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Monday, September 30, 2013

Jabra STONE3 Bluetooth Headset

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   Although smartphones have advanced quite a bit over the past few years and have reached a point where some models are one and the same as a tablet in terms of size there's one peripheral that follows suit in terms of technological advancement, Bluetooth wireless headsets. Of course instead of increasing their size (which would be quite easy actually) scientists around the world do their best to shrink those devices so they are easier to carry and use. However what i really enjoy is the latest trend which has many Bluetooth wireless headsets accompanied by carrying cases that double as portable battery packs providing enough juice for up to 5 full recharge cycles. Now this may sound as a bit overkill to some people (perhaps even useless) but such battery packs make it very simple for you to have a Bluetooth wireless headset in your backpack or in your cars glove compartment at all times without worrying that the battery may die out (once i left the Plantronics Voyager Legend UC in my backpack for 5 weeks and it still was full on battery when i used it). The STONE line of Bluetooth wireless headsets by Jabra dates back to 2009 and it was amongst the very first to feature a portable battery for recharging while on the road. Well 4 years later and after the launch of the quite successful STONE2 roughly 2 years ago Jabra is releasing the STONE3.

   Jabra is the brand of GN Netcom, a subsidiary of GN Store Nord A/S (GN) - listed on NASDAQ OMX. Jabra employs approximately 850 people worldwide and in 2011 produced an annual revenue which amounted to DKK 2,106 million. Jabra is a world leader in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of a broad range of hands-free communications solutions. With a reputation for innovation, reliability, and ease of use that goes back more than two decades, Jabra’s consumer and business divisions produce corded and wireless headsets, plus mobile and in-office speakerphones that empower individuals and businesses through increased freedom of movement, comfort, and functionality.

      Since the design of the STONE Bluetooth wireless headset never was a problem for Jabra (besides a stone is a stone) the new STONE3 has but a few differences compared to the previous STONE2 the most important of which is the Bluetooth version used (STONE2 was v2.1 compatible while STONE3 supports v3.0). Now as some of you know Bluetooth v3.0 is much faster than its predecessors (as is the new v4.0) so it can transfer files and data with more ease and at the same time it's also more power efficient. Of course since we are talking about a Bluetooth Wireless Headset this upgrade doesn't really make much of a difference (although i always like it when manufacturers update their product lines with more up to date standards) so it's quite fortunate that Jabra also improved on the speaker of the STONE3 since this time over they gave it a wideband driver (HD/Digital) as opposed to the narrowband driver (analog) of the STONE2 (this change may have only been possible due to Bluetooth v3.0 which makes sense actually). The STONE3 also features the latest NFC (Near Field Communication) standard which the user to pair it with a compatible smartphone or tablet just by placing it onto that device. Aside that however the STONE3 still carries a wealth of features also found in the STONE2 such as Audio DSP (Digital Signal Processing), dual microphones with Noise Blackout, voice activation and of course the same portable battery pack (or charging stone as Jabra calls it). Since the basic features of the STONE3 are identical with that of the STONE2 the only thing we are curious about is the HD audio offered (digital vs analog) to see whether or not the STONE3 is a worthy successor to the very good STONE2 Bluetooth Wireless Headset.

Via Nikktech

Cyanogen raises $7 million in funding, eyes down Windows Phone

Cyanogen has secured $7 million in venture funding from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures, with the main goal of CyanogenMod becoming a major player in the mobile OS arena.

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A major player, you ask? Yes: Cyanogen wants to compete directly with the big boys, and wants to overtake Windows Phone and BlackBerry to become the third most used mobile OS in the world. The statement comes directly from Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster, who talked to The Verge, where he said: "There's always been lot of talk around who's going to be the third dominant mobile computing platform. Windows Phone would probably be No. 3 now. If you look at what our actual user base is, we might be equal to or greater than that."

Cyanogen founder Steve Kondik also had something to say: "The mobile devices out there, they're just not meant for anybody to use. They're essentially mobile cash registers. We want to help you get stuff done, and use these things to their fullest potential."

Google unveils Calico, 'a new company focused on health'


Calico is a new project from Google, and a mysterious, but wonderful project from the Mountain View-based giant. Google explains Calico as "a new company focused on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases."

