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HGST announces extension of JDA with Intel

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 8:12 pm

HGST Press and Industry Analyst Briefing - HGST has announced the extension of their fruitful Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Intel for their SAS SSDs. This is an important agreement due to the sharing of important NAND and engineering expertise. The JDA also affords HGST with a guaranteed NAND flash supply for HGST's SAS SSDs, a paramount need in today's SSD market. The details of the arrangement aren't entirely public, of course, but we do know that both HGST and Intel have already leveraged the existing relationship to develop the fastest SAS SSDs on the market.


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The JDA began in 2008, and HGST first began to offer SAS SSDs in 2010. Intel flash and controller technology has provided the base components, but the real engine lies in HGST's SAS design, firmware, reliability, qualification and system integration. Intel does not sell SAS SSDs, instead relying upon the JDA with HGST to provide high-quality SAS offerings. The cooperation has led to four generations of successful SAS SSDs. The agreement is slated to continue for three more years, and we look forward to seeing the exciting new products that will come as a result of the JDA.

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Comcast now denies it will cut Internet customers using Tor

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 7:45 pm

Internet service provider Comcast isn't disconnecting subscribers for using the Tor browser and said rumors are "wildly inaccurate," as federal government continues to monitor the once anonymous search browser. The rumors started a few days ago, when Comcast "agents" reportedly told Tor users they must stop or face having their service terminated.


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Regardless of what the U.S. government is doing to track Tor, trying to limit what its subscribers do with Web access would draw an immediately uproar. Instead, Comcast is defending itself and saying that users are welcome to use Tor if wanted:


Customers are free to use their Xfinity Internet service to visit any website or use it however they wish otherwise," according to a statement from Comcast. "Like virtually all ISPs, Comcast has an acceptable use policy or AUP that outlines appropriate and inappropriate uses of the service. Comcast doesn't monitor users' browser software or web surfing and has no program addressing the Tor browser."

Yahoo faces up to $250,000 in daily fines for not giving in to NSA

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 6:45 pm

If Yahoo refuses to turn over user data to the U.S. government, the company faces a fine up to $250,000 per day. The National Security Agency (NSA) wants Yahoo and other companies to adhere to new surveillance rules they've created, but Yahoo officials said the agency's efforts are unconstitutional.


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A federal judge recently unsealed wording relating to the case, which Yahoo hailed as a minor victory for transparency - an ongoing fight that the NSA will continue, likely at the daily expense of Yahoo. For more than half a year, Yahoo said the government's demand to turn over user information regarding non-U.S. citizens living overseas was unconstitutional - breaching the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable search and seizure.


The ongoing battle between invasive federal monitoring began years before former NSA analyst Edward Snowden outlined widespread and systematic spying operations. Yahoo had to fight every step of the way to challenge the US government's surveillance efforts," according to Ron Bell, Yahoo general counsel.

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders top 4 million during the first day

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 6:00 pm

The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus announcement may have underwhelmed most mobile phone consumers, but still racked up 4 million pre-orders in a single day. Interested owners may have to wait until October before they receive their new iPhone, due to the large volume of orders placed by Apple customers.


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The iPhone 5 reached just two million units during launch pre-announcement two years ago, the company said. It's a rather fascinating launch for a device that received a large amount of hype, but didn't overly impress customers that were sitting on the fence about purchasing a new phone.


"Assuming preorders are similar to the 40 percent of first weekend sales for the iPhone 5, this would imply iPhone 6/6Plus first weekend sales could be around 10 million," wrote an analyst from Wells Fargo securities.

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Microsoft officially purchases Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 5:22 pm

Microsoft has confirmed it will pay $2.5 billion to purchase Mojang, the company responsible for Minecraft. Minecraft has sold more than 54 million copies across the world, and the three founding executives of Mojang will reportedly leave the company. The game is the top paid app for both the Google Android and Apple iOS, and with only 4 employees, brought in $287 in revenues during 2013


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"At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people," the company said in a press statement. "Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise."


News of the acquisition sent shockwaves through the Minecraft community, with many gamers worried about which direction Microsoft would take. Meanwhile, Microsoft hopes to draw gamers mobile platform instead of focusing on the Xbox One or PC.

