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Infamous Wii-hacker Johnny Chung Lee has left Microsoft after working for them with Project Natal (now known as Kinect). Johnny worked for Microsoft for three years working on human tracking algorithms for the Kinect within the Microsoft Applied Science group.
He has jumped ship to Google and is taking a position as a "Rapid Evaluator" - what this is, I do not know, but it could be a big win for Google's rumored Gaming portal.
Found this video on my daily troll of websites, a behind the scenes look at Lexar (a division of Micron) and their production process. Micron is the only chip manufacturing plant in the US and more specifically it's in Ohio.
The video is great, little facts amaze me like, the plant's clean room is 100 times cleaner than a hospitals operating room. Crazy fact! It also shows just how much work can go into something so small.
It looks like Apple CEO Steve Jobs is off to battle another nemesis, and it's not the PC or competing tablets. Jobs announced to his employees this morning that he is taking a medical leave of absence from Apple, leaving Tim Cook to handle the day to day operations at Apple.
You can say what you want about Jobs, but you can't say he isn't tough. His previous medical history includes a bout with Pancreatic Cancer in 2004 and a liver transplant in 2009, both of which he fully recovered from. No specifics were relased about the reason for the latest leave of absence, but more may be released during Apple's Q4 and 2010 earnings release tomorrow.
NVIDIA and Intel are now playing nice. I'm guessing this is because AMD is about to open up a can of whoop ass on them (all the pun in the world intended there, you may remember the tattoo, etc).
NVIDIA and Intel have announced a new six year cross-licensing deal that will have Intel coughing up $1.5 billion over five years to NVIDIA, to gain access to their technology, while NVIDIA gain access to some of Intel's patents.
AMD has just announced that CEO Dirk Meyer has resigned. Currently there is no official reason for his resignation, except that he reached a "mutual agreement" with the company's board.
Current CFO, Thomas Seifert will be the temporary CEO whilst a new one is found. Bruce Claflin, Chairman of AMD's Board of Directors and head of the CEO Search Committee said "Dirk became CEO during difficult times. He successfully stabilized AMD while simultaneously concluding strategic initiatives including the launch of GlobalFoundries, the successful settlement of our litigation with Intel and delivering Fusion APUs to the market."
Sometime in the next 24 hours, Motorola will stop trading as (MOT) and will be replaced with Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) and Motorola Solutions Inc (MSI).
Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (MMI) will cover smartphone/set-top boxes as well as sporting the new red logo that you see above, where Motorola Solutions Inc (MSI) will cover public-safety radios and handheld scanners.
Last night Facebook was held on the shoulders of the internet, being bragged that it was worth $50 billion. But it has woken today from it's post-party hangover and not only realised a tooth was missing, a tiger was in the room and that they were about to be punched in the face by Mike Tyson - but Apple had taken over as the new cool kid on the market cap block, now valued at over $300 billion!
This move now makes Apple the second public company with such a high value, second only to Exxon Mobil. Twelve months ago Apple were at the $213 billion market cap, which at the time were only $40 billion behind the great Microsoft. Now they're $60 billion in-front of Microsoft, which is obviously a great achievement.
It's no secret that online shopping is becoming more and more popular, especially during the holiday season where people (like me) prefer doing their Christmas shopping from home instead of battling traffic and crowds at the mall. The U.S. saw a significant increase in online holiday spending, reaching a new record of $30.81 billion for the first 56 days of November to December.
This was a 13% increase over last year, with the week before Christmas netting $2.45 billion and a 17% increase all by itself. Computer hardware, which includes items like tablets, e-readers, and laptops in well, saw a healthy 23 percent increase over 2009 and even books and magazines came in second on the list with a 22 percent increase in sales. All in all, it was a good time to be an online retailer.
Apple predicted just recently that it would hit the one million sold milestone before Christmas, and it is now confirmed by Apple that they managed this. How long has it taken them to get there?
Three months. It's impressive for something that Apple doesn't push as hard as the iPhone, iPads, etc. Haven't used one myself, but they do look hawt.
With today being Christmas Eve you might think shopping has pretty much ended, you would be wrong. There are still hoards of people out there that wait until the last minute and then hit the malls. If you are expecting to get a gift card or gadget from Best Buy and it happens to not work or not be the one you wanted Best Buy will be opening early on December 26.
The store will open at 7AM so you can return, exchange, or blow that Christmas loot Santa left in your stocking. Best Buy will be offering some good deals that day too. You can get an HP AMD Turion notebook with 3GB of RAM and 320GB of storage for $399.99. If you got a bunch of home theater gear an all the remotes are making your head swim, you can get a deal on a cool universal remote too.
Best Buy will have the Harmony One from Logitech for $159.99, which is $90 off. That is one of the best remotes on the market. If you got a new iPhone 4 you can save 50% on some cases and certain Blu-ray movies will be offered for $12.99. Merry Christmas!