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Enter to win 'Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fifth Season' on Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jan 9, 2015 3:57 am

To celebrate next week's release of 'Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fifth Season' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have five copies of the final season of the show on Blu-ray to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Warner Home Entertainment.


No one goes quietly. Concluding a powerful and groundbreaking five-season run, 'Boardwalk Empire' is an Emmy-winning HBO drama series from Academy Award nominee/Emmy Award winner Terence Winter. Season 5 begins in 1931, a full six years after the end of Season 4. In stark contrast with the Roaring '20s, the country is in the throes of the Great Depression and with the end of Prohibition in sight, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) is looking to legitimize himself by forging alliances with liquor producers.


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We go hands-on with the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype at CES 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 9, 2015 3:12 am

CES 2015 - Oculus VR had a gigantic setup at CES 2015 this year, but they were hosting private meetings for people to go in and check things out, so we set one up quite sometime ago to ensure we could get our hands, and eyes on the latest Rift prototype.



We stopped in and had a chat with Oculus VR's VP of Product, Nate Mitchell, who is one of the best guys in the industry. He walked us over the new Rift prototype known as "Crescent Bay", something that was shown off at Oculus Connect a few months ago. This is the first time the new Rift headset has been open to the public to test out, which is why we wanted to get down there and check things out.


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The current DK2 unit has a 1920x1080 resolution, thanks to the Galaxy Note 3 panel it features inside of it. Oculus isn't stating what resolution the new Crescent Bay prototype is running at, but from my short time with it, I suspect we're seeing a 1440p panel, with some form of resolution scaling. Similar to NVIDIA's Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) technology, where it renders a larger picture, and then scales it down to the resolution of the monitor, or in this case, the VR headset.

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RIP actor Rod Taylor, star of 'The Birds', 'Inglorious Basterds'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 9, 2015 3:08 am

Australian born actor Rod Taylor, who rose to fame in the 1960 adaptation of H.G. Wells 'The Time Machine' before starring in the lead role in the Hitchcock horror film 'The Birds', had died aged 84 according to The Hollywood Reporter.


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Taylor, who first made his mark in the TV show 'Hong Kong' for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Taylor was quickly recognised in Hollywood, where he appeared in over 50 films during his career. The actor also voiced the role of the Dalmatian Pongo in Disney's 1961 animated classic '101 Dalmatians' and was more recently seen in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglorious Basterds', where he played the role of legendary British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.


Taylor died of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles.

Designed to confuse - a full PC system in an Xbox 360 shell

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 9, 2015 2:57 am

If you're really looking to confuse the console lover in your family, you really need to wrap up this device and present it to them on their birthday.


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A modder by the name of Draelren has reached out to us, explaining the process behind his crazy Xbox 360/PC build set to confuse console lovers and haters alike.


Featuring an AMD A10-7850K CPU and a 128GB SSD, Draelren uses this system as one of his dedicated LAN rigs, however it's not quite finished - yet. "There are some things that still need to be done to it - but it's mostly there," he explains. "I'm needing to do some custom wiring to get the Xbox's power button to turn the computer on, and then the eject button for the optical drive to reset the computer."

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MSI release their GT80 Titan SLI Notebook with mechanical keys

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 9, 2015 2:37 am

CES 2015 - Fully optioned with dual NVIDIA GTX 980m video cards and up to 32GB of RAM supporting a 1080p 18" display, MSI's newest addition to the gaming world is the GT80 Titan laptop and it even comes with a full Cherry MX Brown keyboard - by SteelSeries.


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Weighing in at 10 pounds, this beast has upgradeability in mind. With the ability to swap out your dual video cards for NVIDIA MXM mobile graphics, the laptop has a panel on top allowing you access to M.2 SSD slots, RAM bays and a 2.5-inch drive bay. According to MSI, their 350-watt power brick and dual-GTX 980 combo can provide almost the same performance as a single desktop GTX 980 card - further mentioning that the GT80 can support three screens, providing users with one HDMI and two DisplayPort connections.


The system MSI has on display at CES will set back users a whopping $3,700 due to its Intel Extreme 4980HQ CPU, 24GB of RAM, 1TB HDD and two 128GB M.2 SSDs running in RAID. However if the base model is more your flavor, you can expect to pony up $3,300 for your very own model.

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OCZ Storage Solutions Z-Drive 6000 NVMe SSD on display at CES 2015

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 9, 2015 1:40 am

CES 2015 -OCZ Storage Solutions displayed the Z-Drive 6000 NVMe SSD in their suite at CES 2015. The Z-Drive 6000 sports speeds of 3,000 MB/s for sequential read and 2,000 MB/s for sequential write workloads. Random reads weigh in at an outstanding 700,000 IOPS, and random writes are equally impressive at 175,000 IOPS. The Z-Drive 6000 will provide 1-3 DWPD, which is becoming the standard for most datacenter SSDs, largely due to increased density. The Z-Drive 6000 utilizes the NVMe interface, covered in detail in our Defining NVMe article.


