ASUS has just taken the wrapping off of its new EeeBook X205, an Intel Atom-powered notebook that features an 11.6-inch display, full-sized keyboard, large touchpad and much more.
The ASUS EeeBook X205 is powered by the Intel Atom Z3735 processor, which is the company's Bay Trail-T processor, backed up by 2GB of RAM, an 11.6-inch 1366x768 LED backlit HD display, running Microsoft's Windows 8.1 OS. We also have the usual 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi-, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card slot, micro HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There's also a VGA front-facing camera, and a 38Wh hour battery that should be good for up to 12 hours of web browsing according to ASUS.
The new EeeBook X205 has a price of $329 AUD, which is around $286 or so USD. It's available right now, too.
OCZ Storage Solutions has just announced the release of their Vertex 460A. The original Vertex series has been a stellar product with a history that spans back to the original version with the first-gen Indilinx Barefoot controller. The new version leverages Toshiba's latest A19 MLC NAND flash. The A19nm process geometry is the second generation of Toshiba 19nm MLC. The new version also features the Barefoot 3 controller and sequential speeds of 545/525 MB/s read/write (480GB model). Random speeds also top out at 95,000/90,000 random read/write IOPS, respectively, but performance varies depending upon capacity, as noted in the graphic below.
The Vertex 460A features an endurance rating of 20GB of writes for the three-year warranty period. OCZ is providing their new ShieldPlus warranty, which provides advance shipping and covers return shipping costs if there is the need for an RMA. The new Vertex also features Acronis True Image for cloning an existing installation to the SSD, and a 3.5" desktop adaptor. OCZ recently launched a new online shop, and we expect units to be available there shortly.
One of the biggest releases looming in a packed 2015 Summer blockbuster slate that includes 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron', 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'Terminator: Genesys" is of course the third sequel to 'Jurassic Park' which hits mid next year.
Today, Universal Studios has unveiled the official website for the movie (although viewers in Australia are subjected to a series of re-directs, before landing at Universal Australia's YouTube page) which gives some new insights into the film and the promise of the first teaser trailer in a week and a half.
However, the mystery surrounding the movie's new dinosaur, dubbed 'D-Rex' has been partially revealed with the prototypes for the tie-in Lego series.
'Jurassic World' hits screens worldwide in June 2015.
NVIDIA has launched its new Tesla K80 compute card at the Supercomputing 2014 (SC14) conference in New Orleans, which is a dual GPU design, cramming in an insane amount of compute power into a single card.
One of our friends, Anshel Sag, over at Bright Side of News reported the news, explaining that "Logically, you would think that the K80 would naturally be two K40's smacked together into a single card, but that's not accurate. In order to build the K80, NVIDIA actually went with GPUs with similar shader core counts as the Tesla K20, but what's most important is that they actually did double the onboard memory of the K80 from the K40 to 24 GB of GDDR5". 24GB. OF. RAM.
NVIDIA is using 12GB of GDDR5 per GPU, for a total of 24GB of RAM. We have 4992 shader cores, with the company using two GK210 GPUs, instead of the GK110B's found on the Tesla K40. NVIDIA is claiming that the new Tesla K80 is capable of 8.74 teraflops single-precisiion, and 2.91 teraflops double-precision. These numbers are over double that of the K40.
Nintendo continues to take shots at the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4, as all three console giants prepare for a 2014 Christmas holiday shopping season slugfest.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo continues to speak out against rival consoles, trying to promote the cheaper device.
"The good news, for us, is that we're presenting the best value right now in new home consoles," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president. "$299, includes two games; it's a compelling proposition for consumers this holiday. For us the message is simple; you want to play these great games, you want to have these fantastic experiences, you have to upgrade to the Wii U."
Facebook's London office is reportedly developing a new Facebook At Work project that will vie directly with LinkedIn. With a user base of 1.3 billion Facebook can leverage their existing membership to challenge LinkedIn for work-based social networking market share. LinkedIn has experienced rapid growth and now has over 200 million users, but lacks many refined features that Facebook can easily provide. Facebook At Work will enable collaborative workflows through document sharing, and also add messaging and chat services via their Messenger service.
