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China's Alibaba rakes in record $3.1 billion in sales during 24-hour e-commerce shopping bonanza

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:35 am

Everyone loves a good sale, but it looks like China's equivalent to America's Cyber Monday shopping frenzy on November 11 saw Alibaba rake in a record $3.1 billion in sales within 24 hours - a number that is up 367% year-over-year.

 

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A bulk of the sales came from the company's B2C site Tmall.com, with its C2C brand Taobao taking in a large chunk too. Alibaba has said that it saw 10 million visitors in the first sixty seconds alone, and reached over $40 million in gross merchandise value (GMV) in just 10 minutes.

 

Tmall is one of Alibaba's newest sites, opening in 2008, and has expanded rather quickly. Its GMV totaled $16 billion last year, and is expected to double that this year reaching $32 billion. Alibaba expects sales on its platforms to exceed that of both eBay and Amazon, combined.

Microsoft: DirectX 11.1 is exclusive to Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 8:32 am

Microsoft's Daniel Moth has taken to the Microsoft Answers forum to talk about DirectX 11.1, stating that the latest iteration is part of Windows 8, as DirectX 11 was part of Windows 7 when launched.

 

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But, DirectX 11 eventually made its way into Vista, where Moth has stated that "there is no plan for DirectX 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7". DirectX 11.1 doesn't add to much to the 3D graphics API table, which is a sigh of relief mostly.

 

DirectX 11.1 adds native stereoscopic 3D support, meaning that any PC games or applications written with DirectX 11.1 will sport support for viewing the content through stereoscopic 3D glasses by default. Before DirectX 11.1, games would need to be programmed with a particular GPU in mind. So this means we're not missing out on too much, but it shows that Microsoft are going to be pushing people into Windows 8 rather than port over bits of it to Windows 7.

StarCraft II to get global play in the coming months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 7:38 am

One of the downsides to StarCraft II is that if you're based in the US, you can't game against someone in a totally different continent. Well, Blizzard are finally talking about Global Play, and that it will be added to the game "in the coming months".

 

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Global Play will definitely open up the world of eSports to StarCraft II, offering "maps and games that aren't yet published everywhere". It'll also allow gamers to join with friends who are gaming in the other side of the world. Each region contains its own separate data so that "characters, profiles, ladder rankings, progress, and friends lists" will not carry over when you switch regions. Boo. More details on the new feature to soon his SCII:

 

  • Players will be able to freely switch between regions via the StarCraft II login screen.
  • When your region's game servers are undergoing maintenance, you may be able to play in a different region that is not down for maintenance.
  • Your game language and user interface will not change when you change regions.
  • Players using Global Play will be subject to the in-game policies of their selected play region.

Nexus 4 sells out in less than an hour

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 6:31 am

Based in Australia, at the time of writing this, it is 4:11pm in my state (South Australia). The Nexus 4 was set to go on sale "Tuesday 13th of November", which was 16 hours ago for me.

 

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This morning I woke up, and starting my round of work for TweakTown, keeping the Nexus 4 order page open. Every time I finished a piece of news, I'd check back and refresh the page, after a few times the "notify me" turned into "order now". I clicked it with anticipation and filled out the details for my credit card and scored a Nexus 4.

 

I sat back thinking, do I really need this - as I get some seriously bad buyers remorse sometimes, but I think this is definitely worthy of replacing my Galaxy S II flashed with a customized ROM (Cynanogen Mod 9). I then had fellow TweakTown-er Matthew Wu tag me on a post on Facebook telling me the Nexus 4 had sold out - oh really!

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Microsoft's Windows lead exec, Steven Sinofsky leaves the company, effective immediately

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 5:34 am

This can't be good - Microsoft's long-time employed executive and Windows lead, Steven Sinofsky, has just left the company, effective immediately. Julie Larson-Green, who currently is the Internet Explorer, Office and Windows interface guru will step into his shoes for most duties, heading up all Windows development, including hardware "opportunities" such as Surface.

 

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CFO and CMO Tami Reller will steer the pure business and marketing sides of Windows. The Redmond-based company has refused to comment on Sinofsky's shock exit, with AllThingsD reporting that there were "growing tensions" between Sinofsky and other execs.

