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Zalman goes bankrupt in an epic $3 billion fraud conspiracy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 1:09 am

There will be quite a few of you shocked by this news, but Zalman are finished. The company has filed for bankruptcy in Seoul, after years of its owner, Moneual, bleeding billions of dollars out of the company. But this isn't the only part of the story, it is a full-blown conspiracy with layers of details.


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Futurelooks is reporting that former Moneual employees are now dishing out the goss, with these insiders saying that CEO Harold Park, VP Scott Park, and VP Won Duck-yeok working out a deal between them that would see Zalman "produce inflated sales and fabricated export data, allowing the company to qualify for increasingly large bank loans". This worked well for the trio, as over five years, the company were able to secure $2.98 billion in loans under false pretences.


The documentation, which was fraudulent, showed that parts were exported to the US "since the finished product is larger and more expensive" than the parts themselves. This trick allowed the company to false quality for bigger loans, but the ride is obviously over. Zalman Tech Co. Ltd has halted trading of its shares, with the company filing for bankruptcy protection in the Seoul Central District Court.

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Intel giving $15 cash to those who purchased Pentium 4 powered PCs

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 12:35 am

As a result of a class-action lawsuit against HP and Intel, the chipmaker will have to give $15 to those who have purchased an Intel Pentium 4 processor about 15 years ago.


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As of now, this applies to those who are residing in the United States and have purchased computers for personal/general use with Intel Pentium 4 processors between November 20, 2000 and June 30, 2002. The lawsuit points out that Intel and HP have deliberately manipulated benchmark scores for the Intel Pentium 4 processors at the time it was facing tough rivalry from AMD. There were also allegations that Intel Pentium III and AMD Athlon line ups at the time performed better in comparison to Pentium 4 line ups.


The lawsuit states that Intel secretly wrote benchmarks which would favour Pentium 4 processors. The company also paid software companies to make changes to favour Pentium 4's performance scores for third-party benchmark software, so that it will stand out against AMD. The benchmarks that were in question were WebMark2001 and SysMark 2001. Both companies have denied these allegations but said that they were willing to settle the matter via compensation. You do not require to show a purchase invoice that you've bought a Pentium 4 powered PC during that time frame, but you will need to present some proof such as the retailer's details and date of purchase.

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Apple iPhone 6 recall may be pending, due to TLC flash

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 5, 2014 11:30 pm

Reports are circulating that the recent failures of 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus models are due to the use of TLC NAND. Apple is the world's largest flash consumer, and has made a concerted effort to utilize technology to expand their use of less-desirable flash (ie 'cheap'). TLC NAND, which holds more bits per cell than MLC NAND, has a higher capacity than other types of NAND. Using cheaper flash provides Apple with better margins, and also helps during periodic flash shortages by expanding the pool of flash they can purchase.


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Apple actually purchased Anobit in 2012 to integrate their MSP (Memory Signal Processing) technology, which extends endurance for less-desirable flash. It is rumored that the 128GB iPhone is one of the few select models that utilizes TLC NAND, and users are reporting widespread crashes or reboot loops. This problem has persisted even after the latest update to iOS 8.1. The problem may be confined to the NAND controller on the iPhone, but with no direct confirmation from Apple, users are left to speculate.


This news comes on the heels of problems with TLC-powered Samsung SSDs, but that problem was also relegated to a firmware bug. TLC is becoming a widely-used form of NAND, and NetApp is even developing TLC platforms for datacenter usage, so these teething problems are likely specific issues with endurance-extending techniques, such as DSP, wear leveling, and read-retry/disturb.


Compounding the issue for Apple is the continuing Bendgate scandal, as more and more users are reporting iPhones bending in their pockets.

Innodisk displays the FlexiArray SE110 all-flash array

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 5, 2014 6:52 pm

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.


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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.

BendGate won't go away for Apple, with video showing 300 bent iPhones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 5, 2014 5:53 pm

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.

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X Games Aspen 2015 will host Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tourney

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 5, 2014 5:49 pm

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.


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"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.

Smartphone owners cannot be bothered to lock their devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 5, 2014 5:26 pm

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.


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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."

Sprint struggling to turn company around, as CEO makes tough choices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 5, 2014 5:19 pm

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.


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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 announces availability of Kinetic Open Storage platform

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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.


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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.

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Rob Zombie horror film 31 will enter production in February 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 5, 2014 3:30 pm

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.


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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.

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