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Microsoft to launch Windows 8 on October 26

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 3:55 am

Well, it looks like the wait is nearly over, folks. Microsoft have just slated in Windows 8's release on their Windows Team Blog for October 26. This means that the OS is just two and a bit months away from being in our grubby little hands.

 

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Microsoft stated on the blog:

 

…October 26th, 2012! That's right! Just a few minutes ago, Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft's annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 - whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC - starting on October 26th. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October. But now everyone has a specific date to mark on their calendars. It's on mine!

 

Will you grab Windows 8 on release? I'm personally going to grab a copy, because I'm just a tech addict, but I'm thinking it will really shine on touch-based systems. I wouldn't mind seeing a high-res Ultrabook to keep up with the Retina MacBook Pro, but be touch-based, too.

Infortrend releases new NAS server family

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 3:25 am

Infortrend have just announced the North American availability of two new product lines in their EonNAS family, the EonNAS Pro and EonNAS 1000 Series. Infortrend note that while NAS' are getting more popular for the SOHO and SMB markets, data protection offerings on other brands "come up short".

 

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This is where Infortrend's new EonNAS Pro and EonNAS 1000 Series come into play, running a ZFS file system, Infortrend fill this voice by offering an "unprecedented collection of advanced data protection features", including data deduplication, corrupt data self-healing, snapshot and pool mirror - bringing enterprise-level data protection and storage features to the SOHO and SMB markets.

 

Infortrends' NAS' definitely deliver on the performance side of things, too, offering performance of more than 100MB/sec, and in FTP environments, it can ramp up to a respectable 180MB/sec. Director of the EonNAS product line for Infortrend, William Chen, says:

 

The unprecedented collection of advanced data protection features available on the new systems is what truly sets them apart. The EonNAS Pro and EonNAS 1000 Series are designed to bridge the gap that exists between high end enterprise NAS offerings and what had been available up until now for SOHO and SMB users. Infortrend is bringing something different to these users -- data protection features that previously were only seen in enterprise solutions -- at a price point designed for smaller budgets.

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Yahoo has a good Q2, sees revenues of $1.22 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 2:31 am

Yahoo announced their second quarter financial performance yesterday, with the search giant enjoying revenues of $1.22 billion in the quarter, with diluted earnings of $0.27 per share. After all factors considered, revenue sat at $1.1 billion.

 

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GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.18 for the quarter, not moving from the previous year. Yahoo saw revenues of $461 million from search, with this number being 1-percent down year-over-year. GAAP display ad revenue was up 2-percent year-over-year. Yahoo made a splash across headlines earlier this week, announcing Google exec Marissa Mayer would be taking over as CEO. Yahoo listed Mayers move as its first 'business highlight'.

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Could thermal paste have its days numbered? Sony thinks so

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 19, 2012 1:32 am

Thermal paste has been a long-time friend of computer enthusiasts, and over the years has evolved and had some great work done to it to reduce those temperatures, even by a few degrees. But, Sony showed off a new product in Tokyo last week that could thermal paste disappear, forever.

 

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Sony revealed a prototype of a silicon and carbon-based thermal sheer which is currently known as "EX20000C" that measures 0.3-2.0mm thick with a thermal resistance of 0.4-0.2K cm2/W and a compress load of around 1-3kgf/cm2 - this is five or six times the effectiveness of Sony's previous solution.

 

EX20000C is said to meet, if not exceed the thermal conductivity of standard thermal grease. One of the show floor exhibits compared the sheet's effectiveness with a conventional setup and it managed to reduce the processor's temperatures by another 3C. Not only that, it removes the need for cleanup and also prevents over application, as the sheets last longer than paste because they don't degrade.

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Chrome for iOS now accounts for 1.5% of the iOS browser market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 18, 2012 10:27 am

Google released Chrome for iOS just over a fortnight ago, and even though it's being held back by Apple's security protocols and can't use its own rendering engine, the browser has been among the most popular free downloads on Apple's App Store since release.

 

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According to the latest data from online advertising network Chitika, Chrome for iOS has snagged a market share of 1.5-percent on its network. Safari is still the champion browser on iOS, but Chrome is seeing some great growth, considering its just over two weeks old.

 

Chitika has found that around 14.5-percent of iOS users surf the Internet on a browser that isn't Safari. It is worth noting that most of this traffic doesn't necessarily come from a third-party web browser, but from people who arrive on a given site through an app such as Facebook. Chitika's data is based on an analysis of "hundreds of millions of impressions" from Chitika's ad network in both the U.S. and Canada.

