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iXsystems breaks 1PB barrier with launch of new unified appliances

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

iXsystems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of FreeBSD and FreeNAS solutions, announced the expansion of its unified storage product portfolio with the addition of three new units today. In addition to the new hardware configurations, the entire line is refreshed with the latest version of firmware, TrueNAS 9.2.

 

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The new appliances start at a maximum capacity of 240TB and scale all the way to 1.15PB. Each unified appliance is capable of supporting CIFS, NFS, AFP, and iSCSI. In addition, they are all also available in high availability configurations with optional redundant storage controllers.

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Warner Bros allegedly distributed fake 'Batman V Superman' script

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Studio secrecy is no new endeavour in Hollywood, with George Lucas upping the ante with the 'Star Wars' prequels, and J.J. Abrams taking it to new heights with 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'. But with the upcoming and highly anticipated 'Batman V Superman', it seems Warner Bros have gone to a whole new level.

 

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According to the rumour mill which has gone into overdrive in the last 24 hours, Warner boss Charles Roven and Director Zach Snyder commissioned an 'Argo' style fact script for the film to ward off spoilers. Whilst the scriptwriter has been pegged as Writer/ Director and self-confessed DC comics tragic Kevin Smith, the man himself has taken to Twitter to deny the reports.

 

 

Meanwhile, sites such as Flickering myth have taken to reviewing the allegedly fake, fake script.

 

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'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' opens in the United States on May 6 2016.

Researchers using pig eyes to help develop better military eyewear

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Researchers have discovered that the force of an improvised explosive device (IED), not including shrapnel or surrounding particles, can lead to significant damage to soldiers. Using pig eyes located in artificial holders, the researchers use violent shock waves to try to simulate what happens during an IED blast - hoping to be able to provide better medical treatment for military personnel suffering from eye injuries.

 

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In addition to faster medical treatment following an IED attack, researchers want to develop better eyewear able to keep soldiers safe while out on patrol. Ocular injuries currently amount to 13 percent of overall battlefield injuries, ranking No. 4 on the common injury list.

 

"The big thing that we found, that no one had seen before, is that the shock wave itself is sufficient to cause significant damage to the eye," said Matthew Reilly, biomedical engineering at University of Texas at San Antonio, in a statement. "The current military eyewear that they use to protect soldiers is designed based on particle impact rather than dealing with the blast wave."

CybAero receives $100M contract for 70 UAV helicopters

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

CybAero, a Swedish company specializing in its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) helicopter, has received an order of 70 rotary-wing drones, valued at $100 million over eight years. Assuming the deal is approved by the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls department, the Chinese AVIC company will receive shipments for the unmanned helicopters.

 

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This is the largest UAV vertical take-off and landing involving drones less than 200kilograms, according to the company, and will provide stability for CybAero to continue developing its UAV helicopters.

 

"This represents a breakthrough in the market for the civil application of unmanned helicopters," said Mikael Hult, CybAero CEO, in a statement. "Our goal is to become the global market leader with at least 30 percent of the global market. Through this order, which is our biggest to date, we've taken a significant step towards achieving this goal."

Los Angeles receives first bitcoin ATM machines courtesy of Robocoin

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Bitcoin payment processor ExpressCoin has rolled out two new bitcoin-to-cash ATM machines in Los Angeles, manufactured by Robocoin. To verify the transaction, customers need to enter an email address and submit a palm scan - and it's possible to purchase or sell bitcoins using U.S. currency or other popular forms of currency, according to reports. The machines are located in Hollywood and Venice.

 

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This is another major step forward for Robocoin, which has seen its ATM machines rolled out in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Las Vegas, and other select metropolitan areas. There are more than 30 Robocoin ATMs spread throughout the world, and that number will continue to grow moving forward.

 

"I regard the financial system in general and the players in that as our competitor," said John Russell, Robocoin founder, in a statement. "Western Union is on our cross hairs big-time... the process of wire transfers, international wire transfers - we're going to smash them, we're going to crush them. We're going to totally disrupt that environment, and that's what I'm most excited about."