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No one knows what Calico will be doing exactly, but it's interesting to note that Calico's CEO, Art Levinson, is a chairman over at Apple - Google's main competitor. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, has had a say in Google's press release, where he said: "For too many of our friends and family, life has been cut short or the quality of their life is too often lacking."

Cook praised Google's choice in Levinson, who is also the chairman and former CEO of biotech company Genentech, as well as the director of its parent company, Hoffman-Le Roche. Google's CEO, Larry Page, took to his Google+ page where he said: "OK ... so you're probably thinking wow! That's a lot different from what Google does today. But as we explained in our first letter to shareholders, there's tremendous potential for technology more generally to improve people's lives."

Sunday, September 29, 2013

iOS 7 bug lets you bypass the lockscreen to access photos, e-mail


If you're one of the many millions of people who have just updated your iOS device to iOS 7, you might want to read this news. There is a rather large security hole in Apple's latest mobile OS, which lets anyone access your device directly from the lockscreen.


The video above shows just how easy it is to bypass the lockscreen, where all someone has to do is access your iDevice's "control center" and then open up the alarm clock. It sounds stupidly easy, and that's the problem. Holding the phone's sleep button will bring up the option to power the device off with a single swipe, but instead someone can tap "cancel," double click the home button and access the device's multitasking screen.

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This gives the person access to the device's e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, photos, and Flickr account. Apple knows of the issue, and said to Forbes: "takes security very seriously and we're aware of this issue. We'll deliver a fix in a future software update."

There is a way to stop someone from accessing your device if it is locked, by not allowing the control center to appear in your lockscreen by going into settings and removing it.

Nexus 5 model unveiled as LG-D820, two models included


Slowly waiting in the darkness with a dagger is Google's Nexus 5 smartphone, which will be manufactured by LG. But now it seems that two LG Nexus 5 versions have received Wi-Fi certification.

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The two models in question are the LG-D820_C and LG-D820_S. I'm hoping the choice of model numbers is deliberate, as we have two models with "S" and "C", just like the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Nice work there, LG/Google. We should see the new Nexus 5 smartphones featuring dual-band Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac as well as Wi-Fi Direct support. We are hoping to see the Nexus 5 unveiled on October 14 with Android 4.4 KitKat.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Google sells out of its Nexus 4 in the US, won't be making a comeback

Google is sold out of its Nexus 4 smartphone in the United States, which should excite everyone. A "trusted source with knowledge of the company's plans" told The Verge that this is the end of the Nexus 4 in the US.

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There are a few Nexus 4 smartphones with other countries' Google Play Stores, but they're now sold out in the United States. This is great news, as it means that Google should be primed to unleash its Nexus 5 smartphone any day/week/month now. We've been hearing more and more about the Nexus 5, with a tease at the Android 4.4 KitKat unveiling, and another tease just earlier on tonight.

We will bring you more details on the Nexus 5 as it happens, so stay tuned, folks!

Apple allows developers to start submitting 64-bit apps for iPhone 5S

It looks like that A7 processor Apple is baking into each and every iPhone 5S is about to get used a helluva lot more. The Cupertino-based giant is now allowing app developers to submit 64-bit apps for the iPhone 5S. Developers with apps that work on both iOS 6 and iOS 7 will be limited to 32-bit for the time being, but the company is set to support a single app binary for both 32- and 64-bit apps rolling into October.

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You can submit 64-bit apps for iOS 7 today that take advantage of the power of iPhone 5s. Xcode can build your app with both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries included so it works across all devices running iOS 7. If you wish to continue to support iOS 6 then you will need to build for 32-bit only. Next month we will be making changes that will allow you create a single app binary that supports 32-bit on iOS 6, as well as 32-bit and 64-bit on iOS 7.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Transcend Ultimate 64GB SDXC Memory Card Review

As HD video recording becomes increasingly popular, the need for high density storage follows. For this reason, we have seen many manufacturers start to increase the capacity of their SD and Compact Flash cards to accommodate this demand. One of these companies is Transcend, which has sent over one of its latest top tier offerings in the Ultimate line-up.

Today I will be going over the 64GB Ultimate SDXC memory card from Transcend. This card carries both a Class 10 and UHS-I speed rating, with marketing specifications of 90 MB/s read. Additionally, as with all Transcend memory products, you will find yourself with a free copy of RecoveRX, along with the SDXC card backed by a lifetime warranty.

