Apple closing in on top five ranking in global PC business


Apple closing in on top five ranking in global PC business

Apple is rapidly closing in on taking a top five spot in terms of global PC shipments, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.

Though Lenovo grabbed the headlines for taking third spot in the worldwide PC shipments stakes, behind HP and Dell but ahead of Acer and Asus, Apple posted strong growth the second quarter of 2011, the company said.

Apple’s PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011 amounted to 3.8 million, up 13.6 percent from 3.3 million in Q2 2010, according to IHS iSuppli’s figures.

Apple recorded the third highest year-over growth in desktop shipments among the Top 10 PC original equipment manufacturers, with only Lenovo and another Chinese company, Haier, experiencing larger expansions.

“The PC industry at present is enjoying strong demand driven by efforts among information technology (IT) departments of corporate entities to refresh their hardware. The healthy corporate demand allowed the Top 2 PC vendors—Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc.—to maintain their leadership positions.”

Long Way Away 4 Alternate Ending Discovered Long Way Away 4

Long Way Away 4 Alternate Ending Discovered Long Way Away 4

Ubisoft has incorporated another ending in Long Way Away 4

Next Tuesday, November 18th, the most recent game within the Long Way Away series releases for last generation and current generation consoles, in addition to PC. Reviews of Long Way Away 4 happen to be beginning to look, such as the one made by Imperfect Players, where they finish the sport inside a little under fifteen minutes.

Imperfect Players (along with other early reviewers) have discovered that Ubisoft incorporated another ending for players that results hanging around only lasting about fifteen minutes.

You can view the whole playthrough within the video above, however if you simply prefer to not know precisely what goes on, but still need to know how you can connect to the alternate ending, here is how you receive it:

In Long Way Away 4 you play as Ajay Ghale, who follows the request of his lately deceased mother if you take her ashes towards the Himalayan capital of scotland- Kyrat. If you have seen the game’s release trailer, you will know when Ajay will get to Kyrat he’s faced by Questionnable Min, the game’s primary antagonist, and brought prisoner. Min goes to his home, in which you learn more details on Min and also the situation in Kyrat over dinner. Following a couple of minutes, Min needs to leave, but he insists upon stay. Here’s in which the alternate ending is available in.

Usually, at this time the gamer should really hightail it, however if you simply hold out for Min to return, that takes a bit more than ten minutes, this is when the alternate ending starts.

iTunes Music Store, annually on

iTunes Music Store, annually on

On Wednesday it will likely be exactly annually since Apple launched the iTunes Music Store. It has been a effective newbie and it has positively influenced Apple’s share cost, but they are the great occasions set to carry on, asks USA Today.

Based on USA Today: “It had not been exactly an innovative idea, however it were built with a profound effect. Many thought legitimate services could not contend with free, unlicensed services like Kazaa. But Apple has offered 50 million songs and helped spawn a range of me-too services from Wal-Mart, Musicmatch along with a elevated Napster.”

Right now, Apple dominates online music having a 50 percent business and also the ipod device is really a best-seller – in the second quarter, the organization offered 807,000 iPods. But Internet analysts think that the following year might not be as rosy, citing elevated competition from The new sony and Microsoft.

But it isn’t just the elevated competition that Apple will face since it’s online music store enters its second year of operation. Forrester Research analyst Josh Bernoff stated: “Most consumers still need be convinced to buy music digitally.”

With cost hikes likely, persuading individuals to buy music online can become even more complicated.

“This isn’t the optimum time to fool around with prices,” stated Bernoff.

Apple faces jury in video compression patent case


Apple faces jury in video compression patent case

Apple is in the dock again, this time accused of infringing a video compression technology patent.

Apple and LG Electronics are both accused of copying Alcatel-Lucent’s video-compression technology that allows data to be sent over communications media, such as the internet and satellites, or stored on optical media. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by the Paris-based company’s Multimedia Patent Trust, writes Business Week.

