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Friday Morning Roundup for January 20, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 20, 2012 2:23 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - January 20th, 2012.

 

Video cards:

 

ASUS Radeon HD 7970 3GB CrossFire - Legit Reviews

Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 LP Video Card - Bigbruin.com

Zotac GTX 560 Ti with 448 cores - Hardwareoverclock.com

 

CPUs:

 

AMD A8-3870K - PureOverclock

 

Storage:

 

OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB SSD - CDRInfo.com

 

Smartphones & Notebooks:

 

Motorola Razr Android Smartphone - Hardware Heaven

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Deal of the Day: Newegg - 42-Inch Toshiba 42TL515U 1080p 240hz 3D LED-backlit LCD HDTV for $619.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 20, 2012 1:31 pm

Our Deal of the Day is: Newegg - 42-Inch Toshiba 42TL515U 1080p 240hz 3D LED-backlit LCD HDTV for $619.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Newegg has the 42" Toshiba 42TL515U local dimming LED-backlit LCD HDTV with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 240hz refresh, 3D capability, built-in WiFi, and more for just $649.99 with FREE shipping. Use coupon code: MCNJJA26 to drop the price by $30 down to $619.99. Expires 1/25/12.

 

42-INCH TOSHIBA 42TL515U 240HZ 1080P LED LCD HDTV DEAL

 

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Mobile App of the Day: iTunes U for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 20, 2012 11:21 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is iTunes U for iOS

 

The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools - plus the world's largest digital catalog of free education content - right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Whether you're majoring in molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere.

 

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Features:

 

Free courses in a wide array of subjects

• Take free courses created and taught by instructors from leading universities and other schools

• See all assignments and updates from the instructor in one place, and check off assignments as you complete them

• Take notes and highlight text in iBooks and see them consolidated for easy reviewing in the iTunes U app

• Access course materials, including audio, video, books, documents & presentations, apps, and new iBooks textbooks for iPad

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Apple announce iBooks 2, set to make books magical again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 20, 2012 10:21 am

Apple SVP Paul Schiller took the stage to unveil something Apple has been cooking up for a while, and a long-rumored "education-centric announcement", which has morphed into iBook 2, where Schiller calls it a "new textbook experience for the iPad".

 

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Roger Rosner, Apple's VP of productivity software has explained how it will work. Textbooks appear on the shelf, you then tap to launch. The books occupy the full screen and can be paired with embedded video content and introductory movies. Multi-touch rears its head and can be used to navigate through the textbook pages and can manipulate integrated 3D models for biology books, for example.

 

Rotating books allows users to focus on text, and there are built-in, linked glossaries and tablets of content to make navigation simple and accessible, as well as everything is searchable. iBooks 2 also includes highlighting, note-taking and interactive Q&A sections at the end of each chapter, which also provide immediate feedback: no more hunting for a key in a separate book or appendix to see how you did it.

 

Apple seem to have taken the best ideas from other e-book implementations, software and ideas, and made them magical and revolutionary and called it iBooks 2. There is a dedicated iBookstore category now, where you'll find free samples you can try out before purchasing. The app itself is free, and will be made available any hour now through the App Store.

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Intel reports record year, $54 billion in annual revenue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 20, 2012 9:16 am

Intel have today reported a full-year revenue of an astounding $54 billion, with an operating income of $17.5 billion, net income of $12.9 billion, and EPS of $2.39. The thing associated with all of those huge numbers? They're all records. Intel had an amazing year in 2011.

 

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Intel generated approximately $21 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $4.1 billion and used $14.1 billion to repurchase 642 million shares of stock. Q4 2011 saw Intel post a revenue of $13.9 billion, operating revenue of $4.6 billion, net income of $3.4 billion and EPS of 64 cents. Q1 2012 has been good so far, with their business outlook mentioning revenue sitting at $12.8 billion, plus or minus $500 billion.

 

Full-year 2012 details are interesting, with stand-outs like Research & Development (R&D) expected to hit $10.1 billion. With Intel heading into the smartphone market, that $10.1 billion could go a very long way. With their lead bulldozing the CPU competition, Intel don't really even need to release something that much faster to stay on top. But, if they slow down, it might give AMD enough time to catch up.

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Paradox CEO: Next-generation of consoles will be the last

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 20, 2012 8:27 am

At the Paradox convention, CEO of Paradox, Frederik Wester, said in a speech that he believes the next-generation of consoles will be the last. He made his traditional predictions of the games industry, where he sees a further rise in more digital-focused platforms and distributions. He said:

 

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The next generation of console hardware will probably be the last. I'd be surprised if we see another generation after that.

