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Origin PC now offering Windows 8.1 on its desktops and laptops

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 5:41 pm

We are just 11 days from the release of Microsoft's Windows 8.1, and boutique system builders are beginning to announce availability of the operating system on new PCs. Today Origin PC announced that it has now began offering Windows 8.1 on all new desktops and laptops and will begin shipping those systems on October 17th.

 

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"One of my favorite things about Windows 8.1 is now having the ability to choose where you want to boot directly to, your desktop or directly to the start screen menu." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and co-founder. "With Windows 8.1, it's an evolutionary step in the right direction and we're extremely excited to immediately begin offering it to all ORIGIN PC customers to have it ready to ship by launch day."

 

Origin PC says that all existing customers who run Windows 8 can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free on launch day through the Windows App store. For those who wish to stick with the tried and true Windows 7, Origin PC says that it will still continue to offer Windows 7 for the time being. With the inclusion of a "start button" Windows 8.1 is slowly working its way back to its roots, but personally, I am sticking to Windows 7.

QNAP updates QTS 4.0 OS for its business-class Turbo NAS devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 4:39 pm

QNAP recently updated the QTS 4.0 Turbo NAS operating system for its business-class Turbo NAS products. QTS is the operating system that runs QNAP NAS devices. The software is Linux based, and has been designed to deliver high-performance applications and services that fulfill the clint's needs of file sharing, storage management, and backups. Solutions for virtual environments, multimedia, and surveillance are also built in.

 

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"Our previous release of QTS 4.0 for home-class Turbo NAS models has been a great success with tremendous positive feedback from our users," said Tony Lu, product manager of QNAP. "Now we are pleased to bring forth the QTS 4.0 for QNAP's business-class Turbo NAS models that we believe will greatly benefit business applications of the Turbo NAS,"

 

The update brings forth advanced functions for SMB users, including 400TB scale-up solution, intelligent Storage Manager, flexible volume management with thin-provisioned volume supported, SSD cache, SMART data migration, VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX support and more, and greatly enhancing the efficiency in storage management, expansion, data process, and management in virtualization environments.

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QNAP launches SAS-Enabled & 2.5-Inch High Density Turbo NAS devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 3:38 pm

QNAP recently launched five new business-class, SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models including three devices that support 2.5-inch high-density drives. The new TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP and TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP support SAS and SATA 6Gbps hard drives while the SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP and SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP feature support for 2.5-inch hard drives.

 

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All five of the new models feature a quad-core Intel Xeon processor that is clocked in at 3.4GHz, and things are kept nice and smooth by 8GB of DDR3 ECC RAM. Each of the new Turbo NAS devices feature a 10GbE network connection, SSD caching, and enterprise level SAS hard drives.

 

"The new SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models support enterprise-level SAS hard drives that will greatly satisfy performance-demanding businesses," said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. "The new models also support lower cost high-capacity SATA hard drives for large data archiving and high-speed, high stability SSDs for I/O-intensive operations. With the new SAS-enabled Turbo NAS, businesses can enjoy great flexibility in hard drive selection."

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Indian car maker shows off air-powered car, the Airpod

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 12:35 pm

We can all talk about lithium ion-powered cars, thanks to Tesla Motors and other companies, but what about air-powered cars? Well, Indian car maker Tata has constructed a prototype vehicle that is powered by air, the Airpod.

 

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Tata completed testing on two vehicles, both of which are powered by compressed air. The Airpor has a top speed of around 50mph (or 80km/h) and can travel a distance of around 125 miles (or 200km) before it needs to be 'recharged' or re-gassed. For what seems like forever, the idea of an air-powered car has been futile, but it looks like Tata could be ahead of the curve, for now.

 

The Airpod by Tata has pretty much zero emissions, and costs just a dollar or so per 100 miles to run - which is unbelievably efficient. The Airpod's tank holds around 175 liters of compressed air, that can be refilled at gas stations, or even at home. All you have to do is be at a compatible spot, activate the on-board electric motor and then it will suck in air from the outside.

 

The best thing about the Airpod is that it would cost under $10,000 to buy, and mixed with the super cheap running costs, this could really change the world. A total of three people can sit in the Airpod, but that might be a bit cramped by the look of things.

