San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft is rolling out Xbox SmartGlass, a free downloadable app that enables smartphones and tablets based on the iOS, Windows 8, Windows RT and Android operating systems to control Xbox-console content and display that content on mobile devices and Xbox-connected TVs at home.
SmartGlass also works on Windows 8 PCs, said Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer for Microsoft's interactive entertainment division.
Sunnyvale, Calif. – AMD announced a general restructuring today that will include laying off about 15 percent of its 11,705 workers worldwide.
The news was issued along with the chip makers third quarter financial results which saw the company post a net loss of $157 million on sales of $1.27 billion. Sales were down 25 percent from the $1.7 billion generated during the previous year’s third quarter.
AMD posted a profit during both the same period a year ago and the second quarter of 2012.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft reported lower revenue, net income and operating income for the quarter ended Sept. 30 due to the Windows Upgrade Offer, pre-sales of Windows 8 to OEMs prior to general availability, and the Office Offer.
Revenue was $16.01 billion, down from $17.4 billion in the prior year. Operating income was $5.31 billion, down from the prior year’s $7.2 billion while net income was $4.5 billion down from $5.7 billion year on year.
Irvine, Calif. – Toshiba has announced its fall Windows 8 laptop, Ultrabook and all-in-one PC are no on pre-sale.
The company, which unveiled its Windows 8 line up in late August said consumers can pre-order the devices at retail, etail and through Toshibadirect.com. The units will ship after Oct. 26, the official release date of Windows 8. All will go directly on sale on that date.
New York - With less than two weeks remaining before Windows 8 is officially released, several retailers have begun taking pre-orders for the new operating system.
Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy and others are among the first retailers that have started taking pre-orders for the software, which begins shipping on Oct. 26.
Pricing is $69 for Windows 8 Pro and the 32- and 64-bit full versions are on sale for $99.
New York – Sony has rolled out the Vaio Duo 11 hybrid Ultrabook/tablet along with a new battery-powered all-in-one (AIO) PC.
The Duo 11 and Tap 20 AIO were part of a fall computer line revamp centered on Microsfoft’s Windows 8 launch. Each features nearfield communications (NFC) capability, allowing such devices to automatically sync with the devices.
Fountain Valley, Calif. – D-Link has added to its PowerLine home networking family.
The new addition is the PowerLine AV+ Mini Adapter Starter Kit, shipping now with a $59.99 suggested retail price.
The kit comes with two adapters and two Ethernet cables. Features include a push and secure encryption button, plug and play installation and its supports 128-bit AES encryption.
The adapters are designed to only occupy one outlet plug and the company says the adapters have data deliver speeds 35 percent faster than previous PowerLine adapters.
New York – Hewlett-Packard took the unusual step of refuting an industry research report that stated the troubled PC powerhouse had lost its first place ranking in computer shipments.
Gartner’s third-quarter worldwide PC shipment report placed Lenovo at the top, displacing HP. However, Gartner’s competitor IDC had HP holding onto the top spot by the thinnest of margins.
In response to Gartner’s figures, HP issued the following statement.
San Jose, Calif. – Samsung has tossed the iPhone 5 into the patent-infringement suit that it filed against Apple in April.
Samsung is petitioning the federal district court here to add the iPhone 5 to the suit, which accuses Apple of violating Samsung patents in developing such products as the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch, iPad 2 and the new iPad.
New York – DTS subsidiary Phorus has developed a multizone wireless-audio technology that, for the first time, brings Apple AirPlay-like features to Android smartphones and tablets and to Amazon’s Android-based Kindle tablets.
The technology, named DTS Play-Fi, also offers some advances over AirPlay.