U.S. Navy developing 'Pandarra Fog' to defend against missile strikes

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

United States Navy researchers are developing a carbon-fiber cloud missile defense system, known as "Pandarra Fog," able to help defend against missile attacks. As part of a recent test, the fog was able to shroud the USS Meyer, USS Cable and USS Mustin while in the ocean south of Guam in late June. In addition to making ships more difficult to strike, the Navy hopes to use it for counter-targeting against enemy threats.

 

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The exact physical makeup of Pandarra Fog remains unknown, but is said to be no harm to the environment or sailors near the fog. The carbon fiber particle-based clouds are created using a device located aboard the ships, described as maritime obscurant generator prototypes, and should better help defend against anti-ship cruise and ballistic missiles.

 

"Pandarra Fog showed the value of quickly bringing together scientific and joint forces to tackle our hardest warfighting problems," said Antonio Siordia, U.S. 7th Fleet science advisor. "This isn't just smoke or chaff, this is high-tech obscurant which can be effective against an array of missile homing systems."

Isis Wallet forced to rebrand after establishment of ISIS in Iraq

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The carrier-pushed, Google Wallet alternative Isis Mobile Wallet is having to change its name due to the recent violent establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS.

 

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ISIS - the militant group - has recently exerted force to seize control of vital oil fields in Iraq and seems to be gaining territories. So it's not exactly a surprise that a mobile payment option may want to distance itself from the extremely violent group. "Recently, we have observed with growing concern a militant group whose name, when translated into English, is Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - often referenced by the acronym ISIS," CEO Michael Abbott said. "Changing a brand is never easy, but we know this is the right decision."

 

For now, details of the rebrand are being kept under wraps, but the blog post from Abbott promises to reveal more details soon. For now the company will continue to operate as normal while it makes the tricky, unfortunate transition.

Kickstarter project funding a potato salad brings in thousands

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

A Kickstarter project to crowdsource potato salad has received over 37,000 US dollars shortly after going live and with 25 more days to go at the time of publication.

 

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The page's creator, Zack Danger Brown, simply said that he is "making potato salad" and that backers will be guaranteed a bite. Stretch goals at $35 included making four times as much potato salad, while reaching $75 dollars guaranteed a pizza party and $100 came with a promise of trying two different potato salad recipes.

 

"We're really tearing through these stretch goals," Brown said. "I honestly don't know what is realistic anymore." At $3,000 Brown promised to rent out a party hall and "invite the whole internet" - "the internet loves potato salad," he added. "Let's show them that potato salad loves the internet!" Backers are now also being guaranteed hats that will express a love for the carby Summer treat.

LG G Pad 10.1-inch tablet launches this week

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 8, 2014 5:00 pm

LG is set to throw its latest Android tablet onto the market this week with the launch of the G Pad coming on July 11. On that day, the G Pad 10.1 will launch in South Korea and then go on sale in other countries on July 14. On July 14, the tablet will launch in "most of the rest of the world" and the only places we aren't expecting to see the tablet this month are China and India.

 

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The LG G Pad 10.1 has a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. The rear camera on the tablet is a 5MP unit with a 1.3MP front camera.

 

LG has also announced smaller 7-inch and 8-inch tablets as well. Those smaller tablets will have lower resolution cameras and smaller batteries, but will have the same screen resolution and CPU.

New Zealand ISP gives subscribers access to US version of Netflix

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 8, 2014 4:00 pm

Netflix doesn't offer the same programs to everyone; availability varies depending on the country where you live due to streaming agreements. One ISP in New Zealand is offering subscribers a way to get around that limitation with a new global mode. The ISP is Slingshot and global mode lets users access the US version of Netflix.

 

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Global mode is said to be at its core a VPN that reroutes traffic through servers in other countries so people in NZ look like they are in New York, for instance. VPN use for accessing country-restricted content is frowned on.

 

Slingshot suggests that this service is only aimed at New Zealand homes housing international visitors. Global mode likely violates the terms of service for most streaming video providers.

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