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The Z-Drive 6000 comes in capacities of 800GB, 1.6TB and 3.2TB in the small 2.5" 15mm form factor. The Z-Drive leverages the proven PMC-Sierra Princeton controller running OCZ-proprietary firmware. The Z-Drive 6000 is certified for NVMe specification 1.1b on the UNH-IOL integrator list. The drive also features all the normal enterprise trimmings, such as encryption and internal data redundancy.

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Phison Shows 2TB Consumer SSD with Toshiba 16-Layer MLC Flash

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2015 1:12 am

CES 2015 - Get ready ladies and gentleman. The time has come for your dreams to be fullfilled. For the first time Phison Electronics displayed what may be the first 2TB consumer SSD in a 2.5" form factor. This isn't a 15mm z-height SAS SSD from the enterprise world, but a true to name, 2.5" drive. From what we can tell, the internals should even fit in a 7mm z-height case like the new Corsair Neutron XT that also uses the new Phison S10 controller.


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As you are well aware now, Phison is a controller maker that also included firmware for customers who's names you are more familiar with, such as Patriot, Corsair, My Digital SSD and so on. The new S10 controller was already rolled out in the Corsair Neutron XT SSD and more recently the Patriot Inferno.


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Neither the Neutron XT nor the Inferno were announced in a 2TB class but we have to wonder how long it would be before one of these innovative companies breaks the mold and delivers the first 2TB SSD that power users, enthusiasts, and prosumers are demanding from SSD manufacturers.


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The tag on the top right Toshiba A19 Toggle 2 NAND package shows an overprovisioned capacity size of 1920GB. The actual PCB is a 3/4 size (in relation to the length of the 2.5" form factor casing used on SSD products). This reduces the cost of manufacturing slightly. Any cost reductions are welcome since the majority of the cost goes into the NAND flash on consumer SSDs. We can blindly say that 2TB of NAND flash is going to cost quite a bit.


Phison was able to achieve this landmark density by using Toshiba A19 (second generation 19nm) flash that is stacked 16 die per package. There are eight packages total, four on each side. There is also at least a single DRAM package of unknown density, and we suspect there is a second DRAM package on the other side, but we didn't get a chance to verify this.

Samsung displays cutting-edge TLC 3D V-NAND wafers at CES 2015

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 9, 2015 12:34 am

CES 2015 -Samsung has the advantage, for the time being, of being the only manufacturer shipping 3D NAND products. V-NAND is 3D NAND that achieves better density, performance, endurance, and power consumption, via vertical stacking of the NAND cells and CTF technology. This runs counter to the established norm of increasing density through NAND shrinks, and with good reason. Shrinks provide more density, but actually reduce endurance.


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We have a more detailed analysis of V-NAND in The V-NAND Paradigm Shift article. Samsung has the 10nm class MLC NAND 16Gb and the 32-layer 128Gb TLC 3D V-NAND on display. The TLC (or 3bit) versions of V-NAND boost capacity, and also provide increased endurance in comparison to standard planar TLC NAND. Planar TLC has already made its way into the client and enterprise space despite the lower endurance, and 3D TLC V-NAND is on the way to the datacenter as well.


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Phison Shows S10 Controller with TLC Flash at 541 MB/s

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2015 12:33 am

CES 2015 - Today Phison showed us a glimpse of the future. The company's new S10 controller was on display running Toshiba A19 TLC NAND flash.


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The S10 has already entered the market with products from Patriot, Corsair and others but those products use more expensive MLC flash.


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SanDisk, Toshiba's NAND flash manufacturing partner in Flash Forward, is already shipping the Ultra II SSD with Flash Forward TLC NAND. The Toshiba TLC has yet to ship in a consumer SSD so this is exciting news because it means the company is closer to bringing the flash to market.


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Once more TLC flash products hit the market we will see lower cost products and even higher capacity product emerge. We fully expect to see 2TB SSDs from several several companies by the end of 2015.

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Lenovo is 'hopeful' of Microsoft Windows 10 helping drive sales

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 9, 2015 12:28 am

Microsoft Windows 10 is scheduled for release before the end of 2015, and it has made OEMs hopeful that consumers will show support for the operating system. Lenovo, the No. 1 PC manufacturer in the world, has seen increased consumer interest in Windows 10 - a trend that other hardware manufacturers and analysts have seen.


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"I think customers are anxious to breathe some life into that product," said Peter Hortensius, chief technology officer of Lenovo, in an interview with PC World at CES. "We're obviously very bullish and hopeful on Windows 10."


Windows 8.1 was a good OS, Hortensius noted, but Windows 10 will resolve the problems that consumers saw with the operating system. Furthermore, Windows 10 will be integrated across a number of different platforms, instead of the chaotic mess Microsoft left users and developers with during its Windows 8/Windows Phone effort.

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