Friday, January 25, 2008

Microsoft’s 2Q profits through the roof

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday posted a second-quarter profit that surpassed analysts’ estimates on sales of its Xbox 360 game console and Windows programs for personal computers. The world’s largest softwaremaker reported a 79 percent jump in net income, to $4.71 billion, or 50 cents a share, from $2.63 billion, or 26 cents a share, a year earlier. The most recent result surpassed estimates by 4 cents a share. Sales climbed 30 percent, to $16.4 billion. In the year-ago quarter, Microsoft deferred $1.64 billion in sales, cutting revenue and profit. PC sales rose more than Microsoft forecast, bolstering orders for Windows and Office programs. Holiday purchases of the Xbox 360 also fueled revenue, as shoppers bought the console to play the “Halo 3″ shooting game, unavailable on rival systems such as Nintendo Co.’s Wii.

“Halo 3″ became the best-selling game in the U.S. last year after its Sept. 25 debut, according to researcher NPD Group Inc. In the Windows business, the Redmond, Wash.-based company gained by persuading PC-makers to install pricier versions of its Vista operating system. PC shipments rose 15.5 percent in the quarter, according to researcher IDC. Microsoft had projected an increase of as much as 13 percent. It looks that Bill sticks to the old saying and leaves his company at the best time…

Source: Chicago Tribune

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Corsair introduces first 32 GB flash drive

The capacities of USB flash drives are constantly increasing and Corsair achieved another milestone with their latest product: they are rolling out two 32 GB drives. The Flash Voyager and its more studier cousin, the Flash Survivor, both sport 256-bit AES encryption. The drives are also bootable. Coated in rubber, the Flash Voyager is fairly sturdy in its own right, but Corsair claims the aluminum-encased Survivor is shockproof and waterproof up to 200 meters.

The Flash Voyager and Flash Survivor are commercially available now for $230 and $250 respectively. Both drives come with a 10-year limited warranty. Early adopters are reporting the drives have fairly respectable 21 MB/sec read and 7 MB/sec write speeds. Get rid of your 128 meg crapdrive, this is the future!

Source: TG Daily