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GIGABYTE introduces us to their refreshed motherboards at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:10 am

IDF 2013 - Today at IDF 2013, GIGABYTE invited us over to their booth to talk about some of their new high-end motherboards that they are unveiling at the show. Up first is a new Z87 motherboard that features two Thunderbolt ports and a red and black color scheme.



GIGABYTE Marketing Director Colin Brix went on to show us another Z87 motherboard featuring Intel's Thunderbolt technology. Finally we were given a preview of a Sniper motherboard that will support Ivy Bridge E.



HTC One arrives in Blue as a Best Buy exclusive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:00 am

A few months ago we first heard rumors that HTC was working on releasing an anodized blue version of its flagship smartphone, the HTC One, but the rumors quickly died down and appeared that a blue HTC One would never materialize . That is until today!




It's finally arrived, the Sapphire Blue HTC One has made his debut, and has been announced as an exclusive to the electronics retail giant Best Buy. Unfortunately this new blue model will only be available on a Verizon contract through Best Buy. It will retail for $199 with a two-year contract extension and features all the same hardware and specifications as the original silver and black colored HTC One.

Addonics launches Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array with eSATA and USB 3.0

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 11:00 pm

Today Addonics Technology unveiled its new Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array, an external storage device that is aimed at the high-performance segment and features easy expandability and RAID capabilities. Addonics says that the new Sapphire Array is a great portable solution for applications that demand high-performance and large storage quantities.




The new Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array comes equipped with different interfaces for fast external storage performance including an eSATA port, USB 3.0 and even a mini SAS connection. The Array allows users to hot-swap up to four 2.5-inch storage drives for quick and easy changes. Before drives can be configured as for individual drives, a single large volume or high-performance RAID grouping with redundancy for reliability.


Users are able to configure the RAID settings by using the bundled RAID utility software or by flipping DIP switches on the back of the device. Software for monitoring the device on Windows, Mac and Linux is also available. Addonics says the new Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array will retail at an MSRP of $245.

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ASUSTOR brings new live demo site online for ADM 2.0

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 10:00 pm

Today ASUSTOR announced the launch of a new live demo site that will allow its customers to test its newest version of the ASUSTOR Data Master, ADM 2.0. ASUSTOR says that the new demo will allow users to experience the company's specialized software firsthand without the need to make a purchase first.




ADM 2.0 is the next-generation of the company's proprietary NAS operating system, and features a heavily optimized user interface that is both powerful and easy to use. The company says that newly added features will now allow users to upload their own desktop wallpaper, choose between 16 different languages, and even pin frequently used applications to the ADM menu bar. ADM 2.0 also features a new APP Central store where users download over 100 apps that can be ran on their NAS running ADM 2.0.

Lenovo gives us a walkthrough of its new 1T ThinkServer TS440

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 8:43 pm

IDF 2013 - During our stop at the Lenovo booth at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, Lenovo's Michael Kendall took us on a walkthrough of the company's new ThinkServer TS440, a 1T server with massive storage options. The TS440 is one of Lenovo's most popular small server models. It features a new processor and more I/O than its predecessor the TS430.



Kendall went on to show off the hot swappable drive bays and notes that they are labeled with Lenovos signature red stripe which signifies that the drives are hot swappable. The front door of the 1T case features a lock that enables HDDs with sensitive data remain secure. Kendall says that the TS440 is labeled as the quietest 1T server on the market today and that it retails between $600 and $1500 when fully loaded.



Lenovo shows off the new ThinkServer TS140 at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 8:17 pm

IDF 2013 - This morning our own Trace Hagan took a few minutes to stop by the Lenovo booth at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, and got a chance to look at Lenovo's new ThinkServer TS140. Michael Kendall, a spokesperson for Lenovo was on hand to clue us in on the new ThinkServer's key highlights.



