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Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) now hitting unlocked Galaxy S II in America

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 1:49 pm

The update that has arrived today for the Samsung Galaxy SII phone in the United States had already been out in South Korea for sometime. Now today, we finally get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, well, Galaxy SII phone owners do. I'm still on one of those Galaxy SI phones and I haven't seen an update past 2.3.4.




One of our friends over at Engadget was super excited when he woke up and found the screen seen above on his Galaxy SII. The update is for unlocked Galaxy SII phones only, meaning your phone needs to be an unlocked, non-carrier specific phone. But, you might as well check your settings for an update even if you don't have one of those.

Intel's private goals for Ultrabooks: 20-30 million sold in 2012

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 4:34 am

It seems that Intel's private goals for their heavily-invested-in Ultrabooks have leaked out, where they hope to have between 20 and 30 million units sold before the end of 2012. The supposed internal roadmap details were passed onto DigiTimes, and those numbers are said to either double or triple in 2013.




By 2013, the supply chain would be truly ready for mainstream adoption, with reinforced plastic available to emulate to rigidity of metal without the higher cost. The next wave of Ultrabooks are nearly upon us as it is, with Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks nearly ready. Touchscreen-based Ultrabooks will arrive with Windows 8, which is when sales should begin their very large vertical climb in numbers.


Early sluggish adoption of Ultrabooks has been blamed on Windows PC builders not being used to developing with the higher-end components that Apple are used to. These include aluminum, solid-state drives, and low-voltage Core i5 and i7 chips. This should change as time goes on, and the higher adoption rates of not only Ultrabooks, but the components within them.


Windows 8-based Ultrabooks can't come soon enough!

Facebook could see an IPO on May 17th, will open up at over $100 billion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 3:37 am

Facebook and IPO, we've heard these two words so many times over the last year or more, and we're inching closer to that magical day. Facebook's recent acquisition of Instagram is sure to go a decent way to help them expand their value, and we could see them eyeing IPO on May 17. This is pends on whether the SEC agrees that all of the paperwork is in order.




Earlier reports have pegged Facebook of hitting NASDAQ during the third week of May, with another source over at CNBC saying that Facebook could go public either on the 17th or 24th of May. Facebook is valued at around $100 billion, right now. Other reports are pointing toward the company wanting to raise $10 billion at a $100 billion valuation.


The only problem with this, is something that I would've said anyway, but TechCrunch points it out: a lot can happen in four weeks. TC cites that the European economy could crash, another oil crisis, etc - and whilst it may be tongue-in-cheek, anything can happen. We'll see how we go between now and then, but it looks like Facebook are going public, and it's not too far away now, folks.

Verizon 4G LTE network will spread its networking tentacles to more than 2/3 of Americans, starts on April 19

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 2:25 am

Verizon have just announced that they are bringing their 4G LTE network to 27 new markets and expanding service in 44 additional markets come April 19. Once Verizon starts this, 4G LTE will be available in 230 markets across the US.




Verizon's 4G LTE service will be made to more than 66-percent of America's population, and by the end of 2012 Verizon hopes to offer its service in over 400 markets, covering 260 million Americans. If you're ready for a mouthful of cities that will receive either new, or an expanded service, get ready:


On Thursday, Verizon will introduce 4G LTE service in Auburn and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Pine Bluff, Siloam Springs and Van Buren, Ark.; Visalia/Porterville, Calif.; Fort Walton Beach and Ocala, Fla.; Brunswick, LaGrange and Macon/Warner Robins, Ga.; Peoria, Ill.; Kokomo/Logansport and Marion, Ind.; Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend and Hays, Kan.; Salisbury, Md.; Cattaraugus/Allegany, N.Y.; Sandusky, Ohio; Ardmore and Ponca City, Okla.; Salem/Albany/Corvallis, Ore.; Pierre, S.D.; and Big Springs and Tyler, Texas.

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MIPS-powered tablets see huge shipment numbers, more than 1.8 million in the wild

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 1:48 am

During a panel with senior executives from Linley Group, Intel and Qualcomm, Amit Rohatagi, Principal Architect for MIPS Technologies detailed their mobile strategy of its company and the effects of collaboration with Chinese Ingenic Semiconductor.




MIPS-powered tablets have seen a stellar rise in shipment numbers, thanks to Google announcing that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will work on MIPS-based processors, MIPS started to grow in mainland China very unexpectedly.


We first saw Ainovo (sold under the Ainol brand) hit the market with a 7-inch Android 4.0-based tablet for just $99, after which the company began offering $79 and $119 parts, all of which continuously sold out. Ainol is said to be producing as much tablets as they can, and they're now seeing competing companies launching similar MIPS-powered tablets.


For a part that only went into mass production at the end of 2011, Ingenic Semiconductor have shipped 1.8 million chips for tablets. Their next step is to aim for 10 million units shipped by the end of this year. With the insane popularity of Ainovo's tablet, that shouldn't be a problem for Ingenic.

