Microsoft earnings have been released showing a 5% increase in revenues to $19.9 billion, impressive growth in their Entertainment and Devices division which has seen $3.7 billion in revenue this quarter versus last quarters $2.4 billion.
8 million Kinects sold, just two months from launch! All up division revenue is up 55% this quarter, contributing to this success are sales of the Xbox 360, Kinect, Zune and Windows Phone 7. Xbox Live memberships grew by 30% and Xbox 360 console unit sales were up 21% making it "the world's fastest growing game console" according the Microsoft.
If you are setting up a multi-room audio solution, you may need an amp of some sort. What sort of amp you need really depends on the complexity of the system you are designing. If you have a big home or a business that you want music in with a bunch of rooms, SAVANT has the amp for your system and it's called the AMP-1640.
The 1640 has 16-channels of sound and provides 40 wpc at 8 ohms or 50 wpc at 4 ohms. The amp is a big unit that is rack mountable and takes up three slots in the rack. SAVANT designed it to work with any of its whole room audio systems. The frequency response of the amp is 20H to 20kHz.
Each of the channels has its own level control and has inputs for RCA and screw terminal jacks for speaker wire. The amp has no fans and has an overload protection circuit on the front panel. Configuration options allow the amp to support stereo and mono applications. The device is available now at an undisclosed price.
Scythe has all sorts of cooling gear and accessories in its line that will work for AMD or Intel machines. The company makes cooling products that are more efficient than the factory cooling products allowing the computer users to overclock their processor to higher levels that factory air-cooling will allow. Scythe has announced a new mounting solution called the Universal Retention Kit 3.
The kit attaches your aftermarket cooling solution to your mainboard and is designed to support larger and heavier than factory cooling solutions. It uses a solid backplate mounting system and has multi-socket support allowing it to work with Intel Socket T / LGA775, LGA1156 LGA1366 as well as the new LGA1155 and AMD Socket 754, 939, AM2, AM2+, AM3 and 940.
The kit also ships with a pushpin removal tool to make removing CPU coolers quicker and easier. The kit will work with all Scythe CPU coolers to replace lost brackets and to upgrade the coolers to newer sockets if needed.
I have a few DC adapters around here that I have had for a while that plug into the DC outlet in my car to power my USB gear like the iPhone and more. The catch is that the chargers I have for the car lack the amps needed to be able to charge my iPad. If you plug the iPad in it gets no power. If you travel with your iPad a lot that is not a good thing.
A new DC charger has surfaced from iKit called the AutoCharge + USB and the thing will charge the iPad and any other USB charging device. The iKit offering provides 2.1 amps via a single USB port. The low profile device should fit in DC outlets in your car that are small or crowded too. It comes in white or black colors.
The charger also ships with a coiled USB cable that has an Apple charge adapter on one end. That means you can leave you normal cable at home and use the cable that comes with the AutoCharge + USB in the car. The device is available now for $24.95.
MSI has added a new gaming notebook to its line of offerings that uses the Intel Sandy Bridge platform. The machine is called the MSI GT680R-008US. I have had my hands on a few of these MSI gaming notebooks and they are generally pretty cool devices. The new machine has a Core i7-2630QM processor inside.
Other features of the notebook include a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and OLED backlighting. The graphics for the notebook are via GeForce GTX 460M with 1.5GB of DDR5 RAM just for the video card. MSI puts 8GB of DDR3 1066MHz RAM inside the machine and 1TB of total storage.
That 1TB of storage comes from a pair of 7200rpm 500GB HDDs. 802.11b/g/n WiFi is built in along with Bluetooth and THX TruStudio Pro audio. The notebook also has MSI cooler boost tech and Dynaudio premium sound speakers. Rounding out the features is a USB 3.0 port, 720p webcam, and HDMI output. The notebook can be ordered right now for $1649.99.
Some think the nettop and netbook market are dead thanks to the tablets like the iPad. That isn't quite true just yet, there are still a lot of consumers that are shopping for these machines and there are a lot of computer makers still adding new machines to their lines. Giada has announced that it has launched four new nettops for 2011.
The new machines include the Giada A50 with AMD Fusion, the Giada i50 with a Core i3 or i5 CPU inside, and the N50 with Atom and ION 2 power. Another larger line of nettops called the D2301 was also announced using Core processors and ION 2 graphics.
The other machines all share the same chassis. The A50 is the rig in the pic here and it has a single DDR3 RAM slot, a 2.5-inch HDD bay, WiFi, and Bluetooth is optional. It also has HDMI output, VGA out, and a single USB 3.0 port along with four USB 2.0 ports. The machine measures in at 190 x 150 x 25mm. The i50 packs in a Core i3-330UM CPU or an upgrade Core i5-430UM CPU and HD graphics along with 320GB of storage, WiFi and a lot more. The only change for the D50 is the sub for the Atom D525 CPU and ION 2 graphics.
Sony's big event in Tokyo went down last night while most of those in the Americas were sleeping and the big announcement was the official unveiling of the next generation PSP handheld gaming device. Codenamed the NGP for now, this bad boy going to be a beast under the hood: A quad-core ARM Cortex 9 processor, WiFI and 3G data connectivity, GPS, a 5 inch OLED touchscreen, and a rear mounted touchpad are just the beginning of the specs that were shown off at the event.
Five key concepts were given as the platform for the next PSP: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality. A Playstation Move inspired accelerometer and fully capable dual analog sticks will help make this a move fully PS3-like experience, and a touchscreen on the back that lines up exactly with the front screen offers a little something new in game control.
According to those on the scene demos of games like Little Big Planet and Uncharted on the NGC were pretty smooth and looked just as good as their PS3 counterparts. There's even dual cameras and an electronic compass integrated into the device for even more device flexibility. Sony's planning on the NGP being ready for the holiday season of 2011, so you're going to have to be good all year so Santa will drop one of these in your stocking. Hit the Source Link for some demo videos and more from Engadget.
Our Download of the Day today is CPU-Z 1.56.3 Beta.
CPU-Z is a freeware utility that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. CPU-Z does not need to be installed, just unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe. In order to remove the program, just delete the files. The program does not copy any file in any Windows directory, nor write to the registry.
Name and number.
Core stepping and process.
Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
Supported instructions sets.
All cache levels (location, size, speed, technology).
Vendor, model and revision.
BIOS model and date.
Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.
Frequency and timings.
Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.
Windows and DirectX version.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Vann's - Samsung 50" 1080P 3D-Ready Plasma HDTV for $1097 with FREE Shipping.
Offer: You get 4 HDMI, E*Panel technology with 600Hz sub field motion, built in tuner and it's 3D ready. The low price is thanks to a $502.97 savings, of which $340 is set to expire 2/5/11. The price itself will not last that long as they seem to raise the price after the first couple of days. Lowest price among those that I would buy from (2nd lowest overall by less than a $10 margin).
The latest happenings from around the web - January 27th, 2011
- D-Link Boxee Box @ tbreak
- MSI GT680 Sandy Bridge Gaming Laptop @ Hot Hardware
- ASUS G53JW-3DE Core i7 GTX 460M 3D Vision Gaming Notebook @ PC Perspective
- Zotac's H67-ITX motherboard @ Tech Report
- ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme @ Ocaholic
- Intel P67 and H67 Mainboards @ Technic3D
- Has AMD Finally Fixed Tearing With Its Linux Driver? @ Phoronix
- Video Frame Rates and Display Refresh Rates for Beginners Guide @ MissingRemote