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SanDisk wins Mobile Consumer Storage Innovation Award

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 7:11 pm

Storage Visions 2014 - SanDisk's new Connect Wireless Flash Drive is one of the hottest piece of hardware being shown off at the Storage Visions conference as well as CES 2014 in general. During last night's Storage Visions Innovations Awards, SanDisk took home the Visionary Mobile Consumer Storage Award for the Connect Wireless Flash Drive.

 

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The SanDisk Connect Wirless Flash Drive features capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, and is capable of streaming up to 4 hours of video content simultaneously to 3 devices up to 150 feet away on a single charge. Our own Tyler Bernath reviewed the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive here, and awarded it TweakTown's Must Have, Best Features award.

Roku ready to innovate, partnering with HDTV makers to help it happen

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 5:20 pm

Set-top box maker Roku is innovating and will spend more time in 2014 focused on supporting streaming services with custom partnerships alongside TV manufacturers. Roku's shift from set-top boxes and moving directly into app support for HDTV makers is a smart strategy for long-term longevity. All content is available on the Roku TV home screen, with the platform currently supporting more than 1,200 apps - and includes partners such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Pandora, and Rdio. All updates will be implemented by Roku and rolled out directly into the connected smart TVs.

 

TV makers TCL and Hisense are the first two manufacturers to jump onboard with Roku, though better known, higher-end companies should eventually jump into the fun. HDTVs supporting Roku TV models will be available fall 2014, with TV sizing expected to range from 32" up to 55".

 

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"Consumers will enjoy the ease and satisfaction of Roku TV while manufacturers leverage our design specifications, content relationships and software expertise," said Anthony Wood, Roku CEO, in a press statement. "At the same time the content community will gain additional distribution and revenues through an already popular and trusted streaming platform - now in the TV."

 

Online streaming allows TV viewers to cut cords and access a wider library of TV episodes, movies, and other Web-based content.

Storage Visions 2014 - Booth Interview with Nanotech

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 4:56 pm

Storage Visions 2014 - There is no doubting it, 4K is the buzzword at this years CES 2014 show in Las Vegas Nevada, and yesterday I got to check out my first piece of 4K hardware. The Nuvola NP-1 from Nanotech Entertainment is a small set-top box similar to Roku, but is capable of streaming 4K Video with no special connections.

 

 

Nanotech says that the Nuvola NP-1 is capable of streaming 4K Video via existing infrastructure via a 6Mb/s connection speed. The Nuvola NP-1 is based on an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, and is Miracast capable. Android 4.2 is running on the device and Nanotech says that it will receive regular updates to the next versions of Android as they become available.

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Fujifilm shows off FinePix S1 weather-resistant camera with 50x zoom

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 3:57 pm

Camera maker Fujifilm announced its FinePix S1 digital camera, a weather-resistant model that includes a 50x zoom lens with image stabilization. The camera also has 1080p video recording, Wi-Fi, 10fps burst shooting, 3-inch LCD, and 920,000-pixel electronic viewfinder. The Fujifilm FinePix S1 will be released this March with a $499.95 MSRP price tag. The camera won't survive a plunge in the pool for action water sports photography, but photographers don't need to worry about some rain and precipitation damaging the device.

 

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Fujifilm is showing off five new point-and-shoot cameras during CES 2014, strategically choosing products as five is smaller than the 18 models it announced last year. Consumers will have great options when looking for mid-tier and feature-rich cameras, as prices are dropping while functionality continues to increase.

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 802, a TV-specific SoC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 2:43 pm

CES 2014 - We've already seen the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 start off, unofficially, with a bunch of 4K goodies being announced, with Qualcomm not being left out on its own - with the company announcing its new SoC, the Snapdragon 802.

 

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 802 SoC is destined for TVs, where it is a TV-specific quad-core SoC that borrows features from the Snapdragon 800 SoC, and the "Ultra HD" 805 chip for mobile video. The Snapdragon 802 is all about powering 4K content in your living room, with the processor capable of multi-tasking, where it can easily handle browsing the Internet, or switching things up and streaming a movie or playing four HD video streams on your TV.

 

The Snapdragon 802 also has HQV, or Hollywood Quality Video, a video-processing engine which upconverts 1080p content to a level "approaching Ultra HD." The actual specs of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 802 are: a quad-core 1.8GHz Krait CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, two-stream dual-band 802.11ac, AllJoyn integration and Snapdragon Studio Access content protection.

 

Qualcomm will begin pushing these new Snapdragon 802 SoCs to OEMs in the near future, where consumers will begin to see the SoCs powering their future TVs and set-top boxes. This is expected in late 2014.

