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AMD's shares bulldozed by over 5-percent in the past week, over 50-percent in 6 months, thanks, Bulldozer?

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Oct 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm CDT

Well, AMD's Bulldozer launched last week to much of the publics dismay. It did not really cause the ruckus that AMD probably expected, unable to trip up the current CPU champion, Intel's Core i7. AMD's shares have since seen quite the dip, with Friday, October 14 seeing their share price hovering at $4.90 per share, and now they've experienced a sharp decline of 5-percent down to the $4.70 or so per share mark.

AMD's shares bulldozed by over 5-percent in the past week, over 50-percent in 6 months, thanks, Bulldozer? 7 | TweakTown.com

Thought that was bad? Well, I clicked on the 12-month period for AMD's shares and on Feb 25th, 2011 they peaked (for the 12-month period) at $9.29 per share... quite the slump they've seen. The point of this complete decline in shares saw it starting on Sep 16th, 2011 where it was sitting at $7.20, and has declined virtually everyday until Bulldozer's lacklustre launch. Did the industry know what was going to happen?

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SandForce acknowledges Firmware bug causing BSOD issues, fix available today

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Oct 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm CDT

After months of complaints from users worldwide, SandForce has duplicated, verified and provided a fix for the infamous BSOD/disconnect issue that affected SF-2200-based SSDs. What was the exact problem? Well, specifics are scarce, but it seems the root cause was a bug in the firmware. OCZ has been testing the fix in-house for the past three weeks and believes that it is fit for public release.

SandForce acknowledges Firmware bug causing BSOD issues, fix available today | TweakTown.com

SandForce is also simultaneously releasing the new sturdy firmware to partners, so if you have a non-OCZ drive with these issues, you should contact your drive manufacturer for an availability update. The new OCZ firmware is version 2.15 and 3.3.2 for drives that use SF's standard numbering system. Of course, this is a bug to fix a specific issue, and might not fix all of issues on your drive.

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HookupTT: Blu-Ray Player and Star Wars IV-VI, just $148!

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Oct 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm CDT

Wow, just wow. BigW have got a 'Star Wars Blu-Ray Bundle' available right now, which includes a Sony Blu-Ray player, and the Star Wars Blu-Ray Trilogy VI, V and VI for just $148. Yes, $148. The special seems to be just in a catalogue and is not being offered online. The only downside to this deal is that the split packs of the Star Wars movies don't come with all the extras that other Blu-Ray deals come with.

HookupTT: Blu-Ray Player and Star Wars IV-VI, just $148! | TweakTown.com

But hey, Star Wars IV - VI, a Sony Blu-Ray player, all for just $148. To me, that is an insanely cheap price and something you should dive into if you haven't jumped on a Blu-Ray player or PS3 yet! Get to it!

Battlefield 3 hits torrent sites, a week from launch

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Oct 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm CDT

DICE's very, very highly anticipated FPS, Battlefield 3, has been leaked to various torrent sites, over a week from the official launch. The PC version sits at just under 10GB in size, at 9.96GB, and its single-player portion of the game is fully playable. The only thing that would make sense on how its leaked, is if a retailer got their mits on a copy, and leaked it. But then the next question is, why did the retailer break the street release date?

Usually we see leaks of the console versions, so this does mark one of the first times a triple-A PC title has been leaked before release. Of course, it means the multiplayer side of the game can't be accessed, as this requires a valid Origin account. With the game not yet released, this won't happen. But it will effect sales on PC for sure, and will definitely get those frowns turned upside down over at DICE.

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Apple iPhone 4S 'Find My Friends', catches possible cheating wife?

Anthony Garreffa | Apps | Oct 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm CDT

Well, its not everyday your smartphone can be a superhero, but for some poor fello in NYC, it seems the latest iPhone incarnation has. The MacRumors forum is buzzing from a story that this man found out that his wife was lying to him. The man is actually already filing for divorce, and you can find all of the details in the below quote and picture:

I got my wife a new 4s and loaded up find my friends without her knowing. She told me she was at her friends house in the east village. I've had suspicions about her meeting this guy who lives uptown. Lo and behold, Find my Friends has her right there. I just texted her asking where she was and the dumb b!otch said she was on 10th Street!! Thank you Apple, thank you App Store, thank you all. These beautiful treasure trove of screen shots going to play well when I meet her a$$ at the lawyer's office in a few week.

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App of the Day: TweakTown 1.2 (iOS)

Cameron Wilmot | Apps | Oct 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm CDT

Our App of the Day today is TweakTown 1.2 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.

App of the Day: TweakTown 1.2 (iOS) | TweakTown.com

Yep, this is very much self shamless promotion.

Apple just approved version 1.2 of our TweakTown iOS app. If you are an iOS 5 user, you will be happy to know it brings full support and will no longer crash on launch anymore. There are also some other minor bug fixes as well as some slight speed improvements on the delivery of content.

Get updating now! And if you haven't got it yet, shame on YOU!

