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Apple stock gets bashed over the holidays, at a new 10-month low

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 6:32 am

The days of $700-plus Apple Inc. (AAPL) stock seem to be well and truly over, but the iDevice maker has seen their stock getting bashed around for a couple of months now. In the last 24 hours, it has reached a new 10-month low of just $513 per share.

 

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Around six weeks ago we reported that it was dropping big time, and at that stage it had reached $558 - so we're another 10% or so down in the last six weeks alone. On December 14 we reported their stock dropping 4% based on poor iPhone 5 sales in China.

 

I've expressed my thoughts many times on this, and I don't think we're going to see Apple recover. They've released new devices in all categories, so now all they can do is try and excite the market with something new - but have they burnt bridges in their journey?

Marvell to pay $1.17 billion in damages over patents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 5:34 am

Chip maker Marvell has been hit with a huge patent fine, with the company violating two patents that are held by Carnegie Mellon University, which has seen a Pittsburgh federal jury award the University $1,169,140,271 in damages.

 

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The two patents were issued in 2001 and 2002 and are in relation to techniques of using noise signals to more precisely record data sequences. With Marvell wanting to take on Intel in the huge enterprise data market with their ARM-based chips, this is a huge setback having to shell out over a billion dollars.

 

The jury also ruled that Marvell violated the patents in question internationally, which will allow Carnegie Mellon to ask the judge to triple the already huge $1.17 billion verdict. Of course, Marvell will appeal the ruling, and they'll most likely make a mess of the case as court records have already shown that the company have demanded a mistrial, with the reason behind this unknown.

 

You can go through the jury verdict right here if you wish.

25-year AMD veteran leaves, joins Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 4:03 am

AMD are already going through tough times, but a 25-year veteran has just jumped ship to Samsung. Michael Goddard's last title with the company was Corporate Vice President for Product Design Engineering and Chief Engineer on Client Products has left the company after a quarter of a century.

 

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He has been with AMD since 1988, and has changed jobs just this month according to his LinkedIn profile, where he has joined electronics giant Samsung as their Vice President and System Architect at their Austin, Texas-based facility.

 

In the last couple of months, AMD have seen some 26 executives leave the company - from the higher levels of power, all the way down the ranks. AMD sliced 15% of their workforce this fall and are expected to slash even more jobs when the new year arrives.

Nintendo getting free to play games for the Wii U in 2013, starting with Tank! Tank! Tank!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 2:30 am

Nintendo's jumping into the free-to-play gaming model in 2013 with the release of Tank! Tank! Tank! on the Wii U platform. The Namco Bandai arcade game Tank! Tank! Tank! will be free to play starting in Japan in 2013. You can download the free demo on the Nintendo eShop starting in January.

 

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The game will allow free access to the City Map on the multiplayer modes Free For All, Giant Monster, and Team Battle. The game will only be able to be played three times per day. Unlocks will come in the form of game modes and maps: My Kong ($12), maps ($2.30), and single player ($26).

 

What's interesting is that if you add up all of the individual eShop upgrades, you end up spending $6 more than buying the full retail version of the game. It does, however, allow you to only purchase those parts of the game that you want, possibly making the purchase cheaper.

 

The eShop game model has only been confirmed for Japan, but there doesn't seem to be a reason that it wouldn't be brought to the US and other locations.

Poke falls out of favor in App Store, Snapchat stays strong

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 1:51 am

Facebook's Snapchat competitor, Poke, has fallen out of the top position in the App Store on iOS. Not only is it not number one anymore, it's not even present in the top 25 apps. In fact, the app has dropped all the way down to number 34 on the list of top free apps. Snapchat, meanwhile, has increased to number 4.

 

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Right after Poke came out, Snapchat dropped from number 6 to the 8th popular app on the list. Since then, an uptick in its popularity has pushed it to 4th. Facebook's strong marketing ability is likely why Poke was able to obtain the number one spot, but with the app being a bit frustrating to use, according to reviews, it doesn't seem to have staying power.

