For current iOS-based devices such as the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, Apple use Samsung for their processors, this is set to change with Apple changing to Intel for their processing needs. At the moment Apple obviously are loving Intel as their Mac-based range of products are Intel powered, but now Apple is looking to have Intel power the iOS-based devices.
Analyst Gus Richard says:
It makes strategic sense for both companies. The combination of Apple's growing demand and market share in smart phones and tablets gives Intel a position in these markets and drives the logic volume Intel needs to stay ahead in manufacturing. Intel's manufacturing lead gives Apple an additional competitive advantage in these markets and distances it from Asian competitors that are knocking off its products. Furthermore, it would also serve to weaken Samsung who is a significant competitive threat to both companies.
Jon Peddie Research has published the graphics market's first quarter results to show us some interesting findings. First off there was a 10.3-percent spike in shipments, which considering things like the economy, console-ported games and the lack of reasoning to upgrade GPUs, is a shock.
Secondly, in the first quarter alone there were 125 million discrete and integrated graphics chips shipped. Looking at the stats we can see NVIDIA faced a large drop in year-on-year growth by a whopping 28.4-percent with AMD and Intel growing by 15.4 and 9.7-percent respectively. Intel dominated though controlling 54.4-percent of the market, AMD placed second with a 28.4-percent piece of the pie with NVIDIA sitting in the corner with their 20-percent cut.
Steam's EA week is steaming along nicely with yesterdays sales with the Need for Speed series, today we have sales with the Sim's series. The sales are significant with it starting with The Sims 3, original price at $79.99, 40-percent off brings it down to $47.99.
The Sims 3: World Adventures has 50-percent off taking the original price from $39.99 down to $19.99. Finally we have The Sims 3: Ambitions which also has 50-percent off taking it's original price of $29.99 down to a very appealing $14.99.
Grab the games here.
Our Download of the Day today is FastPictureViewer 1.5 Build 190.
FastPictureViewer, an image viewer designed for photographers. Now with powerful workflow tools helping to automate file management duties like copy, move, delete, save-for-web and more.
Fastest RAW viewer ever. Period.
Instant zooming to 100% view, for quick sharpness checks. Best in industry!
RGB histogram, EXIF shooting data and Adobe XMP Rating/Label/Urgency instant display.
Instantaneous display of the next image in line (when computer resources allows).
Instant industry-standard Adobe XMP compatible rating and tagging.
Fast tethered shooting through MTP/PTP. Tether a Nikon D3S or D3X in 64 bit, today!
Supports most common image formats, including Adobe DNG, plus specialists formats such as OpenEXR, DDS, PNM and more, through separately installable image codecs.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.5 Build 190
- Added "un-copy" option to the Keep/Copy function (use Shift+K or Shift+* to un-copy a previously copied image).
Duke Nukem Forever is not far from release and now that were close to the end of the rainbow, some system requirement specs have been released from none other than NVIDIA. I'm guessing because the game is most likely run on a graphics engine that is relatively old, the requirements are pretty slack, check them out for yourself:
Our Deal of the Day today is the Meritline - Asus RT-N10+ Wireless-N Router for $27.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Meritline has a great price on this DD-WRT supported Wireless-N router. This Asus router features 4 10/100 ports, up to 150Mbps wireless rates, and a 2 year warranty. Use coupon code: MLCSALEUS0502NL1 to take the price down to $27.99 with FREE shipping.
Samsung's Galaxy S II is rumored to be hitting Telstra this month and by the leaks, seems to have an outright price of $999. Of course it should be cheaper for someone going on a plan, the news of it coming out is exciting enough.
Telstra dealer Telefirm has a page setup for email pre-orders of the Galaxy S II - more should follow soon. I'll be grabbing one of these for the wife, she can finally rid herself of her iPhone 3GS!
AS we all know, Sony has had a tough few weeks. Whether it's their PlayStation Network being attacked by a hacker and subsequently shut down, or essentially shutting down their Sony Online Entertainment network for fear that there had been an intrusion- this is starting to have some pretty serious ramifications, for instance the numerous DC Universe MMO users currently unable to access their beloved game.
Which is why Sony is giving all DCU players some cool Batman SWAG. The above Batman-inspired mask (players use custom created characters as opposed to the actual characters, hence the "inspired") comes in both male and female versions, the coolest headgear that, well, everyone will be wearing when the SOE is back online.
Speaking of which, Sony is offering current subscribers an automatic 30-day credit for their troubles, and on top of all of that, one free day for every day that the DC Universe Online was down and out.
Please bear with us as the complexities of the subscription server dictate how and when this will be available along with pertinent details. We will be releasing more information this week. Thanks again for your patience!
No, Sony. Thank you.
We all knew this was coming but waiting for 100-percent confirmation is hard and now we're seeing a leak from a voice actor for the current two Modern Warfare titles, Craig Fairbrass. He did an interview with a UK radio station talkSPORT. Craig does the voice of Ghost and Gaz and has let slip that he's currently working on a big game that is costing $200 million to make.
That rounds it down to, well, just one title. Craig said during his interview:
I did Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as Gaz and then I did Ghost in Modern Warfare 2, which has become one of the most iconic figures in the history of computer games, which is great. And I've just been out in LA doing something that's going to be announced in May...I've just been out there doing some bits and pieces and one of it's to do with...I can't say too much.
The latest happenings from around the web - May 4th, 2011
- MSI Megabook GE620: a 15.6 for everything @ Cowcotland
- Toshiba Satellite L655-S5161 Laptop @ Techreviewsource
- Quantum Force P67 Rattler Motherboard @ Ninjalane
- ECS H61H2-M @ tbreak
- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion
- AMD 870 Motherboard Roundup @ ixbtlabs
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition @ Kitguru
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Review: Last of the Breed @ PC Perspective