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HP tried to palm off (geddit?) WebOS to Amazon and others for $1.2 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 8:21 am

HP's TouchPad has gone through a million and one things, and another piece of the puzzle has leaked out that they tried to palm off its Palm/WebOS properties to potential buyers for a very nice $1.2 billion.




That is the same price HP paid for the company back in 2010, and even then, were criticized by analysts for the expensive buyout claiming the deal sorely overvalued Palm and that was over a year ago now. HP tapped the wallets of Amazon, Intel, Facebook and even Samsung to offload Palm. No one was willing to make such a large investment though.


Not only did HP put a $1.2 billion price tag on the property of Palm/WebOS, they insisted they maintained rights to use WebOS in their printers. Most companies would look away once they realised HP were flogging off the property for the same price, with preconditions and stipulations stuck to it. After being unable to rid themselves of Palm/WebOS, HP sent the project to the open-source bin so it can evolve, free of obligations from the company.

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RumorTT: ASUS preparing 7-inch tablets for CES 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 7:24 am

With CES 2012 right around the corner, new product rumors and releases are coming thick and fast. Today we have news from Notebook Italia of a 7-inch ASUS Transformer Prime. But, that's not all. There's also a rumored second 7-inch tablet coming from ASUS.




The second 7-inch tablet will be a refresh of last year's Eee Pad Memo. The Eee Pad Memo should sport a 7-inch capacitive screen with a 1280x800 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz chip, 16 to 64GB storage, 3G and Wi-Fi as well as the Android OS. It's also rumored to have a 3D version, too.


There's also talk of ASUS' Padfone, which combines the power of a 4.3-inch Android smartphone with the uber-power of a 10-inch tablet. Padfone should hit the market next month, but as usual, there's no confirmed date. CES 2012 is next week, where we should have more details on these devices.

Wikipedia reaches $20 million in fundraising, loses the personal appeal banners

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 6:24 am

The Wikimedia Foundation has reached its goal of $20 million USD in donations for Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation announced today they had reached their goal and the banners that appeared asking for your donations will be removed.




A Wikipedia blog post by Jay Walsh noted that over one million donors from around the world collectively contributed toward the $20 million campaign. Walsh also stated that the 2011 total surpassed the 2008 total of a "meager" $4.5 million. Sue Gardner, Executive Director for Wikimedia Foundation, said the following in a message:

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Apple's Siri tells kid to "Shut the f**k up"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 5:22 am

Originally, I didn't want to use the headline with a swear word in it, but it does look catchy. Now that you're reading this news, the latest news out of the UK will interest you in regards to Apple's iPhone 4S personal assistant, Siri.




A demo version of the phone was on display in Tesco, where a 12-year-old kid was testing it and asked Siri "How many people are there in the world?" Siri replied with "Shut the f**k up, you ugly tw**." Wow. Just wow, Siri.


UK-based newspaper, The Sun, had an exclusive story, where the mother of the child is obviously rather shocked and annoyed with Siri's response. She told The Sun:


The phone was a demo version and was low enough on the shelf for Charlie to have a go with it. He asked it a simple question and we couldn't believe the filth it came out with. I thought I must be hearing things. So we asked again and the same four-letter stuff blared out. I asked for the manager and after staff heard it they agreed to unplug it.

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Nintendo to launch full-blown app store for Wii U

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 4:35 am

Nintendo's next-generation console, the Wii U, is only a few months away from our grubby little paws. With this thought, The Daily has learned that Nintendo plans to implement a "full-blown app store" for the system.




At the moment, Nintendo mainly use repositories that act as "light" app stores: The DSi Shop for its portables, and the Wii Shop for the current Wii console. Most of the apps found on the 'stores' are just quite basic, and don't serve customers what they want like the Android Market and App Store on the smartphone/tablet devices.


The Wii U's as-yet-unnamed store will definitely offer more, proferring a wider variety of apps, according to a person familiar with the matter. Wii U owners will be able to use apps that operate on the Wii U itself, such as MLB.TV, and others that run independently on the Wii U's controller. Considering that the Wii U's controller is a beast in itself, sporting a 6.2-inch touch screen, one can imagine the possibilities it can bring to the table.

