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HTC first quarter earnings fall a not awesome 30 percent

April 7th, 2009 by

HTC’s unleashed a barrel of bad news on the world today with their first quarter earnings statement. The company’s profits fell 30 percent during that period, with a net of NT$4.89 billion — $148 million — down from NT$6.94 billion (or $210 million) at the same time last year. HTC still managed to best analysts estimates (shows what they know) which forecast that the company’s earnings would be in the area of NT$4.64 billion ($140 million). HTC said that the profits fell in part to missed product shipping deadlines, which have been pushed into April. And the recession continues…

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HTC first quarter earnings fall a not awesome 30 percent originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Apr 2009 21:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: 128GB SSD slotted into Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9

April 7th, 2009 by

Considering just how cheap Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9 gets on occasion, there’s practically no doubt that the SSD portion of this mod will run you more than the computer itself. For those wild and wacky DIYers who couldn’t honestly care less, jkkmobile has put together a video (along with a gallery of images) showing exactly how the process works. For what it’s worth, we’re told that the whole ordeal was a simple matter, but you can judge for yourself after jumping past the break and mashing play.

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Video: 128GB SSD slotted into Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Apr 2009 20:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint goes a little crazy with new Pre advertising

April 7th, 2009 by

We hadn’t necessarily taken the Pre crowd as the attention-span-of-a-gnat sort, but in case our psychology is dead off, Sprint has formulated a truly mind-blowing 60 seconds of video that runs down a series of meaningless stats — the number of emails just sent containing “miracle banana diet,” for example — and ties it all together neatly at the end as a plug for the carrier’s 3G and 4G networks. Perhaps more importantly, the Pre makes two brief appearances in the ad — but if you’re looking to take your visual overload to the next level, you can have a peep at Sprint’s updated “Plug into Now” site, which blasts you with a seemingly endless series of widgets that keep you abreast of stats like the number of lung transplants that occurred today, the number of shopping days until Christmas, and the current national debt. Clicking on the Pre takes you to a dedicated series of Pre widgets complete with a spinning Pre — nothing new, really, but if you simply must have fast access to Pre mentions on Twitter, this might just be your dream come true. Follow the break for Sprint’s ad, but make sure you’re not too amped on caffeine first.

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Sprint goes a little crazy with new Pre advertising originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Apr 2009 19:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft boasts that 96% of netbooks now run Windows

April 7th, 2009 by
Remember the old days when Microsoft was dragged kicking and screaming into offering Windows XP on netbooks? Neither does Microsoft, apparently, as the company is now all too happy to boast that a full 96% of the netbooks on the market run on its venerable OS. It’s also, unsurprisingly, quick to point out that virtually all of that growth comes at the expense of Linux, which Microsoft once again notes sees much higher rates of return once folks “realize their Linux-based netbook PC doesn’t deliver that same quality of experience.” Of course, all of this talk also has a little something to do with the even more netbook-minded Windows 7 which, ironically, could well be trying to peel off some market share from XP by this time next year.

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WiFi-equipped BlackBerry Storm 2 coming to Verizon in September?

April 7th, 2009 by

Looks like you might be able to cross at least one bullet point off of your Storm 2 wishlist. According to unnamed source who SlashGear swears is the bee’s knees, the successor to BlackBerry’s touchscreen smartphone will add WiFi support for faster home / coffee shop web browsing. The informant hinted there’s other surprises on the horizon but wouldn’t give specifics, so for now you’ll just have to keep dreaming about that SurePress touchscreen that doesn’t slow down your texting. As for when we should expect the sequel, the report pointed to a release sometime in September on Verizon’s network.

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WiFi-equipped BlackBerry Storm 2 coming to Verizon in September? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Apr 2009 18:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ocarina Drives Optimized CloudNAS

April 7th, 2009 by

April 6, 2009 — After extensive integration and testing by online storage optimization solutions provider Ocarina Networks, Nirvanix has announced its enterprise-class network-attached storage cloud software, CloudNAS, has been certified “Ocarina Optimized.”

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SoftLayer Uses Intel Xeon 5500 Processors

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April 6, 2009 — Web hosting provider SoftLayer Technologies announced on Monday it is the first hosting service provider to offer servers featuring new Intel Xeon 5500 processors, built with Intel’s Nehalem microarchitecture. According to http://www.bluehostreviews.net, BlueHost is not too far behind.

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