MSI, who are mostly known for their motherboards, graphics cards, notebooks and other smaller product lines, have decided they're entering the SSD business with their decision today. MSI have inked a deal with LSI-SandForce as a provider for SSD controllers.
MSI's website states that all "SandForce-Driven" SSDs include a column for MSI, with model numbers for the upcoming SSDs "coming soon". MSI have dabbled in SSD's before, with their super-fast GT60/GT70 gaming notebooks that sport an MSI-designed SSD RAID solution.
This SSD RAID solution uses SanDisk-made mSATA SSDs in a striped RAID 0 array.
What are your thoughts on the move into SSDs? A natural progression of business for MSI? Do you think we'll see exciting stuff from the usual motherboard- and graphics card-maker?
Terry Cheng, the now ex-CEO of Foxconn has just resigned, and is now awaiting approval of his resignation from the board chairman. Cheng, an engineering specialist, joined Hon Hai in 2007 after he had served ten years as Texas Instruments' president of Asian operation.
Cheng had only taken over for previous CEO Chen Wei-liang on January 1 of this year. Cheng's resignation has seemingly come out of nowhere and his reason for leaving is unclear for now. Terry Gou, current board chairman, is reportedly trying to persuade Cheng to continue on as CEO.
Foxconn took a hit of around $28.1 million of losses in 2010, but were able to scoop up some profits a year later in 2011 with around $9.4 million.
It looks like the rumors that were going around a few weeks ago were right, as Sony have just acquired cloud-based gaming firm Gaikai for $380 million. The news is very new, so there's not much meat here.
Gaikai is a California-based company, and until now, the company had only raised $45 million in funding. So this acquisition could be a knee-jerk reaction to NVIDIA's cloud-based future of gaming with GeForce Grid, or the future of gaming in general. More as it comes.
Apple has just announced an update in OSX that will allow users to respond to text messages straight from their PC. This somehow functions through the iCloud service, so I'm sure this will require an iPhone to work. However, this is not the only update to iCloud announced at WWDC; they have integrated a Google Docs alternative.
CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, has just passed the House by a vote of 248 to 168. This is not good news, at least in my opinion. The vote ran largely along partisan lines, with the occasional switch. The bill has passed with several amendments that it collected along its way to the vote today.
The future of the bill isn't certain law, at least not yet. First the bill has to make it through the Senate, which is controlled by the opposite party of the House. Next, the bill would go before President Obama who yesterday made a veto threat of the Act, due to unhappiness with its potential lack of privacy controls.
Many citizens are concerned about the broad language contained within the bill which would allow the government to use the mandates and powers contained within in ways that would be antithetical to privacy and could be too intrusive. As a US citizen, I join with the people who fear the bill and I will be watching the progress closely. Stay tuned for more.
Apple announced its financial earnings today and, of course, some incredible numbers are the results. Apple made a whopping $11.6 billion in profit from $39.2 billion revenue. In Q1 2011, they made $5.99 billion profit from $24.67 billion revenue. That is over a 25% profit margin. Wow.
Apple had some massive sales numbers. The company sold 35.1 million iPhones. They also sold an incredible 11.8 million iPads, 4 million Macs, and 7.7 million iPods. It will be curious to see if the FlashBack malware has an effect on Mac sales in Q2.
BREAKING NEWS: An 8.9-magnitude, then downgraded to 8.7-magnitude by the USGS (United States Geological Survey) has struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake struck 308 miles (500km) southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra Island, at a depth of 20.5 miles (33km).
The quake was so severe it was felt as far away as the Thai capital, Bangkok, and as well as southern India. Because the earthquake was a strike-slip, it means there is less chance of a devastating tsunami. A strike-slip earthquake happen vertically, and the water dispersement is not as bad as a reverse fault, or normal fault, where the normal fault sends the crust up horizontally, where tsunamis usually happen, especially at this magnitude.
Just two hours later, and only moments ago, an 8.2-magnitude earthquake has struck in the same region. This was at a depth of 10.2 miles, so much closer to the ground itself. We'll try to update as news is out, but for now the first earthquake isn't said to create a tsunami worth worrying about, but the second one has just happened, so we'll report back when we have news.
