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Ashton Kutcher is set to star in "Jobs", an indie film about Steve Jobs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 10:32 am

Ashton Kutcher landed the starring role in Two and a Half Men, after a very public departure from Charlie Sheen, and is now set to star in an upcoming film, "Jobs". Jobs will be a film that will chronicle Jobs' life from his teenage year through to the co-founding of Apple.

 

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The film is set to be directed by Joshua Michael Stern, who directed Swing Vote, and is based on a script by Matt Whiteley. Mark Hulme from Five Star Institute is providing financial backing for the indie movie. MTV has noted that Kutcher has established a reputation as a romantic comedy actor in films such as "New Years Eve" and "What Happens in Vegas", but hasn't proved himself as a dramatic lead in movies outside of his 2004 film "The Butterfly Effect" and 2006's "Bobby".

 

It's hard to deny that Kutcher doesn't look like Jobs, just look at them side-by-side in that picture above. Quite the resemblance. One would think after the success of The Social Network that there would be considerable weight, in the form of budget, actors and director behind a Steve Jobs film, strange indeed.

Ice Cream Sandwich gets biggest gain, has grown from 1.6% adoption to 2.9% since March 5th

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 10:01 am

Google have posted up their latest Android version distribution numbers, for the 14-day period ending on April 2, 2012. The numbers are quite interesting for Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich, where we can see the adoption rate rise from March 5th's 1.6-percent to 2.9-percent, now.

 

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ICS was at just 0.6-percent on January 4, and had only risen 0.4-percent by February, and only rose 1-percent in March. To compare against Apple, iOS has a 75-percent adoption rate, with the latest iOS 5.1 at 61-percent last week. Will this adoption rate continue over the coming months? Yes and no. Some handset makers are pushing updates over-the-air (OTA), and some are not. Most Android consumers probably aren't even fully aware of Ice Cream Sandwich, where people with Apple devices tend to get OTA updates or buy new Apple products every 1-2 years.

 

Google's Gingerbread OS is still powering through with its numbers, with a majority of Android-based devices sporting the OS with a very hefty 63.7-percent market share. You can see on the above picture Android 4.0.3 is peeking up toward the end, but still it doesn't even begin to compare with Android 2.3.3.

Apple TV could just be a TV-sized iPad, but is that good enough?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 9:27 am

We all know Apple TV is coming, but what would it end up like? Barclay's analyst, Anthony DiClemente thinks it could be a cool piece of hardware, that he images would look like a "large-scale iPad", that would work with the Internet through Apple's existing quite of iOS apps and services.

 

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DiClemente doesn't think Apple CEO, Tim Cook will be able to break the traditional cable TV bundle, which means when you watch traditional TV, it's not going to look any different to what you're looking at now. But, when you're talking about a TV with access to Apple's iTunes Store, things start getting interesting, and it would really open up people's imaginations to what the future of your living room will be like in 5, 10 or 20 years time.

 

DiClemente is a media analyst, and not a hardware guy, so his report focuses on the reasons it will be hard for not just Apple, but other companies, to really mix up the programming/distribution business. Personally, I don't think it would take much, because all it takes is a player like Apple to hit the market with a product everyone wants, and then the big businesses will start listening and changing things up, well, hopefully.

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RumorTT: Some Intel Haswell CPUs could sport 64MB of onboard memory

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 8:31 am

As always, this is just a rumor, and it comes from SemiAccurate, which by name alone isn't accurate all the time. But, Charlie has some interesting news, and according to his sources, "GT3 variants" of Haswell will sport an insane 64MB of memory sitting on the CPU package itself, right next to the processor die.

 

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This memory will be enough to accommodate the frame buffer, which should help performance bottlenecks which are tied to the main memory interface. Earlier reports were talking about desktop variants of Intel's Haswell sporting a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, and we all know that there's only so much bandwidth you can suck out of a dual-channel memory controller.

 

In an earlier report by Charlie, he said that Haswell's integrated GPU will have five times the shader performance of Sandy Bridge's IGP. If we take into consideration the 64MB of onboard memory, we should be in for some pretty big performance improvements, if this rumor turns out to be true, that is.

Sony, Panasonic set to use LG's 3D technology in their TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 7:28 am

LG has been enjoying successful numbers on their 3D TV sales in both China and North America, but now we're seeing Japanese companies Sony and Panasonic, who are both struggling in the market, opting to incorporate LG's 3D technology into their future line of TVs. A very interesting move.

 

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Head of LG Electronics' LCD TV division, Nho Seok-ho, has said that Sony and Panasonic plan to extend their lineup of 3DTV's this year, and that their upcoming models will sport LG's 3D technology. LG's Film Pattern Retarder (FPR) and Samsung's Active Shutter technology, is the current fight, but it seems that LG has the advantage at the moment as its more affordable thanks to their battery-powered glasses.

 

Sony has been pushing 32- and 42-inch 3D TV's with film-patterned 3D technology in China this year, where Panasonic have been relying on LG for 3D screens for most of its TV models. LG are also planning to add a 60-inch model to its 3D TV lineup to go with their 65- and 72-inch sets in June.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson made James Cameron change one thing in the re-release of Titanic 3D

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 6:26 am

We are being greeted to a re-release of James Cameron's Titanic, which is being done in 3D, and there is one specific, and very detailed change being done to the movie. After much nagging from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cameron made one edit to his 1997-released film, which is in relation to the star formation during the sinking of the Titanic.