Attorney Frederick Lorig told the San Diego jury: “The motion pictures you see on your screens are made possible by these patents. This technology lets you download in half the time and store twice as much content.”

“Apple and LG have chosen not to license these patents while 33 other companies have paid over $190 million for these licenses,” he claimed.

According to Lorig, the trust Apple refused to negotiate a license “even though a company as prominent as Motorola is paying $18 million to license the patents. And Apple sells four times the number of infringing products that Motorola does.”

Apple’s attorney Juanita Brooks said: “LG and Apple are not going to pay rent for technology they do not use. Why are we here in this trial? They are trying to get $170 million from Apple. I can think of 170 million reasons they are asking us to pay more than all of the other licensees combined.”

LG Electronics attorney Michael McKeon claimed: “MPT trying to double dip. It is suing over technology it does not own.” The trial is expected to take about two weeks.

In August 2011 Microsoft was ordered to pay $70 million to Alcatel-Lucent following a years-old patent dispute that at one time could have cost Microsoft $1.5 billion. A jury in San Diego issued the verdict in a lawsuit that accused Microsoft of violating patents in several products including Outlook.

Back in March this year we reported that Alcatel-Lucent had said that its OpenTouch Conversation software that allows enterprise users to switch among different ways of communicating – including instant messaging, voice calls and video conferencing – without interrupting their conversations would be available on Apple’s iPad. At the time Alcatel-Lucent said it intended to make the OpenTouch Conversation client app available on iPhones, Macs, Windows PCs as well as Android-based tablets and smartphones based on both Android and BlackBerry OS.

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Apple says Samsung tactics ‘crossed bounds of reason’


Apple says Samsung tactics ‘crossed bounds of reason’

Apple says a request by Samsung to halt a damages retrial, in which the jury is currently deliberating, “crossed the bounds of reason.”

Lawyers for Samsung Wednesday filed an emergency motion asking U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh to halt the retrial in anticipation that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office would nullify one of the patents at the center of the case.

The patent, U.S. Patent 7,844,915, covers a single and multitouch zooming method for smartphones and is being reexamined by the patent office to determine if it should have been issued in the first place.

Samsung said the USPTO advised it on Wednesday that it intends to find all claims of the patent are invalid.

“The Advisory Action is the Examiner’s final word on the invalidity of the ‘915 patent. This decision by the PTO jeopardizes the jury’s findings in the damages trial and may render all of the post-trial proceedings a waste of time and resources,” Samsung said in its request.

Apple wasn’t impressed.

“Samsung’s strategy to delay entry of final judgment in this case has crossed the bounds of reason: Samsung seeks to halt the damages retrial in the midst of jury deliberations,” Apple’s lawyers said.

Apple said that Samsung selectively quoted from the USPTO notice and that the decision was only final “unless a timely appeal is filed, or other appropriate action is taken to overcome all of the outstanding rejection.”

Apple didn’t say whether it intends to file an appeal, but noted that it still has time to do so.

“Apple is still within the period during which it may respond to the July 26 final Office Action and persuade the examiner to withdraw the rejection. The Court should deny Samsung’s latest attempt for a stay.”

On Thursday morning, jurors resumed their deliberations in the damages retrial at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose. The eight jurors are trying to decide how much Samsung should pay for infringement of several Apple patents, including the ‘915 patent, in multiple models of its smartphones.

Apple has asked for $380 million while Samsung argued the payment should be $52 million.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn’s e-mail address is [email protected]

Apple improves Retina MacBook Pro shipping times


Apple improves Retina MacBook Pro shipping times

Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro is now shipping faster to online customers, according to the company’s e-stores for the U.S., Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan and several other countries.

The higher-resolution notebook now shows shipping delays of two to three weeks after ordering, a shortening of the three-to-four-week delay customers have dealt with almost from the moment Apple introduced the laptop a month ago.

Checks at Apple’s online outlets in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America and South America turned up the change in Retina MacBook Pro shipping times. The Apple enthusiast blog 9to5Mac.com first reported the notebook’s new status today.

