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HGST record of 100M 7mm 2.5-inch hard drives, releases new 1TB model

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 8:26 pm

Today, HGST announced that it has managed to ship more than 100 million Travelstar Z-series 7mm 2.5-inch hard drives this year and expects demand to rise to more than 140 million units by 2017. Seeing the demand for large storage capacities in ultra-thin mobile devices, HGST has launched a new 7mm 2.5-inch HDD with a capacity of 1TB.

 

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The new Travelstar Z5K1000 drive is said to be the industry's fastest 7mm 5400 RPM HDD and features best-in-class shock robustness. The Z5K1000 is designed for use in ultra-thin laptops, ultrabooks, external storage and ultra-compact CE devices. Featuring 2 platters, the Travelstar Z5K1000 family features 1.6 watts (W) read/write power and 0.5W low-power idle, and delivers a nearly silent operation at 2.1 idle/2.2 seek bels.

 

"The 7.0 mm 2.5-inch mobile market continues to be a strategic space for HGST as evidenced by our record 100M shipments," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "With the addition of our new 1TB Travelstar Z5K1000, HGST continues to offer the market's broadest 5,400 and 7,200 RPM 7.0 mm 2.5-inch hard drive portfolio to meet the needs of a diverse mobile computing and storage segment."

 

"Hard drives will remain the mass storage vehicle of choice, having the best cost-per-GB ratio of any storage medium on the market," said Fang Zhang, analyst, storage systems, IHS. "Also, as consumers create and consume more and more digital content, the need for additional storage becomes essential. Because of this, 7 mm HDDs, especially HGST's 1TB Travelstar Z5K1000, will continue to play a major role in the thin and light device segment moving forward."

BreakingTT: Facebook looking to acquire BlackBerry says the WSJ

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 7:19 pm

This afternoon, the Wall Street Journal has reported that last week BlackBerry executives met with officials from Facebook in order to gauge interest in a potential acquisition bid for the Canadian smartphone maker. The details are unclear at the moment, and no one is really clear if Facebook is serious about buying the failing company or not.

 

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With BlackBerry jockeying for a sale by the end of November, Facebook could stand to buy the company at a very good price and turn it around into a Facebook branded smartphone manufacturer. Mark Zuckerberg has expressed on many occasions that the key to the social network's continued success is to get it onto as many smartphones as possible. What better way to do that than to own a smartphone company?

ASUSTOR now features compatibility for PowerWalker UPS devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 6:37 pm

Today ASUSTOR announced that its line of NAS storage devices are now fully compatible with over 100 different Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) devices in the PowerWalker line from BlueWalker. ASUSTOR says that the integration of PowerWalker UPS' with its NAS systems allows SOHO and small business users greater flexibility and a larger variety of solutions when searching for a UPS.

 

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"In order to protect their critical electronic equipment against the damage that can potentially be caused by power outages and power surges, modern enterprises can choose to deploy uninterruptible power supply mechanisms," said Quote Lin, Director of Research and Development at ASUSTOR. "After passing our strict verification and testing process, we are happy to announce that PowerWalker UPS devices are now compatible with all ASUSTOR products. This provides our users with a wealth of options when choosing a UPS device to provide protection for their NAS."

 

The use of a UPS in a NAS deployment is critical to prevent data loss in the event of a power outage that might occur during a data transfer. This is especially important for NAS devices that implement solid state drives as their storage medium as data loss can occur not only during an outage, but can happen during brownouts and power fluctuations. A UPS will power the system long enough to complete transfers, and then allow the system to be safely shutdown to prevent data loss.

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Google's Nexus 5's packaging spotted in leaked warehouse photograph

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 5:35 pm

Leaks concerning next-gen smartphones are becoming about as common as the devices themselves, and it appears that there is no way to slow them down or stop them altogether. Today we are getting yet another look at what the new Nexus 5 from Google may look like when it hits retail shelves later this month.

 

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Unfortunately this leak does not involve the physical Nexus 5 Smartphone directly, but more indirectly in the form of its packaging. A photo has surfaced showing what appears to be the official box for Google's upcoming Nexus 5. As you can see, the box is fairly boring, but it does appear to confirm the shape and form factor that we have seen leaked so many times in recent weeks. While originally expected to Launch on November 1st, it is now widely expected that Google will debut the Nexus 5, Nexus 10 and Android 4.4 on November 5th. As always, stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event when it takes place!

