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Facebook Messenger 1.9 for iOS and Android is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 25, 2012 6:28 am

Social networking site, Facebook, updated their iOS app just yesterday and now they've begun rolling out the latest version of their Messenger app.




Facebook Messenger has reached version 1.9, and includes some UI changes, as well as some new features. Version 1.9 also brings the app into direct integration with the main Facebook app, for the first time.


The new version of Messenger sports full emoji support, one-click access to friends' Facebook Timelines, as well as indications marking whether or not a friend is 'active'. Version 1.9 also includes a "last active" indicator, telling you when the last time your friend was online. You can grab the iOS version from the App Store, and the Android version from the Play Store.

The second episode of 'The Beauty Inside' goes live

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 25, 2012 5:42 am

The second episode to Intel and Toshiba's joint social film, The Beauty Inside, is out. The first episode tackled how the character feels waking up each day as a new person, with this new episode taking a new direction, too.



The second episode of The Beauty Inside is called "Leah", where the main character, Alex, seems to discover her for the first time in the antique store. The episode is crafted carefully, and you can see this character will be of importance in the coming episodes. But, how do you fall in love when tomorrow you wake up as another person?




How would one tell another, that they morph into another human being, who could be female, or old, or young, within hours of meeting them? The series has four more episodes coming, each released every Thursday from now.

Kingston First to Release TRIM Fixing FW for LSI SandForce Based SSDs

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 25, 2012 5:15 am

American Airlines Flight 1318 - High in the skies, somewhere between Dallas and Indianapolis we would like to interrupt your morning with this special announcement.


Just moments ago we received confirmation that Kingston has released firmware version 5.0.3, AKA The TRIM FIXING FIRMWARE, for the HyperX and HyperX 3K!!!!!!!!!




Using Kingston's Toolbox, a free SSD utility located on the Kingston's support website, HyperX and HyperX 3K owners will be the first to gain access to the new firmware that fixes TRIM in Windows.


Obviously since we are in the air we have yet to update our sample HyperX 3K but we have installed the FW in beta form. This is a non-destructive update but I would suggest treating this update as destructive.

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FMS 2012: Micron P320h PCIe SSD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 25, 2012 4:50 am

Flash Memory Summit 2012 - Micron was demonstrating their newest Micron-designed PCIe SSD controller at the Flash Memory Summit. This controller has allowed Micron to develop the P320h standard PCIe SSD, but also take a new approach to PCIe SSDs.




There are two approaches, the standard SSD that plugs into the PCIe slot, and then a device that looks strikingly similar to a typical 2.5" SSD.




This standard looking SSD is actually connected via a PCIe connection. Even though the connector resembles a standard connection, it is actually an extension of PCIe which allows for superb latency and much higher throughput speed.

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Today is a dark day for the technology world, Apple wins in their patent case against Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 25, 2012 4:01 am

I woke up this morning to my wife sitting across from me asking "did you hear about the Apple vs. Samsung case? Apple won". I immediately grabbed my Galaxy Note (wink) and read up on it. Today is a dark day for technology, my dear readers.




The jury on the case found that Samsung were guilty on infringing six out of the seven Apple patents, with the results of this pushing Samsung to pay just over $1 billion in damages to Apple. On Samsung's side, the jury ruled that Apple did not infringe on Samsung's patents with their iPhone 3G and 3GS phones, and have awarded Samsung absolutely nothing in damages.


The jury ruled that Samsung infringed on Apple's '381 bounceback patent, with all of their products in question, all 21 of them. In regards to the '915 patent on pinch-to-zoom, the jury ruled that all but three of Samsung's device infringed on the patent, and even worse, found that Samsung's executives either knew, or should have known their products were indeed infringing on the said patents.

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FMS 2012: IDT Displays Worlds First NVMe Capable PCIe SSD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 25, 2012 3:42 am

Flash Memory Summit 2012 - NVMe is an emerging specification that looks to take over both SCSI and SATA as the go-to specification for SSDs. This new method of accessing SSDs allows for performance above and beyond the current methods of accessing storage. Many of the performance limitations of flash solutions are actually being held back by archaic storage interfaces, and the advent of the NVMe specification looks to remedy that situation.




