Google have just told the world to save a date for their Google I/O 2013 developer conference which will be operating over May 15-17 at Moscone West in San Francisco next year. The location may be the same, but the conference has moved into the month of May.
This year's Google I/O conference was in June, where we saw Android 4.1 Jelly Bean unveiled, the addition of movies, TV shows and magazines to the Google Play Store, the unveiling of the Nexus 7 tablet, the Nexus Q and most of all - Project Glass. I hope we get to see more of Project Glass, a lot more.
Considering the 2012 Google I/O conference sold out in a crazy 28-minute click-fest, registration will most likely be just as hectic this year when registration details for the 2013 conference get announced in February.
If you have any sort of modding ability, this might be the time to stand up and pit yourself against the competition across the world. Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) have just announced that they're teaming up with Thermaltake, G.Skill and a bunch of media partners to bring you the first ever worldwide Modmen PC modding competition.
The competition started on October 11, 2012, where ECS are on the hunt for the Modmen of the year. The best bit? The Grand Prize will become a Taiwan millionaire with the prize pool of NT$1,000,000 - roughly USD$33,333.
There are two stages of the competition, with the first beginning online. The top 10 case modders will be determined from a combination of online votes and ECS' own modding judges. Whoever gets donned with the most votes, wins $1,000. From there, the top 5 PC modders qualifying for the second stage of the competition will be flown to Taiwan, put up in accommodation, and will compete at Computex 2013 for a chance of the Grand Prize - the NT$1 million, or USD$33,333. This is on top of the cash and prizes in between.
LSI AIS 2012 - LSI has a number Ultrabook design wins and a few of them tipped up at AIS 2012 for their moment under the spot light. Ultrabooks require thin packaging, generally mSATA or 2.5" 7mm form factors. Since the SandForce architecture is void of a DRAM buffer its possible for OEMs to purchase low cost mSATA SSDs for their ultrabook products.
By now everyone reading TweakTown knows SSDs are several times faster than HDDs but that isn't the case with the general public. LSI SandForce likes to show their dominance over spinners every chance they get.
LSI AIS 2012 - We all have enough doom and gloom with the whole Twinkie situation but this story has a theoretical happy ending. If you follow the SSD market you already understand that as flash scales to smaller die sizes the number of electrons held decreases. The following slides were taken from two tracks at AIS 2012. We're working on getting the full slide decks or at least getting a link so you can read through both of these well put together presentations.
TLC is already shipping in a number of thumb drives and a couple of SSDs (one consumer, one enterprise that we know of) and increases the number of bits per cell. At the same time die shrinks decease the available space to electrons stored to charge a cell.
LSI AIS 2012 - Most of us haven't spent a lot of time with Windows To Go yet but those articles are in the pipeline. W2G is a feature in Windows 8 Enterprise that allows Win 8 Enterprise to boot and run from mass storage devices, like flash drives. The general concept has been around for years with other devices and software tools but Windows To Go puts a big name, Microsoft, at the head of the table.
At AIS 2012 LSI displayed three Windows To Go solutions. Kingston had their solution running on an off-the-shelf notebook. The DataTraveler Workspace is currently shipping in 32GB and 64GB capacity sizes. A 128GB model is available by special order according to Kinston's website. You know what model I want.
Windows 8 Enterprise on the SSD, err I mean thumb drive takes a little less than 14GB. That means you have plenty of free capacity for work documents on a 32GB Windows To Go SandForce based solution.
Just like with your notebook or desktop, you want a fast solution with low latency for your boot drive. LSI SandForce offers excellent performance in both of these categories and when paired with USB 3.0 delivers excellent throughput.
LSI AIS 2012 - LSI's acquisition of SandForce is really paying off for enterprise customers. LSI's Nytro product line started off with the original Warp Drive has expanded from there. Last week we told you all about the LSI Nytro WarpDrive 800GB BLP4-800 in our breakout enterprise review but today we peer into the future.
The Nytro WarpDrive we reviewed last week used four SSD cards but the model we see here doubles the card capacity to eight total! If that's a PCIe 3.0 ROC under the black heat sink then the next generation WarpDrive products will not only increase in capacity but also receive a massive performance improvement as well.
LSI integrated Nytro products to their existing MegaRAID line up to offer an additional tier of performance to datacenters. Innovative products like the Nytro WarpDrive XD add advanced software to the solution and increase overall efficiency with minimal investment.
LSI AIS 2012 - We've known about PNY's growing relationship with USA based system builders for some time but the HP connection just became a little more public. Before we dive into the new products though let's have a brief look at PNY's new Made in the USA manufacturing facility located in New Jersey.
Image Courtesy of PNY
PNY has a new manufacturing facility in New Jersey. The new green factory gets up to 40% of its power from solar cells, quite an achievement considering the amount of power needed to run SMT lines. While looking for information about the factory we found several positions available so if you're looking for a job in the high technology manufacturing sector PNY is a good place to send your resume.
