As Supercomputing 2014 begins we expect a rush of storage news, and today Innodisk kicked that off with the announcement of their first All-Flash array. The FlexiArray SE110 is a 1U rackmount with 10 SSDs in a 3TB configuration. The new array utilizes Innodisk's proprietary FlexiRemap Technology for global wear-leveling, which should boost endurance of the underlying media.
The new array utilizes consumer-grade MLC flash to deliver 320,000 sustained IOPS. The SE110 sports a Quad Port 10Gbe SFP+ connection and InfiniBand FDR QSFP connectivity. Innodisk will have a live demo running at the show. Innodisk will also have a wide variety of their other flash products on display, including mSATA, M.2 S42 and S80, and USB EDC.
It seems Apple will not be able to rid itself of "BendGate" anytime soon, after saying just nine iPhone 6 Plus units were bent, with a website showing 300 bent devices. One of the Nine wanted to collect photos of bent iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units from customers, and while there wasn't a lot of publicity to promote the website, more than 300 photos were collected.
It's possible some iPhone owners haven't reported the problem - or are unaware it has happened - but considering the millions of devices sold, Apple is quietly trying to resolve the problem that has hit a small number of owners.
"We are most definitely not anti-Apple though and I am a massive Apple product user myself and an iPhone 6 Plus owner (yes... it bent)," according to the website's founder.
Major League Gaming (MLG) has partnered with ESPN and will host a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gaming tournament during the winter X Games Aspen in January. Eight teams consisting of five players per team will compete in the first MLG CS: GO tournament.
"Our fan base was really electrified with the idea of having MLG competitions at the X Games and having our pro players earn X Games medals in Austin, where it was a tremendous success," said Mike Sepso, MLG co-founder and president. "We're thrilled to announce that Austin wasn't a one-off."
It's a rather unique offering after ESPN president John Skipper said eSports is "not a sport," and doesn't have interest in showing it on ESPN. However, with a large crossover in X Games and video game demographics, the X Games Aspen tournament could be a lot of fun.
Researchers from Google and the University of California, Berkeley discovered almost one quarter of smartphone owners believe they don't have anything on their phones worth protecting - and some others simply cannot be bothered to lock/unlock their smartphones.
However, 70 percent of survey respondents said they locked their smartphones shortly after purchase, but more alarming, some phone owners are oblivious to how much personal data their phones contain.
"While many of the interview participants who did not lock their devices had fewer applications installed, and therefore potentially less sensitive information, every participant's smartphone still had access to email, which did not require additional authentication," according to researchers. "Thus, it is possible that these email accounts might be a fruitful target for an attacker."
Third-ranked wireless carrier Sprint is struggling to compete against Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile, as CEO Marcelo Claure feels the pressure mounting. The company cut its earnings forecast from $6.7 billion to $6.9 billion down to $5.8 billion to $5.9 billion - and 2,000 additional job cuts will be necessary.
To make matters worse, Sprint lost 500,000 postpaid subscribers while T-Mobile, the No. 4 carrier in the United States, has added subscribers. The company's plans to launch an ultra-high speed network were also delayed, with initial rollout occurring in selected markets first.
"While the results of the most recent quarter don't look terrific, it is now clear that Sprint is in the early stages of what they call a transformational journey," said Jeff Kagan, technology industry analyst. "Based on all the change the company has gone through over the last year with new ownership, a new CEO in recent months and crafting a new strategy now, I think it's important to give them the space they need to change."
Seagate has announced their Kinetic HDD, which connects via dual Ethernet ports and leverages the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform. Seagate has developed an entire ecosystem to support the new approach, which removes the need for a dedicated storage tier. The goal is to reduce the price of infrastructure to realize a TCO reduction of 50%. The open-source Kinetic API utilizes object storage, which circumvents the hindrances of normal file system architectures. This removes the software stack and allows applications to communicate directly with the Kinetic HDD.
Kinetic HDDs reside in backplanes that have two embedded Ethernet connections for each drive. This provides a dual port active/active connection. The typical deployment then utilizes two 10Gbe Ethernet connections to communicate with the server. HDDs can also speak directly to each other, without going through the operating system, streamlining operations such as disk-to-disk replication and minimizing overall network traffic to the server. Ethernet is widely deployed and presents the ability to use existing infrastructure for IP-based management.
The Kinetic platform also provides performance benefits. Seagate has observed a 4X increase in random write speed, due to the lack of metadata and queuing processes from legacy filesystems and operating system interaction. The new 4TB Kinetic drive is available for customer qualification now, and general availability begins at the end of November.
Former front man for White Zombie, Rob Zombie, will have his horror film 31 enter production in February 2015, after a successful 90-day crowdfunding campaign. The film focuses on five carnival workers who are kidnapped and taken to Murder World, where they must survie a game of "31," featuring deranged clowns trying to kill them.
Here is what Rob Zombie recently said: "I thought that's a good premise for a film. Add in the fact that everyone I know seems to really hate clowns and now you got a film. Without the fans raising funds and helping to build buzz, a crazy film like this would have been almost impossible to get off the ground. I owe the fans big time on this one."
31 will be produced by Zombie, Bow + Arrow Entertainment, Spectacle Entertainment Group and Protagonist Pictures, while Bow + Arrow and Protagonist Pictures are helping finance the film.
Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij was arrested by Thai immigration police after being caught trying to enter the country from Laos. Neij faces a jail sentence in Sweden for copyright violations after being convicted in 2009 - and while he did a good job of hiding up to this point - the Swedish embassy wanted authorities to be on the lookout for him.
Neij reportedly had $153,000 in a local bank account at his disposal, but the cash alone wasn't enough to keep him off the radar of a law firm reportedly hired by US movie companies. The Swedish embassy will take custody of Neij from Thai immigration police in Bangkok, and then he will be extradited back to Sweden.
Fellow Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg was sentenced to 42 months in prison after being convicted of hacking charges in Denmark.
A showdown between the Obama Administration and Chinese president Xi Jinping is looming when the two political leaders meet to discuss cybersecurity concerns. China has continually denied it sponsors hacker groups to conduct cyberespionage against US and European governments and private companies - but it seems unlikely significant progress will be made between the two countries.
"We've been very clear about how strongly we object to any cyber-enabled theft of trade secrets and other sensitive information from our companies, whoever may be doing it," said John Kerry, US Secretary of State, when speaking at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. "And we are convinced that is in China's interest to help put an end to this practice."
The United States has lost credibility when criticizing other countries regarding cyberattacks, after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed widespread surveillance activities.
Acer has an impressive new tablet on its hands with the new Switch 12, which is a 5-in-1 device that is marketed as a 2-in-1. The Switch 12 features a 12.5-inch Full HD IPS display, with an anti-fingerprint coating and Gorilla Glass for ultimate protection. From there, Acer is using Zero Air Gap bonding technology, which should improve viewing angles, and display performance in direct sunlight.
Acer's new Switch 12 tablet is powered by Intel's super power-efficient Core M processor, which is joined by 4GB of RAM, a choice of 30GB or 120GB of SSD storage, dual front-facing speakers, micro USB 3.0, and micro HDMI ports, as well as 2x2 MIMO wireless technology. Battery life is something Acer has worked on, with up to eight hours of video playback, and Windows 8.1 slapped on for its operating system.
Switch 12 features a kickstand, as well as a magnetic, latch-less detchable keyboard. The company teases that it has five modes of operation: notebook, pad, display, tent and desktop. The company hopes to launch the Switch 12 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa during Q4, starting at a price of $813 or so, while the US and Canada should receive the Acer Switch 12 sometime early next year.