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Alibaba.com, China's largest e-commerce firm experiences slowest growth in nearly two years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 8:43 am

China's largest e-commerce firm, Alibaba.com, posted an 11.9-percent rise in quarterly net profit, which is their slowest growth in nearly two years, which has led to Alibaba.com raising conerts due to a weak trade outlook coming from debt worries in Europe and the US.

 

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Alibaba.com's third-quarter results missed analysts forecasts and were attributed to a weak macroeconomic climate that led to a slower pace of customer additions. Dick Wei, an analyst with JPMorgan says:

 

They are focusing on the quality of suppliers and also improving the overall quality of products that they are offering, such as some of the newer services to help buyers to check the quality of products before they are shipped. If you look at customer growth, there are no new initiatives and growth is not that top priority at this point," Wei said. "Revenue will pick up again later in 2012 or 2013.

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RumorTT: Microsoft working on not one next-gen Xbox 720, but two?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 8:01 am

This is something that would make quite a lot of sense, and actually be quite good for customers and gamers alike. Industry sources are pointing toward two new Xbox consoles being launched sometime in 2013, which should give Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plenty of time to get their 28nm manufacturing process working like a charm.

 

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Microsoft is said to be working on an entry-level system as well as a true next-generation hardcore gaming console. Multiple price points aren't anything new for Microsoft, as that's what they do with the 360 with multiple packages. Different hard drive sizes, limited edition bundles, game and accessory bundles.

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Steam's Autumn Sale, 23 - 27 November, day two, L.A. Noire is just $44.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 8:01 am

Today is the second day in Steam's Autumn Sale, which games like Monkey Island Special Edition Bundle, Red Orchestra 2, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum, Fallout: New Vegas, Rift and more on special. Let's start with Monkey Island SE Bundle, 66-percent off from $14.99 to $5.09.

 

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Red Orchestra 2 is 50-percent off down from $39.99 to an impressive $19.99, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum with 66-percent off, down from $29.99 to $10.19, Fallout: New Vegas has an impressive 75-percent off marking it down from $39.99 to just $9.99.

 

There are a few other games on special, Rift has 75-percent off bringing it down from $29.99 to $7.49 and lastly, L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition which only launched last week has an amazing 50-percent off taking its original price of $89.99 to $44.99!

Piracy, the reason Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will not be coming to PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 7:26 am

Is this the change we're seeing in console development? They do a sloppy job on the PC version, sales are bad and they just blame piracy? Surely a stable-minded developer wouldn't think that way, well, think again. Ghost Recon Online is set to be a free-to-play game, and is a 'response' to piracy and an alternative to the restrictive DRM that has plagued previous Ubisoft games.

 

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Ghost Recon Online producer, Sebastien Arnoult has said:

 

We are giving away most of the content for free because there's no barrier to entry. To the users that are traditionally playing the game by getting it through Pirate Bay, we said, 'Okay, go ahead guys. This is what you're asking for. We've listened to you - we're giving you this experience. It's easy to download, there's no DRM that will pollute your experience.'

 

We're adapting the offer to the PC market. I don't like to compare PC and Xbox boxed products because they have a model on that platform that is clearly meant to be €60's worth of super-Hollywood content. On PC, we're adapting our model to the demand.

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Google is adding gamepad support to Chrome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 6:48 am

Google's popular Chrome browser is having some new functionality baked in early next year, with plug-and-play support gamepads and more on the way. Google developer advocate, Paul Kinlan, revealed the news earlier today at Develop Liverpool.

 

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The new features are due in Q1 2012, with gamepad support, camera and microphones, all without the need for plug-ins, Kinlan even hinted at the possibility for augmented reality games and player tracking. Another feature planned is WebRTC, an open-source video chat application that will run in the browser, with no plug-in required.

 

This is technology that could support an OnLive-style cloud-based gaming service, so we could see some very interesting things in the near future.

Samsung pokes Apple in new ad, trolololol

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 3:23 am

Samsung have a new series of commercials where they poke fun at Apple fans, its not a dark insult, but more of a realistic view of most Apple customers. The ad starts in a lineup for Apple's iPhone 4S in New York, a similar site in most cities around launch day. A large group of Apple fans are lined up, talking about how this is "an event" and they will "remember it for the rest of their lives."

 

 

Just after this, another guy outside the line is on his smartphone and it attracts the people in the lineup, he's holding a Samsung Galaxy S II. The Apple fanboys comment on how light and thin the device is and how large the display is. Some of the quotes are "I could never get a Samsung, I'm creative", with someone saying "Dude, your'e a barista."

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Microsoft still after a stake in Yahoo, is taking a closer look and has their cheque book ready

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 2:12 am

Microsoft back in 2008, had a very public failed takeover attempt of Yahoo, where they were willing to dish out $46 billion to purchase Yahoo. It failed, and now according to reports, have signed a confidentiality agreement with Yahoo which allows them to take a closer look at the struggling company's business as they explore various options for striking a deal.

 

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Microsoft are joined by private-equity firms such as TPG Capital and Silver Lake, where they're going line for line over Yahoo's books and operations. Microsoft this time, is not looking for a complete takeover, but is only looking to help finance a bid as part of a consortium and not buy Yahoo outright, in a move to safeguard their ongoing web-search partnership with Yahoo.

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Unlocked Galaxy Nexus for $750? Expansys is your BFF - Black Friday Friend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 1:18 am

For those of you wanting to get on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Ice Cream Sandwich-packing phone, all before the weekend, you could be in luck. Expansys are already shipping Nexus handsets from their warehouses, with some customers reporting that they've have their orders shipped already.

 

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You can grab an unlocked 16GB GSM (HSPA+) Nexus that works with T-Mobile and AT&T's 3G bands, right now. So you North American's can actually order one of these phones right now, for $750 and be lucky enough to get one within a few days.

 

Over here in Australia, I'll twiddle my thumbs and just be happy for you. I'll enjoy my Galaxy S II for now. If anyone ends up getting one, do comment below with your thoughts!

Thursday Afternoon Roundup for November 24, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 5:09 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - November 24th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASRock X79 Extreme4 X79 Motherboard @ eTeknix

- Asus P9X79 PRO @ LANOC

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Samsung UN55D7000 55 inch LED HDTV @ Overclockers Online

- Sapphire HD 6970 FleX Battlefield 3 Edition @ Overclockers Club

- Samsung SyncMaster 27A850D, 27" PLS Monitor @ Hardware Canucks

- GIGABYTE HD 6670 OC 1GB Video Card @ Futurelooks

- Batman: Arkham City DX11 Stuttering Issue @ PC Perspective

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Download of the Day: K-Lite Codec Pack 8.00 (Full)

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 1:58 pm

Our Download of the Day today is K-Lite Codec Pack 8.00 (Full).

 

The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.

 

With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats.

 

The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:

 

• It is updated frequently. So it is always up-to-date with the newest and/or best components.

• All components have been carefully selected for specific purposes. It is not just a random bunch of stuff thrown together.

• It is very user-friendly and easy to use.

• The installation is fully customizable, meaning that you are able to install just those components that you really want.

• The customization abilities even go beyond the component level. Some components are able to handle multiple formats. You can specify exactly which components should handle which formats. The pack can thus be fully tweaked to your own specific needs and preferences.

• Uninstallation removes everything that was installed by the pack. Including all registry keys.

 

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