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Microsoft may offer employees free White Edition Xbox One consoles

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 7:26 pm

Working for a major tech company usually has some pretty good perks, but with recent downfalls in the economy and companies squeezing budgets smaller in an effort to appease shareholders, many of the perks have went the way of the dodo bird. Fortunately, Microsoft appears to still be one of the good guys and a new report suggests that some employees will be receiving a free special edition White Xbox One package.

 

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Eligible employees include those who work at Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business at the time of the Xbox One's launch. The free bundle will include a special edition white Xbox One, a full year of Xbox Live Gold, and all first-party games launched within that first year. Special features include an inscription on the Xbox One faceplate that says "I Made This" as well as a special Xbox live achievement that only employees can receive.

HTC's Blue HTC One may not be a myth after all, if new photo is legit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 6:29 pm

Earlier this month, we saw some press renders leaked out by @evleaks that depicted HTC's flagship, the HTC One, smartphone in a beautiful anodized blue finish. The leaks stated that this color may come exclusively to Verizon when it launched the HTC One, but unfortunately that day came and went with no blue version seen.

 

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An anodized blue HTC One appears to be a rumor that may never die as a recently leaked photo breathes hope into our dreams that a blue addition of what many consider to be the best Android phone ever made may still materializes a real-life product. Today, an image of a blue HTC One shell popped up on the Chinese social networking site Sina Weibo leading us to believe that there is in fact a blue version in production.

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Mellanox teams up with Micron to unveil 40GbE Flash Storage Solution

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 5:32 pm

VMWorld 2013 - Today, Mellanox Technologies teamed up with Micron to announce a collaborative solution that enables higher storage performance and efficiency for virtualized environments running VMware's ESXi 5.1. Consisting of Mellanox's ConnectX-3 40GbE NICs with iSCSI over RDMA (iSER) and Micron's 1.4TB P420m PCIe SSD cards, this new solution takes advantage of the iSER protocol and allows Micron's flash storage to deliver superior performance.

 

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Mellanox and Micron say that this combo, when ran on a single ESXi 5.1 host, can deliver an aggregate bandwidth of 11GB/s or 527,000 IOPS using only two interconnect cards in a 3U box. The companies evaluated the solution on a Supermicro 6037R-TXRF that supports 10 PCIe Gen3 x8 slots with two Mellanox 40GbE RDMA NICs and 8 Micron 1.4TB P420m PCI SSDs.

 

"Selecting the right interconnect technologies is vital when selecting Flash-based storage in a virtualized infrastructure. The performance benefits of Flash can easily get trapped behind slow interconnects," said Jared Hulbert, SW Research Manager at Micron. "Mellanox's 40GbE with the iSER protocol gives virtualized applications access to higher bandwidth and excellent 4KB random throughput that only Flash can provide."

 

"The combined solution of Mellanox's 40GbE NICs with iSER and Micron's P420m PCIe SSD enables higher performance and accelerates storage applications running in virtualized environments," said Yaron Haviv, vice president data center solutions at Mellanox Technologies. "In addition, by consolidating compute and storage traffic over a single-wire infrastructure reduces data center complexity and cost."

LeakedTT: Apple's iPhone 5C appears again, assembled and powered on

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 4:31 pm

It appears that Apple is no longer able to maintain any sort of secrecy surrounding its upcoming iPhone products. Last week, we saw several big leaks that combined to form a massive flood of information surrounding the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, and it appears that this week will be no different.

 

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Today, a new image surfaced that contains no less than 60 iPhone 5Cs all plugged into power strips and powered on. The image first popped up on a Chinese social networking site and was said to be taken in one of the quality control laboratories from inside one of Pegatron's manufacturing facilities.

 

It appears that the iPhone 5Cs are being charged inside a temperature controlled oven, which tests devices' functionality to charge in a hot environment without overheating. Of course, my guess is just speculation and they could be testing for anything. Apple is expected to launch both the new iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C on September 10 and retail sales beginning on September 20.

Lenovo unveils new thin client at VMWorld 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 3:28 pm

VMWorld 2013 - Today, Lenovo announced that it has expanded its end-to-end enterprise solutions portfolio with the addition of a new thin client. The Lenovo Think Centre M32 is powered by Intel's Celeron platform and includes rich legacy support that provides enterprise-level functionality while delivering great value to customers who need a desktop virtualization solution.

 

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"The ThinkCentre M32 is a small form factor thin client that adds value to our quality desktop products and helps enterprises meet end-to-end IT solutions for desktop virtualization," said Victor Rios, vice president and general manager of Think desktop, workstation, and visuals. "It has the Energy Star 5.2 green certification, making it great energy saving solution at a great value for virtual desktop environments."

