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Faildozer strikes again, Bulldozer actually has 800 million LESS transistors than originally thought

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 4:13 am

AMD's Bulldozer "FX" series of processors have not enjoyed the lime light lately, where we could replace lime light with poo flinging and we'd be more on the mark. We've covered it a few times now and even our reviewer Shane Baxtor was not that impressed.

 

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It got its arse handed to it in most tests, with existing platforms like the Phenom II actually beating it sometimes. Sad. But, it seems as though AMD did not even know how many transistors the Bulldozer sported, with an e-mail from Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech, where AMD's PR department and Anand has shared his thoughts:

 

This is a bit unusual. I got an email from AMD PR this week asking me to correct the Bulldozer transistor count in our Sandy Bridge E review. The incorrect number, provided to me (and other reviewers) by AMD PR around 3 months ago was 2 billion transistors. The actual transistor count for Bulldozer is apparently 1.2 billion transistors. I don't have an explanation as to why the original number was wrong, just that the new number has been triple checked by my contact and is indeed right. The total die area for a 4-module/8-core Bulldozer remains correct at 315 mm².

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Google and Telstra team up for 'Androidland'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 3:31 am

It looks like Apple retail stores are in for some competition from the fun-sounding creation from Google and Telstra: Androidland. Androidland was unveiled at Telstra's retail outlet in Bourke St, Melbourne, where its based in the 154 square metre space which brings together interactive technology, games and on-site experts to explain the features of Google's Android OS.

 

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Executive Director of Telstra Mobile, Warwick Bray, said that its the first time a mobile carrier had teamed up with Google to create an Android-dedicated retail presence. He added:

 

Over the past 12 months we've seen a huge growth in the number of customers coming in-store and asking us about Android phones and tablets. With Androidland we wanted to create a retail environment like no other that helps us to answer customer questions in a fun, interactive way. The result is a world-first collaboration that goes beyond conventional product displays by allowing visitors to get hands on with a range of popular mobile services and apps found on Android devices.

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Google working on supreme one-day shipping rival to Amazon Prime

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 2:19 am

Google is reportedly shopping around with multiple retailers and shipping couriers in an effort to create a service that would compete with Amazon's Prime one-day shipping option. Google could even offer same-day delivery on certain items, which would actually be better than Amazon's offering.

 

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The way it differs to Amazon, is Google's service would not have them selling items directly to the customer, but rather allow them to handle the delivery process through deals and companies such as UPS and local couriers. When a customer is checking out at a particular retailer, Google's system would kick in and offer expedited delivery services.

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Western Digital partially restore production in one factory in Thailand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 1:26 am

Good news for once regarding the flooding in Thailand and HDD manufacturers! Western Digital have reportedly restored production at at least one of their HDD manufacturing plants in Thailand one week ahead of schedule.

 

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WD have also just increased their revenue outlook for the current quarter because of this, where they now expect $1.8 billion in revenue instead of the $1.05 to $1.25 billion previously estimated. Western Digital CEO John Coyne has said:

 

Much work remains to be done, but we couldn't be more pleased with the effort and results thus far, including tremendous support from our supply partners and customers. The passion, perseverance, ingenuity and execution exhibited by the Western Digital team has been extraordinary and enabled us to make substantial progress in partially restoring our operations in Thailand.

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Obsidian are working on a South Park RPG, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are heavily involved

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 1:01 am

Someone on the NeoGAF forums have gotten their mits on the South Park edition of Game Informer and have released details on the upcoming South Park-themed RPG. The RPG will be the first game that South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone have directly participated in, where they've written the script and dialogue.

 

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As the protagonist, you will be silent. Parker has always preferred silent protagonists, so his wishes will come true. The character you play has a smartphone which acts as the primary game menu and has a Facebook-like app which shows the number of friends you have and your current standing with the various kid factions. Five classes are said to be included, wizard, paladin, adventurer, rogue, and a fifth unannounced class.

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Acer set to ultrabook prices to $799-$899 in Q2 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 2:59 pm

Acer expects its ultrabook pricing to dip below US$1,000 that they're current sitting at, to between $799-$899 in the second quarter of next year. This is a decline of 20-percent and is set to drop even further in 2013.

 

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Acer expects that 2013 will see a drop to an amazing US$499 according to Acer president Jim Wong. At the moment, Acer ships 100,000 ultrabooks per month and expects to reach their goal of shipping 250,000-300,000 units by the end of the year.

 

The Thailand floods to affect everyone, Acer included. Wong expects Acer to only experience a supply gap of between 10 to 15-percent in Q4 2011, far less than the overall supply gap of 30 to 35-percent estimated by hard drive manufacturers. Wong also expects Acer to be breaking even in the fourth quarter, and also expects to have Acer to return to its prior position as second-largest notebook ranking in 2012, with its performance in the China market.

Syndicate trailer shows off its arsenal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 10:19 am

The latest entry in the Syndicate universe is coming out next year, but today brings another video showing off some if its arsenal of guns. These 19 featured guns have all forms of ways to take down your foes.

 

 

The above Agent Tools trailer shows off 19 weapons in total, but there will be 25 weapon upgrades as well as an insane 87 attachments which should keep even the most gun-swinging FPS player happy.

 

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If you're a fan of the original Syndicate, you'll be feeling right at home as the new game pulls a lot of inspiration from the original's arsenal. With weapons like the menacing minigun, the raging inferno of a flamethrower as well as a gauss gun. Syndicate will hit PC on February 21.

RumorTT: LTE-powered iPad 3 in summer 2012, LTE-powered iPhone 5 in the fall

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 9:28 am

Could it be? According to Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple is heading toward a 2012 release of both a 4G LTE iPhone and iPad on NTT DoCoMo, the predominant mobile phone operator in Japan.

 

If we have a fall arrival of the iPhone 5, it would make sense as it would've been twelve months since the release of the iPhone 4S. NTT DoCoMo's president, Koyoyuki Tsujimura and vice president Takashi Yamada have allegedly met with Apple CEO Tim Cook in mid-November to discuss the deal.

 

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At the meeting, they reportedly "agreed in principle" to sell both the next-generation iPhone and iPad, and the executives apparently agreed to "the rules of the game", including order commitment. Apple have shot down talk of the 4G LTE chipsets before, deeming them not fully optimized for low power consumption on mobile devices. Apple's chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer said on an April 2011 earnings call:

 

The first generation of LTE chipsets force a lot of design compromises with the handset, and some of those we are just not willing to make.

Spotify has just become a music platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 8:33 am

Freemium music subscription service, Spotify, has revealed a "new direction" that they are going in. A new API that will allow developers to create apps that are powered by Spotify.

 

These apps will be coded in HTML5, and will live inside the Spotify app, which means users don't need to install any other standalone pgrams in order to use them, and developers can build the apps with "an easy to use Javascript API."

 

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Spotify users can use these apps whether they pay for Spotify or not, and right now Spotify developer partners do not share in Spotify's revenue, but Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has said that these are still "early days" for the platform.

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Facebook increase status update character limit from 5k to 60k+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 7:17 am

Now we can all enjoy super-spammy updates from people, with longer than usual copy/paste status updates, oh joy! Today, Facebook have increased the maximum character count in status updates from the current 5,000 to over 60,000.

 

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The longer status updates appear in the Live Ticker the same as any other status update usually does, but it truncates in News Feed after 400 characters. This is to obviously save every single post from being a huge post, if that were to happen on your feed.

 

Facebook have used a weird example of the new character limit saying that a user could share a novel on Facebook in nine status updates by using the new character limit. Like I want to see that.

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