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BIWIN to begin commercial and industrial SSD sales in the US, Japan and Russia

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 4:31 pm

This morning NAND flash memory manufacturer BIWIN has announced that it will begin selling commercial and industrial grade solid state drives in the US, Russia and Japan.

 

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BIWIN produces such devices as 1.8" and 2.5" SSD with SATA interface, as well as lineups of mSATA SSD, mSATA Mini SSD, Half Slim SSD, and a variety of dedicated flash memory solutions made to order.

 

"In the highly competitive world of flash memory production, quality and flexibility are two areas that BIWIN has shown a compelling track record within the industrial and commercial flash market. But the key feature of their product is not just the great specs on offer but the wide variety of customization that customers can take advantage of. This is something that traditional manufacturers are reluctant to offer.

 

By providing a wide range of choices of commercial and industrial grade SSDs or by designing the kind the customers need, BIWIN is not only providing products and services, but they are also offering greater possibilities."

Authorities detain suspect in largest DDOS attack in the history of the Internet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 3:32 pm

Over the weekend Spanish authorities arrested a Dutch man who they say is responsible for the largest DDOS attack in the history of the internet. The man was said to be in his Barcelona home at the time of the arrest, and police seized several mobile phones and computers belonging to the suspect.

 

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The man who has only been identified as "S.K." in official reports has been unofficially identified as 35-year-old Sven Olaf Kamphuis, by sources reporting to the NY Times. Kamphuis, or "The Prince of Spam", is a self-proclaimed minister of telecommunications and foreign affairs for the Republic of CyberBunker.

 

He is the spokesperson for a group that had previously protested tactics used by a European anti-spam group. He operates an ISP known as CB3ROB as well as web hosting company named CyberBunker. He faces charges after being linked to a DDOS attack last month that was like no other ever witnessed.

 

It targeted the anti-spam group Spamhaus, which maintains one of the largest spam block lists in the world.

Kim Dotcom offers $500 to anyone who films US envoy while playing the Megaupload song

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 2:59 pm

This morning everyone's favorite file sharing superstar, Kim Dotcom, announced via Twitter that he would pay $500 to anyone who managed to video US Attorney General Eric Holder or Vice President Joe Biden during their visit to New Zeeland next week.

 

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There is one catch, though. The video must contain real time playback of the Megaupload song, and cannot be added into the video after it was taken. Dotcom believes that Holder is responsible for Megaupload being seized as well as the guy behind the Great Recession financial crisis that led to a downswing in the world economy.

 

While that last part may be a bit of a stretch, Holder is directly responsible for the seizure of Megaupload (as head of the Department of Justice), the US government agency that ordered the website to be taken down.

Google Now lands on iPhone and iPad, finally

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 2:33 pm

Google just launched its Google Now app via an update to the Google Search for iOS app. The app appears to be exactly the same as the Android version with the exception of users being able to swipe up to launch the Now application.

 

 

Google Now pulls information from all of your Google services like Search, Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Chrome browser history, and anything else that is connected to your Google account, then it provides pertinent information to the smartphone owner before they know they need it. Basically it is a concierge without an annoying voice.

 

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Baris Gultekin, Director of Product Management at Google, had the following to say:

 

"The history of Search can put Google Now in the best context. It's gone from serving links to being able to serve up links, and images, and videos, and deliver a rich experience. And then we wanted to answer natural questions, both in text and in spoken word. So to us, Google Now is the next step. It is answering the question before you ever ask it."

Drop, a new game by Minecraft creator Notch, will make your productivity drop like a rock

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 2:02 pm

This morning I stumbled across a new game that combines a trendy electronic beat with touch typing. The game was created by Minecraft developer Notch, and while I am unsure when it was released, it has killed the past 30 minutes of my life.

 

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As you can see, I was able to hit 156 after many attempts that ended in the low 30s. In my defense, I am typing with a partial fingertip on my right hand, and I may or may not have had the sun in my eyes. In any event, give it a try and post your best score below in the comments.

