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New Apple Store app launches Thursday, changes everything [about retail] again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 4:25 am

Apple is set to change everything up with their new iOS app and retail plans have finally been confirmed thanks to a source of BGR's. On Thursday, Apple's new retail store app for iOS will launch, bringing with it two major new features. Firstly, it will enable online ordering with retail store pickup, which has already begun rolling out in Apple Stores in New York City and California, with more stores going live on Thursday.

 

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As for what will now happen, just check out the insane list below:

 

If a customer orders an in-stock product, pick up will be available approximately 12 minutes after completing the order. Why 12 minutes? Well, the order goes through the system to the designated Apple Store in about 3 minutes. Apple's back-of-house employees have 2 minutes to set all of the products aside on a shelf from the minute it was ordered. There is then a 7-minute grace period for employees to get everything else in order. Around 12 minutes after purchasing, customers will be able to walk into the Apple Store, skip lines, skip registers, get their products, sign for them and leave. We're told Apple is really excited about this, and it's something customers have been seeking for a while.

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QNAP expands Turbo NAS peripheral compatibility list

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 4:23 am

QNAP Systems, Inc. have extended the number of compatible peripherals for their Network Attached Storage line up of products, the Turbo NAS range. They now include two external storage devices, two 3.5-inch hard drives, four IP cameras, and three third-party backup applications.

 

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The Turbo NAS series models are now compatible with the Astone RD-230 Dual Bay and Tandberg Removable Cartridges (160 and 640GB) external hard drives and two models of Hitachi-branded 3.5-inch internal hard drives, Hitachi HUA723020ALA640 and HDS5C3030ALA630. On top of this, three new third-party backup applications from FarStone are now compatible with QNAP Turbo NAS models including Total Recovery Pro, Total Backup Recovery Advanced Server, and Total Backup Recovery Advanced Workstation.

 

IP camera options added to the compatibility list are: D-Link DCS-900(A) and DCS-900(B1/ B2), Panasonic BL-C111 and Vivotec IP 7330.

 

Jason Hsu, QNAP product manager says:

 

The QNAP development team works continuously to grow the range of peripheral compatibility and to ensure our users have flexible selections.

AMD release Catalyst 11.10 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 3:19 am

AMD have just released the fresh out of the oven Catalyst 11.10 driver package for both 32- and 64-bit Windows 7, Vista and XP. It has some Battlefield 3 enhancements, which are very, very cool indeed. Catalyst 11.10 brings five-display Eyefinity configurations to the table, capable of 16000x16000 resolutions. Yes, 16000x16000, there's not an extra 0 there, thats sixteen thousand by sixteen thousand.

 

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A new "bezel compensation" feature is also available, capable of adjusting Eyefinity-linked displays with different pixel densities. Just in case you didn't have your Eyefinity rig with the same monitors and/or resolutions. A bunch of fixes are included, mostly for WIndows 7; Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Lost Planet 2, F1 2010, Dirt 2, Google Earth and Mafia 2 are amongst the games or programs where crashing or corruption issues have been fixed.

 

Display corruption issues when running multiple monitors with Aero enabled are also fixed. The driver package supports most of AMD's DirectX 10 and DirectX 11-capable Radeon cards. You can grab the new drivers from AMD's website, through the Catalyst's software automatic updater, or through Steam.

ASRock unveils four X79 motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 2:10 am

ASRock have come out swinging today with some Sandy Bridge-E flavored teasing. ASRock shot off e-mails all across the world announcing they were showing off some X79-based motherboards. No list of specifications or features were included, but we do have some delicious photos to show you.

 

First up, we have the X79 Extreme9 which sports eight DIMM slots, five PCI Express x16 slots, dual auxiliary 12V power connectors, 12 SATA ports and network connectivity/audio are powered by what looks to be Creative's new Core3D audio chip. The Extreme 9 features a hot-as-hell color scheme and fills out along the rest of ASRock's X79 line.

 

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Q3 report on the graphics card market: Shipments are up 18.4%, Intel has 60% of the market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 1:11 am

Jon Peddie Research (JPR) have released their third quarte report for the graphics market. The news brings announcement that there was a 16.7-percent sequential increase in shipments, raising them to 138.5 million. That is above the 10-year average of 13.9-percent, but in line with seasonal expectations as vendors stock up for the holiday season.

