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Intel 9-series chipset will support PCIe M.2 support, 1GB/sec SSDs!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 20, 2014 3:32 am

Intel should fully unveil its 9-series chipset as we get closer to Computex 2014 in Taipei in June, but between now and then we'll have to tease you a little on what to expect from Intel's upcoming Haswell refresh-capable chipset.

 

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The new 9-series chipset won't bring many new technologies to the consumer, but it will feature six SATA 6Gbps ports, 14 USB ports, PCI Express 3.0, and the usual array of other technologies. Where things are new, we have support for SSDs in the PCIe M.2 form factor - capable of driving 1GB/sec bandwidth. Intel device protection with boot guard technology, as well as Intel Rapid Storage technology which will support PCI Express-based drives.

 

There shouldn't be SATA Express support, which is a disappointment, as it is capable of driving 2GB/sec maximum bandwidth. We can't complain about 1GB/sec, as it is much higher than SATA 6Gbps' maximum rate of 600MB/sec.

AMD plans native 16-core Steamroller-based processor for 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 20, 2014 1:28 am

It looks like AMD is preparing an impressive "native" 16-core processor, with all sixteen cores sitting on the same die. This technology will reportedly surface sometime after 2015.

 

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All of this will begin in AMD's server processor range, with its multi-core Opteron processors for high-end servers using multi-chip-module (MCM) technology. These chips use two six- or eight-core dies onto the same piece of substrate to create a 12- or 16-core solution. This tech will roll down to the consumer side of things, where we should expect a new 16-core processor from the chipmaker sometime in 2015-2016.

 

As this year continues, AMD will release an Opteron processor codenamed "Warsaw". Warsaw will feature 12 or 16 cores on AMD's Piledriver architecture, and should arrive toward late 2015. The company should also be capable of making a 32-core, multi-chip-module for high-end servers by slapping together two 16-core dies onto a single substrate. 32 cores aren't far away!

Amazon wants to read your mind, ship packages before you buy them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 20, 2014 12:24 am

Amazon is getting a little scary as we shift into 2014, with a new patent for "anticipatory shipping". This patent will allow the US giant to sent items to shipping hubs in areas where it believes that particular item will sell well.

 

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The new shipping scheme should slice delivery times down, as well as putting Amazon much higher up on the food chain than it already is. The company plans to box, and ship products it expects its consumers will buy preemptively, based on previous searches and purchases, wish lists, and how long the user's cursor hovers over an item online.

 

Amazon wants to go a step further, by having the products "speculatively shipped to a physical address" without knowing if the customer wants it. This would eventuate in returns of unwanted deliveries, but Amazon is willing to take that risk. Amazon stated in its patent: "Delivering the package to the given customer as a promotional gift may be used to build goodwill."

Solid state drives grow in popularity, price might not drop in 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: SSDs | Posted: Jan 20, 2014 12:11 am

The benefit of solid state drives and flash storage continue to intrigue consumers and business users, but consumers can still expect to see small storage capacities and relatively high prices, according to market research group Objective Analysis. Consumers can expect to pay around 75 cents per gigabyte for SSD, with manufacturers expected to see the best success with 200GB SSDs.

 

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SanDisk, which expects SSDs to make up 25 percent of the company's corporate revenue before the end of the year, said pricing should stabilize.

 

SSD read and write speeds continue to increase - and consumers are becoming more familiar with the flash-based storage - but cost and smaller storage capacity may lead consumers to choose traditional hard disk drives. SSD performance still outpaces HDD, but price issues and low storage capacities may prevent consumers from purchasing SSDs for their own hardware upgrades.

Dropbox reportedly secures $250 million in funding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 19, 2014 11:25 pm

According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, cloud storage giant Dropbox has just secured itself $250 million in additional funding. A BlackRock investment group is leading the new investment charge, but both Dropbox and BlackRock aren't confirming these reports at the moment.

 

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With the $250 million secured, it would see Dropbox valued at $10 billion. Considering the cloud storage outfit was founded in San Francisco in 2007, and with over 200 million users, it should come as no surprise to see such a giant evaluation. It should see Dropbox better compete with other cloud storage services and the companies behind them, such as Box, SkyDrive, Google Drive and more.

Samsung, Apple gobble up 68 percent of smartphones used in the US

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2014 5:52 pm

The Apple iPhone and Samsung Google Android-powered smartphones both grew their respective market shares in the United States during Q4 2013, according to The NPD Group. iPhone ownership increased from 35 percent up to 42 percent year-over-year, while the Android smartphones jumped from 22 percent up to 26 percent during the same time frame.

 

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The top five music apps used on smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2013: Pandora, iHeart Radio, Spotify, TunIn Radio, and Slacker Radio. As more consumers use smartphones with unlimited data - and Wi-Fi-supported devices - there is a huge demand for streaming music and other connected services. Music streaming rose 11 percent up to 52 percent, and that number will likely increase even higher.

