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NEC set to cut 10,000 from their workforce, iPhone's popularity partly to blame

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 6:23 am

Reuters is reporting that NEC Corp is set to slash an insane 10,000 jobs, which for NEC is nearly one-in-ten of its workers. The slashing of employees is in a move to cut costs as competition from foreign rivals such as Apple are hurting, very badly.




NEC have blamed their poor performance on weak demand for its smartphones (they had smartphones?) against the can't-be-stopped iPhone in Japan, as well as other foreign rivals who are competing against NEC in the domestic IT infrastructure business and difficulty in NEC expanding overseas.


NEC did have a forecast of a 15 billion yen profit from eight analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, but are now warning of posting a 100 billion yen ($1.3 billion) net loss for the year to March 31. As you can see, this is quite the difference, 15 billion to 100 billion.


Most of the employee cuts will be from their mobile phone business, as NEC have cut their annual mobile phone sales projection by close to 25-percent, bring them down to 5 million phones projected to be sold.

Globalfoundries CEO: "plans already underway for 14-nm"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 5:26 am

Globalfoundries CEO has called last quarter a "remarkable quarter," stating that Globalfoundries is back on track to "keep the momentum going," after a rough 12 months.



Globalfoundries' new fab in upstate New York is expected to ramp up 20nm tech in June, with Globalfoundries expected to spend more than $3 billion in capital expenditures this year alone. Last year, GloFo spent $5 billion on capex, so $3 billion doesn't seem as much now.


GloFo's Dresden-based facility is said to continue with its 32 and 28nm manufacturing, with plans to shrink all the way down to an insane 14nm. GloFo's CEO said during an interview with EE Times, that their competitors have only shipped "a few thousand wafers" when compared to GloFo's 700,000-plus.

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NVIDIA's Kepler to find its way into Ultrabooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 4:18 am

NVIDIA's Kepler-based GPUs are expected any month now on the desktop side of things, but what about mobile parts, and more specifically, Ultrabooks? Well, reports are floating about that NVIDIA's Kepler GPUs could be found in Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks.




This makes them even more of a hotly-anticipated object, even for myself, I want a new Windows 8, touchscreen-based Ultrabook, but I don't want one without a proper GPU in case I want to do some gaming. We shouldn't expect anything over the top, as they will be low TDP parts and not high-end GPUs.


ASUS and Acer should have some products featuring Ivy Bridge and Kepler, but only time will tell. I think we could see a few Ultrabooks launch with decent hardware, but I think the fun will begin with Windows 8 and touchscreens.

Samsung Exynos 5250 samples, Q2 2012 mass production, could this power the Galaxy S III?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 3:18 am

Samsung may have delayed the announcement of their upcoming Galaxy S III handset, but the excitement didn't stop, fortunately. Samsung took a minute between their earnings call to discuss their upcoming Exynos 5250.




Samsung's Exynos 5250 is a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and is currently sampling with manufacturers and is set to go into mass production in Q2 of this year. Exynos 5250 sports two Cortex-A15 cores running at 2.0GHz. This will reportedly give us a 100-percent improvement in performance over the current Cortex-A9 chip.


GPU-wise, Samsung have only said that it will quadruple the graphics performance of their current models, and Samsung also said that the Exynos 5250 will power tablets first, with no timeframe for smartphones. Could we see a Galaxy Tab powered by the new Exynos 5250? Then the chip could slide into the Galaxy S III.

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ASUS reportedly working on Kinect-enabled notebooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 2:41 am

Just think, a year from now you could be shopping for a new notebook and it will be "Kinect-powered" with Windows 8. ASUS are reportedly working on two notebooks, powered by Windows 8 and sources at Microsoft have referred to them as "official prototypes", suggesting Microsoft are encouraging PC makers to bring the motion-based Kinect controller to their systems.


We have had hacks of Kinect been shown off, but the official launch of Kinect on PC isn't until February 1, just days from now. You'll be able to buy a Kinect kit at retail then, with Amazon listing it for $250. This is only $30 less than an Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle, which leads us to believe it won't be too popular.


