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AMD's burgeoning profitability took a hammering in Q1 thanks to a $700M deal with GlobalFoundries, its purchase of SeaMicro, and a sequential decline in sales. Total company revenue was $1.59B (down from $1.69B in Q1 2011), but Sunnyvale delivered a $590M net loss. Much of that is attributable to the company's new... Read more...
The folks at CNET have astutely noticed that the iPhone is launching today on Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, Cellcom, nTelos, and GCI. Hm, what’s that? You’ve never heard of those carriers? That’s because they’re small regional carriers, and bully for them for snagging the iPhone... Read more...
Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) has been available for a little while now, but many carriers and manufacturers are still working hard to roll out official updates. Today, Samsung began rolling out an Android 4.0 update to its unlocked Galaxy S II devices in America. While users of carrier-branded Galaxy S II devices will continue to wait... Read more...
If it's been a long an stressful work week and you're in need of a hack-n-slash fix before starting it all anew on Monday, Blizzard has some good news. Diablo III will be available as an open beta this weekend starting today (Friday, April 20) at 12:01 PM PDT and going until Monday morning (April 23) at 10:00 AM PDT. "We're pleased to announce... Read more...
Apple is now estimating five to seven business days for online orders of the new iPad to process and ship in the U.S., whereas previously the wait time was pegged at two to three weeks and, more recently, one to two weeks. The significant reduction in wait time suggests Apple is finally starting to keep pace with... Read more...
We've heard mention of shared data plans in the past from Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who has said shared data plans will become available by the end of the year, but details concerning the actual plan or release date were relatively sparse. During Verizon's first-quarter earnings call yesterday, we learned a little... Read more...
Despite Apple's iPad trying to steal Microsoft's thunder and in spite of increasing competition from ARM in the mobile space, Microsoft still managed to drive its quarterly revenue up 6 percent year-over-year to $17.41 billion for the company's third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2012. Net income topped $5.1 billion, resulting in $0.60 diluted... Read more...
International travel is pretty stressful as-is, but when you combine the fact that getting smartphone data while abroad could end up costing more than your flight -- well, that's even less fun. Global data roaming is a major, major expense, and while many savvy travelers attempt to pick up loaner SIMs at their... Read more...
It was only a few years ago when 720p video capabilities came to Nikon's D90. Now, 1080p is all the rage, and DSLRs are taking the place of actual camcorders when it comes to shooting music videos, television shows and even movies. Canon has benefited greatly from this shift, but Nikon's hoping to generate some interest of its own. This week,... Read more...
Alienware has updated its M14x, M17x, and M18x gaming notebooks, and the marquee feature change is support for NVIDIA 600 series graphics. On the lower end, the stock M14x will come packing the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (1GB GDDR5), and the M18x can be configured with up to dual GTX 675Ms (2GB GDDR5 each), with other... Read more...
MSI’s latest graphics card include the R7850, R7770, and R7750 Power Edition, all of which support the Triple Overvoltage feature in the company’s MSI Afterburner overclocking tool. The story, though, concerns the cooling features of the cards. The R7850 Power Edition 2GD5/OC features the Twin Frozr IV... Read more...
LG and Verizon Wireless have brought the same display technology used in LG's premium HD televisions to a new smartphone dubbed the Spectrum. Featuring a 4.5-inch True HD IPS display and a resolution of 1280x720, the LG Spectrum uses Real Stripe subpixel arrangement which LG says is denser and 1.4 times sharper than the PenTile subpixel arrangement... Read more...
Qualcomm Atheros today unveiled its new Killer Wireless-N 1202 wireless module and Killer E2200 wired Ethernet controller. If you're at all familiar with Killer Technology (previously known as BigFoot Networks), you'll know these adapters are built with network performance in mind and as such include ping reducing... Read more...
If you're losing sleep at night because you feel as though your choices in computer hardware are offensive to Mother Nature, you might be a candidate for TUL Corporation's PowerColor Go! Green HD7750 graphics card. Armed with a totally silent cooling solution with no moving parts (passive), the Go! Green card won't... Read more...
Back when you had to play with dip switches and before overclocking became vogue, the risk of damaging your processor was greater than it is today. There are so many safeguards built into the motherboard, BIOS, and processor itself that it's fairly difficult to nuke a CPU these days, though not impossible. Intel's... Read more...
T-Mobile customers will be able to get their hands on the HTC One S beginning April 25. This sleek new phone is T-Mobile's thinnest smartphone, measuring 7.95mm. The phone will run on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and HTC Sense 4. The One S supports connectivity to T-Mobile's 4G (HSPA+ 42) network. Other key features include a 4.3-inch... Read more...
HTC's anticipated One X smartphone will land at AT&T on May 6 for just under $200 with a contract. This smartphone features 4G LTE connectivity (where available) and runs on Android 4.0 and HTC's Sense 4 user interface. Other key features include a 4.7-inch 720p HD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core... Read more...
Look, not everyone is into the idea of contracts. And for those people, there are plenty of prepaid options on the table. AT&T is hoping to get itself back in the prepaid spotlight soon with new prepaid data packages. It's good news for users, too, as the new packages include "double the data or more for the same price for GoPhone customers."... Read more...
What's in a name? A lot. Qwikster didn't go over so well for Netflix, and iPhone was so important to Apple that it purchased the rights to use it from Cisco. And instead of rolling with Windows Server 8, Microsoft has decided to go with Windows Server 2012 for its upcoming server operating system. At the Microsoft... Read more...
Game designer Richard Browne has come out swinging in favor of the rumored antipiracy features in the next-gen PlayStation Orbis and Xbox Durango. "The real cost of used games is the damage that is being wrought on the creativity and variety of games available to the consumer," Browne writes. "The real cost of used games is the death of single... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone running Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”, the Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus small form factor PC, Intel's SSD 910 family of PCI Express SSDs for the enterprise, our Intel Z77 Express... Read more...
If you have an Acer A100 or A500 tablet, you may be wondering when that promised update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming. Previously, Acer said the update will be available in April. Now that April is winding down, Acer is getting more specific with a date. On Acer's support page, the company revealed that... Read more...
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