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Apple see iPhone sales drop in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 8:28 am

Considering Apple's next major market is mainland China, with a population of over one billion people, its strange to hear that Apple has just a very small portion of Chinese customers. The news has also leaked that Apple's revenues in the market have slipped.




In the third quarter of this fiscal year, Apple's sales have experienced a drop when compared to the two previous quarters, with a big portion of this decline coming from their iPhone. Revenue for the third quarter in Greater China came to $5.7 billion, which is a total of 16-percent of Apple's total revenues. Considering revenues were up 48-percent from the same quarter last year, it had fallen by a sharp 27-percent from the previous quarter.


Increased competition from companies such as Samsung as well as domestic Chinese smartphones brands, the iPhones momentum has been slowing down over the past few months according to Li Yi, the secretary of China Mobile Internet Industry Alliance. Apple have sold 26 million iPhones last quarter, down a very sharp 26-percent, something I noted on last week. These sales figures were below what was expected by Wall St analysts.

Gigabyte show off an insane 2000W of power delivery through a CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 7:31 am

If you thought Gigabyte's motherboards were good, you ain't seen nothing yet. How would Gigabyte best show off what 32-phases of power regulation can do? In Gigabyte's case, you grab two 1200W power supplies, wire up the motherboard to handle three DC load testers, and throw 2000W of power through the CPU socket, that's what.



Gigabyte says that this is enough power to power 25 of Intel's Core i7-3770K CPUs. But, you might already know you won't ever need to draw down 2000W, but the company is simply showing off how good their new Ultra Durable 5 motherboard design using PowIRstage's is compared to previous boards.




The demonstration is meant to whet the appetite of enthusiasts for their upcoming Z77X-UP7. It's also the first sneak peak at the final board design, which has changed slightly from the last board seen at Computex, now sporting a gorgeous black and orange look, with a new heatsink design.

Security firm BT says that one-third of all Android apps have malware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:24 am

Security firm BT are claiming that more than one-third of all Android apps have malware baked inside of them. BT bases their statement on tests that the firm itself has conducted, where they examined more than 1,000 Android apps.




According to the company, the fact that malware is in that many devices means that those devices are compromised in some way or another. The company said this during a panel discussion at NetEvents Americas conference. The panel moderator pointed out that he had found malware in an application whilst reviewing Samsung's latest Galaxy S III, with BT's representatives detailing the company's findings.


One thing that BT hasn't revealed is whether the malware they found was found in apps coming from Google's Play Store. With Google's Android-based devices being capable of downloading apps from more than one place, it may be possible that BT's numbers are a bit explosive, and aren't really a representation of people who download apps directly from the Play Store, and nowhere else.

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Samsung said to be working on a better-than-Retina display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 5:30 am

We all know Apple loves to bang their Retina drum, but it would always be a matter of time before another company got close, or passed their technology. Considering that Samsung and LG make the Retina displays, it was purely a matter of time before one of the companies announced their own "Retina-like" display.




News has floated out that Samsung have developed AMOLED displays with a pixel density of 350ppi. ETNews reports that Samsung have managed to get this working by achieving a scalable manufacture of displays featuring pixel densities exceeding Apple's Retina technology thanks to the advancements in the Fine Metal Mask production technique.


There's no ETA on when these bad boys would arrive in devices, and thus, in your hands, but you can rest assured that they're being worked on. At 350ppi, the new AMOLED displays would easily beat Apple's iPad at 264ppi, and the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPod touch with 326ppi each.

Instapaper gets an insta-boost in downloads thanks to the Nexus 7 launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 4:33 am

Instapaper has seen a huge surge in downloads since the release of Google and ASUS' 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 has becomes the most popular device for the app, according to Instapaper's internal numbers.




Since the Nexus 7 was released, downloads of the Instapaper app on Google's Play Store have increased by a whopping 600-percent. The app's developers attribute some, but not all, of this increase to the $25 credit Google gives away with the Nexus 7. Downloads paid for with the credit are listed under the codename "grouper", as shown in the chart above.




"Grouper" downloads make up 15.58-percent of all installs, making the Nexus 7 lead the bunch of devices. Instapaper's app developer notes that the Nexus 7's mostly positive reviews are the main driving point behind the device's popularity, as well as the 600-percent surge in downloads.

