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Microsoft sells over 1 million Xbox One units worldwide in 24 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 4:25 am

Microsoft's launch of the Xbox One has seen 1 million consoles fly out the door, with the company calling it the "biggest launch in Xbox history". The Xbox One launched in 13 markets across the world, including the United States, Australia, parts of Europe and South America.




Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Xbox, said in a statement: "We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world. Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season."


We know that Sony sold 1 million PlayStation 4s in the first 24 hours of it being launched, but it is a more impressive number considering it was only in the US and Canada. This is a more impressive number, at least to me, because it's just two markets, and not the many more that Microsoft launched the Xbox One in.

Motorola signs deal with 3D Systems to build its modular smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 4:00 am

When the world was first introduced to the modular smartphone concept, many industry analyst laughed and said that it would never happen, and that it was impossible. I was one of those people. Today Motorola has stepped up and partnered with 3D Systems to begin development and production of the Ara modular smartphone.




The deal is spread out over several years and 3D Systems will be tasked with developing a unique 3D Printing system that Motorola has dubbed "the factory of the future." The question is, how realistic will it be to 3D print anything other than the case or chassis of the phone? With today's 3D Printing technology, we are nowhere near printing a nano-scale circuit board, integrated circuits or even refined transistors capable of building other electronic components. This deal is a step in the right direction however and will lead to some interesting technology advances.

Pogoplug unveils the new $49 Safeplug, anonymizes your web traffic

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 3:00 am

Today Pogoplug launched a new device for $49 that it claims will anonymize your entire homes web traffic. Named the Safeplug, the device connects to your router and uses the Tor network to hide all of your networks traffic to the internet. Pogoplug says that this allows users to privately access the internet without the need for special browsers.




The device does not require any software, or special programs to work, and simply requires being plugged in. Pogoplug does not guarantee that all of your traffic will be untraceable but it does include a built-in ad blocker, so you can forget about adblock for ever. There will also be a noticeable drop connection speed, and some websites may not work at all. The Safeplug retails for $49 and is available now at Pogoplug's website.

Fly into space using Bitcoins thanks to Virgin Galactic

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 1:30 am

It seems that as every day passes, Bitcoins grow more popular with the mainstream, and today is no exception. This morning, Virgin Galactic announced that it has began accepting Bitcoin as payment for round trip flights into space. The announcement came from Virgin Galactic founder, Richard Branson in a blog post.




"Virgin Galactic is one of the universe's most exciting, futuristic companies. Bitcoin, the virtual currency, has really captured the imagination recently as one of the world's most innovative businesses looking to the future. So we think it is about time Virgin Galactic customers can choose to pay with bitcoins." said Branson in the blog post.


Branson went on to say that he has invested in Bitcoins himself, and that he finds it fascinating how a global currency has been created so quickly. "For people who can afford to invest a little in bitcoins, it's worth looking into." he said.

Exclusive: LSI outs new unannounced Nytro 7000 Series at AIS 2013

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 12:36 am

The LSI Nytro display case at AIS continues to hold unannounced treasure for those with a quick eye. In previous years, other 'secret' products have appeared in the case, so we made sure to head directly to the Nytro display case before the doors were open to the public.


We had prior briefings on the Nytro 6000 Series, so we knew to expect working Nytro 6000 Series silicon, but the unannounced 7000 Series also just happened to be on display. Through some investigative journalism, and common sense, we were able to find some details on the 7000 Series. A word of caution, however, there are no official LSI specifications or information on these products. Time for some wild conjecture!




This card features an original take on heat sink design unlike any we have observed on a PCIe flash accelerator. The row of capacitors at the top of the PCB provide power fail protection, and the long heat sink to the bottom right likely hods the ROC that ties the four banks of NAND, hiding under the large black heat sinks, into one large volume. We can also likely expect the use of the same ROC's utilized in the new 12Gb/s MegaRAID products.



