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Last year one of our biggest stories was the discrete GPU market share numbers, with NVIDIA dominating, taking in a huge 82% of the market - leaving AMD with only 18%.
Well, now we have AMD's full-year financials to look at, with the company reporting a 28% decline in revenue for 2015. AMD reported revenues of $3.99 billion for the year, down from $5.5 billion in 2014. In Q4 2015, AMD saw a 10% decline in revenue compared to Q3, with $958 million compared to $1.06 billion in the previous three-month period.
If we look at the performance of AMD's separate businesses, the computing and graphics part of AMD saw an 11% increase in Q4, with revenues of $470 million. AMD shipped considerable numbers of high-end notebook processors, especially their Carrizo-based APUs and FX processors. The enterprise, embedded and semi-custom side of AMD didn't do well, with $488 million in revenue, and a 23% decline compared to the previous quarter.
If you're someone who uses a VPN, Tor or another proxy network to get around the region blocking on Netflix - you won't be allowed to do that for much longer. Considering Netflix is a powerful player, spending $6 billion in 2016 on original content, you'd think they'd want to keep as many consumers as happy as they can.
Netflix lawyers who write up content licensing agreements with studios and networks think that region blocking makes sense, but to those of us in the real-world, it doesn't. As Boing Boing writes "We just want to be able to watch the stuff we love, wherever and whoever we are".
According to Netflix's Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture, David Fullagar, "If all of our content were globally available, there wouldn't be a reason for members to use proxies or 'unblockers' to fool our systems into thinking they're in a different country than they're actually in". He added: "In the meantime, we will continue to respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location".
Netflix has made huge waves in the last year or so, and especially with gigantic hits like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Marvel's Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
Well, the streaming content giant is committing a huge $6 billion over 2016, which should secure itself as the leader in streaming content. During the Television Critics Association press tour, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said: "Is there too much TV?" he asked, adding "I'll pause for a second", knowing that reporters would want to note down his next quote: "We don't think there's too much TV. And if there is too much TV, someone else is going to have to slow down, because we have big plans for 2016 and beyond".
Sarandos said that Netflix will have over 600 hours of original content in 2016, adding that 2016's budget is huge. He said: "We're going to spend in 2016 about $5 billion dollars on content on a P&L basis, which means about $6 billion in cash. We are running a global network, one that is not easily comparable either in business or cultural terms ... We're not courting advertisers, because we're not targeting a single demographic".
Activision generally makes a good game, though that's always up for debate. Part of that might include a little artistic license when portraying real-world based characters. And now Activision is being sued by the family of an Angolan rebel chief that was portrayed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Three of Jonas Savimbi's surviving children don't agree with how their father was portrayed in Black Ops 2, saying that he was not quite the "barbarian" they showed him as in the game. And as a result of their dissatisfaction with the way that their father's memory was handled, they're seeking €1 million in damages,
In life, Jonas Savimbi was the leader of a guerrilla insurgency against the Angolan government to liberate it. He's the founder, and was the leader, of the National Union of the Total Independence of Angola. Ronald Reagan himself even saw him as a freedom fighter as opposed to placing the other, more extreme, term on his name.
Visiting Cooler Master and seeing what they had on hand was a blast. They really believe in where they're going, and not just in the usual marketing sense you might assume. The people behind the products are passionate, and committed.
They feel such optimism because of how they're consolidating their product lines into more manageable and easier to digest categories. Cooler Master has had a lot of different lines of cases, fans, coolers and a lot of other products in the past. It was a little confusing to some customers. Even enthusiasts could find themselves a bit taken aback by the sheer number of choices.
And that much choice isn't always necessarily a good thing for business either. It can make it hard and even expensive to manufacture so many different things at once. Hence this great effort towards making their products lines more manageable for themselves and manufacturing as well as for us. A business decision this is, but benefit the consumer much, it does.
HTC sales took a big hit in 2015, dropping 35% over sales in 2014, according to the company's newly released annual financial report.
Last year, revenue totaled $3.65 billion, down 35.24% from 2014's $5.64 billion; December 2015 sales totaled $195.7 million, a 57.08% decline year-on-year, and 36.64% sequentially.
HTC is now counting on its Vive VR headset to get them back into shape. Pre-orders start next month.
Intel has announced that it has acquired Ascending Technologies, a German company that specializes in detect-and-avoid systems for UAVs.
Last year at CES 2015, Ascending Technologies helped Intel show off with a game of "drone ping pong", with the companies teasing a hovering drone that automatically moved away from people and objects that were close to it. The drone was called AscTech Firefly, featuring six of Intel's impressive RealSense depth cameras.
Intel's acquisition of Ascending Technologies is a reiteration of its interest in the UAV business, which is something the company calls "an important computing platform of the future".
It was only back in October 2015 that Activision announced its new eSports division led by the founder of Major League Gaming and the former CEO of ESPN - but now, the company responsible for the Call of Duty franchise has secured the majority of MLG's assets.
Activision paid $46 million in the deal, which "essentially dissolves the professional gaming organisation", reports Engadget. MLG secured the deal without a stockholders meeting, with the sale rustling some investors' feathers. MLG co-founder and CEO Sundance DiGiovanni has abandoned his role, replaced by former CFO Greg Chisholm.
Back in 2002, both DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso founded MLG, hosting professional gaming tournaments, entered the streaming business and delivered eSports to television, and made it mainstream. MLG opened up the first United States professional gaming arena in Ohio, with another planned to open in China by 2017.
Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has had a killer 2015, with year-on-year revenue up 35% to 390 billion yuan (approximately $60.1 billion USD). In the third quarter, it passed Xiaomi as the #1 smartphone seller in China and became the #2 Android phone seller in Europe (thanks to its Honor sub-brand).
9 to 5 Google expects 2016 will be even bigger, given the impressive Nexus 6P and Huawei Watch devices, and goes so far as to say it may soon overtake Samsung as the #1 Android phone seller globally. Huawei shipped 100 million smartphones this year versus Samsung's 400 million, and it hasn't even launched the Honor brand in the US yet (it will in 2016). Seeing the massive success in Europe, it's likely to do great there as well.
Microsoft is joining the small list of companies that now inform their users if they suspect that they're the target of state-sponsored hacking attempts.
This policy is in response to an inquiry by Reuters about having not said anything to victims of a hacking campaign by the Chinese government that happened in 2011. Something that has spurred them to go beyond simple notifications with few details to now alert users if they suspect it's state-sponsored or not.
Microsoft will be joining Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and Google as part of a more concentrated effort to evolve methods to keep your information secure. In a statement in a recent blog post they explained that they'll send out these notifications to those they think are targeted and not just if you've been compromised. This way you can take additional measures to keep things nice and secure.