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Samsung says 'No point in waiting to launch a product'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 3:31 pm

In an exclusive interview with Simon Stanford, Samsung's VP of telecommunications and networks for UK and Ireland, TechRadar picked up some interesting pieces of information. The most interesting one, as far as I'm concerned, is that Samsung doesn't like the way the tech world works in cycles around tech shows.

 

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Samsung, apparently, is much more interested in announcing a product and then launching it shortly after that announcement. Due to this new revelation, the Samsung Galaxy SIII could be on shelves before the end of May. The interview did not outright name the successor to the Galaxy SII, but it seemed pretty clear that it was coming.

 

"Traditionally the industry works in cycles around an event, meaning there's usually quite a period of time between announcement and period of launch. Commercially, you have to question that; plus it presents a challenge by putting you in a position where everyone knows what you're up to," he said.

 

And in terms to the Galaxy SIII, he had this to say: "In terms of any successor to the S2, that will be hosted at separate event in due course. Whatever it is, and whatever it's going to be. As it stands, nothing exists. This is all should any successor be announced." So nothing exists right now, eh?

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Nintendo reports first annual loss in 30 years

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 1:59 pm

It's that time of year where many companies report their Q1 financial results, or if you're Nintendo, you report your entire fiscal year. Nintendo reports its finances only once a year (annually) as opposed to 4 times like most companies (quarterly). This report is the first time in 30 years that Nintendo has reported a loss.

 

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A lot of this is due to the financial climate that is affecting everyone worldwide. Additionally, the gaming market has changed as of late, due to the availability of high quality, free, mobile games. The 3-way struggle between Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony hasn't exactly helped the market either. While competition is good, it does cause companies to lower prices to compete, sometimes below cost.

 

In August, Nintendo was forced to cut the price of the 3DS by 40%. A cut that big is never good for the bottom line. Between the price cut, and a few popular new 3D games such as Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, they managed to sell 13.53 units last fiscal year. This time around they hope to sell 18.5 million.

 

Now, the financial results. Ninteno said it suffered a net loss of ¥43.20 billion in the fiscal year ending March 31st whereas last year they recorded a profit of ¥77.62 billion. Also, they recorded an operating loss of ¥37.32 billion with revenue dropping by 36% to ¥647.65 billion yen. They really are depending on a successful WiiU launch, which is expected later this year.

Portal 2 "Perpetual Testing Initiative" level creator arriving for PC, Mac in May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:31 am

Valve are set to release a free Portal 2 DLC pack dubbed "Perpetual Testing Initiative" for PC and Mac which is due to hit on May 8. Valve have said you'll be able to "easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles" with the new DLC.

 

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The new level creator will let you publish maps directly to Steam. Yes! Other players from there, will be able to browse, vote, and download user-created maps to play in their own versions of the game.

 

There's not much more on this until May 8, but you can sure it will be featured as our Download of the Day.

Apple could hit $1 trillion market cap in the next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:25 am

Apple's super-powered earnings call during the week has impressed the entire tech industry, but Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White has said that his target for Apple shares in the near future will be $1,111. Apple are poised to become the world's first trillion-dollar company when its share price hits $1,072.

 

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With White throwing his dart toward a $1,111 per share estimate, he is predicting that Apple's market cap will hit $1 trillion sometime in 2013. Brian White has said:

 

Apple's performance once again demonstrated how quickly Apple fever is spreading around the world, and this trend continues to drive meaningful upside in the company's financial results. We believe the negative vibes that have held back the stock over the past couple of weeks will now be replaced with the fear of missing the next leg up in the stock price that we are forecasting will reach $1,111 over the next year.

 

Could they do it? Apple are unstoppable right now, you can't contest that. Right now, they are a smart device powerhouse.

Netgear to intro the first Gigabit Wi-Fi router, will launch next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:30 am

Netgear are ready to pull the curtain from their latest networking product, its first 802.11ac-compatible Wi-Fi router, which is capable of pushing out gigabit speeds up to three times faster than current 802.11n routers. The Netgear R6300 router would top out at 1300Mbps in 5GHz mode and 450MHz in 2.4GHz and will launch next month for $199.99.

 

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Apple are rumored to be close to introducing support for faster technology in their AirPort range of products, so this will come as a note to Apple observers. Broadcom have already launched their first set of 802.11ac 5G Wi-Fi chips, even though the standard probably won't be finalized until the end of this year.

 

I'll be thinking of picking one of these bad boys up, Netgear. 1300Mbps in 5Ghz is insane, and I look forward to Wi-Fi everything being upgraded over time.

'Woodstock', a new Xbox music service to be unveiled at E3 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:25 am

Microsoft are set to show off their replacement of its Zune service during E3 in June, according to sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, reports The Verge. The new music service is codenamed Woodstock, and will continue the Redmond-based company's move away from the Zune brand, and into the arms of the Xbox brand.

 

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Insiders have revealed to The Verge that Woodstock is poised to be a cross-platform play, available to Windows 8, Android, iOS, and Xbox users, all playable from a browser. It has previous been described as "Spotify-like", where it won't require any browser plugins and is said to integrate deeply with social networking site, Facebook.

 

This will allow friends to build group playlists and share tracks. On top of this, it will feature a "scan and match" function, which is similar to iTunes Match, where it's being tested as part of Woodstock to allow users to identify their existing music collection in the service. Microsoft are set to tease the new service at E3, if no last-minute plans take place. It would then launch later this year with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices.

RumorTT: HTC working on a Facebook phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:31 am

The rumors and whispers of a Facebook phone aren't gone, although there hasn't been much news on it lately. With Samsung Electronics covering the development of the next-generation Nexus smartphone for Google, HTC have decided to take a walk down a different path.

 

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They're currently developing a customized smartphone in cooperation with Facebook which is looking to be launched in Q3 of this year at the earliest, as always, according to industry sources. HTC had previously joined forces with Google to launch Google's first own-branded smartphone, Nexus One. This means they're no stranger to cooperation with a large company.

 

Since Samsung have become the top Android vendor, Google will continue to tap Samsung to develop their next-generation Nexus models. This lets Google use Samsung's innovation ability with regard to the Android platform, and its ability to control the supply of key components, says DigiTimes' sources.

 

The new HTC Facebook phone would have a platform exclusive to Facebook which would enable and integrate all functions available on Facebook. HTC have previous launched two Facebook-enabled smartphones, the Salsa and Chacha.

RumorTT: NVIDIA could launch the GTX 670 alongside its dual-GPU GTX 690

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 4:42 am

Ah, RumorTT, it's my favorite part of the day. Recent rumbles are pointing toward NVIDIA launching its GEFORCE GTX 670 alongside their dual-Kepler-based GTX 690 graphics card. This comes from Fudzilla, who notes their sources are talking of a May 10 launch date for both GPUs.

 

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We're just hours away from the official announcement of some sort at the GeForce LAN/NVIDIA Gaming Festival (NGF) in Shanghai, China, on the April 28. This is where we should see NVIDIA's dual GK104 GPU, the GTX 690. Fudzilla's sources are saying that the official release date is the 10th of May, and that the GTX 690 should see a partner in its launch in the form of the GTX 670.

 

Availability, that's always an important question with GPU launches. GTX 690 availability is said to be not great at all, with some partners receiving cards next week. We should have more information as this happens. More news as it happens.

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