The world of NVMe is expanding at a rapid clip. More devices are becoming certified every week that support the optimized register interface, which radically boosts performance with non-volatile memory devices of all flavors. As outlined in our Defining NVMe Article, NVMe delivers on its promises and has the potential to revolutionize how we address flash storage.
OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company, joins the fray with the new Z-Drive 6000. The Z-Drive 6000 is a high-performance datacenter SSD that features a PCIe 3.0 connection in a 2.5" enclosure. This is made possible by the SFF-8639 connector, which brings front-bay access and serviceability to PCIe connection. Obtaining the NVMe 1.1b certification from the UNH-IOL interoperability lab guarantees that the Z-Drive 6000 is fully functional and NVMe compliant. Many of the current shipping NVMe products are compliant with older versions of the NVMe specification, and new features with NVMe 1.1b offer enhanced compatibility and capabilities.
Sony is still reeling from its major cyberattack and brutal data breach, now deciding to use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) to allegedly launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against websites. Movie studios have tried to counter piracy hubs by flooding them with fake files - and launch cyberattacks against them - with varying levels of success.
"The AWS acceptable usage policy explicitly prohibits initiating denial of service attacks from their service; it's unlikely that Amazon would let this activity continue," said Tim Erlin, Tripwire director of security and risk. "Taking the step to 'hack back' against perceived legitimate targets, based on their own assessment of guilt, presents a myriad of potential legal problems."
If these accusations are true, trying to launch attacks against websites hosting stolen Sony movies isn't the best idea.
OWC has announced the availability of their latest upgrade SSD, the Aura. The new Aura SSD comes in 1 and 2TB capacities, which is more than 8 times the capacity of 2013 Mac Pro factory shipping models. The Aura is also the first SSD that is custom-engineered and tested for compatibility with the 2013 Mac Pro.
The SSDs are available at $899 for the 1TB, and $1499 for the 2TB version. The SSDs come complete with all tools required for the upgrade and a step-by-step installation video. The Aura features transfer speeds up to 730/698 MB/s read/write, and a three year limited warranty. As a bonus the kit also includes a freebie Envoy enclosure, which allows users to repurpose their original Mac Pro SSD for use as a USB 3.0 external enclosure. The Aura leverages 4 SandForce SF-2281 controllers with 7% overprovisioning behind a Marvell 88SE9230 RAID controller on a custom blade design. This will provide fast transfer speeds, and also increase endurance and sustained performance.
What better way to sell a product than a working in-store demonstration? That's the ideology of Suitable Technologies, which is using its telepresence robots in its Palo Alto, California-based store. The retail location is a live demonstration of the Beam Remote Presence System, featuring a wheeled base and two support beams for a screen.
The telepresence technology, which costs $20,000 - with a $2,000 consumer version available - also includes Wi-Fi radios, cameras and microphones.
The reclusive China regime, and its hordes of censors, have kept consoles out of the country for the last 14 years by instituting an all-encompassing ban. This draconian ban was lifted just a few short months ago, and Microsoft capitalized on the opportunity by quickly shipping units into the country. Now, four months later, Sony is following Microsoft's lead. The Sony PlayStation 4 will debut in China on January 11th.
Entering the China market isn't easy. The games must make a run through the censor gauntlet, which routinely denies 'licenses' for many of today's top games. It's safe to say that Grand Theft Auto isn't going to make the cut. Microsoft's console is selling in China with only 10 games that passed muster with the censors, but Microsoft predominantly submitted sports games that faced little chance of being flagged by 'cultural censors'. Sony is being a bit more aggressive by applying for licences for 30 games, and several have already made it through. The Sony PS4 will go on sale for roughly 2,899 yuan ($468 USD), in comparison to the more pricey Xbox One at 3,699 yuan ($568 USD).
Automotive futurist company Rinspeed will publicly debut its "Budii" autonomous-driving concept vehicle in March 5, 2015, during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle is reportedly based on the BMW i3 and will be fully autonomous, learning the "habits and preferences" of the driver. Budii is an electric-powered car that the automaker hopes will become a driver's "best buddy."
Rinspeed showed off the XchangE, a modified Tesla Model S, autonomous vehicle during the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
Autonomous vehicle research is evolving rapidly, with a number of automakers interested in self-driving car concepts. Rinspeed believes publicly available autonomous cars will one day be inevitable, but will take multiple stages before they are common on roadways.
It's not just commercial pilots in the United States reporting a growing number incidents with small drones, as a pilot in the UK flying into Heathrow Airport said he saw a drone flying close to the airport. The pilot of the Airbus 320 airliner estimates the drone was about 700 feet off the ground, with the UK Civil Aviation Authority issuing it a Class A (serious risk of collision) labelling.
The UK doesn't allow drones less than 44 pounds to go above 400 feet in elevation, and they cannot fly near commercial airspace and airports. However, it's possible private drone operators might not be aware of the restrictions - and are unaware of potential dangers.
Trying to prevent incidents between small drones and airliners is being left up to national governments, though they are responding slowly. Both the US and British governments are considering safety rules for airspace around airports, which would hold drone operators accountable for flying safely.
Microsoft plans to show off its Windows 10 operating system to the consumer world in January, while analysts believe it should be made available in a freemium format. There were previous rumors that Microsoft could introduce a "Windows as a Service" cloud-based, subscription service, which would be a significant shift in tactics.
If Microsoft plans to have Windows 10 run on billions of devices, then providing a freemium approach could be a lucrative option. It's possible Microsoft could offer Windows 10 free for end-users, and provide features and services based on a subscription fee.
"Microsoft is the only company who still builds a significant business selling an operating system," said Steve Kleynhans, Gartner VP. "Today, consumers see the OS as part of the device and don't really distinguish it as a component to be paid for separately."
The State of Iowa plans to release a smartphone app in 2015 that will allow residents to display their driver's licenses on mobile phones. The app will provide drivers a chance to prove they have a valid license, and is being described as a "modern form of identification," providing a rather interesting opportunity. The app can be secured by a PIN number, and a biometric authentication solution will be implemented in the future.
"It was an easy legislative change a couple years ago to allow that," said Mark Lowe, Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) director of motor vehicle division, in a statement to eWeek. "The market drove demand [for the capability]. To me, that's the reason you now look at this kind of mobile app. People really look at their mobile devices to do a lot of things nowadays."
The mobile app can be disabled by Iowa DOT when a smartphone is lost or stolen, and won't be a requirement for drivers.
Digital Storm has just taken the wraps off of its new Eclipse PC, a new small form factor PC that is "designed to offer a premium gaming experience at an affordable price" with its $699 starting price.
The new Eclipse PC has a small footprint of just 15 x 4 x 14 inches, so it can be used on most shelves either laying down or standing up. The chassis that Digital Storm have used is constructed of reinforced plastic with a steel body. Every pre-built Eclipse comes with a full-sized video card and Intel processor.
There are four levels of system to choose from, with each level including 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM and Windows 8.1 as its operating system, with the first three systems including a 1TB 7200RPM HDD and optional optical drive. Starting at $699 we have an Intel Pentium processor, AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB GPU and H97 chipset motherboard. For $200 more you can upgrade to the R9 270X 2GB and Intel Core i3 4350 processor. For $999 you get the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB and Core i5 4590 processor, while the $1299 option bumps it up to the GTX 970 and Core i5 4690K while offering a Z97 chipset, 120GB Samsung EVO SSD, 1TB 7200RPM HDD and a DVDRW drive.
The new Digital Storm Eclipse is available starting at $699, directly from their website.