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Apple CEO Tim Cook declines huge pay check, declines $75 million in stock dividends

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2012 1:29 am

Would you decline $75 million? Heck, $75 for free wouldn't be too bad these days. On the flip side, Apple CEO Tim "Good Guy" Cook has declined a $75 million payout in restricted stock dividends owed to him. Yes, declined.




Apple announced plans last week where they would pay a $2.65 per share dividend on restricted stocks held by Apple employees. This is rare for a company to reward its employee stockholders like this, and even more strange for a high level executive to decline the money they are entitled to.


But, it's not all bad. AllThingsD reports that this could actually benefit both the company, and Cook in the long run. This move gets positive press for not just Apple, but Cook, which could, and most likely will, translate into more stocks sold. It also shows the kind of person Cook is, in this world of increasingly greedy CEOs and executives.

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LG unveils the world's first Full HD smartphone display, sports a pixel density of 440ppi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2012 1:06 am

Just when you thought you wouldn't upgrade your phone beyond the already-announced and nearly here GALAXY S III from Samsung, or alternatively, HTC's One X, or if you're an Apple fan, the not-out-yet iPhone 5.




LG have just unveiled a new display for smartphones that shoves 1920x1080 pixels into a 5-inch screen. It's the world's first Full HD smartphone display and has an amazing pixel density of 440ppi, way out and beyond what we have in today's phones.


The panel LG have used is an Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching or AH-IPS LCD. It's the same technology that LG used in one of their panels last year and when compared to a standard IPS panel, AH-IPS panels sport greater color accuracy, wider viewing angles and greater light transmission which all leads to lower power consumption.


We should expect this 5-inch Full HD display to be released in the second half of the year, and baked into smartphones sometime next year.

GTX 690 overclocked to world record 1547MHz by TiN using LN2

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2012 11:47 pm

Extreme cooling is a must for any sort of extreme overclocking. Kingpin cooling looks to provide the solution with liquid nitrogen heatsinks designed for extreme overclocking. Using said heatsinks, overclocking expert managed to take a GTX 690 all the way up to 1547MHz which I believe is a new world record.




Originally he had tried for 1600MHz but it wasn't stable so he backed it off to the final speed of 1547MHz. He also managed to take the effective RAM speed all the way up to 7336MHz. Of course, he couldn't just achieve the clocks without running some benchmarks, so that's what he did. After a run of 3DMark 11, we saw some impressive results.


With the help of a 3960X running at 4.5GHz, TiN managed a whopping 20962 points. This is basically double the score of a stock clocked card. To match this score, one would need to use two AMD HD 7970s clocked at 1260/7400 MHz or two GTX 680s at 1527/7132. What an incredible card. It'll be interesting to see how the upcoming dual-Tahiti chip will perform in comparison.

RumorTT: Foxconn to begin trial production of Apple TV

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 28, 2012 10:34 pm

Apple is a rumor machine. We have reported at least one other rumor today regarding Apple and they show no sign of slowing as rumored release dates approach. This latest rumor is in regards to Apple TV and about it starting to be produced. The latest rumor is saying that Foxconn is beginning a trial run of the Apple TV.




The iTV is reportedly being built at the Fuji Kang Longhua factory in Shenzhen. This rumor comes from sources quoted in the China Business News just after the Foxconn CEO had been "misquoted" as saying that Foxconn was preparing facilities to build the rumored iTV. Foxconn later denied that saying that the CEO was misquoted.


An analyst is predicting that an iTV would sell for between $1500-$2000 and would range in size from 42 to 55 inches. A trial run is not the same as general production. Often the quantity produced is minor and it is basically a proof-of-concept to check design specifications and quality control. Of course, this is just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt.

RumorTT: Xbox 720 to feature in-game Skype integration job posting hints

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 28, 2012 9:29 pm

Often times job postings give us a view into the future plans of a company. The latest example of this is one of Microsoft's job postings which is pointing towards Skype integration into the upcoming Xbox 720. According to the posting, Microsoft is looking for a London-based Lead Program Manager to bring voice and video services to the Xbox 720.




The posting says: "Skype is working on powering real-time voice and video communications on the Xbox. Xbox is a fundamental lynchpin of Skype's living-room strategy, and we are focused on enabling amazing new in-game and in-console voice and video experiences for the next generation of Xbox. This is a crucial initiative for Xbox, and it is time-critical given the hardware lead times involved."


It's not exactly clear what the Skype integration would entail, but it seems like Microsoft feels this is a pretty big deal for the upcoming Xbox 720. The rumored release date is sometime in 2013, so they have some time to get it right. It could allow others to see user's Kinect motions or to share a celebration after a rough Call of Duty match.