 

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Most directors would not have bothered with changing it, but Cameron has a knack for perfectionism, and Tyson convinced him to change it. The scene in question is when we see Rose reclining on a piece of driftwood while looking up at the sky. Tyson first e-mailed Cameron years ago, where he noted that the star field she was looking at was incorrect for the night of April 15, 1912 at 4:20am, and bought up the issue more and more over time as the two ran into each other over the years.

 

Finally, Cameron's team asked Tyson to send over an accurate sky map for the date and time, that is used on the 10th anniversary director's cut of Titanic. The new, updated star formation will also be seen in the new 3D re-release of the film, too. Cameron also described Tyson's original message as "quite snarky", but conceded that he did in fact, have a point. Cameron says:

 

With my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in. So I said, 'All right, send me the right stars for that exact time and I'll put it in the movie.

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Sony confirm Android 4.0 ICS updates for 11 handsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 5:24 am

Over the weekend Sony detailed their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update plans for their Xperia lineup of smartphones, where we should see the ICS updates rolling out to no less than 11 Xperia handsets by mid-June. The update will be pushed out to some phones in mid-April, with these phones being the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V, and Xperia Ray.

 

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The late-May, early-June should see ICS-based updates for Xperia Arc, Play, Neo, Mini, Mini Pro, Pro, Active, and the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman as well. There is a problem with these updates though, is that none of them will be over-the-air (OTA), and will require that owners of these handsets who want to upgrade have to tether their handsets.

 

This is because Sony wants users to make a "conscious and informed decision to upgrade". All this means is that while Sony are pushing out ICS updates for 11 handsets, those who don't know about ICS will have to wait until Sony push them OTA, if they even bother doing so. I would expect a notification from Sony saying "your phone is compatible for an update, if you would like to do so, visit this site", and that site explains what ICS is, and how you upgrade.

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SEGA slashes jobs, cancels in-development games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 4:26 am

SEGA have confirmed they have cut jobs and ceased work on in-development non-core titles, as the company is mourning with the loss of almost 50-percent of income for the financial year. SEGA also confirmed they will go through a restructuring exercise that will see a fair amount of job losses across Europe and the U.S., but they aren't saying just how many positions are at risk.

 

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SEGA are now trying to stop bleeding money from multiple wounds, and have declared non-core IP a factor in this, and have cut it. From now on, instead of developing new games, SEGA will concentrate on pushing its established IP including Sonic the Hedgehog, Total War, Football Manager, and the Aliens franchise. SEGA are also looking to get out of the retail business, and push the creation of downloadable titles to sell on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Store, the Nintendo eStore, and Valve's Steam platform.

 

A SEGA spokesperson explained in a statement to the press:

 

This realignment of the business around existing and digital IP is a necessity to ensure that Sega continues to invest and enhance its digital business offering, whilst reducing its reliance on traditional packaged goods.

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Apple and Samsung make up 95% of all handset profits in Q4 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 3:26 am

A new study from Canaccord Genuity is claiming that Apple and Samsung account for a combined 95-percent of all handset profits in Q4 2011. Apple accounts for 80-percent of profits, while the company behind the GALAXY range of handsets, Samsung, takes 15-percent. The remaining 5-percent is left to all of the other manufacturers.

 

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This leave companies such as Research in Motion (RIM), HTC and Nokia with just 5-percent of the profits, considering they were at once time all top dogs of the market, this is a big change and I'm sure it's hard to swallow for these companies. CNET reports that Apple's iPhone is outselling all other phones combined at AT&T and Sprint, and with Verizon Wireless they are even with all Android phones available.

 

Samsung has seen incredible success with their GALAXY S range of phones, with the GALAXY S II selling 20 million units in 2011. The GALAXY S III is the most anticipated phone ahead of its official announcement, and Samsung's GALAXY Note has been selling quite well, even if it is half way between a tablet and smartphone. I'm predicting this market share will change with HTC dishing out their One series, and the GALAXY S III should be Samsung's home run this year.

IBM over the next five years will build a low-power, exascale computer for largest-ever radio telescope, promises it won't be Skynet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 2:26 am

Over the next five years, IBM is set to work with the Netherland's National Institute of Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) where tehy hope to develop a low-powered, exascale supercomputer. Not impressed yet? Hold onto your chair, dear reader. According to IBM, this supercomputer would be millions of times faster than today's high-end desktop PCs, and possibly thousands of times faster than even the most recent super computers.

 

 

The exascale computer would be used to analyze data collected by SKA (square-kilometer array), which is a cutting-edge radio telescope set to become the largest and most sensitive of its kind ever built. ASTRON hopes to have the telescope ready by 2024. While it's still a fair way off, the excitement will only build over time.

 

Now, this is where you don your math hat, and get ready to have your eyes widen a little: to compare to what we know, and use now, exascale refers to a computing device that is just incredibly fast, where the number of floating-point operations per second it can perform isn't measured by gigaflops or even petaflops, but exaflops. Today's highest-end desktop CPUs rank up around 20 gigaflops, not that impressive in terms of scale to this beast.

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