A Virginia town wants you to report crime, creates free iOS app to make it easy

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 1:02 am

A new app has been released by the Marion Police Department that allows easy crime reporting and tips to be sent to the police department neatest the tipster. Using GPS technology, tips, pictures, video, and crime reports can be sent easily and quickly and get to the department that should deal with them.

 

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Because iWatch Marion uses global positioning technology, the system intelligently forwards information to the Howard County Police Department based on where the handheld device is physically located at any given moment.

 

The app will also work in reverse, allowing the police department to send out alerts about missing children, weather, and more. It's another example of technology being put to good use.

Mozilla brings back 64-bit Firefox version for Windows

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 12:26 am

Last month, Mozilla announced that they would be killing the 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows due to many bugs and insecurities in the version, coupled with the fact very few users actually used or needed the 64-bit version. Mozilla has now reversed that decision due to backlash from users of the 64-bit version.

 

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Mozilla is still looking to transition the large majority of 64-bit users over to the 32-bit version, though they will continue to provide nightly builds of the 64-bit version. Users will be forced onto the 32-bit through an automatic update, but will be able to download the 64-bit nightly and reinstall.

 

"After I announced my decision to disable 64-bit Windows nightlies, there was significant negative feedback. After reviewing that feedback, and consulting with Release Engineering, I believe that we can keep a set of users happy by making a modification to the original plan," Smedberg said. "I do hope that the projects and developers who are interested in win64 will work together to maintain this build configuration. I am interested in hearing from volunteers who want to become the 64-bit build maintainer. I will also set up a discussion list specifically for win64 issues, if that would be valuable."

Rapper Drake wants to make money off of the phrase YOLO

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 12:09 am

Most of you have probably seen something somewhere that says "YOLO" on it, be it a Facebook post, Twitter hash tag, or, in Drake's case, hats and T-Shirts. Well, now, the rapper partially responsible for introducing the phrase wants to make a cut of profits made from selling merchandise with the popular phrase on it.

 

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On Christmas Day, he sent out the above picture on Instagram with the caption, "Walgreens....you gotta either chill or cut the cheque." He later sent out another picture of T-Shirts at Macy's. The term originally debuted on the track The Motto in late 2011. Since then, it has been an internet sensation.

 

The question is, does Drake deserve any sort of compensation for the use of the term? What are your thoughts?

Samsung planning on selling half a billion phones in 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 26, 2012 11:25 pm

Samsung is quite the player in the mobile phone market, with an estimated 420 million devices shipped this year. Next year, it's looking to do even better by aiming to move a record 510 million mobile handsets. If Samsung manages this, they will further separate themselves from their bitter rival Apple.

 

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"Of the 510 million handsets it plans to sell, 390 million are slated as smartphones and 120 million, feature and budget phones," according to an executive from one of Samsung's key suppliers.

 

"There are some possibilities that smartphone demand will slow in general. But we are seeing new demand for devices using Long Term Evolution (LTE)," said Kim Hyun-joon, an executive at Samsung's telecommunications division.

 

Gartner had previously predicted that Samsung would sell between 250 million and 300 million smartphones next year.

 

"Samsung's proven ability to quickly produce and replace a wide range of handsets aimed at several different markets contrasts with Nokia's struggles and Apple's difficulties that are mainly related to parts sourcing problems," said Hwang Min-seong, an analyst at Samsung Securities.

Facebook allows you to queue New Year's post, will show it to your friends in their timezone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 26, 2012 11:01 pm

If you're one of those people that has to post on Facebook exactly at midnight on January 1, 2013, Facebook will make your life just a bit easier. They have created an automatic delivery program that allows you to preset your New Year's greeting. The preset greeting will then be shown to your friends at midnight in their timezone.

 

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You can set up midnight delivery on Facebook's website. The program offers up suggestions of people to send the greeting to, though the suggestions are completely random, according to Facebook. "If people are seeing folks that they haven't been in contact with for a while, all the more reason to send them a message," the spokesperson said.

 

Instead of typing away madly on your smartphone, you can instead be getting your first kiss of 2013. Let us know what you think of the service in the comments.

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