NEWS

December 9th, 2012, 4:49 PM

Gabe Newell: Valve Prepping Game Console

Gabe Newell confirmed that Valve will be entering the console business during an interview at the Video Game Awards on Friday. Speaking to Kotaku, Mr. Newell didn’t elaborate what a Steam console would look like — whether it would be a Linux-based Steam OS or a Windows-based HTPC made in partnership with an OEM — [...]

December 9th, 2012, 2:24 PM

Outsourcing to America: Lenovo Calls U.S Manufacturing a ‘Solid Business Case’

In the December issue of The Atlantic, journalist Charles Fishman examines the “insourcing boom” — the return of manufacturing to North America. In his Atlantic piece, Mr. Fishman examines the “rebooting” of the once stoic General Electric manufacturing facility dubbed Appliance Park in the heart of Kentucky — which until recently was dormant as jobs [...]

December 7th, 2012, 12:36 PM

AMD Scales Down Global Foundries Order

AMD will purchase a third of the wafers it originally agreed to under a revised wafer supply agreement with wafer manufacturer Globalfoundries. AMD was set to buy $500 million worth of wafers from Globalfoundries, but a “choppy demand environment” caused the company to rethink this order pushing it down to $115 million. “Today’s announcement demonstrates [...]

December 6th, 2012, 5:24 PM

More Stats Point to a Tepid Reception for Windows 8

More statistics are pointing to consumers giving Windows 8 a tepid reception for Windows 8. Analytics consultancy Statcounter released a report last week which showed that Windows 8 has yet to eclipse the 5 percent of worldwide internet usage share that Windows 7 had at the same point in its release cycle. Windows 8 has [...]

December 6th, 2012, 5:13 PM

Eurocom Releases Panther 4.0 Supercomputer Laptop

Weighing in at 12lbs and featuring unmatched power for heavy duty 3D and 2D applications, Eurocom’s panther is the world’s first 8-core Intel XEON based supercomputer laptop. Designed to have a long lifespan and to be fully upgradable, the Panter 4.0 boasts power up to and including RAID 10, 64GB of RAM, SLI NVIDIA GeForce [...]

December 6th, 2012, 12:55 AM

Apple’s Stock Has a $35-Billion Bad Day

Apple’s stock dropped by 6.4 percent Wednesday to $538.79 — the highest drop since the height of the great recession in 2008 — erasing nearly $35-billion from the company’s market value. While the stock’s price only took a $37 tumble, Wednesday’s market cap loss is more than the entire market cap of Hewlett Packard or Dell. [...]

December 5th, 2012, 9:53 PM

be quiet! Releases Upgraded SilentWings 2 Fans

The SilentWings 2 fans have been highly praised since initial release, and now Germany-based be quiet! has added PWM to their most popular fans. The initial design of the fan was already great – a 300,000 hour lifespan, custom anti-vibration mounting, and an advanced bearing technology called fluid dynamic bearings (FDB) were key features in the success of [...]

December 5th, 2012, 9:52 PM

Mushkin Announces World’s First 480GB mSATA Solid-State Drive

The newest addition to the Mushkin Atlas mSATA SSD family is not only fast – it’s the world’s largest. Expected to ship between early-mid January 2013, the Atlas 480GB mSATA solid-state drive shatters the 256GB mSATA barrier, providing that extra space every notebook and ultrabook enthusiast has been looking for. Upgradeable firmware ensures the drive [...]

December 5th, 2012, 9:51 PM

Spire Introduces X2 Branded Nano-Tech Fan Series

Utilising a special nano-particle lubricant, the new X2 Nano-Tech fans offer an exponentially longer lifteime than standard fans. Typical oil seal bearings in fans wear down easily due to the constant friction, and therefore have a fairly short lifetime.  Advertised as having a 70,000 hour lifetime, the X2 Nano-Tech fans are made using smaller ball bearings [...]

December 5th, 2012, 9:50 PM

Facebook Pulls Instagram Embedding From Twitter

In a move that will increase short-term revenue but perhaps open the door to competitors, Facebook has decided to limit display of Instagram images in Twitter feeds. Users will now have to click through to the Instagram website to view images. The previous system, called Twitter Cards, allowed content from certain photo and video services [...]