ASUS O!Play Mini Plus Smart TV set-top box
ASUS introduced the O!Play Mini Plus Smart TV set-top box, a HD media player with integrated Acetrax and Facebook support.
Bringing internet based entertainment to the living room, ASUS has launched the O!Play Mini Plus. It offers access to a multitude of online services for endless entertainment from both video and social media websites, while featuring Gigabit LAN and Wireless N to ensure that content is fast and smooth. The O!Play Mini Plus is also versatile, able to play content from a connected PC, smartphone or tablet, and even automatically playing files straight from a connected USB drive.
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This set-top box provides limitless online entertainment, including access to Mediafly, Dailymotion*, Facebook*, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, thousands of internet TV and radio stations, and much more. It
Gigabyte SATA Mode Switching Tool
Quite handy, Gigabyte issued a small utility that allows you to change the mode of the chipset SATA controller between IDE, AHCI, and RAID (if available), from within Windows itself.
Once you apply changed you will need to reboot obviously as the new interface needs to be detected
Gigabyte's Disk Mode Switch utility works on Gigabyte motherboards based on Intel 6-series chipset (H61, H67, P67, and Z68).
Personally I'd just switch from the BIOS, but if interested you can download the tool right here.
ASUS's Wireless-N Gigabit Router RT-N56U is vulnerable
ASUS's Wireless-N Gigabit Router RT-N56U contains a vulnerability which may allow a remote unauthenticated attacker to recover the device's administrator password. An attacker with network access to the device can navigate to the web page http://RouterIPAddress/QIS_wizard.htm?flag=detect. The attacker will be presented with a web page containing the device's configuration without entering any login credentials. This web page will display the device's administrator password. The default configuration for this device is to only allow clients connected to the Local Area Network (LAN) to access the system web interface.
This vulnerability has been reported in ASUS's Wireless-N Gigabit Router RT-N56U firmware version 22.214.171.124.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper.2 motherboard review
Gigabyte has been on a winning streak lately to produce some of the nicest motherboards targeted at games. The Initial Killer/Sniper series has shown a completely new style from Gigabyte, a series that steps away from that baby blue color, towards a matte black PCB, a 'gun' theme, quality components and nifty extra's like a high-end Ethernet controller and even an integrated SoundBlaster X-Fi soundcard.
Check out the review right here.
KINGMAX 128 GB High Capacity USB 3.0 Flash Disk
KINGMAX, a renowned leading memory and flash drive manufacturer, has recently unveiled 128GB huge capacity USB 3.0 flash drive, the ED-01. With huge capacity, the ED-01 flash drive not only meets the market
Counter-Strike: GO trailer
Valve shows off a trailer of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
AMD Bulldozer may rear its head this week
ZD Net reports AMD's Bulldozer may finally arrive this week, we personally very much doubt that, but hope they are right though !
At the annual Hot Chips semiconductor conference last week, AMD provided some new details on the innovative Bulldozer architecture behind both the FX Series for desktops and new Opteron server processors.
The new processor includes four Bulldozer modules, each of which contains eight AMD64 cores, and an integrated memory controller. What makes the Family 15h design different, though, is that each module shares several components including a front-end (fetch and decode), floating-point unit, data prefetch unit, and 2MB of L2 cache. AMD
Torchlight II Multiplayer Video
Minecraft not on Steam due to restrictive ToS
Notch has today revealed via his blog The Word of Notch why he is not going to be releasing Minecraft on Steam or other digital distribution platforms:
Steam is the best digital distribution platform I
ViewSonic Intros New 27-inch Monitors
ViewSonic issued two 27-inch monitors, the VG2732m-LED and VP2765-LED.
The screens are part of the gamer-oriented VG series, the VG2732m-LED has low response time of 3 ms. The VP2765-LED, on the other hand, is fine-tuned for graphics professionals, making use of an Advanced MVA (AMVA) panel, with a response time of 5 ms, and packs 2W stereo speakers.
Both displays make use of a slim bezel design, use LED-backlit illumination, full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, 300 cd/m
Crucial M4 New 0009 Firmware Update increase Speeds by 20%
Crucial released a new firmware update by Crucial for its M4 series SATA 6 Gb/s SSDs
The update is build 0009 for the models CT064M4SSD2 (64 GB), CT0128M4SSD2 (128 GB), CT0256M4SSD2 (256 GB), and CT0512M4SSD2 (512 GB)
The update is said to increase sequential read speeds by 20%. PCMark Vantage Disk performance is also increased.
