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Imagination Technologies snaps up CPU designer MIPS in an attempt to wrestle ARM

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/06/imagination-technologies-scoops-up-chip-designer-mips/

Imagination Technologies snaps up CPU designer MIPS in an attempt to wrestle ARM

Looks like we can kiss goodbye to any lingering politeness in the rivalry between these two UK chip houses, because the smaller one has just embarked on a cheeky expansion. Having been known mainly for its PowerVR graphics processors, not least in many Apple products, Imagination Tech could potentially push into the CPU arena too, through its $60 million acquisition of MIPS Technologies. Just Like ARM, MIPS designs low-power RISC processors for consumer electronics, but it has generally focused on smaller chips for devices like routers and TVs rather than smartphones and tablets. In addition to a portfolio of 82 exclusive patents, a squad of 160 MIPS engineers will now be transplanted to Imagination, where they’ll no doubt be debriefed and reassigned to conquering the world. Meanwhile, in some sort of flanking move, ARM has paid a far higher sum of $170 million to gain access to a number of other MIPS patents.

[Thanks, Michael]

Imagination Technologies snaps up CPU designer MIPS in an attempt to wrestle ARM originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 06:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 news No Comments

Here’s What 8 Economic Cycle Theories Are Saying About The World Right Now

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/economic-cycle-theories-2012-10

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Economic and market phenomena occur in cycles.

The basic business cycle can be loosely defined a series of economic expansions and contractions.

But how long are these cycles and how can they be applied?

We compiled eight “cycle” theories that tell us varying things about where markets and the economy are going.

Some have been around for decades, others are fairly new.

One is even based on sun spots.

The Kondratiev Cycle

Creator: Nikolai Kondratiev (1892-1938)

Duration: 50-60 years

Theory: Economic growth in capitalist countries comes in long waves and are determined by technological innovations.

What it predicts: Prices, interest rates, foreign trade, coal, pig iron production

Where we are now: The Kondtratiev cycle indicates we’re in a blank period and at least 30 years away from the next economic expansion period.

Source: Andrey V. Korotayev




The Schumpeter Cycle

Creator: Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950)

Duration: 50-60 years

Theory: Shumpeter cycles actually revolve around periodic clusters of innovation”

What it predicts: Global economic paradigms

Where we are now: Schumpeter’s cycle says we’re on the ! downswin g from the most recent innovation cluster.

Source: Andrey V. Korotayev




The Kitchin Cycle

Creator: Joseph Kitchin (1861-1932)

Duration: 40 months

Theory: The market gets ‘flooded’ with commodities as growth accelerates. When demand declines, prices drop and the produced commodities get accumulated in inventories. But there is a delay between this and when entrepreneurs must reduce output.

What it predicts: Demand, prices, output

Where we are now: The Kitchin cycle indicates prices are in an upswing period, according toTimingSolution.com. 

Source: Andrey V. Korotayev



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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 news No Comments

Why LinkedIn Just Expanded Its Ad Products In 200 Countries

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/why-linkedin-just-expanded-its-ad-products-in-200-countries-2012-8

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LinkedIn just made huge new bet on global expansion.

Although the networking site operates in 200 countries, until today, companies could only buy LinkedIn Ads in English. Quel dommage.

Catering to its growing user-base, LinkedIn today began offering ads in 17 different languages, including Japanese, Czech, Indonesian, Malay, and Russian.

The site itself has operated in 17 local languages since June 30 of this year.

According to LinkedIn’s blog, the expansion “allows a finance executive in Brazil to use Spanish to connect with clients in Spain, while a tech company in Hong Kong can frame its message in Dutch to pursue customers in Amsterdam.” (See examples, right).

If you look at LinkedIn’s net revenue by geographic location, as disclosed in the company’s SEC filings, you can see that the company needs to become less dependent on America:Linkedin

Even though LinkedIn’s revenue increased by 81 percent in the United states in the six months that ended June 30, that’s actually LinkedIn’s most modest percentage growth compared to other geographic regions. Canada, Latin America, and South America increased by 152 percent; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa by 104 percent; and the Asian Pacific increased by 165 percent.

LinkedIn’s international revenue increased by $42.7 million! and $81 .4 million in the three months and the six months that ended on June 30, respectively.

