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Intel teases 100TB or larger SSDs for 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 1, 2015 2:40 am

I feel quite privileged to have all of my systems powered by SSDs, with the biggest ones being 480GB. But those 1TB SSDs are just huge, and by the looks of things, they're only going to get bigger, and very quick.




Intel is working with Micron in their joint collaboration in IMFT, where the two giants will be making some sweet NAND together. With that in mind, Intel is now projecting to have 30TB SSDs by 2018, and passing 100TB by the end of the decade. Hitting 100TB+ SSDs isn't going to be easy, with Intel expecting datacenters and the enterprise markets to move over to flash-based storage quicker and quicker.


As it stands, flash-based storage is used to cache "hot" data, but Intel wants to see SSDs used for much more than that in the enterprise. The chipmaker sees NVMe-based solutions taking over, thanks to their reduced overheads and increased speeds and lowered latency.

Battlefield 4 'Summer update' arrives on September 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2015 1:28 am

DICE will be pushing out the new Summer update for Battlefield 4 on September 1 at 9AM UTC / 2AM PDT, something we noticed on Battlelog as I went to play a quick game of BF4.




The Summer update for BF4 will include night versions of Zavod 311, Siege of Shanghai and Golmud Railway, as well as the usual bug fixes, gameplay tweaks, and a tweak to how fast turrets can move on different vehicles. DICE is also testing a 60Hz server tick rate, which improves performance and makes everything snappier.


Another great addition will be the toning down of the bullet traces that DICE introduced in the last patch for Battlefield 4.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet reaches Australia, available right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 31, 2015 11:30 pm

Sony has just announced the Australian availability of its most exciting tablet yet, the Xperia Z4 Tablet. The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is the world's lightest and thinnest 10-inch tablet, which is quite the achievement for Sony, especially against Samsung and Apple.




The Xperia Z4 Tablet features a 10.1-inch 2K display, an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and weighs in at just 393g (13.8oz) for the 4G-capable model while the Wi-Fi-only model weighs 389g (13.7oz). As usual, the Xperia Z4 Tablet features IP68 waterproof protection, with dust tight rating with cap-less microUSB charging.


Sony is selling the new Xperia Z4 Tablet through Telstra for an RRP of $888, or on a 24-month plan through Go Mobile Broadband for $62 per month.

Six people busted for using Lizard Squad's custom DDoS tool

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 31, 2015 10:57 pm

Six teenagers have been arrested, and are now out on bail, suspected of using the Lizard Squad's Lizard Stresser distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack tool, according to the UK National Crime Agency. The arrests were part of "Operation Vivarium," and included coordination between the NCA and several police agencies.




The arrested men include one 15-year-old, a 16-yearold, one 17-year-old, and three 18-year-olds. Earlier in the year, officials arrested two other teenagers for allegedly using the Lizard Stresser.


"By paying a comparatively small fee, tools like Lizard Stresser can cripple businesses financially and deprive people of access to important information and public services," said Tony Adams, senior operations manager of the NCA national cybercrime unit.

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Square Enix improvised Final Fantasy 7's development, says Nomura

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2015 10:28 pm

With the Final Fantasy 7 Remake on the way, legendary Square Enix alum Tetsuya Nomura takes us back to the late 90's to discuss how one of the most iconic juggernauts in video game history was made.




Final Fantasy 7 was a pivotal moment in history for Square Enix and gaming as a whole: the game rode the mighty wave set forth by the original PlayStation, ushering in a new era of 3D visuals that breathed true life into the game via cinematics, polygons, and characters with real heart (you teared up during Aerith's infamous scene, admit it).


"The original game was the first time in Final Fantasy that all of the creation of characters and environments was rendered in 3D," Nomura said in an interview with PlayStation Magazine. "It was a time of big changes when we went from sprites to something more lifelike and in 3D, and it was just such an iconic moment. And we just packed so much playable content for players to experience, I feel that maybe that's one of the great reasons that that game had such an impact on fans. We were able to create a new game-playing experience. And on top of that, the characters. Not only the transition of 2D to 3D polygons, just that their personalities were more drawn out, they were more human and you can attach emotionally to those characters."

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Ashley Madison growing, including almost 90K women last week

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 31, 2015 8:13 pm

It turns out that many people aren't afraid of fallout from Ashley Madison's high-profile data breach, with "hundreds of thousands" of new members reportedly signing up for the site in the past week. In addition, 87,596 women also signed up for the infidelity website, according to Avid Life officials.




"Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform," according to Avid Life Media.


"Recent media reports predicting the imminent demise of Ashley Madison are greatly exaggerated. Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing." However, CEO Noel Biderman stepped down as head of the company, and additional shakeups are possible - though it looks like a bit of notoriety could be helping the website.

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Square Enix: Final Fantasy XV will launch to gamers sometime in 2016

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2015 6:27 pm

Final Fantasy XV will be released sometime in 2016, it has been confirmed, though an exact launch date hasn't been revealed just yet. Square Enix also shared new concept art and gameplay video for gamers to take a look at:



"We're proud of our technical capabilities and the work we've done to help shape the open-world genre," said Christofer Sundberg, co-founder and chief creative officer at Avalanche Studios. "We hold the FINAL FANTASY franchise, and the team working on it, in such high regard and are excited to be a part of the next chapter."


Earlier this month, it was confirmed Final Fantasy XV would receive a simultaneous game launch across the world.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided scheduled for Feb. 23, 2016 launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2015 6:13 pm

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is scheduled for launch on February 23, 2016, Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal confirmed on Monday.




The game will be available for the PC, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4.


Square Enix also announced the "Augment Your Preorder" campaign, and you can learn about the five different tiers - with Tier 5 allowing gamers to have access to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided four days earlier than the launch date.

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Konami: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is 'stunning' on PC

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2015 5:59 pm

It looks like Konami is quite impressed by the PC performance of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, with a company executive recently noting that gameplay is "stunning."




"The PC version is stunning," said Jon Edwards, marketing executive at Konami, in a statement to MCV. "We are so pleased to be able to release it alongside the console games, and that Kojima Productions has worked so hard to make it such a strong version."


Edwards also had this to add: "Like Ground Zeroes, the graphics are stunning in the new 4K mode, while the scale and online elements within the game are a perfect fit for the format. Metal Gear Solid V is such an entertaining game, we always wanted it to play strengths of its host format, and the PC edition certainly does that. It is a stunning conversion."

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New $499 Elite Xbox One model sports 1TB SSDHD, Elite controller

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2015 5:58 pm

Microsoft has just unveiled a new upgraded Xbox One model that comes with a roomy 1TB hybrid hard drive and the modular Elite controller.




The new Xbox One Elite SKU is priced at $499 and features a 1TB hybrid solid-state hard disk that blends speed and storage. Microsoft boasts that the SSDHD improves initial boot up speeds by 20% from power-saver mode, and "adapts to your gaming preferences by storing frequently accessed files" on the SSD partition.


One of the main selling points of the bundle is the Xbox One's high-grade Elite controller, which features custom button mapping, modular, swappable parts, trigger locks and an enhanced D-pad to boot. The Elite controller retails for $150 and accounts for the price bump.

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