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SandForce 2.0 - Tidal Systems Takes Shape

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: 6 days, 7 hours ago

We recently discovered a new SSD controller design company is forming and many of the names involved are familiar. The group is headed up by CEO and co-founder Mike Lee. Mr. Lee's former employer was SK Hynix, where he was the Director of SSD SOC Development for the Link A Media Devices team (LAMD).

 

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At this time, details nearly nonexistent other than a few bits of information scattered around the web. The above image started our hunt for more information. Many in the photo are former SandForce, LSI and Skyera employees and all are now with Tidal Systems.

 

We've often wondered what affects SandForce ping pong would have on employees. SandForce was first acquired by LSI, then LSI was acquired by Avago and then SandForce was spun off to Seagate. SandForce founder, CMO and former NVIDIA nForce chipset architect Radoslav Danilak started Skyera to focus on all-flash enterprise storage a few years ago. At least a handful of the pre-LSI SandForce team went with him. Skyera already has two products on the market, skyHawk and skyEagle.

 

We did find a short description about Tidal Systems online:

 

Leveraging our Revolutionary DATA-Compression and Error-Correction (LDPC) Algorithms to create most Powerful System Controller (SoC) and related firmware/software systems solutions to address fast growing NAND Flash Memory based storage products, which is essential for Cloud Computing; Big Data Center; Smartphone, Tablet PC and all Ultra-Portable Computing Appliance.

 

In short, they will make flash controllers. We wish the team good luck and hope to be the first to test the new products when ready.

LG unveils its new 8-core 'NUCLUN' processor, new G3 Screen smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 8 hours ago

LG has announced its new G3 Screen smartphone, but something much more interesting is being launched simultaneously: LG's new "NUCLUN" processor. LG's new chip is an 8-core processor built on ARM's big.LITTLE technology, featuring four 1.5GHz cores, with four 1.2GHz cores.

 

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The faster 1.5GHz cores will be doing the heavy lifting while the four 1.2GHz cores will be doing all of the less processor-intensive stuff. LG says that NUCLUN is "designed to support the next generation of 4G networks, LTE-A Cat.6, for maximum download speeds of up to 225Mbps while retaining backward compatibility with current LTE networks". LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company President and CEO, Dr. Jong-seok Park, said: "NUCLUN opens up a new chapter in LG's history of innovation in the mobile industry. With this in-house solution, we will be able to achieve better vertical integration and further diversity our product strategy against stronger competition. NUCLUN will give us greater flexibility in our mobile strategy going forward".

 

As for the G3 Screen, we have a 5.9-inch Full HD IPS-based panel, the aforementioned and very impressive sounding NUCLUN processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board flash expandable through microSD, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS backed up by a 2.1-megapixel camera for selfies, Android 4.4 KitKat, and a 3000mAh battery. We have the super-fast LTE-A Cat.6 connectivity, and when it comes to size we have 157.8 x 81.8 x 9.5mm (or 6.1 x 0.3 x 0.37 inches), and 182g (or 0.4 lbs).

Assassin's Creed: Unity requires 6GB of RAM, 50GB HDD space on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 10 hours ago

The last time we heard about Assassin's Creed: Unity was just a couple of weeks ago, when we reported that the game will be running at 900p and 30FPS on both the Xbox One and PS4 so that it will "avoid all the debates" about resolutions between the consoles.

 

 

Well, the PC requirements have been released by Ubisoft, with Assassin's Creed: Unity requiring 6GB of RAM, a 64-bit version of Windows 7/8 or 8.1, and 50GB of HDD space. You'll need, at a minimum, Intel's Core i5-2500K, or AMD's FX-8350 or Phenom II x4 940. Ubisoft recommends an Intel Core i7-3770, or AMD FX-8350 or better. When it comes to RAM, 6GB is required, while 8GB is recommended.

 

On the GPU side of things, Ubisoft requires you to have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970, while a GeForce GTX 780 or Radeon R9 290X is recommend. Holy hell: a GeForce GTX 680 or Radeon HD 7970 is required to even get the game up and running? That's actually quite shocking.

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Xbox One screenshot feature 'more challenging' than Microsoft thought

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 days, 10 hours ago

The ability to take screenshots on Microsoft's next-gen console isn't something you can do right now, with the simple screenshot taking ability meant to come in the December update, but it has been revealed that it won't be happening just yet.

 

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer has come out and said: "It's a little more technically challenging than I thought. Two weeks ago, they think they've found a good solution for screenshots. They're working on it. They know people want it. The team has a path to getting it done, and now it's just prioritizing".

 

Microsoft is pushing out its December update soon, with it being smaller than some of the previous updates to the Xbox One. Spencer has said that it's time "for us to pause for a little bit and settle just as all the new consoles are coming online". What do you think? Excuses? A closed-off system like the Xbox One should've had screenshot taking abilities from day one, it's not like we're talking heavy stuff here, like 1080p at 30FPS, let alone 1080p at 60FPS - there's no hardware change in letting gamers take screenshots.

