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MakerBot and Stratasys complete merger, says "full speed ahead"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 8:04 pm

It was not that long ago that I remember hanging out in the RepRap IRC channel and Forums and chatting about this awesome new DIY 3D printer project so many of us were obsessed with. Of course, I'm talking about the original RepRap model "Darwin." One of the major questions was how do we create the printed parts needed to build it without having a printer on hand.




Everyone seemed to have their solution, including a man named Bre Pettis. He had found this Cartesian robot that could be built using simple iron pipe from hardware stores. Around the same time another man who went by the name Hoken joined the conversation and thus the McWire RepStrap was born. Those two guys that I spent so many hours chatting with in the IRC channel eventually went on to found Makerbot Industries, the company responsible for bringing 3-D printing to mainstream.


Earlier this year, the company announced that it was in the process of being acquired by 3-D printing giant Stratasys, and today they announced that the acquisition is completed. In the deal, Petis and the other shareholders of Makerbot will receive a total of 4.7 million shares of Stratasys stock in exchange for 100 percent of Makerbot's outstanding capital stock.


While I have been quite critical of Makerbot's decision to go closed source with its Replicator 2 3D printer, I must say that the news of the acquisition's finalization made me choke up a little. While my interaction with Bre and Zach never went much further than those late-night chats on IRC, I feel like I am closely watching Makerbot grow and evolve into something none of us ever saw coming. Sure, I always knew Makerbot would be big, but I never thought it would be acquired by such a top-tier company.


I wish Bre and Zach all the best in whatever endeavors they choose to take next, and I really hope that Stratasys can fill the enormous shoes those two guys have left behind. Bre is expected to stay on with the company and said in a statement that he is ready to move "Full Speed Ahead."

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Seagate's David Burkes on SSD hybrid tech

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 8:00 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Seagate's David Burkes took some time yesterday to show off a demo of how SSDs and SSHD can remove the normal HDD bottleneck from notebooks. He went on to detail how the addition of NAND into the storage media greatly improves the performance one can expect from their laptop.



For those who do not know, SSHD technology is where SSD technology meets HDD technology and the two merge to create what is called a hybrid drive.


The HDD's cache is augmented by a small piece of NAND, which greatly increases performance in file intensive applications.

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Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Interview with Toshiba's Joel Hagberg

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 7:48 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Yesterday, our own Paul Alcorn got to sit down with Joel Hagberg, the VP of Marketing at Toshiba. Hagberg started the conversation by cluing us in on the Storage Products Association, a new committee that was formed by Toshiba, HGST, Seagate and Western Digital.



He went on to discuss SSHD drives and how they benefit the consumer storage market. He mentions that the hybrid designs feature advance algorithms that pick and choose what data is loaded on the NAND and what will be streamed from the hard disk.


He wrapped up the interview buy discussing the NGFF form factor that has now been officially named M.2.

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Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Interview with Marvell's Iri Trashanski

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 7:40 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Shortly after giving his keynote speech, Marvell's VP of SSD Business, Iri Trashanski, stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk about how the SSD market is doing, and how fast it has expanded in the last decade. Smerdon went into detail about how Marvell supplies many of the controller chips used in the consumer market SSDs.



He said that they build a superior single controller chip that is designed so well, it is able to be offered in three separate product lines. He says that the "magic" happens in the firmware in which companies such as SanDisk, Plextor and Micron write for their controller chip.


He went on to mention that all of Marvell's upcoming next-gen products will be built on a 28nm process, which will benefit performance, power consumption and form factor.


UPDATE - We are very sorry to Gary Smerdon and Iri Trashanski. The person interviewed is actually Iri Trashanski.

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Copyright Troll gets caught seeding torrents on The Pirate Bay

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 7:06 pm

It's no secret that copyright and patent trolls are not the most ethical of creatures. In fact, many regard them as little more than the scum of the earth. Today, website Torrentfreak has released a report that shows just how immoral and unethical copyright trolls can be.




