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SMART Storage Systems releases Optimus Ultra+ SSD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 2:55 pm

SMART Storage Systems has announced their newest entry into their Enterprise SSD family, the Optimus Ultra+. The 'Ultra' part of the name comes from two central facets of performance, speed and endurance. This SAS 6/Gb/s SSD sports some impressive numbers, with 100,000 random read IOPS and 60,000 random write IOPS. The SSD also supports dual-port SAS, which allows the throughput to climb to an unheard of 1GB/s.


The real story here is the endurance however. The Optimus Ultra+ is rated for 50 Drive Writes Per Day (DWPD) for five years. This means that the capacity of the drive can be written and deleted 50 times every day for five years.




The Optimus family of SSDs all centers around one philosophy; providing SLC-like endurance with MLC pricing. The attraction of MLC over SLC is simple; SLC commands ridiculously high prices while MLC is becoming garden-variety. Even in the consumer market we are now seeing MLC drop below the dollar per GB threshold. This low price level will always be welcome in any market, but creating Enterprise-class MLC is not an easy task...

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Far Cry 3 gets delayed by 3 months, will be released in the US on December 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:40 am

The third outing in the Far Cry universe, Far Cry 3, was due out on September 4, but Ubisoft have just announced that the release date for Far Cry 3 has been pushed back by three months, until December 4.



The official release date for Far Cry 3 on PC, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3 is now early-December. Ubisoft does state that the game will reach Europe, the Middle East and Africa a few days earlier on November 29.




There's been no explanation for the delay, as the last time we saw the game was in a five-minute video which highlighted some of the multiplayer side of things. It was very Call of Duty, featuring experience points, levels, kill cams, and carpet-bombing air support. More news on Far Cry 3 as it comes.

The 41-megapixel-toting PureView tech from Nokia may be baked into future Windows Phone 8 handsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:14 am

Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, seems to have hinted that the company is looking to throw their PureView camera technology into future Windows Phone 8 models. PureView is the technology behind the 808 Pureview smartphone, which sported a 41-megapixel camera.



Elop was responding to questions on video that were asked by visitors to Nokia's booth at Microsoft's TechEd in Orlando. Elop did note that consumer interest in when PureView might make its way to Windows Phone 8. Elop says in the video (above):


Now, we haven't announced any other smartphones with PureView, but I can say that you will see this technology in devices to come.

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Microsoft acquires Yammer for $1.2 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 9:47 am

Yammer is just four years old, but they've just been scooped up by Microsoft for a tidy $1.2 billion. Yammer has been dubbed "Facebook for the workplace" and is the latest in many steps for Microsoft's bid to shield their Office products from Google's constant challenges.




Yammer claims to have more than 5 million corporate users with companies such as Ford, Shell, Deloitte and eBay. Just twelve months ago Microsoft whipped out their acquisition credit card on Skype and paid $8.5 billion for the video-calling firm, so Microsoft are not shy, nor poor.


Yammer was started back in 2008 by PalPal founder David Sacks, where they raised around $142 million in funding since they began, it was backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who also invested in Facebook. Sacks said:


When we started Yammer four years ago, we set out to do something big. We had a vision for how social networking could change the way we work. Joining Microsoft will accelerate that vision and give us access to the technologies, expertise and resources we'll need to scale and innovate.

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RIM share prices slide after the Morgan Stanley downgrade

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 9:01 am

After a negative report from Morgan Stanley, troubled Research in Motion (RIM) couldn't dodge a 7.7-percent drop in their share prices. Morgan Stanley's analysts have also put forward a bleak forecast for the future of RIM.




RIM have BlackBerry 10 coming this year, their updated mobile OS, but is it enough to pull them out of this black hole? RIM's shares closed at $9.11 on the Nasdaq on Monday, down 75 cents from the open, but up from the $9.01 mark shares hit earlier in the day. RIM's shares peaked in 2008, and since then they have slid considerably, shedding 94-percent of their value.