 

Offered in Linux, LeTOS, or Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating systems, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M32 also features Lenovo's Terminal Manager software that allows IT managers an effective, secure, and easy-to-use management software. Lenovo says that the M32 will be available starting October 2013 and will sell at a price point of approximately $259.

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Chinese websites go down as massive DDOS attack hits its .cn domain

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 2:28 pm

Early Sunday morning, the Chinese government says that it faced what is described as the largest Direct Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that the country has ever seen. The attackers targeted China's Top Level Domain (TLD) .cn and effectively took down all Chinese websites using the .cn TLD.

 

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China's Internet Network Information Center said that the attacks began around 2 AM early Sunday morning and lasted for about two hours with the DDoS attack falling off around 4 AM. The Wall Street Journal spoke with web host CloudFlare about the incident and how it affected Internet traffic. It said that there was a 32 percent drop in traffic across all the Chinese domains hosted on its network during the attack. "It is not necessarily correct to infer that the attacker in this case had a significant amount of technical sophistication or resources," CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince wrote to the Journal. "It may have well have been a single individual."

 

At the moment, Chinese officials and industry analysts are not sure why the attacks occurred or if there was a specific target they were hoping to take down. With the attacks lasting only two hours, not much damage occurred, but we've seen this sort of thing in the past with short attack serving as a way to test the waters for a much larger future attack. In 2013, China has come under several major cyber attacks but has also led several cyber attack campaigns itself.

Battlefield 4 will launch with 10 maps, 7 game modes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 12:31 pm

Battlefield 4 isn't long away, but during an interview at Gamescom, DICE said that Battlefield 4 will launch with 10 multiplayer maps and 7 game modes. Comparing this to Battlefield 3, which launched with 9 maps and 5 game modes.

 

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Battlefield 4's Commander mode will not work in all modes, and is limited to just objective-based modes such as Conquest, Rush and Obliteration. Obliteration, the latest game mode launching with BF4 was shown off quite a lot during Gamescom in Cologne last week. Battlefield 4 launches on most platforms apart from the Wii U on October 29.

RumorTT: Apple's A7 to be a 64-bit processor, would be 31% faster

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 11:32 am

Another big rumor for this morning, is that Apple's upcoming iPhone 5S smartphone would run the next-generation A7 processor from Apple. The A7 processor is said to be roughly 31% faster than its predecessor, the A6.

 

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This is according to a tweet by Fox News' Clayton Morris, who says his sources have also mentioned a "separate chip devoted to motion tracking." At the moment, we don't know what this motion tracking chip on the iPhone 5S would be capable of, but it could bring something to the iPhone 5S that matches some of the motion features of Samsung's Galaxy S range of smartphones.

 

This would make sense, since a profile of Apple's Jony Ive by Bloomberg earlier this year hints at this possibility: "Longer term, Ive also has shown interest in altering how people control their computers. He has met with makers of gesture technology that lets people navigate their gadgets by moving their hands -- without touching the screen, said a personal familiar with those interactions."

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SMART and Diablo demonstrate UltraDIMM at Flash Memory Summit 2013

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 10:56 am

It isn't often that I find myself still thinking about a display at a trade show a week later, but the marriage of SMART Storage Systems' Guardian Technology and Diablo's Memory Channel Storage (MCS) displayed at Flash Memory Summit 2013 has the potential to be a game changer that can alter the very shape of the datacenter.

 

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We are very familiar with this display of SMART Storage Systems products; we have actually posted product evaluations for all of the SSDs, and are waiting in tense anticipation for the opportunity to test the new UltraDIMM which resides at the top of the SMART product family in this display.

 

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A close-up of the UltraDIMM reveals that the underlying MCS technology allows NAND to be addressed as a storage volume, but with the unique placement of the NAND into the ultra-fast memory slots. Each DIMM has two SMART controllers to manage two banks of NAND, and a Diablo Technologies controller to aggregate the NAND pools and present them to the memory bus as a single device.

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NSA hacked encrypted UN communications, where's the uproar?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 10:29 am

Julian Assange. Bradley Manning. Michael Hastings. Edward Snowden. These are all men who are either dead, stuck in another country, in jail or are in the run because they exposed US government secrets. This is wrong, and the reverse should be happening.

 

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These men should be awarded for exposing the lies from within the biggest government in the world, but instead, they're paying the price for exposing things that the Obama administration promised would be more 'transparent.' Now there's news that the National Security Agency (NSA) hacked into encrypted communications of the United Nations' internal video conferencing system.

 

The news is coming from Germany's Der Spiegel, a source we used when we were the first mainstream site to report that a German government official considered Microsoft's Xbox One console a "monitoring device." This even landed us on the front page of Reddit, with multitudes of sites reporting on the story afterwards.

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