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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 3:45 am

The latest happenings from around the web - April 20th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Dell XPS x8300-5215NBK @ Techreviewsource

- Zotac Zbox HD Blu-Ray All-in-One Mini-PC @ OCIA

- HP Pavilion g6x @ Techreviewsource

- Alienware M11x R3 review (Core i7 2630UM) @ Kitguru

- Alienware M11x R3 Gaming Laptop @ Hardware Heaven

- Alienware M18x Gaming Laptop Launch @ Hardware Heaven

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS P8P76 WS Revolution: Elegant and Perfectly Functional @ InsideHW

- Intel P67 Motherboard 5-Way Shootout @ Techspot

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Adaptec MaxIQ SSD Caching demo at IDF Beijing 2011 (video)

By: Nicole Scott | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 3:50 pm

We all love the idea of using an SSD to replace our hard drives but there are just situations where it's just too expensive, like say in a server. Let's imagine that we can speed up our servers and make our hard drives seem as fast as if we'd replace them all with SSDs. Let's take a look at a hybrid array of HDDs and SSDs specifically the demo we saw put on by Adaptec MaxIQ at IDF Beijing 2011.

 

 

The increased speed and performance are achieved by automatic storage acceleration, which is facilitated using MaxIQ SSD Caching. The storage controller is in a unique position to monitor storage traffic and make decisions regarding "hot" data areas that can be copied to SSDs, automatically and dramatically increasing the speed of any system. Analysis of traffic patterns is made and copies frequently-read "hot" data are made to the SSD cache pool. This automatically increases performance without adding any management issues. The data in the SSD cache pool is simply a copy of the hot data residing on the HDD, eliminating many of the data migration concerns that get involved in placement algorithms.

 

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This is the basic overview of what is explained in depth by Neil Cameron field engineer at Adaptec PMC, it's a very interesting interview in which I felt I learned a lot... and trust me when I say that SSD caching isn't usually something that I would cover, unless it was REALLY interesting!!

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Weekly Giveaway: NZXT Phantom, Bunker, Sentry LXE and Cryo LX

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 3:42 pm

We have teamed up with NZXT this week to giveaway a bunch of cool prizes.

 

There will be four winners who have a chance of winning a Phantom, Bunker, Sentry LXE or Cryo LX.

 

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NZXT presents the cutting edge Phantom Full Tower Chassis. Designed with sleek, pristine contours, the Phantom radiates personality and quality. As with all NZXT products, we strive to set apart our customers from the rest with unique, original designs - we run the extra mile so you won't have to settle with the typical rectangular box.

 

Introducing the Bunker, NZXT's 4 USB Lock system, the first PC accessory contrived for USB expansion and protection of gaming accessories. Plug in gaming mice, keyboards, and headphones and lock it with a sophisticated 20 key lock system and durable locking door to prevent theft at LAN parties and schools. Secure your gaming accessories, game on assured.

 

Introducing Sentry LXE, a high performance external fan controller with an intuitive touch screen. Its unique patent-pending PCI card interface desktop design allows effortless control without having to reach underneath the desk to configure the settings. Some of the additional advanced features include touch screen capability, 5 channel fan control and temperature detect, time and date display, temperature alarm, and screen on/of functions...

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Apple slap Samsung with a lawsuit, claim they've copied the iPhone and iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 10:08 am

Apple is not happy with Samsung, they've filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung (who have just sold their HDD operations to Seagate btw!) for the Galaxy-branded line of products. Apple is claiming that Samsung have infringed on their rights with the Galaxy S phones and Tab by violating various patents which were assigned to Apple by US PTO.

 

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Apple also think that the Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Tab look like their iPhone and iPad, which is a violation called "trade dress". Apart from sounding like Apple are saying Samsung are cross-dressing, Apple are seriously pissed about this and are claiming that the Galaxy Tab took its design from the iPad with the same aspect ratio, rectangular shape, rounded corners (oh no!) and similar black border - referencing the similarities found in the iPad.

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Seagate and Samsung join forces, plan to take over the HDD world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 10:01 am

It has been confirmed - Samsung are set to combine their Hard Disk Drive Operations with Seagate. Samsung set to receive significant equity ownership in Seagate while extending and enhancing the existing cross-license agreement between both companies. Included is a NAND flash memory supply agreement in which Samsung will provide Seagate with market-leading semiconductor products for use in Seagate's enterprise solid state drives, solid state hybrid drives and other products.

 

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A disk drive supply agreement under which Seagate will supply disk drives to Samsung for PCs, notebooks and consumer electronics. Expanded cooperation between both companies to co-develop enterprise storage solutions. Finally, a shareholder agreement in which an executive from Samsung will be nominated to join Seagate's Board of Directors.

 

The combined value of the above transactions, agreements and love is worth approximately $1.375 billion USD which will be paid by Seagate to Samsung in teh form of 50-percent stock and 50-percent cash.

Telstra revamps their website, more beauty, less text

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 7:23 am

Telstra have revamped their website in yet another move to get customers to deal online with them more. The move might work as the site is much less text-heavy now and feels slightly less bloated.

 

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Gerd Schenkel, executive director of Telstra Digital says:

 

You told us our site was too text heavy, confusing and very hard to navigate - you couldn't quickly and easily find what you were looking for, and as a result many visitors had to phone us or go into a store instead...you told us it was really hard to find the basics - such as viewing and paying your bill and checking your email, so we've made these sections much more prominent.

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Portal 2 is now available, shoots portal to jump into your heart

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 5:41 am

Valve's portal-shooting game, Portal 2 is now available. I have just spent the last hour or so pre-loading, decrypting and shooting portals around and I must say it's great. It's very funny, like the original and the graphics have quite a bit more polish applied too.

 

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The game is available at under $50 and features co-operative play for portal fun with a friend. Grab it now! Now I said!

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NVIDIA release WHQL-certified 270.61 GeForce drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 1:59 am

The first 270-family GeForce drivers have arrived in the form of the WHQL-certified 270.61 drivers. The new drivers mainly include what we got with the 270.51 beta, including the insane 241-percent to 516-percent performance jumps for GTX 560 Ti and GTX 580 owners when running Dragon Age II with specific high quality settings.

 

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In certain configurations, both cards get a 4-percent to 19-percent improvement in the following games: Mafia 2, Metro 2033, Left 4 Dead 2, H.A.W.X. 2, Civilization V, Far Cry 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Just Cause 2.

 

The new drivers also include "NVIDIA Update", NVIDIA Update is a feature that will notify you when new drivers are available and direct you to a download location. Kinda like Steam's solution for AMD Radeon-powered users, but, not as good, yet.

Samsung looking to dump their Hard Drive Unit for USD$1.5 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 1:51 am

Samsung is looking to sell its money-losing hard disk drive business to raise cash to invest in new growth areas - yes, Samsung are looking to close up their HDD business and sell up shop. Samsung is looking to sell the unit for $1.5 billion and may consider deals under $1 billion.

 

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A potential buyer of the business? Seagate. There's not much else known about this yet - but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.

iPhone 5 to simply get an upgraded 8 megapixel camera and improved antenna, "this doesn't change everything, again"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 1:20 am

Well slap me in the face and make me wear a turtleneck, rumors are flying that the Apple iPhone 5 will simply feature "slight modifications" from the iPhone 4, including an 8-megapixel rear camera and Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models with the iPhone 5 going into production in September.

 

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I guess this will "change everything, again", will it Apple? With Android-based devices getting massive overhauls for what seems every 3.42 seconds this is a weird move by Apple. Also consider that 2011 is looking to be the year of Android, one would think Apple would be pulling out all the stops to release something magical to the market.

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