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The Nintendo Wii was selling in droves for the first few years it was on the market when the devices were so hard to find. After the supply caught up with demand, profits for Nintendo from the console started to slump.
Sales of the Wii are now said to have dropped 21% in a single year's time. Sales of software have also dropped along with console sales.
The DS is said to have declined as well with a 12% drop. The DS sales will increase undoubtedly with the 3DS on the horizon. Perhaps a new Wii that has more to offer than a new color will be coming. The console needs HD graphics.
Google has just swallowed up another software maker; this one a canadian based mob known as BumpTop which is known for its 3D desktop environment for both Windows and Mac.
You may have noticed this software bundled with select Sapphire and HIS Radeon graphics cards. It allows the user to interact with their media in a new way, giving a 3D desk-like view that supports multi-touch as well.
If you think you could make good use of it you should be quick to head over to BumpTop's website and download it while it's still free and accessible; apparently only 'till the end of this week.
It is not known how much Google handed over for this acquisition.
You might recall that cool dual screen Courier concept that Microsoft was showing off. I know I was looking forward to seeing how the device turned out. If you were interesting in the project, we have bad news today.
Microsoft has decided to kill off the Courier tablet. The cancellation is surprising considering that we had been hearing the device was on track to hit stores in 2011.
Microsoft's Frank Shaw told Gizmodo, "At any given time, we're looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It's in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time."
Anyone with half a brain knew when Apple purchased online music service Lala that its days were numbered. Apple was either looking to axe some competition or was out to integrate Lala into its own online subscription music offering (or both).
I know I am hoping for the second option and according to TechCruch sources are telling it that is exactly what will happen and perhaps as early as June. Lala will be available for existing subscribers until May 31. No new subscribers are being accepted.
Apparently, anyone with money left in Lala will have the funds transferred over to iTunes. I know many folks who may be sad to lose Lala, but will be hopeful that Apple finally offers that subscription service.
Steve Jobs has had enough of folks complaining that he won't let his products support Flash. In fact, he figures that people should just embrace HTML5 and move on.
The open letter was titled "Thoughts on Flash" and rambles on citing the proprietary nature of Flash and the open nature of HTMLK 5 and so forth. Steve really dislikes Flash.
It's been known for quite a while Palm has been struggling to keep its head above water and the marketplace tells the story pretty quickly they've been failing to compete at a required level to survive in the ever growing, fast paced smartphone world.
At this rate, the end of the road for the company is not all that far away unless something drastic takes place. And that's exactly what's just happened. HP has just announced it's swallowing them up for 1.2 Billion, working out to about $5.70 per share of Palm common stock.
The deal is set to close on July 31 which is in timely fashion with the end of HP's Q3 fiscal year. From what is known this early on, Pam's CEO Jon Rubinstein is sticking with the company but how operations will change is anyone's guess at this point; it's all speculation.
The rumors and rumblings that the yields on the new generation of Fermi GPUs from NVIDIA have been exceedingly low have been swirling for a long item now. So far, NVIDIA has been quiet and hasn't offered any official stance on the subject.
That changed this week when DigiTimes interviewed NVIDIA MCP general manager Drew Henry. Henry stated that the rumors that yields on Fermi GPUs were 20% or less are completely untrue. Henry says NVIDIA has everything under control.
Henry was also asked in the interview why NVIDIA didn't have GPUs with 512 cores and speculation that the lack of 512 core GPUs was due to the low yields. Henry stated that GPUs with 512 cores would be coming in the future, but didn't comment on any specific products.
Apple announced its Q2 2010 results yesterday and recorded record profits for the quarter ending in March. Apple also reports that sales of the iPhone have almost doubled compared to last year.
Over the quarter, Apple sold 2.94 million Mac computers for a 33% increase compared to last year. A total of 8.75 million iPhones were sold for the quarter, and 10.89 million iPods were sold.
