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Humble Bundle launches a new Weekly sale featuring Nordic Games

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 11:19 pm

Humble Bundle has just launched another weekly sale, and as always, it offers donors a tremendous value while being able to support both the developer and charity. This week, nine titles from developer Nordic Games are being featured for a minimum donation of $6.




If $6 is too much, the Weekly Sale is offering Steam keys for Red Faction: Armageddon, Supreme Commander, Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance and The Guild 2 to those who pay just $1. A payment of $6 or more will land you the additional titles of ArcaniA, Darksiders II, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation and SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny. With the ability to adjust how much the charity, developer, and Humble Bundle receive, this is an amazing deal! I picked up my bundle as soon as it released and you should too!

Runnable say it wants to be the YouTube of shared code

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 10:20 pm

A new startup is looking to be the defacto place coders and developers visit to search for existing code examples. The brainchild of Yash Kumar, a former software engineer at Amazon, has launched a new company called Runnable. The startup is dedicated to making all of the open source code, and existing code examples easily findable.




The company has launched a website that aggregates APIs, scripts, and other reusable bits of code, which is said to greatly speed up the research and discovery process. Runnable says its users can search for specific code or APIs, upload and share their own code, and even search code by the language it was written in. Basically if you are a fan of 3D printing, Runnable is very much like Thingiverse.

Aerocool unveils new Dead Silent Gaming Cube, featured in six colors

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 9:20 pm

This week, Aerocool launched a new small form factor PC case that is aimed at the quickly growing HTPC and Gaming Cube segment of the market. The new Dead Silent Gaming Cube is the perfect sized for anyone looking for a full featured gaming PC with a small footprint, or something small and elegant to be showcased in their living room.




With enough to fit a 320mm long GPU, and a CPU cooler up to 190mm in height, the DS Gaming Cube is ready to be packed full of the latest and greatest in computer hardware. There is even enough space to fit in up to three 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch storage drives. The case is featured in six bold colors including black, white, silver, yellow, gold and red. The new DS Gaming cube will retail for about $80 at the end of this month.

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New reports suggest more major issues for iPhone 5S are popping up

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 9:15 pm

Since it's launch, Apple's iPhone 5S has been on the receiving end of both glowing reviews as well as harsh criticism, and today a new report from our friends over at Gizmodo has pointed out yet another failure in Apple's flagship. Journalist Mario Aguilar noticed that his iPhone 5S was not correctly reporting angles, and level correctly so he ran a series of test to determine how far off things were.




The report unveils that the motion tracking sensors built into the phone are not operating properly, and his test show that some of the sensors could be off as much 3-degrees. Some other reports suggest that they could be off as much as 12-degrees. All of the sensors appear to be off including the inclinometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. Before anyone begins shouting that the 3rd part apps were off, testing was apparently conducted using Apple's included apps.

Buffalo launches the HD-LCU3 series, a new line of external HDDs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 8:11 pm

Buffalo has just announced the launch of a new line of external hard drives featuring capacities up to 4TB. The new HD-LCU3 series of external hard drives are featured in white (up to 3TB) and black (up to 4TB) and weight about 2lbs each. Each HDD features an active cooling system, and anti-vibration technology, to help keep things cool and quiet.




The HD LCU3 series also features TurboPC EX2 software that can be enabled to automatically compress data to enable more data to be stored on the drive. The series will be offered in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacities and will retail for $134, $169, $225, and $397 respectively.

HGST begins shipping Endurastar J4K320, a new HDD for Automotives

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 6:10 pm

Some of our readers may be shocked to hear that the car they drove to work this morning may have a hard drive under the dash. With today's vehicles featuring more and more technology, we have to have somewhere to store all that data, and HGST has been leading the way for years now.




Earlier this week, HGST announced that it has began shipping the sixth generation of its automotive friendly HDDs. The new Endurastar J4K320 line of hard drives feature a single platter design that has been refined for the automotive infotainment and telematics market. With capacities up to 320GB, the new Endurastar drives are built to survive the rugged environment that automobiles not only reside in, but also create.


