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Plextor shows early M6 specifications at Computex Taipei 2013

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 9:31 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Off to the side at the Plextor booth and getting little attention was an early look at what may become the M6 Series. We were told it's a working product name but considering the M1 through M5 product naming scheme M6 seems appropriate since it's next in line.




The specifications shown are very close to those found on the existing M5 Pro model that's selling today.


That means the baseline M6, or M6S depending on your market, should have nearly identical performance to the existing M5 Pro product but at a lower cost. With that said, where are the M6 Pro specs? That's the model we want to see since the Pro versions in the Plextor product series are the bleeding edge performance drives. We'll get out the shovel tomorrow and look for treasure.

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Plextor drops TLC from SSD lineup

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 9:16 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - We learned today that Plextor has dropped any immediate plans to release the 2.5" TLC model shown at CES 2013 and CeBIT 2013. Citing endurance concerns, a Plextor rep stated to TweakTown that the TLC model shown at previous shows has been shelved. "With Toshiba's new 1y NAND flash we can meet the same or better price point and not [have] issues with endurance."




The product in question used a Marvell 88SS9189 controller with Toshiba TLC NAND, lithography unknown. In 512GB capacity size, the rated performance was 540MB/s sequential read and 465MB/s sequential write speeds. The quoted IOPS performance was 80K read and 72K write, 4K aligned. These numbers are significantly higher than Samsung's 840, especially the write performance. Allowing TLC NAND to write at those speeds would have been an issue since TLC has lower PE cycles than MLC NAND.


The buzz around the show is that 1y will change the SSD market from a price perspective. Also, new controllers are emerging that can scale beyond 512GB and new interfaces that work over PCIe will mean moving beyond the limits of SATA III. These new products should start hitting e-tail stores in 3Q.

ReportTT: BlackBerry has A10 device being tested, will launch in November

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 9:03 pm

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry is reportedly already testing a new device. The A10 is reportedly undergoing testing and is slated for a November launch on Sprint. The various reports claim that the A10 will be an even better flagship device for BlackBerry.




The A10 is said to be more curvy than the Z10, BlackBerry's current flagship device. Some say it looks quite a bit more like the Samsung Galaxy S4, but no pictures have leaked out as of yet. It reportedly uses 2GB of RAM and runs BlackBerry OS 10.2, though these are just rumored for right now.


You can probably expect to see a quad-core processor and full HD screen, though these have not been supported by any reports as of yet. As soon as we get more details, we'll pass them along.

ReportTT: Apple has attempted to trademark 'iWatch' in Russia

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 8:28 pm

Apple has reportedly filed to trademark the term iWatch in Russia. The report comes courtesy of Izvestia, a Russian newspaper, and states that Apple has filed an application for two International Classification of Goods and Services trademarks. The first is a 9th grade of Nice Classification, which covers computers and peripherals. The second is under the 14th classification, which relates to "hours."




The newspaper report says that the first trademark application for iWatch was filed in Jamaica on December 3, 2012. Around that time, the Apple rumor mill started pumping out rumors of an impending iWatch device. Of course, a trademark doesn't mean they are currently making an iWatch; the actual product could still be years off in the future.

Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Active, a dust and water resistant smartphone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 7:53 pm

Samsung has made the often leaked and rumored Galaxy S4 Active official. The device was widely expected to be coming at Samsung's June 20 event in London. The S4 Active is designed to be water and dust resistant, making it perfect for those who lead a rather excessive lifestyle.




The Active will debut in Sweden and the United States first, but should eventually head worldwide. When it debuts, it will rock Android 4.2.2, a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, a 2,600Mah battery, and a 5.0-inch full HD TFT LCD. The rear-facing camera is 8MP and features an "aqua mode" that can be used when snapping pictures underwater.


Samsung says the device can be submerged at three feet for up to 30 minutes without issue. It also features a protected headphone jack, allowing you to listen to music in the pool. The device will be available in urban grey, dive blue, and orange flare.

