QNAP intros two mid-range NAS servers
QNAP introduced two new mid-range NAS servers for businesses; the TS-239 Pro II (2 drive model) and TS-439 Pro II (4 drive model). Here's the press release:
QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of world class NAS servers, NVR Video Surveillance Systems, and Network-based Video Players today expanded its Turbo NAS lineup with two new mid-range NAS servers targeted at SMB and corporate customers. The new TS-239 Pro II (2 drive model) and TS-439 Pro II (4 drive model) incorporate the new Intel
10 Reasons Why Apple iPad's gonna fail
And this is according to gadgetophilia. Whilst the dust settles on Apple's recently announced iPad, it seems the hype has died down and everyone has an opinion on Apple's latest creation. In short, there is nothing that deserved the hype and the device simply sucks if said politely. Here are some reasons why this device fails:
1. No Multitasking
Do you know that if you concentrate on only one thing at a time, you can do that more efficiently than otherwise. Apple has come out with its own way to teach us that old proverb. No multitasking on iPad. Come on Apple! We want to listen to music when browsing the net or we want to download some files while we are watching a video. Earlier I said that we have little or no use of multitasking on a mobile phone due to its limited screen size but this is certainly not true for a device that is trying to replace a full fledged laptop or netbook.
2. Uncomfortable Keyboard
This was quite obvious that the iPad would have a virtual keyboard because there is no space for an actual hardware keyboard. And those who have used virtual keyboard, know that typing even an e-mail on it may be a headache and if you are a blogger or just a professional who have to type for a few hours, this is simply not the device for you. From the pictures available on the net, if you thought that you can just put the device on the table and type on the virtual keyboard like a normal keyboard, soon you'll find it impossible as the device's back is not perfectly flat and it kind of wobbles when you put it on a flat surface. This makes the virtual keyboard more difficult to use. However, you can connect a Bluetooth keyboard to the device and continue typing comfortably but then I have to say that you can also add two more wheels to your existing two wheeler to ride it like a car!
3. No WebCam
Yesterday I posted that the device should at least have an WebCam that will allow us to conduct video chat over a high speed internet connection. But Apple, with their infinite wisdom has decided that they can allow VoIP calls over 3G. We are very very pleased that you have given us your kind privilege to use the service. Oh! Apple is so generous! A cheap $400 Asus Eee PC Netbook can do VoIP or Video Chat through its WebCam but those devices are cheap anyway and Apple is obviously the synonym of glamor.
4. No Flash Support
Even if the standard smartphones have the flash support built-in their browsers nowadays, neither iPhone nor the iPod has the Flash support. And now, iPad also comes without the Flash support. The lack of Flash support in those tiny display browsers were pardonable but in a device that is going to be competing with the full fledged netbooks/laptops, this is going mean a deal breaker for many. Even the casual internet users won't forgive those gaping holes in the webpage which were supposed to be making the website more colorful. And also, forget about streaming video on webpage!
5. Ugly Adapters
You need to connect any device to the iPad? You just need to have the adapter for that device. Oh! We are so glad that we can at least connect our devices to it! Thank you Apple for your generosity to us. History will remember this.
6. Go to Apple Store for Apps
iPad can only run apps from the Apple App Store. No other Apps shall be entertained. Period.
7. No HDMI
Want to watch those nice HD Videos in your big HDTV screen when your iPad screen seems too small? No there is no HDMI to view the HD videos you've just downloaded from iTunes. And it is a sin that you thought the Apple iPad would connect to some Samsung HDTV. You shouldn't expect that Apple will allow follow any standard interface. They'll rather create an interface of their own!
We carry a spare wheel with our car. The Car can go flat. I will then replace that with my spare wheel. But forget this simple things with Apple. Touch their battery and void the warranty. They list that the battery life will last for 10 hours but I doubt if it will run for any longer than six hours. This is too low especially if we keep in mind that some netbooks(=computers) are now able to reach the 10 hour mark.
Did anyone know that such term existed before Apple declared it? Well, I guess not. The device is supposed to be unlocked and you can use any carrier with it but currently, the SIM is only available from AT&T. Therefore, don't expect to run it on any cheap T-Mobile plans because they don't have the SIM. Do you know any other carrier that uses this SIM? The answer is apparently, Ahem, No.