Next Bond film begins shooting in December, script overhauled

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 2:16 am

The last James Bond film; 'Skyfall' was released 2 years ago this November and grossed a record $1.1 billion worldwide - in fact its the ninth highest grossing picture of all time. So why has it taken so long to get the next into production?


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According to a report posted at the Dail Mail, the script written by John 'Gladiator' Logan has been overhauled by franchise regulars Robert Wade and Neal Purvis in the same manner that was performed for 'Skyfall'. Now it seems that the pre-production issues have been ironed out, with the final script having been delivered, it's now all green for the next Bond picture which is set to begin production in early December.


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The as-yet untitled 24th Bond picture is set to be released on October 23rd 2015, directed by Sam Mendes.

Apple quietly retires iPod classic

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2014 12:08 am

Amidst the hub bub of this week's Apple Event which saw the company, as expected, officially launch both the iPhone 6 and its larger brethren along with the long rumoured Apple Watch, the device that started it all - the original iPod, now dubbed 'iPod' classic' was being quietly being shuffled off stage before being put out of its misery.


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Officially discontinued as of September 9th, the sixth generation 160GB iPod will no longer be manufactured and once inventory has cleared, will no longer be available for sale. The news will hardly come as a shock to Apple fans - the writing has been on the wall for some time, with Apple CEO Tim Cook confirming that the iPod product line was "a declining business". Apple have removed the device from online listings.


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The iPhone 6 line goes on sale worldwide next Friday.

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U.S. military seeking technologies able to dodge missiles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 8:17 pm

The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) is developing a Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXVT-T) craft that is able to automatically adjust to avoid incoming rockets. However, with the safety effectiveness of armor going down - and the cost of vehicle armor increasing - a futuristic system to assist drivers avoid rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons could be greatly beneficial.



Military researchers have increasingly improved armor on battlefield vehicles, but have lagged behind new weapons and bombs designed to penetrate armor. The GXV-T program should help disrupt current mechanized warfare by providing new technologies to keep soldiers safe.


GXV-T's goal is not to just improve or replace one particular vehicle - it's about breaking the 'more armor' paradigm and revolutionizing projection for all armored fighting vehicles," said Kevin Massey, DARPA program manager. Inspired by how X-plane programs have improved airfraft capabilities over the past 60 years, we plan to pursue groundbreaking fundamental research and development to help make future armored fighting vehicles significantly more mobile, effective, save and affordable."

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Oculus VR CEO donates $31 million to a University for a VR lab

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 6:18 pm

Oculus VR is pushing for the future of VR to be awesome, so what better way than donating millions of dollars to a University to build a new VR lab? That's exactly what Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus VR has done, donating $31 million to the University of Maryland.


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The money will be used to build a new computer science building that will feature a VR lab. Iribe had the idea of donating the funds after the acquisition made by Facebook in March of this year for $2 billion, after he met with Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, where he walked around the University and noticed that not much had changed around the place.


Iribe met Michael Antonov at the time, who is now the Chief Software Architect of Oculus VR, who will be donating $4 million the university to help with the construction of the building, and establish a scholarship. Iribe spoke with Business Insider, where he said: "It will have a big focus on robotics and computer vision, computer graphics, and human computer interaction. In the past, computers have been used regularly as a tool, so you don't need to bring in psychologists or the biotech side of things to understand how the computer affects the brain in order to make a great operating system. But in VR, you actually do".

Rockstar reveals launch dates for GTA V, PC version delayed to 2015

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 5:37 pm

Rockstar Games made an announcement that GTA V for current-generation gaming consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will start shipping on November 18th. There will be a PC version as reported earlier, however the PC version's launch is delayed to January 27, 2015. Rockstar games also revealed a new trailer for GTA V, which is an actual gameplay recorded from the Sony PlayStation 4 console.



Rockstar did reveal some in-game improvements and features. One of them is that those who pre-order the console or PC version of GTA V will receive $1,000,000 in-game cash as a bonus to spend at Grand Theft Auto 5 and GTA Online. The game studio also confirmed that its in-game radio stations will now play more than 100 new songs and DJ tunes.


The rest of the features are as follows:


  • New weapons, vehicles and activities
  • Additional wildlife
  • Denser traffic
  • New foliage system
  • Enhanced damage and weather effects

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