The new firmware also works to increase throughput performance, lower write latency, wider compatibility with latest chipsets (AHCI modes), and fixes various kinds of cold-boot failures. The firmware lowers SATA speed negotiation time with host controllers, resulting in faster boot.
Depending on the model, the 0009 firmware update for Crucial M4 series SSDs can be downloaded from here.
S2 Tablet Is Named Sony Tablet P
The S2 definitely stands apart by virtue of its dual-display construction, reliant on two 5.5-inch displays, one of which occupies what would otherwise be dedicated to a keyboard, were this a netbook. According to Engadget, there is now a name to go with the codename, Sony Table P in fact, its availability being scheduled for next month (September 2011).
The Tegra 2 SoC (system-on-chip) is the platform chosen to power it, while 4 GB of built-in flash storage exist as well. The obligatory card slot exists, of course, and there is even a 2 GB SD card bundled with the product, or so the report says.
Furthermore, Sony threw in 512 MB of RAM (the processor and video parts would not work without it after all), as well as a 0.2 megapixel webcam. All in all, the dual-display Tablet P has a weight of 370 grams, quite a bit less than the Tablet S (600 grams), which has 16 GB or 32 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM.
Cedar Trail Intel Atom Chips Benchmarked
Intel is working hard on a new generation of Atom chips, but not without some problems alright.
Intel is getting closer to the time when it updates its product portfolio, even if it might not do it all at once. Among other things, there will be new E5-2600 CPUs, Poulson Itanium Server Processors, better Core series models, etc.
On that list, the Cedar Trail line has secured a spot, even though the last time anyone heard about it was when the DirectX-related issues were discovered as sofpedia reports:
Now, a new report has appeared, one that finally provides some benchmarking results, even if they aren't all that up to date as far as the program used to record them goes.
To be more specific, the Atom N2800 and N2600 ended up being analyzed by 3DMark 06 and compared to the Atom N570.
The N2600 only keeps up with the N570 in the 3DMark 06 CPU test, which is odd given the identical 1.66 GHz frequency.
Meanwhile, the N2800 is quite a bit ahead of the current-generation unit, in both CPU and GPU tests, though this does not say as much as it would have if the benchmarking suite was a more recent and demanding one, capable of really taxing the graphics.
Then again, this might all just be Intel's way of showing that it does not intend to actually bet on the graphics performance, although N2800 (aided by the PowerVR engine) still gets thrice the result of the N570.
Then again, seeing as how the GPU's clock is about three times faster, this was only to be expected.
Meanwhile, the N2600 succeeds in almost doubling the performance (the clock speed of the GPU is twice as fast as that of the previous-generation one).
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Avexir reveals four DDR3 memory series
Germany based Caseking announced the availability of four DDR3 memory lines from Avexir; Green, Budget, Standard and Blitz.
Avexir may be an unknown brand in these areas of the world, but is already present in the market since 2006. The products of the memory specialist are available immediately at Caseking. The assortment currently consists of four series - the
IBM Building 120 Petabyte Drive
Steve Conway, a vice president of research with the analyst firm IDC who specializes in high-performance computing (HPC), says IBM's repository is significantly bigger than previous storage systems. "A 120-petabye storage array would easily be the largest I've encountered," he says. The largest arrays available today are about 15 petabytes in size. Supercomputing problems that could benefit from more data storage include weather forecasts, seismic processing in the petroleum industry, and molecular studies of genomes or proteins, says Conway.
IBM's engineers developed a series of new hardware and software techniques to enable such a large hike in data-storage capacity. Finding a way to efficiently combine the thousands of hard drives that the system is built from was one challenge. As in most data centers, the drives sit in horizontal drawers stacked inside tall racks. Yet IBM's researchers had to make those significantly wider than usual to fit more disks into a smaller area. The disks must be cooled with circulating water rather than standard fans.
The inevitable failures that occur regularly in such a large collection of disks present another major challenge, says Hillsberg. IBM uses the standard tactic of storing multiple copies of data on different disks, but it employs new refinements that allow a supercomputer to keep working at almost full speed even when a drive breaks down.
When a lone disk dies, the system pulls data from other drives and writes it to the disk's replacement slowly, so the supercomputer can continue working. If more failures occur among nearby drives, the rebuilding process speeds up to avoid the possibility that yet another failure occurs and wipes out some data permanently. Hillsberg says that the result is a system that should not lose any data for a million years without making any compromises on performance.
The new system also benefits from a file system known as GPFS that was developed at IBM Almaden to enable supercomputers faster data access. It spreads individual files across multiple disks so that many parts of a file can be read or written at the same time. GPFS also enables a large system to keep track of its many files without laboriously scanning through every one. Last month a team from IBM used GPFS to index 10 billion files in 43 minutes, effortlessly breaking the previous record of one billion files scanned in three hours.