 

Windows-based writer Paul Thurrott has gotten his mits on a copy of Sinofsky's e-mail, which hints toward reason for his departure. He portrays it as the outcome of some post-launch reflection, and a chance to "seek new opportunities" based on his experience.

 

Sinofsky backs it up by saying his departure from MS is a personal decision, and not the result of an internal mix around. The sudden exit, as he claims, is to help make "space" for his new replacements.

GTA V will be bigger than GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption and San Andreas combined

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 4:26 am

Any Grand Theft Auto fan knows that with each successive game, the game world itself gets much bigger. Well, it looks like Grand Theft Auto V is set to be the biggest of them all. The digital edition of Game Informer's December Issue is out, and it includes a mammoth amount of information on the game.

 

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There will be not one, but three protagonists in GTA V, which can be switched between at nearly any time during the game. There's no confirmation on whether there'll be cooperative play, but with three players to choose from, I don't see how it can't feature the wicked ability for co-op.

 

Randomized events make a return, as well as some of the characters from GTA IV. The biggest thing with this feature in Game Informer is that they unleashed the news that the game world is going to be bigger than Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas and GTA IV... combined.

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Samsung flips Apple off, increases the price of iPad and iPhone processors by one-fifth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 3:29 am

Apple must really be regretting some decisions made in the past, their stock prices are looking like they've been a stock market piñata and now main competitor and the receiving end of their nasty patent lawsuit, Samsung, are increasing the prices on the components that get baked into Apple's bread and butter, the iPad and iPhone.

 

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Chosun Ilbo has said that Samsung have just increased the price of manufacturing Apple's application processors by close to 20%, where they also note that this is the first time that the South Korean Galaxy device maker has increased the pricing on processors to Apple, but with a lack of alternative options, Apple has had to agree.

 

Apple's A-series of processors are custom-designed by Apple, but they are actually built by Samsung. This relationship, as you can imagine, is beginning to really whither away. Apple have slowly been diversifying away from their reliance on Samsung, but unfortunately no one can match the production volume that Samsung has to offer - leaving Apple stuck for the time being.

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AT&T to sell Samsung Galaxy Camera November 16 for $500

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 2:32 am

AT&T will be getting the Samsung Galaxy Camera as of November 16. At that time, AT&T will make the new device available for $499.99, regardless of whether or not a purchaser buys a data plan. The whole idea behind the camera doesn't exactly make sense to me, but what do I know. I'm sure our resident Android fanatic, who shall remain nameless, loves the idea.

 

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The camera uses Android 4.1 as the operating system and will have access to Android apps. It sports a 1.4GHz processor, 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD, 21x optical zoom, and a 16-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor. Other than having what would seem to be a good camera sensor, the specifications are in line with most high-end Android smartphones.

 

I'm just hoping that 16-megapixel sensor doesn't go to waste by people using Instagram on the device.

Founder of anti-virus company McAfee, is wanted for murder

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 2:11 am

It is being reported that anti-virus pioneer and founder of McAfee, John McAfee, is on the run from police on murder charges, according to Beliza police, reports Gizmodo.

 

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The head of the national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, Marco Vidal, has said that McAfee is the prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was shot and killer on Saturday night in his home in San Pedro Town, on the island of Ambergris Caye.

 

The police report has stated:

 

MURDER

On Sunday the 11th November, 2012 at 8:00am acting upon information received, San Pedro Police visited 5 ¾ miles North of San Pedro Town where they saw 52 year old U.S National Mr. GREGORY VIANT FAULL, of the said address, lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head apparently dead. Initial investigation revealed that on the said date at 7:20am LUARA TUN, 39years, Belizean Housekeeper of Boca Del Rio Area, San Pedro Town went to the house of Mr. Faull to do her daily chores when she saw him laying inside of the hall motionless, Faull was last seen alive around 10:00pm on 10.11.12 and he lived alone.

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Crowds go wild for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, dress up in camo

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 1:34 am

In case you haven't heard, Black Ops 2 is releasing tonight at midnight. Well, in some parts of the world, it's already midnight and pictures of crazed crowds are already flowing in. I know I'll be among crowds like this in about 6 hours when I head out to pick up my copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

 

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You can see just how large the crowds for this game are going to be. I hope I'll see some of our readers online in the game tonight--I know I'll be on!

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