LaCie "5big" NAS offers up to 10TB storage
LaCie has announced two new upgrades to its networked-attached storage (NAS) devices: the LaCie 5big Network and 2big Network. The product enhancements include improved performance, capacity expansion, and extra data protection with RAID settings. The 5big Network adds support for Time Machine backup software, along with improved multimedia server capabilities that allow users to stream multimedia files to UPnP players such as a PS3 or Xbox.
Other changes for its 5big Network prouct increase the storage systems capacity up to 10TB, and provide compatibility for the iTunes server. The added support enables iTunes users to access the NAS device from the application interface.
The smaller "2big" Network device adds support for Windows Active Directory (ADS) and local backup, Time Machine, and integration with MS Windows network domains. By enhancing its backup capabilities users can perform regular or scheduled backups to external devices. The storage device also ships with client licenses of Genie Backup Manager Pro for Windows and Intego Backup Manager Pro for Mac.
Both the LaCie 5big and 2big Network are available for purchase through the company
Koolance unveils LN2 evaporator
Seriously, do you see yourself overclocking with a bucket full of liquid nitrogen at home ? Yes ? Well, you are in luck as Koolance has introduced a copper evaporator for overclockers who use liquid nitrogen (LN2) to keep their processor chilled during extreme overclocking sessions.
The Koolance CPU-LN2 Liquid Nitrogen Evaporator weighs 1.58kg and is compatible with most recent processors from both Intel and AMD.
The Koolance CPU-LN2 is a "DIY" processor evaporator pot for liquid nitrogen cooling. A nickel-plated solid copper cold plate is combined with a black acetal container. Mounting hardware includes a thick acetal top bracket, steel back plate, insulating pads, and various mounting hardware.
Patriot Torqx solid state disks relased
Patriot relewased their new 64GB, 128GB and 256GB Torqx solid state disks, these models feature 64MB of DRAM cache but it is unclear which controller they use. I'll request a sample for review though.
The 128GB and 256GB units have a sequential read speed of up to 260MB/s and a sequential write speed of up to 180MB/s, while the 64GB model has to do it with a read speed of 220MB/s and write speed of 135MB/s.
The Torqx SSD line is one of Patriot's latest releases designed with Patriot's new cutting-edge technology that adds 64MB of DRAM cache in conjunction with its current equipped NAND technology.
"With SSD technologies becoming more 'mainstream' in the consumer market, Patriot's goal is to give their customers discretion across their purchasing preferences," says Meng J. Choo, Patriot's Flash Product Manager. "In these tough economic times, consumers are looking for options; our goal is to give them that opportunity to add new technology, and have no reservations about their decisions."
Indian students design an air-powered motorcycle
A group of Indian engineering students has invented a unique pollution free bike which runs on air pressure and does not emit carbon into the atmosphere.It takes air as fuel and emit air as exhaust.
Equipped with two compressed air cylinders, the 100cc bike currently runs at a speed of 18km per hour, but the students hope to make it faster. It's range probably is limited as well though. [via techamok].
Corsair announces 256GB SSD
Corsair today announced the launch of their Corsair Storage Solutions P256 high-performance 256GB solid-state drive (SSD).
The P256 uses specially selected Samsung MLC flash memory and a sophisticated Samsung Controller IC, coupled with 128MB of super-fast cache memory and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) support for blistering, stutter-free performance, delivering read speeds of up to 220MB/sec and write speeds of up to 200MB/sec.
The large, 256GB capacity provides ample space for the most advanced operating systems, multiple applications, and large music, photo and video collections. The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 is one of the most compatible solid-state drives available today due to the extensive validation of the Samsung controller and flash memory technology in multiple OEM systems.
The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 SSD is available immediately from Corsair
Windows 7 Release Confirmed for Dec 2009
Microsoft has finally updated the release plan for its upcoming operating system. In a press release the Redmond company mentioned that Windows 7 "will be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season," with Windows Server 2008 R2 set to come about around the same time.
"With early RC testing and extensive partner feedback we've received, Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability," said Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Windows Business at Microsoft.
Google Launches First TV Ads - For Chrome
Since Google's own web browser Chrome entered the arena last September in 2008, it only was able to convince 1.4% of the people surfing the Internet to use it as their standard browser. The initial attention Google got from the media after their launch of Chrome was not enough to help the Internet search giant to gain more popularity and to further increase their market share in the browser market.
