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Apple reports $18.4 billion in profits for Q4 2015, sets a new record

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 8:33 am

Another quarter, another slew of trucks backing up to Apple's HQ and dumping piles of money. Apple profits have gone through the roof for the past three months, surpassing the record-breaking quarter Apple enjoyed in Q3 2015.

 

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Apple's Q4 2015 was magical, with $18.4 billion in profits from $75.9 billion in revenue. Apple noted the inflated profits and revenue to the average sale price of its best-selling devices - the iPhone, iPad and Mac - was also a record high, boosting Apple's margins to 40.1%. The company has also predicted its Q1 2016 results, where it's expected to hit $50-$53 billion, down from the $58 billion it pulled in during the same time last year.

 

Considering Apple only launched one new devices during the quarter, the oh-so-meh iPad Pro, it's surprising Apple did so well. But then you consider the insanely popular iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus smartphones, and it begins to make sense. Apple is also seeing a decline in orders with its suppliers, but of course, Apple didn't talk about that with its earnings release - for obvious reasons.

Google drops Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P prices by $50 for Valentine's Day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 7:11 am

Just in some for some of that mobile lovin', Google has dropped the prices of its Android 6.0-powered Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones for Valentine's Day.

 

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The 16GB unlocked Nexus 5X is now $299 while the 32GB model is $349 - a damn good price for an excellent smartphone. The bigger, Huawei-made 16GB Nexus 6P has been dropped to $449, while the 32GB model will cost $499. Google is also offering $50 credit towards any future purchase of a Huawei Watch, as long as you buy the Nexus 6P in any color.

Burnout developer announces Dangerous Golf, has a 'nod to NBA Jam'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 5:32 am

Announcing their game completely out of nowhere, Three Fields Entertainment has unveiled Dangerous Golf. The developer is a British studio made up of former Criterion developers, with Criterion being the developer behind the infamous Burnout series.

 

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Dangerous Golf, as TFE explains: "Dangerous Golf is an irreverent, silly, fun approach to golf games that challenges players to break the rules and wreak havoc on more than 100 holes in four unexpected locations. It's as serious a golf game as Burnout was a serious simulation to driving games. We wanted to mix the attitude of Burnout with the destruction of Black whilst setting the golf ball on fire - a nod to NBA Jam. This type of gameplay is part of our DNA, and something we think our fans will truly enjoy".

 

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The game features the latest technology, where it's powered by Unreal Engine 4 and uses NVIDIA's PhsyX, APEX and FleX technologies. TFE added: "Our team worked closely with both Epic's Unreal Engine 4 team and NVIDIA to not only push the boundaries of their PhysX, Apex Destruction and Flex technologies, but also to deliver a truly physics based game experience. As such, players will enjoy causing amazing destruction by smashing thousands of physically simulated rigid body valuables, shatter priceless heirlooms into small pieces and paint the environments with physically simulated liquids".

Screenshots from the PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 4:09 am

We're only days away from the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on the PC, with someone getting early access to the game on Stam and leaking out some screenshots and details on it. While you're at it, NVIDIA recommends a GeForce GTX 970 or GTX 980 Ti for 1080p/1440p 60FPS on the PC.

 

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We now that the standard version of Rise of the Tomb Raider costs $49.99, while the Season Pass will cost you $27.99 - but now we're seeing in-game screenshots of the once Xbox One timed exclusive, and it's shaping up nicely. Nixxes handled the PC port, with HBAO+, increased hardware tessellation, increased draw distance and general detail being increased. It's looking good, that's for sure.

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider hits the PC on January 28.

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Instagram showed 670 million ads in December, up from 50m in August

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 2:22 am

Instagram has been showing users ads in the last couple of months, ever since it announced back in June that it would be serving more ads. Now, we're here, and so are the ads.

 

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The company launched an ads API in August, allowing third-party companies to sell ad vacancies for them, but thanks to Facebook's ability of not sharing Instagram's revenue numbers, it's hard to see how much "more" advertising Instagram had planned on selling. Well, Brand Networks is an ad network that is an official ad partner of Instagram, and released some interesting numbers on Monday.

 

In the two charts Brand Networks provided, it shows just how quickly Instagram's push into advertising was. Brand Networks served some 50 million ad impressions on Instagram in August, but doubled this to 100 million in September. Just last month, Brand Networks served a huge 670 million - 13x its start in August. Keep in mind these numbers are from a single ad partner, so the total figures from Instagram could be far different.

Firefox 44 launches with push notifications after you close it

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 12:52 am

The latest Firefox build, now up to 44, can give you push notifications even after you close the browser. They've also removed support for the RC4 encryption cipher and added some very powerful, and easy to use, developer tools.

