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Microsoft stock drops riding the news of huge drop in PC shipment numbers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 1:19 am

We reported the bad numbers of PC shipments in Q1 earlier today, and since then Microsoft stocks have dropped by around 4.4% to $28.93 at the time of writing. Not only that, but other technology stocks have dropped, too.

 

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Dell, HP and Intel were down in stock prices riding the news of Q1 shipment numbers. Research firm IDC had partly blamed Windows 8 for the drop in PC sales, noting that HP's shipments declined 24% year-over-year, backed up by Dell's numbers which dropped 11%. Now several Wall Street analysts have downgraded Microsoft stock, so I'm sure we'll see it tumble more in the coming days and weeks.

Samsung begins mass-production of 128GB NAND on their 10nm process

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 12:22 am

Samsung are looking to take a few steps outside of the current ring of competitors, and quickly speed ahead of their competitors with the announcement of mass-production of 128GB NAND flash on their 10nm process. Samsung have said:

 

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We will continue to release next-generation chips at the right moments to actively react to consumer demands.

 

More consumers are moving to SSDs, using them as their primary drives, which will obviously lift demand for NAND flash. iSuppli reports that the 128GB chips will account for 30% of the 40.5 billion NAND flash shipped this year alone. Samsung are also going for more SSDs over 500GB to help the adoption rate of SSDs as primary drives.

NVIDIA to return $1 billion to shareholders in current fiscal year through stock buybacks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 11:01 pm

NVIDIA announced at today's investor day that they intend to return roughly $1 billion back to shareholders. The money will be returned mainly through a structured stock repurchase program, though some will also be returned through the company's quarterly dividend of $0.075 per share.

 

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NVIDIA said they have already returned $200 million to shareholders since the dividend was first announced in November 2012. Jen-Hsun Huang:

 

NVIDIA's strategies are gaining traction in the market and make us confident in our ability to continue generating cash. We are now broadening our program of giving back cash to our shareholders and plan to return a further $1 billion by the end of this fiscal year.

 

More details regarding the buyback plan will be provided next month when NVIDIA releases its financial results for Q1 2014.

ReportTT: BlackBerry Z10 returns outnumber sales

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 10:32 pm

Things aren't looking so good for BlackBerry. According to various analysts, BlackBerry's flagship Z10 suffered from weak sales. Now analysts are suggesting that the number of returns are actually outpacing the number of sales. This is not good news for BlackBerry.

 

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"We believe key retail partners have seen a significant increase in Z10 returns to the point where, in several cases, returns are now exceeding sales, a phenomenon we have never seen before," Detwiler analyst Jeff Johnston wrote.

 

BlackBerry responds:

BlackBerry wishes to respond to media coverage today regarding speculation that there have been abnormally high levels of returns of BlackBerry Z10 devices. This is absolutely false. Our data shows that return rates for BlackBerry Z10 devices both in the U.S. and on a global basis are in line with or better than our expectations and are consistent with return rates for other premium smartphones in the market today.

NVIDIA shows off Kepler Mobile by displaying incredible graphics rendered using the new chip

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 10:02 pm

Today, NVIDIA is hosting its investor day at which CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed off graphics produced with its next-generation mobile GPU. The new GPU is currently known as Kepler Mobile and Huang said that NVIDIA made a huge investment to take its high-end Kepler products and shrink them down for use in mobile devices.

 

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The interesting benefits of this is that smartphones and tablets could soon be able to play games that utilize DirectX 11. "We want to get multiple years ahead of the competition. It was worth the sacrifice," Huang said.

 

To show what Kepler Mobile is capable of, Huang demoed Kepler Mobile playing Battlefield 3. The future of tablet gaming looks bright indeed.

Psy's new single Gentleman to debut April 13 on YouTube

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 9:03 pm

We know you all loved Psy's hit single Gangnam Style. After all, it was the first YouTube video to surge past one billion views on YouTube. Not wanting to be forgotten, Psy has announced that his next single will be livestreamed from Seoul World Cup Stadium via YouTube on April 13 at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

 

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If you're not going to be awake at that time, YouTube will rebroadcast the event for 24 hours after it first airs. Psy has promised that Gentleman will feature a new dance move. "I can't tell you about the dance but all Koreans know this dance - but [those in] other countries haven't seen it," Psy said.

