Intel brings TRIM to SSDs in RAID
Nice move from Intel.
Upto this point RAID setups did not have support for the TRIM command features in the Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and Linux 2.6.33+ operating systems.
This made solid state drives rather unsuited for long-term configuration in any RAID setup. Seeing this as a serious limitation, Intel wrote a driver that is able to activate this function even in RAID, obviously the drives themselves need to support it.
This technology provides support for the following features:
Gigabyte Sells 1 Million USB 3.0 Motherboards
Patriot Bolt USB drives with 128-bit AES
USB drives get more and more secure. Patriot will soon introduce Bolt, a new USB flash drive with 128-bit AES encryption support to keep your data safe. Intruders have only ten attempts to guess your password, afterwards the Bold automatically destroys all data.
The USB drive has an aluminium enclosure and offers read speeds of up to 27MB/s and write speeds of up to 13MB/s. It will be available in capacities from 6GB to 64GB, with prices ranging from 25.90EUR to 310EUR.
Google exits China, routes traffic to Hong Kong
A shame that this had to happen really, but clever solve. After weeks of negotiations with Chinese authorities, Google has stopped censoring results on its Chinese search engine. Starting today, visitors of the Internet giant's Chinese website are redirected to the Google's Hong Kong site, which offers Chinese-language service with uncensored results.
Google announced in January that it had traced a sophisticated cyber-attack to China, and as a result would no longer filter results in its Chinese search service. Google acknowledged that the move could result in having to withdraw from direct competition in China, where Internet search sites are required to censor politically sensitive topics.
Since then, Google has sought to engage with Chinese authorities over how it could operate in the country without filtering results. Theoretically, China-based users could continue to connect to sites such as google.com or google.com.hk following the company's shuttering of google.cn, though their access could become unreliable.
A Chinese government official in charge of the Internet bureau under the State Council Information Office responds to Google, accusing the search engine has "violated its written promise" and is "totally wrong" by stopping censoring its Chinese search results and blaming the Chinese government for alleged hacker attacks:
"Google has violated its written promise it made when entering the Chinese market by stopping filtering its searching service and blaming China in insinuation for alleged hacker attacks," said the official.
"This is totally wrong. We're uncompromisingly opposed to the politicization of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conducts," the official said.
OCZ Technology Shut Down Hypersonic-PC
It's a fact that PC Power & Cooling PSUs from OCZ already pulled out of the EU, indicating that OCZ is repositioning alot of things, yesterday it was reported that OCZ will be closing down Hypersonic-PC.
The official Hypersonic-PC website has officially been replaced with a simple page that states: "At this time Hypersonic-PC is not accepting any orders. We are honoring all warranties and will continue to support existing customers. All customers that currently own a Hypersonic branded PC or Notebook can contact the following numbers for direct product support.".
OCZ's Executive VP and CMO Alex Mei, confirmed this, "We are focusing all our resources on SSD, PSU and Memory and our SI business really didn
EA To Charge For Game Demos
Well this will get them a lot of love. Gamasutra reports that Electronic Arts aims to monetize game demos. According to industry analyst Michael Patcher after an EA investor visit, the publisher will start selling 'premium downloadable content' prior to a game's release for $10-$15 that is essentially a longer-than-usual demo.
Patcher said, 'I think that the plan is to release PDLC at $15 that has 3-4 hours of gameplay, so [it has] a very high perceived value, then [EA will] take the feedback from the community (press and players) to tweak the follow-on full game that will be released at a normal packaged price point.' He also made reference to a comment from EA's CEO John Riccitiello that 'the line between packaged product sales and digital revenues would soon begin to blur.'
ASUS unleashes Rampage III Extreme
Serious overclockers have been clamoring for this kind of monster board for years, and ASUS listened. With Rampage III Extreme (R3E) the company puts forth a record-setting piece of hardware replete with highlights that meet the needs of dye in the wool tuners
Devolo dLAN 200 AVeasy powerline adapter review
Devolo dLAN 200 AVeasy powerline kit tested
In this article I wanted to take a look at Ethernet over your power line. This technology has been here for years and is as simple as it can be, you utilize the power sockets in your house to transport a data signal carrying a network signal. All you need are two or more homeplug adapters, also known as Powerline Ethernet adapters. Devolo is the one company that caught my attention. They offer 200 Mbit/sec adapters.
You plug them in, connect one to your PC and another one to say your internet router and you are good to go.
You can check out the review right here.
Scythe Yasya CPU Cooler
Scythe launched its new high-end CPU cooler, named
Intel 3.6GHz Dual-Core Core i5 CPU on the way ?
Chipzilla Intel is still working another Core i5 dual-core processor. The new model tagged as the Core i5-680 will have a core speed of 3.6GHz.
