Boutique PC gaming company Digital Storm today announced four new gaming laptops, with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models available and different configurations to choose from.
The 15.6-inch models are named Javelin and Lance, while the 17.3-inch models are Krypton and Behemoth - all powered by the NVIDIA GTX 800M GPU.
"We've wanted to refresh our notebook line for a while and the NVIDIA GTX 800M series launch provided the perfect timing," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm Director of Product Development, in a press statement. "The cards' ability to deliver gaming performance comparable to a desktop system allow our notebooks to dominate anywhere."
The Javelin is the most affordable unit out of all four, and provides a full 1080P display, and the Lance notebook has increased sound quality using the Sound Blaster X-Fi MP3 platform. The 17.3-inch Krypton has three storage drives and is fully customizable, while the Behemoth has dual SLI GTX 880M GPUs.
Today Thecus announced the expansion of its SMB and Enterprise NAS line with the unveiling of two new NAS solutions that feature 10Gb Ethernet. The new N7710 and N8810U are identical to Thecus' N7710-G and N8810U-G models except for the 10GbE support featured on the new devices. Both of the new NAS devices boast VMware ESXi V5.5 iSCSI certification, and come bundled with Acronis True Image and McAfee Antivirus.
The new N7710 and N880U are powered by an Intel Pentium G850 Dual Core processor running at 2.9GHz, and 4GB of DDR3 ECC RAM that can be expanded up to 32GB. Both models offer RAID options up to RAID 50 while the N8810U features RAID 60 support as well. HDMI, VGA, Two USB 3.0, six USB 2.0 ports handle connectivity. Network connectivity is taken care of by two single gigabit Ethernet ports. The N7710 and N8810U will be available in May and will retail for $1,099 and $1,899 respectively.
TomTom has launched its latest GPS watch aimed at the athlete and fitness buff. The new watch is called the Runner Cardio GPS watch and it has a built-in heart rate monitor. There are plenty of watches out there that can show you your heart rate, but those have to be paired with a chest strap.
TomTom's watch needs no chest strap for the monitor to work. Runners can look at the watch to be sure that their heart rate is in the ideal zone. Five different intensity zones can be chosen to match training goals with alerts to speed up or slow down given to keep the runner in the zone.
The Runner Cardio watch uses a Mio optical sensor to monitor the pulse rate by shining a light through the skin. The watch is available to order right now for $269. A multi-sport version of the watch is offered for $299.
Virgin Mobile has announced a new product from Netgear called the Mingle hotspot. The hotspot is a small and portable device that can connect up to ten other devices to the internet. All the other devices need are Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Mingle is priced at $99.99 with no contract and works with several of the Virgin plans for data service. Netgear's Mingle is the first device in the industry to support Sprint Spark tri-band service on a pre-paid network.
The mingle supports both 3G and 4G networks where available and has a small 1.77-inch LCD integrated. The LCD gives quick access to settings and shows how much data has been consumed. Power comes from an 1800 mAh battery good for up to 12.5 hours per charge of active use.
Supermicro announced the first server, a 2U 2-Node UltraTwin featuring hot-swappable 1U nodes, to be released in the new Ultra Architecture SuperServer series. The new server is built on dual Intel Xeon E7-2880 v2 processors that now support NMVe SSD's.
With the ability to support a high number of cores, large memory capacity, and high performance storage techonology, Supermicro is targeting this server for virtualization applications, datacenters, cloud computing, and HPC. According to Shannon Poulin, vice president of Enterprise IT for Intel's Data Center Group, these servers are built "to handle increasingly complex data intensive workloads in mission critical, highly virtualized environments."
And according to Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro, there will be several more additions to this Intel based series - "UltraTwin is the first in a line of upcoming servers to take full advantage of this groundbreaking architecture and expands our MP solution range with support for Intel Xeon E7 v2 series processors and peripheral technologies."
