Explosions rocked Foxconn Chengdu iPad 2 production plant last week, resulting in the death of three employees and injuring at least 15 others according to early reports on Friday. Despite the tragic consequences of the event, many seemed focus on speculating on how the disaster would affect the iPad 2 production line, which manufactures the A5 chip for the popular tablet.
Though the cause is still unknown, suspension in production at the plant enduring more than a month may cause Apple to fall short of the projected 7.4 million iPad 2 shipments intended to close out this quarter, even if a neighboring Shenzhen Foxconn plant were to try to pick up the slack. Analysts from research firms like ISuppli and RBC Capital Markets have predicted a loss of up to 2.8 million iPads.
According to Bloomberg, the speculations may be just that- in a report today, an analyst from San Francisco-based Sterne Agee wrote in a report that concerns are evidently "overdone".
I'm still curious about what was the original cause of the explosion- but Steve Dowling, Apple Spokesperson, already stated that they were working with their partners in Shenzhen to figure out that very issue.
ASUS has announced local pricing for the upcoming Android-powered Eee Pad Transformer, are you ready for this? It's $200 more than the $399 US-based price, at AU$599. Even with the stronger than ever AU dollar, we're still being ripped when it comes to local pricing. Although, the Transformer looks like a bloody good tablet and I'm sure it will still sell like Eee Hotcakes when it is finally on Australian shelves.
The Transformer will be available tomorrow (!) at retailers including Harvey Norman and JB Hifi, with the 16GB Wi-Fi model setting you back $599 and for $799 you can grab the 32GB Wi-Fo model with optional keyboard and dock included. The keyboard dock accessory has not got a separate pricing yet, but it should receive a pricing of $199.
If you haven't seen the Transformer, I suggest you check it out - it is an amazing-looking tablet, relatively cheap (even at AU$599) and if you get the optional keyboard dock, it turns itself into a great portal touchscreen tablet/netbook.
Ballmer is on a roll today, at the 2011 Japanese Microsoft Developers Forum in Tokyo, Japan, Baller announced the first details about the next major release of Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.5. The upcoming release dubbed "Mango" is set to feature over 500 new features added to Windows Phone 7.
Ballmer goes on to say:
We have a big launch event to talk about the next release of Windows Phone tomorrow, so that information will be forthcoming, including some of the particulars about who is going to be building Windows Phones and which carriers are going to be offering them here in Japan.
Details of what is included in Mango are sparse, but speculation is leading toward opening up multi-tasking for all third-party apps, connectivity with their motion-based Kinect sensor and Mobile Internet Explorer 9.
Steve Ballmer has done the world a great honor, he has announced (officially) that Microsoft are not only working on Windows 8, but we should expect to hear a lot about Windows 8 and Windows 8-based slates, tablets, PCs and a variety of different form factors. Great!
Ballmer also announced that Windows 7 PCs are expected to hit the 350 million units this year which is an amazing achievement in such a short amount of time and versus Apple, it's not even competition. But we are of course, comparing Apples... to oranges here. Haw, haw. The speech Ballmer gave was at the Microsoft Developer Forum in Tokyo, Japan just yesterday. It's quite long; if you'd like to take a look at it, try this link.
Really, Activision? This is all you could do with a reported $200 million? No in-game footage, no next-gen graphics engine. Shown off on an Xbox 360. Looks like someone is after sales numbers and to not push the genre like EA/DICE with Battlefield 3. Below is the trailer for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
It looks okay, but it seems like yet another outing in the COD universe and nothing to make me want the game on release like BF3 does. I'm sure the game will sell a bazillion copies, Activision will most likely lavish game reviewers with first-class flights and five-star hotels and expect great reviews, but I'm just not impressed by this trailer one bit!
Our Download of the Day today is PowerArchiver 12.00 RC4.
PowerArchiver offers hundreds of features, yet remains easy to use, small and fast. Novice users will find a familiar interface complete with tutorial and detailed help, while more experienced users can take advantage of full Explorer integration, multiple encryption methods and advanced compression algorithms.
Here is a brief list of some of the key features found in PowerArchiver:
Full Windows Vista Support
Superior ZIP Support
Multiple Formats Support Including ISO
New Queue System (Add/Extract/Backup) and PowerArchiver Starter
Guaranteed Compatibility and Explorer Integration
Deal of the Day: 10.1" HD IPS Equipped Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android Honeycomb Tablet with NVIDIA Tegra 2 for $399.99 plus Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - 10.1" HD IPS Equipped Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android Honeycomb Tablet with NVIDIA Tegra 2 for $399.99 plus Shipping!.
Offer: Best Buy has the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet in stock for $399.99 plus $8.99 shipping! This tablet comes with a big 10.1" 1280 x 800 resolution Gorilla Glass (very scratch resistant) TFT that's IPS (178⁰ viewing angles) instead of merely TN. Now you don't need to choose between low resolution high quality (1024 x 768 IPS like the iPad/iPad 2) and high resolution low quality (1280 x 720 TN like the Xoom). It also features a 1.0Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB memory, 16GB storage, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, stereo speakers, mini HDMI 1.3a out, GPS, Micro SD card reader, 9.5 hour LiOh battery (16 hour with dock), Android Honeycomb 3.0, and a 1 year warranty.
The latest happenings from around the web - May 22nd, 2011
- ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- ECS H67H2-M H67 Motherboard @ eTeknix
- Asus P8H67-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboard @ SilentPCReview
- ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe H67 mITX Motherboard @ Aphnetworks
- Zotac H67ITX Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme @ Vortez
- Zotac H55ITX-C-E Motherboard @ Modders-Inc.
- Gigabyte E350N-USB 3 @ Kitguru
- MSI P67A-GD80 @ LANOC
A Swedish-based online store has listed two new entries of Corsair's (until now) unheard of CPU coolers that will fill out the Hydro series - the Hydro H80 and Hydro H100. The new Hydro series coolers maintain the same pre-assembled, closed-loop CPU water-cooling kits.
The new kits seem quite awesome, with the H80 using a thick 120x120mm area radiator that's just as big as the H70 but has a bigger block unit which should amount to higher water flow. The block unit looks like it has a control knob too, which is a new addition. The Hydra H100 on the other hand uses a 240x120mm area radiator and can hold two 120mm fans on either sides, but comes with two fans.
Converting the Swedish Krona to US, the H80 is listed at $154 whilst the H100 will set you back $172.50
Sharp teases the HT world with 85-inch, capable of 7860x4320, also capable of reducing HT lovers into tears
If this were my own tech site, where I didn't have to type up a few paragraphs on the news I post, the only word that would accompany this news would be: Wow. I would end it with "Wow" and a link to the YouTube video - but holy bloody crap, Sharp and Japanese national TV broadcaster, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have jointly developed an 85-inch LCD compatible with Super Hi-Vision, a next-generation television broadcast format.
The new format comprises of 33 megapixels, or 16 times the resolution of HDTV, Super Hi-Vision is being pushed as offering a powerful, life-like image reproduction. R&D began in 1995 (!) and they aim to have trial broadcasts before the decade ends. Sharp used their UV2A2 LCD technology which allows them to create the first direct-view LCD compatible with the insanely high resolution performance of Super Hi-Vision.