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Exclusive: Testing LSI SandForce's SF3700 in SATA III

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 12:16 am

And you thought we left the show without getting some testing in on the SF3700. LSI SandForce had a public display at AIS 2013 with IOMeter running. We weren't allow to run other tests but we were allowed to dig through the results screen the existing test running on the demo.




Obviously SF3700 is in the early stages but seeing live demo's from more than one manufacture is a good thing.




When running in PCIe mode the SF3700 drives we saw at the show achieved nearly 150K IOPS. Here we see in our early look at SATA III SF3700 breaking the 91K red IOPS mark.




The average latency for all managers was just .3489ms.


Click the link for the full test with Iometer.

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id Software co-founder John Carmack leaves his post at id Software

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 12:05 am

John Carmack co-founder and programmer at id Software has resigned from id and is focusing on working full time as Chief Technology Officer at Oculus VR. Carmack co-founded id Software twenty-two years ago and co-created games such as Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein 3D. Carmack also founded Armadillo Aerospace in 2000. This is the second big departure from id Software this year, during the summer Todd Hollenshead former CEO and President left after seventeen years with the company.




Carmack became Chief Technology Officer of Oculus VR earlier this year in August. Carmack mentions on Twitter that he wanted to remain as Technical Advisor at id but that it did not work out. Bethesda Softworks' President of PR and marketing, Pete Hines, says that Carmack had been long interested in the work over at Oculus VR and that Carmack would like to be more engaged in that project.


id Software studio director Tim Willits says: "John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio, John's work at id Tech 5 and the technology for the current development work at id is complete, and his departure will not affect any current projects. We are fortunate to have a brilliant group of programmers at id who worked with John and will carry on id's tradition of making great games with cutting-edge technology. As colleagues of John for many years, we wish him well."

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Solidoodle unveils its 4th generation 3D Printer, cost $999

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 12:00 am

Today Solidoodle launched its fourth generation 3D printer, the Solidoodle 4. This fourth installment into the Solidoodle lineup features an all new look and is much more sleek than the previous generations thanks to a new black enclosure. The printer appears to feature most of the same mechanics with some tweaks here and there.




The big difference however is the Solidoodle 4's new print capacity. The build area is now 8x8x8-inches cubed, and bed leveling now appears to be much easier thanks to some springs under its mounting points. Not much information was released about the new printer, but I have reached out to the company and hope to land a review of the device soon!

RoBox is a 3D Printer designed for the masses, and much more

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 10:30 pm

The folks from CEL decided that existing 3D Printers were useful, but not easy enough to use for the common person. They set out to change that with their new RoBox 3D Printer. Over the past 18 months, the CEL team has worked hard at designing a 3D Printer that is more than just a printer, they wanted an entire table-top micro-manufacturing station.




Having owned and built several 3D printers myself the first thing that I notice about the RoBox is its easily interchangeable extrusion head design. Dubbed HeadLock, the RoBox can quickly switch from a plastic deposition head to something such as a cutting stylus, or maybe even a milling head. The printing surface is unique as well and does not require any special tape to ensure a good bonding of the print material. It has been designed to be easily removable for quick print detachment.


With a price of less than $1000, anyone can plug in the RoBox and begin printing right away to the company's new AutoMaker software. AutoMaker empowers the RoBox to truly become one of the first plug-and-print 3D printers on the home market. Additionally, the RoBox has a printing resolution of just 20 microns, and prints in ABS.

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Team Group launches the new M131 UFD USB Drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 9:04 pm

Today Team Group launches a new member of its Mobile Storage Series dubbed the M131 UFD. The new USB drive features dual interfaces that allow it to be used with existing USB ports on PCs as well as microUSB ports on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.




The M131 UFD features a USB 2.0 interface and is designed to work with mobile devices as well a laptops and notebooks on the go. The drive comes in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB, and is no larger than a normal USB stick drive. Team Group says that it is covered in an "anti-fingerprint" coating and weighs just 6.6-grams, which makes it perfect for storage in a pocket, purse, or on a key ring.