The move to 12Gb/s SAS is beginning the datacenter, and as per usual the bleeding-edge devices lead the way. 12Gb/s SAS3 SSDs were first, with three industry heavyweights leading the 12Gb/s charge. We have evaluated the HGST SSD800MM, the Toshiba PX02SMF080, and the Seagate 1200. Surprisingly, a few of these SSDs actually beat compatible RAID adapters and HBA's to market, but we are finally seeing the right pieces of the architecture all fall into place.
Of course the next logical step is to begin applying the benefits of 12Gb/s technology to the platter realm. The fastest HDDs are the first to get the 12Gb/s treatment, and today HGST beat the competition with the announcement of their new C15K600 family.
This 15K RPM HDD also brings a few new features. HGST is utilizing their media caching technology to provide significantly enhanced write performance over solutions with limited NAND or flash-based non-volatile cache (NVC). The result is two times better random write performance than current generation 2.5-inch 15K drives, and two and a half times better performance than 3.5-inch 15K drives.
Back in November 2013, the FCC released its Speed Test App for Android users that is designed to let users of Android devices help test the speed of broadband networks around the country. The FCC has now announced that the app is available for iOS users as well.
The app for iOS is a bit different than the Android version. iOS users are unable to allow the app to run in the background periodically as the Android offering does. Users of the iOS flavor will need to run the test manually.
The app will gather valuable information about the speed and reach of broadband networks in the country. Data gathered by the Android app has been used in three reports already according to the FCC.
MWC 2014 - SlimPort is one of those technologies that change up the game in a very good way, and now Analogix has raised the bar even more. At the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Analogix demoed its new SlimPort 4K line of devices that lets you take a 4K enabled phone like the Google Nexus 7 and stream the display onto a 4K TV in real-time with no apparent latency at all. This makes for a seamless gaming experience, something no one else has been able to do until now.
Johannes Knapp was on hand today to take a first hand look at the new SlimPort 4K technology, and as you can tell from the video above, SlimPort 4K is no joke. Over the years, many have tried to bring a latency free smartphone gaming experience to the big screen, but no one has managed to nail it as perfectly as Analogix has.
This also allows users to stream 4K video from their phone or tablet directly to their 4K TV, a handy feature for someone without a 4K streaming device. This video marks the end of our on-site MWC 2014 coverage, but Johannes will be back in a few weeks with live coverage from CeBIT, so stay tuned to TweakTown for that!
If you are the sort that likes to create your own stuff, you may think that having your own 3D printer is something that would make your life much better. The problem is that many 3D printers cost thousands of dollars putting them out of reach. MakerBot has announced a new 3D printer that also happens to be the cheapest one it makes.
The printer is called the MakerBot Replicator Mini and it was unveiled during CES 2014 earlier this year. The printer is now up for pre-order and you can get one for $1375. That is about half the cost of the full size Replicator.
As you might guess with the word "mini" in the name, this printer is for making smaller items. It can produce items that measure up to 3.9" x 3.9" x 4.9". The printer is built for fast printing and uses a build plate that requires no leveling.
We know that South Park can be crude, but just how far will Trey Parker and Matt Stone push South Park: The Stick of Truth? The answer is pretty far, at least on consoles where it had to be censored in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with the PC version of the game completely uncut.
For those in the US, you'll receive the full frontal version including swearing, poop jokes, and much more. The censored scenes from the consoles include:
- A mini-game in which the doctor is performing an abortion on the player.
- A mini-game in which the player is performing an abortion on the character Randy.
- Five anal probing scenes involving someone actively being probed. The scenes play out as normal before and after the active probing sequences.
The reasoning behind this is from Ubisoft, which says it is simply a "market decision". The consoles' censored parts will be replaced with some words from Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
MWC 2014 - In the sea of Mobile World Congress 2014 news this week, Qualcomm unleashed two new system-on-chips, the new Snapdragon 600 and 615. Both of these new SoCs feature ARMv8 64-bit processing technology, 4G/LTE connectivity and refreshed Adreno graphics.
The new processors will see four (at up to 1.8GHz) and eight (four at 1GHz, four at 1.8GHz) ARM Cortex-A53 cores, respectively. Both SoCs will feature refreshed Adreno 405 graphics, which supports up-to-date graphics APIs such as DirectX 11.2, and OpenGL ES 3.0, full profile OpenCL 1.1 and hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation.
We also have an LPDDR3 memory controller, new display controller which supports up to 2560x2048 displays, improved multimedia processors (with H.265 codec support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac controller, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/GLONASS, Gobi 4G/LTE cat 4 modem which supports speeds of up to 150Mb/s. Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies said: "Qualcomm Technologies is redefining the user experience for high-end mobile devices by amassing the unparalleled trilogy of an industry-leading LTE modem, 64-bit multi-core processing, and superior multimedia".
Just a day after releasing a fix for authenticating SSL certificates, there's another security flaw found in iOS that's equally dangerous. It was recently found that iOS allows a malicious apps to keep a track on your keystrokes.
This flaw was found by a security firm called FirmEye. To prove that this flaw exists, the security firm uploaded a dummy app in Apple's app store. The dummy app was able to record touch and keystrokes when changing wallpaper, pressing buttons like home, volume up/down and TouchID buttons. The app then sent the records to a remote server. According to the security company, attackers can use these information for reconstructing every character that the victim uses to access any types of accounts.
RSA 2014 - The Microsoft XP end of support date is looming on April 8, and while most users have migrated to Windows 7 or 8, there are some stragglers that still want to feel nostalgic.
The 2014 RSA Conference might be focused largely on cybersecurity and mobility, but XP-related solutions are also on display.
There is a unique opportunity for companies that want to cater to current XP users, such as the Unisys Stealth security platform - Stealth protection offers XP endpoints to be undetectable - and only admins and assigned users can make use of the XP endpoint.
Home users and companies that continue to wait to migrate to Windows 7 or 8.1 will face long-term security issues that open the door to an increased number of security vulnerabilities. However, there are companies that understand a small amount of users will continue to procrastinate before migrating, and want to offer added layers of security.
AMD releases catalyst 14.2 BETA 1.3 for 32 and 64 bit version of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. The BETA drivers provide performance improvements and updates. The updates are available for AMD Radeon with discrete and APU- desktop and notebooks.
The updates contain series of fixes and updates such as crossfire profile updates and performance improvements for GPU configuration with Thief and even fixing frame pacing for dual video card support and non-XDMA configuration for screen resolutions above 2560 x 1600 for Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4.
There are only couple of known issues found in this BETA driver, such as the inability to render the right eye with Crossfire and Stereo 3D enabled on Thief.
MWC 2014 - Samsung has taken the wraps off of its Knox 2.0 software, which will be capable of using the Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner. Knox 2.0 will use two-factor biometric authentication, which will access a central keystore that will require not only a fingerprint, but a passcode.
Corporate app makers and security policy developers can push this into their software, which should keep devices safe from unauthorized access. Not only that, but now Knox can run "most" applications from the Google Play store without setting up a new environment, all while keeping the system and kernel secure from malicious code.
Samsung's refreshed Knox software can now secure individual apps data, and prevent unauthorized editing and access to system partitions and other sensitive areas and databases. The company is setting forward a bit more, offering up a Knox marketplace, which will allow IT staff to set up and deploy apps across all users' phones.
Knox 2.0 will come pre-installed on the Galaxy S5, as well as other Galaxy smartphones - but requires Android 4.4 - in Q2 2014.