HGST led the way with 6TB drives by developing their HelioSeal technology, which fills the HDD with helium and seals the drive. This delivers a number of benefits, lower internal air resistance reduces flutter and allows use of thinner and lighter materials. With less air resistance the drive also doesn't have to work as hard to spin the platters, even while increasing the platter count to 7, thus producing radical reductions in power consumption. HGST is leveraging the benefits of HelioSeal technology to move forward with the new He8, an 8TB version of the previous-generation drive.
In a sign that 8TB drives will experience a rapid uptake, Aberdeen announced today they are integrating the new He8 into their AberNAS and storage server products. This will provide increased density for their customers and also tremendous reductions in power consumption. The He8 drive will deliver instant benefits and boost capacity of just one 4U rackmount up to 192TB. We took a deep-dive with the first commercially-available helium drive in our HGST Ultrastar He6 6TB Helium Enterprise HDD Review, and found it to deliver on its promises.
The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde is serving an eight-month prison sentence in Sweden after being captured earlier this year. It's no surprise to hear each person involved in the creation - and early operation of the popular website - have faced copyright offenses and assorted legal troubles over the years.
Sunde is vegan, so trying to eat food in prison has been a constant struggle, including suffering from iron and vitamin deficiencies. "I'm down 16kg so far... but it's slowed down," Sunde recently said. "There isn't much left. I don't know how I'll feel in three years, looking back at all this."
Sunde will likely be released later this month from prison, but he's unsure what lies ahead - The Pirate Bay continues to be a major hub for Internet users - though he will likely have to find a legitimate profession to avoid further legal trouble.
The WireLurker malware targets Apple iOS devices and Mac OS, and has been out in the wild for the past six months, according to Palo Alto Networks. The malware spreads by installing malicious third-party applications to iOS devices that are connected to a Mac OS-powered machine by USB connection. The malware is isolated in China at the moment, originating from the Maiyadi App Store - many of the apps aren't Apple approved.
The malware was found in 467 apps through the Maiyadi App Store - almost all of the Mac OS apps - with more than 356,000 downloads.
"You are unlikely to be hit with this malware unless you are using a third-party OS X app store and changed default OS X Security & Privacy settings to 'allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere," said Marc Maiffret, security firm BeyondTrust's CTO.
NAS storage is great for storing important data in one centralized location, but this requires network connectivity, which potentially opens a hole for unwanted access. There are robust security features available to protect network connections, but if someone has physical access to the NAS the drives are easy to remove. Most users forgo encryption on NAS systems because of a reduction in overall performance, but QNAP looks to change that with their new NAS accelerated-encryption technology. QNAP's QvPC technology supports the Turbo NAS TS/SS-x53 Pro and TS-x51 products in the new QTS 4.1.1.
QNAP employs the power of their dual/quad-core Celeron processors to boost encryption/decryption tasks, leading to a 50% improvement in performance. The TS/SS-x53 Pro series is powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0GHz processor with burst speed up to 2.41GHz, 8GB/4GB/2GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB), and supports 2 or 4 LAN ports that allow users to flexibly deploy optimal network architecture based on different needs and requirements. The class-leading NAS delivers excellent performance that maintains smooth system operations even during intensive data access or heavy multimedia streaming and transcoding.
Google Glass has proven to be an appealing wearable for some consumers, but there is an elephant in the room that is now receiving more attention: potential vision problems suffered by wearers. It's not the software that could be doing it, instead it's the physical frame structure of the glasses that limit peripheral vision - and creates safety hazards.
"But I almost got into a car accident when I was driving with it. And the device was even turned off at the time," said Dr. Tsontcho Ianchulev, clinical associate professor in the ophthalmology department at the University of California, San Francisco, and lead author of the study.
Dr. Ianchulev explained how they used a rather simple, yet effective way to study how Google Glass impacted the vision of wearable owners.