Clearly, LinkedIn expects future revenue growth to be more aggressive abroad than in the U.S.

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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 news No Comments

This Retailer Is Doing So Well It’s Opening Hundreds Of New Stores For The Third Straight Year

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/dollar-general-retail-expansion-2012-1


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Dollar stores are booming in a struggling economy, and one of the big boys of the industry is doing so well it’s planning another period of explosive growth, reports Gail Hoffer and Drug Store News.

It will open 625 stores and hire around 6,000 employees over the course of 2012. The discount chain already has about 9,800 stores spread across 38 states, and some of the new stores will be in previously unoccupied states California and Massachusetts.

Dollar General has adopted an aggressive growth strategy since the start of the recession. This marks the third straight year it has opened hundreds of new locations, and the chain has created more than 21,000 jobs since 2009.

It’s not all about the economy though. Dollar General had to be smart in its expansion strategy too — after all, Walmart is its biggest competitor, and the world’s largest retailer has had similar success recently.

It thrives on hitting markets that Walmart hasn’t taken over, such as small towns that can’t support one of Walmart’s massive big box stores. It also competes with the other big dollar store chains, like Family Dollar. The hybrid concept — somewhere between a giant discounter and a small dollar store — has worked admirably.

Plus, while dollar store marketing plays a significant role in getting people through its doors, Dollar General is actually also a clear leader in price over both Walmart and its dollar store compatriots.

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 news No Comments

Social Gaming Network OpenFeint Coming to Android

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5581997/social-gaming-network-openfeint-coming-to-android

Social Gaming Network OpenFeint Coming to AndroidGood news for Android users who are miserable due to the limited game selection on their devices: Social gaming network OpenFeint is coming to Android and it’ll hopefully encourage development of more games for the mobile operating system.

OpenFeint To Bring World’s Largest Mobile Gaming Developer Community To Google’s Android Platform

Mobile Social Games Network’s Expansion to Android will Accompany Titles from Glu Mobile, Digital Chocolate, And Hudson Entertainment.

Burlingame, CA – July 8, 2010 – OpenFeint, the leading mobile social gaming ecosystem for iOS devices, today announced that its 9,200 member game developer community with thousands of published games will soon have a complete solution to thrive in the Android apps economy. Launching later this summer, the company’s complete solution will include its de facto standard SDK, a game discovery store and mobile payment options. It will also include high quality content from leading publishers Astraware, Digital Chocolate, Glu Mobile, Hudson Soft and independent studios like Distinct Dev (Moron Test), ustwo (Dot Dot Dot), Pik Pok (Flick Kick Football) and RocketCat Games (Hook Champ).

With a strong set of partners at launch, OpenFeint’s ecosystem provides Android users the most compelling way to discover and buy high quality online games. In addition to incorporating Google Checkout and leading community features into its developer SDK, OpenFeint will extend its wildly successful Game Spotlight discovery app to Android. Interested parties can register at www.openfeint.com/developers/android for details as they emerge.

At the same time, OpenFeint continues to invest in and expand its efforts on Apple’s iOS devices and maintains the largest mobile social gaming ecosystem on that platform with over 28 million users and a presence in over 2,200 live games.

“Android is an evolving gaming platform that will greatly benefit from OpenFeint’s industry leading online gaming and community technologies,” said Niccolo de Masi, CEO of Glu Mobile. “OpenFeint is leading the charge for game developers on Android, helping simplify and improve the game discovery and purchase process for players on the platform.”

OpenFeint also announced that its expansion to Android is backed by a recent strategic investment by leading Chinese online gaming company, The9. This marks the path for a significant expansion for the company as it rolls out its cross platform strategy. As always, OpenFeint will remain open source and free for both developers and players.

“OpenFeint continues to demonstrate leadership and innovation in building community technologies which drive considerable discovery and monetization for publishers,” said Jason Loia, COO of Digital Chocolate, one of the industry’s most highly-rated publishers of mobile and social games. “We are excited about their entry into the Android ecosystem and we look forward to partnering with them to bring the best gaming experience to the Android platform.”

