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Western Digital releases new VelociRaptor hard drive, a 1TB, 10,000RPM monster

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 6:29 pm

Today is a good day for storage geeks. Intel released their new 330 series solid state drives and Western Digital has released this monster of a drive. This new addition to the VelociRaptor line of hard drives brings a 1TB drive into the 10,000 RPM range. This is the single largest drive that operates at 10,000 RPM.

 

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"WD is committed to providing customers with the best performing and most reliable SATA hard drives and our WD VelociRaptor family of drives underscores that promise," said Darwin Kauffman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise storage. "With ever-increasing demand for greater capacity, the new 1 TB WD VelociRaptor drive delivers the ultimate combination of speed and storage for the power user."

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Intel announces Intel solid-state drive 330 series for people on a budget

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 6:17 pm

The new line of Intel sold-state drives dubbed the 330 series are built for consumers on a budget. Intel states that it blends performance, quality, and value. The new line is produced in 60 gigabytes (GB), 120GB and 180GB versions, which according to Intel are the most popular sizes for solid-state drives.

 

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The highlights are as follows:

 

  • New Intel SSD 330 Series offers boosted system performance for the budget-conscious PC enthusiast.
  • An ideal PC upgrade, Intel SSD 330 Series is a SATA 6Gb/s-based SSD that blends performance, Intel quality and value.
  • Available in the most popular capacities, 60-, 120- and 180GB, Intel's newest SSD starts at a suggested channel price of $89.

 

"An SSD is still the single best upgrade you can make to your existing PC, and the Intel SSD 330 Series gives users the latest Intel SSD technology at a price to meet their budget," said James Slattery, product line manager for client SSDs, Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "Backed by Intel's rigorous testing process, the Intel SSD 330 Series offers our users the speed they need at a great price, backed by world-class manufacturing, reliability and tech support."

 

According to the press release, they are available beginning today at worldwide retailers and online e-tailers, for a suggested channel price of $89 for a 60GB drive, $149 for a 120GB drive and $234 for a 180GB drive. It is also backed by a 3-year limited warranty.

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Pottermore Web site opens for all

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 5:27 pm

For all of the Harry Potter fans out there, Pottormore finally opens for all, sort of. You see, you can now register after providing some personal details to find out if you're magical or not, but that doesn't give you access. Your account has to be verified before you can access the site.

 

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Unfortunately for us, the site's management has let it be known that the approval/verification process could be slow even though they plan to verify a steady stream of accounts. They make note that you may not gain access right away. Darn. Currently you will find e-books of all 7 books as well as the audiobook versions.

 

Once you do gain access, you will be able to have access to interactive tours of locations mentioned in the books and the virtual tools needed to practice your magical arts. The owners plan to add more features over the coming weeks and months. Additionally, after your registration is approved, you will be sorted into one of the four houses and be chosen by your wand.

Samsung to unveil 'Next Galaxy' phone on May 3 at London event

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 4:32 pm

All of our hopes and dreams could soon be coming to reality, that is as long as Samsung isn't yanking our chains anymore. According to a press event invite by the Korean company, they are releasing the "next Galaxy." It doesn't specifically name the device, just that it is the "next Galaxy." Could it be the long awaited Galaxy S3?

 

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While it is technically possible for Samsung to release another Galaxy phone that isn't the Galaxy S3, I find it unlikely for a couple of reasons. First, I'll bet you that several mobile gadget geeks would snap after having their chains yanked for so long. Second, there have been a number of leaks in the past weeks, and leaks or rumors usually start happening close to release time.

 

If you can't afford to take time of work or spend the money on a flight to London, Samsung has you covered. They are streaming the event starting at 2PM Eastern Time at facebook.com/samsungmobile. I'm sure with this announcement, more rumors and leaks are sure to start flowing. We will try to keep you up-to-date on all of them.

Google and AOL to sell upfronts like TV stations do

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 3:34 pm

If you're a fan of online video, you could be in for a new advertising treat: AOL and Google have announced plans to start selling upfronts. This common practice of television networks is where they sell shows and ad space for the upcoming season. This is a good way to clear advertising inventory and have predictable revenue streams.

