Overclockers UK Expands to Eight More GAME Stores

Overclockers UK launched their new partnership with GAME back in early December and it was a big success. The two companies joined forces in this partnership to bring an extensive range of exclusive gaming PCs, components, and accessories in a few selected GAME stores and GAME’s online site.

The partnership started relative small with just two shops setting up Overclockers UK displays, but that is about to change. The two initial stores will be expanded with eight more which makes it a total of ten GAME stores across the UK where you can find the great PC hardware provided by Overclockers UK. Today you can visit the Teeside Shopping Park and the Metro Centre and will be greeted with a shiny new interactive display from Overclockers UK. The display offers customers the chance to play the latest games on cutting edge PC hardware.

The two stores displays launched back in December are in Basingstoke and Manchester. Yesterday they opened up in Stockton and Newcastle Upon Tyne, and today it is Glasgow’s turn. Tomorrow it will be Chester, Friday it will be Cardiff and Gloucester while the last two shop displays will be launched on Saturday in Portsmouth and Bournemouth. You can find the full details to each of these locations below.

It is really great to see PC hardware making a comeback to the streets after so many years where we have seen a steady decline in the same. I have no doubt that this will continue to be a success for both GAME and Overclockers UK.

Launched in December:
BASINGSTOKE – Festival Place, Unit 15, Festival Place, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7BE
MANCHESTER – Trafford Centre, Manchester Unit L29, 46 Peel Avenue, Manchester, M17 8DF

Tuesday 5th January:
STOCKTON – Teeside Shopping Park, Unit 4B Teeside Park, Stockton, TS17 7BW
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE – Metro Centre, Unit 23A, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE11 9YG

Wednesday 6th January:
GLASGOW – Braehead, Unit 57 Braehead Shopping Centre, Kings Inch Road, Glasgow, G51 4BP

Thursday 7th January:
CHESTER – Grosvenor Shopping Centre, 46 Forgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1HA

Friday 8th January:
CARDIFF – St Savid’s Dewi Sant, 50 Grand Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 2ER
GLOUCESTER – Eastgate Shopping Centre, Unit 8B Market Way, Gloucester, GL1 1QH

Saturday 9th January:
PORTSMOUTH – Gunwharf Quays, 226 Commercial Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 1HG
BOURNEMOUTH – Castle Point Shopping Centre, Unit 21, Bournemouth, BH8 9UZ

Fujitsu Purchase 85% Shares in AMD Operations

AMD have just announced that they are now on a joint venture with electronics giant, Fujitsu. The two companies will be pairing together to provide factories in Penang (Malaysia) and Suzhou (China). Fujitsu will be getting a whopping 85 percent of the joint venture, which is suspected to heavily reduce AMD’s capital expenditure. Approximately 1700 workers at the two factories will become employees of the new venture the companies stated. For AMD, this is all for $371 Million in cash and retain a 15% stake in the new entity.

AMD announced on their investor relations page:

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics Co., Ltd (NFME) (SZSE: TFWD) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to create a joint venture combining AMD’s high-volume assembly, test, mark, and pack (ATMP) facilities and experienced workforce in Penang, Malaysia and Suzhou, China with NFME’s established outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) expertise. Upon close, the new business will leverage the capabilities of 5 facilities and approximately 5,800 employees to offer differentiated ATMP capabilities and scale to service a broad range of customers. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2016, pending successful completion of regulatory approvals.

The transaction is expected to be closed in the first half of 2016, pending completion of regulatory approvals. The joint venture positioned to take advantage of the increasing demand for semiconductor assembly and test services (SATS).

AMD also state:

According to Gartner Research, the SATS market revenue is expected to be $27.4 billion for 2015, with growth of 1.1 percent. The 2014 through 2019 CAGR for the market is forecast to be 4.6 percent, leading to approximately $34 billion in total estimated market revenue by 2019

  • AMD will contribute to the joint venture:

    • ATMP facilities in Penang, Malaysia and Suzhou, China
    • Approximately 1,700 employees — including the site leadership teams which will continue to provide management and oversight
  • NFME will purchase an 85 percent share of AMD’s Penang and Suzhou operations, and serve as controlling partner for the new combined business.

  • As consideration for the transaction, at close AMD expects to receive approximately $371 million from NFME, record cash of $320 million, net of expenses, and retain 15 percent ownership of its Penang and Suzhou operations.

  • Post close, AMD expects the transaction to be cost neutral with significantly reduced AMD capital expenditures.

  • There are no planned workforce reductions at AMD’s Penang or Suzhou facilities in conjunction with the creation of the joint venture.

