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WD unveils USB 3.0-powered My Passport drives for Mac

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 12:00 pm

WD have today unveiled some USB 3.0-powered HDDs for Mac. The drives arrive in the form of WD's My Passport for Mac range, and range up to 2TB in size. The added addition of USB 3.0 gives the My Passport for Mac drives a serious injection of speed, if you have an appropriate USB 3.0-powered Mac.

 

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There aren't many on the market at the moment, but if you do have one, you'll enjoy much higher speeds than the USB 2.0 on most Apple systems, and with its small footprint, you can take it anywhere without having to worry about it being a nuisance.

 

My Passport for Mac drives also include password protection and hardware encryption features, which will protect your precious data in the case that someone steals it, or you were to accidentally lose it. WD's My Passport for Mac drives also slide nicely into the company's Nomad rugged case which protects your drive from dirt, dust, moisture, and sudden impacts.

 

Pricing on the My Passport for Mac is not bad at all, with MSRP pricing on the 500GB, 1TB and 2TB at $99.99, $129.99 and $199.99, respectively.

Western Digital unveil the Thunderbolt-powered My Book VelociRaptor Duo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 12:00 pm

Western Digital are ready to shake up the external storage industry with their latest Thunderbolt-powered storage product, the My Book VelociRaptor Duo. The My Book VelociRaptor Duo comes with two 1TB 10,000RPM drives in RAID.

 

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This means that the VelociRaptor Duo is capable of an astounding 760MB/sec write and 800MB/sec read. One of the better features that the new My Book VelociRaptor Duo sports is that it's user-serviceable. If you want to replace a drive, simply open the case, pull the existing drive out, and replace it with a new one.

 

The VelociRaptor Duo is also capable of daisy chaining with Thunderbolt, as the Thunderbolt technology has much more room to move within its architecture. USB 3.0 limits at around 350MB/sec of real-world performance, but Thunderbolt scales right up to 1GB/sec, meaning that you'd need to have some seriously fast internal storage to get close to that 1GB/sec mark.

 

MSRP on the 2TB WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo is $899.

Apple offering up to $345 for your old iPhone 4S ahead of the new iPhone launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 10:33 am

Current rumors peg Apple at announcing their new iPhone in a matter of days, and now we have some news that might delight iPhone 4S owners. Apple are looking to help you out with pricing on the new, yet unannounced iPhone, with their Reuse and Recycle program.

 

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Using the program, you can select the model, color and condition of your iPhone 4S, or other Apple-branded devices, which will then give you a price that Apple believe your device is worth. Apple's top-end iPhone 4S 64GB model is worth $345, for example.

 

Before Apple announced the iPhone 4S, they were offering $200 for an iPhone 4 16GB model, so it would make sense that the new iPhone is just days away from being announced. We've previously reported that the new iPhone would be announced on September 12, with the smartphone shipping on September 21.

RumorTT: Motorola to unveil Intel-powered phone on September 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 9:26 am

Motorola have announced they are holding a joint event with chipmaker, Intel, on September 18. Considering the two announced a collaboration back in January at CES, could see see the first Intel-powered smartphone from Motorola announced on September 18?

 

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Motorola have an invitation out, it doesn't say much, apart from "let us take you to the edge". Edge seems highlighted, so could we expect a new phone from Motorola with an 'Edge' branding? There's been rumors of the handset for a little while now, but nothing concrete.

 

Rumors pointed to it running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but I'd expect a flagship, Intel-powered phone to be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean if it's being announced in mid-September. In any case, it's all exciting for the smart device industry right now!

LG unveil the Optimus L9 smartphone, features 4.7-inch IPS display, built-in translator

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 8:30 am

Where was this when I was in Taiwan for Computex, eh? LG have just unveiled their Optimus L9 smartphone ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin. LG's Optimus L9 sports a 4.7-inch high-def IPS display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear snapper, and 2,150mAh battery.

 

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But, there is a new feature on the block here, and that feature is LG's QTranslator app. QTranslator uses OCR technology and has the capability of translating words and sentences from 44 difference source languages to over 60 user languages.

 

LG haven't unveiled any pricing, or availability yet, but it does look like a hot piece of smartphone. LG are definitely in their stride right now, with the Optimus L9's announcement hot on the heels of the in-cell-based Optimus G.