 

If you want to hear the song ahead of the live event, you can check it out on Soundcloud. Let us know what you think of the song in the comments.

Google introduces tool to plan digital afterlife, will allow you to delete data after your death

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 8:25 pm

Google has introduced a new tool that Facebook and other sites with lots of personal information should take note of. Called Inactive Account Manager, the new tool allows you to decide what to do with your data after your death or inability to access Google's services.

 

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Like the name implies, the tool keeps track of how long it has been since you last logged in to a Google service. Once it passes a certain threshold set by each user, Google will either delete the data, allow someone else to access it, or something else. Before the inactive period time is up, Google will warn you with a text message and e-mail.

 

For example, you can choose to have your data deleted - after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. Or you can select trusted contacts to receive data from some or all of the following services: +1s; Blogger; Contacts and Circles; Drive; Gmail; Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams; Picasa Web Albums; Google Voice and YouTube. Before our systems take any action, we'll first warn you by sending a text message to your cellphone and email to the secondary address you've provided.

 

The Inactive Account Manager can be accessed via your Google Account settings page. I'll now patiently wait for Facebook to introduce a similar feature.

Intel details Haswell overclocking at IDF Beijing, not too much different from Ivy Bridge

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 7:53 pm

Intel has detailed overclocking the new Haswell architecture at IDF Beijing and not much has changed from overclocking Ivy Bridge. One major difference between Ivy Bridge and the upcoming Haswell architecture is that Haswell features just one voltage input that can be as high as 3.04v. Ivy Bridge had numerous different voltage inputs that were controlled externally.

 

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The one new rule of thumb for overclocking Haswell is that the input voltage (VCCIN) needs to be at least 400mV higher than the core voltage (VCORE). This yields VCCIN >= VCORE + 400mV.

 

Other changes include an increased max multiplier--80x vs 63x--though this doesn't mean Haswell will be able to achieve 8Ghz. Intel has also included BCLK ratios that are present on the X79 platform.

 

There are plenty of other nuances for overclocking the new Haswell CPUs and HWBot has done a great job of detailing all the ins and outs, so head over to source #1 below to check it out!

LeakedTT: Apple has the good vibrations with new dual head motor, new iPhone's already in production?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 6:30 pm

Images have popped up on the internet this morning that are rumored to picture some of the hardware components for the next-generation iPhone. Obtained by iLab Factory, the image shoes off the vibration and button controls for the upcoming low-cost iPhone.

 

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In the photo we can see a dual-head vibration motor, which is said to be a cheaper solution to a larger counter weighted single head motor. Also featured is three push buttons and some form of a sensor.

 

Electronista says that the motor is actually more similar to that used in the forthcoming iPhone 5S, and that the report could have been misinterpreted, or that both products could be using the same motor and button hardware.

 

Either way, images of production parts could mean that all of the rumors of a pending new iPhone along with a redesigned iPhone 5 could be launching in the near future.

Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox suspends trading admits massive fluctuations in price

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 5:24 pm

The most popular Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, has suspended all trading for the next 12 hours amidst massive fluctuations in Bitcoin value. Yesterday we saw Bitcoin's reach a record value of $260, which was quickly followed by a massive crash, that resulted in the virtual currency loosing half of its value in minutes.

 

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When the market reopened this morning, prices quickly recovered to about $190, which was soon followed by another big drop back down to $120. With speculation most likely driving the roller coaster ride, Mt. Gox decided to close trading for 12 hours in hopes that things would settle down.

 

In a statement, Mt. Gox said:

 

"Market Cooldown for 12 hours

 

Orders will not be accepted for the moment as we need to upgrade our database to accommodate the trading volume. However, you may still cancel your pending and open orders. Trading will resume at 11.00 am JST. Our apologies for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this issue."

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