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Foxconn to build $1 billion facility in Indonesia, will create 1 million jobs in the process

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 8:26 am

Foxconn are set to expand into Indonesia, where the company plans to built a new $1 billion facility. The move will create 1 million new jobs in the region, where the average monthly wage is just $100 per month. The company is discussing plans with the Indonesian Ministry of Industry.




Foxconn already have manufacturing plants in Brazil, and more famously, China, where they assemble electronic goods for some of the world's biggest technology companies, such as Apple. Foxconn said in a statement that the company was attracted to Indonesia over Malaysia and Vietnam due to its high rate of economic growth, of around 6-percent per year. It has also been noted that the region is "sorely in need" of formal jobs.


A Foxconn representative said in a statement:


We are looking forward to establish a new manufacturing plant in Indonesia, although nothing is finalised yet. This will help us in manufacturing good quality products and make them available in the markets at lower prices. With this, Indonesians will also get better employment opportunities. We will continue our efforts in establishing more manufacturing plants across the globe.

Ever wanted to explore the Antarctic? Well, now you can thanks to Google Maps and Street View

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 7:29 am

Google have announced that their Street View team have been snapping a tonne of 360-degree imagery of notable locations in Antarctica, with some of this work being posted to the World Wonders Project website. Featured destinations include the South Pole Telescope, Shackleton's hut, Scott's hut, Cape Royds Adelie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole.



Google had already posted static photography imagery that was taken from Antarctica to Google Maps, back in 2010. But, these new photos combine high-resolution, panoramic imagery with the same camera panning, rotation and zooming features that people expect, and use from Google's Street View service. Google worked with the University of Minnesota's Polar Geospatial Center and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to bring these pictures to our screens.


The search giant claims that its altruistic goal is to provide scientists and students with the most accurate high-resolution data available for historic and notable locations in Antarctica. In order to snap these amazing shots, Google used portable cameras with fish-eye lenses, which is the type of equipment usually used for capturing virtual tours for real-estate agencies, and others. Usually Google would use trikes or vehicles mounted with 3D imaging systems.

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RumorTT: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti to arrive in mid-August, priced at $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 6:26 am

NVIDIA's mid-range of GeForce GPUs have always been the most popular, recently we've seen the GTX 460 and 560 cards soar through gamers' wish lists, as well as the Ti variants. But, with the Kepler-based GPUs, we haven't seen a mid-range card released.




According to Sweclockers, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti will arrive in mid-August carrying an MSRP of $299. This will make it a direct threat to AMD's Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition, which just received a new price last week. The GTX 660 Ti would be based on the same core as the GTX 670, the GK104 core architecture, with 7 SMX units enabled giving us a total of 1344 CUDA cores.


Memory specifications, and clock speeds are expected to be changed also. The GTX 670 sports two different choices in memory, either 2GB or 4GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus. The GTX 660 Ti will reportedly put on offer, 1.5GB or 3GB of GDDR5, on a 192-bit memory bus.

Samsung's 75" ES9000 Smart TV to arrive in August for $9,999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 5:31 am

Samsung's 75-inch ES9000 LED Smart TV is making its way to the US of A. Samsung's 3D-capable, LED-backlit set flashed its goodies in New York as part of the Samsung-sponsored SpaceFest marking the Space Shuttle Enterprise's arrival at the Intrepid.




The ES9000's US debut is good news for those who have been holding their breath for a new 75-inch Samsung LED TV. Specs of the TV are not available, but the 75-inch TV bezel measures in at just 0.31 inches, with the frame sporting a rose-gold finish.


Samsung's 75-inch ES9000 also features a built-in web cam that retracts when not in use, and it also comes with four pairs of 3D glasses. The usual Smart Interaction is at play, giving gesture-based movements, as well as voice control to the TV. Samsung also announced a new Angry Birds app for its smart TVs, which allows users to play the game entirely from gesture controls. The app will be a free download, and will be available later this month.


Samsung's 75-inch ES9000 Smart TV will debut at $9,999 in August.

64GB version of Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone is on its way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 4:33 am

Reports that a 64GB variant of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III are back, with this time an official announcement. The Verge is reporting that Samsung have confirmed to them that the 64GB version is still coming, and will be released sometime in the second half of this year.




Samsung also pointed out that the 64GB Galaxy S III had only been announced internationally, so you shouldn't expect to see it found locally in the U.S. for a while yet. Samsung's exact statement regarding the 64GB Galaxy S III:


The 64GB model of the GALAXY S III will be available during the second half of this year. The market availability and timing may vary and will be determined at the time of release.

