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Netflix shares have fallen 61%, also lost 800,000 subscribers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 7:20 am

Netflix have had a very bad time lately, with them admitting on Monday that they lost more customers than expected in the third quarter, which stems from an issue to divorce rentals of DVDs from streaming video services, and they've also predicted that subscriptions for DVD delivery will sharply decline in the current period.




Netflix have also projected that they'll begin to lose money for a few quarters starting in the next period, because of costs associated with their expansions in both the UK and Ireland, also announced on Monday. Investors... not so happy. It was a near-instant reaction with share prices dropping once again. They had already fallen 61-percent from their all-time high in mid-July, falling 26-percent more in after-hours trading Monday, following the quarterly report.


Netflix's market value was $16 billion and has now plummeted to just $4.6 billion, all in the space of three months. Netflix have also stated they've lost roughly 800,000 subscribers in the third quarter, which ended with 23.8 million U.S. customers, this is after years of a steadily increasing subscriber base.

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Microsoft's YouTube channel was hacked over the weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 6:37 am

Microsoft's YouTube channel was hacked over the weekend, the results of which, all of their videos were removed. The unknown attacker changed the background on the channel to one that included the titles "Predator Cinema" and also a message saying "I DID NOTHING WRONG I SIMPLY SIGNED INTO MY ACCOUNT THAT I MADE IN 2006 :/".




The entire archive of videos on Microsoft's YouTube channel were replaced by short clips titled "We are sponsoring!" and "Make us a background to get a Subbox!!!". There was another video that also showed a scene from the video game LA Noire, with one character shooting another in the head.


Microsoft of course confirmed the attack yesterday afternoon saying:


We have regained control of the Microsoft channel on YouTube, and we are working to restore all of the original content. We will continue to work with YouTube to ensure safeguards are in place for the future.

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GIGABYTE unveils X79-based boards, even includes Halloween colors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 6:05 am

GIGABYTE has unveiled their X79-based boards on their Facebook page, and boy do they look good. There's four boards on show, the G1.Assassin 2, X79-UD7, X79-UD5 and finally, the X79-UD3. All four boards feature totally different color schemes with the G1.Assassin 2 sporting a green PCI-e slot look, with that sexy as hell looking chipset heatsink in the shape of a pistol.




Next up is the X79-UD7 that features an orange and black scheme, just in time for Halloween in just under a week! The X79-UD5 features a very nice looking blue and black combination and finally, the X79-UD3 features a gun-metal grey and black combo. All of the boards look very hot indeed.




The boards all sport different looks and specs when compared to their first unveiling at IDF 2011, now featuring Digital PWM's. GIGABYTE are calling it 3-Way Digital Power, 1 CPU Digital PWN, and 2 Memory Digital PWMs. The PWNs in the picture seem to be based on (from what I read on Xtreme Systems) IR/Chil's newest PWM technology as the controllers seem to be VRD12 and VRD 12.5 certified. Interesting time ahead for enthusiasts! Not only do these boards look sweet, but they now use International Rectifier Digital PWM's!

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Microsoft now collecting money on half of all Android devices sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 5:29 am

A growing list of mobile device manufacturers are now handing Microsoft sweet, sweet cash every time they sell a smartphone or tablet running Google's Android or Chrome operating systems. Compal is the latest in a long list to pay Microsoft royalties, the Taiwanese-based company signed a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft that will see them paying an undisclosed amount of money to Microsoft to avoid being sued for allegedly infringing on its patents.




This is the 10th Android-related licensing agreement Microsoft has signed in the past 18 months. It has now evolved into its own beast and is becoming a serious revenue stream for the company. According to some estimates, Microsoft will collect roughly $444 million in fiscal 2012 from Android device makers compensating it for use of its patent portfolio.


Microsoft stated today that it now has patent license agreements with companies accounting for more than half of all Android devices.


Wow. Well, at least they're not just suing other companies because they're strong competition, huh?

Commonwealth Bank unveils NFC iPhone product, Kaching

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 4:58 am

The Commonwealth Bank has unveiled its near-field communication (NFC) payments product called Kaching. Kaching enables pay-anyone facilities through Facebook, e-mail and MasterCard PayPass. This is a great move by the CBA, as NFC allows data transmission over a range of approx. 10cm. An NFC-enabled chip in a smartphone can interact with a proximity card reader to make mobile payments.




