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Tim Cook congratulates employees over e-mail, tells them to attend Town Hall tomorrow to discuss "some exciting new things going on at Apple"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 9:24 am

Apple have had an amazing Q1, with some uber-strong numbers blowing even analysts expectations. You'd have to be happy being the CEO right now, and Tim Cook seems to be over the moon. Cook sent a short e-mail to Apple employees not only congratulating them on both a record setting holiday quarter, but starting 2012 with the launch of a ground-breaking initiative for education with iBooks textbooks.

 

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Cook has told all employees to report to Town Hall tomorrow, either in person or through AppleWeb at 10AM PT to discuss "some exciting new things going on at Apple." His full e-mail is below:

 

Team,

 

Thanks to everyone's hard work, we're off to a great start in 2012. Last week in New York we launched a groundbreaking initiative for education with iBooks textbooks, and today we reported the strongest quarter in Apple's history.Please join me tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in Town Hall. We'll review our record-setting results and discuss some exciting new things going on at Apple.The meeting will be broadcast live to many sites in Cupertino and other Apple locations. Please check AppleWeb for details.

 

Tim

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange set to... host a TV show

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 8:01 am

This is definitely something that I did not expect, but WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange is set to host his own new television show that will have him featuring interviews with key political players from around the world.

 

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The theme of the interview show is "the world tomorrow" and is scheduled to hit in mid-March. Assange is said to be planning 10 weekly half-hour episodes where he will explode what he says is the future of our world with political players, thinkers and revolutionaries. He hopes to examine his guests' philosophies and struggles in a deeper way than what has been done before.

 

The program is set to be shown to over 600 million viewers across cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast networks based on initial licensing commitments, but no specific networks or providers have been listed.

 

At the moment, there has also been no mention of planned guests.

YouTube streams more than 4 billion videos every day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 7:19 am

Google's video website, YouTube, is streaming an absolutely mind-boggling 4 billion videos each and every day. This is a 25-percent increase over the last eight months, according to the company.

 

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Why the sudden jump in viewing numbers? Google have pushed YouTube beyond the PC, with YouTube having its own app on smartphones, tablets and televisions, as Google step up efforts to offer more professional-grade content on the site. According to Google, roughly 60 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every 60 seconds, this is compared to the 48 hours of video uploaded per minute back in May of 2011.

 

Google acquired YouTube in 2006 for a nice $1.65 billion, and now represents one of Google's key opportunities to generate new sources of revenue outside of its traditional Internet search advertising business.

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Diablo III's senior producer leaves Blizzard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 6:31 am

Senior producer for Diablo III, Steve Parker, announced through Twitter that he no longer works for Blizzard or on the game itself. As usual, many have speculated on whether Diablo III will get delayed or not.

 

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Parker did not state a reason for him leaving the company, but some believe that despite an announcement just a few days ago about multiple system changes from within the game, Diablo III is virtually ready to go and Parker's work on the game is finished.

 

Others have speculated that Parker was fed up with the seemingly endless delays and threw the towel in. This, I personally do not believe, as he works for Blizzard. How do you work for Blizzard and not expect their games to not come out in twelve month cycles like Call of Duty games.

 

Could Parker have left because of the changes? Could he not have been happy with the force of Diablo III on consoles? Maybe he didn't like the path the game was taking and butted heads with upper-management. That's what I'm thinking. What do you think could be Parker's reasoning for quitting Blizzard?

RumorTT: Xbox 720/Next to be six times as powerful as current-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 5:13 am

It seems rumors of the next-gen Microsoft console is getting the most talk lately, with more news of the Xbox 720/Next console from "sources close to the project" that told IGN.

 

There were initial reports that the next-gen console from Microsoft would sport the new GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture that is found in the newly-released AMD Radeon HD 7900-Series, but it seems that the console might tap some of the 6000-Series of GPUs.

 

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IGN's sources claim it will use a Radeon HD 6670-like GPU, which offers support for DirectX 11, multi-display output, 3D and 1080p HD output. In "real terms", this would allow the next-gen Xbox's graphics processing power to be nearly six times as powerful as the Xbox 360, and just "20-percent greater performance than Nintendo's forthcoming console, the Wii U."

