Just today Microsoft announced they have opened their Microsoft Store on eBay in the US. The eBay Microsoft Store will offer Microsoft accessories as well as first-party Microsoft products. This will assumingly increase sales of new products. Unlike Apple, Microsoft only has 81 retail stores. eBay has 142 million active users globally and this partnership just might just give Microsoft their boost in sales.
Microsoft guarantees their new eBay store can offer "the same safe online shopping experience, return policy and free shipping from the Microsoft Store on eBay that they've come to expect on microsoftstore.com." The launch of the new Microsoft eBay store will be just in time for the holidays.
The fun starts at LSI's annual AIS event in less than 24 hours but TweakTown spied and captured the first image of a SF3700 reference design at SC13 today. SF3700, as shown here in it's PCIe form, can achieve 1800 MB/s sequential read and is guaranteed to bring a smile.
The SF3700, designed in the Bay Area, is the first bi-protocol SSD controller. SF3700 is SATA III and PCIe in the same controller, just a few manufacturing changes away at the end component level.
Even in a time of financial crisis BlackBerry is continuing to release smartphone after smartphone in an effort to somehow convince the public that it is still a major player in the industry. Today we learned that the company plans on releasing the Premium Porsche Design P'9982 despite is astronomically high price tag.
For what basically amounts to a re-skinned BlackBerry Z10, the Porsche P'9982 features Italian leather, and stainless steel in its "ultra-modern" design. Internally it features the same 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 4.2-inch 720p display that the normal Z10 comes with. The only thing outside of a new sleek exterior is a certificate of authentication and a "2AA" lapel pin that signifies you as a member of the Porsche Design Club.
BlackBerry Z10 Porsche Design P'9982 will set you back by more than $2400, and will still run the stock version of BlackBerry 10. At that price, you could buy A Google Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and still have money left over for a very high-end Google Chromebook. Call me crazy, but a company who is continuing on a downward slope should be introducing products that change the market, and gain them massive amounts of market share, not releasing something that is more expensive than any phone Apple has ever offered. BlackBerry says that the new Porsche Design P'9982 will arrive on November 21st, and then we will see if the demand for the device outpaces the much cheaper Z10.
Silicon Power announced today the launch of its latest external storage device. The all new Thunder T11 Thunderbolt Palm Drive utilizes Intel's Thunderbolt technology to alongside an internal SSD to achieve unprecedented speeds in an external storage device. Silicon Power says that the new Thunder T11 is certified by both Apple and Intel, and symbolizes a new era in external storage solutions.
"Thunderbolt technology can come in small palm size packages for true mobility," said Jason Ziller, Intel's Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, "We are pleased with Silicon Power's support for Thunderbolt technology and bringing Thunderbolt mobile storage to the next level for professional consumers."
The new new Thunder T11 is capable of read speeds in the range of 380Mb/s and write speeds top 340Mb/s which more than doubles the speed of USB 3.0. Silicon power chose to power the new Thunder T11 through the Thunderbolt port as well making this external storage device as compact and portable as possible. The entire devices measures in at just 74x62x15mm and weighs in at a mere 65-grams with a capacity of 120Gb. Pricing information was not provided at the time of this writing.
According to Korean Times, Apple's "first-tier display supplier" are starting production on a new iPad that will be 3.2 inches larger than the current iPads. According to the source it will have a 12.9 Retina display that will be close to ultra-high definition and could possibly be near 4K. The source claims the release could be early next year.
The display could be produced by LG or Samsung seeing how they are known production partners from that area. The new iPad is rumored to be called the "iPad Pro." It is also believed that Samsung is also going to be releasing a tablet with a 12.2 display early next year. There are rumors stirring around that a larger iPhone display might be coming as well.
As we reported a couple of weeks back, Tesla Motors has came under intense media scrutiny from fire that resulted from a Model S colliding with a metallic object in the roadway. As a result, Tesla Motors has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate all three of the recent vehicle fires that involved the Model S.
The point of the investigation is to determine if a Recall is needed to address issues that lead to the fire, or if these types of things are simply just accidents. Tesla is also taking steps of its own to prevent future minor roadway collisions from resulting in damaged undercarriage armor plating by issuing an over-the-air update that will allow the Model S to adjust its suspension height on-the-fly at highway speeds. This will give the car more ground clearance, and will hopefully allow the vehicle to glide over small debris in the road such as disguared trailer hitches, hammers, and scrap metal that may have fallen from vehicles.
This morning Samsung released sales numbers on its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the numbers are a bit impressive for a device that has seen a not so favorable welcome. Samsung says that it is managed to sell more than 800,000 Galaxy Gear units in the short two months that the device has been for sale.
In a statement, Samsung said "It's the most sold wearable watch available in the marketplace...and we plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear." Several industry analyst including former New York Times tech reviewer David Pogue said the figures released today are "inconsistent and frustrating," and that sales figures should actually be in the 50,000 range. These claims are based on earlier media reports that suggest as much as 30-percent of the devices were returned to Best Buy due to unsatisfied customers.
Call of Duty: Ghost is a next-gen game in the sense that it is the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise, but it is not however next-gen in terms of technology. When Infinity Ward announced that the game would require 6GB of RAM to run on the PC, many gamers were left asking why the game would ever need 6GB of RAM to work on a PC.
It appears that the answer to that question is that it does not require and simply can not use up 6GB of RAM at its current texture levels. Today Infinity Ward released a new patch that removes the 6GB requirement, effectively confirming what everyone thought in the first place. The patch also introduces new eSports rules as well as a new "Broadcaster" mode that will allow gamers to record their gameplay in first-person, third-person and over-the-shoulder mode.
Just two weeks ago we were reporting on OCZ's stock taking a nosedive to below $0.18 per share before rebounding back to the $0.70 level. The stock seemed to level off there, and some of us thought that the company may be able to pull itself out of the hole it fell into months ago. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case.
A new rumor has just came across my news desk unveiling that OCZ laid off 15-percent of its workforce last week. The rumor was not clear as to which divisions were the hardest hit, or if any high-salary employees were caught up in the layoffs. OCZ's stock is down more than $0.10 today since Friday when it closed at about $0.70 per share. Unlike the last nosedive, there are not rebounding spikes and if the pattern continues, OCZ could be back in the sub $0.20 per share range by Friday.
At some point in our lives, almost every American has owned a Nokia branded phone, and it was not that long ago that Nokia was considered king of the handset. Today that long standing legacy has finally come to an end as 99.7-percent of Nokia's shareholders voted to approve Microsoft acquiring Nokia's Devices and Services business for $7.2 billion.
Not all shareholders were so eager to sell, with reports of some being quite upset that an American company would be allowed to purchase a Finnish brand with such a long history. None-the-less, Microsoft is the new owner of Nokia's Devices and services division and we have most likely seen the last Nokia-branded mobile devices to be released. Todays conformation also gives Stephen Elop yet more momentum in his drive to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's next CEO.
Personally I am still sticking to my theory that Ballmer, Elop and Gates all planned this entire chain of events out back in 2009 or 2010. I think that everyone knew Ballmer wanted to retire, and that Microsoft needed its own handset to compete with Apple. A plan was hatched that would see Elop being ushered in as CEO of Nokia, who would then closely collaborate with Microsoft to develop the next-generation of Nokia Windows Phones. At the same time, Elop would help Nokia's stock tank and earn himself a big bonus for selling Nokia to Microsoft when things looked really bad. The buyout would be confirmed and Elop would be given Ballmer's seat at the helm as a thank you for his efforts. Call me crazy, but much more shady plots have been hatched in the big business world.