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RumorTT: iPhone 5S pre-orders to begin on June 20th and could ship as soon as July

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 1:32 pm

This morning a seemingly legit sales sheet from a Japanese telecom company states that Apple's next-generation iPhone will begin selling via pre-orders on June 20th. The document is the sort of "cheat sheet" that phone retailers hand out to their sales staff to help them memorize the key features of the phones they are pushing.

 

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A few notable details seen on the cheat sheet is that the iPhone 5S will feature iOS 7, and will include a 13MP rear camera. This news does appear to be contradictory to what Apple CEO Tim Cook stated previously during an investment conference call where he said that investors could expect "new and exciting" products this fall.

 

At the same time Cook did explicitly state "new" products and not "existing hardware refreshes", which is what the iPhone 5S is. So, while things do not look great for a July launch date as stated in the leaked document, it could be entirely possible that we in fact see iPhone 5S' in the hands of consumers by August 1st.

LG opens up pre-orders to their 55-inch curved OLED TV, arrives in Korea in June for $13,500

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 10:29 am

LG have just announced their curved OLED HDTV will be reaching Korean living rooms in the coming months, a perfect display for some multi-monitor PC gaming, in my opinion.

 

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LG Korea have announced through a press release that pre-orders for their curved 55-inch OLED HDTV will go on sale in South Korea for $13,515. The 55-inch curved OLED display is just 4.3mm thick, and is a $3,600 premium over their standard, non-curved display.

RumorTT: Galaxy Note III to feature 8-core processor, 5.99-inch 1080p display and 3GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 9:31 am

Some leaked specifications on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note III have floated onto the Internet, and if they're correct, we'll be looking at the fastest smartphone on the market. Check out the specs:

 

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  • Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Chipset
  • Quad Core 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex A15 + Quad Core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex A7
  • 3 GB Of RAM
  • 5.99 Inch 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display
  • 32 GB Of Internal Storage
  • MicroSD Card Support
  • Removable Battery
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • S-Pen

 

We should hear more about the Note III at IFA 2013 which is in October, until then we'll just have to dream of this phone. What do you think? An 8-core smartphone with 3GB of RAM and a 1080p display. This thing is better specced than most PCs!

Three copies of Dredd 3D: Limited Edition Blu-ray's are up for grabs, enter now!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 9:19 am

Thanks to Icon Home Entertainment, we have three copies of Dredd 3D: Limited Edition on Blu-ray up for grabs, which retail for $50.95.

 

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The future. America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC lies Mega City One a vast, violent metropolis of over 400 million citizens living in perpetual fear. The only ones attempting to impose order in the urban chaos are The Judges. Law enforcers, juries, judges and executioners rolled into one. The epitome of these Judges is Dredd. The Chief Judge gives Dredd a mission. To road test a rookie Judge, the powerful psychic Cassandra Anderson. It is to be a training day. The Judges head for a seemingly routine homicide in the notorious Peach Trees mega-block - a 200 story vertical slum run by the pitiless Ma-Ma clan. When the Judges attempt to arrest one of Ma-Ma's chief henchmen, Ma-Ma shuts down the entire building and orders her clan to hunt the judges down. Our two judges are now caught in a vicious and relentless fight for survival.

 

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The Dredd 3D Blu-ray features the 2012 film in both 2D and 3D, along with some solid extra features. The limited edition Blu-ray version also adds a high quality slipcover and an insert graphic novel.

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Microsoft working on visual redesigns of their platforms, including Xbox and Bing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 8:27 am

It looks like Microsoft are working on rebrandings of multiple services under their wings, which includes Bing, Skype, Yammer and Xbox. Speaking at Design Day 2013, Wolff Olins creative director Todd Simmons and Windows Phone design studio manager Albert Shum talked about the challenges involved when rebranding a company like Microsoft.

 

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Simmons said: "We're still trying to figure out how to put a consumer face on this brand, as an ecosystem". The discussion turned to the creation of the Windows 8 logo, but also talked about revamping other MS brands, where Simmons added: "Other brands are coming along too. Bing, Skype, Yammer, Xbox -- everything is under development".

 

Considering the next-generation Xbox is only months away, not would be the perfect time to unveil a complete new look for multiple of Microsoft's services.

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