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OCZ shows NVMe SSD at 2013 HPC for Wall Street

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 7:40 pm

Today at the world's largest High Performance Computing (HPC) event located at the world renowned Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, OCZ will unveil the Aeon Series 3.5-inch SSD. The Aeon series SSD is based on the Non-Volatile Memory (NVMe) specification and is targeted to meet stringent requirements of latency sensitive applications currently hindered by legacy HDD infrastructure. OCZ, with the Aeon Series, puts an emphasis on superior Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increasing performance for financial industry datacenters.




Unveiling the latest Aeon Series at the HPC for Wall Street show provides IT professional's valuable insight into leveraging new technologies to maximize their company's productivity and streamline their storage footprint.


Designed for demanding transactional environments such as high-frequency trading, Aeon delivers the speed and low latency read and writes of DRAM with the persistence and scalability of storage. It reduces file system overhead in enterprise appliances while accelerating applications and improving overall I/O efficiency, along with providing unlimited endurance supporting an infinite number of drive writes per day without wearing out or slowing down.

LeakedTT: NVIDIA's Tegra TAB gets detailed as it stops by the FCC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 6:24 pm

We've been hearing a lot of rumors and seeing a lot of leaks about NVIDIA's upcoming Tegra TAB Android-based tablet, but this morning it appears that we're finally getting some solid info on the upcoming device. During a recent visit to the FCC, some interesting information popped up.




It appears that the Tegra TAB name has been confirmed and that the device will in fact feature a Tegra 4 processor. The exact model of the processor is still unknown, but we do know that the Tegra TAB will feature a 7-inch, 1280x800-pixel IPS display. A front "HD" camera of unknown pixel density will be featured alongside a five-megapixel rear-shooter.


Battery capacity is said to be as large as 4,100mAh. The manual included in the filing reveals what appears to be a stock-looking version of Android Jelly Bean. One of the most interesting new features to pop up, however, is the inclusion of a stylus that appears to function much like Samsung's S-Pen. There are still no details of pricing or availability, and we're still not sure if NVIDIA will retail the device themselves or if they will license the design to OEMs such as ASUS, ACER, or Toshiba. Head over to the FCC source below for all of the manuals, images, and other information that is available in the recent filing.

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SteelSeries releases two new gaming headsets, the new 5Hv3 and 3Hv2

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 5:30 pm

Earlier this morning, SteelSeries released two new devices to its massively popular H-series of gaming headsets. The 5Hv3 and 3Hv2 are designed to deliver tournament-grade audio while remaining affordable to everyone in the gaming community.




The SteelSeries 5Hv2 was undoubtedly one of the most popular gaming headsets in the professional gaming arena, and the newly released 5Hv3 update makes everyone's favorite headset even better. SteelSeries says that the new 5Hv3 features the latest high-end audio drivers from SteelSeries and a custom-engineered soundscape to bring you the highest level of audio quality possible. The new headset features a large microphone that retracts into the headset for convenient storage when not in use. Additionally, new ear cups have been designed with comfort in mind.


Up next is the SteelSeries 3Hv2, a budget-friendly headset that has been created for gamers who are looking to experience what SteelSeries has to offer without breaking the bank. The new headset features a compact, affordable design, which makes it the ideal solution for travel, and includes a unique adapter that allows the headset to function with PC, Mac, tablets, and smartphones. The 3Hv2 features next-generation audio drivers, extra padded leather ear cups, and a retractable microphone. The 5Hv3 and 3Hv2 are available for purchase now at electronics retailers everywhere and retail for $79.99 and $39.99, respectively.

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Futuremark releases new 3DMark for iOS benchmarking app for free

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 4:36 pm

Today, Futuremark announced the release of its 3DMark benchmarking application for iOS. The new app comes a few months after the release of 3DMark for Android and allows both mobile operating systems to run "unlimited" benchmark tests on any Android or iOS device and compare devices across operating systems.




Futuremark says that the new iOS addition of 3DMark includes everything you would need to accurately benchmark the performance of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Users can directly compare 3DMark scores to other devices running iOS, Android, Windows, and even Windows RT, once the RT version is released, of course. The company says that testers will now be ready to benchmark and compare any new devices that Apple may release tomorrow during its press conference.


Futuremark has added a new test to 3DMark specifically designed for making chip-to-chip comparisons across mobile devices and operating systems dubbed 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited. This new test can be added to the Android edition of the app by updating to the latest version. Additionally, Futuremark has built a mobile hardware database of all of these scores from the most popular smartphones and tablets that have been benchmarked using the 3DMark application. Check out the sources listed below for both download links as well as a link to the 3DMark mobile hardware database.

