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OCZ acquires Israel-based SANRAD Inc.

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 @ 19:37 CST

OCZ Technology have been snapping up companies lately and today is no different with the acquisition of SANRAD Inc., an Israel-based provider of flash caching and virtualization software and hardware. The addition of intellectual property to OCZ's growing portfolio is expected to increase the adoption of PCIe SSD storage solutions specifically in VMware and Citrix Zen environments.

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SANRAD currently sells its flash caching and virtualization software to OEMs such as NEXSAN and Brocade. The deal between OCZ and SANRAD is reportedly worth approximately $15 million, which consists of approx. 2.1 million shares of OCZ stock.

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Netflix jumps the pond, announces UK, Ireland launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 @ 19:26 CST

Netflix is enjoyed by quite a lot of people and now it has launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland, officially. Streaming the Netflix catalog of entertainment costs just 5.99 pounds or 6.99 euros per month.

Residents can queue for a one month free trial on the website right now and when it launches, it won't just work on PCs, but a bunch of gaming consoles, Blu-ray players from LG, Samsung Smart TV, iOS and Android-based phones as well as smart TV adaptors from Philips, Western Digital and Roku.

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Content wise, it sources from a slew of companies such as All3Media, the BBC, CBS, Channel 4's 4oD, Disney UK & Ireland, ITV, Lionsgate UK, MGM, Miramax, Momentum Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Viacom International Media Networks.

It also includes Open Graph Facebook tie-ins that are featured in the Latin America service, but held back in the US due to regulatory concerns. So, if you're based in the UK or Ireland, hit up the Netflix site, now!

Kilimanjaro, Native PCIe 3.0 to NAND Controller for the High and Low End Model

By: Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 @ 19:19 CST

CES 2012 - It took me a couple of days to get the spelling right but now I'm ready to talk Kilimanjaro. OCZ was ready to talk Kilimanjaro today as well so.

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Usually when we start talking about PCIe to flash controllers (as opposed to SATA to flash) we are talking about Fusion-io. Well there is a new game in town and this game is being played on the PCIe 3.0 field. The Kilimanjaro controllers I've seen so far were branded with both OCZ and Marvell names.

In the shot above we see the enterprise Z-Drive R5 which uses an 8x PCIe 3.0 slot, can push up to 3GB/s and churn around 1.8 million IOPS as long as your processor or processors can handle the load. OCZ it talking about capacities up to 12TB. There should be a few different models based on capacity and flash type, either MLC, eMLC or SLC. No word on pricing but I think Honda Civic range should sound about right.

Of a little more interest to our readers though is the smaller version that uses PCIe 3.0 to NAND in what looks a lot like mSATA form factor. We are seeing this socket all over the place today but we can't tell you too much about it, watch for some videos later today from motherboard manufactures on TweakTown.

Next-gen GIGABYTE Ivy Bridge boards including Z77X-UD5H shown off in Las Vegas

By: Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 @ 18:48 CST

CES 2012 - GIGABYTE just got done holding their "Meet the Executives" event at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas and one of the big points for staying ahead of their competition (ASUS) was to be first out with new technology.

One big new piece of technology coming out sometime later this year is Intel's Ivy Bridge platform. We are already bound by an NDA, so there is little we can say. A quick search on Google though shows things like native USB 3.0 and PCI Express 3.0 support. It will be a mid-range platform, you can think of it as an updated Z68 Express for upcoming Intel processors.

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After giving attending media a rundown on GIGABYTE's aims for 2012, Colin Brix of GIGABYTE started bashing on the door of a nearby room in the hotel suite and asked if we could interrupt and show off the Taiwanese company's range of upcoming Ivy Bridge boards. We got see the full model range including the G1. Sniper 3, G1 Sniper 3 M3 (Micro-ATX), Z77X-UD5H, Z77X-UD3H and B75M-D3H.

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Fortunately we had video camera in hand and captured the whole deal. Watch it above. There are a lot of pictures in the photo gallery below, too.

OCZ Vertex 4 Could Use Everest II and We See It

By: Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 @ 18:45 CST

CES 2012 - CES 2012 is already heating up even though the show floor doesn't open till tomorrow. OCZ already displayed some products at Storage Visions 2012 but today we can talk about consumer products.

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OCZ is quite excited about their Indilinx purchase and it looks like Everest II is getting really close. At their suite today we crashed in a little early to take a peek at an actual sample up and running. Let's go ahead and point out this was an early sample and we don't need to remind you that performance generally increases as firmware progresses.

Click inside to see more.

