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FMS 2014 - SolidFire details their all flash array

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 14, 2014 5:10 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Jay Prassl, the VP of MArketing with SolidFire, stopped by to chat with us on the unique features of their all flash arrays. SolidFire arrays come in a slim 1U chasis and are designed to be aggregated in scale-out architectures. A focus on a compelling mix of high-availability features, predictable performance, and automated management has made SolidFire the top choice for large customers, such as EBay.

 

 

Protecting data is always the most important task of any storage system, and SolidFire handles this with a shared-nothing architecture that stripes data across multiple nodes. An entire node can go offline and the system still chugs along at the same performance level. They also have other unique features, such as backing up and restoring from object storage environments.

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Cisco announces restructuring and layoffs with 6000 job cuts

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 14, 2014 5:00 pm

Cisco is one of the largest networking firms in the US. The company recently announced its latest quarterly earnings and along with those earnings announced continued plans for restructuring. The company will lay off about 6000 people, equating to about 8% of its workforce.

 

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This round of layoffs is the largest restructuring action since restructuring began in 2011. The company plans to take as much as $700 million in restructuring charges, with half that amount coming in the quarter that ends in October.

 

CEO John Chambers said in a statement, "I'm pleased with how we are transforming our company over the past several years and that journey continues. ... We are focused on growth, innovation and talent, especially in the areas of security, data center, software, cloud and Internet of everything. Our strategy is sound, our financials are strong, and our market leadership is secure. We have the team in place to deliver and are uniquely positioned to help our customers solve their biggest business problems."

Facial recognition catches child predator on the lamb for 14 years

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 14, 2014 4:13 pm

Way back in 2000 a man named Neil Stammer was accused of sex crimes involving a child as well as kidnapping and other charges in New Mexico. The man was released on bond and then he skipped town and remained at large for 14 years. He was recently captured after facial recognition tech was used on his photograph.

 

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The case was shelved years ago after no new evidence surfaced and the criminal couldn't be located. Things changed earlier this year when the Diplomatic Security Service began using facial recognition tech to crack down on bogus US passports. Authorities ran the facial recognition tech on Stammer's old photo and came up with a match.

 

The old photo matched a photo of a man named Kevin Hodges, who was actually Stammer living under a new name in Nepal. Stammer was teaching English to children there and was described as "comfortable" in Nepal.

Hands-on video with Acer's new Chromebook 13 with NVIDIA Tegra K1 CPU

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 14, 2014 3:22 pm

Our roaming German tech reporter, Johannes Knapp, is on the ground for us in Cologne, Germany at Gamescom 2014. He managed to get some hands-on time with one of Acer's newest toys, the Chromebook 13, Google and Acer's take on an affordable laptop.

 

 

Many probably think of the Chromebook as a underpowered device for simple computing tasks such as email and Facebooking, but it looks like Acer and NVIDIA is upping the stakes a bit this time around. The new Chromebook 13 features NVIDIA's Tegra K1 mobile processor, which should deliver quite a bit of punch.

 

Along with that, the device also has a 13.3-inch screen with a Full HD display, the keyboard looks solid with its Chrome OS key shortcuts, and it features a non-glossy display and surface.

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T-Mobile to start throttling unlimited data users using torrents/p2p

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 14, 2014 3:00 pm

T-Mobile has announced that it is getting ready to begin throttling users on unlimited LTE data plans who are using the data allowance for things outside the terms and conditions imposed on the plan. According to T-Mobile, users that are using their data for torrents or p2p will begin being throttled on August 17.

 

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The company wrote, "T-mobile has identified customers who are heavy data users and are engaged in peer-to-peer file sharing, and tethering outside of T-Mobile's Terms and Conditions (T&C). This results in a negative data network experience for T-Mobile customers. Beginning August 17, T-Mobile will begin to address customers who are conducting activities outside of T-Mobile's T&Cs."

 

The throttling will only apply to those on the old $70 unlimited or new $80 Simple Choice plans. Those who violate will see their speeds reduced until the next billing cycle.

Scientists start removing debris from hull of civil war submarine

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 14, 2014 2:08 pm

Submarines aren't unusual today, just about every military in the world operates them as do a number of private companies in the ocean exploration realm. During the civil war 150 years ago a sub was put into service by the Confederate army in its attempt to win the civil war.