It will hold 24 million HD movies !
Thermaltake Toughpower Silver Series 80 Plus Silver Compliant PSUs
Thermaltake releases the Toughpower Silver Series 80Plus Silve, which will includes 1000W, 1200W, and 1500W along with 1350W for today?fs dynamic systems and power hungry enthusiasts. This Toughpower Silver Series high-efficient power supplies offer high-end features and exacting performance standards, but are still energy efficient and targeted at high-end users. With the proof of 80 Plus silver certification, Toughpower Silver Series power supplies stands out from the crowd and inherit the Thermaltake?fs passion to technological craft and application of life entertaining culture.
Thermaltake Eco-Vision / Efficiency with Flexitivity
Major components in a PC system are progressively consuming more wattages than before. Thermaltake not only understands the needs of gamers and enthusiasts within this forever changing PC market, as well as keeping ?gEco-Vision?h in mind, we upgraded the Toughpower 80Plus series (1000W, 1200W and 1500W) to Toughpower Silver Series (1000W, 1200W and 1500W), in order to offer enthusiasts a wider range of money saving solutions, and show our concerns for our mother nature. The upgraded Toughpower 80Plus Silver certified series promised to provide up to 91% efficiency and deliver the world?fs high-efficient performance and advanced reliability in the market. Offering 8 of PCI-E connectors and 12 of SATA connectors, the Toughpower Silver Series is ready for all current multi-GPU setups ranging from NVIDIA 3-Way/4-Way SLI to AMD CrossFireX configurations. The additional double-forward switching circuitry provides highest reliability by reducing power loss considerably, while the DC-DC converter further increases highest efficiency levels.
Still searching for a truthful power supply for your dynamic system? The robust dual+12V rail design allows excellent performance under all types of system loading, in combination with 100% 105 ?
Scythe Displaying New Products at IFA 2011
Japanese cooling expert Scythe is releasing new information and details about upcoming products exhibited at IFA 2011 in Berlin. Attendees of the consumer electronics fair IFA 2011 (Berlin, Germany) are able to checkout brand new products from Scythe. Located in the Home Entertainment hall 3.2 at booth number 116 new products are displayed with focus on the Audio segment. Three new Class D Digital Amplifiers PCI Slot Amp (SDAS-1000), 3,5 inch (8,89 cm) sized Bay Amp Pro mini 2000 (SDA35-2000) and the double-decker Kama Bay AMP SDAR-3000 will be introduced to the public.
New Top model from Scythe will be the Kama Bay AMP SDAR-3000 amplifier which is built to fit into two 5,25 inch (13,3 cm) bays of a PC Chassis. Core of this high-end amp will be the Power IC TB2924AFG from Toshiba. Hence allows connection of four different audio sources from which users can choose by switching. More convenient operation is achieved by adding an infrared remote control. Output Power is rated with 16 Watt. Further features are the retro-look analog meters with several different background light colors and one USB Power Charge connector in the front.
Second digital amp is the Bay Amp Pro mini 2000 (SDA35-2000) which can fit one 3,5 inch (8,89 cm) bay of a PC Chassis. Built-in Texas Instruments TPA3123D2 Power IC is allowing total output power of 20 Watt. It is possible to choose between RCA on the rear side of the amplifier or Line-in input on the front. While playing music from an external source built-in USB Power Charge connector allows charging the connected devices battery.
Last but not least is the by far smallest Class D amplifier from Scythe called PCI Slot Amp (SDAS-1000) which is powered by the Power IC Texas Instruments TPA3123D2. Scythe PCI Slot Amp needs to be fitted into the PCI or PCI-Express Slot of a PC and allows 3,5 Watt power output. Switches located on the PCB allow turning the amplifier into a subwoofer amplifier. In combination with the supplied knob it is possible to cut-off the high frequencies and output only low bass frequencies.
Razer Blade claims to be first true gaming laptop
Razer teased the Blade, an upcoming 17.3" gaming laptop with Intel's Core i7 2640M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with Optimus technology, 8GB DDR3 1333MHz, 320GB 7200RPM SATA HDD, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HD webcam, and a 60Wh battery. One of the special features is the Switchblade User Interface, it offers 10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys for easier access to in-game commands, and a multi-touch LCD that can display in-game information. The system will ship in Q4 2011, pricing is a whopping $2,799.99.
The PC industry today has never looked bleaker. The world