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FMS 2012: Intel Demonstrates One Million+ IOPS with Four Intel 910s

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:18 am

FMS 2012 - Intel demonstrated four Intel 910s in a RAID configuration pulling down over one million IOPS in their demo system.




This is a realistic representation of a full scale implementation of this type of configuration in an enterprise environment.




Our previous review of the single 910 in both 400 and 800GB configurations can be seen by hitting the link.




The Dual 910's in RAID also provided some great results in a follow up article that we published.


Now all we need to do is convince Intel to send us a few more so that we can hit the same One Million+ IOPS!

FMS 2012: HGST Unveils Worlds First 12Gb/s SAS Enterprise SSD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:14 am

FMS 2012 - HGST today demonstrated their new 12Gb/s SAS Enterprise SSDs. These are the first 12Gb/s SSDs in existence, and they are in an unbranded case.




We can see the performance improvement between a current tech 6Gb/s SSD, which is pulling down 547 MB/s in sequential read, and the 12Gb/s SSD that is providing 995 MB/s from one device! Nearly 1GB/s of sequential speed from a single SSD is simply unheard of with today's interface.




The 6Gb/s, in the foreground, and the 12Gb/s SSD are both of similar size, so the performance increase does not involve a larger device.




Finally, we round out the HGST visit with a quick look at their existing product line of enterprise-class SSDs and HDDs.



Studio Liverpool, the creators of Wipeout, has been closed after 28 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:28 am

After 28 years in business, Wipeout creators, Studio Liverpool, have been closed by their parent company, Sony. Studio Liverpool had no prior warning this was going to happen, and this now means that any game in development has been cancelled, with two rumored titles being worked on for the upcoming PlayStation 4.




The two games are reportedly Wipeout, which has been said to be in development over the last 18 months or so, as well as another title, which would've been a "Splinter Cell style game", reports Eurogamer. Sony will continue to retain the rights to Wipeout, but the game's long-term future is currently unknown.

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Google building a privacy 'red team' that will solve privacy concerns in the future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:31 am

If you're a heavy Google user like myself, you might be concerned with your data privacy. But, it looks like the Mountain View-based company is building themselves a privacy "red team" for such matters.




Google's new division comes hot on the hells of the FTC's $22.6 million record-setting fine, where the company was accused of a tracking cookie incident that allegedly occurred sometime in 2011 and 2012.


The 'Red Team' plans were found from a recent job posting, and according to ZDNet, a red team would normally work internally at a company to go over everything from policies and products, to services and the workforce in general. The job is usually described as a quality control measure taken a bit further, to make the company work more efficiently.

Sleeping Dogs demo arrives on Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 1:38 am

If you weren't too sure on grabbing Sleeping Dogs on the PC, you might be happy to know that a demo has been released on Steam. Sleeping Dogs is also available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but doesn't sport the same graphical goodness that the PC version includes.



Sleeping Dogs' publisher, Square Enix, have approved of some extra resources for the PC version, where you can get some gorgeous DirectX 11 graphical effects, a separate 5GB high-definition texture pack (which doesn't come included with the demo unfortunately), interface optimizations, as well as support for multiple monitors, and stereoscopic 3D.


Sleeping Dogs was born as a reboot as True Crime, and originally titled True Crime: Hong Kong, with the TC franchise owned by Activision. The game was cancelled, with Square Enix acquiring the rights to the game. Activision's plans were to outsource the development of the PC version, but United Front's senior developer, Jeff O'Connell got to develop Sleeping Dogs internally, and "make sure the PC version was everything it could be".

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Rovio teams up with NASA for a Curiosity-themed episode within Angry Birds Space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 12:52 am

Now that NASA have successfully landed their Curiosity rover onto Mars, Rovio has unveiled a Curiosity-themed episode of Angry Birds Space.



The Curiosity-themed episode sports 20 levels based on the red planet, with a few bonus levels included. There's even a chance for gamers to learn about the Curiosity's exploration, when they're not smashing birds into those pesky pieces of bacon.


If you enjoyed this news, and are currently downloading the new game, you might find this news even better: Rovio have announced a full scale Mars-based variant of Angry Birds for the fall.

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US further cracks down on piracy, this time app piracy in crosshairs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:33 pm

Everyone mostly hears about movie and music piracy, thanks in part to the efforts of the RIAA and MPAA to spread awareness. There's not a group of app developers, at least not yet, lobbying the government to attack this problem, so it's rather interesting that the government has taken the initiative to attack app piracy.




The US government, through the use of the FBI and seizure warrants, has smacked down three different app piracy sites in one swoop. The sites in question are, and and now visiting any of these three sites gives you the message above. It likely also logs your IP address as a potential pirate.


As per the standard operating procedure for sites such as these, the servers were located overseas so this take down required cooperation between the FBI and foreign law enforcement. Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breur explains just why this is such a growing problem for the United States:


Software apps have become an increasingly essential part of our nation's economy and creative culture, and the Criminal Division is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the creators of these apps and other forms of intellectual property from those who seek to steal it.

LeakTT: First images of the new Apple dock connector USB cable

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:28 pm

As the September 12 Apple press event draws ever nearer, the leaks continue to increase. A picture has been leaked that purportedly shows the new USB cable that will be used with Apple's new smaller dock connector. This is the first time that we've seen a leak of the cable itself, though we've seen lots of leaks regarding the connector itself.




It's expected that Apple will update its entire line-up of products to make use of this new dock connector at the Apple press conference on September 12. This new cable features only 9 pins, which is a massive reduction from the previous dock connector's 30. Have no fear about compatibility, though, as it is said they will ship with an adapter for current accessories.

Facebook intros faster iOS Facebook app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 9:28 pm

Facebook has finally updated its aging app to improve its performance. Unfortunately, this update only takes care of iOS users as there has been no announcement regarding Android. However, if you are an iOS user, this update should make you significantly more happy with the Facebook app as it is quite a bit faster.




According to the Facebook post, "Facebook 5.0 for iOS is twice as fast as the previous version when launching the app, scrolling through news feed and opening photos in feed." This speed increase is due to the app being completely rewritten from the ground up. A quick update and you'll be able to see for yourself just how much better it is.


The changes are as follows:


App opens quickly: We've rebuilt the app from the ground up, so now the app opens much faster and your news feed and notifications load right when you open Facebook.


Stories scroll smoothly: As you scroll down your news feed, all your friends' stories appear faster than ever. A banner lets you know when new stories come in, and you can tap once to immediately see the latest updates.


Photos load instantly: Tap on any photo and it opens right away. Pull down to close it with a single swipe.


An updated and quicker app is an important thing for Facebook to focus on. They need to keep users' eyes on the app so that it becomes an attractive platform for advertising.

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Flash Memory Summit 2012: OCZ shows off a SSD that uses DRAM as the memory

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 8:26 pm

OCZ's AEON Series drive is probably one of the coolest things I saw at Flash Memory Summit 2012. This drive ditches the typical NAND memory in favor of using DRAM chips which have no durability issues. These chips are clocked at around 40MHz as opposed to a typical DDR3 stick which could be clocked as high as 800MHz.




Essentially this drive is like your DDR RAM in your PC. It's faster than a typical SSD due to the use of volatile memory, however, if the power goes out, the data is lost. It's almost like a RAM disk, though the bandwidth is limited by the interface. In the event of a power loss, the data is flushed to typical NAND memory.


The drive's capacity is up to 64GB as of right now, and has super low latency (20 microseconds or less) and typically is about 1 microsecond. The chip is built to be used in servers and features a 6GB/s SAS connection. Note that these are preliminary specifications which are subject to change. Even still, this is a sweet drive!

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