10. Too Big Bezel
Don't you also think that the Bezel is too big to be called a decent one?
AMD, Intel prep 6-core CPUs fast ...
The gossip on hexa-core processors just keeps survacing the web the past few weeks. Time to recap ! Both AMD and Intel are expected to release their first 6-core desktop CPUs before the end of Q2 this year.
According to DigiTimes, Intel will be going first, with their 32-nm Core i7-980X "Gulftown" CPU shipping at the end of March. DigiTimes says AMD will roll out 3 six-core "Thuban" CPUs, the Phenom II X6 1075T, 1055T and 1035T, with a quad-core Phenom II X4 960T CPU also coming out at the same time as the Thuban processors. It's believed AMD will launch the CPUs in May. Before Thuban launches though, AMD will introduce their first 8-series chipsets, with the 890FX and 890GX chipsets expected to debut in April.
MSI 5770 HAWK
We have a couple of exclusive photo's available on the upcoming MSI Radeon HD 5770 Hawk.
MSI as you know has the high-end series Lightning graphics cards. For the more mainstream products they however are going to introduce the HAWK series. It boils down to a high quality custom build graphics card with the best components and good overclockability.
The first HAWK series product will be ATI Radeon 5770 based, which is a lovely product for money. The card will come with the 'Military class' component selection that MSI markets so well and also you'll spot a custom PCB and the Twin Frozr thermal design cooling. This card will also have voltage checkpoints so you can check GPU and memory voltages with the help of a multi-meter.
Click on the thumbnails:
Mitsubishi unveils massive 149-inch OLED display
Mitsubishi has unveiled the gigantic 149-inch prototype OLED display at ISE-2010 in Amsterdam. The massive screen has a resolution of 1088 x 640 pixels with a 3mm pixel pitch, which surely is still to low but this thing may well be the best display ever for watching the Super Bowl.
The big screen has light output of 1500cd/m2 making it much brighter than the average LCD on the market today. I don
Ostendo curved display has banding issues
aaah and it was looking so darn nice. BSN had the opportunity to take a closer look the Ostendo CRVD, a curved display that seamlessly combines several DLP projectors in one big enclosure to give you an ultra-wide 2880 x 900 pixel resolution. This type of display would be ideal for racing and flight-sim games, but unfortunately the technology doesn't work that well. Theo Valich from BSN complains about banding issues, and that the image on the edges of the screen is blurred. Read more over here.
The implementation of the four projectors in the back of the screen causes an overlap of the images between the projectors that leaves a visible line between each one. The trick is that this line is only visible with light colors, so if you were to play a game like Crysis with a lot of vegetation you are more inclined to see darker surroundings and therefore miss the dividing lines which are really quite visible. This doesn
MI5: China hacking companies with infected USB sticks
A leaked MI5 report seen by Times Online claims businessmen who receive free USB disks or digital cameras at Chinese trade shows or during company visits better watch out, as this type of gifts has been found to contain Trojan horses that enable Chinese intelligence agencies to hack into corporate networks.
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PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 PCS+ review
PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 PCS+
With the cards becoming more and more available we'll see more and more manufacturers, AIC and AIB partners release new updated products based on the series 5000 product. PowerColor is releasing a Radeon HD 5770 which is labelled as PCS+ and comes with a custom PCB, slightly higher clock frequencies, custom cooler, and no less than four output connectors.
All in all a very interesting product, it is located below the sub-175 USD price range. Let's go and find out if what PowerColor offers is really enticing.
You can find the article right here.
Radeon HD 5450 Already Listed on eBay
AMD is gearing up to launch the Radeon HD 5450 card for the low-end segment fairly soon.
The card will supposedly be based on the Cedar graphics processing unit and will have 80 stream processors, a 64-bit memory interface and a GPU frequency clocked at 650MHz. The card will have 512MB or 1 GB of GDDR3 memory, which will run at roughly 1600MHz.