 

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Google is set to have these upfronts in May of this year. AOL has since announced that they are getting in on the action. AOL says that they will offer "guaranteed audience delivery for online video advertising campaigns bought across its properties." AOL will host advertisers on April 24 at a Digital Content Newfronts presentation.

 

Nikesh Arora, chief business officer at Google, highlighted YouTube's brand power. Google hopes to translate that into ad dollars. Arora said:

 

We're seeing a breakthrough on brands. More than at any point in the last decade of online advertising, we're at a point where major brand advertisers, from movie studios to CPG companies, are finally looking to digital media as a central part of their marketing efforts. We are making huge progress. YouTube has gone from an interesting ad buy to a key buy for brands. In May we'll be hosting our first upfront for brands and agencies showcasing the latest channel content and opportunities for marketers, something television has been doing forever, we will do that for YouTube [in the year].

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US Government makes claim that Carpathia is no innocent bystander

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 1:56 pm

Friday saw a court hearing in Virginia about what to do with all of the MegaUpload data that is being stored by Carpathia on its own money. Carpathia, along with several other groups including the MPAA, believe that the federal government should pay for the storage and hosting costs of the data.

 

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The government asserts that they had nothing to do with causing these problems to Carpathia. His message was if the cost of doing business with MegaUpload has gone up, the added expenses shouldn't be pushed onto tax payers. The government's lawyer also seemed to place some of the blame for the piracy on Carpathia. For the first time, the blame wasn't solely on MegaUpload's managers.

 

As reported Friday, the judge has sent everyone back to negotiations to try to figure out what to do with all of this data and how to handle the costs associated with it. The interesting part of this that no one really knows about is that MegaUpload put Carpathia on the map. Before MegaUpload, they were a small, largely unheard of company in 2009.

Monday Morning Roundup for April 16, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 1:24 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, April 16th, 2012.

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Cooler Master TPC 812 Performance Cooler - Ninjalane

Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000 W - techPowerUp

 

Peripherals:

 

RAZER Naga Hex Expert MOBA/Action RPG Gaming Mouse - Madshrimps

Cooler Master Strom QuickFire Pro - PureOverclock

 

Storage:

 

Memoright MS-701 mSATA SSD - The SSD Review

Renice X3 50mm 240GB mSATA SSD - The SSD Review

Corsair Accelerator 60GB Caching SSD - VR-Zone

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Palit shows off GEFORCE GTX 680 JetStream, oh by the way, it sports 4GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 11:25 am

Palit have already launched their GEFORCE GTX 680 JetStream, but did you really think they'd go back to their man cave and continue gaming on their high-end GPUs and not work on anything else? Ha!

 

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Now we have the new JetStream which sports 4GB of RAM. The new GTX 680 JetStream 4GB joins the 4GB ranks being made up by Gainward and their Phantom 4GB as well as Galaxy's GTX 680 4GB. This new extra RAM definitely comes in handy for those insane resolution and anti-aliasing that you can use, as well as the triple-monitor Surround Vision setups.

 

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The new GEFORCE GTX 680 JetStream standard model with 2GB comes with core speeds of 1150MHz and 6.30GHz on the memory. The 4GB variant sticks to the NVIDIA reference clocks of 1056MHz and 6.00GHz for the core and memory, respectively. It will still use the 6-pin plus 8-pin PCIe connectors. The card itself looks quite sexy with three fans, too.

NVIDIA engineer pushing for 450mm wafers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 10:29 am

An NVIDIA engineer is pushing for the industry to move toward 450mm wafers as soon as possible, as GPUs are getting more and more complex to make, it's just going to become a requirement soon enough.

 

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By the end of this decade, we're going to require many more technologies to keep the industry headed toward a trillion transistor device, according to Sameer Halepete, vice president of VLSI engineering at NVIDIA. He said this in a keynote at a Mentor Graphics user conference. He added:

 

The challenges are similar to what they were before, and though their nature has changed, I'm very confident we will overcome them.

 

Halepete also mentions that the industry needs to move toward 450mm wafers in order to deal with the number of masks and process steps required to make chips. The larger 450mm wafers would spread the costs out among more chips and reduce the processing time per chip.

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