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Qualcomm layoffs could happen soon, strategic split is also possible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 6:27 am

If the latest report from The Wall Street Journal turns out to be true, Qualcomm could be the next big tech giant to look at a strategic split. The company is reportedly in the process of a sweeping review that would look at the possibilities of breaking up into pieces.




In the recent months, Jana partners LLC has been asking Qualcomm to cut costs, repurchase shares at a faster rate, add new members to its board of directors, and explore a break up, after it was revealed it had a $2 billion stake in Qualcomm. The strategic split would see Qualcomm cutting up and separating its chip production business from its patent-licensing arm.


Qualcomm is expected to report its fiscal Q3 results on Wednesday, and according to The Information, the company will lay off around 10% of its global workforce, resulting in 3000 jobs being cut.

Disney/Pixar release new 'Good Dinosaur' trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 4:29 am

It was only last month that Disney/Pixar gave audiences the first look at their upcoming feature 'The Good Dinosaur', but following the release of 'Inside Out', the studio is keen to pump fans up for the second release for 2015.



The mix of bright cartoon-style characters with photo-realistic background seems an interesting visual look, but the film's premise; an alternate reality where an asteroid didn't wipe out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and humans and dinosaurs evolved together could make for a very interesting narrative.


'The Good Dinosaur' hits 2D and 3D screens worldwide from November 25th 2015.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II updated, includes 5K support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 4:20 am

After 10 years, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II has been updated, with a bunch of new goodies. First of all, we now have Steam Workshop support, with the team collaborating with the Restored Content Mod team and TSLRCM will be available on day one.




Achievements can now be earned through gameplay, there's now controller support, native widescreen resolutions are now supported, 5K resolution support has been added, and Steam Cloud saves are now featured. This comes as a total surprise to most, especially after 10 years, but fans of Star Wars: KOTOR II cannot complain, they'll be playing the game right now.

'Minecraft' film moving ahead at Warner Bros

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 4:00 am

Warner Bros. have been working on a feature film adaptation for some time now and with the multi-platform hit going from strength to strength, the studio has decided to move forward on the film with a new director.




According to SlashFilm, the studio and Mojang have settled on 'It's always sunny in Philadelphia' director Rob McElhenney to take the project forward.



With the project still in the early stages of formulation, fans shouldn't expect the film until 2017 at the earliest. 'Real Steel' and 'Night at the Museum' director Shawn Levy was previously attached to the project, but parties decided to part ways at the end of 2015.

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Microsoft revenues are in, with Surface revenues up a huge 117%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 3:38 am

Microsoft has posted its revenues for the quarter, with the Redmond-based OS giant posting a $2.1 billion loss, just a week away from arguably its biggest launch ever; Windows 10.




The company had to get rid of thousands upon thousands of employees in its smartphone side of things, but with its $2.1 billion in loss from $22.2 billion in revenue, it's all being blamed on no flagship releases, and the fact that the company had a huge $7.5 billion write down from the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services Division last year. There were also two restructuring charges of $780 million and $160 million, with Microsoft noting: "these items totaled $8.4 billion or a $1.02 per share negative impact. Excluding this impact, operating income and EPS would have been $6.4 billion and $0.62, respectively".


But the surprising part of Microsoft's quarterly earnings is that Surface revenues are up by a huge 117%, or $888 million for the three-month period. Throughout Microsoft's entire 2015 FY, Surface revenues passed $3.6 billion, an increase of 65% year-over-year. Microsoft also notes that the Xbox has experienced growth, with the company explaining: "based on strong growth in consoles, Xbox Live transactions and first party games".

NVIDIA working on two HBM2-based cards, is one the GeForce GTX 1080?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 2:02 am

It was only earlier last month that NVIDIA had reportedly taped out the GP100 process on TSMC's 16nm process, but now we're hearing that we should expect two GPUs from this, both featuring HBM2.




The first GPU will use 8-Hi stacks, while the other will have 4-Hi stacks, both featuring the Pascal architecture, 16nm process, a 4096-bit memory bus and HBM2. The 4-Hi variation of the GPU will be clocked at 1GHz, which will end up as a consumer-orientated GeForce GPU of some sort (the GeForce GTX 1080 if NVIDIA continues along its naming path) while the second variation has four HBM2 stacks at 1GHz, each with 8-Hi.


For those not in the know, the x-Hi (x representing 4 or 8) denotes the number of stacked DRAM dies, so we'll see the GP100 GPU with 8-Hi HBM2 stacks aimed at the professional market (think Quadro, Tesla), while the 4-Hi HBM2 will be the next-gen consumer GeForce card, expected in 2016.

Windows 10 will include a built-in screen recording feature

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 1:00 am

In a move that will have most people asking "why haven't we had it sooner", Windows 10 might have a built-in screen recording feature. The latest pre-release build has some new tips throughout the OS, teasing that when you press the Windows Key + G together, it will open up a brand spankin' new recording option.




TechAU reports that when pressing WinKey + G, it "brings up a toolbar that allows you to take an image (you already had the snipping tool for the that), as well as the ability to record video. The intention, or promoted functionality for this is to capture Windows games in much the same way you can command Cortana by saying 'Xbox record that'".


The recorded videos find themselves in Videos/Capture, but the screen recording feature seems to be locked to the Xbox app, which is weird. An OS-wide recording application would be awesome, I don't see why it has to be associated with Xbox, or gaming in general. Especially considering the wide use of screen recorders for YouTubers. But, this is exciting news for Windows 10, a built-in screen recorder would be a great new feature for Microsoft's soon-to-be here operating system.

Stephen Hawking leads $100m search to find E.T

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 12:33 am

Theoretical scientist Stephen Hawking has exceeded his life expectancy by some 50 years, but at the age of 73 he has precious few years to attend to unfinished business. But now according to the Washington Post, Hawking has unveiled 'Breakthrough Listen', a $100 million project bankrolled by Russian Billionaire Yuri Milner to search the heavens for signs of extraterrestrial life.



The fund will significantly boost availability of telescopes and allow scientists to collect significantly more data than currently able. Relying on statistical probability, Hawking says "We believe that life arose spontaneously on Earth. So in an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life" but Milner is somewhat more circumspect. "I think it's a low probability but high impact event... Irrespective of what the answer is, it's a powerful answer. At any given time, we should apply the best technology and use the best instruments available to search for that answer."

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3 Things to Love About the Speedy Desktop USB Charger

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 4:44 pm



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Companies hope using VR can help highlight distracted driving dangers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 2:45 pm

Wireless carrier AT&T will work with Samsung, Google and Bose to create a new virtual reality demonstration to highlight the dangers of distracted driving. As part of the "It Can Wait" distracted driving campaign, AT&T wants to get the attention of younger drivers.



Fifty-eight percent of drivers from 18 to 29 years of age text while driving, with 48 percent admitting to browsing the Internet, and 30 percent accessing social media, according to a recent Distracted Driving Study from State Farm. Unfortunately, those aren't surprising statistics, and it looks like about 60 percent of auto accidents that have at least one young driver is influenced by driver distraction.


During its 100-city summer tour, AT&T will be showing off new VR demonstrations using the Samsung Gear VR headset - and 100,000 Google Cardboard viewers will also be given away to attendees.

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