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SSDs aren't used for storage according to the CEO of Seagate

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: 8 hours, 34 mins ago

During a conference call with investors and more, Steve Luczo, CEO of Seagate, told all those listening that "There is no one that is using SSDs for storage," further clarifying "I mean, maybe at the margin for replacing boot drives... I mean, maybe one or three per cent of the hierarchy is SSDs for storage. Most of your flash product is actually not hanging off the storage bus, it is fast memory."




Ignorant or not, that is for you to decide - but a trend towards larger capacity and lower pricing SSDs has had many consumers look at a possible move to NAND-only technology. Take the Fixstars 6TB SSD for example, what price point would this need to sit at for you to personally consider it as your sole storage option?


There's no denying that SSDs as they stand aren't viable as storage devices for all consumers, with hard drives still dominating the consumer market. But looking at some statistics on Kitguru, the hard disk market was sitting pretty at 160-170 million units per quarter in 2010, whereas it has recently clocked in at a much lower 110-111 million units in the second quarter of 2015.

EVGA teases its new X99 Micro2 mATX motherboard with USB 3.1 Type-C

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 10 hours, 47 mins ago

EVGA has just outed its latest X99-based motherboard, the X99 Micro2, a new mATX offering from the company. EVGA's latest board features USB 3.1 Type-C, which should have connectivity fields drooling.




The new EVGA X99 Micro2 is an update from the first Micro2 motherboard, with an extra USB 3.1 Type-C port as well as additional SATA ports. We also have a "revised trace layout and a refreshed BIOS over the previous model", reports AnandTech. The new board is capable of x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8 for 40-lane CPUs. This allows the other PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot some breathing space when it comes to available bandwidth.


EVGA has used an Intel I217 network chip, while getting some help from Realtek for the audio solution with Realtek's ALC1150 chip. EVGA should be pricing the X99 Micro2 at around $225-$250.

Over 14 million people installed Windows 10 in the first 24 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 12 hours, 40 mins ago

Windows 10 has been out for a couple of days now, but how did the first 24 hours go? Microsoft has said that over 14 million people installed Windows 10 in the first day of its release, a huge number by any standard.




The rollout of Windows 10 continues, so the install base will climb in the coming days. It should be interesting to see how many people upgrade or jump to Windows 10 after the first week, and month. If you're having trouble installing or updating to Windows 10, we have a guide here you can follow to force the update onto your machine.

Cardiac microchip able to offer patients warning to heart problems

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 13 hours, 24 mins ago

Patients with heart problems can now have a custom microchip installed, able to give them advance notice of potential heart problems. Once inserted into the pulmonary artery, the CardioMEMS system is able to track heart function - and upload data to healthcare supervisors.




"You have more faith and trust. People are looking at, watching me and I feel safer," said Reg Youngman, one of the first people to have the microchip installed, in a statement published by Euronews. "Because in the past I never knew quite when something was going to hit me badly and when it did, it was usually, it had gone too far and hit me really badly."


The CardioMEMS HF System is the first implantable device supporting remote functionality, so health care professionals are able to remotely monitor the condition of their patients. Heart failure is one of the more common reasons people over the age 65 end up in the hospital, so closer evaluation of patients could help save lives.

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Chinese launching chaotic number of attacks against US infrastructure

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 14 hours, 26 mins ago

The Chinese government and suspected hacker groups with ties to Beijing are enjoying their attacks against the United States economy, according to a secret map compiled by the National Security Agency (NSA). Each red dot signifies a major corporate, private or government cyberattack victim from suspected Chinese sources:




When it comes to cybersecurity, the United States clearly hasn't taken the threat seriously enough, and it's glaringly obvious to organized hackers and foreign governments. Although the folks in Washington absolutely love to spy on others, they haven't done a very good job trying to prevent these attacks.


If the map is accurate, the NSA has a pretty good idea on which companies, government networks, and critical infrastructure the Chinese hackers are interested in compromising.

