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  • Global HTC One mini approved by FCC

    Global HTC One mini approved by FCC

    In a matter of pleasant timing, the global version of the HTC One mini (PO58200) has been given the sweet go-ahead of approval from the Federal Communications Commission. As usual, we went through the documents that so discretely discuss the various radiation measurements, antenna placement and other intensely deep numbers and couldn’t uncover any details we didn’t know already, but FCC approval is always a rite of passage that indicates the phone is on the right track to a release sooner rather than later. Here’s hoping this is a signal that we’ll be playing with the new miniature device next month, as HTC has promised.

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    Source: FCC

  • AMD Q2 2013 earnings: net loss of $74 million, expects 'a return to profitability' next quarter

    AMD Q2 2013 earnings net loss of $74 million, expects 'a return to profitability' next quarter

    First, the rough news: AMD saw just $1.16 billion in revenue for its Q2 2013, and actually took a net loss of $74 million (and an operating loss of $29 million). That’s an 18 percent decrease in revenue year-over-year, but CEO Rory Read says that things are looking up. “Our focus on restructuring and transforming AMD resulted in improved financial results,” noting that AMD “expects significant revenue growth and a return to profitability in the third quarter.”

    That’s a pretty bold statement given the continued decline in the PC market, but the outfit’s graphical department seems to be doing fairly well. In fact, AMD’s Graphics reportable segment has been renamed Graphics and Visual Solutions, and the outfit gleefully points out that AMD silicon is baked inside of the Wii U, Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. What isn’t precisely clear, however, is the expected market change that’ll finally turn the tide for AMD — the world’s watching for Q3, folks.

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    Source: Marketwire, AMD

  • Opera SDK to be the basis of TCL's upcoming line of Smart TVs

    It looks like China’s TCL isn’t just working with Google to grace its line of flat-screen TVs. The TV maker has just announced that its next line of Smart TVs will be powered by yet another well-known web brand — Opera. Indeed, TCL’s E5691, E5510, F3250 and F3500 series of HDTVs will be built on top of Opera’s devices SDK for Linux-based devices, and will feature Opera’s TV browser and TV Store. Aside from apps and the usual online entertainment options, Opera’s TV platform also seeks to offer an enhanced TV experience, so that you can check your Twitter stream while watching your favorite episode of Game of Thrones, for example. Other features of the new line of TCL sets include 3D viewing, multi-screen interaction and the ability to use your phone as a remote control. They’re slated to debut in Australia, Europe and Latin America later this year for a yet to be determined price, with no word on their North American presence. This is not the first time Opera has entered the Smart TV space, but TCL’s adoption does lend additional legitimacy to the company’s silver screen venture.

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  • Microsoft Q4 2013 earnings: $4.97 billion net income, $900 million charge related to Surface RT inventory adjustment

    Microsoft Q4 2013 earnings $497 billion net income, $900 million charge related to Surface RT inventory adjustment

    Microsoft just reported its Q4 2013 earnings, and the Redmond behemoth has found itself with $19.90 billion in revenue, $6.07 billion in operating income, and $4.97 billion in net income. Quite a lot has happened since the outfit showed $6.06 billion in profit last quarter — its CFO stepped down, the Xbox One was introduced, DRM policies were instituted (and then reversed), Don Mattrick departed for Zynga, and Steve Ballmer himself put in place a new organizational structure. Of note, Microsoft is taking a $900 million charge “related to Surface RT inventory adjustments,” and we’re also told that the figures “reflect the recognition of $782 million of previously deferred revenue related to the Office Upgrade Offer.”

    Amy Hood, chief financial officer at Microsoft, made no bones about the fact that these results — while huge — do indeed show the impact of a declining PC market. It should make sense, then, to see Microsoft focusing ever more intently on enterprise and cloud offerings, particularly given the weak demand for its own Surface tablets. All told, the company raked in $26.76 billion in operating income for its fiscal year 2013. Specifically, its Business division saw revenue grow 14 percent for Q4 and 3 percent for the full year, while Server & Tools grew 9 percent in Q4 and the full year. Windows revenue was up 6 percent this quarter and 5 percent on the year, while the Entertainment & Devices group saw an 8 percent uptick in Q4 while recognizing a 6 percent rise for all of 2013. Of course, Wall Street isn’t apt to look fondly on Microsoft’s forward looking update, which revises operating expense guidance downward to $31.3 billion to $31.9 billion for the full fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

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    Source: Microsoft

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