LSI AIS 2012 - Avant Technology made a rare public appearance at AIS 2012. Before you ask we'll fill you in. Avant Technology is responsible for the design and manufacture of several SSDs sold around the world. As a private company we don't have access to specific numbers but we know it's a significant market share. CTO Paul Goodwin joined Avant in 2007 and personally designs most, if not all of the innovative Avant SSDs.
The first product is a massive 2TB 2.5" SSD in an enterprise standard 15mm z-height. Combining four SF-2281 controllers, a LSI RAID controller and SAS 6GB/s, this unannounced product surpasses HDD density in the 2.5" form factor. I'm sure the performance is a bit better as well.
Avant's focus isn't just on the enterprise market. Here we have a new mSATA SSD with 480GB capacity. In order to achieve form factor leading density Avant added a daughter board to hold additional flash. At the same time this product increases the performance over standard mSATA SSDs because it utilizes all 8 channels of the SF-2281 controller. Most mSATA SSDs only use 4 channels so the performance of this mSATA product should line up with 2.5" SF-2281 SSDs.
The organizers of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) have announced a new event to be held in Los Angeles in November next year, called GDC Next. GDC Next will feature two market-leading conferences, as well as a shared expo floor.
GDC Next is the reimagined successor to GDC Online, which will enjoy its final iteration in Austin, between October 9-11. App Developers Conference (ADC) is a brand new event, that will showcase key takeaways in app technology, creation, business and marketing outside of gaming. GDC Next and the ADC will debut as a co-lated event November 5-7 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
GDC Next will focus more on the smartphone, tablet, social, independent, cloud and other form of gaming side of things. The new show will be important for designers, programmers, architects, producers, artists, marketers, or business people to attend, to get advice, or see how great games, and making money from the newest areas of the gaming industry. ADC will focus on the development, UI, marketing and business-side of apps.
Penny Arcade proprietors, Mike "Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins during a Q&A session that the PAX show is coming to Australia. They didn't stop with the good news there, also announcing that PAX Prime would last an extra day next year, increased up to a 4-day event.
Another thing that has been teased, is that PAX might drop by the UK in the near future, and it's something that Penny Arcade are definitely thinking about. Someone from the UK asked Krahulik, to which he responded "we want to go there".
There's no news on the UK event, but I'm guessing that if the Australian event goes well, we should see a PAX UK event, too. You can be sure that we will probably cover the PAX AU event, so keep checking back!
Yesterday we spoke with Toshiba on several topics but for consumers looking to buy a new high performance, premium solid-state drive this nugget of information made it to the top of our list.
According to Jason Baker, Director of Marketing, Storage Product Business Unit, "The 30% reduction in Toshiba flash output will have little effect on the consumer SSD Market." Jason went on to say, "The only market we should see affected is the low cost personal carry products like USB thumb drives and other extremely low cost, commodity items."
This is important news for enthusiasts, power users and for that matter anyone looking to purchase some of the highest performing and lowest power consuming SSDs on the market today like the Plextor M5 Pro that uses Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode flash, Corsair Neutron GTX and Corsair Force GS, both of which use Toshiba 24nm Toggle Mode flash.
Since Toshiba announced their reduction of flash output we've kept an eye on SSD prices using Toshiba and SanDisk Toggle Mode flash and so far the prices have actually decreased rather than increased as we assumed they would. Now with confirmation from Toshiba, we have one less thing to worry about in the SSD market.
TweakTown has arrived in Sunny California and it's a beautiful day here in Silicon Valley. For the next week Paul and I have several meetings planned to discuss a magnitude of topics covering both enterprise and consumer products. Flash Memory Summit is also where attendees learn of new standards and upcoming market trends. These often start out as enterprise products and trickle down to the consumer market.
As you can see we started off the morning right. Keeping with TweakTown tradition, afternoon Martinis on empty stomachs.
Then we were off to the convention center to pick up our press kits and have some one-on-one time with Toshiba, maker of our favorite 24nm and 19nm Toggle Mode flash.
While looking around we found a seminar taking place, SSDs 101, Introduction to SSDs for Noobs.
Flash Memory Summit should be a good event and we should come away from the show with a lot of new topics to discuss in the future.
We're still six months out from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, but its never too early to start planning your days for the event. This is what Samsung President, Stephen Woo has done, where he's announced that he'll be giving a keynote on day two of CES 2013.
Woo's talk should cover the little things, as in physically small, such as components. These are the components that are in most consumer electronics, such as phones, tablets, TVs and more. Woo will talk of the future of not just Samsung, their technology, but the industry itself.
Woo may even unveil something new, maybe a next-generation product? Could we close our eyes collectivity, right now, and wish for the Galaxy S IIII, come to think of it, those roman numerals are getting annoying as Samsung release new products. We should hopefully be at CES, and I would love to sit in on this keynote personally, which means we should bring you the news as it happens at CES in January 2013.
Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has come forward and said that CEO Larry Page has lost his voice. Page skipped yesterday's annual stockholder meeting, and Schmidt was left to explain why Page couldn't page it.
Schmidt has said that Page would most likely miss his next two expected engagements while he is resting his voice. The next two engagements are next week's Google I/O conference, their three-day developer event in San Francisco, as well as Google's quarterly earnings call next month.
In the picture above, you can see that there's a spare chair, which would point to the fact that it was a very last minute decision for Page to not attend. A Google spokeswoman also declined to comment further on Page's condition, reports AllThingsD.
I'm quite jealous of attendees of Google's I/O event, so if anyone from Google is seeing this, e-mail me for the 2013, I want to be there, bad. On with the news, Google's upcoming Google I/O 2012 conference app is now available and offers session listings, scheduling and more. A live streaming component will also go active, during the conference itself.
The app gives you the ability to browse through sessions and code labs, manage your schedule (if you're lucky enough to attend), find your way around the different rooms and events, and more. After the event itself, Google will be open-sourcing the app, which is an added bonus.
Google I/O runs from June 27-29 in San Francisco, and should unveil quite a few goodies during the event which we will definitely be posting about. Be sure to come back in a weeks time, folks!
Our latest poll had almost 900 people who answered, What new products do you most want to see at Computex 2012?
This probably wasn't a shock at the end of the day, 24% of the votes went to booth babes for the number one spot.
In second place was video cards with 18% of the votes followed by CPU, APU and chipsets in third place with 11% of the votes. Nevertheless, we hope you enjoyed our Computex Taipei 2012 coverage.
Apple are rumored to be refreshing their entire Mac lineup in the very near future, with more details arriving during the company's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC). 9to5Mac reports the Cupertino-based company are looking to update "at least four" of the five Mac families.
The MacBook Pro looks like the most obvious choice for an upgrade given the injection of Ultrabook's at Computex. We should see a slimmer MacBook Pro sans the DVDRW, and hopefully that Retina-powered high-res display. The MacBook Air would most likely receive the same treatment, with the iMac getting a good injection of extras, too.
I'm expecting to see the MBPs getting upgraded to third-generation Core processors from Intel, 8GB minimum RAM, SSD by default, Retina display and of course, Thunderbolt. It will be interesting to see what is announced at WWDC... not long to go now, folks!
Look over the pictures in this post and then go to our update on Facebook and vote for your favorite booth babe!
I've been taking my time and thinking these awards over carefully. You can't just run around tossing out Best of Show awards everywhere or they start to mean nothing. With that said, I've put much consideration into these and will only be giving them out in a few key categories.
Best upcoming game of E3 has to be given to Crysis 3. I know I have awarded them other awards this E3 and that is because it is such an amazing game. Period. Feel free to argue, but I was there and saw with my own eyes the beauty and quality that Crysis 3 is already sporting, and it doesn't even release until February 2013.
Most innovative game of E3 needs to be awarded to an IndieCade game called Tickleplane. It may not have the best graphics or the most in-depth story line, in fact it has none, but the controls of the game are so different that it wins the award. They take a while to get used to, but once you do, the game is a great time waster.
Best new piece of hardware has no other option but to go to Nintendo. The WiiU, as opposed to my original thoughts, is a great new console, albeit probably more suited for younger and older (read: kids and 40+) audiences. While it seems as though it won't win much favor with hardcore FPS players, it certainly innovates console gameplay yet again.
I could write plenty more about why the WiiU should win this award, but the shorter version is that no one really offered any competition to it on the hardware front.
Computex 2012 - A good friend of mine asked me to check out the Clevo stand, so we stopped by and they were surprisingly quiet, which was good for us to walk around and snap a bunch of pictures. Clevo's P270WM had some insane specs, sporting a third-generation Core i7 Extreme Edition, X79 chipset, NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 675M (in SLI!!) GPU, 16GB memory support, 17.3-inch Full HD display, 3 x HDD support, and more. No wonder this beast was so heavy.
Clevo's P370EM was specced nearly as good, same processor, but Intel's HM77 chipset, an option of AMD's Radeon HD 7970M GPU, or GTX 675M SLI, the same Full HD display, but just two HDD support, but ca be cranked up to support 32GB of RAM.
Computex 2012 - Here I was thinking Sparkle weren't really making VGA cards, but the Sparkle stand featured a bunch of cards, with a Calibre GEFORCE GTX 680. It looks quite good and was something I'd love to have in my rig.
Below we have a shot of some of the lower-end GeForce GT610 and GT620, as well as Sparkle's GeForce GTX 570. Pictures tell the story, and Sparkle had a PC build rocking a 3-monitor Surround system.