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ADATA shows M.2 SSD in an Ultrabook at AIS 2013

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 5:06 pm

At LSI's Accelerating Innovation Summit(AIS)2013 Michael from ADATA Technology walks us though their latest M.2 SSD. This SSD utilizes the oven SF-2281 in tandem with L85A NAND.

 

 

Micron L85A NAND is making quite the entrance into the consumer SSD market, with many o the manufacturers at AIS 2013 indicating they intend to begin using this new lower-cost flash at the beggining of the year.

 

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Cisco demonstrates UCS Common Platform Architecture at LSI's AIS 2013

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 5:05 pm

At LSI's Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS) Scott Ciccone, with Cisco' products and marketing division, was demonstrating their UCS Common Platform Architecture. The UCS platform enables the management of of all compute nodes via the network, and scales Hadoop up to 160 servers.

 

 

Cisco uses Nytro MegaRAID controllers to accelerate the underlying HDD arrays with 200GB of flash per card.

 

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Cisco was also displaying the Nexus 7700 Series switches which feature LSI ASIC's.

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iFixit opens up the new Xbox One Kinect sensor to see whats inside

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 5:01 pm

Yesterday we saw iFixit tear down Microsoft's next-gen gaming console, the Xbox One, and today the company is continuing the series by tearing down the new Kinect sensor. As a electronic hobbyist this is the teardown that I have been waiting for, and with the sensors new high-resolution capabilities, I can not wait to see it hacked!

 

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Unlike the Xbox One, the Kinect is held together by screws which are hiding under labels, and a screwdriver makes quick work of opening up the case. When the Kinect is first opened up, you can see several optical sensors, and what appears to be an array of three high-intensity IR Blasters.

 

Also pictured is the large camera with what appears to me a mechanical focusing system. Interestingly enough, the Kinect now packed enough power that a Fan is required to keep things nice and cool, and I bet this has something to do with its sensors always being activated awaiting commands from the user. It also appears that the entire internal frame is being used as one giant heat sink to help aid in cooling. Unfortunately, the Kinect earned a repairibility score of just 6 out of 10 due to so many permanently affixed and propriety parts.

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Google is giving Uganda some of that Google Fiber lovin'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 11:33 am

I was expecting it to be my city next, but obviously Google has no love for me. The Mountain View-based everything giant is looking to install its own fiber-optic network in Kampala, Uganda.

 

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Google has been installing the network over the last couple of months, officially unveiling the project on Wednesday. The new network will allow 10 local mobile operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to boost speeds up a factor of 100 in most places in Kampala. The city itself is home to around 3 million potential Internet users.

 

The ISPs will receive the huge speeds, and will be able to offer its customers up to two gigabits per second, which is just insane. Why is Google pushing a network in Uganda? Well, considering only 16% of Africa's 1 billion citizens have Internet, it can be big business. Google makes money from advertising, and getting more people online will have more people seeing ads, which lets Google print its money.

Google updates the Chromecast app, redesigned look, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 11:21 am

We took a look at the Chromecast when it launched, but Google has pushed out an updated Chromecast application, with a redesigned look, and a few new features.

 

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A pull-out drawer makes an appearance, finally, with a link to Chromecast-compatible apps hidden away in that pull-out drawer. In that same drawer, you'll find the settings menu, too. There's a new timezone selector, which shows the relative time to GMT, as well as your Chromecast's MAC address, if you need to do some tinkering around in the networking side of things.

Valve's local game streaming feature will soon enter beta testing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 9:43 am

According to the official In-Home Streaming group on Steam, a beta test of the feature is "coming soon". Gamers who are interested in testing out this new feature can join the group, which will put them into the pool of users Valve will choose in the near future.

 

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Local game streaming might not sound like much, but it is a key part of SteamOS, as it streams games from your Steam-enabled PC. Valve wants PCs that are powerful enough to host game sessions, which is what this beta testing will most likely involve. There's currently no hardware requirements, but the Half-Life developer has said: "There is a huge variety in home hardware and network configurations, and we would like your help in learning about what works best."

