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Hitachi knock the bar up a bit, intro 4TB 7200RPM HDD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 1:25 pm

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies have just started to ship its 4TB HDD with 7200RPM spindle speed. The new drive is called the 'Deskstar 7K4000' and sports the insane 4TB storage, as well as the snappy 7200RPM speed.

 

The new Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 (HDS724040ALE640, to be exact) sports 4TB capacity, where it uses five previous-generation 800GB platters with 446Gb/square inch areal density, a SATA 6Gbps interface, 64MB cache as well as the previously mentioned 7200RPM spindle speed. The new drive also uses the advanced 4K format.

 

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It's currently unknown why Hitachi tapped the previous-gen 800GB platters, and not 1TB platters, but it could be because Hitachi were unsure of the stability of the latest platters with a single 4TB drive.

 

Hitachi's 7K4000 drive is available in Japan for ¥28800 ($377), which whilst a premium, is not too bad considering its a single 4TB drive. Pricing should get better with the Thailand flood situation hopefully settling in the near future.

IBM creates 9nm transistors using carbon nanotubules

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 12:25 pm

IBM, hard at work obviously, have developed the smallest carbon nanotubule transistor, measuring in at just 9 nanometers (nm) across. Currently, the smallest transistors possible using silicon is 10nm across, so while it doesn't sound like a huge achievement, when talking in nm, it's actually quite the achievement.

 

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IBM claims that the new transistor consumes less power, all while being able to carry more current than today's technology. John Rogers, Professor of Materials Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, says:

 

The results really highlight the value of nanotubes in the most sophisticated type of transistors. They suggest very clearly, that nanotubes have the potential for doing something truly competitive with, or complementary to, silicon.

 

The smallest production-grade transistors are currently limited to 22nm.

Apple still doesn't trust employees, will put engineers on fake projects until it can trust them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 11:16 am

Apple products are thrown into such secrecy that the Cupertino-based company sometimes puts new engineers on fake products, until those new employees can be trusted.

 

 

In his book "Inside Apple," author Adam Lashinsky, reported the following tidbit in his new book, and was backed up by a former Apple employee who confirmed it when Lashinsky spoke at LinkedIn the other day. This is what the engineer had to say:

 

A friend of mine who's a senior engineer at Apple, he works on --or did work on -- fake products I'm sure for the first part of his career, and interviewed for 9 months. It's intense.

 

The same employee also says that Tim Cook has the charisma to be President. Not President of Apple, but he could replace Obama as the President of the United States. If this happened, maybe all U.S. citizens could expect an iPhone to help stimulate the people?

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Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet to get Ice Cream Sandwich in Q2 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 10:25 am

Lenovo have unveiled plans to upgrade its ThinkPad Tablet to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in Q2 of this year. Lenovo will release the ICS-based upgrade over-the-air (OTA) but has not giving specific timing on when this will happen.

 

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The Ice Cream Sandwich update won't enable some hardware-specific features such as Android Beam, which uses NFC (near-field communications) technology to share Web content, maps and directions between devices simply by tapping them together. The ThinkPad doesn't have NFC capabilities.

 

The update will give Lenovo an edge over the competition, that is, until the competition unleash the power of Ice Cream Sandwich on their respective tablets.

 

Do you have a Lenovo ThinkPad? Excited for the Ice Cream Sandwich announcement? Q2 feels like so far away...

Samsung Galaxy S Advance, 1GHz dual-core CPU, Super AMOLED display and Gingerbread-equipped

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 9:23 am

Samsung have added another candidate to their Galaxy line up of smartphones, with the announcement and release of the Galaxy S Advance. Galaxy S Advance sports a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 4-inch, 480x800 Super AMOLED display, up to 16GB of memory, as well as 768MB of RAM.

 

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Galaxy S Advance also supports HSPA connections for speeds of up to 14.4Mbps, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facer, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and the usual bunch of Samsung apps available through Hubs and ChatON services.

 

Pricing is currently unknown, but we should see a rollout to begin in Russia next month, followed by Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Latin America, and China. Currently, the U.S. is left out of its release schedule.

Intel release a bunch of new Core i5 desktop CPUs, as well as Celeron mobile CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 8:26 am

Ivy Bridge is just weeks away, but this hasn't stopped Intel from releasing some new parts. Intel updated their processor price list over the weekend, debuting three new Core i5 desktop parts, and four single- and dual-core Celeron mobile parts.

