Yahoo! Inc. have just announced that Yahoo! co-founder, Jerry Yang has resigned from its Board of Directors and all other positions within the company, effective today. Yang has also resigned from the Boards of Yahoo Japan Corporation and Alibaba Group Holding Limited, also, effective today.
In a latter Yang wrote to the Yahoo! Board Chairman, Roy Bostock, he said:
My time at Yahoo!, from its founding to the present, has encompassed some of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life. However, the time has come for me to pursue other interests outside of Yahoo! As I leave the company I co-founded nearly 17 years ago, I am enthusiastic about the appointment of Scott Thompson as Chief Executive Officer and his ability, along with the entire Yahoo! leadership team, to guide Yahoo! into an exciting and successful future.
Well, if the iiNet acquiring Internode wasn't big enough news for Australia this afternoon, this will be enough to have a celebratory drink tonight. Gerry Harvey has just announced Harvey Norman Direct Import, which will sell import European copies of video games at 'vastly reduced prices'. The site goes live at 6pm this evening, and continue from now. Gerry Harvey has been quoted "if you can't beat them, join them."
Harvey Norman spokesperson Ben Mackintosh has been quoted:
Harvey Norman is very pleased to announce, from six pm tonight, Harvey Norman will be utilising its global network, selling games direct to the consumers at fantastic global prices GST free. Consumers will be directly importing from Europe at the best prices available.
The Australian gaming customer has been paying far too much for console games. Retailers and suppliers have been keeping the prices far too high. We're utilising our network to bring better prices to the consumer. We strongly recommend that you do not buy a game until you've seen our website. We will save you money on games. We stand by this as a great new feature in the Australian market and we're going to rip up the prices of Australian market.
Two favourite ISPs, Internode and iiNet are merging into one. iiNet are buying Internode for a cool $105 million. The deal is said to be completed by the end of February. This isn't the first ISP that iiNet have scooped up, they purchased Westnet and Netspace previously.
Internode will continue to as a separate business unit, with business as usual. "Off-net" customers, those who are using services wholesaled from Telstra, will be merged onto the iiNet network. This is said to be 15,000 of Internode's total 190,000 customers. Right now, there's no short-term plans to change any of Internode's existing plans, with iiNet CEO Michael Malone saying:
There's no short term intention to do that.
North Korea's "Dear Leader", Kim Jong-Il has died, at 69. Kim's death was reported on Monday by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. Kim reportedly had a stroke back in 2008, and may have also had pancreatic cancer, according to South Korean news reports.
Kim was a 'chain-smoking recluse', who rules for 17 years after coming into power in July 1994 and resisted opening up to the outside world in order to protect his regime.
The news comes just hours after the U.S. military pull their last troops out of Iraq. Will we see a move by the U.S. in the next few weeks?
It's over! The dust has settled and Apple have walked away with their tail between their legs, with Samsung walking out victorious. The High Court just now rejected Apple's leave to appeal.
This means Samsung can have their Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Australian retailer shelves before Christmas. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Wi-Fi only model will start at $579, and the 32GB model with 3G built-in will go for $729.
Below is a statement from Samsung:
As the High Court has today rejected Apple's leave to appeal, Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased to announce the highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 will be available in stores in time for the Christmas shopping period from a RRP of $579 (16GB WiFi variant) and a RRP of $729 (16GB 3G variant).
Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased with today's judgment by the High Court of Australia to deny Apple's request to appeal the decision of the Full Court.
The Full Court of Australia decision on November 30 clearly affirmed our view that Apple's claims lack merit and that an injunction should not have been imposed on the GALAXY Tab 10.1.
This is kind of not unexpected, but there are rumors that AMD might be exiting the CPU market, probably from the unsuccessful launch of Bulldozer and the constant #WINNING of Intel's Core range of processors.
Mike Silverman, AMD company spokesman has said:
We're at an inflection point. We will all need to let go of the old 'AMD versus Intel' mind-set, because it won't be about that anymore.
What AMD does from here is unknown, but we all know that they just cannot compete with Intel at the high-end. They cannot compete with Intel at mid-range and market penetration of Intel's brand is far too strong and has been for quite a while now. AMD are late to the game in virtually every market, even smartphone and tablet technology. The only market they have a strong foot in is the graphics market.
Apple and Samsung have been fighting for what seems forever, but Samsung has kicked Apple's arse for once and with a full bench of the Federal Court overturned the injunction on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 Australian release.