 

"Considering the increase in prominence of smartphone music apps, it's not surprising that hardware manufacturers such as Betas are leveraging partnerships with carriers, like AT&T to break into the streaming music market," said John Buffone, NPD Executive Director of Connected Intelligence, in a statement. "This allows AT&T to offer subscribers more of what they want in the way innovative music apps and provides Beats a partner capable of driving trial in a market where consumers already have an affinity for the music services they use."

 

As consumers look to upgrade their devices - and switch wireless carriers - there will be a fierce battle among handset manufacturers and carriers trying to provide cost-effective devices and subscription plans.

Target breach originated from Russia, led by organized crime group

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 19, 2014 11:52 am

The recent high-profile data theft that left more than 70 million Target shoppers affected could be part of a more organized cyber plot against major retailers, according to a recent U.S. government document. The credit card readers used in the Target data breach reportedly became available last spring, partially written in Russia, and it couldn't be detected by anti-virus software.

 

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A 17-year-old from St. Petersburg, Russia, is reportedly responsible for creating the BlackPOS malware which was later sold to the Russian organized crime group.

 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working with cyber intelligence company iSight Partners, though other retailers that were affected weren't disclosed by either group. Meanwhile, Target, Nieman Marcus, and other retailers have already suffered due to the cyber crime, with other retailers on the lookout of similar attacks.

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Cyber security threats growing against users, companies, Cisco says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 19, 2014 11:47 am

Cyber security threats continue to plague users and businesses trying to defend against increasingly sophisticated and well-executed attacks, according to the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report. Cyber security is a major business as Cisco and other companies develop cyber security efforts to protect end-users and businesses.

 

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Overall cyber attacks increased 14 percent in 2013, with select industries facing a staggering number of attacks designed to steal information and disrupt day-to-day operations. The pharmaceutical, agriculture, mining, chemicals and electronics industries all saw an increase in malware aimed at compromising systems - a whopping growth of 600 percent - while energy, oil and gas industries saw a 400 percent increase in malware and cyber attacks.

 

"Although the Cisco Annual Security Report paints a grim picture of the current state of cyber security, there is hope for restoring trust in people, institutions and technologies - that that starts with empowering defenders with real-world knowledge about expanding attack surfaces," said John Stewart, Cisco Chief Security Officer, noted in a press release. "To truly protect against all of these possible attacks, defenders must understand the attackers, their motivations and their methods - before, during and after an attack."

NBA Sacramento Kings become first pro sports team to accept Bitcoins

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 19, 2014 11:18 am

The Sacramento Kings from the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced it will become the first professional sports team to accept bitcoin as a form of payment. Until March 1, basketball fans can purchase game tickets and merchandise in a "faster and more" secure manner, according to the team.

 

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"We are maniacally focused on creating the most seamless experience for our fans in all facets,"said Vivek Ranadive, majority team owner of the Kings, in a press statement. "With BitPay, we are able to implement a technology that allows our fans to make Kings-related purchases without physically reaching into their wallets. A major tenet of the NBA 3.0 philosophy is about utilizing technology for the betterment of the fan experience, and this is yet another step in that process."

 

While the Kings became the first major pro sports team to accept bitcoin payments, expect others to jump onboard as well. If nothing else, other organizations will patiently observe and learn from any technology growing pains that the Kings - and any major business - face when trying to accept bitcoin.

 

BitPay is processing bitcoin payments for the Kings Team Store. The company now supports bitcoin payments for 20,000 merchants, with an average of 1,000 new partner signing up each week.

Augmented reality to grow 30% per year over next four years

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 19, 2014 10:17 am

The United States market for augmented reality is expected to grow by 30 percent per year until 2018, as more users become familiar with AR products, according to TechSci Research. Moving forward, the video game industry will push AR forward and will usher in a new era of consumer AR product development.

 

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Although relatively new to the consumer market, government defense contractors have the largest market share - and continue to push forward with the demand of new head-mounted displays (HMD) HUDs. In 2012, California, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Pennsylvania and Illinois dominated the market by pushing demand.

 

In United States HMDs and HUDs market, Delphi Automotive, Denso Corp., Johnson and Controls, BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins are currently the leading market players,"said Karan Chechi, TechSci Research's Director, in a statement. Google, Vuzix, Ad-Dispatch and Layar are the major players in AR smart glasses and apps market, however, with the growing shipments of smartphones and tablet PCs, other players such as Sony, Microsoft and Oakley are expected to make significant contributions over the next five years."

 

Indeed, as more companies continue to jump on the AR bandwagon, there should be a lot of fun and innovative technologies demoed in the future.

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