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Amazon and Gamestop sell out of OUYA consoles in less than 24 hours

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 6:02 pm

Less than 24 hours after hitting retail shelves in the US, Canada, and the UK, the OUYA Android Gaming Console has sold out at two of its major retailers. This morning, Amazon.com and GameStop are both reporting that OUYA consoles are temporarily out of stock. Other retail partners, such as Best Buy and Target, are still showing consoles as being in stock.

 

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With the little Android console retailing for $99, it is no surprise that they sold out in two of the biggest gaming retailers in the country. What is disheartening is that OUYA has still yet to complete shipping to all of their Kickstarter backers. These are the people who quite literally launched the company into the position they are in right now. Our own Anthony Garreffa is still awaiting the arrival of his Limited Edition OUYA, and here we are a complete day into that retail launch and Ouya has still not fulfilled obligations to their initial investors.

Pandora reaches 2.5 million in-car activationss milestone, will come in one-third of all new vehicles sold this year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 5:02 pm

Pandora, everyone's favorite Internet radio service, has just cleared 2.5 million in vehicle activations. This milestone comes as Pandora announces it is integrated with 23 car manufacturers and eight third-party stereo brands. The company says that the service will be integrated into one-third of the cars sold this year.

 

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The milestone, while small when compared to the total number of drivers in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, does indicate that more and more drivers are choosing to adopt music streaming services over traditional radio. Spotify and Rdio have been attempting to take some of that market share, but unlike those streaming services, Pandora offers an infinite random playlist which is much more like traditional radio.

 

Pandora began integrating into automobiles back in December 2010 when it adopted Ford's Sync AppLink technology with its Pandora for Android app. The service is now supported in over 100 different car models from a wide range of manufacturers including: BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Scion, Suzuki, and Toyota.

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Futuremark announces PCMark for Mobile, will arrive in coming months for real-world smartphone and tablet benchmarking

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 4:29 pm

This morning, Futuremark has announced that it is working on porting its popular PCMark benchmarking software over to Android, iOS, and Windows RT. Like its Windows counterpart, PCMark for mobile platforms will feature benchmarks test common use scenarios.

 

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The benchmark will work by focusing on the activities and tasks that smartphone and tablet owners perform everyday, which will provide a more real-world view of system performance and battery life for modern mobile devices. Futuremark says that it will be some time before PCMark for Mobile is ready for release, but they are beginning to invite mobile hardware manufactures to participate in their Benchmark Development Program.

Samsung to possibly settle in EU antitrust case over use of patents against Apple

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 4:08 pm

Reuters is reporting this morning that Samsung is in preliminary discussions with European Union regulators regarding a possible settlement that relates to charges that it abused its market dominance when it blocked Apple from fairly using their patents in various ongoing lawsuits. This news comes from sources who are said to be close to the matter but declined to have their identity disclosed.

 

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"The talks came after the European Commission, which acts as EU competition regulator, told Samsung in December that it was acting unfairly by seeking injunctions against Apple over use of the essential patents. Samsung has been involved in settlement discussions for several months now. Samsung wants to settle," said one of the sources, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

 

If Samsung does settle the case, the company could avoid fines as high as $17.3 billion . On the flipside, it would have to agree to license patents on fair terms, which could impact many of the company's current cases related to the European Union's 3G UMTS standard.

Barnes & Noble outsources Nook production due to massive losses in e-reader segment

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 3:08 pm

This morning, book retailing giant Barnes & Noble announced that they have decided to stop manufacturing their own line of tablet devices in favor of outsourcing production to a third-party company. This move comes at a time when Barnes & Noble is experiencing massive losses in its Nook division thanks to heavy competition from rival Amazon.

 

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The news of the decision came via the company's fourth-quarter 2013 earnings report. Barnes & Noble said that it will now divert attention away from the hardware strategy of its Nook line and will instead focus on digital media and app sales. The company has not yet released who it is partnering with to produce the Nook hardware, but many industry insiders suspect some sort of partnership with Microsoft to be in the works.

 

An excerpt from the earnings report reads:

 

The company plans to significantly reduce losses in the NOOK segment by limiting risks associated with manufacturing. Going forward, the company intends to continue to design eReading devices and reading platforms, while creating a partnership model for manufacturing in the competitive color tablet market. Thus, the widely popular lines of Simple Touch and Glowlight products will continue to be developed in house, and the company's tablet line will be co-branded with yet to be announced third party manufacturers of consumer electronics products. At the same time, the company intends to continue to build its digital catalog, adding thousands of eBooks every week, and launching new NOOK Apps.

NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 760, will retail for about $250

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 2:06 pm

This morning NVIDIA released the highly anticipated GeForce GTX 760 to the world. The 760 is a mid-range GPU that is said to be about 12% faster than its predecessor the GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Like it's GTX 770 and GTX 780 brethren, NVIDIA says that the GTX 760 features all the latest hardware and software features.

 

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"For gamers seeking insanely fast performance and smooth frame rates for their favorite games, the choice is clear: NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs," said Scott Herkelman, general manager of the GeForce GPU business at NVIDIA. "At a starting price of only $249, the GeForce GTX 760 ushers in a new level of performance, features and affordability, so gamers can experience today's most graphically demanding titles with all the eye candy turned high. It's a great time to be a PC gamer!"

 

 

Powered by an NVIDIA Kepler architecture-based GPU with an incredible 2.3 gigaflops of processing horsepower, the GeForce GTX 760 is already dramatically more powerful than the next-generation game consoles expected by the end of the year. To satisfy gamer demands for greater customization and overclocking options, the GeForce GTX 760 includes NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, which automatically increases the GPU's clock speed for enhanced performance, while adding temperature target and fan controls, as well as extra over-voltage headroom and optimizations for advanced water-cooling solutions.

 

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With out-of-the-box factory overclocks and extra user-overclocking, expect the GTX 760 to extend its advantage even further - for performance data, check out the many press reviews that have gone live today. Available now at all e-tailers and retailers, the $249 GeForce GTX 760 will get your system ready for the first wave of next-gen games launching this Holiday season. TweakTown's own Shawn Baker reviewed NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 760 and you can read it here.

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Samsung inks deal that will see them move away from plastic and embrace carbon fiber

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 1:10 pm

One of the things I don't like about Samsung's Galaxy range of devices, is that they feel 'plasticy' - mainly because, well, they're made from plastic. But, the South Korean's materials arm, Samsung Petrochemical, have just signed up for a joint venture with carbon fiber specialist SGL Group.

 

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The joint venture will see the two aim to "develop new industrial and electronic applications with carbon composite materials for Samsung and the Korean market." The company will operate under the name Samsung SGL Carbon Composite Materials, and be 50% owned by Samsung. According to the companies' recent joint announcement, Samsung SGL Carbon Composite Materials will look to "provide a stable long-term supply of carbon fiber materials for Samsung and promote its use in various Samsung products and applications such as consumer electronics, medical devices and engineering applications."

 

This will only be a good thing for us consumers, who will receive better-made, and better-quality devices from Samsung.

Zynga sees their unsecured line of credit slashed heavily, from $1 billion to $200 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 12:30 pm

Zynga used to have a $1 billion unsecured, revolving line of credit, but has had a limit slapped right on top of that to just $200 million. The amount of time to pay it back has been increased, though, from four to five years, but it continues to be unsecured.

 

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Since Zynga went public, they've been faced with nothing but issues, taking away chunks of their value. The once-invincible company is now in troubled times, while they continue to restore their user base and release a new smash hit title which will get them out of the black. The company recently cut 18% of their workforce, and then they took another blow - investors cut their market valuation by a double-digit percentage.

 

At the prime of Zynga, they acquired the at-the-time gigantic OMGPOP, the company known for Draw Something, for $200 million. Well, that division has been closed, and Zynga have been left crying in the corner looking at that cheque they wrote. Zynga do have $1.3 billion in cash and short term investments, so they're not down and out just yet, folks.

Sony will put micro ads on the fingernails and uniform of a tennis player at Wimbledon, let the 4K marketing begin!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 11:32 am

Sony are going to be pushing their 4K marketing this week at Wimbledon, which lines up with the launch of their Bravia X9 line up of 4K-capable TV's which are hitting UK retailers this week.

 

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The best time to advertise your 4K goodness in the UK would be, well, now, with Wimbledon, wouldn't it? Sony are putting micro ads on the fingernails and uniform of tennis player Anne Keothavong, with 4K owners being able to see this ultra-insane detail. Sony and the BBC are recording some of the event itself in 4K, with an experience zone at the event being shown off in 4K.

LSI expands its Nytro PCIe Flash Adapter portfolio

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 10:41 am

LSI Corporation announced news of the latest version of the Nytro WarpDrive and the new Nytro MegaRAID software features. LSI Nytro products provide ultra-low latency and high-bandwidth performance required for Big Data applications, hyperscale web and cloud datacenters, financial services, virtual desktops and server workloads. These flash solutions provide significant reductions in TCO through lower power consumption, less floor space and frugal IOPS-to-Watts requirements.

 

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The flash segment has proven to be a big winner for LSI, with the delivery of over 50,000 PCIe flash cards having propelled LSI into the #2 position for the worldwide flash adapter market. The expansion of the Nytro product line includes enhanced hardware capabilities and new Nytro MegaRAID features.

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