The super-powered Model X SUV has been delayed, with Tesla Motors expecting it to first hit the bitumen last year, with a delay to 2014, and then another delay to early 2015, but now we're hearing it won't be arriving until Q3 2015.
Tesla Motors has said that it won't start sales of the Model X until the electric vehicle is ready to "delight customers". Tesla Motors' founder, Elon Musk, added: "Doing so negatively affects the short term, but positively affects the long term". Working these issues out, according to Musk, will allow the electric car maker to make more Model X vehicles than it could make Model S vehicles back in 2012.
During the investors call, Musk said: "Making one of something is quite easy. We need to make a bunch to know it's [a problem] there". It seems that testing and validation are two of the big reasons behind the delay, but when you're talking about a vehicle that costs much more than what most people make in a year, you want as much testing as possible, right?
Normally we see lesser-name brands releasing iPhone clones, but Lenovo isn't some second-grade manufacturer now, is it? The Chinese company has teased its "Sisley" S90 smartphone, which looks identical to the iPhone6.
Inside, it is different as we should expect, with a 5-inch 720p display, super-thin 6.9mm body, quad-core Snapdragon processor, and 1GB of RAM. Camera wise, we have a 13-megapixel on the back, with an 8-megapixel up front. Lenovo will be selling the Android 4.4.4 KitKat-powered S90 for around $327 in China.
One of the most challenging aspects of data storage is long-term archival. All forms of data storage have a finite lifespan, and complex storage mechanisms, such as HDDs, have delicate moving mechanical parts that will eventually fail. One of the benefits of optical storage, such as CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray's, is their lack of moving parts and relatively long life time of up to 100 years. The problem has always been capacity, optical storage has reached a diminishing point of returns in terms of data stored due to the limitations of light itself.
A team of engineers at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia have conquered that challenge by enabling storage up to 1,000 Terabytes of data, or 40,000 HD movies, onto a single DVD. The process they developed uses a secondary laser to refine the refraction limit of light, which is around 500 nanometers. Since light cannot shrink below that limit, the current technology cannot write information smaller than 500 nanometers. The Australian researchers employed two 500nm lasers. One actually writes data, and the other blocks the light beam, except for a sliver that is only 9 nanometers in length.
It looks like we should expect Just Cause 3 to be announced soon, if the leaked screenshots are anything to go by. Four leaked screenshots from the alleged title are coming in from the Xbox One version of the game, which popped up on the Xbox-Underground forums now too long ago.
The four shots show the main character, Rico, and an overview of a massive, massive island. Eurogamer is reporting that it has a source close to the game itself, confirming that we are looking at images from Just Cause 3, going on to say that it is showing off the game's "Black Market". The anonymous source added that the PC version was meant to be entirely free-to-play, while the console version of Just Cause 3 would be financed through microtransactions.
Eurogamer has added though, that "the plan changed and this may no longer be the case". When it comes to the microtransactions argument, Avalanche Studios' boss, Christofer Sundberg, said last year on Twitter: "Microtransactions, subscriptions, and other biz models will be the next generation of games. It is that simple. We'll never compromise on quality or sell our souls for a quick buck. Things are changing and we need to adapt".
We already know that there should be a new Xbox One next year, based on AMD's shrunken 20nm system-on-chip, but thanks to Sony using the same APU from AMD, the PlayStation 4 should receive a similar upgrade.
Rumors are now floating around that Sony will adopt the 20nm SoC sometime next year, which should see Sony release a refreshed PS4 sometime in 2015. We're already seeing 16nm technology on the other side of the fence, so a shrink down to 20nm for the consoles would usher in more performance, slimmer consoles, and reduced power consumption. Right now, both consoles are using AMD APU's based on the 28nm process.
Microsoft and Sony haven't had any competition in the console space this year, but 2015 is going to be a very different year for the two tech giants. Oculus VR is positioning itself to release their first consumer version of the Rift VR headset, and Valve should usher in the Steam Box, Steam OS, Steam Controller and much more - competing in the living room directly against the likes of the Xbox One and PS4.