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Apple reports Q1 2012 results, sold 35 million iPhones, $11.6 billion profit

By: Trace Hagan | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 8:54 pm

Apple announced its financial earnings today and, of course, some incredible numbers are the results. Apple made a whopping $11.6 billion in profit from $39.2 billion revenue. In Q1 2011, they made $5.99 billion profit from $24.67 billion revenue. That is over a 25% profit margin. Wow.

 

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Apple had some massive sales numbers. The company sold 35.1 million iPhones. They also sold an incredible 11.8 million iPads, 4 million Macs, and 7.7 million iPods. It will be curious to see if the FlashBack malware has an effect on Mac sales in Q2.

Google Drive debuts after much speculation, details finally known

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 8:33 pm

We've been anticipating the launch of Google Drive for a couple of weeks now, with the occasional rumor drifting about regarding when it was going to launch, pricing, etc. Well, today it has finally launched and the details are now fully known and available for me to report to you, just in case you hadn't seen it.

 

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Google drive is now available at drive.google.com and you can visit there now to "get started with 5GB free." This brings me to the features presented by Google Drive. You get 5GB free which is comparable to Apple's iCloud and better than Dropbox's 2GB. Microsoft offers 7GB, or 25GB if you signed up before Monday.

 

Of course, Google offers additional storage for a cost and surprisingly, at least to me, it seems more expensive than the competitors. For 20GB annually, Google charges you $29.88. iCloud costs $40 and SkyDrive costs only $10. Dropbox doesn't offer 20GB annually. For 100GB, Google charges $59.88 annually. SkyDrive costs $50 and Dropbox, $199. iCloud doesn't offer 100GB annually.

 

I would encourage you to check out the different services and their offerings because they all have different pros and cons. Also, if you combine the free services from the different providers, you can easily get 14GB for free if you don't mind splitting your files among different providers. It's not like e-mail--as long as you can access the files you need on the devices you need, what's the harm in getting more for free?

Building turned Tetris in case of hack as high art

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 7:26 pm

Those damn college kids are always doing some prank or another, and this time they have done something really cool that isn't destructive! The kids over at MIT, one of the leading technology colleges in the United States, have turned an entire building's windows into a playable Tetris game with different colors and difficulty levels!

 

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Was this some mischievousness plan to take over the college or just some work of public art? The building in question is the Earth and Planetary Science departments' building. It has long been the target of many of MIT students' pranks. The grid layout of the windows made this building the best choice for this particular prank.

 

The video is pretty awesome. As a fan of Tetris, I'm tempted to see about doing this at my house. Better yet, if I ever get a big corporation in NY, I'm going to specifically design the side of the building as a giant Tetris game. Then everyone will want to come work for me! What are your thoughts? Good prank or no?

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Samsung phone and tablet owners rejoice- you can now see if you will be getting an ICS update

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 6:31 pm

Thanks to a new page put up by Samsung, everyone can see which Android-powered phones and tablets are set to receive an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. The support page breaks down the phone models by carrier but does not give specific dates to expect the updates by. The page, available here, at least gives hope to the owners of listed phones that they will eventually get the update.

 

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For Verizon, owners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet are destined for Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

For AT&T, the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Captivate Glide, Nexus S, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Note is on the list.

 

For Sprint, the Nexus S 4G already has the update and the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is sitting around waiting.

 

For WiFi only, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners will be happy to hear they are getting the update.

 

For T-mobile, you guys are a bit out of luck as nothing specific has been given. It only states that Samsung is "in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months and will provide updates as we have additional details to share."

Norton releases cloud-based password manager Identity Safe

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 5:28 pm

Quite honestly, I had completely forgotten about Norton. I mean, who still uses their anti-virus software when there are free alternatives such as AVG or Avast? Perhaps this new cloud-based password manager will help bring users back. Identity Safe is the new password manager and is compatible with Windows, iOS, and Android.