IBM announces next-gen mainframes, 'zEnterprise' sport 5.5GHz processors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 7:29 am

IBM has bragging rights at the moment, with the world's fastest server chip clocking in at an incredible 5.5GHz. IBM's new zEnterprise EC12 mainframe cost the company $1 billion in development, and offers 25% more performance courtesy of their hexacore processors.

 

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IBM's zEnterprise EC12 mainframes are available in multiple configurations, with as many as 120 cores available. All models will include transactional execution support, as well as Enhanced-DAT2, allowing 2GB page frames for more efficient utilization of huge quantities of RAM.

 

Another jewel of the newly-introduced zEnterprise EC12 mainframe is IBM's cryptographic co-processor, Crypto Express4S. It's quite special as its tamper-proof, providing privacy when handling transactions, and other similarly sensitive data. Crypto Express4S also offers multiple security configurations to support the requirements, and needs of bankers and other organizations handling sensitive data. This includes the information on smart passports and ID cards.

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Sony introduces Xperia Tablet S, includes Surface-like optional keyboard cover

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 6:28 am

The IFA technology show in Berlin kicks off today, and Sony have shown off their Xperia Tablet S which looks like a Sony-branded Microsoft Surface tablet. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the Xperia Tablet S sports a Surface-like cover, with a keyboard built-in.

 

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The cover is an optional accessory, coming in at $100. Xperia Tablet S has some decent specs, sporting a 9.4-inch 1280x800 display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, an IR blaster that can control your TV, Blu-ray and DVD players as well as cable boxes, NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor, an 8-megapixel rear snapper and a 1-megapixel front-facer for video chats and Facebook selfies. The 9.4-inch tablet rocks Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its OS.

 

Sony's Xperia Tablet S weighs in at just 1.26 pounds. Sony will also offer a $100 standard docking stand, as well as an upgraded model that would include built-in speakers for $129. As for pricing, the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models will be priced at $399, $499 and $599, respectively. Pre-orders are available right now, and the tablet will begin shipping on September 7, just over a week from now.

Samsung introduces Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy Camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 5:31 am

I've been wondering for a while now, when we'd see Android-powered cameras. After all, we're seeing super-slim phones that have a million and one features on top of being a camera, but Samsung have answered my prayers with the Galaxy Camera.

 

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Samsung's Galaxy Camera is a point-and-shoot digital snapper, sporting an insane quad-core 1.4Ghz processor, 8GB of internal storage expandable by SD card, and best of all, is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Samsung's Galaxy Camera will have the ability of sharing the taken photos through Wi-Fi and 3G, to social networks, meaning it would be just as useful as a smart device.

 

Smartphones and tablets may sport 8-megapixel or better cameras, but we know they aren't the same quality as a point-and-shoot digital camera, and no way near the quality of a DSLR. Samsung's Galaxy Camera measures at 2.7 inches by 0.75 inches and weighs in at 10.7 ounces. The guts of it contain a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of ISO settings between 100 and 3,200 that takes data from a 21x optical touch zoom lens.

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus receives pre-release version of Jelly Bean from Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 4:23 am

If you're an owner of a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, listen up. If you want to jump over to Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, now is your time. It's not an official over-the-air (OTA) update, but if you like living your mobile OS life on the edge, you can upgrade to Jelly Bean.

 

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Android Central reports from their forums, where member 'dmmarck' has posted an end-to-end guide on throwing your phone into the can of jelly beans. There are some steps you'll need to do first, which involve going back to stock, unlocking the device, and flashing it, too.

 

Check out this link for the full 'semi-official' Jelly Bean update to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. If you end up doing this, please let us know how you go!

IHS: Western Digital retakes HDD market lead in Q2, Thailand flood problems are now behind them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 3:31 am

Seagate have enjoyed six month as the number one spot on the global HDD segment, only as Western Digital were still recovering from the floods in Thailand. But their time as number one has stopped, as Western Digital have recovered in Q2, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Space Market Brief from information and analytics provider, IHS.

 

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WD, including production from their acquired Hitachi GST, produced approximately 71 million HDDs in Q2, with revenues for WD reaching $4.8 billion, a new company record. Comparing this to Seagate, who shipped 65.9 million units in the same period, saw revenues of $4.5 billion, which was also a record for Seagate.

 

Total HDD shipments for Q2 reached 157 million units, up 8% from 145.1 million in Q1. WD took a 45% share of the shipments, Seagate were second with 42% and Toshiba wasn't entirely left out of the game taking the remaning 13%. Total HDD revenues for Q2 were $10.3 billion, up from $9.6 billion in Q1.

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