 

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The push notification feature lets you receive all notifications from any website that you give permission to, and if it's not loaded in a tab you'll still get the notification through Firefox itself. Mozilla says it's a useful feature for getting dynamic updates about weather and even your social network feed.

 

They've also stopped support for the aging RC4 cipher that's used for HTTPS connections. It was originally designed in 1987 and is incredibly weak by today's standards. It doesn't take long to crack a this cipher with today's compute power. So if a website uses that as their method of connection, then you'll get a warning page and you won't be able to connect. Modern SSL certificates don't make use of that anyway, so it shouldn't be too much of an issue. And those developer tools? Very slick.

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NVIDIA to launch HBM2-powered GeForce GTX Titan X successor in April

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 12:47 am

If you have been reading our GPU-related content, you should know that we are set for the biggest year in GPU history this year, from both sides: AMD and NVIDIA.

 

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Well, at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in April, we should see NVIDIA unveil the biggest GPU they've ever made - the successor to the GeForce GTX Titan X. The next-gen card could be called the GTX Titan X2, which would pull some of the wind out of AMD's sails with the dual-GPU Radeon R9 Fury X2, and we should see it featuring HBM2 - scaling up to 16-32GB with 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth. Insanity.

 

Back in September, we exclusively said that NVIDIA would release both a HBM2 and GDDR5X range of cards - something that will kick off with the HBM2-based Titan X successor. Towards June, we should see NVIDIA unveil a new GP104-based GeForce GTX 980 successor, based on GDDR5X - which offers 448GB/sec of memory bandwidth.

 

Then we have the elusive GeForce GTX 980 Ti successor, which will also be powered by HBM2. I think this card will most likely arrive sometime later in the year, depending on AMD's movement in the enthusiast GPU sector. The Titan X successor will be incredibly fast (I would say 1.5-1.8x the Titan X) and so will the GDDR5X-powered GTX 980 successor (again, most likely 1.5x the GTX 980). These two cards will fill the most important parts of the market, while keeping its secret weapon (the GTX 980 Ti successor) waiting in the darkness.

Cooler Master's Case Mod World Series 2016 has $30,000 in cash/prizes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 12:24 am

Cooler Master has just launched its Case Mod World Series 2016 event, which the company calls a "competitive modding event designed to connect modders everywhere".

 

 

In total, there are $30,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, thanks to sponsors ASUS, Avexir, Dremel, NVIDIA and OCZ. Global Community Manager for Cooler Master, Michelle Wu, explains: "Modding has exploded in recent years and is taking root in every corner of the globe. The Case Mod World Series is about fuelling that growth. It's about igniting the modding spirit - the maker spirit - on the web and right in your community. This year, we will be running local events to involve modders everywhere. Together, with the generous support of our sponsors, we hope to enable the modding community the world over".

 

There will be six judges, Ermanno Bonandini from Italy, Ronnie Hara from Brazil via Japan, Richard Keirsgieter from The Netherlands, Antony Leather from The UK, Richard Surroz and Brian Farrell from USA alongside the sponsors. From their respective fields of expertise, they will be judging the modded cases based on their scores in four weighted areas. Complexity, design, originality, and overall look. You can read more on the Cooler Master Case Mod World Series 2016 here.

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Chromebook market share grows 47% in one year, competition bailing

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 12:04 am

A new report states Google's Chromebook represents a small PC market share at 2.85% in 2015, but that's grown 47% over the year before. The success is enough that companies such as HP and Dell are said to be pulling out of the low-end laptop space, with the possibility of more to follow suit.

 

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Part of the device's success can be attributed to its wide appeal: from educators to first-time owners to budget-minded minimalists to those just wanting an extra computer in the home, it's proven it has serious reach.

Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass detailed, a lot more maps coming

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 11:54 pm

EA has released all of the details about the forthcoming DLC for Star Wars Battlefront as part of their Season Pass. And there's even some free content on the way as well.

 

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The Season Pass, controversial as it is, seems to bring the infusion of content that the game should have had when it was released. There's going to be four new expansions coming out starting in March of this year. Each one will slowly introduce us to more maps, 16 in total, weapons and vehicles to choose from. They're also bringing new game modes for us to play with that should help to keep things interesting.

 

Aside from the paid Season Pass content, EA and DICE plan on releasing some free goodies to those that don't want to pay for the DLC. They'll have a new Survival mission set on Hoth and a new Hoth multiplayer map that'll support larger game modes as well, such as Walker Assault and Supremacy. The full details of everything coming out is below, after the break.

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