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Tesla is expanding its Gigafactory before construction is finished

Before the construction of its Gigafactory in Nevada is complete, Tesla is already set to expand the facility. Tesla has confirmed it has since tripled its land purchases in the state, adding a huge 1893 acres to the 1000 it secured last year.

 

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Most of the new space is buffer space according to a Tesla spokesperson, where the company could install solar farms in the area to power the Gigafactory. The electric car maker could also soon secure itself even more acerage, especially if their new cars truly are going to be selling out constantly, just as the Internet-connected Powerwall did.

Acer revenues slide 30% in Q2, but Windows 10's release should help

Acer has revealed that its revenue for Q2 have dropped by a huge 30%, but the company is hoping that these numbers won't stay low for long, especially with the release of Windows 10 right around the corner on July 29.

 

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The company is hoping that the sales of its upcoming 2-in-1s, Chromebooks, and gaming notebooks will help those numbers in Q3. Windows 10-based laptops, desktops, and other products will also spur sales, too. But with Acer kicking some serious ass with its NVIDIA G-Sync powered XB270HU monitor, I don't see why the company isn't pushing into the gaming sector more.

 

The 27-inch 1440p IPS-based panel has a 144Hz refresh rate, but is mostly in the dark when it comes to marketing. The ASUS ROG Swift gets all of the gaming love, but if Acer can push its upcoming 34-inch 3440x1440 ultrawide monitor with G-Sync technology right, things could really swing in Acer's favor later this year.

BlackBerry boss does not have 'any intention to sell' the company

How is BlackBerry going? Well, while the usual suspects in Apple and Samsung snort up most of the profits on the mobile industry, BlackBerry is still ticking along under the leadership of John Chen.

 

 

During his most recent interview, Chen said: "I don't have any intention to sell BlackBerry. Not until the BlackBerry shareholder has good value reflecting truly what we have. Then, if there is a potential proper suitor that would take care of our customers... I have a fiduciary responsibility to listen. But until then, there's not point in listening... We make the most secure handset. Everybody, all of our competitors, will give that to us. Governments around the world are still using BlackBerry handsets. The emotional reason is, BlackBerry is iconic to the industry. We started this industry arguably".

 

The latest on BlackBerry's next flagship is that it will be a 5.4-inch smartphone with a 1440p display. We should expect it to drop in November, with it being an exclusive to AT&T.

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Facebook reiterates it has 'no plans to go into music streaming'

Music Ally reported that Facebook was interested in entering the streaming music subscription business, competing against Google, Spotify and Apple, but the social network has come out and squashed those rumors.

 

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"We have no plans to go into music streaming" said a Facebook spokesperson, where instead the social network is reportedly working on something unique and new. Music Ally reports that the new service could be a video sharing service, something that would compete directly with YouTube.

 

Facebook's purported video streaming service would offer up YouTube-like Content ID matching, competitive stream rates, and we're sure that it will feature music streaming, too. An insider source told Music Ally: "We have all been really utilizing it in internal testing. It is way, way ahead of YouTube".

Gamer drugged his girlfriend so he didn't have to stop playing games

What do you do when your girlfriend is coming home from work and you don't want to stop gaming? You slip something into her tea, knocking her out, so you don't need to stop gaming - right?

 

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This is what a 23-year-old German gamer did to his girlfriend, after she had gotten home from a 10-hour shift at work. The addicted gamer said: "I only put four or five drops into her tea". This knocked her out from 10pm, through the night to 12pm the next day, and even when she woke up, the effects of the drugs had her falling asleep on and off throughout the next day.

 

She told the court that her then boyfriend had admitted what he had done to her, which caused her to break up with him. The judge on the case fined the man $746, and said: "Your girlfriend slept long and deeply, which didn't harm her, but this is certainly a premeditated bodily harm". The boyfriend admitted that his act "was stupid" and that he was now "on a straight path" towards an apprenticeship.