But, [come on, you knew there would be a but] within minutes of the verdict being smacked down onto Apple, Apple made it clear its intentions to appeal the decision to the High Court, which should drag out this dispute through to 2012.
Apple wants to suspend the verdict until
the iPad 3 is released so that the injunction stays in place. The Court conceded to Apple and issues a stay of orders until 4pm on Friday afternoon, allowing the Curpentino-based company to lodge its appeal with the High Court.
I can see it now. Samsung's Galaxy Nexus handset is propped open, LN2 is used and they've overclocked it to insane levels. New 3DMark for Android record achieved! Futuremark only two weeks ago announced 3DMark for Windows 8 and today comes the announcement in my inbox of 3DMark for Android.
Futuremark have said that the results from these two benchmarks will actually be comparable, so I would definitely like to know how that will happen. 3DMark for Android is currently in development with an ETA of sometime in 2012. 3DMark for Android (which is a working title by the way) will:
Measures gaming performance using rendering, CPU and physics tests.
- Stunning real-time graphics push the OpenGL ES API to the limit.
- Complementary online service to compare results between devices.
- Results will be comparable with 3DMark for Windows 8.
- Currently in development, expected to be released in 2012.
AMD are reportedly having more issues with their APUs in production with GlobalFoundaries on the 28nm process. Rumors have started emerging over the last few days that AMD cancelled its Wichita and Krishna APUs, the 28nm successors to its C-Series and E-Series chips for budget and mainstream notebooks.
AMD are now looking to move production of 28nm chips from GlobalFoundaries to TMSC, as well as starting completely from scratch. As ExtremeTech have said, "the implications and financial repercussions could be enormous," there's just no other way to put it. Moving 28nm APUs from GloFo to TMSC means completely scrapping the existing designs and laying out new parts using gate-laste compared to gate-first manufacturing currently in place at GloFo.
The first fifteen minutes of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are available, but get in quick because Activision will most likely take this down ASAP. I don't to spoil it for anyone, but I watched the entire thing and wow. It just looks like the previous 3 - 4 COD titles.
No improvement in graphics, movement, lightning, textures, shadows, anything. Even the text on the screen is the same. One of the stand outs for me: "You've been hit, get to cover", yes, the game even tells you that you've been shot (when shot 3 - 4 times) and tells you to get to cover. I'm not surprised at the technology in the game, but after playing Battlefield 3, this just looks so, so, so old.
Really? This is the best selling FPS franchise of all time and this is how it treats its players? Simplified, corridor shooter at best, with lame, old graphics. But, it'll sell like Jesus' finger nails at a Church function. Watch the video before its pulled, remember there's spoilers.
HP have just announced that they are 'reversing course' and will now not sell off their PC unit. HP announced in August that they would spin off the business, but with CEO Lep Apotheker now on the outside, and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman directing the HP ship, they've reevaluated their plans. Quoting Whitman here:
HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG [Personal Systems Group]. It's clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees. HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.
According to The Wall Street Journal, HP's initial estimate of a $300-400 million cost to spin off the PC unit proved to be far too low, further studies actually put the cost closer to $1.5 billion. On top of that, a strategic review determined the level of integration across HP's business was deep enough that contributions from the PC unit would actually be missed. HP ultimately decided to keep the business in-house.
LSI Corporation have just announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to acquire SandForce Inc for approximately $322 million in cash, net of cash assumed, and assume approximately $48 million of unvested stock options and restricted shares held by SandForce employees. SandForce is a leading provider of flash storage processors for enterprise and client flash solutions and solid state drives (SSDs).
SandForce controllers power most of the SSDs we all know and love, and the acquisition greatly enhances LSI's competitive position in the fast-growing server and storage PCIe flash adapter market, where the WarpDrive family of products from LSI are already SandForce-powered.
Abhi Talwalkar, LSI president and chief executive officer has a few things to say:
Flash-based solutions are critical for accelerating application performance in servers, storage and client devices. Adding SandForce's technology to LSI's broad storage portfolio is consistent with our mission to accelerate storage and networking. The acquisition represents a significant, rapidly growing market opportunity for LSI over the next several years.
Sigh. Apple have won their injunction and have halted the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, with Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett delivering her verdict just a little while ago now. Bennett's said it was "appropriate" to grant a temporary injunction. This isn't the end, however. The case was reportedly "evenly weighed", but still ruled in Apple's favor.
