 will arrive in Australia in March "through Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and all major retailers in March." No pricing or exact date in March have been etched into concrete, yet. There'll be three colours available, shown in the picture above.

 

Have you held out for the Lumia 800, or have you chosen to order it and have it shipped over? Not long until we see some competition against Android and iOS-based smartphones in Australia.

NEC set to cut 10,000 from their workforce, iPhone's popularity partly to blame

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 6:23 am

Reuters is reporting that NEC Corp is set to slash an insane 10,000 jobs, which for NEC is nearly one-in-ten of its workers. The slashing of employees is in a move to cut costs as competition from foreign rivals such as Apple are hurting, very badly.

 

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NEC have blamed their poor performance on weak demand for its smartphones (they had smartphones?) against the can't-be-stopped iPhone in Japan, as well as other foreign rivals who are competing against NEC in the domestic IT infrastructure business and difficulty in NEC expanding overseas.

 

NEC did have a forecast of a 15 billion yen profit from eight analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, but are now warning of posting a 100 billion yen ($1.3 billion) net loss for the year to March 31. As you can see, this is quite the difference, 15 billion to 100 billion.

 

Most of the employee cuts will be from their mobile phone business, as NEC have cut their annual mobile phone sales projection by close to 25-percent, bring them down to 5 million phones projected to be sold.

Globalfoundries CEO: "plans already underway for 14-nm"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 5:26 am

Globalfoundries CEO has called last quarter a "remarkable quarter," stating that Globalfoundries is back on track to "keep the momentum going," after a rough 12 months.

 

 

Globalfoundries' new fab in upstate New York is expected to ramp up 20nm tech in June, with Globalfoundries expected to spend more than $3 billion in capital expenditures this year alone. Last year, GloFo spent $5 billion on capex, so $3 billion doesn't seem as much now.

 

GloFo's Dresden-based facility is said to continue with its 32 and 28nm manufacturing, with plans to shrink all the way down to an insane 14nm. GloFo's CEO said during an interview with EE Times, that their competitors have only shipped "a few thousand wafers" when compared to GloFo's 700,000-plus.

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NVIDIA's Kepler to find its way into Ultrabooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 4:18 am

NVIDIA's Kepler-based GPUs are expected any month now on the desktop side of things, but what about mobile parts, and more specifically, Ultrabooks? Well, reports are floating about that NVIDIA's Kepler GPUs could be found in Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks.

 

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This makes them even more of a hotly-anticipated object, even for myself, I want a new Windows 8, touchscreen-based Ultrabook, but I don't want one without a proper GPU in case I want to do some gaming. We shouldn't expect anything over the top, as they will be low TDP parts and not high-end GPUs.

 

ASUS and Acer should have some products featuring Ivy Bridge and Kepler, but only time will tell. I think we could see a few Ultrabooks launch with decent hardware, but I think the fun will begin with Windows 8 and touchscreens.

Samsung Exynos 5250 samples, Q2 2012 mass production, could this power the Galaxy S III?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 3:18 am

Samsung may have delayed the announcement of their upcoming Galaxy S III handset, but the excitement didn't stop, fortunately. Samsung took a minute between their earnings call to discuss their upcoming Exynos 5250.

 

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Samsung's Exynos 5250 is a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and is currently sampling with manufacturers and is set to go into mass production in Q2 of this year. Exynos 5250 sports two Cortex-A15 cores running at 2.0GHz. This will reportedly give us a 100-percent improvement in performance over the current Cortex-A9 chip.

 

GPU-wise, Samsung have only said that it will quadruple the graphics performance of their current models, and Samsung also said that the Exynos 5250 will power tablets first, with no timeframe for smartphones. Could we see a Galaxy Tab powered by the new Exynos 5250? Then the chip could slide into the Galaxy S III.

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ASUS reportedly working on Kinect-enabled notebooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 2:41 am

Just think, a year from now you could be shopping for a new notebook and it will be "Kinect-powered" with Windows 8. ASUS are reportedly working on two notebooks, powered by Windows 8 and sources at Microsoft have referred to them as "official prototypes", suggesting Microsoft are encouraging PC makers to bring the motion-based Kinect controller to their systems.

 

We have had hacks of Kinect been shown off, but the official launch of Kinect on PC isn't until February 1, just days from now. You'll be able to buy a Kinect kit at retail then, with Amazon listing it for $250. This is only $30 less than an Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle, which leads us to believe it won't be too popular.

 

But people did say that when 3Dfx launched their Glide-based VGA cards, all we need are some great Kinect games that actually work very well, and it could sell without a problem.

Amazon Kindle Fire takes chunk of Android tablet market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 1:28 am

Amazon's Kindle Fire may have launched to a small reception, but that has turned into a crowd of clapping and awe. According to data supplied by Flurry Analytics, Kindle Fire has taken a fair amount of market share in just three months.

 

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With data measured in application settings on Android from November 2011 to January 2012, Kindle Fire went from a 3-percent market share to a very nice 36-percent. To compare, Samsung's already-established Galaxy Tab that has been on sale for more than two years, dropped from 64-percent to 32-percent market share.

 

4 million Kindle Fires were sold in December alone, according to Amazon. These sales were enough to give the tablet nearly one third of the Android tablet market. Kindle Fire does have a $199 price, which would help it, well, quite a bit. Most of the other tablets start at $350, which would explain why people are jumping on to the Fire.

Friday Morning Roundup for January 27, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 27, 2012 4:11 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, January 27th, 2012.

 

Peripherals:

 

CM Storm Xornet Gaming Mouse - RBmods

 

Cases & Cooling:

 

Noctua NH-U9B SE2 - ElitePcReviews

Lian Li PC-90 HPTX Chassis - MissingRemote

NZXT Switch 810 Case - HotHardware.com

Enermax Fulmo GT Full PC Tower - Pro-Clockers

Alpenföhn Civetta CPU Cooler - eTeknix

Noctua NF-F12 PWM Fan - Vortez News

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