The number of iPods sold is a decrease of 1% from the same quarter of 2009. Apple posted revenue of $13.5 billion with profit of $1.62 billion. Gross margin was 41.7% for the quarter.
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers if they thought NVIDIA has lost its edge. We have had over 2,700 people vote on the poll and the numbers are in for us to go over and examine.
Among TweakTown readers, a huge 67% of respondents thought that NVIDIA has lost its edge over its competition.
16% thought that NVIDIA hasn't lost its edge over the competition and 7% responded that they are not sure at this stage of the game yet. A rather large 10% just want their cookies and couldn't care less. You folk can stop at the Mc Donald's drive through and pick up some, okay? :)
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know, How many monitors do you use with your main computer? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
Back in December Google claimed that they were attacked by the Chinese government, or at least by someone that was being backed by the Chinese government. However at the time all we heard was the attackers were looking at IP and Google Docs/Mail. Now, however, we hear that it was a password system called Gaia that was targeted.
This system is a "single-sign-on" system that contains passwords for millions of Google Doc, G-Mail, and other Google services. This system was exposed and accessible to the attackers during the two day intrusion. This means that potentially millions of Google users' accounts are at risk. Google has since shut down their Google.cn site, but Gaia is still being used.
It's no secret that Apple has been using Intel processors for several years now. However, a story over at AppleInsider hints that perhaps Apple's relationship with Intel isn't as strong as it seems.
Rumour has it the company is considering jumping ship to AMD and has even been testing AMD based chipsets in their labs. But there's no form of substantial evidence to support this as yet.
Apparently there are two main reasons for why Apple might decide to do this. The first is due to Apple having to push back the launch date for their latest MacBook Pro line-up with Core i5/i7 based processors because of chip shortages. This had Apple pretty steamed and they are concerned repeats will occur with future refreshes.
Secondly, due to disputes between Intel and NVIDIA, Apple is settling for Intel based IGPs in their MacBook Pro range which as most everyone knows is inferior both in performance and features to what AMD can provide Apple thanks to owning ATI.
One other possible reason that comes to my mind is another excercise in cost-cutting to maximize profits; not like Apple hasn't tried to do this multiple times before, after all.
But as mentioned, this is all rumour mill stuff at this point and while Apple might very well be in discussions about it, it's probably being thrown about at this stage as more of a threat tactic toward Intel to give better support rather than actual happenstance.
With Q1 2010 coming to an end major tech firms are starting to offer up their financials for the quarter. From all accounts, the economy and tech spending are turning around.
Intel announced a best ever quarter for Q1 2010 and rival AMD has now announced record revenues of its own. AMD has posted revenue of $1.57 billion for the quarter. Operating income was $182 million with non-GAAP net income of $63 million.
Non-GAAP net income per share was 9 cents. AMD thanks its next generation notebook platforms, graphics cards, and server platforms for the improvement in performance. The company posted a loss of $416 million in Q1 2009.
The PC industry has had a significant upswing in 2010 after coming off 2009, which was one of the worst years ever for the industry. Intel announced its best quarter ever for Q1 2010 and Gartner has reveled higher than expected growth.
The shipment of PCs grew 27% in Q1 2010 while predictions were for 22% growth. A total of 84.3 million computers shipped for the quarter. HP remained the top shipper of PCs with 18.2% of the market.
Acer seized the second place spot with 14.2% of the market, Dell has third with 12.1% of the market, and Lenovo took forth with 8.3% of the market. Asus and Toshiba tied for fifth with 5.5% of the market each.
Intel has its first quarter results in for the year and is happy to report a record profit that has surpassed all expectations and reached in excess of 400 percent higher than the same period last year; increased demand for laptop chips and high-end desktop parts being cited a key factor.
The giant chipmaker has announced profits of $2.4 Billion, or 43 cents per share with the Q1 revenue at 10.3 Billion, up 44 percent from the same quarter last year.
So, to no surprise, it's all full steam ahead for Intel as they continue to laugh their way to the bank. If you'd like to read about Intel's first quarter results in more specific detail, click here.