Despite the higher clocks the TDP will remain at 73W. Being a Clarkdale processor the processor will come with an IGP (integrated graphics core) at a frequency of 733MHz. The CPU will support dual channel DDR3 1333. Pricing wise it is going to be expensive though. Reports claim a 240 Euro price tag (nearly 300 USD). Personally I'd rather purchase a quad-core Core i7 930 or Core i5 750 for that money, but that's just silly old me of course.
AMD Six-Core 1090T BE gets a price tag
AMD's most high-end (and upcoming) six-core thuban based processor will sell for only 300 USD. AMD will launch an entire family of chips, including a pair of lower-clock versions, as well as a high-end model with frequencies to match the Gulftown. More recent rumors suggest that AMD's high-end offer, which will also have a great overclocking potential, will be the Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition.
Keyboard bacteria can identify you
Forensic researchers discovered that computer users' hands leave a distinct bacterial print on keyboards and mice, and that it is possible to identify a piece of hardware's primary user simply by swabbing the peripheral for bacteria. The technique isn't as accurate as fingerprints, but it may someday prove useful for fighting crime.
Our skin houses large bacterial ecosystems and, even after washing your hands, the bacterial community is restored within a matter of hours. Scientists have suspected for some time that we might leave "trails" of this skin bacteria on things we touch during the course of a day, and more importantly, that the bacteria might be traceable to individuals. It's not that each person has a unique bacterial species, but that their ecosystems contain different mixes of species, each present at different frequencies.
It wasn't obvious this would work, though. Scientists weren't sure if the range of bacteria we leave on surfaces would be complete enough representation of what's on the skin to narrow its source down to single individual. The bacteria might also change too much during the time they spend on the surface, obscuring their origins.
New PSU's in the Cougar line
A new PSU brand awakens. You'll be hearing more and more from them as their products now slowly are spreading and getting reach into Europe. Cougar is a new retail brand for Power Supplies originating from HEC/Compucase. Started in 1979 HEC/Compucase is one of the few real manufacturers and developer of power supplies.
Their latest PSUs are now available in the Benelux as well. Cougars power supplies are known for the high-quality inside but also for their unique design
Need for Speed World BETA
The guys over EA will never stop releasing games for the Need for Speed Franchise, this time around, they will launch a new one, that will focus on Online Gaming, a "Massive Online Racing Game" called Need for Speed World.
Here is what they have to say about the game:
Exclusive to PC, Need for Speed World is the first massively-multiplayer racing game in the Need for Speed series. Race with your friends online or compete against them and thousands of other racers in the enormous NFS universe, built specifically for World.It seems they will need to change the abreviation, because "Massive Multiplayer Online Racing Game" could lead to some confusion this time, if you know what I mean.
Go ahead and take a look at their site, because they are offering a Closed BETA and you can apply for it, so go ahead and register as soon as you can if you want to be one of the few to try it for free.
ATI CrossFireX Profile Application 1.0
This is the first Catalyst external profile update. This is fresh off the press and below is a list of what will improve when a user installs the profile.
NVIDIA Forceware 197.15 With OpenGL 3.3 support
NVIDIA's developer site is serving new drivers. The main feature is that it is supplying support for openGL 3.3 , within a week of the opengl 3.3 announcement. This set seems to work great as regular driver and does not have fan issues as the previous version had.
The new features in OpenGL 3 require G80, or newer hardware. Thus OpenGL 3.0/3.1/3.2/3.3 is not supported on NV3x, NV4x nor G7x hardware. This means you need one of the following NVIDIA graphics accelerators to use OpenGL 3:
- Quadro FX 370, 570, 1700, 3700, 4600, 4700x2, 4800, 5600, 5800, Quadro VX200, Quadro CX
- GeForce 8000 series or higher; Geforce G100, GT120, 130, 220, GTS 150, GTS 250, GT310, 320, 330, 340, GeForce GTX 260 and higher, any ION based products.
- Quadro FX 360M, 370M, 570M, 770M, 1600M, 1700M, 2700M, 2800M, 3600M, 3700M, 3800M
- GeForce 8000 series or higher
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Order of War Demo is Out!
The guys at Square-Enix , reponsables for the Final Fantasy Saga really are hitting all the good spots with their last couple of games, the new one in their lists is "Order of War", a massive RTS-Like game in which you manage hundreads of troops, tanks, airplanes in a massive WWII scenery, check out the Screenshots and try the Demo that was recently released in Single Player and MultiPlayer formats, just what I like.
XBOX360 Full Laptop MOD
A guy over the benheck forums created a Total Conversion MOD for an XBOX360, the MOD is so beyond anything that I've ever saw for a XBOX360! where he managed to create a Laptop from it, even more so, the conversion is so clean that you really have to behold this for yourself, take a look at the pictures and materials he used for building an ultimate Laptop from a XBOX360, he even managed to put inside a WebCam, totally out of this world job!.