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Samsung unveils its new Ativ Book 9 Plus, loses its high-end display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 12:14 pm

CES 2014 - Samsung has made some modifications to its new Ativ Book 9 ultrabook, where it has dropped the high-resolution display, and instead pushed more battery life into the machine. Something that Samsung estimates will give consumers around 14 hours of battery life.

 

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The previous model featured a 3200x1800-pixel 15.6-inch display, but the new model turns the heat down on the resolution to 1920x1080. This is something that should provide more battery life, but I don't see why we couldn't see two models on offer - one with the high-res display, one with the Full HD panel.

 

We have a choice between Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors, either a 128GB or 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM minimum.

ASUS unveils its new Intel Atom-powered ZenFone smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 11:14 am

CES 2014 - During ASUS' keynote speech at CES 2014, ASUS chairman and all-round cool guy Jonney Shih announced a new range of smartphones from the Taiwanese giant, the ZenFone series.

 

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ASUS' ZenFone series comes in multiple products: ZenFone 4, 5, and 6. Starting with the ZenFone 4, which is a low-end smartphone with a 4-inch display and measly 800x480 resolution, it has a 5-megapixel rear-snapper, and is powered by Intel's Atom Z2520 CPU clocked at 1.2GHz. The ASUS ZenFone 4 will be priced at just $99 - a steal!

 

Moving onto the ZenFone 5, which features the Intel Atom Z2580 CPU clocked at 2GHz. It has a 1280x720-pixel 5-inch display, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The ZenFone 5 will retail for $149.

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Oculus VR founder invited to the White House's "We the Geeks" event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 11:09 am

CES 2014 - Last year when I met with Oculus VR here in Australia at PAX AU, I walked away knowing that the future of VR was in good hands. Now, the creator of Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey, has been invited to the White House's We the Geeks: Future of Computing event.

 

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Luckey isn't the only big name going, as we'll also see Mark Papermaster, who is the Chief Technology Officer at AMD, Alex Hawkinson, the CEO of SmartThings, Alex Kipman from the Microsoft Kinect team, and Wil Wheaton, who starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and has a kick ass role on The Big Bang Theory, too. The event takes place on January 8, where a bunch of the in-people of tech will be there to talk about the following points of discussion:

 

  • What new computing advancements might we see in the next few years? What about 10-15 years from now?
  • What are the technological breakthroughs that need to happen to get there?
  • And finally, what might be the impact of the ever growing intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things?

AMD unveils FreeSync, a variable refresh rate technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 10:21 am

CES 2014 - NVIDIA's G-Sync has been getting all the headlines lately, with its refresh rate technology helping gamers achieving under 60FPS to feel like they're achieving more, smoothly.

 

 

AMD hasn't been sitting around doing nothing, with the chipmaker unveiling its new FreeSync technology at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. AMD purchased two retail Toshiba Satellite Click notebooks to show off the technology, with no modifications performed to the notebooks.

 

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The biggest hurdle for NVIDIA is that G-Sync requires gamers to purchase a specific monitor, or to already own a specific monitor which is capable of having the G-Sync module installed. AMD's FreeSync on the other hand, does not have this limitation - opening it up to magnitudes more gamers and consumers alike.

 

We will definitely have more on AMD's FreeSync in the coming weeks and months.

Storage Visions 2014 - Interview with the Outlook Foundation

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:39 am

Storage Visions 2014 - As someone who personally helps run a youth outreach program, I know the value that foundations dedicated to helping under-resourced youth have the tools needed to learn the valuable STEM skills our school system simply overlooks. The Outlook Foundation refurbishes, re-purposes, and then donates used computers to Youth Outreach programs across the US, as well as providing used PCs to military families so deployment communication is as easy and efficient as possible.

 

 

This was my last interview of the show and while not directly related to digital storage, I feel that this was a story that needed to get out. The importance of organizations like this is unmeasurable, as getting the tools into under-resourced youth hands will allow outreach programs to go that extra mile in STEM education that public schools just have no time or funds to teach.

