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Apple posts record financial results thanks to iPhone, Mac, App Store

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 9:27 am

In a recently issued press release, technology giant Apple bragged a fiscal 2015 third quarter pull of $49.6 billion in revenue and $10.7 billion profit, measuring in at $1.85 per diluted share.

 

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Compared to this time last year when Apple was pulling in $37.4 billion in revenue and a net profit of $7.7 billion, CEO Tim Cook is obviously happy with the results. With the hike explained as gaining assistance thanks to "iPhone revenue [being] up 59 percent" when compared to last year, the "strong sales of Mac, [and] all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch" all played a part, said Cook.

 

Set with eyes on the future, Cook further commented that customers should expect iOS 9, OS X EL Capitan and watchOS2 this coming fall.

New 007 film 'Spectre' drops full trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 8:38 am

Sony Pictures have fed the marketing beast once again, dropping a full trailer for 'Spectre', the much anticipated follow-up to the highest grossing Bond picture of all time; 'Skyfall'.

 

 

Starring Daniel Craig reprising his role as secret agent James Bond for the fourth time, 'Spectre' also stars 'Guardians of the Galaxy's David Bautista, Christoph Waltz as mysterious bad guy Oberhauser and Italian siren Monica Belucci as femme fatale Lucia Sciarra.

 

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The 'Spectre' world premiere on October 26th will kick off the film's worldwide release schedule, which hits Australia a little later on November 12th.

Latest DLC for Project CARS adds New Zealand's Ruapuna Park circuit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 8:20 am

The first Track Expansion for Project CARS is here, with Slightly Mad Studios adding New Zealand's famous Ruapuna Park circuit, as well as three iconic Audi racing cars.

 

 

Slightly Mad Studios explains: "Comprising of five unique layouts, Ruapuna Park International Raceway is New Zealand's premier motor racing facility, located 13 kilometers west of Christchurch, New Zealand. Hosting some of New Zealand's most exciting racing events, including the prestigious Lady Wigram Trophy and an annual round of the New Zealand V8s series, the track's main 3.3 kilometer layout runs in an anti-clockwise direction and its challenging layout incorporates many fast sweeping corners that reward smooth and precise drivers".

 

This isn't the last content we can expect in the form of the Track Expansions, with the studio promising continual Feature Updates that will have the Project CARS community continuing to come back for more.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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