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Apple currently controls 60-percent of touchscreen supply

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 11, 2011 1:30 am

Apple have reportedly taken 60-percent of the total available touch panel capacity, with this control over touch panels, RIM's upcoming PlayBook will be delayed by a month giving Apple's iPad 2 a decent head start in sales.


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Whether Apple see any decent delays, is not known - they're primary manufacturing source, Hon Hai, does not expect any shortages. Given the Japanese event, most analysts are expecting supply issues for the iPad 2 and iPhone 5. With the secure stock of touch panels, this might not be the case. Rumor has it the iPhone 5 will have a fall launch which gives Apple a decent amount of time to polish the handset as it will face fierce competition from Android-based devices.

RumorTT: AMD is hiring to add Android support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2011 1:06 am

DigiTimes is reporting that AMD are recruiting talent for the development of Android driver software, AMD is also looking to eventually offer its notebook and tablet PC partners chipset solutions supporting the Android platform. Later this year in June, the Computex Taipei trade fair will run with companies like Lenovo, Fujitsu and Samsung Electronics showcasing a number of tablet-based PCs built on Intel's Oak Trail platform.


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Meanwhile Micro-Star Internation (MSI) will begin marketing its latest tablet PCs built on AMD's Brazos APU. Acer was the start of companies using the Brazos platform and with the launch of Brazos-based tablets from MSI, this is a sign that AMD's APUs are finally beginning to lift off.

Crysis 2 DX11 patch announced, Maximum About Time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2011 2:00 pm

Finally! The DirectX 11 patch for Crysis 2 has been announced by "CryTom" on the MyCrysis forums posted about the patch today saying:


We would like to announce that there will be a DX11 patch released for Crysis 2. We are working to get the best out of DX11, so we'll wait to announce the features until a little closer to release.


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There's no exact date but at least we know it's coming now, direct from the horses mouth.

Catch Up On Resident Evil...Everything

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2011 9:27 pm

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Remember how it's Resident Evil's 15th birthday? Well the Capcom Store is making it economically efficient for Wii players to catch up, with added incentive even.


This week, Capcom is offering a Resident Evil Wii Bundle for $70, which includes Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil (the original!), Resident Evil 4, and Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, which features locations from RE 0, 1, 2 and 3. If that's not enough, Capcom is throwing in the Umbrella Chronicles Shot Blaster on top of everything else.


Not a bad deal if you wanted to refresh before the upcoming spree of Resident Evil games hitting the shelves in the next 6 months.

MIT Labs Develops Kinect-Based Teleconference Interface

By: Trak Lord | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 8, 2011 8:59 pm

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Lining Yao, Anthony DeVincenzi, Ramesh Raskar, and Hiroshi Ishii from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab have developed a prototypal teleconference interface demonstration using Microsoft's Kinect sensor array.


Featured in their demo video, Lining (Lizzie) and Anthony (Tony) show off some of the features they managed to successfully implement. In their interactive interface, speakers will be given time-bubbles that pop up over their respective heads, tracking the length of time that each is speaking. Amazingly, the clock stops as soon as the person stops speaking, meaning the program is recognizing voices individually. A cool feature (that may need a bit of tweaking, but cool nonetheless) they also included is the automation of focus- when a person is speaking, the focus of the camera changes, ensuring that everything but the speaker is blurry. This wasn't as successfully implemented as the time-tracker, but a very interesting idea, especially for someone like me with rampant ADD.


Speaking of ADD, I have many problems when it comes to not answering or responding to portable phone vibrations, so this next feature made me sigh in relief that someone was actually working on it. The MIT team developed a way that a person in a teleconference can actually freeze an image of themselves, for instance sitting at a table with a rapt...

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Opera Mini Hits 100 Million Users: Sweet!

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 8, 2011 8:27 pm

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The browser war continues, and it just got mobile.


In a press release yesterday, the Norwegian-based browser Opera announced that their mobile browser had reached 100 million monthly users, with 2 billion daily page views. Two months ago, Opera Software had announced 100 million users combined as a combined total for Opera Mini and their other mobile browser, the aptly named Opera Mobile- meaning that Opera Mini's user base has impressively doubled since February this year.


Opera Software boasts "the worlds most used mobile browser" with Opera Mini, a browser that generates faster page views and site loading by compressing as much as 90% of the content prior to loading the page.


Upon hearing the news, CEO Lars Boilesen responded with "Sweeeet!", with 4 E's. Is that a Norweeeegian thing?


Also, the title of the image above when it was sent to me in email format was "100mill.jpg". No reason this can't be fun, right guys?



Opera reaches (another) 100 million users

Oslo, Norway - April 7, 2011


Opera Software today tinkered in its giant statistics machine and found that Opera Mini reached 100 million monthly users in March and two billion daily page views - new peaks for the world's most used mobile browser.


"Sweeeet!" said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.


Hold the phone: didn't Opera just announce 100 million mobile users two months ago? They sure did; though that number represented...

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US Department of Justice Approves Google's ITA Bid

By: Trak Lord | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2011 6:36 pm

In an interesting game of cat and mouse, the United States Department of Justice has approved Silicon Valley's most successful tech company's intent to acquire ITA, a travel information search service based in Cambridge, MA.


The DoJ filed a consent decree with the conditions that Google continue to license ITA"s tech to existing clients such as Kayak and maintain the fairness of its current availability. Also in the decree consent were stipulations that Google erect firewalls to ensure that ITA data is blocked from other areas of Google.


Interestingly enough, the DoJ has evidently filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to block the impending acquisition of ITA if Google did not consent to the conditions. Google really didn't have a choice, especially with the rampant antitrust allegations running around, as recently reported by Bloomberg.


Google was very happy to accept the terms and conditions, and posted the following on their blog today:


It's important to us that ITA continue with business as usual, providing great service to its business partners. We indicated last July that we would honor ITA's existing contracts. Today we've formally committed to let ITA's customers..

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Friday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 8, 2011 1:00 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - April 8th, 2011




- MSI 890FXA-GD65 Motherboard Review: The Hardcore Minimalist @ PC Perspective

- Gigabyte E350N-USB3 @ Neoseeker

- ASUS Sabertooth P67A B3 @ Overclock3D




- Kingston HyperX T1 12GB DDR3 1600mhz Review (X58) @ Kitguru

- Kingston HyperX DDR3 1800MHz 4GB Dual Channel Kit @ eTeknix




- AMD Confirms They Will Support Bulldozer on AM3+ @

- Round Up 44 CPU, 990X et Core i3 Inside @ Cowcotland

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