Facebook shares drop after news of their user base reportedly dropping

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 4:25 am

Facebook shares were trading above $30 for a few weeks, but they dropped earlier this week, where they closed on Tuesday afternoon at a month-low of just $28.09. Facebook stock dropped 0.55-percent on Tuesday, after a huge 8.6-percent fall the day before.




Zynga shares were also hit, as the company is closely tied into the success of the Facebook platform, where they saw a drop of 5-percent on Tuesday, closing at a year-low of $4.58. The cause of these drops come after Capstone analyst Rory Maher released a report claiming Facebook's U.S. user base declined 1.1-percent over the last six months, as well as the European Facebook user base experiencing decline.


But, with 900 million monthly active users, Facebook can't see continuous growth - there will be stages of stagnation in their user growth, and maybe we're seeing the early signs of this. Looking into the future, Facebook's areas of growth seem to be international. Japan, Russia and China are their next markets to concentrate on.

Microsoft to launch Windows 8 on October 26

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 3:55 am

Well, it looks like the wait is nearly over, folks. Microsoft have just slated in Windows 8's release on their Windows Team Blog for October 26. This means that the OS is just two and a bit months away from being in our grubby little hands.




Microsoft stated on the blog:


…October 26th, 2012! That's right! Just a few minutes ago, Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft's annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 - whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC - starting on October 26th. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October. But now everyone has a specific date to mark on their calendars. It's on mine!


Will you grab Windows 8 on release? I'm personally going to grab a copy, because I'm just a tech addict, but I'm thinking it will really shine on touch-based systems. I wouldn't mind seeing a high-res Ultrabook to keep up with the Retina MacBook Pro, but be touch-based, too.

Infortrend releases new NAS server family

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 3:25 am

Infortrend have just announced the North American availability of two new product lines in their EonNAS family, the EonNAS Pro and EonNAS 1000 Series. Infortrend note that while NAS' are getting more popular for the SOHO and SMB markets, data protection offerings on other brands "come up short".




This is where Infortrend's new EonNAS Pro and EonNAS 1000 Series come into play, running a ZFS file system, Infortrend fill this voice by offering an "unprecedented collection of advanced data protection features", including data deduplication, corrupt data self-healing, snapshot and pool mirror - bringing enterprise-level data protection and storage features to the SOHO and SMB markets.


Infortrends' NAS' definitely deliver on the performance side of things, too, offering performance of more than 100MB/sec, and in FTP environments, it can ramp up to a respectable 180MB/sec. Director of the EonNAS product line for Infortrend, William Chen, says:


The unprecedented collection of advanced data protection features available on the new systems is what truly sets them apart. The EonNAS Pro and EonNAS 1000 Series are designed to bridge the gap that exists between high end enterprise NAS offerings and what had been available up until now for SOHO and SMB users. Infortrend is bringing something different to these users -- data protection features that previously were only seen in enterprise solutions -- at a price point designed for smaller budgets.

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Yahoo has a good Q2, sees revenues of $1.22 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 2:31 am

Yahoo announced their second quarter financial performance yesterday, with the search giant enjoying revenues of $1.22 billion in the quarter, with diluted earnings of $0.27 per share. After all factors considered, revenue sat at $1.1 billion.




GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.18 for the quarter, not moving from the previous year. Yahoo saw revenues of $461 million from search, with this number being 1-percent down year-over-year. GAAP display ad revenue was up 2-percent year-over-year. Yahoo made a splash across headlines earlier this week, announcing Google exec Marissa Mayer would be taking over as CEO. Yahoo listed Mayers move as its first 'business highlight'.

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Could thermal paste have its days numbered? Sony thinks so

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 1:32 am

Thermal paste has been a long-time friend of computer enthusiasts, and over the years has evolved and had some great work done to it to reduce those temperatures, even by a few degrees. But, Sony showed off a new product in Tokyo last week that could thermal paste disappear, forever.




Sony revealed a prototype of a silicon and carbon-based thermal sheer which is currently known as "EX20000C" that measures 0.3-2.0mm thick with a thermal resistance of 0.4-0.2K cm2/W and a compress load of around 1-3kgf/cm2 - this is five or six times the effectiveness of Sony's previous solution.


EX20000C is said to meet, if not exceed the thermal conductivity of standard thermal grease. One of the show floor exhibits compared the sheet's effectiveness with a conventional setup and it managed to reduce the processor's temperatures by another 3C. Not only that, it removes the need for cleanup and also prevents over application, as the sheets last longer than paste because they don't degrade.

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