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NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660 expected in July or August, based on GK106 architecture

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2012 11:13 am

We talked about NVIDIA prepping two more GPUs, but at the time we thought they'd be GK104-based. New reports have surfaced, where it might seem like the GEFORCE GTX 660 would be a GK106-based part.

 

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The GTX660 based on the GK106 architecture would sport 768 CUDA cores, 4 SMXs, 64 texture units, 2GB of memory with an interface of 256-bit. Pricing isn't too bad, where we should expect the GTX 660 to hit $349 or so. But, in this market, with this much competition, is that too muhc to pay?

 

Would you grab one of these GPUs at $349? Or would you be looking at something from Team Red if you were getting into the $350-ish territory? Thoughts?

Minecraft has been incredibly successful, has nearly 30 million registered players

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 28, 2012 10:23 am

Minecraft has been phenomenally successful over the time it has entered multiple alpha and beta builds before it even hit version 1.0. But now developer Mojang has continued to update the game, and it is getting close to 30 million registered users.

 

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Minecraft spans quite the assortment of devices, including Android, iOS, and Xbox versions of the game. The Xbox Live activity stats showed that the game was the most popular arcade game last week.

 

But better than that, Minecraft came in second place among all Xbox Live games, where it only lost to the ever-so-popular Call of Duty franchise. Not too bad for a game that doesn't really amp up the graphics. We're also looking at seeing a Lego tie-in as well, where the officially endorsed Lego Minecraft Micro World being available for pre-order and should hit select shelves this summer.

 

There's also MineCon, an entire convention dedicated to the game.

Oppo Finder is now the world's thinnest smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2012 9:38 am

It was only a month ago that we reported that Oppo were about to claim the title of the world's thinnest smartphone, at just 6.65mm thick, but now they have. Enter the Oppo Finder.

 

 

Oppo's Finder grinds down some very nice specs into its slim 6.65mm phone, where we'll find a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch AMOLED Plus display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Advancements in engineering of memory chips and other electrical components of smartphones have reportedly made it possible for manufacturers to slim phones down to this point.

 

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Right now, the biggest problem for engineers is heat from the CPU and GPU. But, for those of you who want a super-slim phone, you could grab one of these. Oppo Finder pre-orders start on June 6, and it will be priced at around $632.

Study: Windows XP support costs are 5x higher than a Windows 7 system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 28, 2012 9:00 am

A Microsoft-sponsored IDC report claims that the annual support costs for a Windows XP systems are five times higher than a Windows 7-based system, as part of Microsoft's latest efforts in pushing more people toward Windows 7.

 

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Microsoft have also issued a statement that has told organizations if they have not started "the migration to a modern PC, you are late". Windows XP gets orphaned by the software company with no further support or patches in April 2014, close to 13 years since it launched.

 

The report states that 42-percent of Windows' non-home installed base remains on the ageing Windows XP OS. If this continues, 11-percent of all Windows users will continue to be powered by Windows XP when the security patches end in 2014. As for support costs: IT workers' time and worker productivity costs jump by 25- and 23-percent respectively in year four.

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RIM looking to slash more jobs, up to 2,000 more on the chopping block

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 28, 2012 8:19 am

Back in July of 2011, Research in Motion slashed 10-percent of its global workforce, laying off 2,000 employees as "a prudent and necessary step for the long term success of the company".

 

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But, it looks like they could be repeating the process according to AllThingsD. They're reporting that RIM will announce another major global restructuring that will include "at least" 2,000 job cuts. A source has told AllThingsD:

 

RIM has about 16,500 employees worldwide now. That number will be down to 14,500 before the summer's over. ...14,500 or less.

 

The cuts are expected to not just be a certain section, but company-wide, with everyone from marketing to sales, to legal and operations expecting to have jobs cut. The question is, will this help? Did it help last time? Are RIM cutting the fat from the company, or digging right in and removing the meat?

NVIDIA set to release 30 Tegra 3-powered smartphones this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2012 7:22 am

NVIDIA plan to bake Tegra 3 SoC's into 30 smartphones by the end of the year, says NVIDIA's Mobile Business Manager, Mike Rayfield. Rayfield unleashed the information at the company's annual Analyst Day.

 

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Considering that half the year is already gone, and there's only a single Tegra 3-powered smartphone on the market, that's quite the call. One more is about to hit European countries next week. Last year, NVIDIA released just 15 Tegra 2-powered handsets.

 

Rayfield did note that out of the 30 smartphones destined to sport Tegra 3, 18 of those would be heading over to China and would be priced at under $300 each. That means that the rest of the world should see 12 handsets, but no word on pricing or models at the moment.

ViewSonic ready to show off 22-inch tablet at Computex next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2012 6:17 am

Just when you thought your 10.1-inch tablet was the best thing on the block and bought all the boys to the yard, ViewSonic are ready to unveil their milkshake 22-inch Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablet.

 

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ViewSonic will unveil their 22-inch Android ICS tablet at Computex next week, with the marketing department over at ViewSonic designing an ad that promotes the 22-inch tablet as a device that not only "touch" but "connect".

 

What are ViewSonic trying to connect with here? I know they're going to connect with wallets, and souls, but what else? 22-inch is quite amazing for a tablet, and we'll be sure to bring you some in-person shots of this tablet when we run amok on the floors of Computex next week!

RumorTT: Facebook to acquire Opera, want to make a Facebook browser

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 28, 2012 5:27 am

With the news we reported just hours ago of Facebook wanting to make their own smartphone, this news makes even more sense. Pocket-lint is reporting that Facebook is looking at buying Opera Software, the boys and girls behind the Opera web browser.

 

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This would allow the social networking giant to enter the browser space along with Google, Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla and even Yahoo, who just launched their own browser not that long ago. If it were to acquire Opera, it would definitely be an even stronger competitor against Google, not just for a browser, but for social networking.

 

Opera's mobile browser is already impressive, and if Facebook were to acquire them, that's one thing they wouldn't have to bother building from the ground-up, it would just be a slot in, change some things around and go. Opera claims to have over 200 million users across all of their platforms, so that's a nice start for Zuckerberg and co.

The 'pebble blue' version of Samsung's GALAXY S III delayed due to manufacturing problems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2012 4:26 am

There are multiple sources saying that the 'pebble blue' version of the Samsung GALAXY S III will be delayed due to a manufacturing issue with the back case, but no more specifics have been made available.

 

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XDA Developers is reporting that Samsung have ditched approximately 600,000 rear casings for the phone and that they are retooling the production process. The white version is reportedly OK, and will still be hitting shelves and hands across the world.

 

Just when I thought I'd be able to buy one of each color when I'm in Taipei for Computex. Samsung, you disappoint. Looks like it's two of the white-colored versions now!

RumorTT: Facebook still working on a phone, could we see them acquire a hardware maker?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2012 3:19 am

We've heard the rumors before, and with the power that social networking giant Facebook has, it would not surprise me to see them release a smartphone. But, can a smartphone really succeed in this world of super-powered smartphones, built around Facebook?

 

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Well, according to employees of Facebook, some engineers have been sought out by engineers there, as well as others who have been briefed on Facebook's plans, reckon that the company wants to release its own smartphone by 2013. These people spoke out in anonymity, fearing their jobs or relationship with Facebook.

 

Facebook have reportedly hired ex-Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the iPad, these same employees said. One thing that would boost the 'is Facebook building a phone' argument, is CEO and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has said he's worried that if he doesn't create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms.

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