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AMD readies three Athlon II X4 processors in FM2 packaging

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 3:32 pm

Athlon chips just won't die. While originally the top of the market, AMD changed the name usage to be used in conjunction with budget parts with the introduction of the Phenom parts. Even when Llano came out, the Athlon's got an upgrade into the FM1 socket and are basically the same, minus the on-board GPU.




And know we can say that the Athlon processor will continue to live on, even after AMD transitions to the FM2 socket. AMD is planning three new Athlon chips for the socket, and while we know only the most basic details, the main takeaway from this is that the Athlon brand will continue to live on for another day.


The three new chip models are the Athlon II X4 730, 740 and 750K. Athlon II X4 730 and 740 are 65 Watt processors and operate at 2.8 GHz and 3.2 GHz. The 750K is a 100 Watt product and should have an unlocked multiplier, due to it being a K processor. They will all be quad cores with 4MB L2 cache and will be based upon Piledriver.


There's not much more to report other than they will likely feature TurboCore, though frequencies are unknown, and the on-board GPU is likely to again be disbaled.

Facebook stock falls 13% after first earnings report

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:01 pm

It seems as though Facebook just can't catch a break. So far in premarket trading, Facebook stock has fallen 12.8% to land at $23.40. If Facebook can't get its stuff together and the stock stays near that level, it will be Facebook's lowest closing yet. As of right now, Facebook's lowest closing is at $25.52.




The reason behind this drop is actually fairly simple. Facebook had a disappointing showing in the second quarter. While Facebook met analysts expectations, meeting low expectations isn't something to be proud of. They managed a $157 million loss on $1.2 billion in revenue. This time last year, they posted a $240 million profit.


This latest stock drop comes just two months after the social networking giant went public. The initial public offering was listed at $38, nearly $15 higher than the current stock price. Investors haven't seen the stock at $38, or anywhere near that, since the first day of trading. It doesn't appear to be coming around anytime soon, either.

Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay team up to create the Internet Association

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 10:56 am

With the US government continuing to meddle in issues with the Internet, some of the biggest sites in the world including Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay have teamed up to form the Internet Association.




The group is set to launch in Washington this September, coordinating the big powerhouses of the Internet in order to provide a unified message to lawmakers in the US. There are more to join, with these members being announced at the launch itself. Former adviser to the chairman of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, Michael Beckerman, is taking the lead, where he said that the goal of the group is to educate legislators about the Internet.


With political lobbying being a huge cash cow, with $3.3 billion spent on it last year alone according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Google is one of the biggest spenders, splashing $5.4 million this year so far, with Facebook just throwing $650k into the ring.

Court rules that Apple won't need to publish a notice on its UK website that Samsung didn't copy its iPad design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:30 am

One week ago we reported that a judge ordered Apple to publish a notice on their UK website and British newspapers that the courts ruling stated that Samsung did not copy Apple's iPad designs.




But now, Bloomberg is reporting that a London court has ruled today that Apple do not need to immediately publish a notice on its UK website that Samsung didn't copy their iPad design.


This new order is stayed until the appeal against the ruling in October. Personally, I don't think it's fair. Apple go after Samsung, Samsung have their hardware pulled from shelves hours afterward. Samsung successfully have a court rule that their design didn't copy the iPad, and Apple get away with it until October.


Your thoughts?

Latest Dishonored trailer is here, "Daring Escapes" shows off some great gameplay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 8:29 am

If you haven't heard about Dishonored, then check out a few of our posts regarding the game from Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks. The latest trailer of the game shows off some more choose-your-own path gameplay.



The trailer above called "Daring Escapes" shows off just three ways you can take a problem on, with the first jumping out of the situation, the second knocking all the guards out, and the third, some neat possession abilities.


The possession ability definitely looks cool, as does the short range teleportation. The one thing that bugs me are the very lacklustre graphics, and that awful field of view (FOV). Definitely looks and feels console, even though the developer has promised the goods on the PC version.