The hard drives have to be able to withstand extreme temperatures with very fast fluctuations between hot and cold, while at the same time retaining enough rigidity to handle the stray pothole or speed bump the vehicle may encounter. The Endurastar hard drives can handle altitudes up to 18,000 feet, and can operate in temperatures from -22F all the way up to 185F. Shock loads up to 300Gs will not phase the drive either.

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Virident Systems unveils new 4.8TB FlashMAX Capacity enterprise SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 5:09 pm

Western Digital owned Virident Systems, has announced that it has pushed the capacity boundaries past their limits, and developed a new low-profile PCIe-based SSD that features 4.8TB of storage space. The new 4.8TB FlashMax Capacity card more than doubles the capacity of the current FlashMax II while still retaining all of the features that made the previous model such a success.




"Flash has firmly entrenched itself as the storage of choice for the increasingly demanding workloads being seen in the enterprise," said Jason Walker, senior network architect, IPFS Corporation. "However, until now the relatively limited capacity of PCIe flash cards has made it less efficient for capacity storage FlashMAX Capacity's 4.8TB of flash storage matches the capacity of a traditional HDD drive and doesn't require managing and integrating multiple tiers of storage. The combined capacity and performance Virident will provide is a big step forward for the storage industry, supporting the acceptance of, and move to, an all-silicon data center."


The 4.8TB FlasMAX Capacity model boast the same features as the FlashMAX II, and includes the same sustainable and predictable performance of its predecessor. Virident says the drive is compatible with the FlashMAX Connect Suite that allows users to extend the FlashMAX family of products with features such as Shared Storage Management and Data Management.The FlashMAX Capacity will arrive in the latter half of Q4 2013.

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Intel and TI team up with Arduino to launch two new dev boards

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 3:46 pm

This morning the Arduino team announced the unveiling of two new development boards that have been designed and built in conjunction with Intel and Texas Instruments, two of the largest chip manufacturers in the world. Each board brings forth a completely new set of hardware and features, while still retaining the popular Arduino header pin form factor.




Up first is the new Intel Galileo, an Arduino compatible embedded development board that features Intel's new Quark X1000 SoC. This new chip from Intel is a very low-power slice of silicon that features an X86 based, single-threaded, Pentium-based processor that is clocked in at 400MHz. To help seed the market, Intel and Arduino will be handing out 50,000 of these new boards to 1000 universities around the world.


Up next is a very interesting board from Texas Instruments. The Arduino TRE is the first Arduino board to be manufactured in the USA and features a 1GHz Sitara AM335x processor. Texas Instruments says that the Sitara processor gives the Arduino 100 times the processing power of the Arduino Uno or Leonardo and will open up the Arduino world to new and exciting projects. The Arduino TRE features the familiar Arduino compatible header layout for shield compatibility, as well as host of new I/O headers along the side of the board.

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Apple's $147 billion cash pile totals 10% of total US corporate cash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 12:32 pm

Apple currently enjoys swimming through its $147 billion pile of cash, with Moody estimating that Apple's massive pile of cash represents around 10% of the $1.48 trillion in cash held by non-financial American companies.




This is a huge number, something that should make your head spin. Apple's cash reserves have actually grown since the end of last year, by around 9.5%. Apple has been spending billions of dollars in the meantime, with its cash pile still nearly double that of Microsoft's.

BlackBerry layoff costs skyrocket, will cost over $400 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 11:30 am

BlackBerry continue to hurt, even after it announces it is retreating out of the consumer handset market. It is being reported that the 4,500 layoffs the Canadian phone maker is doing, will cost them $400 million.




This is four times the initial estimates, something we're finding out thanks to the regulatory filing that BlackBerry filed last week. The company also says that it "plans to unload factories, manufacturing gear and property." This all sounds like BlackBerry landed on Mayfair loaded with a hotel, and is now mortgaging everything it's got to not just sink.


BlackBerry reported last week its second quarter earnings, which saw a 49% year-over-year drop in revenues.

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