 

He also predicted that there will be a further decline in box products, and a rise in 'open' platforms such as the PC, mobile and social networks. Paradox have seem digital revenue increases from 1.5-percent in 2006, to 97-percent in 2011. In the same year, they beat their 2010 statistics with a 75-percent growth in revenue, and a very nice 250-percent growth in profit.

iSuppli: Windows Phone to surpass iOS by 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 20, 2012 7:29 am

In September 2011, IDC and Gartner predicted that Windows Phone would take second position, knocking Apple from their place by 2015. Windows Phone head of marketing Achim Berg called that prediction "conservative". iSuppli have chimed in, predicting that Windows Phone will have a 16.7-percent market share by 2015, while Apple's market share will decline from the current 18-percent to 16.6-percent by 2015.

 

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Overtake generally means to catch up, look over, smile and wave as you go faster, get ahead of them and continue going... but, iSuppli predict by 2015 that Windows Phone will have a 16.7-percent share of the market, and iOS will have 16.6-percent, this is just .1-percentage different. 3 letters, starts with L, ends in L.

 

What I don't understand from these numbers, is that it doesn't account for the fact that there will be no new entries into the market. Before Apple introduced the iPhone, if you had told me that they'd be where they are today, five years ago, I would've thrown an orange at you and laughed. But now, they are the company to compare to, funnily enough. Right now, I just can't see Windows Phone taking that much market share, but I can see Google dominating the next few years if they continue the path they've taken.

 

Samsung and HTC are great partners, and by acquiring Motorola Mobility, Google have a much better chance of taking the market by storm than Apple.

Kodak files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 20, 2012 6:29 am

Eastman Kodak, the 133-year-old iconic American company that invented the handheld camera, have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. After years of losing profits, and responding slowly to the ever-changing market, bankruptcy seems to be their only way out.

 

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The move follows a long-term restructuring plan by chairman and CEO Antonio Perez, where since 2003, Kodak have closed 13 manufacturing plans, cut its worth force from 145,000 down to 17,000. 15 years ago, Kodak were valued at around $31 billion, its current value? Just $150 million.

 

Perez has said:

 

The Board of Directors and the entire senior management team unanimously believe that this is a necessary step and the right thing to do for the future of Kodak. Our goal is to maximize value for stakeholders, including our employees, retirees, creditors, and pension trustees. We are also committed to working with our valued customers.

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Amazon makes more than $100 per Kindle Fire sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 20, 2012 5:23 am

Amazon lose money on each Kindle Fire sold, as hardware and manufacturing costs of the Kindle Fire exceed its retail pricing, but somehow, Amazon aren't losing money on it. How does Amazon conduct this sorcery? Well, with every Kindle sold is another annuity revenue stream for the company, further strengthening its core retail business.

 

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According to RBC, each Kindle Fire generates more than $100 in additional income, which makes up for the $2-$3 that Amazon make per device. RBC Capital analyst, Ross Sandler, said in research notes to clients:

 

Kindle Fire unit economics are likely to be more favorable than consensus expectations, based primarily on frequency of digital goods purchases. Our assumption is that Amazon could sell 3-4 million Kindle Fire units in Q4, and that those units are accretive to company-average operating margin within the first six months of ownership. Our analysis assigns a cumulative lifetime operating income per unit of $136, with a cumulative operating margin of over 20 percent.

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Resident Evil 6 logo and release date leaked, trailer follows soon after

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 20, 2012 4:26 am

Resident Evil 6 has been outed thanks to promotional displays sent to GameStop, where a reader of IGN sent them in. Sources also revealed to IGN that player favorites, Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy will be playable characters in the next Resident Evil game.

 

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According to the poster, the game arrives on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 20th, 2012. A PC version should follow soon after. Word is also spreading that there will be unique campaigns for each character, Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield.

 

A US trailer was released shortly after the leaks, and wow, does it look epic. Any fan of Resident Evil should be happy with what the trailer shows. But, it is definitely look aged. Detail, character animation and more all look sub-par to me. We really need next-gen consoles with a next-gen Resident Evil. Get me back into a small town, or even a high-rise building, confined with more realism (controlling the unlocking of doors, windows, sprinkler systems, etc) with super-improved physics and physical destruction and I'll put my wallet in the air and shout "HERE, TAKE MY MONEY!"

 

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