This particular first release has a great deal of expandability and high availability features built-in. It features two hot-swappable 1U nodes each supporting dual Intel Xeon E7-2880 v2 processors, up to 2TB in 32x DIMM slots, 2x 2.5" NMVe SSDs, 8x 12Gb/s SAS 3.0 2.5" HDD/SSDs, PCI-E 3.0 expansion in 2x full height, half length and 1x MicroLP cards and onboard support for 2x 10GBase-T ports. The UltraTwin supports redundant 1280W (1+1) Platinum Level High-Efficiency (95%) Digital Switching power supplies.
Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles has been ordered to the United States by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stacey Jernigan, in an effort to get him appear to discuss Mt. Gox's current bankruptcy case.
Following news the bitcoin exchange lost $400 million of customers' bitcoins, the company shuttered, while customers believe the money was stolen by company officials. As Mt. Gox goes through the bankruptcy court, Judge Jernigan is curious to hear what happened to the bitcoin currency.
"If he avails himself of this court, my God, he is going to get himself over here," Judge Jernigan said.
Supermicro announced their entry to the software defined network market at Interop Las Vegas 2014 this week by demonstrating its new SDN SuperSwitch and MicroBlade microserver solutions. The new 1U SDN switch platform is based on the Intel Open Network Platform using Intel switches and processors combined with Intel Open Network Software (ONS). The MicroBlade also incorporates Intel switch modules featuring SDN functionality and an Intel Atom C2000 control plane processor.
Leveraging Intel's technology, the new Supermicro SDN solutions offer flexibility, agility, security and dynamic manageability. According to Rose Schooler, vice president of Intel's Data Center Group and general manger of the Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group, "The new Supermicro SuperSwitch, developed from the Intel ONP Switch Reference Design, delivers a high performance, easy to deploy and cost effective network switch that offers management and control functionality."
While there are most likely cost benefits for enterprises that deploy SDN, it is this improved flexibility in management of the network that makes this technology so appealing. According to Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro, the "new SDN enabled SuperSwitch and MicroBlade switches provides Data Center, Cloud and Enterprise environments the greatest flexibility to dynamically allocate networked resources as data demands shift." With datacenter workloads constantly shifting and blending, this ability to dynamically allocate network resources to hungry workloads is paramount.
Gaming peripheral company ROCCAT recently launched its latest audio product, releasing the Syva earbuds for gaming and music enthusiasts.
Syva has 10mm drivers for each earbud, and ROCCAT says deep bass and quality treble can be heard while listening to music or playing video games. The earbuds connect via ribbon cable and includes an omni-directional microphone for in-game communication or answering phone calls.
"We designed the Syva to provide outstanding mobile sound while still remaining easy and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time," said Rene Korte, ROCCAT CEO and founder, in a press statement. "The Syva comes with three interchangeable ergonomic ear tips to match your ear size and is perfect for gamers who demand the utmost in comfort and sound quality."
The ROCCAT Syva is available now with a $34.90 MSRP.
In early March, it was discovered that Sally Beauty Store became the latest retailer to suffer a data breach, with an unknown number of customers compromised.
Shortly after, Sally Beauty said less than 25,000 customers were affected, though has more recently changed its mind and said a larger number were hit.
Although the company didn't disclose an exact number yet, it is believed to be higher than 25,000, with debit and credit card information exposed. "As we have said previously, we will not speculate on the scope of our recent data security incident until the forensic review progresses because experience with such incidents at other retailers has taught that it is difficult to ascertain the extent of a data breach incident until the required forensic review is complete."
Prior to former contractor Edward Snowden disclosing the NSA's mass surveillance efforts, many people turned to the Tor Web browser for anonymous Internet searching. However, the free and popular tool is no longer as secure, with law enforcement agencies also able to identify users they suspect of criminal activities.
"There's not a magic way to trace people [through Tor], so we typically capitalize on human error, looking for whatever clues people leave in their wake," said James Kilpatrick, Homeland Security Investigations agent, in a statement.
It was only a few years ago when law enforcement and federal agencies believed they couldn't crack Tor, but multi-agency efforts led to better data collection and social engineering patterns.