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100GB, 4K-capable Blu-ray discs? Yes please, Singulus!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 13, 2013 4:30 am

In its current form, Blu-ray only holds 25GB and 50GB, for single- and dual-layer discs, respectively. But the Blu-ray Disc Association has teased the world with a 4K-capable disc format.

 

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German-based Singulus has revealed more than the Blu-ray Disc Association, announcing that it has finished production tests of Blu-ray discs that hold 100GB on three layers, which makes it "ideal" for 4K movies. Singulus haven't revealed many details on the new discs, so we don't know if it has BDA support just yet.

Our first look at the upcoming Nexus 5 from Google and LG

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2013 3:30 am

According to the pictures below, this is our first look at the upcoming Google Nexus 5 that is manufactured by LG once again. LG was the company who manufactured the still-great Nexus 4 smartphone.

 

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In the shot above, we can see the bigger, improved camera with its LED flash, but the horizontal "Nexus" logo is gone from our previous news when Android 4.4 KitKat was announced. Something that is quite strange, is the window at the top center of the Nexus 5s back... who knows what that is, what's your guess? Let's not hope it's a fingerprint scanner.

Twitter is going public, files for IPO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 13, 2013 3:29 am

This day was always coming for Twitter, but for me at least, it kind of struck me by surprise. The social network has said that as of Thursday afternoon, it has confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO.

 

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At the moment, Twitter is valued at around $11 billion, and is able to file confidentially thanks to the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act. The JOBS Act allows companies to go public without public scrutiny, and is for companies that have has than $1 billion in revenues.

Samsung says that next smartphones will feature 64-bit processors

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2013 1:44 am

It's no secret that Samsung does not like being shown up by Apple, and is also no secret that Samsung wishes to be the largest mobile device manufacturer in the world. At the Apple iPhone unveiling earlier this week, it was announced that the new A7 processor was the first mobile CPU to feature 64-bit architecture.

 

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This has apparently ruffled some feathers at Samsung, as the company's mobile business chief JK Shin told the Korean Times that Samsung's next-generation smartphones will feature 64-bit processors. This means that Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S5 will most likely feature a 64-bit SoC. Unfortunately at the moment there's not much out in the mobile market that will utilize 64-bit coding, but I guess we have to start somewhere and now seems like as good a time as any.

G.Skill shares video of live demo of 3000MHz DDR3 RAM at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Sep 13, 2013 12:45 am

Earlier this week I reported on new DDR4 memory from G.Skill, and in that report I included some photos and information on a kit of DDR3 that G.Skill overclocked to an outstanding 3000MHz. Today G.Skill has sent over a video showing further proof of the stability of their DDR3 DIMMs running at 3000MHz.

 

 

The video is not very long, but you can clearly see that the DIMMs are running at the reported speed, and that things appear to be stable. This is very exciting and with this new revelation, I bet we will see some new world records coming out of the G.Skill camp very soon!

 

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Q&A with Omate, and its Kickstarter-funded TrueSmart 'Smartwatch 2.0'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 11:43 pm

Omate seems to be doing quite well on Kickstarter for its TrueSmart smartwatch, requiring $100,000 of funding. But, Omate has hit a home run with its 'Smartwatch 2.0' pulling in (at the time of writing) $744,499 of funding with 7 days left to go.

 

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We thought we'd get in contact with them and ask them a few questions about its upcoming 3G-capable TrueSmart device.

 

Q: Who is Omate?

 

A: Omate stands for

 

  • Outdoor mate: Purposely designed to accompany you on outdoor activities - especially in wet environments like swimming, surfing or mountain biking - keeps you connected and gives access to calls, notifications and your favorite sporting apps.
  • Office mate: No need to pull your phone out during that office meeting to check if you got that email or call you were waiting for.

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Cisco will acquire Whiptail to strengthen Unified Computing Systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 11:19 pm

Today Cisco announced that it intends to acquire the solid state memory manufacturer WHIPTAIL for $415 million. Cisco says that this acquisition will strengthen the company's Unified Computing System strategy and enhance application performance by introducing scalable solid state memory into the UCS's fabric computing architecture.

 

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Our good friend, Jim Handy of Objective Analysis was kind enough to send over his take on the whole acquisition and I have posted the entire statement below. Jim says that he feels that this move by Cisco was a good decision and that the price seemed reasonable enough based on other recent acquisitions in the market.

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Crucial unveils new 64GB DDR3L Load-Reduced DIMMs for servers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 10:16 pm

Today, Crucial announced the launch of its all-new 64GB DDR3L Load-Reduced DIMMs for use in enterprise servers. Crucial says that the new LRDIMMs enable more DIMMs per channel which is able to double the memory capacity per server, and saves companies money by not having to purchase additional machines.

 

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These new 64GB Crucial DDR3L Load-Reduced DIMMs offer up to a 35-percent increase in memory bandwidth when compared to standard DIMMs, and are much more power efficient as they operate on 1.35V over the 1.5V standard found in other DIMMs. The company says that these new memory modules are also compatible with OEM servers and warranties which allows users to upgrade their existing infrastructures without having to shell out the cost for new systems.

 

"For memory-intensive server applications such as cloud computing, virtualization, and in-memory databases, optimizing the capabilities of new or existing hardware is by far a more cost-effective solution than purchasing additional servers," said Michael Moreland, worldwide DRAM product marketing manager, Crucial. "The new 64GB Crucial LRDIMMs allow servers to reach the maximum amount of installed memory possible, which can enable dramatic performance gains in memory bandwidth and overall server productivity, all while reducing power costs relative to adding additional servers."

Corsair launches its new Ultra-Quiet RM Series Power Supplies

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 9:16 pm

Today Corsair announced that it has launched a new line of ultra-quiet power supplies. The new RM series is the direct replacement of Corsair's TX series and feature and 80 PLUS Gold efficiency rating. The new RM PSUs feature whisper-quiet operation and a fully modular design that is sure to appease enthusiast everywhere.

 

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Corsair says that the RM series is built with low-noise capacitors and transformers, and that the PSU features a Zero RPM fan mode which only activates the cooling fan under the heaviest of loads. This allows for near silent operation during everyday use. However the custom-designed fan is also extremely quiet at all speeds and allows the PSU to remain exceptionally quiet even during heavy load times.

 

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Optionally each of the new RM PSUs can be purchased with Corsair's Digital Bridge Cable (Standard on the 1000W model) which allows the power supply be connected to a PC motherboard or a Corsair Link hub to enable real-time monitoring of fan speeds and 12 V power delivery via the Corsair Link Software. The RM series begins at 450W and ranges up to 1000W in size and will retail from $89.99 up to $169.99. The RM series is available now for purchase at hardware retailers everywhere.

Intel's Haswell IGP capable of 4K encode/decode faster than realtime

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 8:16 pm

IDF 2013 - Shortly after his first stop at Intel's integrated graphics booth, Trace Hagan was able to stop by another Intel IGP demo where we were shown a Haswell processor transcoding 4K video faster than real-time speeds. The encoding process used less than 5-percent of the CPU and attributed this massive performance increase to Intel's Hardware Encode and Decode engine.

 

 

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