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Steam Hardware & Software survey reveals NVIDIA, Intel most popular

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 9:03 pm

The Steam Hardware and Software survey uses the Steam client to find out what sort of hardware and software is used among the gamers using Steam. The survey brings with it an interesting, and somewhat predictable, view of the gaming PC landscape. The short version of the results is that NVIDIA and Intel dominate the market share.




Let's start with CPUs. Unsurprisingly, Intel dominates the gaming landscape as far as CPUs are concerned. Intel has 72% of the PCs that participated in the hardware survey. Just about half of Steam gamers have a dual-core CPU and 7.5% have a single core. Fewer than 4% have more than four cores and 38% are running quads.


On the GPU front, NVIDIA commands 47% of the surveyed computers. 36% of users are running an AMD Radeon GPU and 11% of users are stuck running Intel's integrated graphics processor. The NVIDIA GTX 560 is the most popular GPU of the DX11 generation and commands 10% of the computers surveyed. The GTX 460 is the next highest at just under 6%. The 5770, the most popular Radeon, is sitting at just under 5%.

Western Digital announces Q4 2012 financial results, doubles profit from last year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:37 pm

If Western Digital's financial results reported today are anything to go by, it would appear that the hard drive company has recovered nicely from the flooding that put a majority of its manufacturing capacity underwater less than a year ago. Western Digital managed to pull in $4.7 billion dollars this quarter, Q4 2012.




For the entire 2012 financial year, WD managed to pull in $12.5 billion. These results are large increases over the same periods last year. Net income rose to $1.6 billion, more than double what it was for fiscal year 2011. These financials now include Hitachi, which likely contributed a large portion to enterprise drive shipments that WD achieved last year.


Even more interesting is that WD has again shipped more laptop drives than desktop drives. During Q4 2012, Western Digital shipped 21.2 million desktop drives and 32.8 million notebook models. The difference between these categories has never been this high before and previously desktop drives outsold laptop models.

Google Fiber in Kansas City, only $70/month, 1Gbps speed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:12 pm

Google has once again proven itself a company to be reckoned with. Today, Google announced the launch of Google Fiber, their first step to becoming an internet service provider. Available to residents of Kasas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, Google will provide an incredible 1 gigabit upload and download speed for only $70.




While $70 isn't exactly cheap, it's quite a bit cheaper, and faster, than competing services. The average internet speed in the United States is about 5.8Mbps meaning that the Google provided internet is about 100 times faster. If you don't want to pay out $70 a month, Google is offering 5Mbps/1Mbps for "free." All you have to do is pay a $300 construction fee.


"No more buffering. No more loading. No more waiting. Gigabit speeds will get rid of these pesky, archaic problems and open up new opportunities for the web," writes Google Vice President Milo Medin, on the company blog. "Imagine: instantaneous sharing; truly global education; medical appointments with 3D imaging; even new industries that we haven't even dreamed of, powered by a gig."

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Apple pulls Safari for Windows from main site, says nothing about it

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 3:31 pm

It would appear that Safari will no longer be offered for Windows. Or, at least that is the thought after doing a bit of searching around Apple's site. It would seem that the link to Safari for Windows has been removed from the main download page. OSX Mountain Lion ushered in Safari 6 with it, and there is certainly no easily visible link.




Safari 5.1.7 was located on Apple's knowledge base, but that's the only link that could be found. A search for a Windows version of Safari still brings up a link to "Safari for Mac + PC," but clicking that page takes users tot he main Safari page where there seemingly is no download link in site.


Offered since June 2007, usage numbers on the browser have it accounting for about 5% of total internet traffic. Most of that traffic is likely coming from Mac OSX so a quiet death for the browser isn't too unbelievable. It certainly could be a mistake, but that seems highly unlikely given Apple's track record.

Google Talk is down for majority of users

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 1:42 pm

Google is having issues with it's Google Talk service. For about three hours now, Google Talk has been down. At this point, Google is investigating the matter and has promised an update about 10 minutes from now. Google hasn't provided a time frame for the service to return and they haven't provided a reason for the outage.




