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Exclusive: LSI Analyst Day concludes, more SF3700 pics

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 3:13 am

LSI Analyst Day is wrapping up but media is barred from attending since we have all of the secrets. While the regular cast and crew are entertaining the Wall Street crowd we made a line straight to the goodies room in our plain cloths.






Security thought we were with the display setup crews...cameras and all.

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Exclusive: LSI SandForce SF3700 PCIe 2.0 tested, 1800 MB/s

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 3:06 am

With our belly's full and our cameras twitching for some action we got to work, albeit twelve hours ahead of the predefined schedule.




This is just an early taste of what we'll officially show tomorrow at the 2013 AIS conference hosted by LSI.




It was one thing to hear LSI tell us over the phone that SF3700 is capable of delivering 1800 MB/s sequential performance but seeing it in person is totally different. This result was from a PCIe 2.0 4 lane product that we'll first see on enterprise products but consumer models will follow soon. LSI has a winner on its hands and we're glad to see the shift to PCIe based storage with a native controller.

Android 4.3 released for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and is available now

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 2:10 am

The 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE is finally here. The update is available for download right now on the LTE version of the Note 2 with the GT-N7105 model number. The Galaxy Note 2 has been running Android 4.1.2 since its launch. They have skipped Android 4.2.2 and went directly to 4.3. So far the update seems to be working pretty smoothly, unlike the Galaxy SIII update that got pulled back. This update is a big change; it completely changes the user interface to the one found on the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3.




Samsung hasn't announced the official update's details but the people at Sammobile have listed the differences and improvements they have found.

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Cooler Master launches the new All-In-One Nepton Series CPU coolers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 1:40 am

Today, Cooler Master announced the launch of an all new All-In-One water cooling unit series to their lineup. The new Nepton Series features a the 140XL and 280L models that each feature a new pump design that increases performance as well as liquid flow rate for improved cooling efficiency and capacity.




The new Nepton 140XL features a large radiator sixed perfectly to fit Cooler Master's Jetflow 140mm Fans and comes sealed from the factory with specially formulated liquid coolant inside to ensure a leak-proof experience. Likewise, the Nepton 280L features dual Jetflow 140mm fans, and is also sealed from the factory with the same coolant. Cooler Master has included a unique thumbscrew mounting design that will allow for a quick and easy installation, to get you back to gaming as fast as possible.

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Snap apps from your phone to the Xbox One with the new SmartGlass app

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 12:42 am

Today Microsoft began rolling out its new Xbox One compatible SmartGlass app for Windows Phones. While most of the existing SmartGlass App features are present, there are just as many new Xbox One exclusive features in the new app. Xbox One users can now control which apps they snap to the Xbox One screen directly from their Windows Phone.




Additionally, new features such as the Xbox Live activity feed, a new menu section, and even a home section that lets you quickly access pins is available. A new setting in the app will also allow users to prevent their phone from locking while the app is open, thus preventing the phones screen from going dark while gaming and using your phone as an accessory. Microsoft did not elaborate as to why they chose to release a separate Xbox One version of the app, but I suspect it is due to API incompatibilities.

Microsoft annonces their official eBay store opening in the US today

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 12:14 am

Just today Microsoft announced they have opened their Microsoft Store on eBay in the US. The eBay Microsoft Store will offer Microsoft accessories as well as first-party Microsoft products. This will assumingly increase sales of new products. Unlike Apple, Microsoft only has 81 retail stores. eBay has 142 million active users globally and this partnership just might just give Microsoft their boost in sales.




Microsoft guarantees their new eBay store can offer "the same safe online shopping experience, return policy and free shipping from the Microsoft Store on eBay that they've come to expect on" The launch of the new Microsoft eBay store will be just in time for the holidays.

Exclusive: First LSI SandForce SF3700 reference design pictured

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 11:48 pm

The fun starts at LSI's annual AIS event in less than 24 hours but TweakTown spied and captured the first image of a SF3700 reference design at SC13 today. SF3700, as shown here in it's PCIe form, can achieve 1800 MB/s sequential read and is guaranteed to bring a smile.




The SF3700, designed in the Bay Area, is the first bi-protocol SSD controller. SF3700 is SATA III and PCIe in the same controller, just a few manufacturing changes away at the end component level.

BlackBerry's Porsche Design P'9982 arrives on November 21st

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 11:43 pm

Even in a time of financial crisis BlackBerry is continuing to release smartphone after smartphone in an effort to somehow convince the public that it is still a major player in the industry. Today we learned that the company plans on releasing the Premium Porsche Design P'9982 despite is astronomically high price tag.




For what basically amounts to a re-skinned BlackBerry Z10, the Porsche P'9982 features Italian leather, and stainless steel in its "ultra-modern" design. Internally it features the same 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 4.2-inch 720p display that the normal Z10 comes with. The only thing outside of a new sleek exterior is a certificate of authentication and a "2AA" lapel pin that signifies you as a member of the Porsche Design Club.


The new BlackBerry Z10 Porsche Design P'9982 will set you back by more than $2400, and will still run the stock version of BlackBerry 10. At that price, you could buy A Google Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and still have money left over for a very high-end Google Chromebook. Call me crazy, but a company who is continuing on a downward slope should be introducing products that change the market, and gain them massive amounts of market share, not releasing something that is more expensive than any phone Apple has ever offered. BlackBerry says that the new Porsche Design P'9982 will arrive on November 21st, and then we will see if the demand for the device outpaces the much cheaper Z10.

Silicon Power announces the new Thunder T11 Thunderbolt Palm Drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 10:35 pm

Silicon Power announced today the launch of its latest external storage device. The all new Thunder T11 Thunderbolt Palm Drive utilizes Intel's Thunderbolt technology to alongside an internal SSD to achieve unprecedented speeds in an external storage device. Silicon Power says that the new Thunder T11 is certified by both Apple and Intel, and symbolizes a new era in external storage solutions.




"Thunderbolt technology can come in small palm size packages for true mobility," said Jason Ziller, Intel's Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, "We are pleased with Silicon Power's support for Thunderbolt technology and bringing Thunderbolt mobile storage to the next level for professional consumers."


The new new Thunder T11 is capable of read speeds in the range of 380Mb/s and write speeds top 340Mb/s which more than doubles the speed of USB 3.0. Silicon power chose to power the new Thunder T11 through the Thunderbolt port as well making this external storage device as compact and portable as possible. The entire devices measures in at just 74x62x15mm and weighs in at a mere 65-grams with a capacity of 120Gb. Pricing information was not provided at the time of this writing.

12.9 inch iPad reported to be in production for early 2014 release

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 10:07 pm

According to Korean Times, Apple's "first-tier display supplier" are starting production on a new iPad that will be 3.2 inches larger than the current iPads. According to the source it will have a 12.9 Retina display that will be close to ultra-high definition and could possibly be near 4K. The source claims the release could be early next year.




The display could be produced by LG or Samsung seeing how they are known production partners from that area. The new iPad is rumored to be called the "iPad Pro." It is also believed that Samsung is also going to be releasing a tablet with a 12.2 display early next year. There are rumors stirring around that a larger iPhone display might be coming as well.