Gadgets Amazon Probed by EU, Following Charges Over Apple's "Double Irish" Tax Evasion

From DailyTech: The European Union (EU) made waves late last month when its antitrust regulators -- a part of the trade-regulating body known as the European Commission (EC) -- issued a preliminary finding of guilt against America's largest and most profitable tech company, Apple, Inc. (AAPL).

Nvidia raises the curtain on its latest mobile GPUs: the GeForce GTX 970M and the GeForce GTX 980M

From PC World: Nvidia dropped its other GPU shoe today, taking the wraps off the mobile version of its “Big Maxwell” architecture, embodied in the GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 980M mobile graphics processors. The new parts have the same advanced feature set as the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 desktop GPUs that Nvidia announced on September 18.

Samsung expects 60 percent drop in profit for Q3 2014

From CNET: Three months after warning that the second half of 2014 would "remain a challenge," Samsung announced Monday it expects a decline of nearly 60 percent in its operating profit for the third quarter of 2014, its fourth straight quarterly drop.

The South Korean electronics giant said it expects to record an operating profit of 4.1 trillion won ($3.8 billion) for the quarter ended September 30, a 59.7 percent drop from the year-ago quarter. The company also said it expects sales for the quarter to come in around 47 trillion won, a 20 percent decline.

HP Launches $279, 10 Plus Tablet Running Android 4.4.2

From DailyTech: Hewlett-Packard announced earlier this morning that it is splitting into two companies: HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. The company also has a quieter announcement on tap for today — a new tablet.

With the crazy amount of tablets that get released on a yearly basis, HP’s latest effort is meager at best. The HP 10 Plus features a 10.1” 1920x1200 display and that may be its most impressive stat; everything else is decidedly ho-hum. It also features a 1.3GHz Allwinner A31 quad-core processor (Cortex A7) that packs in 2GB of RAM.

Apple signals Oct. 21 as OS X Yosemite launch date

From InfoWorld: Apple signaled that it will ship OS X Yosemite on Oct. 21; it has scheduled its third-quarter earnings call for the day before.

Although Apple has not yet officially revealed the launch date for Yosemite -- which is also identified as OS X 10.10 -- the earnings call on Monday, Oct. 20, is a clue that the upgrade will appear in the Mac App Store the next day.

Sharp's LCD-challenging MEMS display coming in 2015

From PC World: Sharp is close to commercializing its first product that uses a MEMS display—a new type of flat-panel display that boasts deeper and richer colors than traditional LCD screens and lower power consumption.

The screen was developed over the last three years with Qualcomm subsidiary Pixtronix and Sharp hopes it will one day replace LCD screens in portable devices.

Samsung to spend nearly $15 billion on chip plant

From CNET: Samsung Electronics has announced its plans to spend 15.6 trillion won (about $14.7 billion) to construct a new chip plant in South Korea.

The South Korean electronics giant said construction will begin next year in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, with the plant set to open in 2017, according to multiple news reports.

"Our investment into the new fabrication plant will significantly influence the shaping of Samsung's future semiconductor business," Kwon Oh Hyun, vice chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

It’s Official: HP to Split Into Two Business Units

From DailyTech: Over the weekend The Wall Street Journal reported that Hewlett-Packard would split into to separate business, and the company today made that news official.

HP’s PC and printer division will be named HP Inc. and will have Dion Weisler as CEO. By splitting the business divisions, HP Inc. plans to “empower people to create, interact, and inspire like never before.”

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Cooler Master Storm Devastator Review (Page 1 of 4)

Much like Guest Writer Brian Cheung's family, I too have been looking at purchasing a car. If you have read the Behind the Scenes profile page, you will know I have been driving a Chevrolet Cobalt. While this car is not exactly known for its reliability or responsiveness, it has been good enough to get me from Point A to Point B without very much drama or horror. My dream car has always been one of the following: The Chevrolet Camaro, or the Subaru Impreza WRX (Now known as the Subaru WRX). I know my first car will not be either one of these cars, as I am still a student, and I will have other cars to purchase in my lifetime. I was talking with Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Kwan about purchasing my first car, and I mentioned two options that were on my mind: The Nissan Micra, and the Mitsubishi Mirage. Honestly, the only thing that attracted me was the starting pre-tax price of under $10K. At this dollar, you get a box with four wheels and some attractive low fuel consumption. Sure, there are lots of features that are not standard, like power windows, Bluetooth integration, or even air conditioning, but it still is a functionally able car. Since I am still a single guy, I also probably do not need the extra room that comes with larger vehicles. The fact is, some potential car buyers out there are looking for something to just get them to their intended destination. They could buy a used car, but the thrill of having a new one may be on their mind. Similarly, when Cooler Master revealed their CM Storm Devastator keyboard and mouse set, I was a bit shocked at the lack of features. Yes, it is functionally able to get your work done with some gaming on the side, but at the time I questioned if it was really any good. Before I write it off though, I saw the price tag, and then took a second glance. And a third. The Cooler Master Storm Devastator boasts a price of just under $30 for both a keyboard and mouse, and it is one of the few combinations that have flashy LEDs underneath. I had the chance to get a closer look at this and thankfully today, you can too!


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