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iPhone 4S teardown: 16GB iPhone 4S has just $188 world of build materials

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 12:29 pm

iSuppli have torn the iPhone 4S apart to reveal the stock iPhone 4S 16GB modem carries a build of materials (BOM) of just $188 before factoring in manufacturing costs. Considering manufacturing costs for Apple are quite low because of where they're manufactured, Apple are making a tidy amount of money here.

 

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The 32GB model is virtually identical with a BOM cost of $207 where the 64GB model's BOM is $245. NAND flash is the most expensive part of the iPhone 4S, so this is where the differerence comes into play.

 

16GB NAND will set you back $19.20 where 64GB is a hike up to $76.80. The electrical system is the most expensive subsystem sitting at $33, followed by wireless capabilities at $23.54 and the display at just $23. The A5 processor powering the iPhone 4S is just $15, while the camera subsystem is $17.60.

 

This teardown only takes hardware into account, other expenses such as software, licensing and royalties are not included. Manufacturing costs are $8 per handset, regardless of capacity.

Portal 2's second DLC is an 'in-game editor', say what!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 11:37 am

Valve have just announced that the second downloadable content package arriving for Portal 2 is an 'in-game editor'. Valve released a PR statement declaring that the second DLC package is currently "in development and targeted for release early next year."

 

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As we all know, Valve love community-created content and this new DLC is set to have some form of community functionality attached to player creations allowing players to "view, play and vote" on various levels. The editor will also allow players to create and share both single-player and co-op levels. At the moment, it is unknown how the editing will work, and whether it'll make a splash on all platforms, PC/Mac and consoles.

 

With Steam support on all platforms apart from the Xbox 360, the Portal 2 DLC should be released everywhere. But, we'll have to wait a little while for some clarification. Exciting news and hopefully a sign of things to come for Valve titles.

Kogan release new low-cost tablets, 8 and 10-inch models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 10:38 am

Kogan have just released a new low-cost tablet in the UK which is set to target the audience who are unable or unwilling to spend more on a mobile device. The pricing in the UK for the 8-inch tablet is at around the £120 price point where the 10-inch version is just £30 more at £150.

 

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Kogan has a business model which requires no middleman, designing, assembling and delivering low-cost tablets directly to customers. This keeps the prices extremely low. Both tablets sport capacitive touchscreens and a 1GHz processor.

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Assassin's Creed movie is close to getting the green light

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 10:10 am

Ubisoft is reportedly close to signing off on a deal with Sony PIctures for an Assassin's Creed movie. The rights to the movie were apparently hotly contested by a number of large studios, with Sony getting the winning ticket.

 

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Sony is expected to foot the fill on what is to be expected, quite a large production. An Assassin's Creed movie might actually be alright, the games are phenomenally successful, they're great games themselves, there's a lot that could be done with the AC franchise.

 

Ubisoft are set to maintain more creative control over the development of its games for other platforms, versus the traditional one-off licensing deals with studios. Something that proved key during the bidding process with Sony.

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Battlefield 3 launch trailer: about as close to gaming heaven we can get

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 9:28 am

Ever since Battlefield: Bad Company 2 came out and DICE went in a different direction with their Frostbite engine, with destruction, etc... I knew the real "Battlefield" title would blow everyone away. I just didn't expect it to be this friggin' good. I'm just going to leave this Battlefield 3 launch trailer here, ok?

 

 

The launch trailer is just hands-down orgasmic. This just shows off the single-player, but by the power of grey skull; does that Frostbite 2 engine look jaw droppingly good.

 

Battlefield 3 launches in just 72 hours! Yes! 3 days from now!!

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Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' made official, releases next month, SDK is available now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 8:22 am

Well, that was fast, Google. Along with the announcement of the next-gen Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google have announced their all-new version of their Android OS codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. Android 4.0 continues the development, ideas and design of the tablet-based Honeycomb, but will go onto smartphones, too.

 

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Android 4.0 is an open source release which means any hardware manufacturer that wants to tinker with it can download the source and sell it with Android 4.0 on top. This is something Honeycomb never offered.

 

We've talked a bit about Android 4.0 'ICS', but if you haven't seen the news yet, ICS sports unlocking the phone through facial recognition, syncing Chrome bookmarks is now default, built-in NFC powers the new Android Beam app which lets you share content, maps, contacts, app and more by tapping the back of your phone to another NFC-enabled Android device.

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Razer Synapse 2.0 - peripheral settings float into the cloud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 7:19 am

Razer introed Synapse five years ago now, which let gamers store macros, key binds, and profiles directly into their Razer devices' onboard memory. Today, they've taken this one step further by introducing Razer Synapse 2.0, which allows your personalised peripheral settings to sit in the cloud.

 

 

While this won't help everyone, it will be a great thing for users such as tournament gamers, or those who use more than one computer for gaming. The problem is with this, is that people still have to take around their mouse and keyboard, with Razer hardware storing it inside the peripheral itself, cloud-based peripheral settings don't really have a need, but as I said, there are still uses for it.

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Ultra HDTV is coming, set to make your eyeballs explode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 6:36 am

The new standard of ultra high-definition television (UHDTV) has taken a step in the right direction as experts at the ITU Study Group on Broadcasting Service announced they have reached an agreement on most of the pertinent technical characteristics for a new UHDTV standard.

 

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It'll be years before consumer-based products will be here (boo!) but broadcasters and others have been working for quite a while on UHDTV, which represents a gigantic leap forward in image resolution and picture quality. Just recently, Japan-based broadcaster NHK, who have played a pioneering role in the development of UHDTV, demonstrated a screen with 33 million pixels, a mammoth jump from the 2 million pixels seen on HDTV screens today.

 

Last month, a trial on UHDTV was arranged between London and Amsterdam and plans are underway to cover part of the 2012 London Olympic Games in UHDTV for screening at public venues around the world.

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Microsoft earnings call: record Q1 revenue of $17.37 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 6:05 am

Microsoft have had a very first... er.. first quarter ending Sept. 30, 2011. Microsoft posted a quarter revenue of $17.37 billion, a 7-percent increase over the same period of last year and a tad higher than the expected $17.26 billion.

 

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Office was the standout, though; Office accounted for $5.62 of that income, with Windows staying flat and actually falling below expectations. Microsoft's net income of $5.74 billion was a decent jump of 6-percent over the same time last year.

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Close-up with Blizzard Battle.net gaming blade server, on sale for charity

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 1:42 am

BlizzCon 2011 - As we walked through the BlizzCon 2011 halls, we manage to spot one of the Blizzard Battle.net gaming blade servers from around the world that are going on sale for charity.

 

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These are HP p-Class server blades that were previously used to provide Blizzard's Battle.net gaming service. This particular server was named "Eldre Thalas" and was in operation between February 22, 2005 to June 9, 2010. The plaque reads:

 

Blizzard Entertainment has carefully preserved and archived our retired server blades, releasing only a limited number for a noble cause. to us, this server blade is more than just hardware: within the circuits and hard drive, a world of magic, adventure, and friendship thrived. From fishing in quiet lakes to defeating Arthas in Icecrown Citadel, this blade was home to thousands of immersive experiences across the world of Azeroth and beyond. We thank you for the safekeeping of this important part of our history.

 

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If you are interested in buying one of these unique servers that will surely only increase in value over time, you can find out more information over here. All money from sales of the servers will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Good on you, Blizzard!

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