 

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The sub is called the H.L. Hunley and its remains are currently being cleaned so that scientists can study them to determine what led to the sub sinking. Scientists are removing debris and rust from the hull of the sub, which was the first sub to sink an enemy ship in history.

 

The sub was powered by a hand cranked drive system and by removing the debris from the hull; it will be visible for the first time in 150 years. The sub sunk a Union blockade ship called the USS Housatonic in 1864. Damage to the hull is believed to be the reason why the sub sank. When the sub was found in 1995, the remains of the crew were still inside.

New Star Wars Episode 7 rumors tip Millennium Falcon makeover

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 14, 2014 1:05 pm

Unless you live under a rock somewhere, you know that Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise and is in the process of making new films in the franchise. Star Wars Episode 7 is set to launch in late 2015 if things stick to schedule and some rumors are trickling out from production. One of the rumors is that one of the most famous spacecraft in the franchise is getting a makeover.

 

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That spacecraft is the Millennium Falcon, the ship piloted by Han Solo. Rumors trickling out suggest that in the new film the ship is no longer owned by Han Solo. This time out it is owned by Oscar Isaacs, the actor who will play an unnamed character in the new film.

 

We can expect all sorts of changes the new film is set 30 years after the event that took place in Return of the Jedi. Considering this ship is one of the most iconic vehicles in science fiction, it will surely be recognizable no matter what.

Robot butler Botlr goes to work in California hotel

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 14, 2014 12:02 pm

I'm sure many people out there have imagined having a robot that could bring them stuff when they want it like food or drinks. A hotel in California called Aloft Hotel has started to roll out robotic butlers that can bring things to your room for you. These robot butlers are called Botlr and perhaps the best part for hotel visitors is that all the Botlr wants for a tip is a tweet.

 

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Botlr will bring things to your room like toothpaste, towels, and just about anything else that a person would normally bring you. Botlr will go into use for the first time on August 20 at the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino, California.

 

The bot will be named A.L.O. and will even wear a butler uniform and nametag. A compartment on top of the robot is where items are stored for delivery. When the robot arrives at your door, the phone in the room will ring. Botlr is the product of a company called Savioki, which is backed by Google Ventures.

Land Rover recalls 46,515 SUVs in North America due to airbag defect

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Aug 14, 2014 11:00 am

Land Rover is the latest automaker to be forced to issue major recalls on its vehicles for airbag issues. The company has recalled 46,515 Land Rover SUVs in the US and Canada due to risk that the airbag may not deploy in an accident due to a component failure. Land Rover says that no reports of accidents or injuries have been made.

 

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There is no indication at this time if the airbag issue will force recalls in other areas where the vehicles are sold. Vehicles covered in the recall include 2010 to 2015 LR2 compact SUVs and 2012 and 2013 Evoque SUVs. The issue in these vehicles is that the occupant classification system electronic control unit could fail.

 

If that failed, the passenger airbag would be partially or completely disabled. When owners take their vehicles to dealerships, the software for that control module will be replaced at no cost beginning August 30.

LG rolls out LTE version of G Pad 8.0 Android tablet

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2014 10:30 am

LG has unveiled a version of the G Pad 8.0 tablet that packs LTE mobile web connectivity. With LTE connectivity, data connectivity while away from a Wi-Fi network is much faster allowing users to access video and other content on the go. The tablet has a sync feature that provides connectivity with other Android devices via QPair 2.0.

 

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The users can connect their smartphones via Bluetooth and answer phone calls, text messages, and get notifications on the tablet. The tablet also includes other features from LG with Touch & Shoot letting users touch anywhere on the tablet to activate the camera. Gesture Shot makes it easy to take selfies by opening and closing the hand in front of the lens to get a three second count down.

 

LG uses an 8-inch IPS screen with 1280 x 800 resolution. The tablet has a 1.2GHz processor and 16GB of storage onboard. A microSD card slot is available for expansion and the tablet has 1GB of RAM. Power comes from a 4200 mAh battery and the rear camera is a 5MP unit with the front having 1.3MP. Pricing is unannounced and the tablet will ship in Europe this week before heading to other countries later.

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