SSD Maker, RunCore, set to build state-of-the-art SSD facility in Changsha

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 3:33 am

Hunan-based SSD developer and manufacturer, RunCore, have announced they just recently began construction of a brand new state-of-the-art SSD production facility in Changsha's Junzhou New District in Hunan province.




The investment from RunCore is at around $31 million, with the new production facility compromising of more than 360,000 square meters. The first construction phase is set to be completed by the end of this year, and shjould offer the room for the first four new SSD production lines. In the first phase, RunCore will gain production capacity increases of around 400,000 units per year, worth just over $50 million.


Within the next three years, the entire facility should be polished up and finished, and will offer RunCore one of the most advanced production capabilities in the industry. At this time, RunCore hope to have an annual production valued at $156 million.

Facebook: 1 billion pieces of content are shared through Open Graph daily

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:27 am

Facebook had their earnings call late last week, and one piece of information I looked past was the fact that the social networking giant admitted that 1 billion pieces of content are shared through Open Graph each and every day.




Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook's priorities are mobile, platform and social ads. So by sharing all of these pieces of content, advertisers have a bigger opportunity to get their brands in front of Facebook's near 1 billion users.


Since Open Graph launched, most apps have seen incredible growth thanks to the fact that all of the actions that users take within those apps are shown on their Facebook Timeline, and friend's Ticker and News Feed. It has been said that thanks to Open Graph, social video service Socialcam sold for $60 million.

AMD Radeon HD 7990 6GB is on its way, will arrive with four 6-pin PCIe connectors, 6 display outputs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:39 am

AMD's elusive dual-GPU "New Zealand" Radeon HD 7990 has been hiding in the shadows for quite a while now, with the last time the card getting spotted was at the AMD Fusion Developer Summit in Bellevue, WA.




According to a piece from VR-Zone, AMD have communicated to its partners that the HD 7990 would be ready in Q3 of this year, with a sampling date of June, which then led to a slip into July. The latest information comes from "confidential sources" who told VR-Zone that the boards will be coming in late-August at the earliest.


Considering NVIDIA have been enjoying the dual-GPU game with their GEFORCE GTX 690, AMD are considerably late to the party. The new HD 7990 is said to come with a very unique power system, consisting of four 6-pin PCIe connectors which will replace the usual dual 8-pin connector. These four 6-pin connectors give the card a multiphase power regulation, which is divided into three groups. The major groups are made up from Tahiti XT, 3GB GDDR5 memory per core (clocking in at 1.5GHz) and finally, the PLX PCIe 3.0 controller.

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Windows Phone 8 to bring native screenshot ability to the platform

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 10:31 pm

Windows Phone users, you can finally rejoice in the knowledge that Microsoft is just like Apple in that they are hesitant to add features wanted by users. Just like it took Apple a long time to add copy and paste to iOS, it has taken Microsoft at least an equal time, if not longer, to add native screenshot capabilities to Windows Mobile.



The video above shows the new feature in action. Not only is this a nice feature for users as they can now capture those auto correct fails more easily, it fills a need for journalists and bloggers covering the platform. It's extremely maddening to try and write about an app when you can't capture a screenshot.


It's not really clear why the feature has taken so long to be added, and in fact it hasn't yet been added. Windows Phone 8 is due out in a couple of months and is based on an entirely new core. Due to this, current Windows Phone devices won't be able to run the new OS, which comes as a major disappointment to many current device owners.

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Google updates Maps and Earth with new high-res imagery

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:32 pm

Google, not wanting to be outdone by Bing, has updated Google Maps and Google Earth with new high resolution imagery that encompasses 25 cities and 72 countries. Google had previously announced they were taking aerial shots of the globe to include in Maps and Earth and this imagery is finally starting to see the light of day.




Quite frankly, the imagery is gorgeous. Since the Olympics are in town, Google is of course using Olympic Park and Village in London as the poster child, as you can see in the picture above. Hands down, this level of detail makes Google Maps the number one mapping service. If you look at competitors, it isn't even close.


Google has also increased its 45* offerings with 21 U.S. cities and 7 locations internationally. Google explains which locations got what:

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