 

One of the bigger factors of local game streaming, and its beta testing, will be networking performance. Wired Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) will obviously be the best way of doing things, but Wi-Fi networks are getting mighty impressive. You can be sure we'll be doing a bunch of testing on SteamOS over GbE and Wi-Fi when we get our hands on the OS.

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $290 million in patent infringement case

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 8:36 am

A federal judge has awarded Apple with $290 million in patent damages from Samsung, which gives Apple a total of over $900 million that will be sucked out of Samsung's bank accounts.

 

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The patent case saw a six-woman, two-man jury hearing the case last week, where Apple claimed Samsung copied its technologies from the iPad and iPhone. Apple argued that Samsung owed them nearly $380 million in damages from lost profits, and from profits Samsung enjoyed while selling the devices that were infringing on Apple's patents, as well as royalties.

 

Samsung didn't stand there defenseless, so it bit back, claiming that Apple inflated the value of their patents. The South Korean giant also reiterated the important of consumer choice, concluding that damages should not exceed $52 million. The jury ended up deciding that Samsung was indeed guilty of patent infringement on 13 smartphones and tablets, including features like pinch-to-zoom, and bounce back.

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The Pentagon wants lasers on its fighter jets, pew pew, pew

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 7:35 am

It looks like The Pentagon wants to have total and utter air superiority (because, you know, the US doesn't already have some of the best military technology known to man) by adding high-powered lasers to its fleet of fighter jets.

 

 

The US Air Force has put in a request for information document with the Federal Business Opportunities website, which points to the Department of Defense being interested in getting its hands on weaponry that would be used on next-gen aircraft, years down the road in anti-access and area denial, or A2/AD, environments in order to safeguard particular interests.

 

The request states: "The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is requesting information describing concepts for airborne laser systems for future air dominance platforms. The emphasis of this effort is to identify potential laser systems that could be integrated into a platform that will provide air dominance in the 2030+ highly contested Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environment."

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LSI reveals Nytro XP 6000 Nytro 7000 Series - Exclusive 7000 coverage

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 7:30 am

It isn't often that we travel to trades shows and find unannounced products hiding in plain sight. At AIS, however, this has become a trend with the Nytro products. Our own Chris Ramseyer spotted the original Nytro MegaRAID, and with no publicly available name he affectionately dubbed it the "WarpCache".

Fast forward a few years and the Nytro case still holds a few surprises. Instead of creating a name for the new drives, we will hand it off to Tony Afshary, the Director of Marketing at LSI.

 

 

While Tony doesn't provide us with performance specifications, he does reveal that these new Nytro products implement a DRAM caching layer into the solution. This satisfies the need for ultra-low latency performance in bleeding edge applications. Adding another layer of caching to the mix provides enhanced performance, but also introduces numerous challenges we will cover in another article when we go in-depth with each of the three new Nytro 7000 Series products.

 

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Xbox One users can't use optical headsets till post launch update

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 5:59 am

The optical output for the Xbox One will only play stereo through headsets at launch. Albert Panello Microsoft Director of product planning comments in a NeoGAF thread that full Dolby Digital support will be available post launch. Although Panello does not specify any sort of release date for the update. Unfortunately users that are accustomed to using Turtle Beach, Tritton, or any other expensive headset will have to deal with having stereo for the time being.

 

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Microsoft Director of Product Planning Albert Panello in a NeoGAF thread: "Dolby Digital is coming post launch. This was a SW scheduling issue pure and simple, and I know people are disappointed, but we will have it. Anyone with an HDMI receiver should be fine, as we pass the uncompressed 5.1 and 7.1 through HDMI as well as DTS. Even if you have a Dolby only HDMI receiver, you will still get 5.1 or 7.1 sound since those receivers should accept uncompressed surround. For the Dolby only headsets, my understanding is that these will work but you will only get stereo audio since we only pass Stereo and DTS through the optical port. I have not tested this myself, but I'm told it works. Regardless, I understand this is an inconvenience, but again we're going to have Dolby coming."

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