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SanDisk's John Scaramuzzo discusses the all-flash datacenter

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:23 am

Storage Visions 2014 - John Scaramuzzo stopped by the booth to discuss the increasing proliferation of flash in the datacenter. Continuing innovation from SanDisk is paving the way towards an all-flash datacenter architecture.

 

 

We also touch on a few other topics, including the possibility of TLC NAND in the datacenter. We have posted a recent product evaluation of SanDisk's latest datacenter-class SSD, the Optimus Eco, so feel free to hit the link and take a look at the latest SAS SSD on the market.

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Samsung unveils its Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, features 2560x1600 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:15 am

CES 2014 - Samsung teased its new range of Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO slates yesterday, but there were a few others that were unveiled, too. We have the new Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 to now gush over, with an 8.4-inch 2560x1600-pixel display.

 

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This mammoth resolution on a smaller screen size results in a massive pixel density of 359PPI, easily beating out Apple's new Retina-based iPad mini. We also have a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, either a 32GB or 64GB model which is expandable by microSD, a 4800mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel front shooter, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Corsair announces its first mini-ITX case, the Obsidian Series 250D

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:13 am

CES 2014 - Corsair has released countless other cases, but it has never dabbled in the mini-ITX market, until now. The company has just unveiled its new Obsidian 250D, a new mini-ITX case.

 

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Even with its small footprint, Corsair's new Obsidian 250D is capable of taking full-sized water cooling units, full-length video cards, and full-sized PSUs. There are two fans inside of the Obsidian 250D, one 140mm and one 120mm, which should keep both noise and temperatures down. A full-sized 5.25-inch optical drive bay is included, as is a pair of 3.5/2.5-inch bays.

 

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One of the more important parts: dimensions. Corsair's Obsidian 250D measures in at 11.4 x 10.9 x 13.81 inches, or 290mm x 277mm x 351.2mm. This all weighs in at 4.4 kg, or 9.7 lbs. The Obsidian 250D is available later this month for a suggested retail price of $89.99.

Corsair announces two new Graphite Series full-tower cases

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:08 am

CES 2014 - Corsair is on a rampage today, unveiling its new AX1500i PSU and Hydro Series H105 cooler, but now we have two new cases to discuss with you. The new cases are part of Corsair's Graphite Series, known as the Graphite Series 760T and 730T.

 

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Both the Graphite Series 760T and 730T cases are full-tower cases, with the 760T available in either black or Arctic White, and has loads of room for your high-end components. It has nine expansion slots which is great for multi-GPU setups, as well as six 3.5- or 2.5-inch HDD mounts, which can also be relocated to any of the four separate mounting locations - or if you're like me - you can remove them completely.

 

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The 760T has one panel nearly transparent - which will look striking on your desk - and the other is opaque, so that you can peek inside of your rig. Both panels are hinged to the rear, allowing them to swing open to provide complete access to the innards of your PC. We also have two LED-lit AF140L 140mm cooling fans at the front, and another at the rear taking care of cooling duties inside of the Graphite Series 760T case. Liquid cooling is encouraged with the 760T, with it being capable of housing a 360mm top radiator and 280mm front mount.

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Corsair reveals its new Hydro Series H105 cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:04 am

CES 2014 - Corsair just announced its new AX1500i PSU, and have a one-two punch when it comes to the enthusiast with the announcement of its new Hydro Series H105 cooler.

 

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The new H105 cooler features a dual-fan 240mm radiator, which is now 38mm thick. The thicker radiator will improve heat dissipation greatly, and the included high-performance SP120L PWM 120mm fans should keep the noise levels down, too. The new tool-free CPU mounting block will make installing the Hydro Series H105 cooler easier than ever - something enthusiasts should enjoy.

 

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The Corsair Hydro Series H105 cooler is available immediately, for an MSRP of $119.99.

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