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Revi Charger is a smartphone charger and battery backup in one

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 5:39 pm

If you are on the road a lot and away from an outlet, it can be hard to keep your smartphone going. A battery backup is the answer for most people, but many of these battery backups are bulky and heavy making them difficult to take with you. A new combination charge cable and battery backup has debuted called the Revi Charger.




The device is compact and only 2.5mm thick. It has a u-shaped cable that has a USB connector on the bend for plugging into your computer and a microUSB port on the other end. That lets you connect your phone to the battery on the road and to the computer for charging when you are near an outlet.


The Revi Charger comes in two versions with the 2.5mm thick unit offering 550 mAh of power and weighing 1 ounce. The larger of the two has a 1440 mAh battery inside and is 7mm thick with a weight of 1.7 ounces. There is a version of the charger available for the iPhone 5. The 550 mAh unit sells for $25 for either version with the larger capacity version selling for $30 for either version with shipping early this summer.

Apple iWatch to feature UV light exposure sensor according says rumor

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 5:06 pm

The rumors about the Apple iWatch will never end until the product launches. Even then, the rumors will only transition to what the next version of the device will have. A new iWatch rumor is making the rounds that claims the iWatch might have a UV light exposure sensor. That would allow the iWatch to monitor for risk of sunburn.




The rumor suggests that the sensor would come from Silicon Labs. That company announced an interesting sensor with a host of functions earlier this year. Other than monitoring UV light exposure the chip can also track heart rate, pulse, blood oximetry, and supports proximity and gesture control with infrared and ambient light methods.


Despite being packed with features this chip is surprisingly small at 2mm square. Rumors continue to suggest that the iWatch will ship later this year with as many as 10 million units selling in 2014. A rumor in February suggested that the iWatch would feature solar, induction, and motion charging.

Samsung ramps DDR4 production before Intel E5-2600 V3 launch

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 5:02 pm

Just moments ago Samsung announced the company has increased DDR4 production. This comes on the just before of Intel's E5-2600 V3 series announcement that we expect soon.




Upon launch, DDR4 will increase DRAM performance while at the same time lower power consumption.




Here we see the evolution of DRAM over time with both throughput and power.

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GM says 8L90 8-speed auto trans will shift faster than a Porsche DCT

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 4:34 pm

One of the most exciting cars that GM has produced in recent years is the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The 2015 Stingray will have a new automatic transmissions option that enthusiasts should like. It's not a dual-clutch transmission as you would find in other high-end cars; rather it is a more traditional automatic transmission with a torque converter.




More than a few enthusiasts, though that would mean it was a slow shifting slush box that wouldn't be up to track or performance driving. GM is talking a bit about the 8L90 8-speed transmission with paddle shifters and claims that this transmission can shift faster at wide-open throttle than the dual-clutch unit in a Porsche 911.


GM says that the transmission is eight-hundredths of a second faster in shifts than the 911 DCT is. The same auto transmission is able to be smooth around town thanks to the torque converter. This transmission will be offered in the standard Stingray and the Z06. The normal Stingray will get a different torque converter and gear ratios than the Z06 will get.

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All 85,000 US H-1B work visas snapped up in just five days

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 4:18 pm

It took less than one week for companies in the United States to pick up 85,000 H-1B visas for 2015, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services.




Applications were collected starting on April 1, but it didn't take long for the 65,000 general category and 20,000 advanced degree spots to be taken.


The small number of H-1B visas has led to Silicon Valley companies - and major corporations throughout the US - to petition the federal government to undergo immigration reform. Companies want to see the number of visas increase, and have the application process made easier than the current system.

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US Navy will deploy prototype laser on a ship later this summer

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 4:05 pm

The US military has been working on directed energy weapons, which is a fancy way to say laser, for a long time. A successful test of a laser about a year ago showed that a weapon aboard a ship could be used to down a drone aircraft. The Navy has announced that its laser weapon will be deployed on a ship later this summer.




