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STEC intro industry's highest endurance enterprise-class SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 30, 2011 7:22 am

STEC have just unveiled a new SSD at the Server Design Summit today, dubbed ZeusIOPS XE. ZeusIOPS XE is the industry's highest endurance enterprise-class MLC flash-based SSD which is an extension to their flagship ZeusIOPS SSD family and enables at least 30 full capacity writes per day, every day, for five years.

 

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Impressive, isn't it? STEC's CellCare technology is the behind-the-scenes driver that when applied to MLC flash, extends the performance, endurance and reliability of the ZeusIOPS EX drives.

 

The drive can fully write roughly 33 Petabytres of data over the working life of a 600GB drive, which is how it works out to 30 times per day over five years. Where STEC's CellCare technology comes in is with its unique ability to measure and manage the wear of the drive using adaptive flash management algorithms and advanced signal processing techniques.

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Google Maps 6.0 available on Android, adds indoor navigation for retail and transit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 30, 2011 6:22 am

Google has updated Maps for Android to version 6.0, and has been released into the wild that is the Android Market in the U.S. and Japan today. Included with it is retail and airport floor plans for indoor navigation.

 

 

The indoor maps aren't as good as the outdoor navigation, so there's no turn-by-turn navigation, but it does provide layouts for the nearest shops, bathroom or elevator. The information is pulled from the same spot it is now "My Location", but it has been optimized to detect movement along the z-axis.

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Super Mario 3D Land sells 500,000 copies, becomes fastest-selling Mario game in Nintendo's history

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 30, 2011 5:17 am

Super Mario 3D Land hit the Nintendo 3DS and store shelves on November 11, and has since become the fastest-selling Mario game in Nintendo's history by selling more than 500,000 copies since launch.

 

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Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword which was released on the Nintendo Wii on November 20 has sold 535,000 copies, which makes it the fastest-selling Zelda game ever. Black Friday is filled with wonderful things, even with the way the world's economies are right now.

 

The two releases also spiked Nintendo 3DS and Wii systems, with the 3DS sales tripled (by 325-percent) compared with sales the week of November 6th, the week before Super Mario 3D Land launched out of its green pipe. The week of its debut, however, sales rose 49-percent from the previous week.

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Google rolls out persistent nav bar, is set on getting rid of the dark gray strip of text

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 30, 2011 4:25 am

Google are not finished with their quest of revamping the entirety of Google with their new 'minimalistic' theme. Today intros a new splash of paint for the Google Bar. The usual thin dark gray strip of text will leave us, and be replaced by a persistent UI element that combines the search and Google+ tools, including a share button and notifications.

 

 

Quick access to other services is still available in the Google menu, all you need to do is hover over the logo and you'll be happy to see more links. Love it or hate it, it's coming. I don't like the new Reader layout - I hate it. I've kept the old Gmail layout, for now (until its probably pushed in by default).

 

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Internode offers games.on.net exclusive offer, no signup fee and first two months free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 30, 2011 4:14 am

Internode have a pretty good offer for games.on.net, where they've offered a no signup fee, with the first two months free. Internode! Internode really cater to gamers, and push this obviously through their gaming portal, games.on.net, but also in their services they offer to gamers.

 

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Internode have a dedicated games network in games.on.net which offers patches, videos, demos and more, your favourite Internet TV shows and podcasts where you can download them all, unmetered, as fast as your Internet connection can handle. Internode even have two Steam content servers, where you can buy your Steam games, download them and get playing faster than ever - with everything above all quota free.

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Creator of 'Ultima' Richard Garriott says that game consoles are "fundamentally doomed"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2011 3:31 am

During an interview with Industry Gamers, creator of Ultima, Richard Garriott had a few things to say about consoles. He thinks consoles will be extinct in the near future. Really...

 

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With consoles multi-billion dollar, long-term investments for companies such as Sony and Microsoft, it is a bet. A big one. Longer development cycles are now the norm, with both companies touting a 10-year life cycle for this generation, and we're already up to seven years now.

 

Consoles are also now faced with super-tough competition from what seems all sides. Smartphones are more powerful than ever, tablets will receive quad-core chips within days thanks to NVIDIA's Tegra 3 and the first Tegra 3-powered tablet, ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer Prime. Social gaming on PC is not helping with companies such as Zynga having over 100 million active users on games such as CityVille.

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AMD to exit the x86 CPU market?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Nov 30, 2011 3:24 am

This is kind of not unexpected, but there are rumors that AMD might be exiting the CPU market, probably from the unsuccessful launch of Bulldozer and the constant #WINNING of Intel's Core range of processors.

 

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Mike Silverman, AMD company spokesman has said:

 

We're at an inflection point. We will all need to let go of the old 'AMD versus Intel' mind-set, because it won't be about that anymore.

 

What AMD does from here is unknown, but we all know that they just cannot compete with Intel at the high-end. They cannot compete with Intel at mid-range and market penetration of Intel's brand is far too strong and has been for quite a while now. AMD are late to the game in virtually every market, even smartphone and tablet technology. The only market they have a strong foot in is the graphics market.

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Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand will be released on December 14

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2011 2:26 am

YES! Battlefield 3's first [and hopefully not last] expansion pack, Back to Karkand, has a release date of December 14. It comes out seven days earlier on the Sony PlayStation 3, with a release date of December 7.

 

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Sony's Asian PlayStation Store lists Battlefield 3 Back to Karkand for December 7, 2011, which is how the news broke of the December 14 date. I don't mind waiting 7 more days, because I'm just so damn excited.

 

For now, enjoy yesterday's gameplay footage from one of the maps on Back to Karkand, Gulf of Oman.

 

Samsung wins appeal against Apple, injunction overturned!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Nov 30, 2011 2:16 am

Apple and Samsung have been fighting for what seems forever, but Samsung has kicked Apple's arse for once and with a full bench of the Federal Court overturned the injunction on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 Australian release.

 

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But, [come on, you knew there would be a but] within minutes of the verdict being smacked down onto Apple, Apple made it clear its intentions to appeal the decision to the High Court, which should drag out this dispute through to 2012.

 

Apple wants to suspend the verdict until the iPad 3 is released so that the injunction stays in place. The Court conceded to Apple and issues a stay of orders until 4pm on Friday afternoon, allowing the Curpentino-based company to lodge its appeal with the High Court.

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Xbox 360 enjoys biggest week in Xbox history, nearly 1 million consoles sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 30, 2011 1:48 am

Microsoft's Xbox 360 may be in its seventh year of its life, but it has just closed the biggest sales week in the history of the console by selling more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. alone during the week of Black Friday.

 

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More than 960,000 consoles were sold, with 800,000 being sold in a 24 hour period. Kinect also saw a huge boost with more than 750,000 sensors being sold across the U.S. in both standalone packages as well as bundles. Microsoft aren't stopping there, come December 6th, the "next generation of TV entertainment will begin" with the availability of a new Xbox 360 experience, and the launch of the first group of custom entertainment apps on Xbox LIVE.

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