 

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The new Core i5 models are: Core i5-2550K, Core i5-2450P, and Core i5-2380P, with prices of $225, $195, and $177, respectively. All three of the new Core i5 models are quad-core models, which handle four concurrent threads, include 6MB of L3 cache, and a TDP of 95W. All three models do not include integrated graphics.

 

Clock speeds on the new models are 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost speeds of 3.8GHz, 3.2 and 3.5GHz, 3.1 and 3.4GHz for normal and Turbo Boost for the Core i5-2550K, Core i5-2450P, and Core i5-2380P, respectively.

 

The new Celeron mobile parts are the Mobile Celeron B815 (1.6 GHz, 512KB L2, 2MB L3, two cores, $86), B720 (1.7GHz, 512KB L2, 1MB L3, two cores, $70), ultra-low voltage 867 (512KB L2, 2MB L3, 2 cores, $134) and 797 (1.4GHz, 512KB L2, 1MB L3, single core, $107).

Apple release two AirPort-related software updates, AirPort Utility now supports iCloud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 7:08 am

On Monday afternoon, Apple released two AirPort-related software updates. The first of which was AirPort Utility 6.0, which is a Lion-only version of the software that sets up and configures Apple's base stations. Secondly, an updated AirPort firmware allows for iCloud-based accounts to connect to home computers using Back to My Mac.

 

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AirPort Utility 6.0 looks all pretty and new, sporting the graphical interface used in the iOS version of AirPort Utility. AirPort devices are now displayed in a graphical hierarchy, with a dot signalling if the device is working (displayed in green) or not (yellow or red). If you want to see information on your device, clicking the device shows a pop-up tab with info on said device, as well as buttons to edit the settings. If applicable, it will also allow you to install firmware updates or to configure a new device.

 

AirPort Utility 6.0 is available right now through software update for Lion users running 10.7.2, with AirPort base stations firmware can be updated through either AirPort Utility 5.5.3 or later running on Snow Leopard or Lion, or AirPort Utility on iOS.

Micron to buy Elpida Shares, to the tune of $500 million worth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 6:24 am

Micron Technology, an Idaho-based company, is looking to slap down $500 million to purchase a stake in it's Japan-based rival, Elpida.

 

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Previous reports from Taiwanese Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories have both stated that DRAM makers should consider combining forces to help the industry's sustainable development.

 

This could mean we will see increases of DRAM prices during this year, as 2011 has been an absolutely amazing year for memory pricing. Will we see an increase in pricing of DRAM, as companies get rid of their over-stocked warehouses, and begin to start the process again.

 

TweakTownTip: Buy your DRAM now if you want to get it cheap, I see it rising in the next few months and even if it doesn't (by a fair margin), it can't get much lower than it is now.

 

Elpida have refused to comment on this latest move.

Microsoft begins Technical Preview of Office 15

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 5:26 am

Microsoft reached a development milestone this morning, the beginning of the "Office 15" Technical Preview Program. Office 15 is the codename for the upcoming next-generation version of the Microsoft Office products and services, and the Technical Preview is the first time that Microsoft share their work with a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

 

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Because Microsoft are only at the early stages of Office 15, they can't share too much about what's included, or being worked on in the new Office suite of software. Of course, there is a tease. CVP of Development, Microsoft Office Division, PJ Hough, said in the Office Blogs:

 

At this early point in our development cycle, I'm not able to share too much about Office 15, but I can tell you Office 15 is the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division. With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio. Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before. 

 

The Technical Preview is already full of users, but Microsoft have promised a public beta of Office 15 for later this summer, and have said they'll share more details on it then.

MegaUpload servers could be wiped, 50 million users still have info on them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 4:24 am

Most of us have heard about the MegaUpload debacle, where founder Kim Dotcom was arrested and is now facing some very serious charges. Since MegaUpload was blocked by U.S. authorities, users have not had access to their precious data.

 

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The data of roughly 50 million MegaUpload users stored on servers from third-party storage providers could actually be wiped, even though MegaUpload's lawyers claim it would compromise their ability to defend themselves in court. MegaUpload's lawyers have argued that losing user data would reduce their ability to defend themselves against the charges, as well as affect millions of users who have data on the servers, who are 100-percent innocent.

 

Ira Rothken, an attorney for MegaUpload says:

 

We're cautiously optimistic at this point that because the United States, as well as Megaupload, should have a common desire to protect consumers, that this type of agreement will get done

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