Apple unveiled the Retina MacBook Pro, a 15-in. notebook that starts at $2,199, on June 11 at its annual developers conference. By early June 12, the online store’s shipping status indicator had shifted to “2-3 weeks,” showing that Apple had exhausted its initial supply. Later that day the marker changed to “3-4 weeks,” where it remained until today.

Changes in Apple’s online store’s shipping delay status is regularly interpreted as indicating increased inventory, decreased demand or a move toward a balance between supply and demand.

The MacBook Pro configurations sans the Retina-style screen show “In Stock” for shipping, meaning that they will be shipped shortly after ordering, sometimes the same day of the order.

Apple refreshed its entire laptop line last month, boosting RAM and storage space, and transitioning to Intel’s “Ivy Bridge” line of dual- and quad-core processors.

Many analysts believe that Apple will expand the Retina display to other MacBook Pro models, including the lower-priced 13-in. notebooks, later this year, and that it will also transition the MacBook Air to the higher-resolution screens.

Apple will disclose Mac sales figures for the second quarter during its earnings call with Wall Street analysts on July 24. Historically, the company does not break out sales of individual models in its laptop lines; the exceptions are when it reports what it believes are impressive figures.

Research firm IDC said this week that it expects Apple to post U.S. Mac unit sales numbers that will be lower than the same period a year ago. Rival Gartner, however, disagreed, saying that U.S. Mac sales would be about 4% higher than the second quarter of 2011.

Apple’s online stores in markets around the world now show shorter delays between ordering and shipping a Retina MacBook Pro.

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Star Wars: Attack Squadrons – All Wings Report In! | Star Wars: Attack Squadrons


Star Wars: Attack Squadrons – All Wings Report In! | Star Wars: Attack Squadrons

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Man Your Ships And May the Force Be With You! Disney Announces New Free-to-Play Star Wars Game!

A Day Long Remembered…

After Disney’s purchase of George Lucas’ Star Wars empire and LucasArts, many wondered what direction their gaming division would take the galaxy far, far away. The release of Disney Infinity seemed to be the one big egg in their only basket. Also, with the new Battlefront on its way for the next-gen consoles franchise signaled that it was not going away, but rather being licensed out.

But, Disney did say after the closing of their Virtual World games and other divisions that the company would be moving in a more social gaming direction.

The newly announced Star Wars: Attack Squadrons from Disney, LucasArts and Area 52 Games seems to fit the bill.

Look At The Size Of That Thing!

 First, Attack Squadrons gets to the heart of Star Wars gaming! 

Battles in space! 
Awesome starships!
Amazing and familiar locations!

This is a game not bogged down in quests or complicated storyline, etc.

Even after Battlefront, Starfighter and the addition of dogfighting to Star Wars: The Old Republic, most never harkened back to the original X-Wing and TIE Fighter game days for intense space combat.

Attack Squadrons promises intense ship-to-ship battles with up to 16 player death matches, team battles, and a Base Defense mode.

Players will also be able to customize their ships and Disney is promising new ship types, items and upgrades on a regular release schedule. The initial artwork shows some classic fighters like the X-Wing, Y-Wing, TIE fighter, TIE Interceptor, Slave I (a Mandalorian patrol ship), and even the Millennium Falcon as well Star Destroyers and Corellian Corvettes. Though, it appears that the larger ships will be part of the game’s Base Defense mode as well as massive space stations.

The game will be Free-to-Play. Winning pilots will also receive rewards for their efforts, but likely Disney will use premium ships, upgrades, and special items etc. as the income base.

Help Me, Obi-Wan!

Recruits can sign up NOW to be part of the Beta testing. Just pop over to Star Wars Attack Squadrons, click on the Beta link and create a profile. Also, you can Like them on Facebook to keep up on any news.

No word yet when the first lucky few will be picked. Good luck out there.