But people did say that when 3Dfx launched their Glide-based VGA cards, all we need are some great Kinect games that actually work very well, and it could sell without a problem.

Amazon Kindle Fire takes chunk of Android tablet market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 1:28 am

Amazon's Kindle Fire may have launched to a small reception, but that has turned into a crowd of clapping and awe. According to data supplied by Flurry Analytics, Kindle Fire has taken a fair amount of market share in just three months.




With data measured in application settings on Android from November 2011 to January 2012, Kindle Fire went from a 3-percent market share to a very nice 36-percent. To compare, Samsung's already-established Galaxy Tab that has been on sale for more than two years, dropped from 64-percent to 32-percent market share.


4 million Kindle Fires were sold in December alone, according to Amazon. These sales were enough to give the tablet nearly one third of the Android tablet market. Kindle Fire does have a $199 price, which would help it, well, quite a bit. Most of the other tablets start at $350, which would explain why people are jumping on to the Fire.

Friday Morning Roundup for January 27, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 27, 2012 4:11 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, January 27th, 2012.




CM Storm Xornet Gaming Mouse - RBmods


Cases & Cooling:


Noctua NH-U9B SE2 - ElitePcReviews

Lian Li PC-90 HPTX Chassis - MissingRemote

NZXT Switch 810 Case -

Enermax Fulmo GT Full PC Tower - Pro-Clockers

Alpenföhn Civetta CPU Cooler - eTeknix

Noctua NF-F12 PWM Fan - Vortez News

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Deal of the Day: HP Home & Home Office Store - HP Pavilion dv6t Quad 15.6" Laptop PC w/ Intel Core i7-2670QM, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Blu-ray - $699.99 Shipped Free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 27, 2012 3:23 pm

Our Deal of the Day is HP Home & Home Office Store - HP Pavilion dv6t Quad 15.6" Laptop PC w/ Intel Core i7-2670QM, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Blu-ray - $699.99 Shipped Free!




HP has a new $450 off coupon code that's specifically for the HP Pavilion dv6t and dv7t Quad Edition Laptops! This makes it the lowest price ever!!

2nd Gen Intel Core i7-2670QM Quad Core 2.2GHz to 3.1GHz

15.6" HD HP LED Brightview (1366x768)

1GB AMD Radeon HD 7470M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics [HDMI, VGA]

8GB DDR3 System Memory

750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive

Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner

HP TrueVision HD Webcam w/ Integrated Digital Microphone

HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader

802.11b/g/n WLAN

These are high end specs with a Intel Quad Core Sandy Bridge CPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Blu-Ray ROM, 1GB AMD RADEON Video Card! I would recommend upgrading the display to a Full HD 1920x1080p resolution for $150.




Use coupon code: NBDV5528 for the $450 discount. Expires after 900 uses or on 01/29/2012.


Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Download of the Day: Google Earth 6.2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 27, 2012 2:18 pm

Our Download of the Day is Google Earth 6.2




Download the latest version of Google Earth for PC, Mac, or Linux


New in this version of Google Earth:


Share screenshots from your virtual exploration on Google+

View seamless imagery of geographic landscapes all over the world

Get improved search results and new suggestions

Find biking and transit directions

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Mobile App of the Day: Facebook Messenger

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 27, 2012 1:11 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Facebook Messenger.


Facebook Messenger - a faster way to message.

Facebook Messenger is a faster way to send mobile messages to friends. With Messenger, you can send and receive messages with any of your friends around the world or anyone in your mobile contacts list. Messenger is available on iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.




Messenger lets you:


• Send messages instantly to other friends who have Messenger

• Chat with friends who are on Facebook

• Get free push notifications for incoming messages

• Add location and photos to messages

• Reach friends via text message if they don't have Messenger yet

• Access sent and received messages on both Messenger and Facebook

• Create group conversations for making plans on the go

• Add more friends to group conversations at any time

• Control alert and location settings for each conversation


Note: Sending to phone numbers is not available in all countries.

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