I think AMD are back on the radar now, they seemed to be struggling in the market recently and share value was dropping rapidly. This move by Fujitsu has helped AMD get back into the market and will hopefully providing us with some awesome new chips and tech. The company reported that they were down 5% on their gross margin this year, due to an inventory write down of $65 million. Their woes were concentrated on its PC business, with suffered a $181 million loss on $424 million revenue.

AMD have been serving us for 45 years now, they’ve driven some serious innovation in their processors, graphics and visualization technologies, big building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and data centers.

 

Seagate Collaborates With CERN Openlab To Develop Kinetic Storage Platform

The European Organization for Nuclear Reasearch, CERN, produces a massive amount of data to be analyzed, but also stored, a thing that’s becoming an increasing problem with the 2-3 petabytes of information it produces on a monthly basis. The Large Hadron Collider has generated over 100 petabytes of data to date, and all of it has to be kept safe and secure.

Seagate and CERN Openlab have now entered a 3-year partnership on the development of Seagate’s Kinetic Open Storage platform. The new platform restructures the traditional storage server architectures from the bottom up by connecting object-oriented applications directly to the storage device. This cuts out the many layers of hardware and software traditionally used and is something that is said to not only improve performance but also cut costs by 15-40%. It’s kind of a System in a Disk, to say it in the simplest of words.

“This is a thrilling opportunity for Seagate to collaborate with CERN to more efficiently operate one of the most extreme and demanding storage environments in the world,” said Scott Horn, vice president of marketing at Seagate. “We believe our partnership will not only deliver extensive benefits to CERN’s large-scale storage system, but also help us further enhance the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform by testing it in an unparalleled data creation environment.”

A second and future research project between Seagate and CERN is also planned where they will look at CERN’s EOS storage system to determine whether there are opportunities to enhance and improve the system.

Thanks to Seagate for providing us with this information

Cyanogen and Qualcomm Form New Partnership

You typically would expect an SoC manufacturer such as Qualcomm to announce what new technology it has planned next at an event such as the Mobile World Congress. However, this time around, Qualcomm has announced a new partnership with Cyanogen to work on the software shipped on next generation reference devices.

Qualcomm makes special devices with every chipset launch, called Qualcomm Reference Devices or QRDs. The program basically simplifies the process for companies to make and sell a device in as little as 60 days. Although Qualcomm uses Android for its devices, it is usually built from internal software repositories with all the basic necessary software to make it work, which is often not optimized.

This is where the partnership between Cyanogen comes in. There are reports that the QRD program has already been updated and that the Snapdragon 200, 400 and 600 series QRDs will be available with Cyanogen OS (not to be confused with CyanogenMod) along with a set of feature options for each device tier.

The partnership would allow manufacturers to be able to customize their experience more on the devices they sell, as well as making the Cyanogen OS more popular on Android devices. Users would also benefit from the partnership, since manufacturers would be able to offer more QRDs with the latest Android and a significantly greater chance for software updates compared to the current QRD.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information

Cooler Master UK and Jagex Announce Partnership

Cooler Master UK and Jagex today announce an official partnership, making CM Storm the official peripheral supplier for the game developer.

In a press release we received, Cooler Master have announced that they will be the official peripheral supplier for Jagex Games Studio. This means that we will soon see products such as the CM storm Ceres-500 headset and the Havoc mouse being used alongside the CM Storm Quick Fire Ultimate keyboard and CM Storm Speed- RX surface. All these products are aimed at gamers so it’s great to see that they will be used how they are intended.

As official game peripheral supplier, Cooler Master will be working closely with Jagex Games Studio to ensure that wherever Jagex are the best mechanical gaming keyboards, DPI switching mice, and most comfortable headsets will also be available – be it on live stream, gaming event or in the amazing 60 PC gaming atrium at the studio in Cambridge. With joint projects, giveaways and more special announcements coming soon

Jagex is a large game developer and publisher with their largest game, Runescape, still holding the Guinness World Record for “Most Popular Free Multiplayer Online Game”. They are currently working on a new game called “Block N Load”, which I managed to get a sneak preview of at Multiplay’s Insomnia 53 and can confirm its lots of fun.

Timing for the new partnership is perfect as Jagex travel the world showing off their latest announcement; Block N Load, a game where brains are as important as bullets and no game’s the same! Build, destroy, attack, defend and literally become the architect of your own victory. Head over to www.blocknload.com and get involved in the game’s beta test now

This partnership can only bring the best out of each other, both are companies that strive to make the gaming experience better and both are passionate about what they produce. It’s certainly something to keep an eye out for as I’m sure we can expect some big things.