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Apple, Nokia and RIM supply backdoors for government intercept, according to hacked memo

By: Anthony Garreffa | Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 @ 18:39 CST

First up - this does not surprise me. I've thought for a very long time that this happens, as with most things, right under our noses and no one even knows. I'm sure it goes much deeper than this, and we'll never find out just how deep the rabbit hole goes, but on with the news. A group of Indian hackers known as "The Lords of Dharmaraja" had posted documents that were pillaged during the hack of an Indian military network. It was removed, but thanks to Google Cache, you can see an image of it below, and if that's not good enough, click here to read it directly.

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Slashdot had reported on it too, and unveils some more info:

The memo suggests that, "in exchange for the Indian market presence" mobile device manufacturers, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple (collectively defined in the document as "RINOA") have agreed to provide backdoor access on their devices. The Indian government then "utilized backdoors provided by RINOA" to intercept internal emails of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a U.S. government body with a mandate to monitor, investigate and report to Congress on 'the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship' between the U.S. and China.

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Newer Technology Shows Dual Socket USB Power Outlet without Phantom Draw

By: Chris Ramseyer | Networking | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 @ 12:35 CST

CES 2012 - Newer Technology, part of the MAC Sales clan which includes OWC SSDs displayed a product I'm sure everyone reading this can appreciates. USB ports built into power sockets aren't anything new but all of them we've seen continually power the USB ports. This is a big waste of power since you don't have devices connected all of the time to the USB ports.

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Phantom power draw is a big issue when you are paying the electric bill but Newer Technology has come up with a simple solution to turn the ports off when not in use. The USB ports provide up to 2 amps of power when the USB door opens. A micro switch gets activated and your iPad, iPod, cell phone or other device gets the juice.

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Pre-CES 2012 preview of Thermaltake cases Level 10 GTS and Armor Revo

By: Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 @ 3:01 CST

CES 2012 - Last month we visited the Thermaltake HQ in Taipei where we stumbled upon a few products where we got the chance to film them on video in this pre-CES 2012 preview of a couple new cases from the Taiwanese company.

First up we have the Level 10 GTS which is a new case coming onto the market by the end of Q1 2012 and should end up retailing for around $100 USD. It gets its design from its bigger full tower brother, the original Level 10 GT. Of course the GTS is much cheaper and has a similar feel as the GT and the same extended case width which users like. It will also get bundled with a quick access drive bay that allows you to move around hard drives from one Level 10 GT/GTS to another Level 10 GT/GTS or other computers thanks to the addition of the SATA (data and power) to USB 3.0 adapter that comes included.

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Next up we have the Armor Revo which takes some of the design theory from previous Thermaltake Armor series cases but at the same time mixes it up quite a bit. The front is rather busy with a rather unique, funky and stylish design with a mesh flow down the center of the case. You can always rely on Thermaltake to come out with something that stands out from the crowd. This is definitely the sort of case that you are either going to love right away or turn your nose up to. On the top front of the case you have your standard audio ports, eSATA, two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0...

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Lenovo IdeaTab S2 sports Android 4.0/ICS, 10-inch screen, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 @ 2:28 CST

CES 2012: In a world of NVIDIA Tegra 3, Transformer Prime and quad-core tablet goodness, Lenovo have steered away from that and unveiled a new 10-inch tablet based on Google's Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) OS.

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The IdeaTab S2 sports a 10-inch screen, Android 4.0, a Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core 8X60A or 8960, 1280x800 LED-backlit IPS display, 3G with call support, 1GB LPDDR2 RAM, SSD of up to 64GB, HDMI Micro connection, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing cam, 5-megapixel with auto-focus rear-facing camera all weighing in at just 1.27-pounds (580 grams) and at 0.34-inch (8.69mm) thick.

Battery life on the IdeaTab S2 can hit up to 9 hours, and using the keyboard dock provides another 9 hours as well as two USB 2.0 ports, a multitouch trackpad and an SDHC card reader. At the moment, as with most things announced at CES, no word on pricing or availability yet.

Sony announces high-speed XQD memory cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 @ 1:29 CST

In today's world of high-speed data transfers, cameras and their memory cards have been relatively left behind. But, Sony have stopped that with the Sony XQD memory card, based on the PCI-Express specification, the XQD format is aimed at improving digital image capture speed and performance.

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It is capable of capturing up to 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode. Sporting write speeds of 125MB/sec, and theoretical maximum write speeds of 5Gb/s, or roughly 600MB/sec. You can see how this is exciting for photographers. Director of consumer media for Sony Electronics, Viviano Cantu, says:

Advanced shooters want to capture the moment in the highest quality possible, and that often means dealing with massive files like RAW images. Memory card technology has done a great job of keeping pace, but these new cards give an entirely new meaning to speed and performance.

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