AMD gains x86 processor market share on Intel in Q1

Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal | Apr 26, 2012 10:33 AM CDT

Good news everyone! Even with a somewhat bleak financial report for Q1 2012, AMD has managed to snag some market share back from rival chip giant Intel. While it may not be much, some more market share is better than nothing and should help the company financially going forward if this trend continues.

AMD gains x86 processor market share on Intel in Q1 | TweakTown.com

AMD's market share went from 18.2% to 19.1% whereas rival Intel's dropped from 81% down to 80.2%, according to Mercury Research. AMD remains strong in the desktop market where it has 43% of the market, which is the same as last year. "When you look on it as a quarterly basis, desktop has had some strength relative to mobile," said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research.

AMD's mobile segment saw a boost, however, as users opted for cheaper laptops, many of which contained AMD processors. "One of the things that is clear is that the market is adopting new technology faster than it used to. I would expect Ivy Bridge to ramp aggressively," McCarron said. AMD is behind Intel one generation, so keeping competitive isn't the easiest of tasks.

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ADATA brings additional player to NBA flash drive line

Trace Hagan | Storage | Apr 26, 2012 9:02 AM CDT

If you haven't heard, ADATA makes a line of NBA-licensed flash drives which look like NBA teams' jerseys. Today brings the announcement that they have added another player to the lineup. This new flash drive which features New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin is available today in the USA at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, NBAstore.com, Newegg.com and Walmart.com.

ADATA brings additional player to NBA flash drive line | TweakTown.com

This newest edition to the to the lineup increases the capacity to 8GB and retains the same attribute of being waterproof up to one meter. The device is designed to be rugged and withstand the bumps and bangs that come with an athletic and mobile lifestyle. If you want another way to support your favorite team or player, ADATA has your back.

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Raspberry Pi flies past 100,000 orders

element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers has announced it has over 100,000 confirmed orders for their pint-sized Raspberry Pi unit, these numbers are incredible considering they only launched the device in late-February.

Raspberry Pi flies past 100,000 orders | TweakTown.com

The manufacturing and distribution teams have been worked hard to get customers their device, so for those who have ordered on, or before April 18 can expect to have the Raspberry Pi in their hands by the end of June. Orders placed after April 18 should be completed after July onward. element14 will continuously keep customers updated on individual delivery dates as they happen.

element14 haven't just made a kick-ass little computing device, they've also organized a Raspberry Pi Masterclass this week with Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation which is for 15 school children in the UK. Eben also hosted a Raspberry Pi tutorial webinar earlier this month to demonstrate just how to quickly program a Raspberry Pi.

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Apple's Tim Cook takes a swipe at Microsoft's Metro UI

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Apr 26, 2012 5:29 AM CDT

Apple may have quite a bit of power in the smartphone and tablet sector, but we all know that all kingdom's eventually collapse. Before that, the King's make big speeches and Apple is no different. Apple CEO Tim Cook took time out from yesterday's earnings call to take a swipe at Microsoft's plans for WIndows 8, where he likening them to combining a toaster to a fridge.

Apple's Tim Cook takes a swipe at Microsoft's Metro UI | TweakTown.com

Cook had a question-and-answer session that followed the earnings call, and was asked if Apple had any plans to merge their tablet and laptop efforts, as Microsoft are doing with their upcoming Window 8 OS. Cook replied with:

You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren't going to be pleasing to the user.

Cook snapped again, saying that any sort of convergence between tablets and laptops would result in a dilution of both, where he added:

We are not going to that part, but others might from a defensive point of view.

But, we all know Apple are big at talking and then going back on their word. If you'll remember when the iPhone was first released under Jobs' leadership, Apple made a very big deal of claiming that their then-new iOS operating system was, at heart, the same as its OS X desktop. Where they have now gone back on that word. Comparing iOS to OS X is just silly... iOS is even more closed off than OS X and is quite basic in comparison.

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Intel to acquire Cray Supercomputing network patents for a cool $140 million

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Apr 26, 2012 3:24 AM CDT

If you're sitting in a swish hotel lobby one day soon and a few men in suits walk in with a suitcase with a sticker on the side saying "Money Inside", and they're all wearing Intel Inside shirts or something to that effect, you've just witnessed a deal between Intel and Cray for $140 million.

Intel to acquire Cray Supercomputing network patents for a cool $140 million | TweakTown.com

Cray are handing over technological patents to Intel, where they'll receive $140 million in cash for them. The patents include hardware patents concerning interconnect technology that it used to link up multiple processors together to exchange data at high speed. Cray's shares jumped because of the news, with an increase of 24-percent to $8.75 in pre-trading, and are currently climing past $9.

Part of the deal includes around 80 of the 800 employees Cray has will be joining Intel. Cray CEO Peter Ungaro has said:

This agreement also dramatically strengthens our balance sheet and increases our options for further growth, profitability and creating shareholder value.

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Peter Jackson shows off reel of 48fps 'The Hobbit' footage at CinemaCon

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Apr 25, 2012 9:18 PM CDT

Peter Jackson is pushing the envelope on a near-century worth of 24fps film technology by shooting his upcoming epic 'The Hobbit' in 48 frames per second. Jackson has unveiled his first public tease of the movie at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas.