We would advise you to take caution, don't panic and stay as calm as you can. Of course, if you want to leave to feel safer, please do so. We'll keep the news coming as it happens.
Well, that got out of control fast. Reports are flying out onto the Internet that there's been at least one stabbing victim at a BBM party RIM was hosting in London. Those at the party aren't allowed to leave. There are multiple tweets on the event, below:
- George Eason (@mrgeorgeeason) April 3, 2012
There's been an incident at the Blackberry party and no one is currently allowed to leave #bbmparty #OMG
- Edward Gleave (@Ed_StarOnSunday) April 3, 2012
So I can't leave the #BBMparty cos some1 got shanked in the neck #ThisCantBeLife lockerz.com/s/198284823
- Joe (@NotUrAverageJ0) April 4, 2012
OhmyGOD someones been stabbed with a broken bottle at the #bbmparty !? That's awful. How absolutely horrific.
- Jennifer-Rosellen (@JRosellenM) April 4, 2012
According to a reporter at the Daily Telegraph, the police department have actually made an arrest:
Met: Man in serious condition in hospital after incident shortly after midnight at #bbmparty in SE1. One arrest. Guests still held.
- Matthew Holehouse (@mattholehouse) April 4, 2012
UPDATE - Happy April Fools :)
This Sunday leaked documents just witnessed by TweakTown staff state that AMD is set to start producing Intel processors and potentially chipsets and other IC in an upcoming London, England based fab which is set to be complete and operational by the end of 2014.
With AMD recently selling its stake in Global Foundries and relatively cashed up, it seems the time is right for AMD to invest in the land of the Commonwealth queen. AMD's brand new 18nm-capable manufacturing facility is set to be built in a reserved part of the Queen's gardens, just a few minutes' walk from Buckingham Palace.
Reasoning behind Intel's motives here suggest that it may relax judges around the world considering Intel's issues with anti-competitive behavior in the past and it's only going to be a good thing to stack AMD's pockets with loads of mulah.
AMD President and CEO Rory P. Read was quoted as being very excited about what this Intel partnership will offer its investors and he also said that he couldn't wait to travel to England more regularly and enjoy a serve of bangers and mash at every chance he had. Talking about food during such important business? Anyway, we'll let it pass...
Rovio Entertainment, the people behind Angry Birds, acquire Futuremark Games Studio, the people behind 3DMark
Finnish-based Rovio Entertainment, the people behind the immensely popular Angry Birds games, have just acquired Futuremark Games Studio. You may remember Futuremark, as they're only the company behind the super-popular and great benchmarking tool, 3DMark, and more.
Within the acquisition, Futuremark Games Studio keeps some of their IP such as Shattered Horizon, Hungribles, and Unstoppable Gorg. Futuremark will now renew their focus on making great benchmarks and performance measurement software for gamers, home users, small businesses, and the IT industry. 2012 will see the release of a new 3DMark from the company, where for the first time ever, which will allow a direct comparison of gaming performance across operating systems and form factors, as well as a new version of PCMark for Windows 8.
You know what I want to see? A 3DMark featuring super-detailed versions of the Angry Bird universe, now that would be cool.
Our friends over at The Verge have stumbled upon a guide for the employees running the "Smoked by Windows Phone" contest. It shows that Microsoft knew where Windows Phone had weaknesses and steered employees to choose challenges that had a lower risk of them losing. Some quotes from the The Verge explain further.
Some of the weaknesses identified by Microsoft include the widgets that Sahas Katta used to win the contest that he was told he lost. Later, Microsoft made good on the offer. Microsoft offered several challenges to its employees so that they would be able to steer clear of the weaknesses identified and win nearly all the time.
It's here! Samsung have just announced through their Facebook page that the upgrade for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now available for their flagship Galaxy S II smartphone. Samsung have announced it will be served up in European countries first.
The first to get it are Poland, Hungary, and Sweden, as well as Korea. It should roll out around the world over the coming days. Samsung have also said that the ICS-based upgrade should roll out to other Galaxy-branded phones soon, with the Note, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 all getting the delicious upgrade.