TweakTown's iPhone content app is finally here!

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EVGA's X79 Classified E799 motherboard spotted

Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Oct 17, 2011 at 6:07 am CDT

EVGA have unveiled their new X79 Classified (E799) motherboard for the socket LGA2011 which is specifically designed for overclockers. EVGA chose to unveil their top-tier board at the GeForce LAN 6 and have unveiled quite the beauty indeed. The X79 Classified uses the traditional LGA2011 motherboard layout, but with wide open spaces to make insulating it (against condensation) much easier. The CPU power seems to sport some high-grade VRM design, where it draws power from two 8-pin EPS connectors apart from the 24-pin ATX (that is nicely right-angled).

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The X79 Classified also sports four DDR3 DIMM slots, one per memory channel. A 4-phase memory VRM, a large contiguous heatsink covers most hot components in the central-right region. Expansion slot wise we have four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (two are x16 capable, all four are x8 capable, depending on the population used), and one PCI-Express x16 (electrical x4). X79 Classified is NVIDIA 4-way SLI capable, too.

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YouTube now allows music partners to sell merchandise, digital downloads and event tickets

Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Oct 17, 2011 at 5:17 am CDT

YouTube, if you didn't already know, is seeing 3 billion videos viewed, per day. But, its also seeing 800 million people per month visiting the site, Google revealed in their third-quarter earnings report. Today, YouTube is announcing the ability to sell merchandise, tickets and more via the site. The new feature is called Merch Store, where YouTube partners will be able to sell artist merchandise, digital downloads, concert tickets and other experiences to fans and visitors.

YouTube now allows music partners to sell merchandise, digital downloads and event tickets | TweakTown.com

YouTube has partnered up with a number of companies to launch these stores. Topspin is helping power merchandise sales, concert tickets and experiences; SongKick will dabble in selling tickets for concerts; and iTunes and Amazon will power transactions for music downloads. YouTube says the Merch Store will rock out to music partners globally over the coming weeks. YouTube remained silent on what the financial split will be for these sales, but did say that it takes a small percentage of sales just to cover costs.

However, the artist gets the same revenue no matter if they go through the Merch Store or through the affiliate on other channels. The new feature of the merchandise sales, ticket sales, digital downloads and more, really adds a few angle for artists with their fans. YouTube has now transformed from a place where people would visit just to watch music videos, to something that could really change up the industry for both fans and artists alike.

Google's Q3 2011 results, $9.72 billion in revenue, $2.73 billion in net income, 1 very happy CEO

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Oct 17, 2011 at 4:29 am CDT

"We had a great quarter" says Larry Page, CEO of Google. Google has made $9.72 billion in revenue, an increase of 33-percent from Q3 2010. GAAP net income is $2.73 billion versus $2.17 during the same period last year. Google also reported $9.02 billion in revenue last quarter, with $2.51 billion in net income. Not bad, Google.

Google's Q3 2011 results, $9.72 billion in revenue, $2.73 billion in net income, 1 very happy CEO | TweakTown.com

Analysts were expecting Google to earn $8.74 per share this quarter on a revenue of $7.21 billion, representing a more than 30-percent growth from last year. With these estimates, Google have blown away those expectations on both revenue and EPS, as non-GAAP EPS this quarter weer $9.72. Google has had a very active quarter, the acquisition of Motorola, and the public launch of Google's social networking site, Google+.

Google presently employs 31,353 full-time employees and has $42.6 billion in cash. Google's sales and marketing costs doubled from $661 million in Q3 2010 to $1.2 billion this quarter. Research and development costs went from $994 million to $1.4 billion. One of the more interesting items on the ledger... a $500 million charge from the Justice Department regarding pharmaceutical ads. Wow, spare change considering they have $42.6 billion in cash - hey Google, can I have a loan?

Google Honeycomb tablets in the wild: approx 3.4 million

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 17, 2011 at 3:47 am CDT

Apple's iPad has enjoyed nearly no competition, until Google unveiled Honeycomb. But even that, is not enough to stop the tablet juggernaut. Google and its manufacturer partners have as of yet to announce official sales figures for Android-powered tablets, which leave everyone else to just guessing. Android developer Al Sutton has reminded everyone, with a little bit of math, we could get quite the estimate on just how many Honeycomb-powered tablets are in the wild.

Google Honeycomb tablets in the wild: approx 3.4 million | TweakTown.com

What is that number? Roughly 3.4 million. This number is based on Google's latest platform versions states, a fortnightly updated breakdown of what proportion of devices use each Android version - and the official activation numbers which were announced as part of Google's financial results yesterday. Google CEO Larry Page claimed 190 million Android devices had been activated in total. THis leads us to the platform stats, with 1.8-percent of Android devices that have accessed the Android Market within the 14 day period up to October 3, 2011 were running Android 3.0, 3.1 or 3.2 (in contrast 38.2-percent are running 2.3.3 Gingerbread or higher).

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