Peter Jackson shows off reel of 48fps 'The Hobbit' footage at CinemaCon | TweakTown.com

First up, you have to remember everyone is used to the 80-year-old 24fps footage in films, but Jackson has doubled this up to 48fps and it can be quite weird for people. I have a friend who has a Panasonic Plasma and never used his motion smoothing tech on his HDTV, I flicked it on for him and he hated it. I said to stick with it for two weeks, which is something I did years ago. He will never go back and has now purchased a 120Hz LCD screen for his gaming rig.

This technology takes adjusting, your eyes are used to seeing all footage in movies at 24fps, so jumping up to 48fps feels too smooth - too, unrealistic. Panning shots look ultra-smooth, but so smooth it looks completely fake. Public reaction of the 48fps footage was strange, where one projectionist has compared it to made-for-TV gear, while others compared it to Mexican soap-operas and TruMotion.

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Kaspersky says Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security

Trace Hagan | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Apr 25, 2012 5:33 PM CDT

I'm sure there will be plenty of people who get up in arms over this, but I tend to agree. Apple is years behind Microsoft in terms of security because they have never had to worry about it since no one ever bothered to write malware or viruses for Macs due to their small market share. As it has increased, Macs has become a more attractive target.

Kaspersky says Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security | TweakTown.com

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of the influential Kaspersky security firm said:

For many years I've been saying that from a security point of view there is no big difference between Mac and Windows. It's always been possible to develop Mac malware, but this one was a bit different. For example it was asking questions about being installed on the system and, using vulnerabilities, it was able to get to the user mode without any alarms.

Several security breaches have brought Mac security to the attention of the public and Apple will have a bit of a public relations crisis on their hands if they continue. One in five Mac computers carry Windows malware but only 2.7% have Mac OS X malware. Kaspersky says "cyber criminals have now recognised that Mac is an interesting area. Now we have more, it's not just Flashback or Flashfake. Welcome to Microsoft's world, Mac. It's full of malware."

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Diablo III beta finds some issues as 300k simultaneous players participate

Trace Hagan | Gaming | Apr 25, 2012 3:33 PM CDT

Diablo III, sequel to Diablo II, has been in development for a long time now. Often when players are made to wait, their expectations grow larger and larger as time passes by. Often times it is hard to please the users who have waited in anticipation for the game to release. 300,000 simultaneous users logged into the game over the weekend to give it a test run.

Diablo III beta finds some issues as 300k simultaneous players participate | TweakTown.com

While we don't know if everyone liked the game, from what I've heard from people who played it is that they loved it. Blizzard hasn't said how many total users logged in over the weekend beta, however, Blizzard community manager Bashiok said on Twitter that Blizzard's servers saw 300,000 simultaneous players.

The number could have been higher if Blizzard hadn't run into some problems over the weekend. But, then again, wasn't that the point of hosting this? Many beta players reported issues logging in. This could be due to the fact that Diablo III requires a constant internet connection to play the game. This is a sticking point between Blizzard and its audience. Hopefully Blizzard can work these problems out before the May 15 launch.

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AMD Catalyst 12.4 drivers are now available

Trace Hagan | Software & Apps | Apr 25, 2012 2:25 PM CDT

AMD has released the new AMD Catalyst 12.4 driver today for download. With it comes several performance increases along with the promised Windows XP support for the full line of HD 7000 series GPUs. Along with performance increases, several bugs have been fixed:

  • Elder Scolls: Skyrim : flickering square corruption is no longer observed on certain AMD Graphics cards.
  • Rage : Vsync is no longer disabled after task switching.
  • Tearing is no longer observed on the third screen in 3x1 and 1x3 Eyefinity configurations.
AMD Catalyst 12.4 drivers are now available | TweakTown.com

Full release notes are available here and the download is available here.

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Crytek is running DX11 graphics in Crysis 3 on PS3 and Xbox 360

Trace Hagan | Gaming | Apr 25, 2012 1:35 PM CDT

Crysis 3 will differ from Crysis 2 in that it won't be a console-port running on the PC. Rather it will be a PC-port running on consoles, including some of the graphical features that are available in DX11. The programmers at Crytek don't want the experience to differ between the PC version and the console versions of the game.

Crytek is running DX11 graphics in Crysis 3 on PS3 and Xbox 360 | TweakTown.com

"We want to make sure as much as is humanly possible can translate from a DX11 variant into a DX9 variant, that will work almost as good on an Xbox console to whatever extent we can, because we don't want the experience to be different between the platforms," Rasmus Hjengaard, director of creative development at Crytek, told Eurogamer.

"It is very, very difficult, but it is possible. It just requires a lot of effort. Some of the stuff these guys are making work on consoles now is absolutely amazing. It's render features that shouldn't theoretically work on consoles, but they've managed to construct code that can emulate a similar thing from a...hack and slash sounds wrong, but they don't have the same streamlined pipeline you would have with a DX11 structure, but they can get to a similar result just by experimenting and using tips and tricks."

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