US Army wants to move from fuel to solar power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 11:25 am

The US Army's job of protecting fuel convoys is an important one, where it sees a casualty for every 24 missions in some years. Commanders have now found a way to save lives through energy conservation, moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy such as solar power.

 

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Richard Kidd, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army in charge of energy security, Richard Kidd, said: "there is no supply chain vulnerability, there are no commodity costs and there's a lower chance of disruption. A fuel tanker can be shot at and blown up. The sun's rays will still be there." The US Army is cutting down on fossil fuel use and moving toward renewable energy sources, where it will spend $7 billion buying electricity generated by solar, wind, geothermal and biomass projects over the next 30 years.

 

Another benefit, is that renewable energy projects in the US are mainly financed by third parties, meaning that a government shutdown won't affect the US Army's energy supplies or its members of the armed forces.

Pirate Party of Russia offers dedicated servers to NASA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 10:42 am

The NASA website is currently down due to the US government shutdown dilemma, but The Pirate Party of Russia has stepped up, offering its dedicated servers to the US space agency to host its website.

 

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NASA was meant to celebrate its 55th birthday last week, but couldn't because of the government shutdown stopping its operations. A total of 18,000 employees have been affected, with future missions now at risk. The Pirate Party said in a statement: "We would like to offer you bulletproof collocation or dedicated servers on our hosting platform till the end of the crisis."

 

The statement also said: "We stand for Internet privacy, and as the result you would not have to worry about programs such as PRISM and other illegal activities of secret services of different countries. Your traffic, your activity and the activity of your users will be in safety." Now, if you're like me and didn't hear about the Pirate Party of Russia until today, they were founded in 2009 and are quite active in Russia as a public movement.

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NSA surveillance panel is shutdown, thanks US government shutdown

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 9:36 am

Under the US government shutdown, we have 800,000 'non-essential' government staff not being paid, but there's enough money to keep things spied on at the NSA. But, don't think about looking into the NSA spying if you're part of the NSA surveillance panel.

 

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The funds to the NSA surveillance panel have been put on hold thanks to the government shutdown, which was one of president Obama's promises: to look into the NSA's spying system. The panel is now stopped until funds begin flowing again, which will require Congress to start deciding on something, and fast. Then we have the US debt ceiling to begin worrying about.

 

Do you think we'll get to the bottom of the NSA's PRISM system?

Samsung's first Galaxy Gear commercials appears in Sunday NFL

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 8:36 am

Samsung has begun its marketing for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, starting with some ads during the Sunday NFL in the United States. Both TV spots are focused on the futuristic part of the Galaxy Gear, showing that technology has been a fantasy for quite sometime now.

 

 

The ads show off wrist-mounted devices in many of our favorite shows, ranging from Star Trek to Power Rangers. Yes, Power Rangers. You can view both the TV spots, above, and below.

 

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Prepare for the Battlefield 4: Showdown US vs. Europe on November 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 7:40 am

Battlefield 4 is launched upon the world in just a couple of weeks time, and thanks to its much better in-game pro-gaming features, it looks like the pro-gaming scene for BF4 is already forming with the announcement of Battlefield 4: Showdown Live Europe vs. USA.

 

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32 players will compete under the direction of Xbox Live's Major Nelson and AceyBongos in BF4's upcoming Second Assault expansion. This p ack includes four BF3 re-imagined maps, which will arrive first on the Xbox One when the game launches. Showdown Live Europe vs. USA starts on November 1 at 1PM EST, and will be streamed through Xbox Live.

German retailer lists two new Lenovo IdeaPad slates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 6:34 am

Lenovo is poised to expand its IdeaPad range of super-sized slates, with some leaked details from a German online retail site to excite us. The two new models are the IdeaPad B6000-F and B8000-F.

 

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Both IdeaPad's feature 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 16GB of internal flash storage, and a 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8215 quad-core processor. The B6000-F will sport an 8-inch 1280x800-pixel display, with the B8000 model arriving with a 10-inch display with the same 1280x800 resolution. The bigger brother B8000-F will feature a 9,000mAh battery, while the B6000-F will include a 6,000mAh battery.

 

Both slates will arrive with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and an adjustable kickstand that will allow the IdeaPad to be propped up on a desk. The B6000-F is priced at around $312, while the B8000-F will be a little more expensive at $380. We should hopefully have official confirmation from Lenovo in the not too distant future, and availability in other regions soon, too.

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