Continue reading 'Latest Dishonored trailer is here, "Daring Escapes" shows off some great gameplay' (full post)

MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro get Power Nap enabled from latest firmware update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 7:27 am

Even though Power Nap was one of the features Apple talked about post-release of their next-gen OS Mountain Lion, which was released two days ago now, it was missing from the release itself.




Apple today rolled out a new SMC update, which adds Power Nap to recent, compatible MacBooks. Power Nap enables a low-power state which provides just a very small amount of power to periodically download new e-mail, notifications, sync calendars, reminds, contacts and more.


If the MacBook is on AC power, the power state also allows the downloading and installing of security updates, backups, indexing and other battery-draining tasks, all while pretending its having a nap. During these tasks, a Power Nap-enabled MacBook will appear as though its just sitting there on standby, but between those updates and checks, the system will effectively be asleep.

Continue reading 'MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro get Power Nap enabled from latest firmware update' (full post)

Mark Zuckerberg says that it doesn't make sense for Facebook to build their own phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 6:30 am

Lot's of Facebook news and talk today thanks to their first finance report since the social networking site went public with its IPO a couple of months ago, and during the earnings call, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg was probed about the rumors of Facebook building their own phone with HTC, with Zuckerberg saying:




Building out a whole phone really wouldn't make much sense for us to do.


This is the first time that Facebook has actually come out and said that they aren't making a Facebook-branded phone. Considering the talk of the social networking site employing ex-Apple engineers who worked on the iPhone and iPad, maybe they hired them to make their iOS-based Facebook app better?

Instagram breaks through 80 million user barrier

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 5:27 am

Instagram have announced that the photo-taking and sharing service now has passed 80 million users, a 60-percent increase in the last 13 weeks. Instagram infrastructure engineer Rick Branson wrote in a tweet "we now have >5.7m users per employee", with Instagram having 14 employees, the math is simple, Branson adds "We're hiring :)".




Instagram have had a fun-filled adventure, with the service launching in October of 2010, and only took the company a year and a half to hit 50 million users, which the company announced back in April. This means it took just three months to add a 30 million users. The growth that Instagram are experiencing is quite amazing.


Up to now, the 80 million or more Instagram users have shared more than 4 billion photos, mostly of their food in front of them. That last bit was a bit of humor from me, not actual fact.

Facebook now sees 543 million mobile monthly active users, up 110 million from just 6 months ago

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 4:38 am

During Facebook's first quarterly financial report, the social network is shown to sport more than half a billion monthly active users on mobile. This quarter's results showed that an astounding 543 million users use the social network from a mobile device.




This number is expanded considerably from the end of 2011, which saw 432 million mobile monthly active users, a jump of 110 million in 6 months. Since Q2 of 2010, Facebook have been adding an average of 48.5 million mobile users each quarter. As a percentage of total users, mobile users have grown from 32.2-percent of Facebook's user base, to 56.9-percent today. Quite the jump.


The problem here is, Facebook heavily relies on its revenue from advertisements, which are hard to show on mobile, and ill-suited for the platform. The smaller screens on smart devices make Facebook's ad model much less attractive for marketers. But on the desktop, its a different story. The bigger screen, higher resolution, make it much easier to display ads without distracting the user too much, on mobile though... bigger problem.

Poll Results - Let's settle this! AMD GPU vs. NVIDIA GPU

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 3:50 am

Our latest poll had 6,600 people who answered, Let's settle this! AMD GPU vs. NVIDIA GPU.




NVIDIA got out to a strong lead in the beginning, but we let this poll run longer than usual and AMD clawed its way back slowly.


In the end NVIDIA came out in front with 50% of the votes with AMD taking 43%. Seven percent of our readers didn't understand the question. Oh, they must be console gamers, shame on you - kidding!


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you... What download speed internet access do you use? Let us know! Go here to vote!

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