AMD does better than expectations but still loses money

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 11:27 pm

AMD reported its first quarter financial results today and it's not quite as bad as was expected. AMD beat expectations, but they still posted a loss of $590 million. AMD has a strong product line-up in both the CPU and GPU markets, but it's pretty hard to compete against the chip giant that is Intel.




The loss, however, is not due to operations but rather an accounting charge. Revenue for the quarter was $1.59 billion which was higher than the expected $1.56 billion Including the accounting charge, the loss of $590 million amount to 80 cents a share. If we take out the accounting charge, AMD had a good quarter, with a non-GAAP profit of 12 cents a share, or $92 million. Analysts predicted only 9 cents a share with the accounting charge taken out.


"AMD delivered solid results in the first quarter as we remain focused on improving our execution, delivering innovative products, and building a company around a strategy to deliver strong cash flow and earnings growth," said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO. "A complete top-to-bottom introduction of new APU offerings, combined with ample product supply resulting from continued progress with our manufacturing partners, positions us to win and grow."

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RumorTT: Apple to release iPad Mini: orders placed, release date this summer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 10:27 pm

Rumors about an upcoming Apple iPad Mini refuse to die. This week, rumors are point to Apple releasing another new iPad even though the iPad 3 came out less than a month ago. This new iPad is dubbed the iPad Mini and, pretty obviously, would be smaller than the current generation of iPads.




The current 3rd generation iPad features a 9.7-inch screen and a resolution of 2048 x 1536. The rumors place the new iPad mini with a 7.85-inch screen and a 1024 x 768 display. This is likely so that Apple can sell a version of the iPad at a cheaper price and better compete against the upcoming Windows 8 tablets.


A site is claiming that reports out of China that manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron both started receiving orders from Apple for the smaller iPad. If you believe this site, the factories will have 6 million iPad Mini units ready to go by Q3 of this year meaning that you could have one in your hands by early- to mid-summer.


The late Steve Jobs wasn't a fan of a smaller screened device: "If you take an iPad and hold it upright in portrait view and draw an imaginary horizontal line halfway down the screen, the screens on the 7-inch tablets are a bit smaller than the bottom half of the iPad display," he said. "This size isn't sufficient to create great tablet apps in our opinion." This begs the question to why the iPhone and iPod Touch are seemingly easy to use.

Which cyberlocker service will get busted next? RapidShare, MediaFire distance themselves from MegaUpload

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 9:35 pm

RapidShare and MediaFire certainly don't want to be the next cyberlocker services to be taken down, but it's a fear that they are having to deal with after the US government took down MegaUpload back on January 19, 2012. They are now trying to distance themselves from MegaUpload in order to prevent being shut down on similar complaints.




All of the online cyberlocker services have fear that they could be next, and they are now publicly trying to show that they are different from the now defunct MegaUpload. Danny Raimer, who is RapidShare's general counsel, told U.S. News & World Report that Megaupload's approach to piracy was "so far from what we're doing and what we want to stand for."


RapidShare continues to deny that they are or have violated copyright laws publicly released a "responsible practices" manifesto for cyberlocker and cloud storage companies. This includes practices like including in the TOS that the company reserves the right to go through repeat offender's lockers.


Langridge, of MediaFire, wrote: "MediaFire cooperates fully with the MPAA, RIAA, and various other organizations who work to identify and prohibit the distribution of copyrighted content."


A spokesperson for the top four recording companies released a statement about RapidShare:

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Codemasters focus on racing genre, abandons action

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 8:37 pm

This is some exciting news for all of you Dirt, F1, and Grid fans. Codemasters, the game studio behind the aforementioned games, has announced that they will be ditching the action genre in order to better serve and focus on the racing genre which is where their heritage is. This announcement comes on the heels of the difficult Operation Flashpoint: Red River and Bodycount launches.




The new racing games will be published under the company's new publishing label, Codemasters Racing. The first game of the new label will be Dirt Showdown which is set to release on May 25. "We have kept our reputation for delivering best-in-class racing games," said communications chief Rich Eddy. "And best-in-class racing games is now our razor focus going forward."


"In racing, we are No.2 in Europe and that's not good enough. We want to take racing games across multiple platforms and genres. So that players can play anytime, anywhere and on any device," he added. "Racing is our DNA, it is our heritage, it is our specialisation and it is our absolute focus going forward."


This "specialisation" will come in the form of a new online hub that was announced along side of this. The hub will unite players of F1, Dirt, and Grid online so that they can take part in additional in-game events and even win extra content. The hub is called Racenet and will provide users with a Driver Profile that will work across all future Codemasters racing titles.

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Genius announces FPS gaming mouse dubbed Maurus

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 7:29 pm

If you want to be a champion gamer, you better have some good hardware to support you in your quest to be the best. There are many different mice and keyboards built for the sole purpose of gaming, and today sees the announcement of another. Genius has announced a new mouse in its line of GX Gaming.




The new mouse looks pretty sleek. It features five programmable buttons and can handle 21 macros to give you an edge in whatever game you may be playing. All of the settings are stored in on-board memory so that they move with the mouse rather than stay with the computer. Additionally, it features 4 different DPIs that can be changed on-the-fly via the mouse.

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