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WD's 2TB Green 2.5" HDD gets caught on camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 6, 2012 5:26 am

Western Digital's latest mini creation, the latest in their 2.5-inch range of HDDs, the WD Green WD20NPVT has made its way onto a Japanese retailers shelf. The drive is built from the 2.5-inch form-factor, is 15mm thick, which means it won't fit in most notebooks.




But, the 2.5-inch drive sports an insane 2TB of storage, features IntelliPower variable spindle speed, 8MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s interface, 0.2W idle (parked) and 1.7W (active) power consumption. The new 2TB 2.5-inch drive is priced at $240.


What do you think? We're eyeing 2TB 2.5-inch drives, isn't that a little crazy? Would you have thought 10 years ago this is possible, and not be that surprised? At just $240, that's quite a deal.

Russian billionaire wants to make immortality a reality by 2045

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Aug 6, 2012 4:33 am

Technology has done wonderful things for us, if you went back 200 years and thought we'd be here with smart devices, or even 30 years ago and told me quad-core processors would rule your smartphone, I wouldn't believe you. But, it hasn't really extended our lifespan all that much, yes health technology has improved, but not in the pure leaps and bounds that consumer-based electronics have.




Well, a Russian billionaire wants to change that, who plans on making immortality a reality by 2045. Dmitry Itskov, a 31-year-old billionaire, has planned "The 2045 Initiative", and only needs a few billion to make it happen. Itskov's project has multiple phases, each bringing mankind closer to the dream of living forever. The first step in his plan is to create robotic humans that are controlled remotely. This step has a goal of 2020, or earlier.


By 2025, "Avatar B" happens, which is where the human brain is transferred into a robotic skeleton so that life can be enjoyed after death. By 2035 "Avatar C" begins, where the brain will be constructed separately, and your own personality will be "transferred" into the robot when you're ready to stop living life as a weak human being. By 2045, the fourth and final stage, "Avatar D" begins and gives us the option to walk around in holographic avatars, for eternity.

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Apple's top-secret market research surveys of iPhone, iPad users could be made public in Apple vs. Samsung trial

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 6, 2012 4:09 am

The late Steve Jobs famously said that Apple did "no market research", so Apple never really knew what consumers want. But, it looks as though Apple were lying through their teeth, as new documents have been bought up during the Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit.




Network World's Yoni Heisler writes that Apple is positively freaking out that the possibility of their extensive market research surveys of iPhone and iPad users could be made public. That sentence should send shivers down Apple's spine, as it is considered the 'secret sauce' to attracting, and keeping loyal Apple users.

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Samsung begins mass production on new mobile flash memory, up to 4x faster than previous chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 6, 2012 3:33 am

Samsung have started mass production on a slew of new mobile flash memory chips that could give us nearly four times the speed of current chips. Samsung's Pro Class 1500 high-speed embedded memory will hit 'SSD-like' speeds in read/write operations in smart devices with capacities of 16, 32 and 64GB.




With smartphones already reaching 2GHz clock speeds running four cores, the CPU can't be the one to do all of the heavy lifting and continue to make the device feel fast. The job of system RAM is to keep an eye on all open programs, and if this part of the device is lacklustre, you'll feel it. Samsung have claimed that the new flash modules can reach speeds of up to 140MB/sec with write speeds hitting 50MB/sec at 1,500 IOPS writes and 3,500 IOPS reads.


Samsung seem to have leant on multiple technologies in order to reach these speeds, such as the 20nm manufacturing process, quick toggle DDR 2.0 memory that sports its own controller and a new JEDEC memory standard. At the moment there's no ETA when we should expect this tech to be baked into devices, but it shouldn't be too long.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 should start shipping this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2012 2:29 am

According to a tweet from electronics retailer Negri Electronics, it looks as though they'll be selling the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 this week. The 10.1-inch tablet comes with a price of $750, which isn't too bad considering what this tablet is capable of.




The closest competition is the iPad, which can be found for around $250 cheaper, but it's the Nexus 7 that is going to be the strongest competitor, and nearly $500 cheaper than the Note 10.1. Negri Electronics' listing shows that the Note 10.1 will include the 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 16GB of internal storage, a 10.1-inch 1,280x800 resolution touchscreen, and as the radio, it looks like it'll sport quadband 21Mbps HSPA 1900/1800/900/850.




The firm is listing it for shipping as of 8/3, which was a few days ago, meaning that people should be getting their hands on these bad boys any day now.

