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Crucial's 960GB M500 SSD spotted on e-tailer website

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 10:30 am

If you're after a gigantic SSD, Crucial's upcoming M500 in 960GB might do the trick. The mammoth-sized SSD was teased a couple of months ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but it looks like the drive is about ready to drop.

 

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Upgradeable.com.au has it for sale, at AU$875. This is much more than Crucial teased at CES, where they promised the "First terabyte-class drive available for under $600" But, we're also talking about an Australian retailer, so we have 10% for GST bringing the price down to under $800, and AU retailers nearly always charge more than US retailers - so $600-$650 in the US isn't much of a stretch.

 

What does Crucial's M500 SSD in 960GB provide? Well, you'll see some sustained sequential read/write performance of 500MB/sec and 400MB/sec, respectively. 4KB random read/writes are both up to 80,000 IOPS. The controller doing all of the work inside the Crucial M500 is the Marvel 88SS9187 controller with "Micron Custom Firmware."

AMD: There won't be a DirectX 12 but the company will integrate "other technologies" into their GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 9:34 am

We've seen leaps and bounds in graphics over the years, helped by each iteration of DirectX. But, after games started being made for, and optimized for consoles, the push of graphics started to sink.

 

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It has gotten to the point where AMD's vice president of global channel sales, Roy Taylor, stated during an interview with German publication Heise.de, that AMD don't believe we'll see a DirectX 12 API. We won't be seeing DirectX 12 with Windows 8, or Windows Blue either.

 

Taylor was responding to a question about next-generation GPUs and technologies that they can be built around, where Taylor replied they'd normally build them around new DirectX versions to help the next-generation GPU architectures, but there won't be a DirectX 12, which means AMD's next-gen GPUs will integrate other technologies.

 

I'd love to know what "other technologies" means, but in the meantime we'll enjoy the fact that Taylor also hinted that Battlefield 4 could be part of AMD's next "Never Settle" bundle.

Hulu sale talk persists, they receive $500 million bid from former News Corp president

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 8:22 am

Reuters is jumping out of the gate, with fresh news that former News Corp president, Peter Chernin, who now runs The Chernin Group, has made a $500 million bid to buy Hulu. We heard that Hulu jammed a 'For Sale' sign into their front garden a few weeks ago, but this news is now much more official.

 

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The Chernin Group owns stakes in Pandora Media Inc and the related production company Chernin Entertainment, who has produced films and TV shows such as New Girl, Terra Nova and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Hulu is currently jointly owned by News Corp and Walt Disney Co. Peter Chernin actually had some word in building Hulu back in 2007 when he sat on the website's board.

 

Reuters has reported that the owners of Hulu "reached out to potential buyers in March [of 2013] after initially contemplating a deal in which one [News Corp. or Disney] would buy out the other. It is not clear whether that transaction is still being contemplated."

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Intel's Haswell CPU begins shipping to PC makers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 7:37 am

The time is nearly upon us, when we get to see what the fourth-generation Core processor from Intel can do. Haswell, as it's otherwise known, has begun "shipping to customers now and will launch later this quarter" according to a source of CNET's.

 

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Intel is expected to make a statement at the IDF Beijing conference next week, and should arrive in June for Computex in Taipei. Haswell is a special chip, as it is a next-generation processor that will scale incredibly well, from Ultrabooks to smart devices, right up to the high-end desktop and more. Intel CEO, Paul Otellini, has said that Haswell's new micro architecture will deliver "the single largest generation-to-generation battery life improvement in Intel history."

 

The chipmaker has confirmed the USB bug attached to chipsets, known as errata, will be "in production" during the initial ramp which happens later this month:

 

4th gen Core is on track for a mid-year launch. Intel issued a PCN documenting a chipset USB errata and stating that chipsets with the errata will be in production during the initial ramp. But Intel has confirmed that there is no chance of data loss or corruption. This issue has only been observed with a small subset of USB SuperSpeed thumb drives and does not affect other USB peripherals. We take all customer issues seriously and should any customer have a question or concern they can always contact Intel customer support.

