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Microsoft still after a stake in Yahoo, is taking a closer look and has their cheque book ready

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 2:12 am

Microsoft back in 2008, had a very public failed takeover attempt of Yahoo, where they were willing to dish out $46 billion to purchase Yahoo. It failed, and now according to reports, have signed a confidentiality agreement with Yahoo which allows them to take a closer look at the struggling company's business as they explore various options for striking a deal.

 

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Microsoft are joined by private-equity firms such as TPG Capital and Silver Lake, where they're going line for line over Yahoo's books and operations. Microsoft this time, is not looking for a complete takeover, but is only looking to help finance a bid as part of a consortium and not buy Yahoo outright, in a move to safeguard their ongoing web-search partnership with Yahoo.

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Unlocked Galaxy Nexus for $750? Expansys is your BFF - Black Friday Friend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 1:18 am

For those of you wanting to get on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Ice Cream Sandwich-packing phone, all before the weekend, you could be in luck. Expansys are already shipping Nexus handsets from their warehouses, with some customers reporting that they've have their orders shipped already.

 

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You can grab an unlocked 16GB GSM (HSPA+) Nexus that works with T-Mobile and AT&T's 3G bands, right now. So you North American's can actually order one of these phones right now, for $750 and be lucky enough to get one within a few days.

 

Over here in Australia, I'll twiddle my thumbs and just be happy for you. I'll enjoy my Galaxy S II for now. If anyone ends up getting one, do comment below with your thoughts!

Thursday Afternoon Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 5:09 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - November 24th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASRock X79 Extreme4 X79 Motherboard @ eTeknix

- Asus P9X79 PRO @ LANOC

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Samsung UN55D7000 55 inch LED HDTV @ Overclockers Online

- Sapphire HD 6970 FleX Battlefield 3 Edition @ Overclockers Club

- Samsung SyncMaster 27A850D, 27" PLS Monitor @ Hardware Canucks

- GIGABYTE HD 6670 OC 1GB Video Card @ Futurelooks

- Batman: Arkham City DX11 Stuttering Issue @ PC Perspective

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Download of the Day: K-Lite Codec Pack 8.00 (Full)

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 1:58 pm

Our Download of the Day today is K-Lite Codec Pack 8.00 (Full).

 

The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.

 

With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats.

 

The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:

 

• It is updated frequently. So it is always up-to-date with the newest and/or best components.

• All components have been carefully selected for specific purposes. It is not just a random bunch of stuff thrown together.

• It is very user-friendly and easy to use.

• The installation is fully customizable, meaning that you are able to install just those components that you really want.

• The customization abilities even go beyond the component level. Some components are able to handle multiple formats. You can specify exactly which components should handle which formats. The pack can thus be fully tweaked to your own specific needs and preferences.

• Uninstallation removes everything that was installed by the pack. Including all registry keys.

 

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Deal of the Day: Online and B&M Black Friday Doorbusters! 42" Sharp 1080p LCD HDTV for $199.99! 7" Dell Streak Tablet for $159.99!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 12:49 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Online and B&M Black Friday Doorbusters! 42" Sharp 1080p LCD HDTV for $199.99! 7" Dell Streak Tablet for $159.99!.

 

Offer: Best Buy has released their online, as well as their brick & mortar Black Friday deals. The online deals start 11/24/11 (Thurs), and the local store deals start 11/25/11 at 12AM (Friday). There are some pretty nice deals to be had. Online, there's a 7" Dell Streak Tablet for $159.99, 24" Dynex 1080p LCD HDTV for $79.99, and more. Friday's store deals include a 42" Sharp 1080p LCD HDTV for $199.99, Asus Transformer Tablet for $249.99, and Toshiba BDX2150 Blu-ray player for $39.99!

 

BEST BUY BLACK FRIDAY DEALS

 

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China have just become the World's largest smartphone market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 10:14 am

It has only just been up until now, that the United States has been the world's biggest market for smartphones, but China has taken that flag and firmly planted it into their soil. Nokia is top dog in China, Samsung are a close second, whereas Apple and HTC lead the U.S. markets.

