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Plextor announces Q2 availability for new M6S SSD

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 1:28 am

Plextor, a developer of digital storage technology, announced the launch of the M6S, an efficient, high-performance SSD. According to Plextor, the new M6S is capable of delivering random read/write speed of 94K IOPS/80K IOPS and a 520/440 MB/s sequential read/write speed. Compared to the best-selling M5S, there is an additional power savings of 30% to 50%.

 

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According to Yaping Zheng, product manager at Plextor, "The new M6S gives desktop and notebook users the ultimate system upgrade. Its combination of speed and efficiency makes it an ideal replacement for a hard drive. By installing an M6S rather than a traditional hard drive, Windows 7 boots in a quarter of the time, applications start quickly, and saving and loading become almost instant. Our tests even show that notebook users can gain an extra 30 minutes of battery time by using an M6S".

 

The M6S will come in a thinner 7 mm form factor, allowing it to fit into thin notebooks. Availability of the new drives begins in the second quarter of 2014 with 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities.

 

You can see our review of the M6S on April, 10th 2014.

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CliffyB calls Notch a "pouty kid" over Notch's thoughts on Oculus VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 1:22 am

You might remember the name 'CliffyB' as one of the brains (now ex-brain) of Epic Games. Cliff Bleszinski took to his Tumblr to talk about the recent acquisition of Oculus VR by Facebook: "The brain droppings of a formerly employed videogame ninja". CliffyB seemed to think it was going to happen, where he said: "this is exactly what was going to happen". He explained in much more detail:

 

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When a company raises money from venture capitalists the end game IS acquisition. While it might have been interesting for a dedicated gaming company to purchase Oculus it might have ultimately limited their potential in regards to the myriad of things that the Rift is capable of. I want games, but I also want virtual tourism. PTSD treatment. End of life quality comfort care improvements. Treatment for a variety of fears. Architectural visualisation. Pilot training. Scuba training. The list simply goes on, and on, and on. Start to imagine a VR experience that's more social where you can sit, say, in a virtual IMAX with your best friends who all live in different cities and things start getting incredibly intriguing.

 

It gets better, as the founder of Epic Games took a swipe at Oculus VR's Kickstarter backers - who are after Oculus VR's blood - saying that investing in a Kickstarter project guarantees you a reward, and now equity and that "crowdfunding can only take you so far, especially when you're doing something this ambitious". He also took a big swipe at Minecraft creator Notch, where he said: "Notch, your cancelling Minecraft makes you look like a pouty kid who is taking his ball and going home. It's a bratty and petty move and it saddens me greatly".


Microsoft makes Office for iPhone and Android phones completely free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 12:59 am

Office is available for iPad, but Microsoft's productivity suite is now free for the iPhone and Android smartphones. You can download it right now from the Apple App Store, or the Google Play Store.

 

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Why did the Redmond-based software giant make it free? The company wanted to better align Office Mobile for Windows Phone with its iOS and Android versions. Office Mobile is now capable of allowing users to view, and edit content while on the go, all for free. Previously, an Office 365 subscription was required.

 

But, Microsoft considers tablets a premium device, which means tablet users who use Office have to pay for the mobile goods that Office offers - which is locked to iOS for now. The company has confirmed it is working on bringing Office for Android tablets, as well as a Metro-based version for touch-capable Windows slates.

Prepare for Google to push 'Powered by Android' branding on devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:46 pm

The iconic Apple logo on the back of an iPhone is something that Google doesn't have going for it, but this looks like it could all change. The new HTC One M8 or Samsung Galaxy S5 upon first being booted up will display to users "Powered by Android".

 

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Google is mandating that the phrase "Powered by Android" be used during the boot animation on new smartphones. Pushing this further, both HTC and Samsung are both using the classic Android logo that was used as the boot animation on the original Android phone, HTC's G1 device. We should see this rolling out across devices going into the future, and I think this is the big lead up to the true competitor to the iPhone 6, the Nexus 6.

UFO, or most likely a military aircraft, spotted flying over Texas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:31 pm

Well, it looks like the military is having some fun above the skies of Texas, where defense technology blog Ares is reporting on a mysterious, unidentified flying object flying over the skies of Amarillo, Texas, back on March 10.

 

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Bill Sweetman, Aviation Week's defense experts is perplexed, but he is convinced it's real. "Three of us here-myself, Graham Warwick and Guy Norris-concur that the photos show something real. Guy and I have known Steve Douglass for a long time, and know that the reason that he sees (and monitors by radio) unusual things is that he spends time looking for them. Here is Steve's account of one of his better radio intercepts. This is more than a random image.