The status of Google Talk can be checked on Google's website. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more about the outage, its causes, and when the service comes back. Until then, you're going to have to find another way to chat with your friends.

RumorTT: Facebook are working with HTC on a mobile phone, would see a 2013 release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 10:30 am

A reporter over at Bloomberg has said that social networking juggernaut, Facebook, are working with mobile phone manufacturer HTC on a device that would be released mid next year. Rumors of a Facebook phone have been around for quite some time now, but this report re-affirms this rumor, with the same specifics, that something is coming.




It was rumored in late-2011 that "Buffy" was being worked on, and was a HTC-made, Facebook phone. We also heard that Facebook were hiring Apple engineers who worked on the iPhone and iPad, but we know what rumors are like.


TNW reached out for a comment to Facebook, with a spokesperson saying:


Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. We're working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world.

RumorTT: Microsoft's cheapest Surface tablet could cost $1,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 9:27 am

Swedish website is reporting the prices for all four upcoming Microsoft Surface tablets, which covers both the RT and Pro editions. A screengrab from WPCentral shows the pricing:




This means we're looking at around $1,000 for an ARM-based Windows RT device in its 32GB flavor. Considering the 32GB Wi-Fi-only iPad is around $100 cheaper than the above Surface tablet, Microsoft could have some issues here.


I will still be grabbing a Surface personally, but this price is going to turn many, many people away. Apple's iPad has its foot firmly placed into the market, and its hard to sell anything but an iDevice to most people these days. Microsoft will need to make a loss on each Surface tablet if it even wants to begin competing in the market.


But then again, the Surface isn't out, and this is a RumorTT post. Things could change over the coming months.

Qualcomm jumps in for a ride with Renault, will trial wireless electric car charging

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:34 am

Qualcomm have found a new partnership with French carmaker Renault, where the two companies will begin field trial of its revolutionary wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology.




If the trial is successful, it could eventually lead to a wider adopton of all-electric vehicles, as well as other potential uses in many different markets. Drawbacks in the way of widespread charging stations have really stopped this type of technology from impacting our day-to-day lives, or making it into vehicles in bigger numbers, but it looks like WEVC could change all of this.


Qualcomm's technology uses a concept involving inductive power transfer from tow coils tuned to create a magnetic field to "move" the power from one location to another. In order for the vehicle to be wirelessly charged, it requires a charging mat that gets embedded in the ground, and a receiver to be installed on the underside of the vehicle.

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RumorTT: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to hit Samsung Galaxy S III, as well as the S II

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 7:31 am

We knew that Samsung's quad-core smartphone, the Galaxy S III would receive some love from Google in the way of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but its predecessor, the Galaxy S II had not been on a confirmed list to receive JB.




But, according to, Samsung are prepped to announce the upgrade for both Galaxy smartphones sometime in August or September. Apparently, initial testing on the S II has been fine, with a strong chance that the South Korean company could release the Android 4.1 update, as long as it passes testing.


The site also suggests that the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 would also receive Jelly Bean updates. Samsung haven't officially confirmed any of this, so this gets stamped with a "RumorTT" stamp for now.

Valve boss Gabe Newell says Windows 8 is a "catastrophe", and is driving Valve to embrace Linux

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:33 am

During videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle, Valve boss Gabe Newell branded Windows 8 as "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space". He added that in the fallout from Windows 8 "we'll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people."




Newell adds that one of the last remaining things keeping people from trying Linux was the lack of games, but with the company bringing both Steam, and Left 4 Dead 2 to the platform, it could be the start of a new direction for the PC. Newell describes it as "a hedging strategy" and if his predictions of Windows 8 are correct, he says "it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality".


But, you've got to remember, Valve makes money from every sale on their digital distribution platform, Steam. Windows 8 sports a built-in Windows Store, which would challenge Valve's revenue source, maybe not in a direct way, but it will still be competition. But, Microsoft's Windows Store is more closed, and controlled, compared to Valve's Steam platform.

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