This looks to be the reason for Microsoft's acquisition of Skype. They spent a fortune on Skype, around $8.5 billion, and haven't really done much since. There has been a lackluster Windows Phone app, but aside from that, nothing. It would also be cool if they use Skype to stream the display output of the Xbox 720 to people who want to watch.

Powercolor Radeon HD 7970 X2 Devil 13 details surface, uses a triple slot cooler

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2012 8:32 pm

It would seem that PowerColor is the first GPU manufacturer to spill the beans on the upcoming 7970 X2. The new GPU will be based upon two 7970 Tahiti cores, which is the top chip made by AMD. This card is being designed to compete with the NVIDIA GTX 690, which is the current king of the video cards.




The new GPU will be cooled by PowerColor's new monster Vortex III. This new cooler was designed specifically for the new Devil 13 7970 X2 and is huge as you can see by the picture above. It features three fans blowing onto a massive heatsink and takes up 3 slots, as seen by the picture of the backplate.


The new GPU is adorned in red and black and looks beautiful. But it's not all about beauty as the card appears to have some monster stats to go along with the beauty. It will feature a total of 4096 stream processors across the two chips and have a total of 6GB of memory available. The cores will be clocked at 1GHz and require a ton of power. The card is outfitted with three 8-pin PCIe power connectors and has a TDP of 525 watts. The card should make an appearance at Computex early next month. More should be known then.

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RumorTT: Apple's MacBook suppliers are seeing labor shortages because of new MacBook

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 28, 2012 7:23 pm

A new report is saying that the manufacturers in the MacBook supply chain are facing a labor shortage due to the demand for the new MacBook. The report says that strong orders from Apple during a typically low demand season is the cause of the shortage. Some manufacturers are even resorting to outsourcing in order to meet the shipment schedule.




The report says that the manufacturers started delivering parts starting back April. They then experienced growth in May and are expecting to see even more growth in June. The launch of the new MacBook is expected to come in July, but that is unconfirmed. I would tend to expect an August or September launch as that is when they usually launch products.


Sources are expecting shipments to increase from 12.79 million to 16.24-19.2 million units. That equates to a 30-50% increase year-over-year. The new MacBook is rumored to take on a wedge shape that is similar to the current MacBook Air. Once again, this is an unconfirmed rumor. People love Apple rumors, so we will keep them coming as they surface.

Poll Results - Diablo III

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 28, 2012 7:14 pm

Our latest poll had almost 1,700 people who answered gave us their thoughts about Diablo III.




On the positive side 39% were for Diablo III with 19% saying it deserves Game of the year honors and 20% said they are buying it.


However, on the negative side, 40% said that they weren't interested ("meh") and 8% even responded that they don't know what Diablo III is. Finishing up, 12% said they'd rather be playing BF3 or another game. Overall, the results for D3 were not as bad as they could have been, but they were not that positive either.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you about... what you want to see at Computex Taipei 2012 Let us know! Go here to vote!

Toshiba to stop selling Netbooks in US, focusing on Ultrabooks and tablets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 28, 2012 6:29 pm

It's looking like we will soon need to change this category to "Laptops & Ultrabooks" as more and more manufacturers are dropping Netbooks from the US market. Toshiba has confirmed that they will soon be joining the ranks of Dell and Lenovo who have also pulled out of the US Netbook market. It looks like tablets and Ultrabooks have killed the Netbook star.




Part of the reason for the change is that Netbooks have very little profit margin. So not only were sales slipping, but Toshiba wasn't making very much on the few sales that remained. Instead, Toshiba has decided to focus more on their Portege Ultrabook line and Excite tablet line. Looking at the money reasoning, you can see why. An Ultrabook sells for $800 or more which allows quite a bit more profit margin.


Another reason to focus on tablets is the upcoming Windows 8 which is designed with tablets in mind. Additionally, users like the higher performance capabilities of an Ultrabook as more and more users need to do more with their computers. It's pretty hard to play any sort of game or type any long message on a Netbook. If you still want one, HP, Acer, and ASUS are still offering them in the US. They will range from $200-$500.

First generation iPad prototype up for auction, features dual dock ports

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2012 5:32 pm

If you are a collector of Apple gear, this is one piece of rare hardware you don't want to miss. An original first generation iPad prototype has been put up for auction on eBay. The device is running internal test software and features dual docking ports. The second port was to allow charge while in a horizontal orientation.




The device is said to be fully functional, save the touchscreen not working. The auction already has 1 bid at $4,800 and the seller has offered the option to Buy It Now for $10,000. Curiously enough, it looks as though Apple almost went with this design as early teardown images show the second ribbon cable.


The dock cable was most likely scrapped for aesthetics as it does look pretty bad. But nevertheless, this prototype up for auction does appear to be the real deal based upon that fact and the Switchboard software fact. Considering the touchscreen doesn't work and the fact Apple tends to get upset when people have prototype hardware, I don't know if I would risk $4,800+ on the device.

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