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Zalman start selling F1-Series SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 10:28 am

It was only a few weeks ago that we reported that Zalman were entering the GPU market with some nice looking AMD Radeon GPUs, and now Zalman have entered into a new line of products: solid state drives. The new series is called the F1-series and they've already begun selling in Japan.

 

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The new drives are the usual SandForce SF-2281 controller drives, backed up with MLC NAND flash memory. The F1-series will be available in three different sizes, 60, 120 and 240GB. The drives are priced at priced at 11,980 JPY (US $153), 19,800 JPY ($254), and 39,980 JPY ($513), respectively.

 

The Zalman F1-series of SSDs are capable of delivering read speeds of up to 560MB/sec, and up to 530MB/sec writes. Both the 60 and 120GB drives offer 4K random write performance of 30,000 IOPS while the 240GB drive ramps up a bit to 45,000 IOPS. It's good to see Zalman entering a new market, Corsair did the same a few years ago and look at them now. They're a forced to be reckoned with in a few different markets now, SSDs, cooling, cases, and power supplies.

Intel's latest server board supports up to 1TB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 9:26 am

Intel's upcoming LGA2011 server board product, S4600LG (codenamed "Lizard Head Pass") which will be capable of handling 1TB of RAM. Yes, that's 1024GB of RAM. The board is designed mainly for high-performance computing and math-intensive server applications, such as video streaming sites using it for transcoding, etc.

 

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The board is capable of achieving such large memory expansion room by providing three DIMM slots per memory channel, with each socket giving four memory channels. The S4600LG supports the 8-core Xeon E5-4600 series Sandy Bridge-EP processors. The S4600LH is driven by an Intel C600 "Patsburg" chipset with up to 8 SCU ports and 2 SATA 6 Gb/s ports. One of the downsides is the board doesn't have any standard expansion slots, with only two PCI-Express 3.0 x48 risers, which daughterboards with three x16 slots each, can be attached (as shown in the picture above).

 

The board also sports dual Intel LAN with VT support, KVM and BMT logic is in-built and the board should be available in Q2 2012. 1TB of RAM, doesn't that just sound insane to others? I really think we'll see a shrink in personal machines over the future as Windows becomes much better on resources, but for a server build, this thing is a beast and a half.

LG show off 84-inch 'ultra definition' 4K TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 8:33 am

LG have announced that they will be throwing an 84-inch TV into their truck when they drive over to CES next year. 84-inch may sound impressive, but that's not all that is coming to Las Vegas next year. The new 84-inch TV is 'ultra definition' sporting a resolution of 3840x2160.

 

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It includes LG's usual Cinema 3D and Smart TV features built-in, including support for the upgraded Magic Motion remote and voice control. At the moment it's just a tease, with no information like pricing, or availability. There are also no easy sources of 4K-res video content, not even games. One of the biggest pushes by LG for this new set is 3D.

 

LG's Cinema 3D technology uses a Film Pattern Retarder screen and passive glasses that result in lowered resolution, but with the plentiful amount of pixels, there's no question about whether viewers are still getting at least an HD picture. What I want now, is 3 of these screens, in portrait, an new hover-chair for my PC, and eleventy-million AMD Radeon HD 7970's in CrossFire. Battlefield 3 would never be the same...

Danger Den announces the DD-M6 CPU Block, the highest performing CPU block to date from Danger Den

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 7:26 am

It sure has been a busy holiday season this year! So many announcements and releases with todays release from Danger Den. They've announced the latest CPU cooling block - DD-M6 CPU Block, which is the highest performing CPU block to date from Danger Den.

 

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The DD-M6 replaces the long-running MC-TDX block improving upon both reliability and performance. Thermal performance has also received an upgrade, while maintaining low-flow restriction design. The CPU block is available in solid copper and brass parts that are non-plated or nickel plated. A new and improved mounting system is also included in the DD-M6 CPU block package allowing reliable mounting pressure in an attractive package.

 

Danger Den's president, Jeremy Burnett says:

 

Danger Den released a CPU block that we are proud of. Improved performance, built like a tank, and almost 100% produced in the US. The Top Plate, Mid Plate, Hold Down Plate, Hold Down parts are all machined in our facility or within 50 miles of Danger Den. The hold down package has been significantly improved for the LGA 2011 socket and previous socket versions. It looks great and makes the mounting process simple for the consumer.

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Microsoft goes limp on Xbox Live avatars, bans gun Avatars - reason? It's "family friendly"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 6:36 am

As of January 1, 2012, and part of a new Xbox Live policy, Microsoft will ban the purchase of any and all gun-related Avatar accessories within Xbox Live. In what seems like a troll from Microsoft, it's actually a 'family-friendly' move by them.

