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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.