VRDC will precede GDC 2016 for all things VR game development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: 14 hours, 42 mins ago

The Game Developers Conference is really beginning to pick up steam, with virtual reality headset makers using the conference to catapult their new VR headsets into the eyes of consumers.




The company behind GDC, UBM Tech, has announced a new standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) that will be held alongside GDC 2016. VRDC will take place during the first two days of GDC 2016, on March 14-15, with UBM Tech saying that the event will include augmented reality, VR headsets, gaming and much more.


UBM Tech said: "Programming for the conference will include valuable content for the burgeoning masses of VR game developers, storytellers, and creators looking to harness the uncharted potential of VR technology for 3D games, CG movies, actual filmed experiences and beyond".

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Hands on with the fully modular Plantronics RIG 500 series headsets

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 17 hours, 23 mins ago

Recently I headed down to the Surprise Attack PR agency in Victoria, Australia to check out exactly what Plantronics are looking at releasing in the near future. From stellar beginnings including "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" being broadcasted through the help of a Plantronics product, this audio company is looking to help step up the gaming scene with its new RIG 500 series of fully modular headsets.




Mainly pictured in this article is the RIG 500e. Coming in as the top of the range model with the most options, expect it to he hitting retail shelves soon for a MSRP of $149 ($199 AU in Australia). The 500e is endorsed by the ESL and is known as the eSports edition. Coming jam-packed with features, included in the package is a fully modular design, a closed-earcup with soft leatherette padding, an open-earcup with cloth padding and an in-line extension unit which includes a 24-bit Dolby 7.1 surround-sound USB sound card.


All headsets across the range include fully modular design, a microphone that mutes when flipped up and the ability to mix and match your accessories later in life. The standard RIG 500 headset will set you back $59 ($99 AU in Australia), with the middle option 500HD costing $99 ($129 in Australia), but if you're wanting to add the extra ear cups, 7.1 support or change your headband to something awesome in the future when your finances permit - you will be able to log on to the Plantronics website and pick and chose parts as you see fit.

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BMW, Apple to rekindle relationship, possible car development?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 18 hours, 55 mins ago

Apple and BMW are reportedly closer to rebuilding a relationship working with one another, but BMW wants to be careful to avoid becoming a supplier of vehicle technology to the Silicon Valley tech company.




Apple CEO Tim Cook previously met with BMW last year, with executives touring the German automaker's Leipzig facility. Analysts believe, with more auto drivers seeking connectivity and intelligent features in their vehicles, BMW must find ways to learn from the technology industry.


The report indicates BMW is interested in providing licensing, while Apple wanted to learn additional details regarding tooling and production. Nothing has been discussed about BMW developing a vehicle with Apple, as the US company seems interested in creating an electric car to compete with Tesla.

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Latest Apple rumor: company will announce new Apple TV in September

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 20 hours, 14 mins ago

Apple is gearing up to announce the latest version of its Apple TV set-top box in September, following a reported delay that prevented it from being unveiled during the Worldwide Developers Conference.




The Apple TV currently available was first launched in 2012, so a revamped model wouldn't be too surprising. If true, expect to see faster hardware, larger storage, a new remote, and updated operating system able to support Siri commands.


If you're interested in the current Apple TV, you can pick one up for just $69.

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MMA fighter Paul Daley enjoys using social media to interact with fans

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 21 hours, 14 mins ago

Social media can be an extremely powerful marketing tool used for promotion, and that is evident by the number of celebrities, athletes, and other public figures using Twitter, Facebook, and other networks.




TweakTown recently chatted with Paul Daley, a popular - yet polarizing - English mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing specialist. The fighter, sporting a 37-13-2 MMA record and 20-3 kickboxing record, most recently defeated Dennis Olson during Bellator 140 earlier this month. Daley is quite active on Facebook, sharing news updates about training, upcoming fights, and news that combat sports fans have shaed with him.


"Social media has taught me that it's good to be yourself," Daley told TweakTown. "People have an idea of how a fighter's life is, [but if] they really want to know and follow."

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