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Samsung launches world's first 3-D V-NAND-based enterprise SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 2:04 am

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Today, Samsung introduced the world's first solid state drive based on its industry-leading 3-D V-NAND technology. The announcement came during the keynote speech at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California. Samsung says that this new SSD is designed for use in enterprise servers and data centers.

 

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The new V-NAND SSD comes in two versions--a 960GB model and a smaller 480GB model--with the 960GB boasting the highest performance levels. Samsung says that it offers an increase in sequential and random write speeds of more than 20 percent by utilizing 64 dies of MLC 3-D V-NAND flash.

 

Samsung says that the V-NAND SSDs offer 35,000 program erase cycles and is available in a 2.5-inch form factor. Samsung's proprietary 3-D V-NAND technology achieves manufacturing productivity improvements over twice that of 20nm-class planar NAND flash by using cylinder-shaped 3D Charge Trap Flash cell structures and vertical interconnect process technology to link the 24 layers comprising the 3D cell array.

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Microsoft's Bing begins displaying favicons in search results

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 1:44 am

The way Microsoft's Bing search engine displays results may be changing soon. A recent report over at Search Engine Land confirmed that Bing is testing displaying website favicons to the left of search results.

 

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I tried to duplicate the results pictured above in every web browser I have installed and was unable to get any favicons to display, which is consistent with the results that Search Engine Land got. They were, however, able to obtain confirmation from Microsoft that Bing is indeed testing out this new feature.

 

In a statement to Search Engine Land, Microsoft had the following to say.

 

We're constantly updating and refining the Bing search experience, and before any changes are implemented they undergo intensive testing and experimentation to ensure the best possible user experience. We have nothing further to share at this time.

Alcatel One Touch releases Idol X smartphone with 5-inch display

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 1:31 am

I am willing to bet that many of you have never heard of Alcatel One Touch, much less know that they manufacture Android-based smartphones. Today, the company released its new Idol X smartphone that runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is available in yellow, red and black.

 

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The Alcatel One Touch Idol X feature some pretty beefy specifications that include a five-inch 1920x1080 resolution IPS display, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. A 13.1-megapixel rear camera is on board to handle all your imaging needs, while 8GB of internal storage is present that can be augmented by the addition of a microSD card.

 

The specifications get better as we learned that within the 6.9 mm thick chassis, Alcatel managed to somehow squeeze in a 2000mAh battery, yet keep the phone's weight to 120g. All those features are cool, and definitely give the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 a run for their money, but the fact that the phone is basically bezel-less really kicks it up a notch. The Idol X will be arriving in the UK in the coming weeks, but pricing and carrier availability have yet to be released.

Logitech releases new TK820 all-in-one keyboard, 2.4GHz wireless

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 1:17 am

Earlier today, Logitech debuted its new TK820 all-in-one wireless keyboard. While there are plenty of wireless keyboards on the market, Logitech's new offering is unique in that it has a built-in touchpad that supports up to 13 Windows 8 multi-touch gestures.

 

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Logitech says that the new keyboard is aimed at Windows 8 users who do not have a touchscreen. The support for multi-touch will allow users to get more out of their Windows 8 experience. The keyboard is designed around Logitech's "PerfectStroke" key system that distributes typing pressure evenly across the surface of each key.

 

 

The keyboard is membrane-based, which allows for quiet operation, and the entire keyboard features a concave design that helps fingers glide from key to key more efficiently. The device features a 2.4GHz wireless receiver that will support up to five wireless Logitech devices at once. The new TK820 will be available in the US and Europe later this month for about $100.

RumorTT: Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 3 to feature Exynos processor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 1:04 am

Recently I posted a news article that suggested that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 3 would feature a quad-core 2.3 GHz QUALCOMM Snapdragon processor, but a recent report from the generally considered reliable website SamMobile suggests I may be slightly wrong.

 

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The report says that there will be at least two variants of the third iteration of Samsung's popular phablet. The first will be the model SM-N900, which is the international variant and will feature Samsung's own octa-core Exynos 5420 processor running at 1.8GHz and will not feature LTE radios.