SanDisk partners with ASUS for its new Zenbook UX301LA Ultrabook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 2:36 pm

CES 2014 - ASUS' Zenbook UX301LA Ultrabook is going to be using some seriously slick storage tech with SanDisk, with its X110 SSD being chosen by ASUS for its new Ultrabook.

 

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The new Zenbook UX301LA features two of SanDisk's M.2 2260 form-factor X110 SSDs, which are available in either 128GB or 256GB capacities. Both drives will be running circles around each other in RAID 0 for some serious storage numbers. This will see a total of 512GB (256GB + 256GB) in the ASUS Zenbook UX301LA Ultrabook.

 

S.Y. Shian, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of ASUS' Notebook Business Unit, says: "With the ZENBOOK UX301LA, we have combined the enjoyment of a high-end laptop, powerful computing capability and a strikingly thin design to create one of the most stylish and functional Ultrabooks we have ever introduced. SanDisk's fast X110 SSD brings a responsive, dependable and truly enjoyable user experience to our new ZENBOOK while the small form factor of the SSDs helped to keep the notebook slim, light-weight, and highly portable".

Lenovo also unveils an all-in-one PC, new 4K display and Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 12:13 pm

CES 2014 - Lenovo has just finished taking the wrapping off its new ThinkVision Pro2840m 4K-capable display, but now we're hearing about the new N308 all-in-one PC, and a new 4K display with Google's mobile OS, Android, on-board.

 

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The Lenovo ThinkVision 28 is the first 4K monitor to feature Android, but is being pushed as a professional 4K display first, with the Android desktop when required. The new ThinkVision 28 display features three HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, and five USB 3.0 ports for connectivity. Matt Bereda, Lenovo's Marketing Director, said: "Now you get a very high resolution display that you can use for work situations, as well as being able to have an Android interface that can access applications."

 

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Inside of the ThinkVision 28 is an NVIDIA Tegra processor, and stock version of Android. One of the standout features here is that there is no Lenovo UI being splashed over the stock Android OS - which is a nice surprise. Bereda added: "There are base Android apps installed, similar to what you'd get with your phone. You can expect a similar interface. Kind of the baseline video, camera type of apps, but then you will also be able to download others."

LG ready to throw in towel on PC market, due to sliding sales

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 11:55 am

Consumer electronics company LG is reportedly preparing to exit the PC market, so the South Korean company can focus on tablets, smartphones, and other mobile products. Leaving behind PCs will give LG the ability to focus on product development for other consumer products, including the company's increasing home entertainment business.

 

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"The market for conventional PCs has been losing its luster as smartphones and tablets are replacing the products," an LG official told The Korea Times. "We are reviewing various options in a bid to improve the profitability of our computing business."

 

To make matters worse, Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 has left users relatively unimpressed, which makes it even harder to woo users to upgrade their machines. PC industry leaders Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard are involved in a close battle, while other companies are weighing their options for the turbulent market - Dell, for example, is rebuilding relationships with vendors while Acer, ASUS, and other companies strategize.

Storage Visions 2014 - We take a tour of SATA I/O's booth

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 9:11 am

Storage Visions 2014 - Today Charles had the pleasure of stopping by the booth of a company who's directly responsible for almost every device you might be reading this on. SATA I/O's booth was fully decked out, and showcasing some of the hottest new products in the storage arena.

 

 

Everything from M.2 Testing connectors, to M.2 SSD Testing rigs, and even several M.2 SSDs as well were on display from various manufacturers. Personally SATA I/O's booth was one of my favorite of the show, and you could tell that the company put a lot of thought into building something that was not only eye catching but was informative and educational as well.

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Beware, hackers want your phone number for exploitation

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 8:44 am

In a continued battle against personal data theft, security experts are seeing an increase in mobile phone number theft by criminals. Phone numbers are lucrative targets because many people keep the same number for a long time, and mobile security threats are increasing. Threats such as rogue app downloads, auto-dialers, and paid SMS services, among other threats, can quietly tack on monthly charges.

 

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"Phone numbers are unique identifiers that tend to last for a long time," noted Michael Fertik, Reputation.com CEO, in a statement. "You change your phone number much less often than your IP address and probably even your home address."

 

Cyber criminals want to collect as much personal information as possible, with full names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, and other sensitive data routinely stolen. Users are increasingly using mobile devices, which opens them up further to potential security threats that are difficult to combat. More than 4.6 million Snapchat users had their phone numbers published online, with similar breaches also reported throughout 2013.

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