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Autonomy announces its private cloud manages 17 petabytes of data

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 6:12 pm

The amount of storage space on a computer is sort of like thinking about how much money is in a bank vault for me. I can think about how cool it would be to have a billion dollars in my account, but the reality is that it's hard to fathom exactly how much money that would be. The same goes for storage capacity. I have a hard time fathoming how much data is contained in 17 petabytes of storage.


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Autonomy is a company that offers all sorts of services to corporations and one of those services is access to the firm's private cloud computing network. That private cloud now manages 17 petabytes of data according to the company. The data includes things like email, multimedia, and documents. If you convert 17 petabytes to gigabytes, that works out to 17,825,792 gigabytes of data. We can put that into terms that are a bit easier to compare though.

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Kensington shows off notebook lock that is easier to use

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 5:04 pm

Notebooks of all brands and in all price ranges have featured the small little rectangular hole on the case for years now that is specifically designed for Kensington locks. These locks use cables attached to the desk or another object that is hard or impossible for a thief to make off with. Kensington has unveiled the latest generation of notebook locks that still makes use of the port that is on notebooks today.




The new lock is called the ClickSafe and it has a separate portion that plugs into the port on a notebook whereas the older lock design had the portion that connects to the notebook built into the lock itself. Once the separate ClickSafe nub is placed into the notebooks Kensington port, the ClickSafe lock can simply be clicked onto the port for fast security when the user needs to walk away from their notebook.

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Olympus will not update entry-level DSLR cameras

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 4:04 pm

As long as there have been DSLR cameras on the market the entry-level range was typically the first step into interchangeable lens digital cameras for many point-and-shoot users. Those days are slipping away now that micro four-thirds cameras are becoming popular and offering many of the benefits and features of a DSLR in a smaller package. Olympus is one of the more well known names in the DSLR market and the company has announced some big changes.




Olympus' Toshiyuki Terada, a product manager for the SLR planning department, has stated that there will be no new entry-level DSLR cameras from Olympus. He said, "We do not have concrete plans to replace the E-620 and other recent SLRs. The entry level SLR class can be completely replaced by the Pen system in terms of performance." If no new entry-level DSLR cameras shocks you, Terada had an even more interesting prediction about the future of DSLR cameras of all types.

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Trendnet announces new USB 3.0 4-port hub

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 3:16 pm

If you are lucky, your computer may have one or two USB 3.0 ports. My desktop only has a single USB 3.0 port and then has a few USB 2.0 ports as well. It's still common for notebooks and netbooks to only offer a single USB 3.0 port and this can be a big issue for you if you have an external HDD that uses USB 3.0 and a flash drive that supports the faster interface as well.


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Trendnet has unveiled a new USB 3.0 hub that adds additional ports to any computer. The hub has four ports on it and needs one of your ports for connectivity to your computer. That means you get a net extra of three USB 3.0 ports. That should be enough to allow you to connect more USB 3.0 devices to your computer, assuming those devices aren't so fat that they block the port beside whatever you are plugging in.

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Download of the Day: AVG Free Edition 10.0.1136

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 10:38 am

Our Download of the Day today is AVG Free Edition 10.0.1136.


AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is trusted antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows available to download for free. In addition, the new included LinkScanner® Active Surf-Shield checks web pages for threats at the only time that matters - when you're about to click that link.


AVG Anti-Virus Free has these following features:


• Award-winning antivirus and antispyware

• Real-time safe internet surfing and searching

• Quality proven by 80 million of users

• Easy to download, install and use

• Protection against viruses and spyware

• Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP


AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is only available for single computer use for home and non commercial use.



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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 9:09 am

The latest happenings from around the web - October 12th, 2010


NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 Reviews


- ZOTAC GeForce GT 430 1 GB @ Techpowerup

- Zotac GeForce GT 430 Zone Edition Graphics Card @ Hardware Heaven

- NVIDIA GeForce GT 430: Cheap DX11 Graphics @ Hot Hardware

- nVidia GT430 @ Kitguru

- ASUS GeForce GT 430 1GB @ Hardware Canucks

- Zotac Geforce GT 430 @ Funkykit

- ASUS ENGT430 GeForce GT 430 1GB DDR3 Video Card @ Legit Reviews

- ASUS GeForce GT 430 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

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Telstra t-bag the Windows Phone 7 launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 3:27 am

Telstra have been on a roll lately, T-Hub sales are great, new CIO, a new company direction, exclusives (like the HTC Desire), and now, at Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 7, Telstra will receive exclusive acknowledgment in the $100 million advertising campaign for Windows Phone 7.


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Telstra will be Microsoft's main launch partner here in Australia and will be given a special place on the handsets with a media centre application focused on Telstra's online services.


Windows Phone 7 is a big step for Microsoft, the smartphone market is currently dominated by handsets running Apple's iOS, Google's Android and RIM's Blackberry OS.


Years of watching Apple, RIM and Google owning the market, would have Microsoft furious - With Windows Phone 7, this gives Microsoft another shot and with Telstra as an exclusive - it's a very big step for them.

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Xbox Kinect gets a raft, yes, a raft.

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 3:19 am

Well, well, it looks like the prayers of white water rafters world wide has been heard.


Enter, GAME BOAT! "ideal for Kinect adventures".


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Atomic Accessories has created a peripheral to "fully immerse" you into white water rafting. For it to work properly, your feet need to be firmly in the inflatable dinghy, hands and legs inside the raft please!


Kinect Adventures features 20 different mini-games, with the River Rush, white water rapid game being the one most demonstrated.


River Rush supports one or two players, who get to race downstream, leaning left or right to steer the in-game boat, timing their jumps in order to get bonus items.


As a bonus, there are plenty of other games that could eventually support the boat which is great!

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Breakthrough new display tech, draws next to no power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 2:31 am

Current LCD/LED monitors are very power efficient, but it doesn't stop the constantly evolving IT market from trying out new tech.


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The University of Cincinnati has recently announced a new "e-Display design", which includes a massive breakthrough for electronic devices called, Electrofluidic Display Technology (EFD). Now, this is where you put your lab coat on... finally, you can be Gordon Freeman!


Got it on? Good, here we go, EFD is created through the collaboration between U of C, Dupont, Sun Chemical and Gamma Dynamics.


Ok, you can take it off now - it was getting a bit warm with it on.

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