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Amazon's Kindle for iOS app gets mandatory update ahead of iOS 7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 3:02 pm

This morning, Amazon announced that it has released a "mandatory" update to its Kindle app on iOS. Kindle users on iOS received the notification informing them that failure to update the app to the latest version could cause the loss of books and account registration when upgrading to Apple's new iOS 7 mobile operating system.




It is widely expected that iOS 7 will be released tomorrow during Apple's launch event, at which it will also debut the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, of which both devices are said to be running iOS7 out of the box. There is no explanation as to why books may be lost without the update, but since it's free and only takes a few minutes, upgrading to the new version should not be an issue for any user.


The warning notification users received is below:


This is a fix for a Kindle issue with the upcoming iOS7 OS upgrade that may cause customers to have to re-register and re-download books from Amazon. Please download and install - this is a required update before upgrading to iOS7.

USB-IF to develop Media Agnostic USB Specification

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 2:42 pm

Today, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced that development has started on the new Media Agnostic USB Specification. This new spec will allow wireless storage solutions to communicate over the USB protocol without the need for a physical connection. More importantly, the goal of the specification is to allow wireless gigabit transfer rates leveraging existing USB infrastructure.




The WiGig Serial Extension v1.2 specification will provide the initial foundation for this new spec. This WSE specification will be formally transferred to the USB-IF from the Wi-Fi Alliance.


"We are pleased to see the USB-IF use the WiGig Serial Extension in its development of the Media Agnostic USB specification," said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. "Advanced wireless usages of serial bus technology have the potential to deliver great benefit to users."


Additionally, wireless devices implementing the MA USB specification will retain compliance with the SuperSpeed (USB 3.0) and Hi-Speed (USB 2.0) protocols.

Synology releases DiskStation Manager 4.3

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 2:24 pm

On the heels of the latest successful public beta, Synology has launched DiskStation Manager 4.3 to an official release. Many new features come with this latest release along with a few upgrades. Some of these include Cloud Station, which is 30 percent faster with Synology adding in delta-updates, and improved mobile applications for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.




Another feature that caught our attention was the addition of TRIM support for modern Synology DiskStation and RackStation x10 series. Select models also gain the ability to use an SSD as a cache drive for higher read performance. For those of you that want the option to use the latest from Synology, a live demo is made available to the public (see first source below).

WD announces 2TB external storage with the My Passport Slim

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 2:13 pm

Today, Western Digital has announced the latest in its My Passport line of external storage solutions. The My Passport Slim features 2TB of capacity in a slim 18mm all-metal casing for added durability.




Included with the Slim is WD Smartware Pro data protection software, which we have had the chance to look at on a number of occasions. This software is one of the more full featured applications available in that it allows users to back-up their data straight to the My Passport while maintaining an additional copy on their Dropbox account.


The My Passport Slim will be available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, with the 1TB model measuring just 4.3"x3.1"x0.48" and 2TB coming in at 4.3"x3.1"x0.7". Each of these external storage solutions come with a very nice three year warranty from WD. The 1TB model will be immediately available from the WD Store and online retailers. The 2TB will follow in the next quarter.

Seagate unveils Seagate Ultra Mobile, 500GB storage for smart devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:01 pm

Thought the 32GB or 64GB of internal flash storage was never enough? Well, Seagate might have just announced something that will surprise you - the Seagate Ultra Mobile. This is the industry's first purpose-built 500GB storage solution for Android-based devices.




This means that consumers can take around countless hours of music or video, or tens of thousands of images everywhere they go. Seagate has used a Dynamic Data Driver that "intelligently manages the data between the devices' on-board flash and the HDD to provide comparable power and performance of flash-only solutions."




Seagate has also used zero-gravity sensors (ZGS) that will protect the device if it's dropped, as well as improved shock and tolerance for gyroscopic motion supports even when the device is being moved around quickly when you're playing games. This all comes in at just 3.3 oz, which is about the weight of a light bulb. It's built on the 2.5-inch standard, and is just 5mm thick. Power consumption is ultra-low at just 0.14W in standby or idle.

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LG sends its G2 smartphone to infinity, and beyond, films it all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 11:32 am

LG's G2 smartphone is the company's latest flagship smartphone, but just how do you celebrate your latest smartphone's launch? Well, you launch it, into the stratosphere, that's how.



The South Korean giant wanted to show off the G2's 13-megapixel camera, in style, so it used a weather balloon to get the LG G2 to around 18 miles up. This is enough to get to the stratosphere of Earth, where the G2 snapped some gorgeous imagery using the much-hyped optical image stabilization and low-light functions of the 13-megapixel camera on the rear of the G2 smartphone.




The LG G2 is a 5.2-inch smartphone which features a 1920x1080 IPS panel. The rear-camera shoots 1080p video, with optical image stabilization which keeps everything shake-free. Check out the footage above, it's actually quite impressive.