 

The second variant will be the SM-N9005 and will be the North American model, and possibly arrive in some European markets as well. This model will most likely feature the quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor, which will be paired with an Adreno 330 GPU, running at 2.3GHz and will be LTE equipped.

LeakedTT: Yet another flip phone from Samsung is spotted

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 12:47 am

At this point, no one really knows what Samsung's reasoning is behind developing new flip phones, as we all previously thought the flip phone craze died out sometime around 2007. Apparently, Samsung did not get the memo as a second Samsung-branded, dual-screen flip phone has been leaked by site SammyHub.

 

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This new flip phone, dubbed the Samsung Hennessy, features dual 3.27-inch 320x480 resolution screens, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and a five-megapixel camera. Additionally, the phone is able to support dual-SIM cards and will be sold with a "Luxury Gold" color trim option. While we're sure that both this new offering as well as the previously launched Galaxy Folder will both be only available in Asian markets, let's cross our fingers and hope that this new flip phone trend does not make it back to the US.

Google said to be investigating multi-touch issues on new Nexus 7s

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 12:31 am

It appears that users of Google's latest generation Nexus 7 have started reporting issues with the tablet's multi-touch features. Multiple videos have popped up on YouTube that show the touchscreen registering inputs that are not real and then proceeding to spaz--it's a technical term--out before returning to normal.

 

 

Google says that "The Android team is aware of this issue and investigating." It is still unclear at the moment whether the issue is software related or hardware related, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that I hope it is software related. A mass recall would be very costly in both terms of repair as well as consumer trust for the recently released 7-inch slate.

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RumorTT: NVIDIA's Tegra Tab 7 pops up again in new benchmarks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 12:14 am

Today, some newly leaked benchmark metrics have surfaced that point to NVIDIA preparing a seven-inch tablet of its own. Branded the Tegra Tab 7, today's leaked benchmark results come courtesy of the blog Techkiddy, which posted up AnTuTu benchmark results that were labeled TegraTab7 Premium.

 

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The results show that the tablet in question runs an 1.8GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean being the operating system of choice. The tablet is said to feature a seven-inch display that boasts a 1280x768 pixel resolution and a five-megapixel rear camera.

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Apacer unveils new high-speed 22PIN SATA 3 Modular SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 11:47 pm

Today, Apacer unveiled the newest generation of its SDM5 modular SATA SSDs. The new SATA Disk Module 5 adopts the SATA 3 6GB/s high-speed interface standard and features Toggle DDR2.0 NAND Flash. The module incorporates a specifically designed 2-channel bidirectional structure that allows the device to reach read/write speeds of up to 315MB/s and 145MB/s, respectively.

 

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Jeff Lin, Embedded Application Product Division Senior Director of Apacer indicated, "In order to satisfy the user-specific needs for various mechanisms, we will introduce perpendicularly and parallel modularized solutions at the same time. Thus, the customer will have diverse choices in accordance with the motherboard design demands, without being limited to the joint direction of solid state drive, and develop more diversified top products at the lowest cost."

 

The Apacer SDM5 uses standard 7-pin signal and 15-pin SATA signal and power connectors and are featured in two different configurations with one having the connectors perpendicular to the board at 90 degrees, while the other is parallel at 180 degrees. Apacer says that the new SDM5 features a capacity of 128GB and complies with the MIL-810F certification, which is the toughest standard required by the US military regulations.

Rockstar unveils new GTA V site following PC confirmation by NVIDIA

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 10:02 pm

Earlier, I clued you in on a statement made during an earnings call in which an NVIDIA executive confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V would be coming to PC later this fall. Continuing on with GTA V news, Rockstar Games today released a new website for the highly anticipated title.

 

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The new website appears to be a parity of the typical tourist friendly public relations site many municipalities use around the country to inform would-be visitors of what their city has to offer. The page is titled "Visit Los Santos & Blain County" and has a slogan that reads "Where cultural apocalypse meets environmental disaster." If that's not true Grand Theft Auto style, nothing is.

 

The page then displays 20 different clickable tiles that attempt to showcase all the various features one might be interested in when visiting Los Santos. At the moment, only 10 of the tiles are active, and we suspect the other 10 to become available in the coming weeks. Clicking around the tiles shows never before seen screenshots and clues us in on some interesting features of the game.

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