 

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A startling statistic says that 70% of web surfers have forgotten a password in the last month. Wow. Norton hopes to gain users to the service by putting an end to it. By doing so, they are going head-to-head with LastPast and others who are already in the market place for this type of software.

 

Identity Safe can manage and generate new passwords for the user as well as use its pedigree of anti-virus software to warn you of malicious sites. The service will remember your passwords and other login credentials and automatically fill them in when you visit a site you have saved them for. It will additionally act like RoboForm and remember non-login data like addresses, credit card numbers, frequent flyer numbers and more.

 

The service will be free for lifetime if you download it by October 1, 2012. Afterwards, there is no mention of the cost, so make sure to download it before then. There has been a Mac version advertised, but nothing has materialized of it yet. So go ahead, go download it, just don't forget the password you use!

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NVIDIA says there's nothing 'Ultra' about Ultrabooks without Kepler

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 4:29 pm

I love it when companies throw jabs back and forth in marketing. The latest example of this is NVIDIA claiming that "GeForce puts the Ultra in Ultrabook." While I do tend to agree with NVIDIA that Ultrabooks need some sort of discrete graphics option, I'm not sure that I would be calling out Intel's Ivy Bridge quite yet. They did, after all, do a lot of work on the graphics processor.

 

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But, then again, when has a big company taken my advice before? Well, I guess they would have to ask for it first. But I digress, NVIDIA is right that Intel's graphics are still pretty poor in comparison to NVIDIA's or AMD's offerings. The HD4000 graphics of Ivy Bridge can only handle around 43% of current games whereas a lowly GT640M can handle 100%.

 

It seems as though Intel is taking this in stride. After all, they do acknowledge that enthusiasts and gamers will still want a discrete GPU. It's good that they will let NVIDIA make fun of their new Ultrabook spec. Maybe, if enough people agree, they will change the spec to include a small descrete GPU.

Netflix comes to Sony Bravia Blu-ray and Blu-ray players

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 3:28 pm

Netflix and Sony have announced today that the Netflix app is now available on the Sony Entertainment Network for any 2012 Bravia Blu-Ray or Blu-Ray player made by Sony. This new app will allow users to stream any video or television show they would like, straight to their Blu-Ray player. This joins the numerous other apps that Sony already provides on the Sony Entertainment Network.

 

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This new announcement comes at an interesting time for Netflix. Wall Street investors aren't exactly in love with Netflix right now, even though they had a good first quarter. Investors are remembering 2011 instead of looking at Q1 2012 results. Additionally, analysts are predicting only a 200,000 subscriber increase for the second quarter compared to the 1.3 million of the first.

Tuesday Morning Roundup for April 24, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 2:24 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, April 24th, 2012.

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Cooler Master HAF XM - techPowerUp | Benchmark Reviews | Overclockers Club | Hi Tech Legion | Hardware Canucks

Enermax Revolution87+ 850 W - techPowerUp | Pro-Clockers

 

Motherboards, CPUs & RAM:

 

Kingston HyperX Genesis 2666mhz (Z77) - KitGuru

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G.SKILL announces new TridentX DDR3 memory kit for Ivy Bridge and Z77

By: Trace Hagan | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 2:09 pm

With the launch of Ivy Bridge successfully completed, other companies now get to launch their new equipment that compliments the features of Ivy Bridge. One of the first up in the RAM department is G.SKILL. G.SKILL is no noob when it comes to high performance RAM, so these new sticks are expected to amaze.

 

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And, they do! The modules feature some innovative features such as removable heat spreaders and are overclocking headroom, even with their already high stock speed. The new modules range from from 2400MHz 8GB to 2800MHz 16GB. According to the release, "the TridentX 2800MHz 16GB kit has successfully achieved DDR3 3320MHz speed," so these modules are no slouches.

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Deal of the Day: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security for 3 PCs for FREE after Rebate!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 1:23 pm

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