The latest happenings from around the web - July 21st, 2011
- Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s Laptop @ Hot Hardware
- Sapphire Edge-HD2 Mini PC @ Hardware Heaven
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Laptop @ tbreak
- ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic
- ASRock H61iCafe @ Pureoverclock
- EVGA P67 FTW Motherboard @ HiTechLegion
- MSI Big Bang Marshal P67 Motherboard @ Vortez
- XFX EyeFinity Stand @ Kitguru
They seriously can't be doing this for the LOLs, but a 27-year-old blogger "BirdAbroad" has posted on his blog about an Apple Store he found in China. It looks liked an Apple store, the winding staircase with a sitting area upstairs, employees wearing the blue t-shirts with the clunky Apple name tag around their necks. But this Apple store in Kunming is actually a complete rip-off. As BirdAbroad says "China warps your mind into believing anything is possible". He says that it is the best rip off store they've ever seen, but some things were out of place. The stairs were poorly made, walls were not painted properly.
Even the sign itself, Apple never displays "Apple Store" on its signs, it just displays the gloriously delicious looking fruit symbol. The name tags on the staff did not actually list a name, just "staff" and an Apple logo. The funniest thing about this all is the employees actually think they're working directly for Apple. As the blogger took photos, multiple salespeople and security guys (plain clothed) outside came in and told him to stop. It was not allowed. Why wasn't it allowed? Their boss told them so. He did tell them that he was an American Apple employee visiting China checking out the local stores, this was the golden ticket.
Mozilla has been blowing air into the hot air balloon that is 64-bit browsers. Finally, there are people working on Firefox for Windows x64 and this means that from Firefox 8, there'll be two builds; 32-bit and 64-bit. The 64-bit version will obviously take advantage of operating in native 64-bit and use its memory space. The x64 build of Firefox 8 is roughly 10-percent faster than the 32-bit version, but its not just speed.
Encryption and filtering functions are superior on Firefox 8 x64, the handling of DOM Operations benchmark shows a 25-percent increase, this results in every dynamic website loading faster and feeling more responsive. The 64-bit build of Firefox 8 does however use more memory. In a benchmark by ExtremeTech, the 64-bit build had a memory footprint of 320MB with the 32-bit build using just 230MB.
Some of the lucky SOBs to have access to the Battlefield 3 alpha have been posting videos on YouTube and boy do they look good. Apart from the frame rate issues (I'm guessing it could be the users system) it looks very, very good. Let's hope that there's more realistic destruction in the game and not just the usual require-a-rocket-launcher-to-blow-things-up. I want to see little details like glass, lights, tires, bricks, etc fall apart and have realistic destruction.
I'm enjoying some of those death animations, the body movement looks great, the rockets don't seem to have that "punch" I expected them to... The other videos looks good, there's more on the channel for you to check out if you're keen, I suggest you do so!
The Amazing Spider-Man has gotten its first teaser trailer, with the director behind 500 Days of Summer, Marc Webb and The Social Network actor, Andrew Garfield taking the franchise in a different direction. The movie has had an enormous budget and is meant to be a tent-pole, huge 3D, action-packed movie, but the teaser (for me at least) just doesn't do it justice. The teaser shows that we get introduced to Peter's parents, get to see a cool Spiderman POV camera ride (which looks lame after the first few seconds, but in 3D might look pretty amazing).
So far, I'm not excited - but I can see it growing as we see more and more of it. Take a look and let me know what you think!
EVGA lift the skirt on their X79 Express motherboard, stand over a vent and it blows in the air, oops!
EVGA have just pulled a Marilyn Monroe and teased the world with their latest X79 motherboard. The picture below shows off the LGA2011 socket as well as two DIMMs on each side. These four DIMMs are part of the new quad-channel, 256-bit memory controller which will require all four DIMMs to be occupied to take advantage of it. The advantage? DDR3-1600 memory support with a theoretical system bandwidth of an insane 50GB/sec, DDR3-1866 will see 58.3GB/sec whilst those who want to live life on the edge and want DDR3-2133 will see 66.6GB/sec.
EVGA's spice on their board is an 8-pin CPU power, 24-pin angled power plug, nickel-plated heatpipe leading to an aluminum heatsink. EVGA reps are keeping their mouths zipped, but this board should arrive in time to dance along side AMD's upcoming Bulldozer which is expected to arrive in Q4 2011, unless delayed into 2012.
The latest... intel is in, and it shows that Intel has had all business segments report double-digit revenue growth year-over-year. Intel had Non-GAAP results of, $13.1 billion in revenue which is up $2.3 billion, 22-percent year-over-year. Operating income saw a 6-percent year-over-year increase adding $221 million, bringing it up to $4.2 billion. Net income was $3.2 billion, up $290 million or 10-percent year-over-year.
The acquisition of McAfee Inc and Infineon Wireless Solutions (now Intel Mobile Communications) contributed revenue of $1.0 billion in their first full-quarter of results. Gross margin say at 61-percent, consistant with Intel's expectations. R&D and MG&A spending was $3.9 billion, again, within Intel's expectations. Intel's tax rate was 25-percent, below their expectations of 29-percent. Intel also used $2.0 billion to repurchase 93 million shares of common stock.
For more in-depth details of Intel's quarterly results, take a look at them here.
Viber launched on the iPhone quite a while ago now and now Android users are getting the sweet taste of free calls and text messages to anyone, anywhere in the world. It uses your existing contact list and can tell you who is on Viber already which allows free Viber-to-Viber calls as well as text messaging. Viber does not require a PIN, username or any sign-up apart from the installation of the app on your phone itself.
Spread the word!
Paul Allen's Google+ account has a new public post, saying that membership may pass 18 million today. Allen says that there have been 750,000 sign-ups on Monday alone which brings the total user base to nearly 18 million. Last week saw two days in which Google+ saw 2 million sign ups per day, but the exponential growth slowed to roughly 1 million new users a day. Keep in mind that this growth is all without Google actually marketing Google+ through any of its other channels such as Google search, YouTube or Blogger.
Google says when this happens, we should see millions of people joining Google+ on a daily basis for quite some time. Chairman Eric Schmidt says the vision Google have is to integrate Circles and sharing with all other Google properties. Google haven't started marketing Google+ because they're still trying to get the product "right." Google say they're paying attention to what customers are saying and responding quickly to try and improve the service.
If you'd like to take a look at the quite large post Allen made, check it out here.
It's a big day for Apple today with an explosion of updates coming out as well as the market seeing the world's first Thunderbolt display launched.
On the subject of the new display, this is a 27-inch model which as mentioned, is the first ever to feature a Thunderbolt port. The IPS panel is based on Apple's LED Cinema Display, featuring an aluminum and glass enclosure and running a native resolution of 2560x1440.
The monitor is also packed to the kilt with a ton of other stand-out features, including an ambient light sensor, a FaceTime webcam, built-in 2.1 speaker arrangement, MagSafe charger, Gigabit ethernet connector, three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port and as mentioned, the Thunderbolt plug.