With Wii console sales declining and the slow start of the 3DS handheld console, it might have been easy to count Nintendo out of the game in 2011, but it's all about how you view the numbers. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime points out that Nintendo sold over 12 million pieces of hardware between the Wii, 3DS, and DS family in 2011.
One thing you can't say about Globalfoundries is that it's afraid to spend money. After being spun-off from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in 2009, the contract chip maker went on to spend $8 billion through 2011 and now plans to spend an additional $3 billion on fabs and related equipment, with most of the funds going towards finishing a plant in New York and filling it with equipment.
In some ways the Internet is like the digital equivalent of truth serum. It forces people to fess up and spill the beans on their shenanigans, because in some cases, their tricks are caught on video and uploaded to the Web for all the world to see. This happened to Intel at CES when Mooly Eden, general manager of Intel's PC client group, was caught faking a DirectX 11 graphics demo on an Ivy Bridge Ultrabook.
Intel has been talking up a storm about its plans to infiltrate the mobile device market and inject x86 processors into smartphones and tablets, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel was still talking about it, only with a little more detail. Two of the things Intel announced at CES is a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship with Google-owned Motorola Mobility to deliver Atom-powered devices.
Given a choice, most enthusiasts would prefer a stock build of Android on their smartphone, and the preference towards an unmolested UI is part of the reason people root. But not everyone has the know-how or courage to root, even though smartphones sporting custom UIs far outnumber ones with a stock build. The reason, according to Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, is because it's tough to make money on stock devices.
For those of you holding your breath waiting for Sony to announce a PlayStation 4 console and hoping good news would come at CES, take a moment to suck in some air and replenish your lungs. There will be no such announcement at the convention in Las Vegas, and it doesn't look like Sony will be unveiling a next generation game console at E3 later this year, either. So when will we see a PS4?
In need of a pick-me-up to cure those mid-week blues? Here's a three-for-one announcement from Asus, which unveiled a trio of gamer-friendly products at the Consumer Electronics Show, all rolled into a single press release. New items include a dual-band wireless gigabit router (EA-N66), ROG Rampage IV Formula/ThunderFX gaming motherboard, and Xonar Phoebus soundcard set.
Prior to CES 2012, the world was without a handheld 4K camcorder. JVC took care of that in quick order by unveiling its new GY-HMQ10, a handheld camcorder that captures, records, and plays video images at four times the resolution of high definition televisions. The GY-HMQ10 has a 1/2-inch CMOS image sensor with 8.3 million active pixels. It delivers real-time 3840x2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or even 60p.
Manufacturers trying to build slimmer electronic devices are at the mercy of component makers, whose parts they have to build around. Corning is doing its part and unveiled its next generation Gorilla Glass 2 at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Gorilla Glass 2 is up to 20 percent thinner than before, yet equally tough and resistant to scratches, Corning claims.
Microsoft had a chance to close out its final CES keynote with a bang. Balmer could have hit attendees with a bombshell by announcing plans to acquire Finnish handset maker Nokia, followed by lots of exaggerated rhetoric, storming about the stage, and obligatory sweating. There's only one problem with that scenario -- Microsoft isn't acquiring Nokia, no matter what you may have heard or read.