 

Seriously? Just six times faster? It will have been 8 years since the Xbox 360 launched when the next-gen Xbox arrives, and all we get is six times? Mid-range PC's will be faster than that, before it is even here. Heck, my current GTX 570 SLI setup is faster.

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Victorinox shows off Swiss Army knife, oh, it also includes an LCD, oh and 1TB of storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 4:20 am

Victorinox is no stranger to modding Swiss Army knives, by adding modern-day technology such as flash storage to the already handy tools. Two years ago, Victorinox made one of its multi-purpose knives with an "unhackable" drive that featured 256-bit AES encryption, and a thermal fingerprint reader.

 

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If someone tried to break through the security, the device's tamper-proof design burned the memory chip to prevent data theft. How cool is that! The company unveiled some newer designs at CES 2012, and boy does it look cool.

 

The device is simply called "SSD," and the storage goes right up to 1TB, providing hard drive-like capacities in a USB flash drive-like size. It also comes in 64, 128 and 256GB sizes, with all devices sporting connection through USB/eSATA 3.0.

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QuakeCon 2012 rolls into Dallas, August 2-5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 3:28 am

id Software and parent company Bethesda Softworks have just announced the dates for this year's QuakeCon. QuakeCon 2012 is set to be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas from August 2-5.

 

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Admission is free and in addition to the awesome BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN, Bethesda Softworks will offer the first chance anywhere for gamers to get their hands on upcoming titles, and leading technology companies will also be there to demonstrate their latest hardware and software.

 

Over the course of QuakeCon 2012, there will be plenty of contests, live entertainment, announcements, panel discussions, parties, and more. What I would like to hear from QuakeCon is id Software and Bethesda Software to announce "Doom 4 is coming in early 2013, a PC-exclusive on a true PC-only next-generation engine that will scale over to next-gen consoles".

 

Boom.

Modern Warfare 3 shows off its DLC schedule, 2 new maps this month for Elite subscribers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 2:23 am

If you're a Call of Duty ELITE Premium member, you'll get this gear first on your platform of choice. Modern Warfare 3 is set to get a constant stream of goodies for 2012.

 

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Starting this month, we should see two new maps, next month includes one map and throughout the year there are new maps, modes and missions coming. March, June and August for example, will see the release of not only a new map, but a new mission and multiplayer mode.

 

Currently, all of this content is only for ELITE subscribers, so if you haven't signed up, you'll need to if you want to get access to all of this DLC. What do you think of requiring ELITE to get access to this DLC?

Battlefield 3's Community Manager says there is "new stuff" coming for Battlefield 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 1:38 am

Battlefield 3's Community Manager, Daniel Matros has said that there is "new stuff" coming for Battlefield 3. What would he mean by "new stuff", well, he has said that new content was being created, but the actual announcement won't be for a few weeks yet.

 

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Matros tweeted:

 

New stuff happening as in 'new stuff happening in the studio today that will be announced later on. We┬┤re a few weeks away from it but yes, it will be something people have been looking forward to.

 

What could it be? Rumor has it that we might see the return of Battlerecorder, which lets you record matches and play them back at a later date. Something like this would really change the Battlefield 3 universe, completely. We would see new machinima, and way cool YouTube videos of Battlefield 3 in action. Please let it be Battlerecorder.

Apple Stores had 110 million visitors in Q1 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 1:08 am

Apple just posted their earnings, and what a quarter they had. How did their Apple Store's go? Well, they experienced 110 million people walking through the Apple Store doors, worldwide. This breaks down to roughly 22,000 customers per Apple Store, per week.

 

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These customers aren't just window shoppers, either. $6.1 billion of Apple's quarterly revenue came from their retail stores. This works out to be roughly $17 million from each of Apple's 358 retail stores.

 

Considering that most people, and competitor Amazon have rung the bell of death for brick-and-mortar retail stores for a while now, Apple are seeing as Borat would say "great success" in their Apple Stores.

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