The report says that Comcast has confirmed that a Pirate Bay user going by the name "Sharkmp4" has been directly linked to the notorious copyright troll Prenda Law. In a weird turn of events, The Pirate Bay actually helped Comcast expose the copyright troll who is running a honeypot on the popular torrent listing service.


The exposure came after a June report released by Delvan Neville, who works for a company that monitors BitTorrent users, that accused Prenda of running the so-called honeypot. The report says that the law firm was the major seeder of the very files they claim to be protecting. The Pirate Bay jumped in and exposed the IP address that Sharkmp4 was using, which matched up with Prenda's IP address.

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Interview with Intel on S3700 SSD and more

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 6:56 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Intel's Alan Frost and James Meyers sat down with our own Paul Alcorn to discuss Intel's S3700 SSD. Alan points out that the S3700 along with the S3500 are the ideal solutions for the enterprise looking for consistent IOPS due to its Intel built controller.



They also talk about SSDs in the data center and say that Intel works hard at showing those clients the value in choosing SSDs over HDDS. Paul mentioned that with the increase in density that comes with SSDs, offers the data center a cooling, capacity, and power advantage.


Meyers also keyed us in on NVME and how it is a game changer in the enterprise storage market.

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Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Interview with HGST's Lenny Sharpe

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 6:39 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Yesterday HGST Director of Product Marketing for Mobile, Lenny Sharpe, stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk about storage within the mobile space. Sharpe talked about how the Ultrabook market reinvigorated the laptop storage conversation.



Paul also asked Lenny about the advantage of the dual drive approach in which an OEM uses an SSD for caching, while the HDD is used for mass storage.


Paul pointed out that there is more bang for your buck with the dual drive system because the capacities are not limited like in the SSDH solution.

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LG's G2 is set to arrive in Canada, six different carriers this fall

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 6:05 pm

Today, LG announced that its new G2 smartphone will be making its way to Canada later this fall. The company says that the 5.2-inch phone will be available at six different Canadian wireless carriers, including Bell, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, Videotron, and Wind Mobile.




No information on pricing or hardware changes was released, but we do know that the Canadian model will feature the same 3000mAh battery and 32GB of storage that the US model has.


"In developing the LG G2, we listened to and learned from what consumers were telling us they wanted in a premium smartphone," said Geoffrey McMurdo, Vice President Mobile Communications, LG Canada. "LG G2 features a unique design with an ultra thin display bezel and innovative rear key, intuitive user experience and time saving innovations. Through our strong carrier and retail partnerships, our most exciting and ambitious mobile phone, the LG G2 will be available to Canadians nationally this fall."

ScienceFriday: NASA says it has no idea where Voyager 1 is in space

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 5:03 pm

It has been 35 years since NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft blasted off from terra firma and headed into the final frontier. During this journey, the space probe has visited Saturn, Jupiter, and has even managed to leave our solar system. Well maybe it has left, or maybe it is still here. Not even NASA is sure whether or not Voyager 1 has reached interstellar space.




If you're a space buff like me, I know what you're thinking, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announced last year that Voyager 1 has in fact left our solar system and is now streaking through interstellar space. Unfortunately, the original Voyager science team seems to think otherwise.


To toss even more confusion into the mix, both the University of Maryland as well as Boston University both agree that Voyager 1 actually reached interstellar space on July 27, 2012, and for the moment, NASA has agreed to simply disagree and released a statement saying that they simply have no idea where Voyager 1 actually it.

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Mercedes is working on integrating Google Glass into their vehicles

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 4:11 pm

A new report from is cluing us in on some plans that Mercedes has to integrate Google Glass into its vehicles. The company is said to be working closely with Google to bring Google Glass technology to its high-end line of luxury cars. The company already has a functioning prototype that appears to work very well.




During a demo, Wired's Damon Lavrinc said that he was able to acquire door-to-door navigational directions that were being sent straight to the tiny piece of glass in front of his eye. "We definitely see wearable devices as another trend in the industry that is important to us," says Johann Jungwirth, Mercedes' North American R&D President & CEO. "We have been working with Glass for roughly six months and meeting with the Google Glass team regularly." I don't want to spoil everything for you, so head over to Source #1 for the full article.

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