DICE officially launches Battlefield 4 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 4:28 pm

It has been almost exactly two years since Battlefield 3 was released to the world, and today, EA and Dice have officially launched the next-generation of Battlefield. Battlefield 4 is built upon the revolutionary Frostbite 3 engine, and features an immersive single player mode, and a multiplayer mode that can only be described as "EPIC."

 

 

Since its announcement earlier this year, Battlefield 4 has managed to win more than 40 industry awards, and has received nothing but rave reviews in the past 24 hours. With revolutionary features such as "Levolution" where players are able to destroy key locations that change the layout of the entire map, Battlefield 4 is truly a look into the future of first-person shooters. An excerpt from the official press release can be found below.

 

"Battlefield 4 features an engaging single-player campaign and epic multiplayer online action. In the single-player, Battlefield 4 puts players in the boots of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel Recker, member of the Tombstone squad. The world is on the brink of chaos, China is the tinderbox and the player is the inadvertent spark that could ignite a global conflict. Navigating the turmoil around them as they fight to save the final hope for peace between U.S., Russia and China, players will engage in combat on foot and by operating land, sea and air units."

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Nokia's sales on the rise in North America, 8.8M Lumias sold in Q3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 3:25 pm

When Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring the Finnish smartphone manufacturer Nokia, many analyst asked why Redmond would buy a company that some saw as a slowly dying giant. Today Nokia released their third quarter financial results, and it appears that the landscape has changed for Nokia and Microsoft.

 

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During the last quarter Nokia managed to sell 14.7 million phones, of which 8.8 million were Lumia devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. During the second quarter of 2013, Nokia only managed to push out 11.7 million phones total which means that 3 million more phones went out the door in Q3. Virtually all of the company's sales growth came from North America, which means that Microsoft stands to do well in 2014 with its new smartphone division if they can keep the momentum up.Additionally, operating profits were at $162 million on a total revenue of $7.8 billion.

3D printer 'prints' a 2,500 square foot house in just 20 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 11:31 am

Human beings, you're an amazing thing - reaching new heights with a new advancement in 3D printing. 3D printers will soon be printing massive 2,500 square feet houses in less than 24 hours.

 

 

Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) has demonstrated automated construction, where 3D printers are used to build an entire house in under 20 hours. Automated construction is a beautiful thing, with the 3D printer itself being large enough to construct walls by depositing concrete-based material layer-upon-layer to build a wall.

 

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This is just super impressive, and I'm looking forward to this tech being rolled out across the developing nations.

Samsung extends Galaxy Gear support to more devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 10:32 am

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it only supported a very small handful of smartphones, but now the South Korean giant has expanded its reach, supporting more devices.

 

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Samsung has extended support for its Galaxy Gear to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. The electronics giant says that the Premium Suite software update, which will include Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, will begin its rollout in the coming weeks. The Galaxy S4 mini and Galaxy Mega will also support the Galaxy Gear in the coming months.

New Google Glass units out, free swap for current Glass Explorers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 9:29 am

Google Glass Explorers have been enjoying their wearable device for a few months now, but we all knew there'd be another unit ready before it hits consumers and that unit is now here.

 

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The Mountain View-based giant has announced a new version of Glass is coming, which will support a new line of sunglasses, feature compatibility with prescription eyewear, and also feature a mono earbud. The current Glass Explorer Edition is based on a 45nm OMAP4430 clocked at up to 1GHz and 1GB of R AM. We don't know if Google has baked in some upgraded hardware into the new Glass units, but I would say so.

 

We should hope that the new SoC is better on battery life, allowing for full-day use which is something that isn't quite there for current Glass units. Current Explorers will receive a one-time swap with the new hardware which will begin next month.

EA ditches Tiger Woods, will release a next-gen PGA title instead

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 8:29 am

It looks like EA Sports' relationship with Tiger Woods is over, after a mammoth 15 years. Vice President and General Manager of Golf, Daryl Holt, took to the EA blog to explain that the divorce between EA and Woods was a mutual decision, where he wished Woods continued success.

 

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Now that Woods is out of the EA golfing picture, it doesn't meant the company isn't working on a next-gen PGA game, something that it has just teased. The work-in-progress screenshots look nothing short of jaw dropping. The one above looks mind-blowing, but look at a comparison between current generation in-game graphics and the next-gen in-game work-in-progress image below.

 

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