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Silicon Motion targets TLC NAND flash with new SM2256 SSD controller

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 7:22 am

Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Silicon Motion today announced a new 4-channel controller designed to leverage the value of 3-bit per cell (TLC) NAND flash in a consumer SSD product. The new SM2256 uses new NANDXtend technology to increase TLC flash's endurance from 1K P/E cycles to 3K P/E cycles.


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The SM2256 is a high-performance SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller ideally suited for client SSDs targeting HDD

replacement, ultrabooks and tablets. The SM2256 is a complete merchant ASIC/firmware solution supporting

1x/1y/1z nm triple-level cell (TLC) NAND and extensible to 3D NAND from all major NAND suppliers.

Leveraging Silicon Motion's proprietary NANDXtend error-correcting code (ECC) technology, the SM2256

provides a comprehensive data protection and enhances the endurance and retention of TLC NAND, delivering

more than three times better durability for TLC SSD.

Continue reading 'Silicon Motion targets TLC NAND flash with new SM2256 SSD controller' (full post)

Halo: The Master Chief Collection spotted on Amazon UK for the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 7:04 am

While this is just a rumor, it's a juicy enough one to post. Halo: The Master Chief Collection might end up on the PC according to a listing on a few of Amazon's sites around the world, including Amazon UK.


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Not only that, but it teases the Steam release of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 and even Halo 3. Amazon UK isn't shy to leaking information about games before their release, with the PC version of Tekken 7 teased, and even Mortal Kombat X before E3. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will feature the remade Halo: Anniversary Edition, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. The two first games will be remastered games, capable of being driven at 1080p and 60FPS.


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Halo: The Master Chief Collection drops on the Xbox One on November 11, but if it is confirmed for the PC before then, you'll be sure to hear about it right here.

Phison announces 4-Core PS3110 SSD Controller at Flash Memory Summit

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 6:46 am

Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Phison Electronics announced the upcoming PS3110 quad-channel SSD controller today at Flash Memory Summit.


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The press release sheds more lights on the new controller recently previewed in a world exclusive here at TweakTown just days ago.


Key highlights for PS3110 solution include:

· Up to 2 Terabytes support

· 1Ynm and 1Znm SLC, MLC, and TLC support

· Ultra high performance

- Sequential Read: up to 550MB/s

- Sequential Write: up to 530MB/s

- 4K Random Read: up to 100,000 IOPS

- 4K Random Write: up to 90,000 IOPS

· Support both commercial and industrial grade requirements

· AES-256, TCG OPAL 2.0 compliant (A10 derivative)

· S.M.A.R.T support with Phison SSD ToolBox


Advanced Features:

· End-to-end data path protection

· SmartECC RAID data protection

· P-fail protection with SmartFlush and GuaranteedFlush technology

· Advanced read disturb management with SmartRefresh technology

· Advanced global wear-leveling

Continue reading 'Phison announces 4-Core PS3110 SSD Controller at Flash Memory Summit' (full post)

BioShock will be taking iPhone, iPad users back to Rapture very soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 6:34 am

While most mobile gamers enjoy their made-for-mobile games, there aren't many AAA titles from the PC and consoles that hit Android and iOS all that often. Well, BioShock is coming to iOS, and it's coming soon.


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2K Games has told Engadget that iOS users will soon be able to return to Rapture, Irrational Games' first-person shooter will hit certain iPhone and iPad models. BioShock for iOS will also be compatible with Bluetooth-enabled controllers, for those who wants a closer to PC or console feel. The game should find a price somewhere between $10 and $30, but I think we'll see it closer to $10, as it is a seven-year-old game now.


BioShock for iOS will only work on certain iOS-capable devices, including the iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad 4, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C or iPhone.

88 million games of Destiny were played during the beta period

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 5:29 am

Last week we reported that a huge 4.6 million gamers took part in the beta of Bungie's upcoming Destiny, which drops on September 9. This was a test of Bungie and Activision's servers, to see if they could handle the number crunching they'd need to do before the big day.