Yahoo updates search page, looks a little more like Bing and Google

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 7:03 pm

This morning, Yahoo announced that it has redesigned its search page and claims this new look "put[s] your results front and center." Search results are now placed higher on the page and Yahoo is even touting improved performance thanks to several undisclosed improvements to its search algorithm.




Yahoo has also integrated its Google-like top navigation bar to the search page in an attempt to improve the user experience. While these changes are small, they are part of Yahoo's larger plan to revamp their image and combine utility with beauty. The company says that today's changes are just the first step in achieving that goal.

Firefox to become more Chrome-like in October with version 25

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 6:33 pm

Mozilla, the developers behind Firefox, are planning a major design overhaul for the popular web browser. The changes will appear in Firefox 25 which is slated to arrive in October. Those who wish to preview the changes are in luck as Mozilla has set up a special Nightly UX channel for Firefox 25. (Source #2)




For those of you who just want to know the differences, keep reading. The new look is awfully similar to the current user interface for Google's Chrome browser. The tabs have been rounded over, and Firefox is ditched the top left settings drop-down in favor of a more Chrome-like menu icon at the right hand side of the URL bar which is affectionately known as the "hot dog icon."


Other features include:

  • Curved tabs.
  • Remove tab affordance from background tabs.
  • Separate Bookmark Star from location bar and merge with Bookmarks Menu item.
  • Updated Panel Based Application Menu and Customization Mode.
  • Windows (All): Draw entire window frame including Caption Buttons.
  • Windows XP: Custom window frame style for all default themes.


Additional changes to the browser include updating in-content user interface styles, refining all aspects of the existing UI, as well as several bug fixes. Firefox warned developers that they should plan for a minimalistic toolbar UI and that the API to add toolbar buttons will be very different.

MSI expand their motherboard line up with the Z87 POWER and more

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 6:18 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Going hand in hand with all the memory that is being shown off this year we've got a ton of motherboards that support the latest chipset from Intel. We headed over to the MSI booth this afternoon to have a look at what is exactly on offer.




One board that really took our eye is the upcoming Z87 XPOWER which is due in the coming weeks. Sporting the PLX chip for faster 4-Way GPU support the upcoming board which isn't quite ready yet looks good. Along with the PLX chip we've got the Sound Blaster X-Fi3 HD audio chip.





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Microsoft teases new Xbox One games in E3 trailer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 6:04 pm

Microsoft has just released its first teaser trailer for the upcoming E3 Expo. The teaser hints at new games such as Forza 5, Gears of War, Halo, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Splinter Cell, Battlefield 4, Fifa 14 along with revealing images of the new Xbox Live, Xbox One, as well as some updating content for the Xbox 360.



With Microsoft promising "A new generation of games" is no question that the Xbox One will be the star of the show. The only thing that could still under would be the hardware unveiling of Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4.




Tweak him will have full coverage of the E3 Expo with our own Trace Hagan on the ground putting in the footwork to bring you the latest and greatest from the gaming world. Stay tuned to TweakTown for all of your E3 and Computex coverage.

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More Gaming Series video cards from MSI and a new Lightning offering

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 5:44 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Still one of my absolute favorite series from video cards come from our friends at MSI and while they didn't have a new Lightning based GTX 780 to show us, they did have the slightly cheaper GTX 770 on display which has also already arrived in our Taiwan labs.






Again while not on display; the first question that did come to mind was when will we see a GTX 780. While not ready just quiet yet MSI are indeed working on it and it looks like we should see it sometime in July. We're excited about both models as the Lightning series continue to be one of the strongest series of video cards available.






Outside of the new Lightning cards due, MSI are expanding the new Gaming series with the release of the GTX 770 and GTX 780 under it. We're quickly becoming a fan of the new Gaming series of cards and while we haven't got the GTX 780 variant yet, it's coming soon. So make sure you keep an eye out in the coming weeks for reviews on all the latest MSI Video Card offerings.