Archive for April 15, 2012

ASUS to unveil new K and N series notebooks at Milano Design Week

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Asus to unveil new K and N series notebooks at Milano Design Week
ASUS still hasn't clued us in how it'll have us experiencing "infinity," but it is letting some of its other plans for Milano Design Week slip -- namely its N56, N76, N46 and K55 notebooks. Notebook Italia gave the rigs a quick pre-show rundown. The new machines in the N-series lineup are reported to ship with 8GB of DDR3 1333 MHz RAM, up to 1TB HDD space, a Blu-ray or DVD combo drive and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 635m GPU, all driven by various Sandy Bridge CPUs, depending on the model. The K55 mirrors this almost exactly, save for the substitution of a GeForce GT 630m. Notebook Italia says that while these machines are currently slated to launch with Intel's current architecture, Ivy Bridge variants should crop up soon after the CPU hits the market. Curiosity piqued? Check out the source links below for more details, or just stick around -- Design Week is only a couple of days away.

[Thanks, Marco]

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Oracle and Google To Finally Enter Courtroom

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Fluffeh writes "After around 900 motions and filings, not to mention a timeline of two years, Google and Oracle are finally putting their case before a jury which will be selected on Monday. While Oracle originally sued for billions, the possible damages have come down to a more reasonable $30-something million (the details vary depending on if you ask Google or Oracle). However, the sides are still far apart. Oracle's proposal was a minimum, not a maximum, and Oracle has asked for a tripling of damages because of the 'willful and deliberate nature of Google's infringement.' For ongoing royalties from future sales, Google has proposed payment of just over one-half of one percent of revenue if patent infringement is proven, but Oracle wants more. Beyond financial damages, Oracle has asked for a permanent order preventing Google from continuing to infringe the patents and copyrights. The case is planned to start on Monday afternoon, after jury selection or Tuesday at the latest."

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Best Buy Releases the List of 50 Stores Being Closed Next Month

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Best BuyBest Buy has been in the news quite a bit lately, and while some might argue any publicity is good publicity, I’m not sure even they would defend the latest coverage. First their CEO leaves amid a sea of controversy, and today they confirmed the list of 50 retail stores getting the axe.

Most of the stores on the list have secondary locations nearby, but it still isn’t a great sign for the company’s future. The vast majority of these closures are expected to be completed by May 12, but some variation is of course possible. It is also unknown if we will see any blowout sales to clear the shelves, or if inventory will simply be shifted to other locations.

Best Buy posted a $1.7 billion loss in Q4, and has been struggling with ways to reduce costs ever since. Is this the end of the big-box electronics era? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

List of Store Closures

Store Name

Address

City

State

Casa Grande

1004 N Promenade Pwy

Casa Grande

AZ

Lake Pleasant

10134 W Happy Valley Rd

Peoria

AZ

East Palo Alto

1751 E Bayshore Rd

East Palo Alto

CA

Westwood

10861 Weyburn Ave

Los Angeles

CA

Manteca

934 Perimeter Dr

Manteca

CA

Moreno Valley East

27220 Eucalyptus

Moreno Valley

CA

Ontario

4120 E 4th St

Ontario

CA

Pittsburg

4405 Century Blvd

Pittsburg

CA

Jamboree

2857 Park Ave

Tustin

CA

Arapahoe & Parker

15800 E Briarwood Cir

Aurora

CO

The Forum

9370 Dynasty Dr

Fort Myers

FL

Oldsmar

11655 W Hillsborough Ave

Tampa

FL

Fayetteville

128 Pavilion Pkwy

Fayetteville

GA

Loganville

4014 Atlanta Hwy

Loganville

GA

Addison

1038 N Rohlwing Rd

Addison

IL

87th & Dan Ryan

8900 S Lafayette Ave

Chicago

IL

Deerfield

200 S Waukegan Rd

Deerfield

IL

Matteson

4707 Lincoln Mall Dr

Matteson

IL

Mundelein

1100 N Rt 83

Mundelein

IL

West Dundee

979 W Main St

West Dundee

IL

Speedway

10500 Parallel Pkwy

Kansas City

KS

Back Bay

360 Newbury St

Boston

MA

Wareham

2421 Cranberry Hwy

Wareham

MA

Inner Harbor

600 E Pratt St

Baltimore

MD

Hunt Valley

118 Shawan Rd

Hunt Valley

MD

Biddeford

405 Mariner Way

Biddeford

ME

*Brooklyn Center

5925 Earle Brown Dr

Brooklyn Center

MN

*Edina

3200 Southdale Cir

Edina

MN

*Hutchinson

1350 Hwy 15 S

Hutchinson

MN

*Lakeville

18350 Orchard Trl

Lakeville

MN

Rochester South

4540 Maine Ave Se

Rochester

MN

*Rogers

20870 Rogers Dr

Rogers

MN

Ellisville

15678 Manchester Rd

Ellisville

MO

Monroe

3151 W Highway 74

Monroe

NC

Rocky Mount

1100 N Wesleyan Blvd

Rocky Mount

NC

Millard

12210 K Plz

Omaha

NE

East River Plaza

517 E 117th St

New York

NY

Steelyard Commons

3506 Steelyard Dr

Cleveland

OH

Salem Mall

5031 Salem Ave

Dayton

OH

Caguas

Las Americas Expry PR52 Zafiro

Caguas

PR

Middletown

890 W Main Rd

Middletown

RI

Hickory Hollow

5255 Hickory Hollow Pkwy

Antioch

TN

Techridge

12901 North I-35

Austin

TX

*Woodlake Parkway

6218 Woodglen

San Antonio

TX

Landmark Mall

5901 Stevenson Ave

Alexandria

VA

Cosner's Corner

9745 Jefferson Davis Hwy

Fredericksburg

VA

East Richmond

4410 S Laburnum Ave

Richmond

VA

Mill Plain

16611 Se Mill Plain Blvd

Vancouver

WA

* indicates stores notified March 29, 2012 of closure plans

Note: Two stores in Kansas City, MO (Metro North) and Scottsdale, AZ (Shea) permanently closed in February 2012.

AMD Launches Partnership With CAD Developer PTC

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MojoKid writes "AMD is kicking off its weekend with news of a partnership between itself and CAD software developer PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation). PTC owns and develops the Creo software family. One of the programs at the heart of the company, Creo Element/Pro, was originally known as Pro/ENGINEER. It's not at all unusual for software developers in the CAD/CAM space to ally with hardware manufacturers, but it's typically Nvidia, not AMD, making such announcements. AMD claims that the upcoming Creo 2.0 product suite will be able to take advantage of the GPU in unprecedented ways that simultaneously improve performance and visual quality without compromising either. The company calls one such option Order Independent Transparency, or OIT. OIT is a rendering technology that allows for the partial display of wireframes and models inside a solid surface without creating artifacts or imprecise visualizations."

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Apple’s ‘revolutionary’ new product is … a yacht? – Great Lakes Advocate

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Sydney Morning Herald

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