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Mac sales push up Apple profits

335w ago - Profits at US technology giant Apple have jumped 36% as consumers snap up its MacBook computers and iPods. The firm made a net profit of $1.05bn (£0.53bn) in the quarter ended 29 March, compared with $770m in the same period a year earlier.

Apple shipped 2,289,000 Mac computers during the quarter, a rise of 51% from the year before. International sales made up 44% of Apple's revenue, which totalled $7.51bn in the quarter.

"We're delighted to report 43% revenue growth and the strongest March quarter revenue and earnings in Apple's history," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "With over $17bn in revenue for the first half of our fiscal year, we have strong momentum to launch some terrific new products in the coming quarters."

The company sold 10,644,000 iPods during the quarter, a 1% rise, which dispelled some fears that the market for the media players was saturated. Apple said it shipped 1.7 million iPhones.

Some analysts had raised questions about the iPhone's success after O2 and Carphone Warehouse reduced the UK retail price of the standard handset by £100 to £169 in an effort to attract new customers.

The figures surpassed analysts expectations but the company was less optimistic on the outlook for the rest of 2008.

Apple said it expected...

Metal Gear Online European BETA Postponed

335w ago - According to the official Metal Gear Online Web site, the Metal Gear Online BETA for us Europeans has been delayed.

The BETA is now being planned for this weekend (04/25/2008 24:00(PDT)), however, this date is subject to change without notice.

The Closure of the BETA Test will now be on 05/11/2008 at 24:00(PDT) rather than 05/05/2008 at 24:00(PDT.)

Where's my Mac clone? You're fired!

335w ago - I've got to admit I'm entranced by the latest series of The Apprentice, because all the tasks that the teams are given seem designed to show up the fact that nobody in Britain makes anything any more, and so doesn't understand supply chains.

They can talk all the tosh they like about being the global sales manager, but when it comes to making things, like meals or printing photos, they're all at sea, because they can't seem to get all the bits together at the right time. And if you can't supply, you can't sell.

In the most recent episode they were tasked with making money from photographing people in the Bluewater shopping centre. One of the teams, brilliantly, found a David Beckham lookalike to pose with the punters.

It should have been candy from a baby, money for old rope, loadsamoney. But it wasn't, because for both teams the back office fell apart. No photos, no money.

And so we turn to Psystar, a (very) little company based in Miami, which last Sunday appears to have tipped off the Mac Rumors Web site about its latest project. The message posted via the site's "tips" link was commendably brief:

"PC running Leopard with no modifications", it said, with a link to a web page touting a new product - a PC that it said would run Apple's OS X 10.5, aka "Leopard"...

PSW Magazine: GTA IV to get In-Game Music

336w ago - According to PSW magazine, GTA IV is set to get custom music via the in-game mobile phone. It will play any music floating around on your PS3's HDD.

This coupled with Criterion's 'Burnout Paradise' update, shows that a way has been found to get around Microsoft's in game music patent.

How this has been achieved hasn't yet been revealed, but at least its looking up for Sony. Also announced were a few other small features of the game. When in public you can get the cops called on you if you are so much as brandishing a gun in front of them.

Mini-games will include: Bowling, Darts, Drinking games.

You can do multiple missions at once.

Different NPC pedestrians will be harder or easier depending on the type of NPC (e.g. an old lady will be easy to knock down, but mid-age men will be more likely to beat you to a pulp).

The game will feature wall piercing like COD4 with the more powerful weapons. The hospitals wont take your weapons if you choose to pay $100 for the privilege.

Some NPC's will hang on to their car as you steal it. A drink of beer will make you stagger around wildly and the screen will blur.

And finaly NPC characters will speak other languages each other.

PS3's Warhawk Connects to iPhone from XBL App Developer

336w ago - We hope Microsoft returns to Live Anywhere at some point, but in the meantime, gamers are picking up the slack.

1337pwn, who developed the Xbox Live application for iPhone (also compatible on browsers, Blackberries, etc.) recently developed a Warhawk scoreboard application, too.

There's not much functionality to the "Warhawk" application yet, and it's only designed for use on the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can view it through a browser just fine, though. The application is a little limited, however, because Sony doesn't have a community outreach program yet.

"Third party game publishers don't have access to PSN friends list information on the platform right now," said 1337pwn founder Det Ansinn.

"It's tough to predict when that might change. Given some of their initiatives like Home and the new PlayStation store, I would not be surprised to see them working in that direction."
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