Netbooks slip under tablet shipments, achieve has-bEeen status originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 02:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The latest case involves Sony detecting a mass attempt to sign in to PSN accounts with a job-lot of user names and passwords, which the company says it believes may have been obtained through a third-party rather than extracted from PSN itself. Fortunately, the “overwhelming majority” of user name and password combinations failed.
However, Sony believes approximately 93,000 accounts (33k in Europe) have been compromised, with outsiders able to correctly sign in to PlayStation Network using the stolen data. Those accounts have now been “temporarily locked” pending a new password reset and account validation scheme.
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With Amazon only charging $200 per Kindle Fire, it’s widely assumed the company is taking a major loss on each device sold.
That might not be the case, after all, according to a new estimate of the cost of Kindle parts by UBM TechInsights, which says the Kindle Fire’s parts are $150 in total. This would suggest Amazon is breaking even, or turning a profit on each Kindle sold.
Obviously, a Kindle Fire is more than parts. It has to pay people to put to them together, it has to pay for shipping, storage, etc. UBM TechInsights doesn’t have an estimate for those costs.
For a point of comparison, UBM estimates the iPad’s components cost $270 for a wireless version, and the BlackBerry PlayBook’s components cost $170 for a 16GB version.
Here’s the breakdown from UBM:
- The Kindle Fire Is Already Amazon’s Number One Best Seller In Electronics
- Amazon Will Lose Millions Selling The Kindle Fire, But That’s The Point
- Here’s The Full, Unedited Kindle Fire Keynote From Jeff Bezos
Microsoft often likes to boast that it has multiple billion dollar revenue businesses, but there should be no mistake about what’s driving its profits: Windows and Office, with Servers And Tools kicking in a little bit extra.
Amazon’s entrance to the Daily Deal’s website is an interesting one. AmazonLocal, from the looks of it, seems like any other Groupon-clone. But if you look closer, AmazonLocal is aggregating deals, instead of offering it themselves.
This is actually pretty cool. I’ve signed up to all the Daily Deals sites and receive a ton of e-mails at 5AM each day. Signing with AmazonLocal could centralize my efforts in finding the best deals. Of course, we’re not sure if this is really going to happen as the current deal is listed by LivingSocial and Amazon is a big investor in them (maybe the others don’t jump on board?). But if it does, it’d be like the Voltron of Deals websites.
Smartphones are getting kind of popular nowadays, in case you hadn’t noticed. The latest figures from IDC show a 79.7 percent expansion of the global smartphone market between this time last year and today, which has resulted in 99.6 million such devices being shipped in Q1 of 2011. That growth has mostly been driven by Samsung, which has more than quadrupled its output to 10.8 million shipments in the quarter, and HTC, whose growth has been almost as impressive. The other big gainer is Apple, with 10 million more iPhones shipped, but the truth is that all the top five vendors are showing double-digit growth. In spite of Nokia losing a big chunk of market share and RIM being demoted from second to third in the ranking, both of those old guard manufacturers improved on their quarterly totals. IDC puts this strength in demand down to the relatively unsaturated smartphone marketplace, and believes there’s “ample room for several suppliers to comfortably co-exist,” before ominously adding, “at least for the short term.” And after the short term, our break-dancing robot overlords take over.
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After a court order was issued preventing rapper-turned-hacker George Hotz from ever hacking Sony products again, Hotz is now boycotting the electronics giant’s wares.
If he’s found to have breached those stipulations, he’s liable to face a $10,000 fine per violation, up to a maximum “cap” of $250,000.
In the wake of this, Hotz is taking part in a Sony boycott. “I am joining the SONY boycott,” Hotz blogged earlier this week. “I will never purchase another SONY product.”
“I encourage you to do the same,” he added. “And if you bought something SONY recently, return it.”
If Hotz was buying Sony products to hack and tinker with, it doesn’t make much sense for him to purchase them. But it’s like he’s rolling over, taking his toys and going home. Not everyone likes what Sony did to Hotz, sure, but then again, not everyone tries to hack Sony products. Some people like to play video games on them.
Even with the order issue settled, Hotz doesn’t seem like he’s ready to let it go. In one of his most recent posts, titled “A New Topic”, Hotz continues to rail on Sony. He now says the focus of the blog will be the Other OS lawsuit. His next post details his appearance in the mainstream media. Go figure.
But why should anyone care what Hotz thinks about this Other OS case? He caved, gave in, agreed he wouldn’t hack Sony products again. Sure, he didn’t get sued for a gajillion dollars, but Sony “won”. Hotz did not.
Writes Hotz, “Basically if Sony does bad things, you better not call them out, or they’ll attempt to make your life hell.”
This is our setup. We keep the side panel of the case open to keep the temperatures of the four GPU’s down.
A closer look at the four graphics cards in action.
The guys from tones.be who assembled the system. They sure look proud of their achievement.