With over 160,000 Android powered devices shipping daily, Google’s mobile platform is growing rapidly and leading game developers recognize the tremendous opportunity to bring quality content to the platform.

“This is a big step for OpenFeint and an even bigger step for Android as it becomes a serious mobile gaming platform,” said Jonathan Goldberg, Analyst at Deutsche Bank Equity Research. “OpenFeint ushered in mobile online gaming for iOS devices and we think they’ll lead the revolution on Android.”

OpenFeint also re-affirmed its continued commitment to the Apple iOS device community where thousands of games are in development and several games are approved in the App Store daily with OpenFeint enablement.

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Friday, July 9th, 2010 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5574937/starbucks-is-slowly-reviving-the-coffee-nerding-of-america

Starbucks Is Slowly Reviving the Coffee Nerding of AmericaThe Clover was a nerd’s way to make coffee. Every parameter precisely, digitally controlled, for the most of tweaky of experimentation—or you can make the exact same cup over and over. Then Starbucks bought the company.

What happened next: Waves of independent coffee shops ditched their $10,000 Clover machines, for practical and philosophical reasons. Starbucks rolled them out to 50ish stores across the Northeast, Seattle and San Francisco. Then expansion stopped. That was almost two years ago.

Starbucks’ first Clover showed up in New York around two months ago, in a nearly 20-year-old location that’s been converted into a concept store. The thaw is beginning. Starbucks plans to finally expand the Clover’s footprint gradually over the next 6-8 months, as they figure out how to integrate the machine into the natural rhythm of stores—which is basically dominated by Frappuccinos these days, not coffee.

In a way, it’s a hard sell. The kind of people who would be most interested in coffee made via Clover, designed to pull the most out of a coffee—so shitty coffee would taste shittier—don’t go to Starbucks. Starbucks is so reviled by people who actually like coffee that they’ve experimented with burying the Starbucks name two pilot stores in Seattle which are designed to look more like the kind of place that serves Intelligentsia or Stumptown coffee. So it’s heartening to see them try to live up a bit more to the ideals of caring about coffee and how it’s served.

Starbucks Is Slowly Reviving the Coffee Nerding of AmericaFor instance, while 30 days is what Starbucks considers the expiration date on beans in a store—16 days longer than any self-conscious shop would serve them—if you order a cup made with Clover, you’re far more likely to get beans roasted within the 2-week mark. (In part because there are limited quantities of some coffees served using Clover, like the Jamaica Blue Mountain they’re offering starting tomorrow.)

They’re also making use of their spin on Clovernet, which was one of the big hype points of the machine: Shops and their baristas could share, upload and download recipes for coffees made via Clover. Starbucks pushes recipes for each coffee it serves on the Clover—around 4-6—to stores via a similar network, so there are custom parameters for each coffee. African coffees get a different treatment versus South American ones, as they should.

For all the technology in the Clover, though, it ultimately comes down to the guy (or girl) handling it. Hopefully, it’s someone nerdy enough to know what the Clover was before it landed in front of them at Starbucks.

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Mark Cuban foretells Netflix demise, sees a future filled with on-demand video

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/07/mark-cuban-foretells-netflix-demise-sees-a-future-filled-with-o/

To call Mark Cuban eccentric would be akin to describing the ocean as wet, but what’s not so often acknowledged about the Dallas Mavericks owner is the sharp mind and commercial nous that have gotten him to the position of hiring and firing millionaire ball players. One of Mark’s recent blog posts, entitled “The future of TV … is TV,” got the attention of NewTeeVee, who sought to debunk his contention that VOD (video on demand) services from cable operators would become the primary means by which we consume digital media in the future. They cite the growing success story of Netflix’s digital distribution model, as well as the 12 million hours of March Madness video consumed via CBS’ web portal, in arguing that web streaming is indeed the great new hotness.

Mark’s response tackles Netflix head on, and points out that the company’s rapid growth is about to start working against it, with movie studios and other content providers likely to jack up prices and demand further concessions from the streaming service as it turns into a real competitor to cable companies. According to him, Netflix is presently getting its content at prices that are unsustainable, and his prognostication is that content owners seeking bigger levies — together with the expansion of VOD choice, which he sees as foolproof compared to the overwhelming complexity that web streaming entails — will lead to Netflix passing costs on to the consumers and losing out to cable operators. Irrespective of whether you agree with him, the whole exchange is well worth a read. Use the links below to get filled in.

