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Intel to acquire Cray Supercomputing network patents for a cool $140 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 8:24 am

If you're sitting in a swish hotel lobby one day soon and a few men in suits walk in with a suitcase with a sticker on the side saying "Money Inside", and they're all wearing Intel Inside shirts or something to that effect, you've just witnessed a deal between Intel and Cray for $140 million.




Cray are handing over technological patents to Intel, where they'll receive $140 million in cash for them. The patents include hardware patents concerning interconnect technology that it used to link up multiple processors together to exchange data at high speed. Cray's shares jumped because of the news, with an increase of 24-percent to $8.75 in pre-trading, and are currently climing past $9.


Part of the deal includes around 80 of the 800 employees Cray has will be joining Intel. Cray CEO Peter Ungaro has said:


This agreement also dramatically strengthens our balance sheet and increases our options for further growth, profitability and creating shareholder value.

WWDC 2012 sells out in just under two hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 7:10 am

Patiently waiting for tickets to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC)? Well, sorry, they're sold out. The quick sellout happened in the span of an insane two hours, and it still sold out after Apple had imposed new restrictions this year limiting sales to registered iOS and Mac developers.




Apple also limited the amount of passes available per developer group, but that didn't stop the tickets from selling out. Has WWDC sold out this quick before? Nope. In 2010 it took eight days, and in under 12 hours last year. 2 hours, however, is insanely quick.


WWDC is being held between June 11-15 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. We should expect some exciting news from this conference.

Google thought they'd have 1/3 of the tablet market in 2011, missed it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 6:35 am

Google had huge expectations for their Android-based tablets back in 2010, where according to a quarterly Android review presented back in 2010 and uncovered by none other than The Verge, Google expected to sell 10 million Android-based tablets in 2011 which woud equate to a 33-percent stake in the tablet market.




Google expected another 10 million sold in 2012 with a 22-percent market share in 2012. At the time, most would've thought that was reasonable of the company to expect, but Apple have been working quite hard at their tablets and the arse kicking of the market.


How far off the 10 million mark were the Mountain View-based company? Well, they did sell just over 6 million according to Andy Rubin when he spoke at the AsiaD conference in October of last year. Definitely short of their 10 million expectation. Smartphone-wise, Google are triumphantly kicking ass. Tablets, not so much.

Microsoft may have found a new OEM partner in Huawei, they would make Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 5:32 am

China-based Huawei is poised to become Microsoft's new OEM partner, where they've offered to make Windows Phone 8- and Windows 8-based tablet products. Huawei are looking to debut new phones and tablets running Microsoft's latest and greatest touch-enabled OS by the end of the year.




Huawei has, until now, predominantly been concentrating on their Android-based products and have only recently started working with the Redmond-based company. Huawei have a little while ago been rumored to have created a 70-strong team of Windows Phone peeps, which would begin developing hardware for Windows 8 for release this year. On top of smartphones, Huawei would also create tablets compatible with Windows 8.


Huawei have been waiting to smash into the US market, recently bringing their Ascend P1 to the US market as well as moving its R&D operations to Silicon Valley. A partnership with Microsoft shows a huge improvement with the two companies' relationship. This first sign of love is a strong one.

Acer's Iconia Tab A500 Android 4.0 update has arrived a few days early, for some

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 4:43 am

A bit of a quick one here, folks. Acer's Iconia Tab A500 tablet owners should take note here, some folks are seeing updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for their 7-inch A100 and 10.1-inch A500 Tabs.




Acer previously noted that the A500 wouldn't lick any of that delicious Ice Cream Sandwich update until April 27th in the US or Canada, but some people are reportedly seeing their over-the-air (OTA) updates hitting their Tabs. If you're rocking an A500, manually check for an update, as you might be a little surprised.


The jump from Android 3.x Honeycomb to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a good one, I definitely suggest making the move.

Samsung ninja's into a room, unleashes the world's thinner optical drive destined for Ultrabooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 4:02 am

Samsung has just announced what they're dubbing the world's thinnest optical drive, which is only 14mm high. Samsung's SE-218BB is 18-percent thinner and 8-percent lighter than traditional DVDRW drives and was built specifically with Ultrabooks in mind. Ultrabooks ship without an optical drive, if you didn't already know.