Of course the first step to achieving this is working silicon, in the form of controllers that are already integrated into usable solutions. IDT has rose to the challenge, beating many others to actually producing the first operating devices capable of supporting this solution that has been in development for years. This demo unit had a rather large fan over the processor to keep it cool during operation.




This board is the higher capacity version that supports more NAND packages onboard a PCIe gen 3.0 compliant interface. The sheer aggregation of flash dies allows for a more linear scaling in performance from the device, leveraging 32 channels via the 89HF32P08AG3 controller.

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Poor PC sales has caused a surplus of DRAM at suppliers, could drop DRAM prices 10-15%

By: Trace Hagan | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 11:02 pm

Computer sales have been slow, especially considering we are in the third quarter, a time when sales are usually peaking due to back to school shopping and other factors. This slow down in sales has caused a drop in demand for DRAM and quite the stock pile of RAM back at the factories. Most have pulled in production, but they still have a 3 month surplus.




Hopefully, Windows 8 PCs and the release of Windows 8 will drive PC sales back up to where they should be. This should help clear out the back up as sales pick up. Some sources have reported OEM PC factories have a surplus of 6 months. This huge pile up is bad for the industry but good for consumers looking to upgrade their RAM.


Some sources are saying that RAM prices could be 10-15 percent lower in October than they are today--good news if you need to expand your RAM offerings or are looking to give RAM as a gift. Elpida and Rexchip Electronics have cut production by 25-30 percent in order to stop prices from dipping even further.


Bottom line: if you can hold off buying RAM for another couple of months, it should be 10-15% cheaper.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean OTA update leaks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:31 pm

If you're an owner of a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III, then you can now pick up a leaked version of the Jelly Bean update. XDA user LuffarJoh posted up the leaked ROM for users to install on their phones, but judging by some of the bugs and other issues with the ROM, it would appear to be an earlier version of the ROM.




To upgrade, users are required to be running the stock T999UVALH2 build. Furthermore, you may lose root when applying the update. These are just a couple of the caveats. The ROM appears to have bugs with Wi-Fi calling, stock browser and video player. Google Now may or may not work and there could be some general performance or lag issues.


That said, it's always nice to get upgraded to the latest OS, especially if it's ahead of the official launch. If you can deal with these bugs and want to try out the operating system for yourself, you can pick it up at the XDA forum post. Just make sure you're willing accept the bugs and potential risks before upgrading.

Upcoming Intel server parts revealed, details chipset and processor plans

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:02 pm

Intel's server parts are expensive, but they are worth it if you're running a mission critical application. Currently, the server chips are based off of the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture and it looks as though it will be staying that way for a while longer. Ivy Bridge-based server parts aren't due out until 2013, according to the latest roadmap.




The upcoming server platforms are called Brickland and Grantley and which one you use will be dependent on what sort of applications and processing power you are looking to utilize. Brickland will be used for mission critical applications and is set to support three generations of CPUs all the way through to Broadwell in 2015.


Grantley will be for efficient performance and won't debut until after the Ivy Bridge generation. The first chip that Grantley will support is the 22nm Haswell server variant. They will also be introducing a new storage controller which will bring performance and feature improvements. We should learn more as of Intel's upcoming meeting in San Francisco.

Facebook forcing employees to use Android app so they will be interested in fixing it

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 9:31 pm

We may just have a piece of good news here for users of the Android Facebook app. As most of you know, the thing sucks. I'm not going to use pretty language like "subpar" or other sanitized language when describing it. Facebook updated the iOS version of the app with a completely rewritten version that is faster, more stable, and generally better than the previous iteration--and the previous iteration was still better than the current Android app.




Facebook management has come to realize just how bad the Android app is and is working on getting their employees to fix it. But, if they don't use it, they won't really know just how bad it is or where the problems are. This is where Facebook's new "policy" comes into play. I say "policy" as it's not an official policy, rather a suggestion (with some coercion).


Facebook is suggesting employees, and has even ordered a few, to give up their iPhone and use an Android phone and the Facebook app all day, every day. Hopefully if they are stuck with the terrible app, they will become more interested in fixing it up to where it is at least competitive with the iOS version.


Android users, rejoice! Facebook appears to finally be taking their Android app seriously. Now we will just have to wait for an update.

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