Google to expand its Finland-based datacenter, looking to spend another $184 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 6, 2012 1:33 am

The demand for online access to video and data has prompted Google to announce they'll be spending another $184 million in an expansion project for the company's Hamina Datacenter. The Finland-based datacenter is best known for an innovative cooling system that uses seawater from the Bay of Finland in order to reduce cooling costs.



The announcement of the expansion is the first datacenter growth for the search engine and mobile OS giant since they unveiled plans to build large Asian datacenters in Singapore and Hong Kong. The announcement roughly doubles the Google datacenter investment for the facility, where after spending 40 million euros on the paper mill, the company then spent another 160 million euros ($195 million) on building and equipping the datacenter. The original project took just over 18 months, which is the same ETA on the new expansion plans.


The plans look to be bringing back Google's datacenter investment back to Europe, where we should see more of this in the future as more and more people move toward the cloud.

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Oculus Rift VR headsets arrives on Kickstarter, over $1 million in funding, backed by Epic Games, Valve and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 5, 2012 7:30 am

I don't get excited for technology that often anymore, but it looks like I'm going to have to put that aside for now because Oculus' latest project Rift, currently on Kickstarer, will supposedly deliver "truly immersive virtual reality". Oculus Rift, according to the guys and girls behind it "is a new virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for video games that will change the way you think about gaming forever."




Rift sports a wide field of view, high resolution display and ultra-low latency head tracking. The team is raising money on Kickstarter where they can build development kits for the unit, meaning that they can get the Rift into developer's hands, quicker. The team note that VR has been stagnant for quite a while, and in order to provide believable immersion, you'd be looking at $20,000 or more. Oculus want to change that up with Rift, which is designed to "maximise immersion, comfort and pure, uninhibited fun", all while sitting at a price that is affordable to everyone.


Oculus have raised just over $1.2 million from 5,113 backers, and have 26 days to go. I'll be making a pledge in the next few days, this project is looking to be great for the gaming community.

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Logitech to bring Skype video calling to the living room

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 3, 2012 11:27 pm

Logitech and Skype have jointly announced the new Logitech TV Cam HD. The new device features an HD camera that sits on top of your TV and outputs the video via an HDMI cable. This device should make it easier for families to share everyday moments from the room that a large amount of time is spent in.




"Amazing connections happen when the video calling experience moves to the TV in the living room: the most popular and comfortable place in the house," said Joerg Tewes, vice president of Logitech's digital home business group. "Because of the size of the TV screen and the quality of the video, the new Logitech TV Cam HD with Skype brings a whole new social element to the living room, helping you feel like your family and friends are right there with you. It's a transformative experience."


All that is required to make calls is the device and an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection. Users operate the device using the included remote to sign in and make video calls to other Skype users on any Skype-supported device. Users can also call mobile or landlines using their Skype credit straight from the device.

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ORICO unveils USB 3.0 to eSATA adapter, price won't break the bank

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 3, 2012 10:31 pm

eSATA is one of those ports that has seemingly gone away. For those of you who still have an external enclosure that utilizes the eSATA connection, finding one on a laptop, or an open port on a desktop install one can be challenging. That's why ORICO has produced an adapter that converts USB 3.0 to an eSATA port.




Stylish? Maybe. Useful? Definitely. The CT6539U3E by ORICO plugs into a USB 3.0 port or USB 2.0 port and provides an eSATA port. The eSATA port operates at a maximum host data-rate of 3Gb/s and draws the necessary power from the USB port that it is plugged into. The converter's host controller features activity LEDs to indicate when data is being transferred.


The adapter should also support AHCI in order for hot-swap capabilities to work properly. The price of the adapter is a reasonable $15, nothing that's going to break the bank. The price is certainly cheaper than buying a new external drive, as long as the current drive still has enough space for what you need.

A real life Wall-E tugs at your heartstrings

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 3, 2012 9:31 pm

Thanks to a dedicated robot fanatic, Wall-E, that crazy cute robot from a Disney movie, has been brought to life. The entire project started back in 2010 after Mike Senna finished his replica R2-D2 robot. His idea for Wall-E came from seeing how kids reacted to his R2-D2 robot at City of Hope hospital in California.



This build is no easy task. As a case modder myself, I understand how difficult it is to fabricate parts and how frustrating it can be if a detail part isn't exactly right. Adding the motion seen in the video above makes the build that much more complicated. There are no plans, no kits, no pre-built parts--everything had to be scratch built using the movie as the plans.


The project was almost scrapped after 18 months as the workload was so massive for this build. However, Senna persevered and some 3,800 hours of work later, the project was finished. The final result and Senna's return to the City of Hope hospital makes the entire project worth all of the work and love and blood and sweat that went into the project.

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