Kaching is set to allow customers (via the app) pay each other via e-mail, Facebook or mobile, and via an iCarte case for iPhone or pay via MasterCard's contact-less PayPass terminals. Users don't even need to be Commonwealth Bank customers to receive payments, with non-bank customers directed to an external collection site.


The App is set to be compatible with Apple's iOS 4.3 and above, with cases designed for the iPhone 4 and 4S. CBA's chief information officer, Michael Harte has said that the Kaching app and the iCarte case have been designed in close consultation with Apple. Dubbed iCarte 420, the case contains an "embedded smart-chip" that can be configured for debit, credit and pre-paid use and also has the ability to read NFC-enabled advertisements and transit systems.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup for October 24, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 4:44 am

The latest happenings from around the web - October 24th, 2011




- Serenity Mini, SPCR Edition by Puget Computers @ SilentPCReview

- CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE @ Overclockers Club

- HP Pavilion dv7-6195us @ TechReviewSource

- Dell XPS 14z Laptop @ Hardware Heaven




- Apple iPod: 10 Years of the Ubiquitous Media Player @ Techspot

- SteelSeries 5H V2 Medal of Honor Gaming Headset @ Kitguru




- Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition Chassis @ eTeknix

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Ice Cream Sandwich will support game controllers and HDMI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 4:37 am

Android engineer Romain Guy has announced via Twitter that Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich will support USB game pads and HDMI. This will essentially turn ICS-powered devices into video game consoles. There aren't many other details to add at the moment, but its clear that you'll require a micro USB adapter in order to use the game pad.




We do have Sony's PlayStation Phone, the Xperia Play, which sports a slide-out game pad complete with directional pad, four thumb buttons and two touch-sensitive joysticks. But, Ice Cream Sandwich is ready to knock it up a notch or five. Being able to use future Android 4.0-powered smartphones and tablets is very, very cool. Especially considering that the upcoming NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core powered chips will rock tablets in the near future, with tablets featuring full-sized USB ports, there would be no need for micro USB, etc.


All you'd need is a USB game pad and you'd be off - it will surely change the smartphone and tablet gaming market with something that Apple just cannot offer right now or anytime in the near future. Galaxy Nexus is set to drop on November 10 if you go by current rumors.

Linux kernel hits 3.1, now supports NFC, Wiimotes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 4:19 am

Linux Kernel version 3.1 has popped its head up and offers support for a range of technologies such as Intel's Ivy Bridge and Cedar Trail chips, NFC and drivers for Wiimotes. It also has improved power management. It's available to download right now, but of course you may want to wait for the distro of your choice for an official update or release.




Its own summary sums it up quite well:


Support for the OpenRISC opensource CPU, performance improvements to the writeback throttling, some speedups in the slab allocator, a new iSCSI implementation, support for Near-Field Communication chips used to enable mobile payments, bad block management in the generic software RAID layer, a new "cpupowerutils" userspace utility for power management, filesystem barriers enabled by default in Ext3, Wii Controller support and new drivers and many small improvements.

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App of the Day: Adobe Reader (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 3:32 am

Our App of the Day today is Adobe Reader for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.2.5 or later.


Adobe recently released its Adobe Reader to the Apple App Store. It offers a great and importantly free way to view PDF files from your Apple mobile device.




Adobe Reader is the free global standard for reliably viewing and sharing PDF documents across platfoms and devices. Easily and efficiently access the widest range of PDF file types-including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files. Now available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Adobe Reader offers fast, high-quality interaction with PDF.

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Uncharted 3 receives near-perfect reviews

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 3:26 am

In just a week from now, Nathan Drake will feature on people's TVs across the world in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Uncharted 3 has made its way to game reviewers across the world and it seems its yet another home run smash-hit for Naughty Dog. Reviews are mostly between 90 - 100, but these days - reviews can be somewhat, deceiving. If a rehashed COD title can usually score 90+, how does a stand-out game like Uncharted deserve the same score, shouldn't it be more?




Anyway, the reviews are very, very favorable and it just makes me want to play the game even more. If you haven't played the previous two Uncharted titles, I really suggest you grab them and play them both this week, then purchase Uncharted 3 when you're finished. I'm sure you won't need to play the previous two, but for one, they're amazing games. Two, it'll help with the characters, and story of the third game, which is just one week away!

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