Sony announces their 55- and 65-inch 4K TVs, start shipping on April 21 from $4,999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 6:31 am

Sony have just announced their 55- and 65-inch 4K-capable TVs, which will be made available as of April 21. The two new sets are the XBR-55X900A and XBR-65X900A and will sell for $4,999 and $6,999 respectively.

 

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Sony's new 4K-capable LED TVs sport passive 3D, an edge-lit display, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Sony had hoped to have reached a "more accessible price range" with their line of TVs, and it seems they have hit that point. Considering I paid just $1000 less for my Samsung 55-inch 1080p-capable TV, this is quite a heartbreak for me.

Samsung could see some Galaxy-branded products slapped with US sales ban

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 5:31 am

The on-going war between Samsung and Apple has hit an interesting point, with Apple looking to jump out in the lead once again. Judge Thomas Pender from the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Samsung devices infringe on a text selection patent owned by Apple.

 

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This is a feature that is available on the iPhone and iPad, with another claim from Apple that is seeking an injunction against Samsung's use of a patented technology for detecting microphones when they are inserted into the headphone jack, which has been rejected. The first claim, of which can be appealed, could see Samsung slapped with a sales ban in the US for most of their smartphones and tablets.

 

The final decision should arrive in August, but we don't know if Samsung could avoid the import ban through a software update - something that could easily be done between now and then.

WikiLeaks' latest release is their biggest yet, puts US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the firing line

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 5:25 am

WikiLeaks have chosen today to release their largest ever unleashing of formerly confidential information, known as the "Kissinger Cables". These cables include over 1.7 million diplomatic records spanning 1973-1976, where 205,901 are connected to controversial US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.

 

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The release has an eye-busting 700 million words, and contains something WikiLeaks describes as "significant revelations about US involvements with fascist dictatorships, particularly in Latin America, under Franco's Spain (including about the Spanish royal family) and in Greece under the regime of the Colonels."

 

These files should be an interesting read for those involved in the various industries, so hopefully we see some juicy content from them in the coming hours, days and weeks.

Anonymous claims to have caused billions of dollars in damage to Israel in their latest cyberattack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:31 am

Anonymous are in the news again, this time for their claims of a cyberattack against the Israeli government and their various Web sites, which has caused billions of dollars in damages. Israeli officials have said that there has been no serious disruptions.

 

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Anonymous have claimed to have hacked over a dozen website, including the Israel Police, the Prime Minister's Office, the Israel Securities Authority, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry, and the Central Bureau of Statistics. Anonymous estimates that #OpIsrael has caused over $3 billion in damages, after hacking over 100,000 websites, 40,000 Facebook accounts, 5,000 Twitter accounts and 30,000 Israeli bank accounts.

Acer ready their Iconia A1-810 to fight the iPad mini

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:33 am

It looks like Acer is preparing a new form-factor tablet, something that will compete with the popular iPad mini among other smaller slates. Acer's Iconia A1-810 would feature a 7.9-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1024x768.

 

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This display slaps it right on iPad mini territory, but loses out to the Nexus 7 ever so slightly. We should expect Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8125 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor. The usual suspects will also make an appearance, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. The A1-810 also features an micro HDMI port, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facer, and a 3250mAh battery.

 

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1GB of RAM will be included, as well as 16GB of on-board storage. The Acer Iconia A1-810 weighs 460 grams and measures in at 208.7 x 145.7 x 10.5 mm. We should expect a price of around $250 and it should ship sometime in June.

NASA gets one step closer to $100 million grant to acquire an asteroid

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 2:25 am

It looks like NASA might just get that $100 million grant to find an asteroid, bring it back to the Moon, and study it. The $100 million initial fund would be used to find the right asteroid to retrieve.

 

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The good news comes from the Christian Science Monitor, who says that President Obama is putting aside $100 million in a 2014 budget for the project. This isn't written in ink just yet, but it is exciting. The full project will cost much more, somewhere around $2.6 billion - a huge twenty-six times as much as the initial $100 million grant.

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