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HP cut over half of the webOS staff, mostly from engineering

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 5:31 am

HP have just bought down the layoff hammer to approximately 275 of the 500 webOS employees, most of them from engineering (those that make webOS work with actual physical hardware). HP have nearly 350,000 employees, so most of these men and women from the webOS department should find jobs within HP easily.

 

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This is, of course, if HP decide to keep these people within the company. This decision to get rid of 275 webOS-based employees leaves webOS with roughly 225 employees. The decision follows HP's plan to move the webOS group out of the old 1000-employee Palm campus and over to the smaller Cupertino-based campus that HP acquired when they purchased ArcSight in 2010.

 

HP's official statement on the matter:

 

As webOS continues the transition from making mobile devices to open source software, it no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before. This creates a smaller and more nimble team that is well-equipped to deliver an open source webOS and sustain HP's commitment to the software over the long term.

 

HP is working to redeploy employees affected by these changes to other roles at the company.

Gorilla Glass 2, coming to a screen near you soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 4:31 am

Corning are famous for their scratch-defying Gorilla Glass technology, with the announcement from Corning at CES that Gorilla Glass 2 had shipped to device makers, where consumers should be able to purchase products with Gorilla Glass 2 in Spring.

 

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The new damage-resistant glass is said to be not only slimmer than its predecessor, but it will offer brighter images, and have greater touch sensitivity. Various companies have confirmed their tablets will sport Gorilla Glass 2 at Mobile World Congress this week, including ASUS and Acer.

 

ASUS are one of the companies truly dedicated to Gorilla Glass 2 for its new tablets unveiled at MWC, including the just-announced Infinity, and Transformer Pad 300. I'm looking forward to seeing products roll out with Gorilla Glass 2.

PS Vita sales hit 1.2 million worldwide, over 2 million units in software sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 3:27 am

Sony have just announced the sales of the PlayStation Vita, and the numbers are quite impressive: Vita sales hit 1.2 million globally, which helped with launches in Americas, Europe, and PAL territories. According to Sony, sales of the hardware have "exceeded expectations".

 

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Software sales for the PlayStation Vita have passed 2 million units. Sony Computer Entertainment president, Andrew House, says:

 

The market has responded and there is clear demand for a mobile device capable of providing a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context. To sustain momentum, we're working closely with third party developers and publishers to ensure the best games and franchises possible will be available on PS Vita, and our software line up for the remainder of 2012 will have something for everyone across the globe.

Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook is now available, starts at $999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 2:30 am

Dell have begun shipping their first Ultrabook, and for just $999, the Dell XPS 13 does look delicious. XPS 13 has been called one of Dell's best notebook designs to date, and is cheaper than it's Apple counterpart: the MacBook Air. Dell's XPS 13 also has a smaller footprint than competing 13-inch Ultrabooks.

 

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At $999, the base configuration sports a 2nd-generation Intel Core i5-2467M processor at 1.6GHz (up to 2GHz with Turbo Boost), Intel HD Graphics 3000, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive, and a 6-cell battery that is unfortunately, not removable. On top of this, the XPS 13 features a backlit keyboard, 1.3-megapixel webcam, Intel Centrino Advanced-N wireless, all backed up by Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

 

The chassis itself is impressive, constructed from machined aluminum with a carbon fiber composite base and magnesium palm rest with soft touch paint. XPS 13 measures in at just 0.24-inches at its thinnest point, and just 0.71-inches at its thickest. The default configuration weighs in at just 2.99 pounds.

 

If you'd like a bump in speed and storage, for $500 you can upgrade to the Core i7-2637M processor clocked at 1.7GHz and a 256GB SSD.

PayPal rolls out in nearly 2,000 Home Depot stores across the U.S.

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 1:25 am

Just over a month ago now, PayPal announced a small five-store pilot with The Home Depot in order to test out PayPal's in-store payment system. PayPal are now proud to announce that The Home Depot are now starting a national roll-out that will let customers pay for goods with PayPal in all of its nearly 2,000 locations nationwide.

 

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Within the fortnight, every The Home Depot store in the U.S. will allow payments from customers using a PayPal card, or mobile phone number and PIN combination. Here's some details on the rollout, and cities:

 

Starting on February 27th

 

South - Austin, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Oklahoma, Tampa/St. Petersburg

North Plains - Minneapolis, Omaha, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

 

Starting on March 2nd

 

West - Bay Area, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle

NY Metro - New York City, Long Island

North - Boston, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia

 

Starting on March 7th

 

Mid-West - Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Ohio Valley, Pittsburgh

Mid-Atlantic - Washington D.C., Baltimore

South Atlantic - Louisville, Charlotte, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Nashville

 

Starting on March 8th

 

Central - Chicago, St. Louis

Apple finally announces iPad 3 media event, to be held in San Francisco on March 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 12:32 am

After a rumored March 7th announcement, it has finally been confirmed: Apple have finally begun to rollout invitations to relevant media outfits (except me, boo) in preparation for a media event on March 7, in San Francisco. The media event is all about the new iPad. Where in San Francisco exactly? Well, it's at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

 

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After years of Samsung-produced screens, Apple have finally changed hands and shifted to Sharp for the production of the iPad's Retina Display. With the new high-res display, we should expect a much better camera on the iPad, considering how (in my opinion) poor the iPad 2's snapper was. We should expect a minimum of 5- but I'm guessing more along the lines of an 8-megapixel camera on the iPad 3.

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Poll Results - Which company made the best SSDs in 2011?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 1:43 pm

Our latest poll had almost 2,300 people who answered, Which company made the best SSDs in 2011?

 

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Again we see another poll with close results. This time OCZ took out first place as most voted best SSD manufacturer in 2011.

 

Followed closely in second place was Crucial / Micron and in third place was Intel and in a close fourth place Corsair.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you... Which company made the best desktop performance RAM in 2011? Let us know! Go here to vote!

Mobile App of the Day: Grow for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 1:28 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Grow for Android.

 

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You are a little fish with a big appetite and dreams. Eat and Grow!

 

Grow is not your typical fish game where you wait for your pet fish to grow and mindlessly tap on the screen to feed it. We're not catching fishes today so go ahead and throw away your fishing equipments. Don't go bothering the angry birds, they'll never be happy with their revenge. Be ready to be hungry, very hungry, even hungrier than a shark because, in Grow, your job is to eat everything in the aquarium!

 

You are a little fish with a big appetite and dreams. So you eat. And eat. Till eventually, you Grow. From a cramped jar to the open sea, play the adventure mode to explore different habitats. Collect coins to upgrade power-ups in the shop, then test your skills in survival mode, where endless hours of replay and online leader board awaits.

 

Features:

 

* 78 levels with 7 stunning environments

* Two difficulty modes, Normal and Advanced, with their own star rankings

* 7 endless survival levels with global leader board

* Three control options: tilt, virtual joystick, and touch-and-move

* Supports Left/Right handed control options

* Five unique power-ups with 17 upgrades to unlock

* Six types of enemies with unique behaviors

* Exclusively for Android

 

NOTE: Unstable on SGS2 devices

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Tuesday Morning Roundup for February 28, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 11:38 am

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 28th, 2012.

 

Cases & Cooling:

 

NZXT Havik 120 CPU Cooler - Hi Tech Legion

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition - circuitREMIX

Swiftech Apogee HD - PureOverclock

Lian Li PC-Q25 SFF Chassis - MissingRemote

NZXT HAVIK 140 CPU Cooler - Bigbruin.com

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - eTeknix

 

Peripherals:

 

Corsair Vengeance K60 - XSReviews

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