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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.

Phase-change memory is nearly here, Micron is the first out of the gate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Jul 20, 2012 9:27 am

Micron look to be the first manufacturer to bring phase-change memory (PCM) to the market, a flash-alternative. Micron have said that PCM will be first be baked into feature phones, with smartphones and tablets to arrive later.

 

 

Why feature phones, and not smartphones and tablets? Micron says they'll be stamping out a board with 1GB of PCM (45nm) accompanied by 512MB of LPDDR2 (mobile DDR). Smartphone and tablet users expect much more capacity, but with PCM still in its early days, this can't be done.

 

Micron seem to be taking a slow and steady approach, before working with higher densities and smaller packages. PCM is a type of non-volatile memory which appears to be best suited for applications where NAND flash is currently used. Most of you probably use something with NAND flash inside, USB flash drives, SSDs, memory cards, and most other commercial products where permanent data storage without a power source is required. PCM also does this.

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Microsoft drops support on Office 2013 for Windows Vista, XP

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 20, 2012 8:30 am

Microsoft have just posted some newer system requirements for their upcoming productivity suite, Office 2013. It seems that the company are cutting support for older versions of Windows, with Windows Vista and XP both not being compatible with Office 2013.

 

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Office 2013 will only be compatible with Windows 7, 8, 2008 R2 Server and 2012 Server. In one way, I can understand that they are cutting Windows XP's support, as the OS is both old, and about to get cut from updates on Microsoft's side, but Vista? Then again, Vista reached its end-of-life milestone in April, so its not that surprising to be honest.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Samsung execs to discuss patent war

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 20, 2012 7:21 am

US District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California ordered Apple CEO Tim Cook, as well as the top-ranking Samsung executives Choi Gee-sung and Shin Jong-kyun on July 16, where they met in the US to discuss putting an end to the on-going patent lawsuits that are being fought across the world.

 

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The US jury trial was scheduled for July 30, but The Korea Times reports that the two technology leaders met early. This is the second time in two months that they've met, with Samsung Electronics' COO Lee Jay-yong also reported to have scheduled talks with Cook while the Apple CEO was attending the Sun Valley Media Conference between July 10 to July 14.

 

Where it gets more interesting, is that an 'unnamed Samsung official' told the Korean news website that Samsung placed an added importance on the meeting as they were "very important business partners", in which they very much are. This is thanks to large orders for processors, LCDs and memory components that are using in Apple's iDevices. Samsung provided a whopping $7.8 billion in parts for Apple devices in 2012, meaning that Apple is Samsung's largest customer.

 

Both companies are headed back to the court halls in California in just over a week, meaning we should know what the second round of talks means for not only the companies, but us, the mere mortal consumers.

Nokia gets kicked in the guts this quarter, $1 billion operating loss, just 600k Lumia phones sold in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 20, 2012 6:26 am

Nokia posted their financial results for Q2 2012, where they're reported a $1 billion operating loss on $9.21 billion in net sales. It's not as bad as it good be, but it's not great business, either. Analysts expected Nokia to have sold 4 million Windows Phone-based Lumia phones in Q2.

 

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4 million sold would've been roughly double the sales from the previous quarter, which is what they achieved, but they didn't see great success in the US. Nokia sold just 600,000 Lumia's in the US over the quarter. Nokia managed to sell 10.2 million smartphones in the quarter, down 14-percent from last year.

 

Feature phone Q2 volumes increased 4-percent quarter-on quarter, and year-on-year to reach 73 million units. Nokia ended Q2 with gross cash of $11.6 billion, and net cash of $5.2 billion. Share prices aren't doing well, where they continue to decline, and the company was forced to announce they'd be getting rid of 10,000 more employees by the end of 2013, as well as closing more facilities.

RumorTT: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to hit HTC One XL and S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 20, 2012 5:29 am

It looks like HTC will be slapping Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' onto two of their smartphones, the HTC One XL and One S. The news comes from my favorite Australian telco, Telstra. Telstra are claiming that "HTC is preparing an update but is yet to confirm the date it will be submitted for Telstra testing".

 

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But, does that tease really mean we should be seeing a leap to Jelly Bean? Maybe. Owners of the Tegra 3-powered One X isn't one of the phones listed for the JB update, but that is most probably because Telstra don't offer that model, and it's more likely that HTC are working on a JB update for the One X, too.

 

Once there's an official announcement, or a surprise release, you can be sure that we'll let you know.

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