Hence, Google announced a "Google TV Ads campaign" in order to raise awareness for their browser, on their official blog:
"So today, we
NVIDIA nForce 15.37 WHQL Windows 7 released
NVIDIA certainly is busy offering good Windows 7 support. Here you can find the latest Windows 7 WHQL nForce platform drivers.
Windows 7 32/64-bit Driver Versions:
- GPU Driver (v185.85) WHQL
- Ethernet Driver (v73.06) WHQL
- Network Management Tools (v73.05) "Sedona"
- SATAIDE Driver (v188.8.131.52) WHQL
- SATARAID Driver (v184.108.40.206) WHQL
- RAIDTOOL Application (v220.127.116.11)
- SMU Driver (v1.67) WHQL
- Installer (v7.01)
- nForce 980a
- nForce 780a
- nForce 760i SLI
- nForce 750a
- nForce 740i SLI
- nForce 730i - GeForce 9400/GeForce 9300
- nForce 730a - GeForce 8300/8200
- nForce 720i
- nForce 720a - GeForce 8100
- nForce 630i -GeForce 7150
- nForce 630i - GeForce 7100
- nForce 610i - GeForce 7050
* update, added 15.35 for broader support as well
Gigabyte launches 9800 GT completely passive
Hardware manufacturer Gigabyte is releasing a GeForce 9800 GT Green Edition. Apparently the passive cooler received an upgrade and has been improved on several points. A bigger copper base and three heatpipes. Next to that this 9800 GT now is equipped with 1 GB of graphics memory.
The claims are bold, the temperature would be eighteen degrees C lower than a standard cooler.
The card is also made under the UD3 (ultra durable 3) technology with solid Japanese capacitors, ferrite chokes. Pricing seems to be a tad higher than expected, but at 135 EUR, it's not bad really. In fact it might be a fun card for a HTPC.
Cyberbullying Bill Introduced In US Congress
The beginning of April 2009, the so-called "Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act" (H.R. 1966), was re-introduced to the US Congress by Rep. Linda Sanchez and is supported by at least 14 other congressmen. The bill is named after Megan Meier, a teenager who committed suicide after allegedly being harassed on the popular social networking web site MySpace.
Anybody bullying others via electronic communications could possibly become a felon, according to the bill: "Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."
Despite that, the bill seems to be written very vague, which could possibly lead to a situation in which every criticizing comment could be interpreted in that regard and is thus creating a lot of criticism itself.
Thief 4 Officially Announced
More than four years after the last game in the Thief series was released in 2004 in the form of "Thief - Deadly Shadows", Eidos Montreal revealed that they are officially working on a sequel, called Thief 4 or "THI4F", and published its corresponding web site, today.
"We're in the early development stages for Thief 4, but this is an incredibly ambitious project and a very exciting one. It's too early for us to offer any specific game details, right now we are focused on recruiting the very best talent to join the core team at the studio and help us make, what we believe will be one of the most exciting games on the market." said Stephane D'Astous - general manager at Eidos Montreal.
In the Thief series you are playing in the role of Garrett, a thief, in a fantasy world, during medieval times.
MaxxPI 2 benchmark v1.36
MSI launches new X58 Pro-E mainboard with DrMOS
Since the release of the MSI Eclipse mainboards which received wide acclamation from gamers everywhere, MSI has now launched the MSI X58 Pro-E to satisfy the top-category of gamers and overclockers. Not only supplying DrMOS and APS power saving solutions, the MSI X58 Pro-E also equips a set of unique features like Split Thermal system, OC Switch, M-Flash, eSATA and True Blu-ray audio which guarantees a new highlight in price-performance. Furthermore, this mainboard is suitable for 3-way SLI & CrossFireX Graphics.
- MSI DrMOS & APS
For a great balance between high performance and power efficiency, MSI X58 Pro-E is equipped with the 2nd generation, true 5-phase MSI DrMOS power design and APS (Active Phase Switching). The board is very power efficient as MSI APS switches the phases of the CPU and also of the chipset and memory.
- Split Thermal System
MSI X58 Pro-E is equipped with a new Split Thermal system which combines great looks with high performance. Compared to the former Split Thermal system, the new design is attached to the PCB with metal screws instead of push-pins which improves the stability and heat dissipation.
