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Vin Diesel says Butcher Bay team 'reassembled' for new Riddick game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 3:35 am

Starbreeze Studios' The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was a great game, but we never saw a sequel from the same developer unfortunately. It changed developer, but for the third Riddick game, the team is being 'reassembled' according to Riddick himself, Vin Diesel.




Diesel told Screen Crush during a recent interview: "We just, over the past couple of months - just this year - reassembled that team from Starbreeze that brought Escape from Butcher Bay to create the third game." This should give gamers some confidence on the third Riddick game, that's for sure.

Nokia trolls Apple over its iPhone 5C color options

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 2:30 am

We covered the Apple event today, where the Cupertino-based giant unleashed the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S smartphones. The iPhone 5C is being made available in five colors, but Nokia was quick off the bat to troll Apple, and rightly so.




The Finnish, struggling giant posted a picture on its Facebook page of its range of brightly colored Lumia range, with a logo at the top saying "imitation is the best form of flattery." If you look at the iPhone 5C range of smartphones and the Nokia Lumia range, you can see that Apple did pretty much just unleash a bunch of similar looking smartphones.




Too bad Apple don't own the patents on those colors, eh?

LSI demos new NVM Express Solution for next-gen SandForce Controllers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:48 am

IDF 2013 - Today LSI announced that they will be demonstrating their NVM Express Solution for Next-Generation SandForce Flash Controllers at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum. LSI says that NVMe "is an optimized, high-performance, scalable host controller interface with a streamlined register interface and command set designed for enterprise and client systems using PCI Express (PCIe(R))-based flash devices"




"Personal computing platforms, big data applications and hyperscale web and cloud datacenters are driving IT adoption of PCIe flash devices to optimize the user experience and contend with faster and more efficient access to massive amounts of data," said Thad Omura, vice president of marketing, Flash Components Division, LSI. "LSI's host NVMe driver expertise and flash controller leadership is the ideal combination to enable industry-wide, volume adoption of PCIe flash storage."


The LSI solution being demoed consistent standard drivers, target silicon and full implementation of the protocol. The demo is a test program to show a host device sending NVMe commands across a PCIe bus to LSI Target Silicon. LSI says that this demo is a major milestone in achieving NVMe host driver and target controller optimization and validation.

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Adaptec shows off their 12Gb/s Series 8 RAID Adapters at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:35 am

IDF 2013 - Our own Trace Hagan had the opportunity to stop by the Adaptec booth today at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco California. While at the booth, a company representative walked us through their Series 8 of RAID adapters.



Adaptec said that the Series 8 RAID cards features five different models that all feature high-port connectivity and that the 7 Series is the only cards in the industry to feature up to 16 ports on a low profile form factor card. Series 8 also features MaxCaching Plus technology.



We check out PLX's ExpressFabric proof of concept at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Networking | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:19 am

IDF 2013 - Today at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum we got a chance to stop by the PLX booth and talk with Larry Chisvin about the companies new ExpressFabric technology. Larry was kind enough to walk us through their new "Top of Rack" switch that allows up to 32 servers to be connected without individual NIC cards.



Larry says that the system shown in the video is just a proof of concept and that they will be releasing products based on this technology in the future. The Device will also allow for the removal of Infiniband HCAs.



GIGABYTE introduces us to their refreshed motherboards at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:10 am

IDF 2013 - Today at IDF 2013, GIGABYTE invited us over to their booth to talk about some of their new high-end motherboards that they are unveiling at the show. Up first is a new Z87 motherboard that features two Thunderbolt ports and a red and black color scheme.



GIGABYTE Marketing Director Colin Brix went on to show us another Z87 motherboard featuring Intel's Thunderbolt technology. Finally we were given a preview of a Sniper motherboard that will support Ivy Bridge E.



HTC One arrives in Blue as a Best Buy exclusive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:00 am

A few months ago we first heard rumors that HTC was working on releasing an anodized blue version of its flagship smartphone, the HTC One, but the rumors quickly died down and appeared that a blue HTC One would never materialize . That is until today!




It's finally arrived, the Sapphire Blue HTC One has made his debut, and has been announced as an exclusive to the electronics retail giant Best Buy. Unfortunately this new blue model will only be available on a Verizon contract through Best Buy. It will retail for $199 with a two-year contract extension and features all the same hardware and specifications as the original silver and black colored HTC One.

Addonics launches Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array with eSATA and USB 3.0

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 11:00 pm

Today Addonics Technology unveiled its new Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array, an external storage device that is aimed at the high-performance segment and features easy expandability and RAID capabilities. Addonics says that the new Sapphire Array is a great portable solution for applications that demand high-performance and large storage quantities.




The new Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array comes equipped with different interfaces for fast external storage performance including an eSATA port, USB 3.0 and even a mini SAS connection. The Array allows users to hot-swap up to four 2.5-inch storage drives for quick and easy changes. Before drives can be configured as for individual drives, a single large volume or high-performance RAID grouping with redundancy for reliability.


Users are able to configure the RAID settings by using the bundled RAID utility software or by flipping DIP switches on the back of the device. Software for monitoring the device on Windows, Mac and Linux is also available. Addonics says the new Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array will retail at an MSRP of $245.

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ASUSTOR brings new live demo site online for ADM 2.0

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 10:00 pm

Today ASUSTOR announced the launch of a new live demo site that will allow its customers to test its newest version of the ASUSTOR Data Master, ADM 2.0. ASUSTOR says that the new demo will allow users to experience the company's specialized software firsthand without the need to make a purchase first.




ADM 2.0 is the next-generation of the company's proprietary NAS operating system, and features a heavily optimized user interface that is both powerful and easy to use. The company says that newly added features will now allow users to upload their own desktop wallpaper, choose between 16 different languages, and even pin frequently used applications to the ADM menu bar. ADM 2.0 also features a new APP Central store where users download over 100 apps that can be ran on their NAS running ADM 2.0.

Lenovo gives us a walkthrough of its new 1T ThinkServer TS440

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 8:43 pm

IDF 2013 - During our stop at the Lenovo booth at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, Lenovo's Michael Kendall took us on a walkthrough of the company's new ThinkServer TS440, a 1T server with massive storage options. The TS440 is one of Lenovo's most popular small server models. It features a new processor and more I/O than its predecessor the TS430.



Kendall went on to show off the hot swappable drive bays and notes that they are labeled with Lenovos signature red stripe which signifies that the drives are hot swappable. The front door of the 1T case features a lock that enables HDDs with sensitive data remain secure. Kendall says that the TS440 is labeled as the quietest 1T server on the market today and that it retails between $600 and $1500 when fully loaded.