This is partly because Samsung weren't willing to present itself for an early final hearing in November. Both parties are set to have statements released, and are both expected back in court tomorrow for a directions hearing that will determine where the case goes from here. Samsung's statement is below (or in the full news post):
The great Steve Jobs has passed away after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was just 56 years old. We at TweakTown dearly mourn his death and would like to offer our condolences to the Jobs family. Jobs was an amazing man, Apple is where they are because of him. Music is where it is because of him. Most technology firms are pushing so much further because of the things Steve did.
Steve pushed and pushed and put a computer into every single dorm room, bedroom and living room. Something Microsoft couldn't wish for - they just wanted it in your office. Years later, he put an Apple product in every bag, pocket and hand thanks to the iPad, iPhone and iPod.
He was a great man, a turtle-neck-wearing technological hero, an inspiration, a visionary. You'll be missed, Steve.
Samsung Electronics have just announced they will file separate preliminary injunction motions against Paris, France and Milano, Italy on October 5 local time requesting the courts block the sale of Apple's iPhone 4S in the respective markets. Samsung's requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wireband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.
The patent they refer to is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple's violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales. This bit is the bit that puts a smile on my Samsung lovin' dial:
Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.
The Battlefield 3 beta has given users the chance to either play the beta early (48 hours earlier than the open beta) and for those who didn't, they got a free, no obligation chance to test out the beta to see if they liked it. So far, most people have loved it. But there are of course, the haters. There are issues with the beta, but this is why it is a beta after all. It does not represent the final product, nor does it show off the entire game.
But, there has been a tweet from the guys behind Battlefield 3 have tweeted that they've lost 34,000 pre-orders with those numbers rising. They remind everyone that "people need to be aware this is a beta, much more to come for the full game". I have to reinforce the same thing, it's not perfect for me, but I expect that for a beta. I do expect more from the full game, but I haven't canceled my pre-order. The news of BF3 possibly hitting Steam made me cancel my CD-key order and wait for Steam, though.
BF3Blog has received an anonymous report from inside Valve, that they are in late-stage talks with EA to bring Battlefield 3 to Steam. The rumor is that Battlefield 3 will be available just in time for the release of the game on October 25. According to the report, EA and Valve are very close to reaching an agreement regarding sales of DLC content, which is the main reason Battlefield 3 wasn't previously coming to Steam.
Valve requires that all DLC is sold through Steam, whereas EA prefers to sell it through their own channels. This was why Crysis 2 (another EA title) was pulled from Steam earlier this year. Many PC gamers have lobbied both EA and Valve to bring Battlefield 3 to Steam and it looks like this may just happen. Fingers crossed!
Steve Jobs has officially submitted his resignation to the Apple board today, and as of this afternoon he will no longer be Apple's Chief Executive Officer. Tim Cook is set to take over as CEO. The exact details as to why he's stepping down as CEO are not disclosed, but many are guessing it's health-related. Jobs has been on medical leave since January 17 - the second time in two years. Steve Jobs' letter is below:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
President Obama has scheduled a last-minute speech to address the nation regarding the hoopla of the debt ceiling and the potential of a U.S. default. The speech comes after Republicans and Democrats failed to strike a "grand bargain" that would have raised the debt ceiling and avoided the US defaulting and losing its AAA credit rating, Obama is set to adress the nation beginning at 9:00PM ET.
Obama's speech will be followed by a response from U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). The speech will be live streamed from whitehouse.gov, click the link to watch it live.
Android 2.2 and above user? Strap in and get ready to have an updated Android Market experience. Google have a new version of the Android Market coming, a version that adds tabs for easy access to Google Books and Movies. From $1.99, you'll be able to start watching movies virtually instantly, offline access is also available which will allow users to download the movies to their devices for later viewing.
Books is now integrated also, saving the hassle of having to launch the app, which required one to open the browser to actually buy any digital books. The new design is also cleaner, finger-friendlier (Engadgets wording!! haha) and the addition of Editor's Choice apps should make your experience easier than ever. The update is rolling out over the next few weeks.
Also, if you're feeling jumpy, you can download the APK yourself and try it out - let me know how you go!
For the first time ever - a man has been cured of HIV. The steps to reach the success nearly killed him but this success also opens a slight gap of hope to someday killing off the disease, permanently.
Timothy Ray Brown went through some pretty aggressive treatment consisting of chemotherapy that destroyed the majority of his immune cells, total body irradiation and finally a risky stem-cell transplant that nearly 1/3 of patients don't live through.