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Well, Bungie has since released a new infographic, which shows some interesting numbers that took place during the beta. A huge 88,384,720 games took place during the beta, as well as the creation of some 6.5 million guardians. The kill-to-death ratio in the cooperative story, strike and exploration missions was 22.52, from a total of 3.7 billion kills during those quests.


Destiny lands on September 9 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4.

GIGABYTE confirms NVIDIA will release the GeForce GTX 880 next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 4:23 am

An executive with GIGABYTE has confirmed during the ChinaJoy Game Developers Conference that NVIDIA will launch its next-gen GeForce GTX 880 GPU sometime next month.


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The executive teased that the company is working on its own custom-designed card based on the GTX 880 GPU, named the GTX 880 G1.Gamer. This new card will feature a huge new cooler that will handle thermal loads of up to 650W, something we spotted at Computex in June. Better yet, is when the GTX 880 G1.Gamer is sitting idle, the cooler will passively cool the GTX 880 GPU without the fans spinning. These fans will only kick up when the GPU hits a certain temperature.

@evleaks plugs his own leak, retires from the leaking game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 3:34 am

After two years of being one of the biggest product leakers in the world, Evan Blass, or @evleaks has announced he is retiring. With over two years of leaking products from HTC, Motorola, Samsung, LG and others, these companies would be breathing a collective sigh of relief.


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Last October, Blass revealed his identity to Android Police, and now explaining to The Next Web why he's leaving his Twitter account. Blass has said that it has all boiled down to the money, where he has hit a brick wall attempting to monetize his Twitter stream. At first, he attempted monthly subscriptions, then weekly, then single sponsored tweets. His last resort was accepting donations, but Blass said that this last attempt felt like online panhandling.


Blass did have a website alongside his @evleaks Twitter account, but with most users using ad-block, the site didn't generate enough ad revenue to supplement his Twitter income. In 2004 Blass was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which is another reason why he is retiring, as he needs to better prepare himself for the future of treatment he'll need.

New York hotel fines $500 per bad review, refunds you if its removed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:26 am

The Union Street Guest House in Hudson, New York has had couples booking weddings at their venue, but if they, or any of their guests or family leave a bad review on sites like Yelp, they will fine them $500 for every bad review found online.


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The hotel's online policy explains: "Please know that despite the fact that wedding couples love Hudson and our inn, your friends and families may not. If you have booked the inn for a wedding or other type of event . . . and given us a deposit of any kind . . . there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review . . . placed on any internet site by anyone in your party".


But it's not all doom and gloom, because if you remove your review, the hotel will refund you the $500. For negative reviews on the hotel, employees will come in trolling, saying things like the post was "mean spirited nonsense" and "she made all of this up". The hotel fired back at one of the negative reviews over the rude treatment over a bucket of ice, where the hotel said: "I know you guys wanted to hang out and get drunk for 2 days and that is fine. I was really really sorry that you showed up in the summer when it was 105 degrees . . . I was so so so sorry that our ice maker and fridge were not working and not accessible".

Moto X smartphone should be one of the first to receive Android L

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 1:49 am

Ever since Google officially unveiled Android L at Google I/O 2014 a few months ago, we've been wondering which devices would receive the new OS, and when. Well, now we can confirm that the Moto X smartphone will definitely be receiving Android 5.0 when it is released.


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Google+ user Josh B. asked Motorola's Punit Soni whether the Moto X is "still going to get android L (5.0) to which the Motorola executive replied "Yep". We don't know whether any of Motorola's other Android-powered smartphones will be getting the updated OS, but we should hopefully have more information on that closer to the release of Android L.

China warns Microsoft not to meddle in antitrust investigation

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 1:02 am

China has issued a stark warning at Microsoft not to meddle in an ongoing antitrust investigation into the company, following a series raids in four of the company's Chinese offices.


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China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce posted a harshly worded warning online, demanding that Microsoft obey the law and "not to interfere with or hinder the investigation in any way," the New York Times reports. The government previously announced it was investigating Microsoft over neglecting to disclose product information and the way that it bundles its services.


Microsoft said in a statement that its business practices in the country are "designed to be compliant with Chinese law". But the Chinese government insisted that Microsoft's ending of support for Windows XP - used by 200 million in China - amounts to the company "abusing its dominant market position".

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