- MSI Easy OC Switch
MSI X58 Pro-E can be overclocked with the Easy OC Switch. This is the fastest and easiest solution to adjust the CPU frequency and clock speeds. By breaking various overclocking levels into sections, the switch allows the user to shift to different levels of performance without opening the BIOS.
- 3-way Graphics Technology
MSI X58 Pro-E has three PCIe 2.0 slots providing the maximum bandwidth for 3-way graphics, such as Nvidia 3-way SLI and ATI CrossFireX and for a great gaming experience.
- BIOS backup solution: M-Flash
Realtek HD Audio 2.23 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it supposedly runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
You can download it here.
Point of View nettop based on NVIDIA Ion platform
Soon after ASRock came out with an NVIDIA Ion-based nettop PC, Point of View announced its own nettop based on NVIDIA's Ion platform.
Next to the ION motherboard announcment, POV now also will offer a Nettop. Like the earlier Ion nettop this one offers option of single core as well as dual core version of Intel's Atom processor. Other features include 2GB of DDR2 memory, 160GB SATA hard drive, an integrated slim DVD Burner, 8x USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, a 60W power supply, DVI, HDMI and VGA outputs. No word on pricing.
The system is ready to provide users with a choice for a single-core Atom 230 or a dual-core Atom 330 processor. Based on the MCP7A-ION chipset, the mini PC comes with support for 2GB of DDR2 memory, a 160GB SATA hard drive, an integrated slim-line DVD-RW, 8 USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, a 60W power supply, DVI, HDMI and VGA outputs and an M-ITX form factor. The system measures 185x250x70mm and features a rather plain design.
The company will launch two motherboards, featuring the ION chipset. The difference between the two is that one will be featured with the single-core Atom 230 processor, while the other will be powered by the dual-core Atom 330. Additional features include support for a maximum of 2GB of DDR2 memory, a PCI-Express x16 slot, four SATA ports, a Realtek ALC662 5.1-channel audio chip, optical SPDIF output, six USB ports, DVI, HDMI and D-Sub connectivity, Gigabit LAN and a 24-pin power connector.
There aren't any details on the pricing and availability of the Point of View ION Mini PC.
Mini HDMI connector prototype revealed (photo)
You all know mini USB of course, but it looks like there might be another miniature version of a standard plug on the way. It
NVIDIA updates CUDA for developer
NVIDIA has released version 2.2 of the CUDA toolkit and SDK. The new version of CUDA profiles C coded applications to use the computers GPU in addition to the CPU. This can enhance the computer's overall processing speed. The update also includes the ability to zero-copy, or to read and write directly from pinned system memory rather than send it through the graphics memory system. Using the technique requires either a GeForce 9300/9400 (or 9400M) integrated graphics core or else a GeForce GT 200 series board.
CUDA 2.2 also lets multiple GPUs access the same system memory information. This feature, Pinned Shared System, results in less overall memory being used as multiple processors access the same bits. The update aims to deliver improved performance of OpenGL applications running on Quadro GPUs by splitting OpenGL graphics functions on to different GPUs. In the Windows version, support for Windows 7 is also new; Mac OS X support remains and sees all the new features.
Using most features requires a GeForce 8 series graphics chipset or later.
Apple hopes to eventually promote a transition from vendor-specific technology like CUDA to OpenCL, its self-created but universal standard for general-purpose computing on GPUs and multi-core CPUs. More here.
EU wants to extend warranty to software
Interesting, the European Commission has proposed to extend the EU consumer protections for physical products to software. If the proposal becomes law, software companies could be held responsible for security and efficiency problems of their products.
Commissioners Viviane Reding and Meglena Kuneva have proposed that EU consumer protections for physical products be extended to software. The suggested change in the law is part of an EU action agenda put forward by the commissioners after identifying gaps in EU consumer protection rules.
A priority area for possible EU action is "extending the principles of consumer protection rules to cover licensing agreements of products like software downloaded for virus protection, games, or other licensed content," according to the commissioners' agenda. "Licensing should guarantee consumers the same basic rights as when they purchase a good: the right to get a product that works with fair commercial conditions."
You can read more about this at CNET.