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LeakedTT: HP is developing an 11-inch netbook sized Chromebook

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 9:30 pm

HP's Chromebook offerings have been limited to 14-inch models but if a recent leak is correct, a new 11-inch model may be on the way . Recently spotted in the PC Builders Energy Star qualification list, the new HP Chromebook 11 would feature an 11.6 inch display. The leak has been confirmed by a tipster sending in an unreleased Best Buy ad for the new device.

 

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The device would weigh in at just 2.42-pounds while measuring in at just 0.7-inches thick, and battery life is said to be around 6.5-hours. HP has teamed up with Beats Audio to produce an immersive sound experience on the device as well, and a HP TrueVision HD Webcam is also listed.

 

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As with all Chromebooks, Google is tossing in 100GB of free Google Drive space for 2 years. Unfortunately no pricing or availability information was provided with the leaks, and HP is remaining silent. Judging by recent Chromebook pricing, I expect the new HP Chromebook 11 to retail for around $199 with a 3G or LTE model being priced in the $299 range.

ReportTT: Beats says its music streaming service will launch soon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 8:01 pm

Over the past year or so, the buzz surrounding Beats Audio's music streaming service has risen and fallen several times. With the project seeming so volatile, many industry analyst speculated that it may never get off the ground, but today new life appears to have been injected into the service.

 

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During a recent interview with The Next Web, Beats COO Luke Wood, said that the streaming service would launch "within the next few months." He went on to say that the service would be available on the web as well as Android, iOS and Windows 8, with support for the latter arriving later than the previous two.

 

It also appears that the service will be titled Beats Music, rather than the "Daisy" moniker we have heard tossed around so much over the last 18 months. Wood said that the company is focusing heavily on the playlist side of things, and that the service would differ greatly from traditional streaming services like Pandora and Spotify.

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sTec will demo virtualization through solid state at VMworld Europe

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 6:40 pm

sTec announced this morning that it will be attending VMworld Europe 2013, and will be showcasing its PCI Express solid state drives by hosting a demo at their booth, #E406. The demonstration will be based around sTecs s1120 PCIe Accelerators that enable high-performance efficiency in a small footprint.

 

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You might remember that Western Digital acquired sTec under its subsidiary HGST earlier this year for $340 million. The acquisition allowed Western Digital to quickly make its presence known in the solid state storage market, and bring forth an entirely new enterprise solid state storage division. During this years Flash Memory Summit, our own Paul Alcorn got a chance to sit down with sTec for an on-camera interview as well. You can find that interview here.

Origin PC now offering Windows 8.1 on its desktops and laptops

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 5:41 pm

We are just 11 days from the release of Microsoft's Windows 8.1, and boutique system builders are beginning to announce availability of the operating system on new PCs. Today Origin PC announced that it has now began offering Windows 8.1 on all new desktops and laptops and will begin shipping those systems on October 17th.

 

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"One of my favorite things about Windows 8.1 is now having the ability to choose where you want to boot directly to, your desktop or directly to the start screen menu." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and co-founder. "With Windows 8.1, it's an evolutionary step in the right direction and we're extremely excited to immediately begin offering it to all ORIGIN PC customers to have it ready to ship by launch day."

 

Origin PC says that all existing customers who run Windows 8 can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free on launch day through the Windows App store. For those who wish to stick with the tried and true Windows 7, Origin PC says that it will still continue to offer Windows 7 for the time being. With the inclusion of a "start button" Windows 8.1 is slowly working its way back to its roots, but personally, I am sticking to Windows 7.

QNAP updates QTS 4.0 OS for its business-class Turbo NAS devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 4:39 pm

QNAP recently updated the QTS 4.0 Turbo NAS operating system for its business-class Turbo NAS products. QTS is the operating system that runs QNAP NAS devices. The software is Linux based, and has been designed to deliver high-performance applications and services that fulfill the clint's needs of file sharing, storage management, and backups. Solutions for virtual environments, multimedia, and surveillance are also built in.

 

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"Our previous release of QTS 4.0 for home-class Turbo NAS models has been a great success with tremendous positive feedback from our users," said Tony Lu, product manager of QNAP. "Now we are pleased to bring forth the QTS 4.0 for QNAP's business-class Turbo NAS models that we believe will greatly benefit business applications of the Turbo NAS,"

 

The update brings forth advanced functions for SMB users, including 400TB scale-up solution, intelligent Storage Manager, flexible volume management with thin-provisioned volume supported, SSD cache, SMART data migration, VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX support and more, and greatly enhancing the efficiency in storage management, expansion, data process, and management in virtualization environments.