Facebook intends to separate work and personal profiles, and there is no word yet if Facebook will charge a premium for the service. LinkedIn derives much of its profit from enhanced membership options, but Facebook can likely offer better services by simply embedding advertisements into the feed. Facebook will also draw fire from competing Google and Microsoft services, such as Google Drive and Office 365. Many corporations are familiar with using cloud-based services for employee collaboration, and if Facebook offers a compelling solution they can potentially grab a huge chunk of market share in this space. There is no announced release date of the new service, but estimates expect release in 2015.
The Google Glass consumer wearable headset is still expected to launch in 2015, but interested buyers shouldn't hold their breath as they wait. Unfortunately for Google, it appears that some developers are jumping off the Glass bandwagon, losing faith in the high-priced wearable, as several other developers will focus more on business users.
Chris O'Neill, Google Glass head of business operations, previously had this to say: "We are as committed as ever to a consumer launch. That is going to take time and we are not going to launc this product until it's absolutely ready." The company still reportedly has hundreds of employees working on Glass, especially trying to drive interest in Glass Explorer, but potential consumer development remains up in the air.
Consumers have shown interest in new generations of Glass, but don't want to purchase a product that doesn't have a strong backbone of apps and third-party support. Along with losing developer support, several Glass executives left Google throughout 2014, saying the current wearable market isn't big enough to continue such high-profile work.
The rise and fall of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange took just a few years, but left a serious black mark on the budding cryptocurrency market. More consumers and retailers are willing to experiment using bitcoins as currency and potential investments, despite continued security concerns.
The actual bitcoin protocol hasn't been breached by cybercriminals, and thieves have found ways to compromise bitcoin storage solutions, exchanges, and bitcoin owners directly. With no government regulation and very little insurance of recouping lost funds, some have shied away from jumping into the bitcoin market.
"It's important to remember that Bitcoin as a protocol and the blockchain, the record of transactions, has no known security vulnerabilities," said Trevor Murphy, Chief Technology Officer of bitcoin storage solution company BitStash. "It's impossible to counterfeit bitcoin and an impossibility with current computing power to modify a transaction that has been confirmed, say five or six times on the blockchain. This is very important. In fact, bitcoin marks the first time in human history that a currency has these attributes. People have been counterfeiting money, bouncing checks and chipping little bits off gold coins since time began."
YardArm is working with several police agencies in California and Texas, testing a mobile network-connected technology that sends signals when an officer unholsters and fires their weapon. The company originally developed a consumer technology that could monitor a weapon's location - but didn't find many interested customers. Instead, the company revamped and wanted to develop new solutions that could be used for potential police and military use.
"You have a social demand for smart gun technology, but not necessarily a market demand," said Jim Schaff, VP of marketing at YardArm. "As a consumer product, it's going to be a long road."
YardArm also is developing new methods to send wireless data of which direction a weapon is pointing, offering data that can be viewed via smartphone and fed to dispatch. If implemented, YardArm's technology could help prevent public outrage - and clear officers of wrongdoing - when officers use their weapons accordingly.
Apple recently upset their users by removing support for third-party software that enables TRIM functionality. Perhaps most distressing was the fact the change went unannounced. Many Apple users with Trim Enabler, a third party app that enables TRIM functionality, unfortunately bricked their installs when they updated to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. There is a method for enabling TRIM with third-party SSDs, but it involves creating a massive security vulnerability. SSDs can work without TRIM but speed is reduced and endurance also takes a hit. TRIM works by complimenting the Garbage Collection routines inside the SSD, which allows the early removal of previously deleted data.
After the news was released we were contacted by several third-party SSD vendors about the impact of removing TRIM functionality. From our conversations it was revealed that only one manufacturer currently has native TRIM support for Apple products. Angelbird has supported native Apple TRIM support for two years, and the Angelbird wrk for Mac is the only SSD right now that circumvents the issue. Chris, our consumer SSD guru, recently took an in-depth look at the SSD in the Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB SSD Review. The wrk leverages a Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, but we aren't sure if that specific controller is the key to native Apple TRIM support. We contacted Angelbird representatives and they confirmed native TRIM support, but could not share specifics on exactly how they enable it. Angelbird representatives also confirmed they have external USB 3.0 devices that support TRIM through their proprietary software.