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Show Plextor your love via a Fan Photo and win a NCIX Gaming PC!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 3:26 pm

This week we have teamed up with Plextor who are giving away two amazing Plextor SSD-powered NCIX gaming PCs worth over $1300.


Secondary prizes also include eight Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 128GB SSDs!


All you need to do is like the Plextor Facebook page at the link below and follow the other simple steps.




Go! Go! Go!





Step 1 - Like Plextor's Facebook Fan Page! -


Step 2 - Register at the link above to win


Step 3 - Post a Fan Picture on the Plextor Facebook page

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LSI SandForce SF3700 Announced: SATA III and PCIe Native to 1800 MB/s

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 1:44 pm

Paul and I are packing and in two days we'll show more than just pictures of the new LSI SandForce SF3700. The new controller series is nine channels and supports both SATA III and PCI Express. On the latter, the SF3700 can read up to 1800 MB/s if your PCIe 2.0 bus is up to the task. Using four lanes, 1800 is a good starting point but we're more interested in overclocking our enthusiast motherboards to get more and we hear the new controller can handle a bit of a bump to get past the 1800 MB/s hump. Who's ready for SSD overclocking? Can I get a NGFF water block with my order?




The new SF3700 controller's design is for both consumer and enterprise products much like SF-1000 and SF-2000. Early on, we expect to see enterprise products demoed first but in the end, consumer drives may hit the market first due to the long validation period for enterprise products.

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Apple acquires the company behind the original Kinect system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 11:30 am

An interesting move by Apple, which has reportedly acquired PrimeSense, the motion sensing technology company that was behind the first Kinect sensor. PrimeSense helped Microsoft design the original Kinect, and has reportedly been scooped up by Apple for a nice $345 million over the weekend.




PrimeSense told TheNextWeb, that it refers to the report as a "recycled rumor," adding that it "does not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing." Apple is reportedly after the motion sensing tech for its Apple TV, but I think we might see it gel between its TV set, and maybe a new form of touchscreen tech. Apple might not push touchscreens onto its MacBook line of products, but a motion sensing tech? Possibly.

Sony sells 1 million PS4s in the first 24 hours on sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 9:32 am

One million times $399 is a cool $400 million or so, which is the amount of money Sony made in the first 24 hours of the PlayStation 4 being on sale. The 1 million PS4 units are only counted from the US and Canada launches, so this number should skyrocket in the coming weeks.




Sony estimates that as the PS4 launches in more territories, that number should reach around 3 million before the New Year is here. By March 2014, the Japanese electronics giant wants to hit 5 million, which I don't see being a problem at all. President of Sony's game division, Jack Tretton, has said: "This is a marathon, not a sprint, but getting out to a nice start is a good thing. That hurdle has been cleared. We're very, very confident we're in great shape."

WD is shooting for 60TB HDDs with HAMR technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 8:29 am

I still remember the days of HDDs being in the megabytes category, but moving into GBs was a big thing... TBs now seem like nothing with cloud storage, and storage giant, Western Digital, is pushing the bar much, much higher.




At a Chinese trade show, the storage company demonstrated its new heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology, which should pave the way for some massive increases in HDD storage. HAMR was first developed by WD's rival, Seagate, but WD believes it can hit five times the areal density of current drives using its spin on the HAMR tech.


Right now, the highest density HDDs have an areal density of around 750 gigabits per inch, but HAMR could expand this out to a whopping 4 terabits per inch. To you and me, this means we could see 60TB drives within the next couple of years. The way that HAMR works is by heating the hard disk's surface with a laser while the magnetic head is recording data, which causes the data bits to shrink, thus, increasing areal density.


This, mixed with nanotube lubrication, allows the magnetic head to get much closer to the surface. This means that HAMR-based HDDs could be just as reliable as standard drives, but with much more data.

The PlayStation 4 gets full support from... Pornhub

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 7:36 am

Normally I wouldn't like to write about porn in my news, but hey - the porn industry defines what medium is going to come in next, like it did with VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray. But, it looks like the PS4 is the system of choice for Pornhub, and this could be a big, big thing.




Pornhub is the first porn site to completely support the PS4, and it could be a big tipping point against the Xbox One. The porn site already supports the Nintendo Wii U, but what about Microsoft? It might not support the Xbox One, but I'm sure we'll see support, especially considering the Xbox One is more of a multimedia entertainment unit, versus the PS4 being a pure games console, with other content on the side.


What I want to know is: will it include trophy and achievement support...

Google will invest $80 million in solar farms in California, Arizona

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 6:29 am

Google is pumping another $80 million into alternative energy projects, where it will partner up with solar developer, Recurrent Energy, and private equity firm KKR & Co. on the two projects.




The $80 million will be used on six utility-scale solar facilities in California and Arizona, with the sunlight being captured enough to generate power for more than 17,000 homes. Google said on its official blog: "You'd think the thrill might wear off this whole renewable energy investing thing after a while. Nope -- we're still as into it as ever, which is why we're so pleased to announce our 14th investment."

RumorTT: PS4 problems stemming from possible sabotage at Foxconn

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 4:34 am

Well, the small number of PS4s that are experiencing issues could be the result of interns at the Foxconn manufacturing plant in Yantai, China, sabotaging it. Yes, sabotage!




The news broke on the IGN forums, but the forum was eventually locked. This particular manufacturing plant has hit the news headlines before, from the mistreatment of staff, and more. The intern notes that because Foxconn didn't treat them well, they sabotage the manufacturing of the PS4. The intern said: "The ps4 console we assemble can be turned on at best."


This would explain some of the issues some owners are experiencing, but if this is true, those interns are going to be in quite a lot of trouble with Foxconn.

RumorTT: Next-gen Nexus 10 to be unveiled next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 3:33 am

We know it's coming, but now we have a possible 'when.' A product page for the new Nexus 10 was listed on the Google Play Store earlier in the week, with a November 21 date. Google have deleted the page obviously, but there were a few who saw it.




As for what we should expect in the tablet, we should expect the same 2560x1600-pixel display, Qualcomm's always impressive Snapdragon 800 CPU (a quad-core part), and 3GB of RAM. We should expect Google to launch it with Android 4.4 KitKat, the same OS that launched with the Nexus 5 smartphone. The other question is: would Google launch the Nexus 10 on its own? Or would it use the event to launch or announce something else?

Next year, we'll see .london domain names for businesses, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 17, 2013 12:29 pm

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has awarded London the rights to its own domain name, paving the way for cities across the world to do the same thing.




This means that from spring 2014, businesses, individuals, and organizations in the UK's capital city will be able to apply for a web address with the .london suffix. It's believed that New York, Paris, Berlin and other cities have all applied for the same status. ICANN has reportedly had "tens of thousands" of businesses express interest in a .london domain.


Mayor Boris Johnson, said: "This is an excellent opportunity to expand London's digital presence, which in turn is set to generate funds to invest back into the city."