Thank you Cooler Master for providing us with this information

OCZ Announces Partnership with Currys PC World in the UK and Ireland

OCZ has announced a new partnership with Dixons Carphone for the resale of OCZ products at its Currys PC World stores. While there might be mixed feelings about the chain of stores, it’s great to be able to pick up drives such as the OCZ ARC 100 or Vertex 460 just around the corner. The OCZ SSDs will now be readily available for end users in the local retail markets in the United Kingdom, Scotland, and Ireland.

Currys PC World has more than 500 stores across the UK as well as their online presence, enabling a strong market potential for OCZ SSDs. Through Currys PC World, OCZ will now have a visible and clear customer offering for end users looking to add SSD features and performance as an upgrade, or into their new computer system.

Thanks to OCZ for providing us with this information

Intel Team up with Fossil to Create Wearables

Wearables are the new big thing and everyone wants to be part of it. We’ve seen the watched from all the large technology companies presented, and Intel doesn’t want to be left back in that race. They announced on Friday that they would enter the a partnership with the accessory creator Fossil to further develop wearable technology for the fashion industry.

In the joint statement the two companies said they would team up “to identify, support and develop emerging trends in the wearable technology space” while they “work together on emerging products and technologies that will be developed for the fashion-oriented consumer.”

With Fossils 30 year of experience in wearables like watches, jewellery and wallets and Intel’s advances in small technology, this could bring on some cool new smart products and wearable that would appeal more to the average consumer then the current, not so pretty, smart watches. As it is now, it’s just technology that is wearable, not really integrated.

There aren’t any products planned yet, at least no specifics were mentioned and they also left the exit door open with the Safe Harbour clause. It’s a forward looking statement and should be treated as such, but I doubt Intel would make an announcement like this without being sure of their game plan.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Fossil.

Finnish Smartphone Maker Jolla Expands to Two New Markets

Back in February, Jolla brought out release version 1.0 of their Sailfish OS and announced they were ready for global distribution. Since then it had been a bit quiet on that front and we hadn’t heard much. This changed during the past week when Jolla announced not one but two new partnerships on the emerging mobile markets.

Jolla is a new Finnish smartphone from the company of the same name. It is running the independent operating system, Sailfish OS. Based on the heritage of Meego, an open source operating system formerly developed by Nokia among others. The Jolla smartphone offers a distinct user experience, unlike any of the competition with its button-less design and unique gesture based user experience as well as Android application compatibility.

Snapdeal.com, India’s largest e-commerce marketplace, will be the new exclusive parter of Jolla Ltd. in India and should be available to their 25 million customers within a month.

Kunal Bahl, Co-founder & CEO, Snapdeal.com comments on this exclusive partnership: “We at Snapdeal.com constantly endeavour to offer high quality products across varied categories to our 25 million+ users at best prices. The smartphone category has been getting an extremely encouraging response on our platform. However the market in India offers few choices in terms of mobile operating systems. Jolla with its innovative Sailfish OS introduces an entirely new user experience to consumers. Jolla offers a unique smartphone experience both in terms of hardware and software. We look forward to a long term and mutually beneficial relationship”.

The second deal for Jolla was struck in Kazakhstan with Mobile Invest. This is the first partnership Jolla has in the CIS countries and the Co-founder of Jolla, Marc Dillon, commented that he was exited to attend the Jolla launch in Almaty.

Daniyar Galimzhanov, Mobile Invest comments: “The Jolla smartphone with its unique and independent Sailfish OS mobile operating system brings a breath of fresh air to the smartphone market, which has long been dominated by only a few players. We believe that Jolla has true potential to become a smartphone of choice for those looking for an alternative. We are honoured to open the world’s first Jolla showroom in Almaty.”

Thank you Jolla for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Jolla.

Huawei Reported To Be Selling High-End Smartphones Via Messaging App

The increased competition of smartphone manufacturers in China has apparently resulted in companies approaching unique marketing techniques. For example, Xiaomi is said to have success with its ‘Hunger Marketing’ technique, having customers pre-register their interest in a handset in order to grab the e-mail addresses of potential buyers. As soon as the particular handset hits the spotlight, a limited number is manufactured and sold. This is how the company recently sold an estimated 10,000 Xiaomi Redmi Note phablets in less than a second.

Networking and telecom manufacturer Huawei apparently has its own tactics. Sources indicate that the company is apparently using popular messaging application WeChat as a channel to sell its Huawei Honor 6 handset. The device is said to boast an Octa-Core processor, a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, as well as a 13 MP back camera and 5MP front camera.