I don't see how RIM can get themselves out of this mess, they really need an 'iPhone moment', or else I can't see the company staying glued together for much longer. BB10 better come out and drag millions of customers in, and even then, it's just one piece of the mobile pie. What are your thoughts on RIM?

Apple's iOS 6 Beta 2 has been released to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 8:10 am

Apple users across the world want iOS 6 pretty bad, myself included for my third-gen iPad, but we can't all be developers. If you are a developer, however, Apple released an over-the-air update to the iOS 6 Beta which was released shortly after the WWDC earlier this month.



The update comes in at 332MB and is for the iPhone 4S at this state. Beta 2 has a build number of 10A5338d, up from the build number of 10A5316k on Beta 1.



RumorTT: Next-gen iPhone could sport NFC, 1136x640 display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 7:49 am

9to5Mac have done some digging through the previously-obtained hardware code dump for Apple's next-gen iPhone prototypes and have discovered a very juicy detail in the code that references hardware components supporting near field communication (NFC) capabilities:




We've previously been able to pull data from PreEVT iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2 prototypes codenamed N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2), which leads us to believe that the new iPhone will have a bigger 1136×640 display. We also detailed a lot of the hardware here but forgot one very important little bit. Further investigation into this hardware code dump leads us to believe that these iPhones also have Near Field Communication (NFC) controllers directly connected to the power management unit (PMU).

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Facebook Messenger 1.8 for iOS, Android gets quick conversation switching, larger photos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 7:10 am

Version 1.8 of the Facebook Messenger app for both iOS and Android has been released and sports some new snazzy features. We have fast conversation switching, swipe-to-delete for specific messages, and a built-in buddy list for who's "online" when you begin a conversation.




The update should have hit already, and also adds the ability to see larger photos in the app. Local notifications for chat updates are also here, as well as read receipts. This along with the other features makes Facebook Messenger a feature-packed instant messaging app. A full feature log from Facebook:


  • Quickly switch between multiple conversations with in-app notifications (you'll get notified of an incoming message while within another conversation)
  • Include friends of friends in conversations
  • iOS users can now swipe to delete an individual messages from conversations. Android users can hold down a message to delete it.
  • See who's available when you start a new conversation - Update: in changelog, but from a prior version of Messenger
  • Share bigger photos (tap for full screen and pinch to zoom)
  • Bug fixes: fixed some bugs and improved performance (faster app loading, navigation and sending, and more reliable push notifications).

Sony, Panasonic team up for OLED production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 6:45 am

Sony and Panasonic, rival Japanese TV makers, have announced they have shaken hands in a new deal where they'll join forces to make OLED (organic light emitting diode) TV sets, as they are set to fight Korean rivals Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics for the top dog position in the next-generation TV market.




OLED sets are set to take over from LCD sets, and it will come down to which company is able to mass produce screens cheap enough for consumers to adapt to. Sony and Panasonic said in a statement that they plan to develop technologies to fabricate the screens and hope to hit mass-production in 2013.


Samsung and LG have both already shown off 55-inch OLED prototypes, with the TVs expected to hit the market later year at a wallet-busting $10,000 or so. This is around 400-percent higher for the same sized LCD-based screen. According to research firm IHS Inc. OLED-based TV shipments are meant to hit 2.1 million by 2015, up from a tiny 34,000 this year.

Google not sour over being dropped from iOS 6's Maps app, instead plan 'amazing iOS Maps experience'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 6:15 am

Google don't seem to mind that they were dropped from iOS 6's Maps app, and plan to make a triumphant return to the upcoming OS from Apple. A recent post from Google exec Jeff Huber has hinted that Google will not be leaving the iOS map scene, and instead will make a push with its own specifically-designed mapping app.




The news broke today from a Google+ post celebrating a new Google Street View exhibit at the Computer History Museum. It was in a response to a comment expressing dissatisfaction with Apple's forthcoming Maps app. Huber said that Google is looking forward to "providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS".


Another user stepped forward and asked Huber to elaborate on this, asking if he meant iOS users could expect a new dedicated app, or web-based services. Huber didn't provide any further details on Google's iOS plans.

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