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Chrome gobbles up more market share, now beating Firefox in browser wars

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 3:21 am

Whilst a Google Chrome engineer says that Firefox is not a competitor, but a partner, it all comes down to competition and numbers. Right now, Google Chrome are ahead of Firefox in browser share market numbers. Chrome had an amazing year in 2011.




Chrome went from a 15-percent marker share, to 27-percent in December, 2011. Chrome ended 2011 two points above Firefox, who had 25-percent, down from 31-percent twelve months ago. Google haven't been able to replicate this success in their Android browser, which gets slapped around by Apple's mobile Safari across all iOS devices, with 52-percent to 16-percent for Apple and Google, respectively.


The real beast to beat is Microsoft's Internet Explorer which currently holds 39-percent of the browser market. If Chrome keeps going up like it does, I don't see that being a problem for 2012. I use Chrome, and love it. My entire life is synced into Google. Mobile, browser, syncs, e-mail, everything. I'm sure a lot of others are like me, too. Best of all... it's free!

Monday Evening Roundup for January 2, 2012

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 3:12 am

The latest happenings from around the web - January 3rd, 2012




- Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 Socket AM3+ Mainboard @ XBit Labs

- MSI Z68A-GD80 G3 Z68 Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks




- Dell S2330MX 23" LED Monitor @ Hardware Canucks

- Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Graphics Cards from Palit and MSI @ XBit Labs

- AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB Graphics Card @ eTeknix

- Does AMD have a 2304 stream processor GPU in waiting? @ PC Perspective

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Paranormal Activity 4 will haunt you soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 2:26 am

I fondly remember the first Paranormal Activity, I followed it for a while and had an early viewing of it and loved it. It wasn't the best horror movie, but it did what it was made to do: be super cheap on budget, be a decent movie and compared to Avatar, made a crap tonne of money-to-budget ratio.




According to a Paramount press release, there's a fourth Paranormal Activity coming out this year. Now, the second one (to me) was the peak of the series, I have a newborn at home now and those scenes are just... powerful. I mean, what would you do? If it were you? The third one, while good in explaining the back story, just didn't have enough scares.


A fourth one, I'd love to know what direction it would take. Here's the press release from Paramount:


In 2012, Paramount's release slate highlights include "World War Z," a zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the next installment in the global franchise starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Channing Tatum, a new chapter in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, and "The Dictator," starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, the team behind "Borat."

RumorTT: AMD Radeon HD 8970 coming soon?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 1:22 am

We posted a leaked Sapphire document yesterday and something I noticed were the black lines drawn through some of the details, mainly the stream processors on "Toxic ZX" and "Da Original" where it seems they had SP counts of 2304.




2304 is much higher than the 2048 stock, and according to PC Perspective, if this card were to come out, with the SP's running at 1225MHz, we could expect another 35- to 45-percent increase over the stock HD 7970.


If this were true, this could be a product AMD are keeping back from us all, waiting for NVIDIA to strike with their Kepler hammer. AMD have always been great at moving to another, smaller process and maybe this time with how good the 7000-series cards are, they struck gold. Decided to keep the treasure map to the true power of these cards, and if they've gotten there now... we could expect an AMD Radeon HD 8970 if it's true.

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Pre-CES 2012 preview of Thermaltake coolers including Frio Extreme

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 4:37 pm

Last month we visited the Thermaltake HQ in Taipei where we stumbled upon a few products where we got the chance to film them on video in this pre-CES 2012 preview of some new cooling products from the Taiwanese company.



Starting off in the air department we have the Frio Extreme which is similar in design to past Frio series air coolers from Thermaltake, but the Extreme version which will come out sometime in Q1 2012 takes things to a whole new level being able to provide up to 250 watts of CPU cooling ability.




Included on the cooler are two 120mm cooling fans and two aluminum heat blocks with six heatpipes. This cooler also comes with a new fan controller attached to it which allows you to adjust the fan speed in a small little black unit.


Next up we have a range of water cooling products from Thermaltake which will also be displayed at CES and go on sale by the end of Q1 2012. It is the Water 2.0 series including the Water 2.0 Performer, Water 2.0 Pro and the Water 2.0 Extreme. Some of these coolers are based on similar designs that are already out on the market since now Thermaltake and other companies use the same design as provided the same supplier.

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