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Microsoft updates My Xbox Live iOS app, now lets you control your Xbox 360 from your iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 18, 2012 9:21 am

Microsoft have added some herbs and spices to their My Xbox Live iOS app, where there's a nifty feature that now allows you to use an iPad as a remote control for the Xbox 360. Version 1.6 of the app also adds a new Discover section that helps you find new and feature content to play on the Xbox 360.

 

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In order to get going, you'll need to enable the Xbox Companion feature on your 360. This can be found in Settings, System, Console Settings, then Xbox Companion. After you've done this, you'll need to grab the app itself from the Apple App Store, and once you have it installed, just sign in with the same Windows Live account that you have linked to your Xbox 360, and that's it.

 

This the perfect app for those who don't want to always use the Xbox 360 controller, meaning you can continue to use your iPad for other things like Facebook or web surfing, periodically using it to control your Xbox 360.

Western Digital announces new range of Red hard drives aimed at the NAS market, coverage from their Aussie event

By: Matthew Wu | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 18, 2012 8:33 am

Western Digital Australia today announced their new range of hard drives at a media event in Sydney with a few of their NAS partners; Promise, QNAP & Synology. The WD Red NAS drives are the newest addition to the Western Digital hard drive family, specifically designed for SOHO and prosumers that utilise a 1-5 bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) in their network.

 

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All NAS vendors were approached to ensure that their products were compatible with the new WD Red NAS drives. Both ARM & Intel chipsets are supported.

 

Western Digital explains that the NAS market is the fastest growing market in hard drives. "People are purchasing diskless NAS systems and worry about which hard drives are compatible," said Albert Chang, Senior Product Marketing Manager for WD, "We want to make the perfect choice clear."...

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LG Display workers get charged over Samsung OLED technology theft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 18, 2012 8:21 am

LG Display Co., the world's second-largest flat-panel maker has had six naughty employees charged over the theft of technology from Samsung Mobile Display Co. The six employees of LG leaked, or stole Samsung Mobile's OLED technology and business secrets.

 

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This is all according to an indictment filed with Suwon District Court in South Korea. Two of the six accused include two former Samsung Mobile employees. Samsung Mobile have requested that LG Display formally apologize, as well as take the necessary steps to prevent reoccurrence. LG Display also merged with Samsung Display Co. this month.

 

In an e-mail sent out yesterday, Samsung Display Co. said that LG Display systematically took Samsung's OLED technology, and core staff to overcome its own shortcomings. LG said in a separate e-mail that the information obtained is widely known in the industry and isn't considered a trade secret. LG Display are also taking legal action against Samsung Display, a unit of Samsung Electronics Co. for defamation.

Samsung acquires British chipmaker CSR's mobile business for $310 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 18, 2012 7:23 am

It looks like Samsung just armed themselves nicely in the global patent war against Apple, by acquiring British chipmaker CSR's mobile business in a deal worth $310 million. CSR specialize in producing Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and other chips.

 

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The company announced yesterday that they had entered into an agreement to sell off the business. The deal is all-cash, and will see the mobile connectivity division become part of Samsung's component division. This is the group that, funnily enough, supplies electronics to customers such as... Apple.

 

Samsung will also buy a 4.9-percent share of CSR in a deal worth an additional $35 million, a move which will see Samsung gain access to CSR's intellectual property and ownership of 21 crucial U.S. patents. The deal will also see roughly 300 staff move over to Samsung. CSR chief Joep van Beurden said in a statement:

 

I believe that under Samsung's ownership the handset operations will be in a better position to prosper in the global handset market. I would like to thank all our colleagues who will be transferring to Samsung for their outstanding service to CSR over many years.

RumorTT: Apple to make the next iPhone thinner, lighter, to keep up with increasing competition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 18, 2012 6:31 am

It looks like increased competition from companies such as HTC, and Samsung are forcing Apple to make changes to the new iPhones design, where "people familiar with the matter" saying that manufacturers of the new iPhone are currently using a new technology that makes the new iPhones screen smaller, reports the Wall Street Journal.

 

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The WSJ reports that Japanese LCD makers, Sharp, and Japan Display Inc., who is a new company that combined three Japanese electronics makers' display users, as well as South Korea's LG Display Co. are currently mass producing panels for the upcoming iPhone, which is said to use in-cell technology.

 

In-cell technology integrates touch sensors directly into the LCD, removing the need of a separate touch-screen layer. Thanks to this layer not being needed, it shaves half a millimeter off the total thickness of the phone, while increasing the quality of the display itself, says DisplaySearch analyst Hiroshi Hayase. The current iPhone is 9.3mm thick, which means we should see the new iPhone somewhere below 9mm in total thickness.

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