Samsung's super-thin SE-218BB connects with a single USB port which does both drive communication and power between the two devices using Samsung's Smart Technology. The drive isn't just Windows-exclusive, it works on Mac, too. But, support doesn't end there, it also can be paired up with Android 3.1 Honeycomb or later tablets to watch DVDs on the go.


How does the SE-218BB fare with speeds? Well, we're looking at 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD±R recording, 5X DVD-RAM recording, 6X DVD+R Dual Layer recording, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW recording. Samsung has gone one step further by highlighting they've made the drive in an eco-friendly manner as it uses lead-free soldering that removes harmful materials.


Samsung's SE218BB is on sale now for $59.99.

The first BlackBerry 10 device may arrive in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 3:28 am

One of RIM's last chances of capturing the hearts, minds, souls and hands of BlackBerry users and the smartphone market itself is their upcoming BlackBerry 10 device. So, Research in Motion is reportedly preparing to reveal its first BlackBerry 10 device in mid-August.




After the initial reveal, RIM hope to have the BB10 device in consumer hands by October. It has been previously reported that RIM want to have these BB10 devices in the hands of developers by next month, which would give this news just a tad more credit. What should we expect from RIM's BlackBerry 10 device?


We should expect it to sport a touchscreen, and not the usual QWERTY goodness that previous BlackBerry smartphones have featured. We should expect a QWERTY-sporting BB10 device sometime in early-2013. More news on BlackBerry 10 as it surfaces.

Peter Jackson shows off reel of 48fps 'The Hobbit' footage at CinemaCon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 2:18 am

Peter Jackson is pushing the envelope on a near-century worth of 24fps film technology by shooting his upcoming epic 'The Hobbit' in 48 frames per second. Jackson has unveiled his first public tease of the movie at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas.




First up, you have to remember everyone is used to the 80-year-old 24fps footage in films, but Jackson has doubled this up to 48fps and it can be quite weird for people. I have a friend who has a Panasonic Plasma and never used his motion smoothing tech on his HDTV, I flicked it on for him and he hated it. I said to stick with it for two weeks, which is something I did years ago. He will never go back and has now purchased a 120Hz LCD screen for his gaming rig.


This technology takes adjusting, your eyes are used to seeing all footage in movies at 24fps, so jumping up to 48fps feels too smooth - too, unrealistic. Panning shots look ultra-smooth, but so smooth it looks completely fake. Public reaction of the 48fps footage was strange, where one projectionist has compared it to made-for-TV gear, while others compared it to Mexican soap-operas and TruMotion.

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Kaspersky says Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 25, 2012 10:33 pm

I'm sure there will be plenty of people who get up in arms over this, but I tend to agree. Apple is years behind Microsoft in terms of security because they have never had to worry about it since no one ever bothered to write malware or viruses for Macs due to their small market share. As it has increased, Macs has become a more attractive target.




Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of the influential Kaspersky security firm said:


For many years I've been saying that from a security point of view there is no big difference between Mac and Windows. It's always been possible to develop Mac malware, but this one was a bit different. For example it was asking questions about being installed on the system and, using vulnerabilities, it was able to get to the user mode without any alarms.


Several security breaches have brought Mac security to the attention of the public and Apple will have a bit of a public relations crisis on their hands if they continue. One in five Mac computers carry Windows malware but only 2.7% have Mac OS X malware. Kaspersky says "cyber criminals have now recognised that Mac is an interesting area. Now we have more, it's not just Flashback or Flashfake. Welcome to Microsoft's world, Mac. It's full of malware."

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Google briefly explains how its search returns results in half a second

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 25, 2012 9:31 pm

If you're anything like me, you certainly like to know how the things you use work. Well, I've been dying for a good, brief explanation of how Google works, and apparently I wasn't the only one. RobertvH from Munich did too and sent in a question to Google who produced a video explaining the crawling, indexing, and search portions of the process.




Mountain View's head of web-spam, Matt Cutts takes you through the process in the video. The short answer to the question is a lot of processing power and experience. Matt does a great job of keeping the audience engaged, so I really hope more videos like this get released. It really is a nice view into the inner workings of Google.

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