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Mercedes is working on integrating Google Glass into their vehicles

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 4:11 pm

A new report from is cluing us in on some plans that Mercedes has to integrate Google Glass into its vehicles. The company is said to be working closely with Google to bring Google Glass technology to its high-end line of luxury cars. The company already has a functioning prototype that appears to work very well.




During a demo, Wired's Damon Lavrinc said that he was able to acquire door-to-door navigational directions that were being sent straight to the tiny piece of glass in front of his eye. "We definitely see wearable devices as another trend in the industry that is important to us," says Johann Jungwirth, Mercedes' North American R&D President & CEO. "We have been working with Glass for roughly six months and meeting with the Google Glass team regularly." I don't want to spoil everything for you, so head over to Source #1 for the full article.

LSI demonstrates Toshiba A19nm SSD flash support in demo at FMS 2013

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 3:29 pm

LSI announced at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit that they have enabled support for Toshiba's second generation 19nm NAND. This new compatibility extends to not only the upcoming LSI SandForce controller, but also the current SF-2000 controllers.




The current SF-2000 flash controller family have a long track record in the industry, and this enhanced compatibility will allow for continued use in the market.




LSI SandForce's continues to lead the market as the first to deliver compatibility with Toshiba's A19nm NAND.

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LSI announces new SHIELD technology, improves SSD NAND endurance

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 3:12 pm

The introduction of newer, smaller flash geometries will require sophisticated error correction ability to maximize endurance of the NAND. As NAND matures, it almost seems counter-intuitive that we will lose endurance as NAND shrinks, but economics have a hand in the smaller NAND geometries. In order to provide a more economical and accessible product through shrinks, endurance suffers as a trade-off.




One of LSI's core competencies has always been strong ECC techniques, which originated with their extensive hard drive controller experience. The addition of these new LSI SHIELD error correction technologies shows a sign of some of the mutual benefits from the LSI/SandForce acquisition.




Enabling advanced Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC) allows LSI SandForce to create a stable solution that will mesh well with not only lower endurance MLC and TLC, but will also wring extra endurance out of current generation NAND as well. This is accomplished through a variety of techniques, including an adaptive method of adjusting the level of ECC during the life of the SSD.

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Google's Trekker backpack hits Britain's historic canals

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 3:04 pm

Over 100 miles of Britain's historic canals and waterways will soon make their way onto Google's Street View project as the UK Canals and River Trust has managed to borrow one of the company's Trekker backpacks for the project.




The 4-foot, 40-pound photographic backpack will capture the 200-year-old canals in their full 360-degree glory at a rate of one photo every 2.5 seconds. The trek will begin with the Regents Canal in London this week. On this journey, the group will capture the 3.25-mile-long Standedge Tunnel in Yorkshire as well as the Grand Union Canal in Stoke Bruerne.


The Trust's Wendy Hawk said: "We're delighted to be the first people in the UK to get the Trekker on our backs - it's fantastic that our 200-year old network is being given a different lease of life thanks to cutting edge, 21st-century technology. The footage we get will allow millions of people from all over the world to see our canals, rivers and towpaths, and will hopefully encourage some people to make a trip to see them."

LSI SandForce announces enhanced SSD capacity with DVC

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 2:54 pm

At the Flash Memory Summit 2013, LSI SandForce gave us a teaser of one of the new features that will be featured on the next generation of SandForce flash storage processors.




One of the most exciting new developments is the ability to reclaim some of the extra capacity provided from LSI SandForce's DuraWrite engine. With their compression engine, LSI SandForce's flash storage processors actually write less data down to the NAND than what was sent from the host. In current products this delivers excellent increases in both endurance and performance, with the controller effectively utilizing the extra space as bonus overprovisioning.


LSI SandForce has decided to hand some of that excess capacity back to the customer by allowing users to use this 'hidden' extra spare area on the SSD. The new DuraWrite Virtual Capacity (DVC) feature dynamically adjusts the amount of extra capacity available to the user determined by the amount of data compression.


In some enterprise applications, this can result in a tremendous amount of extra capacity. Some workloads, particularly OLTP and databases, are inherently compressible. This high level of compressibility can equate to triple the normal capacity of the SSD. Amazingly this very same technology is being offered proactively to existing LSI SandForce SSDs as well.

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HTC One X user in Taiwan sees his HTC One X burst into flames

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 2:04 pm

One HTC One X owner had a very bad day when his HTC One X smartphone spontaneously combusted and burst into flames during a charging session. The aftermath was spotted on Facebook by website VR-Zone. The fiery event took place in Taiwan .




When the phone's owner took it into a local Far Eastern Tone office--a Taiwanese telco--to attempt to obtain a replacement phone, they insisted on a $21 USD inspection fee. Battery issues have plagued the HTC One X with many users reporting that the phone's battery swells up over time, something that is a clear indication of the lithium polymer cells degrading. HTC says that it is actively investigating the situation.

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Coinbase begins allowing users to send, buy, or sell Bitcoins via SMS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 1:02 pm

Earlier this week, the one-year-old Bitcoin startup Coinbase announced that it has made buying, selling, or trading Bitcoins easier than ever. The company now allows its users to interact with the virtual currency using SMS-based actions. This new feature allows anyone with a mobile device the ability to use Bitcoins for all sorts of things.




To get started, users must simply verify their phone number and then set up a PIN that will be used to verify the transaction during a voice call that is received after the SMS messages are received. Using the virtual currency via SMS is quite easy as users can send a text message using one of the predetermined short codes the company has set up.

Apple releases iOS 7 beta 6, will be the last beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 9:37 am

Apple has released the last beta of iOS 7 before it goes official, with iOS 7 beta 6 being the last beta we'll be graced with. Apple is expected to launch iOS 7 officially next month.




Before then, we should expect the golden master (GM) version of iOS 7 early next month, after which we'll see the official release, which should coincide with the iPhone 5S launch. I expect Apple to unleash iOS 7 with the iPhone 5S, which will go hand-in-hand with each other.

8-core Galaxy Note III won't launch in the US unfortunately

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 8:35 am

If you were hoping to hold the 8-core Galaxy Note III in your hands when it launches later this year, you might want to not be living in the United States according to SamMobile.




The site is reporting that they have their hands on a report that reveals a complete list of which markets will receive specific models of the upcoming Galaxy Note III. The Note III will be arriving in three main variants, one with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, one with Samsung's 8-core Exynos 5 Octa SoC and a third model with dual-SIM support.


The US models will receive the 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 4G LTE support, while France, Germany and Italy will see the Exynos 5 Quad-based Galaxy Note III launched in their countries. The UK and other markets will have the option of either model, which is what all countries should enjoy, in my opinion.

Apple is looking for engineers for a new iPhone R&D center in Taiwan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 7:33 am

It is being reported that Apple is looking for a bunch of engineers to fill a new iPhone R&D center that will be based in Taiwan. The Cupertino-based company has posted up job listings for engineers who will work at a facility based in Taipei.




Taiwan-based DigiTimes are behind the report, who claim they have heard from sources that Apple might also set up a maintenance center in Taiwan that would provide after-sales services. The engineers that Apple is looking for are being recruited for the Taiwan-based facility will reportedly work on next-gen iPhones.


Apple are also reportedly looking for a senior packaging engineers, senior software instrumentation engineer and senior AC-DC design engineer. This will be an interesting step for both Apple, and the entire of Taiwan.