Mark Cuban foretells Netflix demise, sees a future filled with on-demand video originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 07 May 2010 10:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, May 7th, 2010 news 1 Comment

HP Mini 311 Nvidia ION Netbook Hackintosh’ed

screenshots to come

Source: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=189621&pid=1296786

Specifications pertinent to Mac OS X:
Memory – 1024MB onboard with one open DDR3 SO-DIMM slot for up to 2048MB expansion, giving 3072MB total memory – Postpunk confirmed
Chipset – STATUSNVIDIA ION LE
Graphics – STATUSNVIDIA GeForce 9400M based (NVEnabler, LCD, 1366×768, QE/CI) – adachis/supervisa confirmed DSDT may be an option
HDMI Port – UNKNOWNTESTING NEEDED
VGA Port – UNKNOWNTESTING NEEDED
Universal Serial Bus – STATUSNVIDIA ION LE
Microprocessor – STATUSIntel Atom N270/N280 – Researching better fixes to remove need for NullCPUPowerManagement
Keyboard – STATUSPS/2 based – ApplePS2Old – adachis confirmed
Trackpad – STATUSAlps Electric – PS/2 based – ApplePS2Old – adachis confirmed
Local Storage – STATUSNVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller
Wireless – G-STATUS / N-STATUSBCM4312(G) (adachis confirmed) and BCM943224(N) (PZZ confirmed)
Network – STATUS10/100 NVIDIA nForce MCP79
Wireless WAN – UNKNOWNHP un2420 Mobile Broadband (Qualcom2000)
Bluetooth – STATUSUSB/PCIe Broadcom based – superviza confirmed
Audio – STATUSNVIDIA HDA (VoodooHDA works large amount of static overlay, try 16-bit – adachis confirmed) DSDT may be an option
Webcam – STATUSUSB Based HP Webcam-50 – superviza confirmed
External Optical – STATUSHP External 556s Optical Drive – theproto confirmed

Feature status:
Battery Status – STATUS VoodooBattery shows some functions – (adachis confirmed) so does AppleACPIBatteryManager (superviza confirmed)
Sleep/Hibernate/Suspend – STATUS MORE TESTING NEEDED – Not looking good OOB (superviza confirmed)
Trackpad Options – STATUS VoodooPS2 not recognizing trackpad – adachis confirmed
Shutdown/Reboot – STATUS superviza confirmed
Clamshell Switch – STATUS superviza confirmed
Power Button – STATUS superviza confirmed
SpeedStep or P/C-States – STATUS AppleLPC loaded and P/C-States are present -superviza/theproto confirmed

Status legend:
VANILLANo fixes needed or DSDT/EFI fixes used only
EXTRASExtra KEXTs needed but not located in /S/L/E
MODIFICATIONSModifications or additions to /S/L/E or any other system file
UNSUPPORTEDNo useable driver exists for the device/chipset
UNKNOWNInitial status indicating further testing/verification is needed

For download packages see:

http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=189621&pid=1296786

Another thread making progress:

http://myhpmini.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=2402

source: http://www.liliputing.com/2009/10/hp-mini-311-ram-can-be-upgraded.html

HP Mini 311 RAM can be upgraded

hp mini 311 ram upgrade

The HP Mini 311 (or Compaq Mini 311C in Europe) comes with 1GB of RAM soldered to the motherboard. At first glance, that might make this NVIDIA ION-powered laptop a bit less attractive, since it somewhat limits your upgrade options. But Blogeee reports there’s good news: There is another RAM slot that users can take advantage of to upgrade the RAM.

All you have to do is pop open the back and slide in a 2GB module to upgrade the memory to 3GB.

Source: http://www.liliputing.com/2009/10/hp-mini-311-with-ion-graphics-can-run-os-x.html

HP Mini 311 with ION graphics can run OS X

311 osx

Want an 11.6 inch mini-laptop with high performance graphics, and the ability to run OS X? It looks like the HP Mini 311 fits the bill.

ASRock ION 330 hackintosh

Source: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=178372&st=0#entry1217787

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