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Ontrack Data Recovery are capable of retrieving data from an iPad that survived a plane crash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:48 am

CES 2013 - If I survived a plane crash, the last thing I'd be worrying about is the data on my iPad, but hey - some people carry around some seriously sensitive, or precious data on their smart devices these days.



At CES 2013, we talked to Ontrack Data Recovery who told us they were able to recover data from a customers iPad that was heavily damaged in a plane crash. What Ontrack Data Recovery do is take apart the device, in this case an iPad, and take the physical memory chips off. After this step, they image the chip raw, and then piece the data back together in the same pattern that is normally done by the controller chip.



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South Park creators to launch their own movie studio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:33 am

Before South Park came along and twisted our minds and caused us to laugh out loud to things we never thought we would, who would've thought that the two co-creators behind the animated comedy would be getting to this point?




Trey Parker and Matt Stone have announced that they are opening their own movie studio called Important Studio. The first movie to be released looks to be a big screen version of "The Book of Mormon". This is a huge change in how Hollywood traditionally works, but we're seeing more and more creators dealing directly with their fan bases over the Internet, compared to the traditional way of doing things.


The press release announcing the studio had the two South Park creators settling on this quip:


Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves.

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ioSafe bring data redundancy to the mix with N2

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:28 am

CES 2013 - We're big fans of ioSafe around here. Anyone who has ever lost data before has to be a fan and everyone else will one day be a fan. ioSafe follows the KISS theory, Keep it Simple Stupid. Their products don't look flashy, aren't complicated but they do exactly what the company says they do.



It's difficult to even put ioSafe products in a single category. Are they external storage, data safes, or akin to S&M bondage machines for reviews like myself? They are a bit of all three but for you they are peace of mind when what seemingly would be the worst day of your life. Your data lost of still available after a flood or fire, your choice.

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ADATA DashDrive AE400 gets some hands-on treatment at CES 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:25 am

CES 2013 - We've still got CES 2013 products to show you, with today bringing us the video below on ADATA's DashDrive AE400. ADATA showed us how their AE400 worked, and it has quite a number of features included.



The AE400 is firstly, a power bank - capable of charging your smart devices through its included micro USB port or normal-sized USB port. The AE400 is also an Internet hot spot, which can give Internet access to up to 10 devices. The AE400 is also capable of wirelessly transferring files from the included SD card or USB ports to your tablet, or smartphone.


These features make ADATA's DashDrive AE400 an immensely powerful device, capable of transferring files to and from the AE400's SD card. Got pictures on your iPad and want to back them up? No problems - just wirelessly attach the device and transfer the files to your SD card. ADATA have done this quite easily, where they've provided an application to help you out.

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World not going to end in 2029 or 2036 due to Apophis astroid

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:13 am

Fans of the end of the world will have to wait just a bit longer to start cheering. NASA has just released information that the world will not be ending in an explosion caused by an asteroid in 2029 or 2036. Previously, the Apophis asteroid was thought that it could hit the Earth in 2036, with a low chance of collision in 2029.




NASA's new data suggests that there is only a one in a million chance of the asteroid colliding with Earth in 2036, which is small enough for NASA to effectively rule out the collision. NASA says that interest in the Asteroid will now be purely scientific for the foreseeable future.


The asteroid will pass within 9.3 million miles of the Earth, which is a bit close for my comfort. However, it's far enough away that nobody will need to build bunkers. So, until the next space scare, put away your end of the world gear.

ADATA shows working Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) on video at CES

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:06 am

CES 2013 - ADATA had one of the only working NGFF products on display at CES that we saw. NGFF stands for Next Generation Form Factor and it's the next evolution for SSDs. By moving the SSD away from the SATA bus and to PCI Express, current bandwidth limits are increased by nearly 4x. Before overhead, the PCIe bus will deliver nearly 2000MB/s for the boot SSD.