 

The photos tell us more about what the mysterious stranger isn't than what it is. The size is very hard to determine, for example, although the image size at contrailing height suggests that it is bigger than an X-47B. However, the basic shape-while it resembles Boeing's Blended Wing Body studies or the Swift Killer Bee/Northrop Grumman Bat unmanned air system-is different from anything known to have flown at full size, lacking the notched trailing edge of Northrop Grumman's full-size designs".

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The full trailer to The Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending looks amazing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 10:51 pm

The full trailer to the incredibly gorgeous Jupiter Ascending is now out, and embedded for your viewing pleasure below. Jupiter Ascending, if you didn't already know, is a new fantasy sci-fi flick from The Wachowskis, the duo behind The Matrix Trilogy.

 

 

The movie stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, with a battle for Earth, spaceships, incredible looking machine, alien world's, superpowers and much, much more. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Mayim Bialik: Interest in STEM 'must be nurtured' in high school

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 10:20 pm

Mayim Bialik isn't just a leading cast member of the hit CBS show "The Big Bang Theory," she's also a neuroscientist and strong advocate for helping develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interest in the United States. Bialik plays the role of "Amy Farrah Fowler," a neurobiologist, enjoying her time studying animals as part of her research.

 

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Bialik continues to strengthen her leadership in driving interest in US STEM programs, especially for women trying to break into the field.

 

"Right now, research shows that more than half of high school freshmen who declare interest in STEM-related fields lose interest by the time they graduate," Bialik recently told TweakTown. "For female students, the problem continues into college. One-third of women who enter STEM bachelor's degree programs switch their major to a non-STEM field by the time they graduate,"

 

There has been a large effort to try and generate interest in STEM fields for women, though it has been a continued uphill battle.

 

"Girls' interest in STEM must be nurtured in high school and beyond so it is maintained throughout their education and professional lives. One of the best ways to do that is by introducing them to real-life role models who can show them how to succeed in STEM-related careers. Young women can then envision themselves as part of the STEM fields and develop a sense that STEM offers challenging but realizable opportunities."

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Gun makers hope smart technology make their weapons even safer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 9:32 pm

In the world of gun safety, companies are scrambling to try and manufacture some type of technology to prevent accidents - and from stolen weapons used in later crimes - but there haven't been a lot of easy answers. The Identilock biometric authentication technology, created by Omer Kiyani, a gunshot victim from Detroit, provides an added layer of handgun security.

 

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The lock connects to a handgun's trigger and uses biometric authentication to ensure only the authorized gun owner is able to disable the lock - which takes less than one second from initial contact on the fingerprint sensors.

 

"The key is reliability," said Kiyani, when speaking to CNN. "The sensor has proved itself in different sectors over the past few years and the market is aware of its capability. The main point of firearms ownership is home defense, and home defense means quick access. But the other side of that is accidents."

 

Kiyani isn't interested in trying to get into a debate regarding gun ownership, rather wants to create a safe, easy-to-use locking mechanism.

Kim Dotcom launches new Internet Party via YouTube video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 9:09 pm

Kim Dotcom is one of those people that I liken to the gunslingers of wild west legend, or something like Zoro or RobinHood even. Even though he faces very serious allegations that could land him in prison for quite a long time, he never gives up and continues to champion for internet freedom, and net neutrality.

 

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Dotcom's latest venture is not a new file-sharing website, or even attempting to dominate the latest first person shooter style video game. In fact, Dotcom has decided to move into a more political world where he can influence the path that government's take when it comes to internet legislation. Today Kim Dotcom officially launched the new political party which he named the "Internet Party," and has released a few videos detailing the party's new mission, and goals.

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Amazon to launch free ad-supported streaming TV and music service

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 8:29 pm

Amazon is expected to launch a free, ad-supported video service focused on television episodes and music videos, and could launch in the next few months. Both original content and licensed material might find its way to the service, with Amazon executives reaching out to potential partners.

 

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Amazon continues to expand efforts to dominate, with media invited to an event next week in which the Amazon set-top box could be announced. Although Amazon remains the most dominant e-tailer, the company wants to compete with YouTube in Netflix, especially as more users stream content in the living room.

 

In addition to providing content, Amazon will also be able to use the service to test its budding advertising capabilities.

 

Amazon currently only offers TV, movies, music and video content to its Prime members, which now costs $99 per year, though this offers a new twist.

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