Digitimes previously reported that the HD 5450 would be out before the middle of February, with more recent rumors saying it would be launched the following week. This means that the new GPU card will have the entry-level market to itself for about a month or more, until the Fermi comes out (and if the initial lineup from NVIDIA has a model aimed at the low-end).
But it seems that the MSI R5450-MD512H Radeon HD 5450 is already being listed on eBay. This card has only 512MB GDDR3 (half the stock amount) and a 64-bit memory interface. It is priced slightly high at $62.99.
Planned Network Downtime - Network Status
Last week an old bug popped up in one of the core routers at our hosting environment. To prevent downtime from happening again the router is now being replaced for a new one.
Saturday the 30th of January 2010 in-between roughly 04:00 am to 07:00 am CET (03:00 a.m. Saturday January 30, 2010 in GMT) the maintenance will take place.
We do expect some minor downtime once the routers will be swapped out and installed. In advance, apologies for any inconvenience.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - January 2010
Guru3D Rig of the Month - January 2010
Mario Kriegsmann's PC is the the Rig of The Month January 2010. Meet the man at the age of 21, he has been a Guru3D aficionado for five years (!) already digging through our articles, he shares our passion of building nice PCs.
His PC will be the Rig of the Month January 2010 and he has built his PC with some interesting components. He certainly has spend a lot of dough on his rig, making not only beautiful looking, but an ubercool and high performance one as well.
Check out Mario's rig right here.
Phenom II X6 Series Details Surface
The upcoming 6 core Thuban processors will make it
Samsungs 3D Blu-ray player available for $399 on Amazon
All the discussion and demoing at this year
MSI working on Big Bang XPower X58 motherboard
Within a month or two MSI plans to unveil its third Big Bang motherboard, the XPower. This new motherboard uses Intel's X58 chipset and features six PCI Express x16 slots, six DDR3 memory slots, SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0.
The motherboard is designed for hardware enthusiasts, it features 16-phase DrMOS PWM, two 8-pin power connectors, Hi-C capacitors, an extra 6-pin PCIe power input for the PCIe slots, OC Dashboard and V-Kit. Audio is provided by a Quantum Wave audio card with 7.1 channel audio, EAX 5.0 and THX TruStudio PC Suite.
The cost of using tantalum capacitors have made them prohibitive in motherboard design. It looks like MSI is using a generous splattering of them on the new Big Bang XPower. Q1 in 2010, and it already looks like we're supposed to spell "promising" with the "I" before the "M." The motherboard looks a bit naked but that's because the photos don't show the cooling solution that will be shipped with the retail models.
In Win Fanqua and Black Beauty cases launched
In Win introduced the Fanqua midi-tower and Black Beauty mini-tower PC cases. The Fanqua features a tool-free design, four 120mm fans, and has a front I/O panel with USB, audio and eSATA connectors. The Black Beauty is a bit more basic and ships with a 300W PSU.
Fanqua has five exposed 5.25-inch bays, supports micro ATX and ATX motherboards, is equipped with four 120mm fans (front, side panel - with blue LED, rear and top), and it costs 69.90 Euro.
Staying clear of Fanqua's wannabe high testosterone levels, the Black Beauty has a simpler yet stylish look, with a glossy finish and a floral motif. This case measures 140 (W) x 323 (H) x 276 (D) mm, weights 4.5kg, boasts just one 5.25-inch bay, supports micro ATX boards, and includes one audio and four USB 4.0 in front. Black Beauty doesn't come with any fans but it features a 300W power supply. All this for 79.90 Euro.
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Matrox updates Multi-Monitor Display Solution
Feeling some serious heat from ATI's Eyefinity feature Matrox decided to release a new Multi-Monitor Display Solution. The multiple DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go Graphics eXpansion Module (GXM) brings support to drive up to four or six monitors, respectively, from a single system.
Matrox's solve .. well .. a second GXM can now be connected to the secondary output of a supported dual monitor graphics card so two DualHead2Go GXMs can power up to four outputs in 2x2 or 4x1 modes, while two TripleHead2Go units can be combined to connect six displays to produce either a 3x2 or 6x1 set up.
Matrox currently offers multi-GXM support with the 2.06 (or above) GXM software suite. A maximum of two GXMs