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Apple Stores had 110 million visitors in Q1 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 1:08 am

Apple just posted their earnings, and what a quarter they had. How did their Apple Store's go? Well, they experienced 110 million people walking through the Apple Store doors, worldwide. This breaks down to roughly 22,000 customers per Apple Store, per week.

 

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These customers aren't just window shoppers, either. $6.1 billion of Apple's quarterly revenue came from their retail stores. This works out to be roughly $17 million from each of Apple's 358 retail stores.

 

Considering that most people, and competitor Amazon have rung the bell of death for brick-and-mortar retail stores for a while now, Apple are seeing as Borat would say "great success" in their Apple Stores.

Apple's Q1 2012, $46.3 billion in revenue, 37 million iPhones sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 12:00 am

Apple's Q1 2012, which runs between September 25th to December 31st, 2011 is quite special. It included the iPhone 4S launch and the holiday sales. How did Apple fare up? Well, quite brilliantly.

 

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Apple took in $46.3 billion in revenue (compared to $28.3 billion in the previous quarter), with a record quarterly profit of $13.06 billion. 37.04 million iPhones were sold in this period, compared to just 17.07 million sold in the previous quarter.

 

iPads saw a nice shipment total, too, with 15.43 million iPads being sold, compared to 11.1 million in the previous quarter. Macs and iPods saw 5.2 million and 15.4 million, respectively. Compared to the previous quarter of 4.89 million and 6.62 million, respectively.

 

This has been Apple's first $40 billion quarter.

Tuesday Morning Roundup for January 24, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 4:22 pm

The latest happenings from around the web, January 24th, 2012:

 

Cases & Cooling:

 

SilverStone SST-GD06B HTPC Enclosure - Benchmark Reviews

Xigmatek Asgard Pro - Rbmods

 

Peripherals:

 

QPAD MK-Series Mechanical Keyboards (85, 80 and 50) - Metku.net

Epic Gear Hybrid Pad Mouse mat - techPowerUp!

 

Memory:

 

Kingston HyperX Genesis 8GB DDR3 1600 Memory Kit - Legit Reviews

 

Sound:

 

Sennheiser PC 320 G4ME Headset - Hardware Heaven

 

Bayan Audio Bayan 7 Speaker Dock - Tech-Reviews UK

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Deal of the Day: 60-Inch Sharp AQUOS LC-60LE6300U 1080p 120hz LED LCD HDTV for $999.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 3:26 pm

Our Deal of the Day is 60-Inch Sharp AQUOS LC-60LE6300U 1080p 120hz LED LCD HDTV for $999.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Get the ultra-slim (under 3" deep) Sharp AQUOS LC60LE6300U 60" LCD TV with LED illumination, 1080p resolution, 4,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, 120hz refresh, and 1 year warranty for just $999.99 with FREE shipping.

 

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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: Osmos for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 2:25 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Osmos for Android.

 

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Enter the Darwinian world of a galactic mote. Absorb, or be absorbed...

The hit iOS game comes to Android! To celebrate, we're launching at the sweet sale price of $2.99!

 

Absorb or be absorbed! Enter the Darwinian world of a galactic mote. To survive, absorb smaller organisms and grow-but beware of larger predators! Winner of multiple "Game of the Year" awards, Osmos features unique physics-based play, stellar graphics, and a hypnotic soundtrack of ambient electronica. Ready to evolve?

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AMD-powered tablet shows off Android 4.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 1:28 pm

In a strange turn of events, AMD have shown off the MSI WindPad 110W tablet, where it was running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) at CES just recently. The WindPad 110W sports a Z-01 APU (two x86 cores at 1.0GHz, Radeon HD 6250 graphics).

 

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2GB of RAM is also featured. Things didn't go too smoothly with the MSI WindPad 110W and Android 4.0, where occasional freezes were experienced, but considering its a work in progress, things should get better over time. For people that want to try this out on their MSI WindPad 110W, you can download the Android 4.0 for Brazos ISO, here.

 

If you do, let us know how you go with your MSI/AMD and Android 4.0 ventures, it will be most interesting. Remember that downloading an experimental update is just that, experimental. We cannot be blamed for any damage to your device, no matter how fun it seems to do.

Samsung updates firmware of SSD 830 Series, fixed BSOD issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 12:18 pm

Samsung have today released two new firmware updates for their SSD 830 Series of solid-state drives. The first update, named CXM02B1Q, was released two weeks ago, but due to CES, no one really noticed it.

 

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The release notes state that the update fixes a BSOD or hang issue when waking the computer up from hibernation mode. The 830 Series has been said to be one of the most reliable SATA 6Gb/s SSDs, with the issue not affecting all users, it still affects some. Samsung also claim that the update fixes partition issues with some enclosures and laptops.

 

The second update, named CXM03B1Q, was released last Thursday and it's identical to the earlier update, but sports improved compatibility and stability of the update tool. If you want to grab the latest firmware for the Samsung 830, download it here. As always, do so at your own risk and perform data backups beforehand.

Guild Wars 2 Beta announced, full game launches this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 11:23 am

President and Founder of ArenaNet, Mike O'Brien, has announced on the ArenaNet blog several things for Guild Wars 2 today. Firstly, the Guild Wars 2 beta will open to select press in February, and if that wasn't good enough, ArenaNet will "aggressively ramp up the size of [the] beta test events" to include gamers outside of the press.

 

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The post continues to confirm a 2012 launch for Guild Wars 2, which before now, was never confirmed. Excited, Guild Wars fans? Guild Wars 2 promises to bring a new style of questing to the MMO tradition, as well as facilitate an unmatched level of cooperative play between gamers.

 

Guild Wars 2 will not charge a monthly subscription like other MMORPGs. More news on Guild Wars 2 as it happens, for now, that should be enough to excite GW fans for a few weeks at least.

XBMC running on $25 Raspberry Pi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 10:26 am

Raspberry Pi is shaping up to be a great thing for modders and the hobbyist community. The latest tease is the $25 unit running popular home-theater PC software, XMBC. Considering the Raspberry Pi is more-or-less the size of a credit card, this is an amazing feat.

 

 

It was recently demoed showing off XMBC, and for the cost of less than a thumb drive, it offers an ARM11-based Broadcom BCM2835 processor with a built-in multimedia engine. The chip is capable of decoding high-profile H.264 content at 1080p, and XMBC seems to take advantage of that very nicely.

 

It also sports a 3.5-mm audio jack, onboard SD slot, built-in HDMI and USB ports and the base of Raspberry Pi has the necessary ingredients for a basic home-theater PC. There is a second model available which includes an extra USB port, 10/100 Ethernet, and double the onboard memory for an additional $10.

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Skyrim 1.4 beta patch, lots and lots of improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 9:20 am

Been obsessively playing Skyrim since launch like most people? Want to keep on that bleeding-edge, well, Bethesda have been kind enough to release the latest 1.4 beta patch for Skyrim and have made it available through Steam.

 

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Bethesda have warned people of the update, with "apply the update at your own risk." In order to apply the update, you'll need to check your Steam settings then opt-in to the Skyrim beta listed there. Bethesda recommend backing up your save games just in case you lose them, and the resulting after effects of which would be complete rage black-out.

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