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QNAP launches SAS-Enabled & 2.5-Inch High Density Turbo NAS devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 3:38 pm

QNAP recently launched five new business-class, SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models including three devices that support 2.5-inch high-density drives. The new TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP and TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP support SAS and SATA 6Gbps hard drives while the SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP and SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP feature support for 2.5-inch hard drives.

 

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All five of the new models feature a quad-core Intel Xeon processor that is clocked in at 3.4GHz, and things are kept nice and smooth by 8GB of DDR3 ECC RAM. Each of the new Turbo NAS devices feature a 10GbE network connection, SSD caching, and enterprise level SAS hard drives.

 

"The new SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models support enterprise-level SAS hard drives that will greatly satisfy performance-demanding businesses," said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. "The new models also support lower cost high-capacity SATA hard drives for large data archiving and high-speed, high stability SSDs for I/O-intensive operations. With the new SAS-enabled Turbo NAS, businesses can enjoy great flexibility in hard drive selection."

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Indian car maker shows off air-powered car, the Airpod

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 12:35 pm

We can all talk about lithium ion-powered cars, thanks to Tesla Motors and other companies, but what about air-powered cars? Well, Indian car maker Tata has constructed a prototype vehicle that is powered by air, the Airpod.

 

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Tata completed testing on two vehicles, both of which are powered by compressed air. The Airpor has a top speed of around 50mph (or 80km/h) and can travel a distance of around 125 miles (or 200km) before it needs to be 'recharged' or re-gassed. For what seems like forever, the idea of an air-powered car has been futile, but it looks like Tata could be ahead of the curve, for now.

 

The Airpod by Tata has pretty much zero emissions, and costs just a dollar or so per 100 miles to run - which is unbelievably efficient. The Airpod's tank holds around 175 liters of compressed air, that can be refilled at gas stations, or even at home. All you have to do is be at a compatible spot, activate the on-board electric motor and then it will suck in air from the outside.

 

The best thing about the Airpod is that it would cost under $10,000 to buy, and mixed with the super cheap running costs, this could really change the world. A total of three people can sit in the Airpod, but that might be a bit cramped by the look of things.

US Army wants to move from fuel to solar power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 11:25 am

The US Army's job of protecting fuel convoys is an important one, where it sees a casualty for every 24 missions in some years. Commanders have now found a way to save lives through energy conservation, moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy such as solar power.

 

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Richard Kidd, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army in charge of energy security, Richard Kidd, said: "there is no supply chain vulnerability, there are no commodity costs and there's a lower chance of disruption. A fuel tanker can be shot at and blown up. The sun's rays will still be there." The US Army is cutting down on fossil fuel use and moving toward renewable energy sources, where it will spend $7 billion buying electricity generated by solar, wind, geothermal and biomass projects over the next 30 years.

 

Another benefit, is that renewable energy projects in the US are mainly financed by third parties, meaning that a government shutdown won't affect the US Army's energy supplies or its members of the armed forces.

Pirate Party of Russia offers dedicated servers to NASA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 10:42 am

The NASA website is currently down due to the US government shutdown dilemma, but The Pirate Party of Russia has stepped up, offering its dedicated servers to the US space agency to host its website.

 

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NASA was meant to celebrate its 55th birthday last week, but couldn't because of the government shutdown stopping its operations. A total of 18,000 employees have been affected, with future missions now at risk. The Pirate Party said in a statement: "We would like to offer you bulletproof collocation or dedicated servers on our hosting platform till the end of the crisis."

 

The statement also said: "We stand for Internet privacy, and as the result you would not have to worry about programs such as PRISM and other illegal activities of secret services of different countries. Your traffic, your activity and the activity of your users will be in safety." Now, if you're like me and didn't hear about the Pirate Party of Russia until today, they were founded in 2009 and are quite active in Russia as a public movement.

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NSA surveillance panel is shutdown, thanks US government shutdown

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 9:36 am

Under the US government shutdown, we have 800,000 'non-essential' government staff not being paid, but there's enough money to keep things spied on at the NSA. But, don't think about looking into the NSA spying if you're part of the NSA surveillance panel.

 

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The funds to the NSA surveillance panel have been put on hold thanks to the government shutdown, which was one of president Obama's promises: to look into the NSA's spying system. The panel is now stopped until funds begin flowing again, which will require Congress to start deciding on something, and fast. Then we have the US debt ceiling to begin worrying about.

 

Do you think we'll get to the bottom of the NSA's PRISM system?

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