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A-DATA shows off S501 SATA-III SSD with vastly improved firmware

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 7:23 am

Yesterday we stopped by the A-DATA headquarters here in Taipei and one of the new products we were shown was their upcoming S501 SATA-III solid state disk drive.


If you are on the ball, you may remember Chris previewed this drive with some exclusive benchmarks back in June during Computex Taipei and he was completely blown away by the numbers he was able to produce on the show floor. Under ATTO Disk Benchmark, maximum read speeds hit around 408MB/s and maximum write speeds around 220MB/s.


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Those results are nothing to be sneezed at though - they are really impressive. Fast forward several months and A-DATA is getting close to actually releasing and selling the S501 and boy, I can tell you they have been working hard on boosting the performance of their first SATA-III SSD to insane levels. We were shown a drive running the latest (and we are told stable and near shipping) firmware that will be displayed during CES in Las Vegas next month that was able to hit a totally amazing 460MB/s on the read and 325MB/s on the write.


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This is all from a single 256GB 2.5-inch drive using Toshiba 34nm flash modules and a Marvell controller. One of the A-DATA PM's during our meeting commented that "2011 is all about the SSD when it comes to SATA-III, and normal hard drives should only be for SATA-II". CONT

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Epic's Infinity Blade now available on the App Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 6:20 am

Epic's Infinity Blade is now available on the App Store. From the makers of Unreal and the ever-so-popular Unreal Engine 3 comes a hack and slash Action RPG on the iOS platform.



Infinity Blade costs $7.99 - has Game Center support, and Epic have promised more goodies in the future in the form of multiplayer updates, more areas, weapons and armor.

Google fishing for beta testers of their Chrome OS notebook

By: Don Lynn | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 5:08 am

In the interest of helping out my fellow tech junkies instead of making my odds better of scoring one of these myself, here's the lowdown on how to get yourself in the running for Google's recently announced CR-48 laptop that will be used to beta test their new Chrome OS.


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The process is pretty simple. Visit Google's application site, fill out a bunch of stuff about yourself and how you'll use the laptop if you're lucky enough to get one, and push send. You can even upload a video to tell Google how awesome a beta tester you would be. It was reported yesterday that 60,000 of these were shipped to Google by the manufacturer, but there's probably a good percentage set aside for Google employees and such. It's still not bad odds, so get your thinking cap on, click that Source Link, and apply today! Applications close December 21st.

RIM begins accepting BlackBerry Playbook app sumissions; free Playbook offer still stands for developers

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 4:48 am

RIM's heavily anticipated PlayBook tablet is getting closer to launch and they took a big step yesterday in getting ready with the announcement that app submissions are now being accepted. Better get your Adobe Air firing now, because a real treat is in store if you get your submission approved before launch: a free PlayBook of your very own.


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Yep, the giveaway is official that was first announced at the PlayBook's unveiling and the rules are pretty simple. Develop an awesome app, get it approved by RIM, score a free PlayBook. Limit's one per customer, not one per app, so don't go thinking you'll be able to tile your shower with them.

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon Official Teaser!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 3:35 am

Michael Bay's new Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon official teaser has been released.



The teaser is just that, not much footage but there are leaks of news that Buzz Aldrin plays himself in current time, the popular Megan Fox is out (after disputes with the Bay himself), Fergie's husband (Josh Duhamel) reprises his role and of course Sam Witwicky and his parents too.

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NASA shuttle PC's sold with sensitive data on HDD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 2:16 am

Want secret NASA data? Want the FBI chasing you down? Want to be on the run and live a life of looking over your back? Look no further than your trusty TweakTown news post.


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NASA has sold a bunch of PC's and components from NASA's shuttles from four different centers - Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers as well as Ames and Langley Research Centers. The various bits had reportedly "failed sanitization verification testing" or, weren't tested, period.

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SpaceX becomes first privately owned company to put capsule in space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 1:30 am

Space X has successfully launched a large capsule into Earth's orbit today, with this success it makes them the first private corporation to reach this milestone.


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Elon Musk made a fortune by co-founding PayPal and lives the kind of life Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) but, in real life. He's a billionaire who is also the founder of Space X. He is also the co-founder of Tesla Motors and has spent $400 million of his own fortune to advance Space X to it's current point in time.

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LCD makers fined $857 million for price fixing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 1:00 am

The European Commission has issued a fine to AU Optronics, Samsung, LG, Chimei InnoLux, Chunghwa Picture Tubes and HannStar Display after the companies held so called "Crystal meetings" between 2001 and 2006. The fine? €648.925 million ($857.49 million).


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The goal of these meetings was for the 6 companies to agree on product range pricing and the minimum prices of LCD's, with the intent of the agreement to boost their own profits. All 6 companies knew it was illegal and tried to cover it up.

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Crucial Ballistix pimps their RAM with Thermal Sensors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 12:32 am

Crucial have just added Thermal Sensors to their Ballistix line of memory - the memory comes in two-flavors. The first being the DDR3-1866MHz capable, available in 2GB and 4GB dual-channel kits, with triple-channel 6GB kits also available.


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Secondly, they have the DDR3-2133MHz available in 2GB and 4GB dual-channel kits. The new memory incorporates a new thermally improved design and a built-in thermal sensor. The new kits are also compatible with Crucial's recently announced Crutial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan.

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Intel, AMD and system builders to finally push VGA off a cliff by 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 12:12 am

Sitting down? Hopefully you are because this news is a little shocking - Intel has teamed up with AMD, yes... teamed up. They've also joined up with Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and LG to phase out the VGA and LVDS display connectors by 2015.


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HDMI and DisplayPort will be pushed up to default connections (which is being pushed now). AMD has said that it will discontinue VGA and LVDS outputs from most of it's products by 2013 following this by a complete stop by 2015.

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