Computer enthusiasts will recognize the name Kingston as one of the most popular markers of RAM on the market. For years, HyperX was one of the RAM lines that Kingston made and HyperX is now its own division of Kingston.
A new entry-level RAM product has been announced by HyperX called the Fury line. The RAM is being aimed right at entry-level overclockers and enthusiasts. Fury RAM supports high-performance overclocking automatically with an asymmetric heat spreader design.
Fury replaces the HyperX blu RAM. Fury RAM is fully plug and play allowing for automatic overclocking within the system speed allowance without having to mess with BIOS settings. The RAM is available with blue, black, red, or white heatspreaders and all feature black PCBs.
Greenliant unveiled its mSATA ArmourDrive SSDs last year. The company has announced an update to those drives is now shipping with a feature to help protect data. ArmourDrive SSDs with built-in power interrupt data protection are now shipping.
The small SSDs measure 29.85mm x 50.80mm x 4.85mm. These SSDs are offered with 2-bit-per-cell MLC NAND flash memory in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacity. Operating temperature range for the drives is -40 to +85C making them appropriate for use in most industrial situations.
Greenliant also offers the drives in 8, 16, and 32GB with 1-bit-per-cell SLC NAND. All of the SSDs use the BGA form factor and an internal flash controller. Pricing is unannounced on the drives.
Nikon has announced a new digital camera that is its second offering to run the Android operating system. Nikon calls the camera the Coolpix S810C and it runs Android 4.2.2. Having Android on board opens the camera up for all sorts of tasks.
You can cause the camera to download apps from Google Play and upload images and video directly to social networks via the official Android apps. You can also send email from the camera causing Gmail to people without having to mess with transferring the photos or video to a PC first.
The camera has Wi-Fi only meaning you will need to be near a hotspot to connect to the web. Nikon gave the S810c 12x optical zoom and that range can be extended with digital zoom if wanted. The camera also has vibration reaction to keep the images sharp at all zoom levels.
The PC industry saw a 1.7 percent sales decline in the first quarter of 2014, though the end of Microsoft Windows XP support helped slow the bleeding, according to research firm Gartner.
Lenovo remains the No. 1 global PC manufacturer, slightly ahead of Hewlett-Packard, with Dell, Acer, and ASUS trying to catch up. The demise of Windows XP helped boost Lenovo, HP, Dell and Acer to increase their market share during the first here months of 2014, but ASUS and other companies struggled to keep pace.
"The end of XP support by Microsoft on April 8 has played a role in the easing decline of PC shipments," said Mikako Kitagawa, Gartner principal analyst, in a press statement. All regions indicated a positive effect since the end of XP support stimulated the PC refresh of XP systems. Professional desktops, in particular, showed strength in the quarter."
The United States Air Force has been testing out Google's popular, but still not available Glass headset for military use. VentureBeat is reporting that the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided (K)nowledge (BATMAN) research team is excited over the possibilities of Glass in the battlefield.
The reasons behind this is thanks to Google Glasses and "its low power, its low footprint, it sits totally above the eyes, and doesn't block images or hinder vision". 2nd Lt. Anthony Eastin, a Behavioral Scientist on the team said: "The goal is to build software for research purposes for future endeavors".
Soldiers equipped with Glass on the battlefield would be capable of accessing important information quicker than before, which would remove the requirement of lugging around laptops and other much less portable electronics. Glass isn't the exact answer to all of the military's problems, but for $1500, it definitely is a cheap (at least for the military) alternative.
When we reported on Google's mysterious Project Ara, we didn't quite know what to expect, but the more time I've had to sit down and think about it, the more excited I become. The latest tease is here, thanks to developers getting their hands-on the new Module Developers Kit.
The developers kit is a set of guidelines that will show how the modular bits will interact with the smartphone's skeleton, as well as the schematics and code samples for developers to toy around with. Google has said that Ara users will be able to power their modular smartphone with one or multiple batteries - which in itself, is incredibly exciting, and a game changer.
Not only that, but they'll be able to swap out their depleted battery with a fresh one, all without powering off their smartphone - as well as the ability to charge one or more batteries in their phone, from one or multiple charging devices. There will be modules on offer that will stick out from the modular smartphone, such as a pulse oximeter .
Developer Diego Araos has used a Parrot AR drone mixed with the virtual reality goodness of Oculus Rift, to use head movements to control his aerial drone. The video below shows it all.
Depending on Araos' tilting his sight and head, the drone moves to his movements. The project, according to the video's description, is "open source and a fork of another of my projects drone-swarm (to control several AR Drones within one network)". You can actually download Araos' creation on GitHub, if you so happen to own both products required.
Details on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 880 have begun to leak, with a report from Tyden.cz claiming that the GeForce GTX 880 will be a Maxwell-based GPU that will dominate the single GPU market. The GeForce GTX 880 will move from the family name of GK110 (the 'K' is for Kepler) to the GM204 part. GM204 is the GK110 equivalent of the Kepler family, but based on the Maxwell architecture.
The leaked specs will see the DirectX 12-capable GPU feature a streaming multiprocessor Maxwell, or SMM, SIMD design that is found in the also Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 750 Ti. The GeForce GTX 880 will just feature more of those SMMs, spread across multiple graphics processing clusters (GPCs) and see some extra performance when compared against the GTX 780 Ti. We should expect something along the lines of these specs:
- 20 nm GM204 silicon
- 7.9 billion transistors
- 3,200 CUDA cores
- 200 TMUs
- 32 ROPs
- 5.7 TFLOP/s single-precision floating-point throughput
- 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface
- 4 GB standard memory amount
- 238 GB/s memory bandwidth
- Clock speeds of 900 MHz core, 950 MHz GPU Boost, 7.40 GHz memory
- 230W board power
Micron Technology has teased that it would offer up triple-level cell NAND flash made using the 16nm process, which could see consumers enjoying cheaper flash-based goods, including cheaper SSDs going into 2015.
Mark Adams, President of Micron, said during a conference call with investors and financial analysts: "Our 16nm NAND yields have been very positive and position us well from a cost perspective. We are currently planning to ship 16nm TLC [NAND flash] in calendar Q4 in order to better position our portfolio from a cost perspective in the retail and consumer segments".
The reason why this is important, is that with current NAND flash storage devices, such as SSDs and more, is that they based on MLC (multi-level cell) tech. Where TLC NAND on the other hand, has been used for memory cards, audio players, USB drives and more. MLC is much more durable than TLC, with typical MLC NAND cells lasting for 3000-10,000 erase/write cycles, where TLC-based NAND usually lasts for under 1000 of those same erase/write cycles. In order for TLC NAND to take off, durability and reliability need to be much higher than what we have now - something Micron is working on, hard.
Minecraft continues to make headlines, with the mobile version of the game, Pocket Edition, selling over 21 million copies. Mojang's Jens Bergensten announced the news over Twitter.
Bergensten said: "[Minecraft: Pocket Edition] has sold over 20 million copies (actually, over 21M)". With the game hitting this number so quick, it means that sales have doubled in the last twelve months, and that sales have actually increased over that time. Minecraft: Pocket Edition launched back in October 2011 on Android, followed by the iOS version a few months later.
In April 2013, Pocket Edition had reached 10 million sold. Chief Word Officer at Mojang, Owen Hill, said: "We're extremely grateful to all players for your dedication and creativity. Without that, Minecraft wouldn't be anywhere near as significant as it is today".