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Next generation Drobo announced with 3x the performance

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 3:45 pm

Connected Data, the manufacturer of the Drobo line of external data storage solutions, announced today the release of the latest 4-bay Drobo system. This is the third generation version of Drobo with a lower price tag and three times the performance of the previous version. New features include USB 3.0, faster rebuild times, enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine, and the addition of battery back up. Pricing for this new Drobo starts at $349 with general availability starting late April, 2014.


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Like all Drobo products, the newest Drobo is built upon the BeyondRAID technology. BeyondRAID allows existing owners of Drobo appliances to seamlessly upgrade to a new Drobo by simply removing the disk pack from their current Drobo, and moving it to their new one. After upgrading, customers will see an instant performance boost and benefit from all the new Drobo features.

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HTC One (M8) teardown shows little reparability improvement

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 3:37 pm

The geeks over at iFixit laid their hands-on the original HTC One smartphone last year and gutted the bugger to see what it looked like on the inside. They found out right away that if you broke the original HTC One, you would have a hard time repairing it. In fact, the HTC One scored a lowly 1 out of 10 for reparability.


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iFixit has their hands-on the newly launched HTC One (M8) and are hoping for a reparability improvement. Early on, it looked like HTC might have made the smartphone easier to report when the back cover used spring contacts rather than cables. However, it was soon clear that the remainder of the M8 was no better than the original when it comes to being able to repair.


Many of the parts inside the smartphone use glue that is hard to remove. If you break the screen, which is sadly common for many smartphone users, you have to remove every component inside the M8 to get to the screen. Some of those components are even glued to the screen backing.

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Phonejoy Android gaming controller ships to early backers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 3:05 pm

If you think you have a good idea for a product, but no money to make it happen Kickstarter is the place to go. A litany of cool tech products have started there getting the funding needed to come to life. One of the cool products from a bit over a year ago was an Android gaming controller called the Phonejoy.


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The company raised almost $70,000 in January of 2013 and has been working on its product ever sense. If you were a backer of the Phonejoy on Kickstarter, you will be glad to hear your controller is finally shipping. Early backers should get their units any time now.


If you didn't back the product, but need a good game controller for your Android smartphone, iCade, or PC, you will soon be able to order one. The Phonejoy will be available online on April 8 for $69.90.

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Paramount launching final season of Star Trek Enterprise in HD soon

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:49 am

Whilst it's only been a few days since I took a look at the third season of Star Trek Enterprise on Blu-ray, Paramount Home Entertainment Australia has announced the fourth and final season of the short-running show on Blu-ray which was cancelled in 2004 due to declining ratings.


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To be released on April 30, the 6 disc set will round up all 22 episodes of the show in 1080p, along with an impressive range of bonus features, including a four-part feature length documentary, a writing crew reunion roundtable, archival and newly recorded audio commentaries, text commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes and outtakes.


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South Korea, Japan want to talk cyberattacks, but not right now

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 7:36 am

In a growing effort to defend against cyberattacks, global alliances between nations with same political influences are carving out curious battle lines.


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"It is true that allies need to share military intelligence to counter threats posed by North Korea in light of its nuclear test and missile launches,"said Kim Min-seok, South Korea defense ministry spokesperson, during a preference conference. "Although working-level officials had considered the memorandum of understanding as one idea, the move is currently not under way as the situation is not yet ripe for that."


North Korea also has a blossoming cyberattack program, focusing mostly on targeting South Korea and Japan.


Both South Korea and Japan face growing political tensions from China and North Korea - and while most of the attention is rightfully on physical military force - all four countries must defend against cyberattacks from foreign sources.

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First glimpse of The Rock as Hercules, with bodies all over the place

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 3:55 am

Dwayne Johnson, better known as The Rock, will play the character of 'Hercules,' and the Paramount film is scheduled for release on July 25.


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The film is directed by Brett Ratner, whose filmography includes the likes of the 'Rush Hour' trilogy, 'X-men,' and 'Horrible Bosses.'


Here is the trailer:



The Rock, a former professional wrestling superstar, has successfully transitioned to Hollywood - turning into one of the most popular action movie heroes in recent years.

Android corruption bug frightening security researchers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 2:50 am

The recent Google Android bug discovered by security researcher Ibrahim Balic reveals a common technique could compromise the popular OS due to memory corruption - resulting in the device crashing.


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In extreme cases, it appears memory code corruption vulnerability could be boosted and lead to arbitrary code execution, with users at risk of operating a rooted device.


"Although it's true that this vulnerability is capable of crashing Android mobile devices, it's important to point out that at this time there are no known instances or infections of this particular vulnerability 'in the wild,'" said Ryan Smith, Mojave Networks Lead Threat Engineer, in a statement. "Mobile malware distributors are typically motivated by money and information, and are therefore unlikely to use their established distribution channels to disseminate malware an app that simply crashes the device and doesn't gain them anything."


Even so, it's frightening the large amount of malware targeted towards Android devices - and security experts recommend using anti-malware and anti-virus software at the very least.

New video details elegant watch bands for Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 1:38 am

When Motorola and Google first announced the Moto 360 smartwatch, I was quick to point out that it was the new standard to beat in wearable technology. It appears that most of the tech world agrees with me on this as well, but the one thing I failed to hit on was the availability of high-end watch bands for the device.



Every watch aficionado knows that no matter how beautiful a watch may be, its beauty can be diminished by an unflattering watch band. It appears that Motorola knows this as well, and the company has just released a new video that shows off some of the stylish, and elegant bands that will be available for the new Moto 360. Gone is the bulky rubber watch band that is reminiscent of cheap department store watches, and in come leather and metal bands that are designed to go well with any outfit, setting, or event the wearer may attend.

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The Spice Girls set to team up with the Backstreet Boys for world tour

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 12:44 am

If today was not already full of major news such as the new HTC One M8 releasing, or NVIDIA's launch of not only its new GPU, but a $3000 Titan Video Card, we have Facebook announcing its acquisition of the most revolutionary virtual reality company in history, Oculus VR. But all of that may not be the biggest news to hit the wires today as a new report from Cosmopolitan is indicating that the Spice Girls are in talks with the Backstreet Boys for a world-wide comeback tour!


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Yes you heard that right, the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys are considering launching a world-wide tour. The news comes from Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell, who told The Sun "We are actually in early talks about maybe doing a world tour together with the Spice Girls." As I write this post, I can already hear all of the women I grew up with screaming for joy, and see the mascara streaked tears that will no doubt be streaming down their face as the groups take to the stage.

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RumorTT: PS1 and PS2 games headed to Sony's PlayStation 4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 12:42 am

According to an inside source, Sony is working hard at bringing PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2 emulation software to its PlayStation 4 console, and the end product could arrive sooner rather than later. The industry insider says that the PS1 and PS2 emulation will not only bring old titles to the new flagship console, but it will upscale them to full 1080p resolution as well.


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This means that classic PS1 titles like Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy V, Dark Stalkers 3 and more could arrive in full HD glory quite soon. No official word has been given on when the emulators might arrive, or what titles will be released. Another thing that is unclear is how Sony will offer the games, and if they will be sold or made available for free download. Some sources are saying that we can look forward to hearing an official announcement at E3 though, so at least we will not have to wait very long.

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