Logitech is now known as 'Logi', and it's not even April Fool's Day

Logitech has just announced that it has changed its name, which is quite the shock, as it feels so sudden. From here on out, Logitech is now known as "Logi". Why? Because "tech is everywhere".

 

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Logi's VP of Brand Development, Charlotte Johs, told Gizmodo: "Tech is in the air you breathe...it's in your clothes...in the future, 'tech' doesn't say anything". But where did the name 'Logi' come from? Johs says that it is thanks to its most popular product, the Boom series of Bluetooth speakers, as it is the company's first Logi-inspired piece of tech.

 

The Logitech name won't be disappearing instantly, with the Logitech brand staying on products like mice, keyboards, and speakers - at least, for now. Logi will be the name that will be used for products as we move into the future.

Microsoft culls a huge 7,800 jobs globally, mostly from phone business

Microsoft has just announced that it is cutting a huge 7,800 jobs from its phone business, while it also writes off $7.6 billion in relation to its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services Division. Considering Microsoft paid $7.2 billion for Nokia's phone business last year, this is quite the check to write.

 

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Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, explains: "We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem including our first-party device family. In the near-term, we'll run a more effective and focused phone portfolio while retaining capability for long-term reinvention in mobility".

 

Keep in mind Nadella said back in April that there would be 18,000 job cuts in the next 12 months, these additional 7,800 job losses will add up to over 25,000 employees laid off by Microsoft in just over a 12-month period.

Sony says it will 'never ever sell or exit' the mobile industry

With Samsung losing steam, and HTC on the verge of collapse, we could see Sony become the new hero of Android. Sony Mobile President & CEO Hiroki Totoki has said that the company has no plans to sell of its mobile business, nor will it exit the mobile market anytime soon.

 

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Totoki talked with Arabian Business recently, where he said: "Smartphones are completely connected to other devices, also connected to people's lives - deeply. And the opportunity for diversification is huge. We're heading to the IoT (Internet of Things) era and have to produce a number of new categories of products in this world, otherwise we could lose out on a very important business domain". He added: "In that sense we will never ever sell or exit from the current mobile business".

 

With the news of the Xperia Z5 to come out later this year, we could see Sony really turn around its mobile business and start dominating markets where Samsung is slipping.

Facebook to outfit 50% its data centers with renewable energy by 2018

Facebook hasn't just announced its new Fort Worth, Texas-based data center, but it has also said that it plans to power 50% of its data centers with renewable energy by 2018.

 

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The new Fort Worth-based data center is 100% powered by wind energy, but the new plan of 50% of its data centers being green is good to see, especially when we think that the social networking giant wants to see 25% of its data centers powered by renewable energy by the end of the year.

 

In the end, Facebook wants to see all of its data centers powered by renewable energy, so it has quite the task ahead of them. The company has worked with Citi Energy, Starwood Energy, and Alterra Power in order to deliver a 17,000 acre wind farm online for its new Fort Worth data center, which will see 200MW of energy pumped into Texas.

Samsung profits expected to fall short, even with Galaxy S6 release

Even with the release of two flagship smartphones, Samsung is expecting its operating profits to be down this quarter. The company expected to make $6.3 billion for the three-month period, but will most likely end up wrapping up the quarter with $6.1 billion instead.

 

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This is a 4.2% drop to the same period of 2014, but it represents the seventh straight quarter in a row that Samsung has had profit drops, where it is finding it hard to compete against Apple in the high-end market, and Chinese rival Xiaomi in the low and mid-range markets. The Galaxy S6 was meant to represent a big change for Samsung, and while the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were received well by reviewers and consumers, it doesn't look like it was enough to pull Samsung's profits up.

 

Samsung expected the normal Galaxy S6 to sell four-to-one units compared to the S6 edge, but the S6 edge ended up being the most-wanted out of the two, leading Samsung into shortages. Before it could produce more handsets, stock shortages started happening, which led to Samsung losing many more sales than it could've had. Now the company has more S6 units on hand than it wanted, and can't get them out of the door quick enough, leading the company with the possibility of reducing the price on the S6 to boost sales.

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