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SMART Storage Systems gets SSDs rocking at CES 2013 with the NAND Band

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 11:23 am

CES 2013 - SMART Storage Systems introduced the new CloudSpeed Series of SSDs today which provide some great endurance with a very low price point, with enterprise class features at prices only slightly higher than consumer SSDs.

 

 

The two new SSDs are the CloudSpeed CS1000 and the CS1000E, which will both be available soon. The real story here is the shrink to 19nm MLC NAND and the high endurance that SMART Storage Systems has managed to pull from the NAND. In an effort to spread the word in a new and refreshing way, SMART Storage Systems CEO John Scaramuzzo formed the NAND Band.

 

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In order to understand the need for new more powerful storage solutions we must take into account the data explosion that is currently taking place. As we can see from the graph above there is a shocking amount of data produced every day, and the data is only multiplying as users are becoming increasing mobile.

 

Perhaps the most intriguing number on the chart is the fact that 90% of the world's data was created in the last two years. This points to an exponential increase in data production every year. The challenge is to provide solutions that can solve performance problems while also being able to stand up to the wear and tear.

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Samsung shows off flexible OLED phone prototype

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 10:11 am

CES 2013 - We've heard about Samsung's flexible OLED displays before, but it looks like CES 2013 was the time to show them off. The Verge have had some hands-on time with the flexible device, which is a "nameless prototype".

 

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The screen on this nameless prototype curves at the rear edge of the device, with The Verge reporting that Samsung don't quite know what to do with the extra screen real estate. The current prototype shows landscape-oriented notifications along its edge. This would allow users to read text messages, stock tickers and other notifications from the side of the device, even if the phone is covered up by a case.

 

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Specifications were light on the device, but the screen size should be around 5 inches with a resolution of "about" 720p. Samsung told The Verge that the device they were playing with wasn't in fact a phone as it was missing a radio, operating system, camera and most other required features to make it a phone.

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Mushkin announce 960GB Chronos SSD, sports two 480GB SSDs in RAID 0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:39 am

CES 2013 - Mushkin have slapped storage fans in the face with their latest announcement, a 960GB model in their Chronos range of SSDs.

 

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This drive sports two 480GB SSDs in RAID 0 mode. If the drives inside of the new 960GB are indeed the same components found in the other Chronos models, then we should expect two SF-2281-based SSDs featuring asynchronous NAND.

 

The new 960GB Chronos drive from Mushkin should arrive on the SATA 6Gbps standard and still arrives in the 2.5-inch form factor. The reason we're seeing two 480GB SSDs slapped together is because 128Gb NAND dies are still a while away before we see widespread availability. Once there's enough stock, we should see many more 1TB-or-so SSDs, hopefully.

Samsung wants RIM's corporate users, RIM don't have their shields up right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:39 am

Research in Motion (RIM), the company behind the huge BlackBerry range, are already in trouble and this news is not going to help them one bit. Samsung have slowly but surely taken the consumer market into their hands after Apple's sticky hands got all over it, at least in shipment volume, and now it looks like Samsung have shifted aim to RIM's corporate users.

 

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Samsung are investing heavily in enterprise devices that sport higher levels of security and reliability, the opposite of what consumers need badly. Various governments and corporations aren't too sure on BlackBerry 10, and are now looking for alternatives, which is where Samsung comes into play.

 

Chief Product Officer for Samsung Mobile USA, Kevin Packingham, said during an interview with Reuters:

 

The enterprise space has suddenly become wide open. The RIM problems certainly fueled a lot of what the CIOs are going through, which is they want to get away from a lot of the proprietary solutions.

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NZXT's Phantom 630 makes an appearance at CES 2013

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:44 am

CES 2013 - On our recent tour of NZXT's suite, we got a chance to take a peek at their latest offerings, including the new Phantom 630. This case continues to flesh out the Phantom line of enclosures and draws from some of the styling of the others in the line, which really makes it fit in the family.

 

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The internal drive bays are completely re-configurable, allowing for limitless different choices. You can also remove them all to make room for extra or large radiators because the motherboard tray supports two SSDs behind. The motherboard tray leaves something like 35mm between it and the sidepanel, which accommodates those SSDs and lots of room for wire management.

 

Colors include Matte-Black, Gunmetal, and White, all of which will set you back $179.99.

Polaroid-made Jelly Bean-based tablets are coming in 7- and 10-inch, will be super cheap

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:34 am

CES 2013 - Every time I think of the brand Polaroid, I think back to the Black Eyed Peas' song "Hey Ya!" and the lyrics "shake it like a Polaroid picture", but here we are at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas and Polaroid have some great news.

 

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They've announced that they're releasing two new slates to compete with Google's Nexus devices. We're looking at the company releasing two new tablets which will be 7- and 10-inch, both sporting 1280x800-pixel IPS-based displays, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, microSD card slot for expandable storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

 

The 7-inch Polaroid M7 tablet will sport a dual-core processor and 8GB of internal storage whilst its bigger brother the M10 will bust out the moves with a quad-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, HDMI and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. We haven't even gotten to the best bit yet, pricing.

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Antec shows off new fans at CES 2013

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:59 am

CES 2013 - We appear to be the only ones talking about Antec's new TrueQuiet 120 fans, and it's a good thing we are because they are pretty cool. The TrueQuiet 120s are engineered to reduce the noise produced. Antec has managed this by putting the outside frame closer to the blades, as you can see in the picture below.

 

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As you can see, they come in a multitude of colors, with some featuring LEDs in the chassis and others with a glowing ring around the outside. Some aren't lit at all and come in a classy white or black color. You can tell the TrueQuiet 120 series apart from the rest by the orange anti-vibration corner pads.

RumorTT: Leaked next-generation Xbox specs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:40 am

Leaked specifications on the next-generation Xbox are here thanks to a user on Chinese forum TGFC, this user 'BD' claims to be an ex-Ubisoft employee and has leaked specification on the upcoming next-gen console from Microsoft.

 

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BD has claimed that the next-gen Xbox will sport an AMD 8-core processor, 8GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series GPU, Windows 8 kernel and a 640GB HDD. If these specs are true, we're looking at production specs and not a prototype - we're close enough to the unveiling which should be at this years' E3.

 

Microsoft are going to face some fierce competition this time round, and so will Sony and Nintendo. We have the smaller Ouya console, NVIDIA's recently announced Project Shield and the biggest competitor in my opinion - Valve's Steam Box.

Antec features new cases at CES 2013, models include the P280 in white and the GX700

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 4:44 am

CES 2013 - First up, Antec showed off its GX700, a budget-priced case for gamers. It has military stylings and a price tag that won't break the bank. It's not quite out yet, but should be soon. Features are what you would expect from a case like this: 240mm radiator mount on the top, USB3.0, and room for a GPU 11.5-inches long.

 

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Antec has also updated the P280 to be in white, and it looks quite good. The case is the same P280 that you have come to know and love, just with a "touch of class with a matte-white interior and exterior."

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Enermax shows off new ETS-T40 cooler at CES 2013, features special paint for heat

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 4:03 am

CES 2013 - Here's a picture of the old ETS-T40 cooler by Enermax:

 

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Here's a picture of the new ETS-T40 cooler:

 

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Now, those colors aren't just for looks. According to Enermax, the colors are the "thermal conductive coating," which is supposed to increase the cooling performance of the heatsink. The heatsink supports from socket 775 and AM2 up to the latest sockets from both Intel and AMD.

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