The prototype laser weapon will be installed on the USS Ponce for at sea testing in the Persian Gulf. Military leaders are touting the laser weapon for its ability to engage targets at the speed of light and for having an unlimited magazine.


Previous tests have shown that the laser weapon can be used against targets on the water as well. The targets in recent tests have been tracked with a Phalanx Close-in Weapon that can hand tracking data over to the laser. Sailors control the laser with a video game like controller and have the ability to stop a threat or destroy it.

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CacheBox certifies Micron P420m for use with CacheADVANCE software

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 3:51 pm

Our evaluation of the Micron P420m PCIe SSD ended on a high note; the P420m delivers a plentiful helping of performance at a very friendly price-point. The key to mass adoption of flash in the enterprise will always be centered around value, and combining a hefty 1.4TB chunk of flash acceleration to existing infrastructure is a great proposition.




Today CacheBox announced the addition of the P420m PCIe SSD to their compatibility list. The P420m joins other Micron SSDs as certified for use in CacheBox's CacheADVANCE application acceleration software. CacheADVANCE leverages flash solutions to speed existing HDD infrastructure without disrupting the existing environment.


Providing the speed of flash for hot data, and the capacity of bulk HDD storage for colder data, is the most economical deployment model for flash in the datacenter. This marriage of Micron's P420m and CacheADVANCE software nets a 14X increase in performance and a 93% latency reduction in CacheBox's MySQL OLTP workload testing.

Corsair releases the Black Aluminum Vengeance K70 Mechanical Keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 3:38 pm

Corsair has just announced the launch of the latest mechanical keyboard to be added to its already impressive arsenal. The new Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features a rugged black-anodized aluminum frame with red back-lit keys who's brightness can be adjusted as a whole or individually. Corsair says that the new K70 features authentic German-made Cherry MX switches for the best reliability, accuracy, and longevity of any other mechanical switch on the market.




The Vengeance K70 is designed with a 100-percent anti-ghosted matrix with full n-key rollover and a 1000Hz reporting rate, meaning that you never miss a keystroke, or a key combination while typing or gaming. The Keyboard also features multi-media controls, a built-in USB hub, and a "soft-touch" wrist wrest that helps reduce fatigue during those long gaming sessions. The K70 is available with Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Blue, and Cherry MX Brown switches to suit each individual gamers needs. The Vengeance K70 will retail for $129.99.

Nikon Coolpix P700 specs leak ahead of official unveil

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 3:04 pm

Nikon has a lot of different cameras on the market today running from point and shoot units to high-end DSLRs. Specifications on a new camera that isn't announced yet have hit the web called the Coolpix P700. The camera is thought to be a replacement for the P600 pictured here.




The P700 boasts a huge zoom range with the leak claiming that it will feature a 24-2000mm f/3.5-8.5 lens. The leak also tips a magnesium body with a big grip. Despite using a magnesium body, the camera is reportedly 45.8 ounces in weight.


The big feature other than the huge zoom range is a 1-inch Aptina made sensor. The camera also uses an Expeed 4 image processor and has a 3.5-inch LCD. There is no word on the resolution of that big sensor. The source of the rumor claims the camera will be unveiled in May.

Xbox 360 GoPro Channel lands as an app with exclusive videos

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 2:30 pm

The Xbox 360 is now the old Microsoft console and it's good to see that Microsoft is still supporting the console rather than trying to push everyone to the Xbox One. Earlier this year Microsoft mentioned that the Xbox 360 would be getting a new GoPro channel where people could enjoy action sports footage and other content recorded using the GoPro cameras.




The GoPro channel is now available via the GoPro app on the Xbox 360. Users will be able to stream and curate content on the channel to their TV. To celebrate the launch of the new Xbox 360 channel, GoPro is offering users on the game console exclusive videos.


GoPro has two videos that will be available to Xbox 360 users a week before the videos are available elsewhere. The videos include a basketball trick shot involving a car. The other is an extreme snowmobile jump. Those videos are only on the Xbox 360 and should be available to watch now.

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