Microsoft HoloLens Tech Specifications Revealed


Microsoft HoloLens Tech Specifications Revealed

Lucky Windows Central guys already owning Microsoft HoloLens ran Aida64 mobile on the augmented reality device, finally discovering what’s in it in terms of specifications. The hardware itself is nothing magical, but the American platform holder is said to be getting “terabytes” of information out of it.

Hololens Specs

The Intel Atom processor is part of the Airmont family (Braswell) and runs at 1.04GHz. Although being able to run 64-bit, it’s just doint 32-bit for unspecified reasons. RAM is only 2GB, while the internal storage is pretty good in relation to the amount of GB required by apps – 64GB.

Is this up to your expectations? Do you think this is enough to make HoloLens the top selling AR device and ultimately open a brand new market in the entertainment and gaming business? Let us know in the comments below.

  • OS: Windows 10.0.11802.1033, 32-bit
  • CPU: Intel Atom x5-Z8100 1.04 GHz, Intel Airmont (14nm), 4 Logical Processors, 64-bit capable
  • GPU/HPU: HoloLens Graphics
  • GPU Vendor ID: 8086h (Intel)
  • Dedicated Video Memory: 114 MB
  • Shared System Memory: 980 MB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 64GB (54.09 GB available)
  • App Memory Usage Limit: 900 MB
  • Battery: 16,500 mWh
  • Camera Photos: 2.4 MP (2048×1152)
  • Camera Video: 1.1 MP (1408×792)
  • Video Speed: 30 FPS

The Witcher 3: Wild Search Is #one in May US Software Chart, Sells Most on Ps 4

 

The Witcher 3: Wild Search Is #one in May US Software Chart, Sells Most on Ps 4

The Witcher 3: Wild Search leads software chart within the U . s . States, based on May NPD Group charts. CD Projekt RED title was the #1 recently and offered more about Ps 4 than alternatively platforms where it’s available, PC and Xbox One (just like #3 GTA V).

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Overall, total industry retail sales within the U . s . States were $507.six million, based on the NPD. Evaluating this to May 2014, it’s lower 13%. Searching in the individual groups, hardware what food was in $153.six million in May (lower 18%), while software what food was in $204.seven million (lower 25%).

This can be a top:

The Witcher 3: Wild Search (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)

Grand Thievery Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)

Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)

Splatoon (Wii U)

Cod: Advanced Warfare (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)

National basketball association 2K15 (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PC)

FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii , 3DS, Vita)

Major league baseball 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)

Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)

Any surprises for you? According to our 10/10 review, it had been almost apparent The Witcher 3: Wild Search involved to assert the #1 place in May.

FCC leaks new Apple Airport terminal Extreme

 

FCC leaks new Apple Airport terminal Extreme

The Government Communications Commission has published test recent results for what looks to become a possible refresh from the Airport terminal Extreme.

It’s difficult to understand much about what’s altered within the wireless hardware in the reports because Apple filed a request to help keep all proprietary details private. However, the outcomes reveal that tests were completed in both 2.4 Ghz and 5Ghz bands, and also the forthcoming nexus s that there might be support for that new three-stream standard for 450Mbps.

The FCC package incorporates a mock-from where Apple would place its compliance label around the 3-by-3 unit, that is recognized as the Airport terminal Extreme Base Station Model A1408. Rumors of updates towards the Airport terminal also to TimeCapsule designs include been swirling since Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, but no releases happen to be announced. The final big refreshes for either arrived 2009, using the first dual-band Airport terminal Extreme.

This FCC release would seem to verify that release with a minimum of the Airport terminal Extreme update is imminent. Previously, products happen to be formally released within hrs of this sort of FCC posting.

9to5 Mac also states have obtained part figures because of not just the new Airport terminal Extreme, but in addition for new Time Capsules by 50 percent TB and three TB models. Rumor also offers it that people should be expecting a cost drop and improved signal strength inside a new Airport terminal Extreme. It seems sensible for Apple to obtain a number of its most stale peripherals searching all shiny and new prior to the discharge from the new MacBooks and much more. A lot more Apple product bulletins along such line is expected through the finish from the summer time.