 

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China has for a long time now, had higher cell phone use when compared to the States, given that China has a population of 1.34 billion, compared to the 310 million U.S. citizens, one would think so. Strategy Analytics reports that 23.9 million units were sold in China in Q3 2011, compared to 23.3 million units sold in the U.S. for the same quarter.

 

Strategy Analytics researcher Tom Kang says:

 

China's rapid growth has been driven by an increasing availability of smartphones in retail channels, aggressive subsidizing by operators of high-end models like the Apple iPhone, and an emerging wave of low-cost Android models from local Chinese brands such as ZTE.

European Commission clears Western Digital to acquire Hitachi's HDD business, $4.3 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 8:33 am

The European Commission has approved Western Digital to acquire Hitachi's hard drive business in a cash and stock transaction valued at $4.3 billion. Once the deal is finalized, Western Digital should cover roughly 50-percent of the market, but not until some requirements are met.

 

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Requirements? Well, Western Digital will have to sell off some of its hard-disk drive production assets to a smaller competitor. The idea behind these requirements [in the eyes of the European Commission] is to ensure that competition in the industry is "fully restored before the merger is implemented."

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Apple is edging closer to No. 1 in PC sales, HP is on their hit list

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 7:26 am

At it stands right now, Apple is currently the second-largest PC vendor worldwide, with Hewlett Packard sitting firmly in first place. But, come to end of 2012, this could very well change. Research outfit Canalys, says Apple's share of the PC market has grown 6-percent in the past twelve months alone.

 

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What is driving this growth? The super-famous iPad, which Canalys considers a personal computer. Canalys Analysis (say that three times fast) Tim Coulling says:

 

Apple has seen its PC market share expand from 9 percent to 15 percent in just four quarters, though iPad shipments in its core market - the United States - are likely to come under pressure in Q4 due to the launch of the Fire and Nook at extremely competitive price points. HP and Apple will fight for top position in Q4.

 

With the iPad 3 set to include a high-res 2048x1536 display, it will just make the iPad 3 an even tastier option. Canalys estimates global PC shipments to reach 415 million in 2011, a 15-percent year-over-year increase, thanks largely to the Apple iPad. What I'd like to know is, is this what the "2012 is the end of the world" is going to be... Apple, of all companies, as the number one PC vendor worldwide?

Next-gen Ultrabooks to sport 1080p panels, ASUS and Acer are working toward this goal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 6:19 am

Acer and ASUS are working with panel manufacturers AU Optronics and Chimei Innolux separately to develop a new generation of full HD notebook panels with resolutions of 1928x1080, according to industry insiders. This is contributed by the fact that Apple are pushing for their next-generation iPads to sport 2048x1536-capable displays in early 2012.

 

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Acer and ASUS want to push the next release of Ultrabooks in Q1 2012 at the earliest, to feature 1080p displays. At the moment, ASUS' 11.6-inch UX21 Zenbook models sport a resolution of 1366x768, with upgrades of resolution to 1600x900 for its 13.3-inch UX31 models. Acer's 13.3-inch Aspire S3 also includes a 1366x768 display.

 

Both ASUS and Acer are expecting to deliver between 400,000 and 500,000 Ultrabooks before the end of this year. Upgrading them to 1080p panels should help them compete against Apple's MacBook Air, a lot.

id Tech 4 game engine code released, thanks John Carmack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 5:20 am

Before id Software sold themselves [and their souls] to consoles, id Tech 4 engine was great. It powered Doom 3, and by 2007 it went on to become the most successful project by id Software to date. It also powered other games such as Quake 4, Prey, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Wolfenstein and Brink.

 

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John Carmack has now confirmed that the source code for Doom 3 is now available, only after some delays due to legal issues. Those legal issues arise from the use of "Carmack's Reverse" algoritm which has to do with a method of rendering shadow volumes using a stencil buffer.

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