On top of this, Samsung will offer Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware upgrades to Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab 7-inch, Galaxy S Plus, Galaxy S SCL (Super Clear LCD) and Galaxy W from the end of March. The new firmware upgrades for Galaxy S sport features such as Facebook Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor, and more.
I can't wait for Australia to get it, or for the ROM to hit the tubes!
[UPDATE] Telstra's Facebook page has been updated with:
All - Telstra lost connectivity with the international data network around 1:40pm this afternoon, which resulted in an overload on domestic sites, causing issues with internet access.
The vast majority of customers are back online, but our engineers continue to monitor the network.
Call volumes are high to our customer service channels because of this outage and we appreciate your patience.
We'll keep you updated as soon as we can.
BREAKING: Telstra are experiencing a massive outage to their services, which seems to be affecting not just normal ADSL customers, but Cable-based, Next-G, Satellite and more. The outage started about an hour ago and has been quickly spreading.
Telstra's own Facebook page has been updated with the following message:
A service outage has been identified which is resulting in intermittent internet access. This is being treated as a matter of high priority. Thanks for your patience.
You may remember the various antenna/reception-related issues that the iPhone 4 had at launch, and the whole "Antennagate" that surrounded it. Apple said it was the way users were holding it, then as more people were experiencing the issue, the more it became mainstream. Bumper cases were given out to sort out the obvious problem, and in the end, we now have a class-action lawsuit where iPhone 4 owners can get $15 back, or a free bumper case.
The settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit which targeted the antenna performance in the iPhone 4. U.S. residents who purchased an iPhone 4 will be entitled to $15 in cash, or a free bumper case from Apple. There were 18 different lawsuits that were all consolidated into a class-action lawsuit, and all share the same claim that Apple was:
Misrepresenting and concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale, and servicing of its iPhone 4--particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software.
Salt, here take it. Let's get onto the goss! Leaked information has floated up from the depths of the Internet from Lenzfire, where they've published some specifications for the upcoming GeForce 600-series. I'll say it again, here's your salt.
This news has me excited. Lenzfire's sources claim that NVIDIA's Kepler GTX680 should be up to 45-percent faster than AMD's fastest Radeon HD 7970 GPU. The interesting part here is that the GeForce GTX680 is said to have just 2GB of RAM, compared to the 7970's 3GB, and is still 45-percent faster. What helps here is the GTX680 reportedly has twice as many stream processors, and backed up by the entire Kepler range being PCI-E 3.0 compliant.
The GeForce GTX680 will reportedly launch with a $649 price, so for just $100 more, you're getting a Team Green card that is 45-percent faster. This could be some very dangerous news for AMD. On a different note, specs of a dual-GPU Kepler-based card are here too.
Keep in mind, that the specs, whilst impressive... could be dominated quite early into their life as AMD are already working on their revised GCN-based HD 8000-series of GPUs. This could be why AMD jumped the gun and released them ahead of NVIDIA.
BREAKING: Germany-based computer hardware retailer, Caseking, have just acquired British-based Overclockers. Overclockers UK have had a long-standing achievement of being one of the biggest sellers of computer hardware in the UK.
They've been in a band of just a few, with companies such as Ebuyer, Scan Computers International, Novatech, and Aria PC in selling PC hardware. Overclockers UK have been around since 1999, and have had their HQ in Newcastle-under-lyme.
The takeover involves 40 members of staff who currently work for Overclockers UK, but at the moment it is not known what the acquisition has in store for both Overclockers UK and its employees. The value of the deal is not exactly known either, but it is estimated to come in at 'less than €50 million'. The deal took place on February 1, 2012, and as you probably have guessed, both companies have been quiet about it.
US-based Space Systems/Loral has won a $620 million contract that involves two satellites which will provide high-speed broadband to areas in remote Australia. The announcement was made just moments ago in Canberra by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, as well as NBN Co chief Mike Quigley.
Loral Space and Communications, a California-based group, will launch two satellites which will provide the high-speed Internet by 2015 under the national broadband network (NBN). If you didn't already know, the NBN Co is the federal government-owned enterprise who is in charge of rolling out fibre optic cable broadband to 93-percent of Australia's 13 million homes, schools and businesses by 2021.