The ThinkServer TS140 is designed to be small, quiet and still pack a punch strong enough to handle all your server needs. Kendall says that the ability to run Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server, make it an ideal solution for environments that do not justify a full rack mount unit. The TS140 was also designed to be much quiter than its already quite predecessors.



Intel's CEO talks about the future of Intel and the PC at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 7:33 pm

IDF 2013 - This morning during the keynote at Intel's Developer Forum 2013, CEO Brian Krzanich took some time to discuss the future of Intel as well as the future of the PC. He noted that the forward-looking landscape of the PC is a drastically different one than we've seen in the past and that manufacturers are focusing more on form factor to attract new customers.



He went on to introduce the world's first 14nm architecture-based pc running a Broadwell SoC. No other information was given about the PC, and we never got a really good look at his exterior, but Krzanich did say that we would see Broadwell chips shipping by the end of the year. Additionally he announced that we will see new tablets sporting Intel's silicon being sold for less than $100 this holiday season.



ADATA announces launch of next-gen DDR4 DRAM modules at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 7:00 pm

Today ADATA announced the launch of the company's new-generation DDR4 SDRAM modules and says that they will be on display at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum being held this week in San Francisco, California. ADATA says that the new DDR4 SDRAM is targeted at server and render farm applications and that the release of this new-generation of SDRAM shows that ADATA is once again the leader of the pack in producing high-performance solutions to the enterprise market.




DDR4 SDRAM features faster clock frequencies and data transfer rates compared to the previous generation of DDR3, and features a much lower power consumption rate. The modules run it just 1.2 V and are widely expected to achieve transfer rates of 3.2Gb/s while clocked at frequencies of 2133MH all.


ADATA says that it will be showcasing the modules along with the company's other premium memory solutions at booth number 554 at IDF 2013. We have to TweakTown staffers on the ground at IDF 2013, and will be bringing you all of the latest coverage as the event progresses.

Micron debuts Serial NOR Flash interface for Ultrathin Devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 5:50 pm

Today micron unveiled its new Serial NOR Flash Interface with Replay-Protected Monotonic Counter designed for use in Ultrathin Devices. This new NOR Flash Interface has already been validated for use in future Intel Ultrabook platforms. Micron says that with this announcement, it is well-positioned to support the growth of Ultrathin applications with its large portfolio of DRAM, NAND, NOR and SSD solutions.




"This first-to-market RPMC feature, developed by Micron for our SPI NOR device, is an additional demonstration of our commitment to continuously meet application requirements and customer needs," said Jeff Bader, vice president of Micron's Embedded Solutions Marketing. "Our NOR Flash excellence, coupled with the leadership and expertise of Intel, make this device the best-in-class solution for the Intel Ultrabook and other future Intel-based platforms."


Micron says that it's 64Mb density is the sweet spot solution currently available for immediate platform-enablement activities, and that its 64Mb RPMC-enabled SPI NOR device supports nonvolatile storage and authentication needs that are critical to the chipset security implementation for future Intel Ultrabook platforms and is compliant with Intel's Serial Flash Hardening Product External Architecture Specification.

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Apple introduces the iPhone 5S, its new flagship smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 5:49 pm

Today is the day, where Apple has just unveiled its latest iPhone 5S smartphone which features A7 processor and Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The iPhone 5S is available in three colors: silver, gold and a "new space gray." They are all made from high-grade aluminum and chamfered edges.






We have the much-talked about A7 processor, which is a 64-bit processor - a first for smartphones. iOS 7 also runs in 64-bit, which is something we should have expected maybe. We have over 1 billion transistors working inside of the A7 processor, with the new chip and iOS 7 capable of running 32- and 64-bit apps, with all built-in apps being re-engineered to take support of the new 64-bit architecture.




Apple says the iPhone 5S is much faster when it comes to CPU performance, showing a chart stating it's 'up to 56x faster'. It also runs OpenGL|ES 3.0, like the refreshed Nexus 7 does.

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