New York City hospital diagnoses first Ebola case

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

Following the Texas Ebola outbreak from earlier this month, the virus has now appeared in the city that never sleeps, with the first case being diagnosed at New York's Bellevue Hospital.

 

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According to the New York Times, the patient identified as Dr Craig Spencer, returned from Guinea earlier in the week after assisting 'Doctors without borders' in treating patients with the virus. Fears have been heightened after Dr Spencer had significant contact with the population upon his return, travelling from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, going to a bowling alley and then catching a taxi.

 

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Authorities have long feared that the virus would be unleashed in a densely packed area and with a population of over 8 million people packed on a tiny island, authorities have now been put on high alert.

PlayStation Experience tickets available tomorrow for December event

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 days, 12 hours ago

The Sony PlayStation Experience event will take place December 6-7 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets will go on sale starting tomorrow, and one day passes will cost $50, while two-day passes will be available for $90.

 

 

The event will feature 400,000 square feet of PlayStation games, with panels, contests, signings, giveaways, and collective memorabilia open to attendees. This is a unique offering from Sony, trying to provide an event to PlayStation fans in a smaller, more personal setting than E3, CES, and other major industry trade shows.

 

Would you fork over $50 or $90 to head to Vegas to enjoy some PlayStation-themed entertainment?

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Play games in 3D? Be prepared to feel angry after gaming, study finds

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

Gamers who play video games in 3D enjoy a fully-immersive environment, but that also has a negative side effect: increasing anger in players. Researchers from Ohio State University found that Grand Theft Auto IV players felt angrier after just 15 minutes of playing in 3D, over playing a traditional version of the game.

 

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"3D gaming increases anger because the players felt more immersed in the violence when they played violent games," said Ohio State psychology and communications professor. "As the technology in video games improves, it has the ability to have stronger effects on players."

 

Players that enjoyed 2D and 3D bowling simulations didn't feel a change in emotion after gaming - but first-person shooters and other violent video games may present "troublesome" scenarios. The idea of violent video games leading to real-world violence is an issue that has been rejected by gamers - and used by clever defense lawyers - but researchers hope to conduct accurate studies as 3D becomes more prominent.

Many US consumers now receiving credit cards with microchips

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

After an avalanche of retailer data breaches, leaving millions of consumers affected, many US shoppers are now receiving new credit cards with microchips. Half of merchants are expected to support new cards with microchips by the end of 2014 - in place of magnetic stripes on most cards - as chip-and-pin helps increase cybersecurity.

 

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Chip-and-pin cards are entered into a card reader, with data encrypted using a unique security code for each transaction - cardholders required to enter a PIN number.

 

Walgreens has rolled out the new terminals already, while Walmart is expected to begin replacing most of them by next month. The chip-and-pin technology has been successfully implemented in Europe, despite the cost of sending new cards, along with purchasing new ATMs and payment terminals at retailers. The cards cost up to $2.50 each, with terminals typically ranging from $300 to $400, and the new generation of ATMs

AOC shows off 17" USB monitor, ideal to serve as a second screen

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 6 days, 17 hours ago

Monitor company AOC today unveiled its 17" USB monitor (E1759FWU) DisplayLink Technology-powered display designed to be a second monitor for desktop PCs and laptops. The display is compatible with both PCs and Macs, and receives power and signal using a single USB 3.0 cable, with no power cord or VGA cable needed.

 

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With a 17.3" diagonally viewable area, the E1759FWU provides a 1600 x 900 resolution (60Hz) and a 10ms response time. Portrait and landscape modes are supported, and settings do not need to be changed when a user switches between to other modes.

 

The screen is available now and has a $199 price tag.

Guild Wars 2 complaints leads to exchange system changes in 24 hours

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 19 hours ago

Within 24 hours of a game update that changed currency exchanges in Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet is converting the system back to normal. Before the change, players were able to exchange gold for gems used to purchase items while in the Black Lion Trading Company store. Unfortunately, the change made the lowest price of a gem bundle to 400, and gamers looking to purchase smaller amounts immediately became extremely vocal about it.

 

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Despite the public outcry, it's impressive that ArenaNet was so quick to respond to vocal criticism. The team ultimately decided to listen to its gamers - and explained that the change was made to help gem store shopping experiences.

 

In light of your feedback, we will update the Currency Exchange so that you can decide how much you want to use it," said Galie Gray, ArenaNet communications lead, in a post on the game's official forums. "We will keep the new streamlined system and also offer a new 'Custom' button on the panel that you can use to exchange any increment of gems or gold. We anticipate rolling this out soon. Stay tuned!"

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