If the fibre optic network is not available to you, the fixed wireless technology and satellite technology will be used to 4-percent of premises, and 3-percent of the remaining premises, respectively. Stephen Conroy said in a statement:
This will ensure high speed broadband is delivered to Australia's remotest towns, such as Calvert in the Northern Territory and Bandya in Western Australia.
[update] Seems to be OK now, but at the time it was definitely down. I noticed it pretty quickly and no one else from Google searches had said anything about it. I figured I must have been one of the only ones to notice that quick. Seems all good now! Thanks to our readers for commenting and letting us know of their success/problems with Facebook! You guys and girls are awesome! :)
I just had a text message from my BFF, Tristan, who has informed me Facebook is down. I was typing up some news and thought "yeah, come on". I checked Facebook.com and sure as HELL, it's down.
It's not just you! http://facebook.com looks down from here.
The site loaded up just as I got 3/4 the way through typing up this piece, but is now ultra slow. I'd say it feels like its at 5-percent working capacity right now.
I'll update this post as we find information out.
Comment to let us know if you're experiencing issues, or if the site is not even loading at all for you.
RIM have been going through quite a lot of issues lately, thanks largely to Android and iOS. RIM Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis have both just stepped down, after announcing that they would draw only $1 of yearly salaries to help the company's financial problems.
The move has been a start in management shuffles, where after a year of pressure from both investors and stockholders, both have stepped down from the Co-CEO positions. RIM insider and current COO Thorsten Heins will replace the Co-CEOs.
Lazaridis and Balsillie have both led RIM for decades now, as Lazaridis founded Research in Motion (RIM) back in 1984, shortly after taking on Balsillie. Balsillie stepped down from his role as Chairman back in 2007, but continued as Co-CEO with Lazaridis. Today, Lazaridis becomes vice chairman, and Balsillie continues to be a board member, but with no functional role in RIM.
RIM Director, Barbara Stymiest takes over as chairman, and Thorsten Heins, the current COO goes into numero uno position. Heins came into RIM four years ago from Siemens AG, where he was the CTO.
Anonymous takes down multiple sites in retaliation of Megaupload close down and arrests, in largest attack ever
Megaupload was taken down today, with the FBI, DOJ and local authorities across the world arresting people involved. But, those people should not feel alone, Anonymous has their back.
Anonymous have begun an attack on the website for the White House, after raping the sites for the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, RIAA, and Motion Picture Association of America. Just hours before the DoJ and Universal sites went dark, news broke that Megaupload was taken down by federal agents. Less an an hour after the DoJ and Universal sites came crashing down, the RIAA website went offline, just before 6pm EST, the government's Copyright.gov went down.
It didn't stop there, thirty minutes later, the BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) website was also stripped down. MPAA.org (which I have just tried) is dark right now, another "victory" for Anonymous. MPAA is spear-headed by Chris Dodd, who fully supports both PIPA and SOPA legislation. Anonymous operative, Barrett Brown, has stated that "more is coming" and Anonymous-aligned hacktivists are pursuing a join effort with others to "damage campaign raising abilities of remaining Democrats who support SOPA".
This has been called the 'largest attack ever' by Anonymous.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shut down one of the world's most popular file-sharing websites today, MegaUpload.com. They also announced the arrest of four people behind a "global crackdown against the suspected online pirates", reported The Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted seven people and two companies in total, in the indictment, Megaupload and a company associated with it are accused of making $175 million while simultaneously causing approximately half a billion dollars in copyright infringement. The seven people indicted are: the site's founder, Kim Dotcom (a.k.a. Kim Schmitz), who holds residency in New Zealand and Hong Kong. Employees Bram van der Kolk, aka Bramos, 29, Julius Bencko, Finn Batato, Sven Echternach, Mathias Ortmann, and Andrus Nomm.
New Zealand authorities arrested the above-mentioned four people, Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and van der Kolk, with the others not yet arrested. The indictment states that the accused are part of a, and get this, I'll quote it for effect:
the Mega Conspiracy, a worldwide criminal organization whose members engaged in criminal copyright infringement and money laundering on a massive scale.