NGFF also goes under the more marketable name M.2. At this time there are several versions of NGFF, around 15 or so but we hope manufacturers can come together to standardize one or two. Once connector would be even better, this one looks like a winner to me.




To get NGFF up and running, ADATA teamed with LSI SandForce for the controller. A M.2 to SATA adapter was used, much like the mSATA to SATA adapter we use to test mSATA drives in a desktop. As we mentioned, ADATA was the one company with a unit working at we saw.

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GPS error leads woman to drive 900 miles, versus her 90 mile trip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 10:33 am

We'll put this in the bin of 'how the hell did that happen', but a 67-year-old woman has driven for 900 miles over a two-day period thanks to a GPS error, as well as her total lack of attention. The kicker? Her destination was just 90 miles away.




Sabine Moreau had planned to pick up her friend at a train station in Brussels, with her first step of the trip leaving her home town of Hainaut, Erquelinnes, Belgium. The train station was 93 miles north of her home town, so the GPS gets flicked on and directs her... south, instead of north. She listened to the GPS and started her turn-by-turn navigation trip down to Zagreb, Croatia.


What should've been a couple of hours in the car turned into a multi-day trip including gas stops, sleeping on the side of the road for a couple of hours and even a minor car accident. This all happened while she was none the wiser, where she has said:


I was distracted, so I kept driving. I saw all kinds of traffic signs, first in French, then German and finally in Croatian, but I kept driving because I was distracted. Suddenly I appeared in Zagreb and I realized I wasn't in Belgium anymore.

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Rogers set to buy Mountain Cable, would license wireless spectrum from Shaw for $710 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 8:30 am

Reuters is reporting that Canadian telco Rogers is preparing to buy Mountain Cablevision Limited and license wireless spectrum from cable company Shaw Communications. The deal would be worth $710 million.




This could pave the way for Rogers to buy spectrum licenses from Shaw in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northern Ontario and Saskatchewan. TVtropolis, which is a cable channel jointly owned between Shaw and Rogers would see the remaining Shaw-owned stake purchased by Rogers for around 59 million Canadian dollars.


At the moment, there's no word when all of this will be penciled in, but it shouldn't be too far away.

Kaspersky uncovers five-year cyber espionage network, makes the Flame malware look like a wimp

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 7:32 am

Kaspersky of all companies have found something utterly shocking, an advanced cyber espionage network that makes last year's infamous Flame malware look like a joke. Dubbed Operation Red October, each attack is handcrafted for its victim in order to make sure it 100% works.




Red October has been hitting systems across the world since at least May 2007 and carefully chooses its victims spanning over two dozen countries who hold positions in government, military, aerospace, research, trade and commerce, nuclear, oil and other important, vital industries. Investigators aren't sure who is behind the attacks, but it is being reported that Chinese hackers may have created the exploit, while the various malware modules deployed seem to have been created by those who speak Russian.


Kaspersky can't put their finger on the source, as it is currently being run through at least two layers of proxy servers across Russia, Germany and Austria. Whoever is involved has some skill, as they've been silently sitting, unknown to the user, in major government and industry computers.

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RumorTT: Apple's Thunderbolt monitor supply running short at third-party retailers, signals possible refresh coming

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 7:03 am

If past history is anything to use to predict the future, then it is pretty likely that Apple is getting ready to refresh its line of Thunderbolt monitors. Traditionally, before Apple launches a refreshed line of products, supply dries up at third-party retailers and then the Apple store.




Amazon, MacMall, and J&R are all out of stock, according to AppleInsider. Furthermore, the Thunderbolt displays have typically used the same, or similar, technology as the iMac line of computers. The iMacs recently underwent a redesign, and the rumor says that the Thunderbolt monitors will likely receive a similar update.


"Think of the Thunderbolt display as an iMac minus the computing hardware," Djuric, from iFixit, explained.


However, they may not use the same technology, since the iMacs are still heavily constrained, mainly due to a difficult to construct screen. One estimate places it at only 100,000 displays produced between LG and Apple per month.