Not even a week after we tell you that Apple is attempting to ban all third party compilers and porting tools we hear rumors of the law suit to be filed by Adobe. Of course we wanted to know if this was the case and so far have been told that is no grounds for the rumor. Adobe's last comment was that they were looking into the wording of the new SDK agreement, but nothing about any type of legal action.
However all of that might have changed when a statement by Steve Jobs (made in response to Greg Slepak, Co-Founder of To Effects) Jobs is trying to claim, again (Apple tried this with the Mac OS), that by allowing third party tools it will hold back the OS. However, most know that this is not the case and that regardless of the tools used some apps will still come out crappy (just look at a few in the App Store now). Slepak also commented that many apps that are popular on desktop are made by cross-compilers.
Overall I feel this is very ant-competitive and anti-consumer, this feels more like a move to ensure that developers cannot code for multiple platforms with a single set of tools.
Dell has added a few new members into its business positioned Latitude E series of notebooks today which includes the 14.1-inch E6410 and E6410 ATG, and a 15.6-inch E6510 model.
All three of these notebooks are based around Intel's Calpella platform and Dell gives the option of buying with a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, up to 8GB RAM, HDD of up to 500GB or SSD of up to 256GB, DVD Writer or Blu-ray drive, 4, 6, 9 or 12 cell battery and choice of integrated graphics or the addition of NVIDIA's NVS 3100M 512MB GPU.
The E6410 ATG separates itself further from the other models with its semi-ruggedized design that makes it more resistant to shock, vibration, temperature and humidity.
Other inclusions are a HD webcam, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, choice of mobile broadband and options for GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity.
Dell can ship with pre-loaded versions of Windows XP, Vista or 7. You can find the Latitude E6410, E6510 and E6410 ATG notebooks for purchase at this section of Dell's website at prices starting from $1,014, $1,064 and $2,114 respectively.
Apple is one of the most secretive companies on the planet and has stopped using suppliers and other agencies before after secrets about its products leaked ahead of launch. OmniVision's CEO might want to keep that in mind.
CEO Paul Coster has been hinting that his firm has received a large order from Apple according to reports. OmniVision makes a cool camera chip for smartphones and tablets that has 1080p video recording and high resolution still shot capability.
We have heard rumors that the next iPhone will get a 5MP camera, and OmniVision may well be the provider. That is assuming Steve Jobs doesn't set the Apple ninjas upon Coster for even hinting at a deal.
With all the iPad coverage we thought we would let you in another long awaited "tablet". This one is the JooJoo, formerly the CrunchPad. There were so many rumors and delays on this one that people had begun to think it was vaporware and nothing that would ever reach the public.
Well that has all changed as the gang over at Engadget actually has one of them in hand. Now all we have to do is wait for a comparison review between this and the new iPad. I wonder which one will come out on top…
OCZ made an interesting announcement today, as the informed the world that they have secured 15.4 Million more dollars for SSD research. This money comes on the sale of 5,151,662 shares of common stock.
The money will be poured back into the business to help improve their current and future generations of Solid State Drives. The SSD market is now flooded with these and it takes impressive performance to stand out of the crowd.
This is even more so with big companies like Intel and Seagate in the fray (Intel is already on their 2nd generation SSDs). The funds will come in handy as OCZ works to improve their hardware and market share. We can only hope they also can weed out some of the mass of offerings they have out now and give us more clearly defined product lines.
Nintendo has been selling its various forms of the DS portable console for a long time now and doing very well with the things. The DS has massively outsold other portable consoles like the Sony PSP for a long time.
Nintendo is set to embrace the 3D future with the announcement that it is working on a new portable console called the 3DS. I like that name, it's catchy. Nintendo is mum on hard details for the console.
The most important bits of info are that the 3DS is coming, it will need no 3D glasses, and we will learn more in June at E3. A 3D portable with no glasses sounds pretty darn sweet.