 

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Intel saw a 28.5-percent growth in shipments on-quarter and 36.5-percent on-year, which is made up nearly entirely of embedded graphics chips inside their latest-generation desktop and mobile processors. Intel have maintained a huge lead on their competition, gobbling up 60.4-percent of the GPU market share, up 10.1-percent from Q2 2011 and up 9.5-percent when compared to Q3, 2010.

 

AMD have seen a steady 9.9-percent increase in shipments, this is thanks to their Fusion APU, but they lost market share. Market share for AMD is down to 23-percent, down 5.9-percent on-quarter, and flat year-over-year. Shipments of AMD's desktop and notebook Fusion chips have increased 58.4-percent from last quarter. Now for some big numbers, almost 92 million PCs shipped worldwide this quarter alone, up 8.8-percent sequentially. There were roughly 1.6 GPUs per computer in 2011, up from 1.16 GPUs per system ten years ago.

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Photos from the flooded Western Digital factory in Thailand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 12:53 am

The shocking flooding in Thailand has not only affected families and citizens of Thailand, but some giant IT companies have factories there such as Western Digital. We've all heard, seen or read about the recent hard disk drive pricing hikes the world over, with prices ballooning to sometimes over 50-percent (or more) and stock levels should be getting quite thin over the following weeks toward the holiday season.

 

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Thanks to Bright Side of News, we have some pictures that show the epic flooding that has hit Thailand. The waters near the WD factory were between 1 and 1.4m deep (4-5 feet) and were an average of about 1m (4 feet) through most of the factory and its surroundings. As you can see in the above shot, the water isn't just in some parts, it's everywhere.

 

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Phil McKinney, CTO of HP's PC Unit, quits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 12:03 am

First, HP were killing off their PC unit, then they said they were keeping it, now the group's chief technology officer announced that he is leaving in a statement on his personal blog. December 31st will be his last day and his statement is below in its entirety.

 

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Earlier today, I announced that I will be retiring from HP.

 

This is not the traditional retirement. I'm not planning on spending my days playing golf or sitting around the house driving my wife crazy. I have far too much passion, energy and ideas to sit on the sidelines.

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Tuesday Afternoon Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 1, 2011 7:09 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - November 1st, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic

- MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard @ ixbtlabs

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Contemporary Graphics Accelerators in Might and Magic Heroes VI @ XBit Labs

- AMD FirePro V4900 Video Card @ Phoronix

 

Audio/Media

 

- ScanFX Mini HD Media Box @ eTeknix

- NoiseHush NX80 Stereo Headphones @ TechReviewSource

- SpeedLink Medusa NX 5.1 Headset @ eTeknix

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Samsung is now king of the smartphone maker world, overtakes Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 1, 2011 6:25 pm

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew by 44-percent annually, with a record 117 million units in Q3 2011. Samsung sped past Apple to claim top spot as the world's number one smartphone vendor. Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones and overtook Apple to become the world's largest smartphone vendor by volume with 24-percent market share.

 

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Director at Strategy Analytics, Neil Mawston says:

 

After just one quarter in the top spot, Apple slipped behind Samsung to second position and captured 15 percent share. Apple's global smartphone growth rate slowed to just 21 percent annually in Q3 2011, its lowest level for two years. We believe Apple's growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung's popular Galaxy S2 model.

 

But, numbers are more impressive. Comparing 2010 to 2011, Samsung shipped 7.5 million units in Q3 2010, while shipping 27.8 million in Q3, 2011. Apple on the other hand, didn't really expand that much, with shipped users sitting at 14.1 million in Q3 2010, and this year, just 17.1 million. If we compare marketshare between Q3 2010 and 2011, we see Samsung at 9.3 and 23.8-percent, for 2010 and 2011, respectively. Apple on the other hand slipped from 17.4-percent in Q3 2010 to 14.6-percent in Q3, 2011.

iPhone 4S battery life issues, mystifies even Apple engineers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 1, 2011 5:44 pm

Apple's iPhone 4S may have enjoyed a large start in sales, but those sales are useless if there are various issues with the handsets. Today brings the problem of battery life on the new iPhone 4S. A story on the Guardian reported that Apple engineers have begun contacting certain users who have complained of battery problems.

 

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Apple have reportedly asked those used to install diagnostic programs onto their iPhone 4S' so that Apple can better diagnose what is causing the battery issues. Since the get go, the Internet has been ablaze with people complaining about the battery life. Even as far as reviews from such places like iLounge, which noted their biggest disappointment with the iPhone 4S was its battery performance.

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