 

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The news came from an Epic Games forum post, where community manager raczilla noted that the Lander and Hammerburst Avatar accessories related to the Gears of War series will no longer be available for purchase on the Xbox Live Marketplace in the New Year.

 

Microsoft debuted Avatars in November of 2008, to copy Nintendo's Mii's on the Wii console, to visually represent a gamer using a cartoon-style character. What I don't understand is, how the hell do Microsoft think they can justify this when Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo, Gears of War, with the list virtually never-ending, are all on sale and huge money makers for the company?

 

It's almost as ridiculous as watching someone get banned on a Battlefield 3 server 'for swearing' when the core game itself, in single-player swears all the time and so do the people within the multi-player itself. It's trolltastic.

Download of the Day: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 6:03 am

Our Download of the Day today is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60.

 

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start.

 

Key Features:

 

• Light speed quick scanning.

• Ability to perform full scans for all drives.

• Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Protection Module. (requires registration)

• Database updates released daily.

• Quarantine to hold threats and restore them at your convenience.

• Ignore list for both the scanner and Protection Module.

• Settings to enhance your Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware performance.

• A small list of extra utilities to help remove malware manually.

• Multi-lingual support.

• Works together with other anti-malware utilities.

• Command line support for quick scanning.

• Context menu integration to scan files on demand.

 

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Windows Phone to soon have automatic backups

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 5:26 am

The next version of Windows Phone is set to have automatic backup, while not officially announced, it has been hinted at with a recent job posting on Microsoft's Careers website. While it is not unusual to have a very specific skill set requirement for a job, it can be hard to find the right person.

 

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Microsoft are definitely on the hunt for this person, and it looks like they'll have quite the important job to do. The listing is inviting candidates to join the Windows Phone Backup, Migrate, and Restore team. The goal of the project revolves around disaster recovery, to restore your phone to a good state should you lose it or buy a new Windows Phone-based device, drop it in water or the phone is wiped if the PIN is entered in too many times.

 

Microsoft are playing catchup when it comes to this type of feature, as other manufacturers either have it baked in, or have an app for it. Microsoft states they plan to bake in the feature with the next version of Windows Phone, but have not been specific on whether it would be Tango or Apollo.

Apple's App Store sees 5 million free app downloads per day in November

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 4:20 am

Thanks to the iPhone 4S launch, Apple saw a very nice record downloads amongst the top 200 free apps according to mobile app marketing firm, Fiksu. Apple saw free apps in the top 200 exceed the 5 million mark, with an average of 5.65 million downloads per day.

 

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That's a very tidy 15-percent increase over the same stats in October, where the App Store saw 4.91 million downloads per day among the top-ranked free apps. Before that, downloads were actually on a slow decline since June 2011. This is due to the launch of the iPhone 4S not arriving when people thought it would, and then when it did, you can clearly see the graph goes up, way up.

 

Fiksu says that the introduction and rapid adoption of iOS 5 also helped with the increase in downloads, which is due to a million and one updates to apps from developers designed to bring software up to spec for the new mobile OS. For November 2011, downloads were 83-percent higher than the same time in 2010, thanks to the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 launches.

Richard Huddy is now inside Intel Inside, or Inside Intel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 3:25 am

There have been plenty of people who have worked for ATI, that have moved onto bigger and better things by packing up their brown box, throwing their personal items inside like a plant or a family portrait (ok, ok, that sounds like a Hollywood cliche, but it's how I imagine it as an Australian) and moving to a better job.

 

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Now former AMD employee, Richard Huddy, has moved onto Intel. His goal with the red team was to form stronger relations with the game developers themselves. Big news, eh? Huddy has pushed through plenty of things for not only the technological industry, but the gaming industry. He worked with one of my favorite games, Max Payne, and ended up with a starring role as the mad professor in the lab. From there, he has helped a tonne of huge games hit the market.

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Facebook for iPad to get Timeline in January

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 2:37 am

After Facebook for iPhone, Android and mobile web were updated with Facebook's latest feature, Timeline, it is now time for the iPad to enjoy its time in the sun. According to 9to5Mac, Facebook is looking at launching Timeline for iPad in mid to late January.

 

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But, why the delay versus the other devices getting Timeline? Well, last-minute bugs have been said to be the culprit as to why it didn't hit the iPad. Right now you can still access the new Timeline interface on Facebook.com on the iPad, but it is nowhere near the same as it is on the iPhone or Android-based phones.

 

It has been reported that the iPad version of Timeline is very smooth, and intuitive and a 'fusion of the web and iPhone/iPod touch versions'. A source told 9to5Mac:

 

The app was already delayed once because of bugs. So, it would not be surprising for the update to be delayed once again.

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