The company previously used only local carriers to sell its handsets, but due to the increased competition, it is hoping to widen the distribution of its products using the WeChat app. The application, which is said to be in partnership with Chinese e-commerce company JD, has apparently hosted a competition in which the lucky winner was awarded with a Huawei Honor 6. The rules appeared to have been simple as well, having competitors guess the price of the handset in question. The winner would have had to answer ¥1999 / $322, the actual price of the Huawei Honor 6 handset.

Huawei is said to have 8% of the Chinese market, placing it on the 6th position in the country. This is due to change in the future, providing that the partnership between the company and WeChat app is successful. WeChat is said to have over 400 million users, having it be used as a text and voice messaging app, a gaming app and even a cab hailing app. Reports show that an update last year has even added a payment system, something which Huawei is attempting to exploit. Also, Huawei might have been the first to use this type of marketing camping, but it most certainly will not be the last.

Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information

PayPal Worried About Apple’s Payment Method, Attempts To Stike Partnership

Having recent news reveal Apple’s initiative to extent into the mobile payment system, it seems that PayPal was not ignorant to the extensive plans of the iPhone maker giant. PayPal wants a part in Cupertino’s project, according to news from Re/Code.

Sources from Re/Code state that Apple is capable of releasing a mobile payment system without PayPal’s help, but they could not rule out the possibility of some type of partnership between the two companies. Apple is allegedly focusing on the iPhone for its mobile payment system, though details on how the phone will process payments is not known.

Having looking for clues, we see that recent patents point to iBeacon, having recent changes point to the use of NFC and Bluetooth. Apple recently deployed iBeacons throughout its retail chain of stores, while retailers like American Eagle and Safeway are experimenting with the technology in limited trials.

Looking at the big picture, it all adds together, having Eddie Cue meeting a while ago with industry executives “to discuss Apple’s interest in handling payments for physical goods and services on its devices.” and Tim Cook’s confession during the earning conference call that the mobile payment area was “one of the thoughts behind Touch ID” in the iPhone 5s.

Thank you Macrumors for providing us with this information

CNN and Twitter Become Official Partners, Said To ‘Revolutionize’ News Gatherings

It appears that head Twitter’s head of news, Vivian Schiller, has announced their first project, namely a partnership with CNN and the New York startup Dataminr. It is said that the partnership, along with Dataminr, will help journalists cover breaking news and making sense of the flood of public information on Twitter.

Dataminr is a five-year-old startup that has raised $48 million from investors like Box Group, Venrock and IVP. Until now it has worked with clients in financial services, helping banks and hedge funds make real-time investment decisions by processing huge amounts of social media content and extracting the high-value information. Dataminr uses machine learning algorithms to analyze the Twitter firehose of data and highlight the needle in the haystack so CNN reporters can find the most important, relevant, and reliable facts and images from around the world.

“There is actually a very different set of algorithms that help us determine if information spreading on Twitter will move markets, as opposed to becoming a big news story,” said Dataminr CEO Ted Bailey. “So it’s not a matter of more or less data, but of how the service is focused and tuned.”

CNN is one of the companies that set up Twitter accounts in their news gathering since 2009. Now it wants to bring a purpose-built product and official partnership. For example, CNN first learned about a shooting this weekend at a mall in Maryland through Dataminr, which has been deployed in-house for several months now, and picked up on a tweet from a first responder on the scene. The alert helped CNN be one of the first on the story. The company says it now produces about two stories a day based off tips from its Dataminr alerts.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information
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Red Hat Teamed Up With CentOS To Boost Innovation

Red Hat and CentOS are joining forces to develop a “new CentOS” in a bid to speed open source innovation. It is said that some CentOS teams will join the Red Hat payroll, but will continue working on CentOS as their primary job function.

The Red Hat company is based on the Red Hat distribution, which makes over a billion dollars a year by charging a premium for all software and support services it provides with its enterprise OS. However, some components are subject to the GNU Public License, which requires any derivative work to be published under the same license. For this reason Red Hat publishes all its derivative code online.

CentOS is basically made out of some of his code by a team of developers, making it a free RHEL clone with Red Hat branding and other intellectual property removed. This move from the North American enterprise Linux vendor will benefit both organizations. A better relationship with Red Hat along with financial and infrastructure support will definitely be helpful for CentOS. Likewise, it would be easy for existing CentOS users to become paying Red Hat customers if they ever desire support.

Basically the CentOS distribution will remain the same, with some minor improvements at most. Also, the partnership will not affect Fedora, a community-based Linux distribution maintained by Red Hat.

Thank you Tech Spot for providing us with this information
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