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The Transcend Ultimate was delivered to us in its retail form, which you can see in its entirety above the review text. Here we found the card inside plastic packaging.

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Looking at the card, we first notice the capacity at 64GB printed on the card in bold font. Above this, we find the Class 10 and UHS I logos, and of course the SDXC and 600x as well.

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The bottom or back of the card shows the nine pin connection, which is standard for the SD format.

To test SD cards we utilize the same benchmarks we use for Flash Drives. These include CrystalDiskMark, ATTO and DiskBench. The card reader utilized in these test is the SanDisk ImageMate AIO. We have also included Price/Performance to aide in your purchase decision. All prices are updated for each review and come from reputable retailers listed on the manufacturers "Where to Buy" list.

Apple to announce new iPads, Macs on October 15


It looks like Apple is set to hopefully impress us this time, with rumors circling of a special press event on October 15 that will see refreshed iPads and Macs unveiled.

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We should expect another iPad and hopefully, Retina iPad mini unveiled. The fifth-generation iPad should stay mostly the same, something we should be used to from Apple now, and sport a redesigned look matching its iPad mini. The iPad mini on the other hand, should also not be changed that much, apart from a much-needed injection of pixels onto its screen.

The Mac refresh should be much more interesting, where we should finally see Intel's Haswell range of processors baked into Apple's notebooks. We should also see the new machines running Apple's latest and greatest desktop OS, OS X Mavericks.

Google opens up Wallet to almost all Android phones on every carrier

Google pushed out a major update to Google Wallet for Android that greatly expands the app's availability on various Android-based smartphones. Google Wallet is now available for all devices running Android 2.3 or higher even if they don't feature NFC functionality.

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This update comes after Google upgraded the functionality of Wallet to include direct money transfers similar to PayPal without the fees. Users can now transfer cash to anyone with an email address within the United States once the sender has linked his bank account to Google Wallet. Funds can also come from your existing Google Wallet balance, but if a Debit or Credit Card is used, extra fees may occur.

Google has also allowed loyalty cards from retailers to be added to Wallet by scanning or entering the barcode on the back of each card. The biggest change for Google Wallet, however, is that it is finally available on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Do you use Google wallet? I have used it a few times, but usually forget it is there and just swipe my card instead.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

EUROCOM X3: high performance VGA upgradeable Gaming Notebook Beast with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, Intel Core i7-4930MX, 32 GB memory



Eurocom, (www.eurocom.com) is launching the X3 gaming laptop to satisfy the most hardcore users.

The custom built gaming optimized 15.6” EUROCOM X3 is powered by 4th Generation Intel Core i7 and i7 Extreme Processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M and AMD Radeon HD 8970M graphics.

“Gamers rejoice, the X3 is the most powerful 15.6” gaming notebook on earth, with the most powerful AMD and NVIDIA graphics combined with 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Extreme processors” Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

The Eurocom Product Marketing Team recently uploaded an X3 promotional video to YouTube:

The custom built X3 allows customers to build the exact system they desire.  Performance is unmatched with 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Extreme processors as well as next generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M and AMD Radeon HD 8970M graphics.  Having the ability to add up to 32 GB DDR3-1600 memory ensures nothing will slow these gaming beasts down.  To store the latest games and software the X3 supports up to 5 storage drives, with 2 mSATA solid state drives waiting for fast boot up times and blazing responsiveness.

Personalize your own X3 weapon with a custom backlit keyboard, with 7 colours, 3 zones and 8 modes you have the ability to dominate and stand out.  A sleek, customizable light illuminates the keyboard, hinting at the power held within the aggressively designed chassis.

Enjoying the latest game is all about visuals and sound.  The X3 supports beautiful full high definition 1080p 1920x1080 matte displays.  High definition audio, ONKYO sound and Sounds Blaste X-Fi enable users to hear the enemy creeping up behind them.

AMD Radeon HD 8970M vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M Benchmarks
Eurocom tested the 8970M and 780M graphics card in the X line of gaming notebooks with the following results.
       8970M / 780M
3DMark Vantage: P25337 / P33813

3DMark 11: P7207 / P7951

Unigine Heaven 4.0 fps: 48.6 / 57.1
Unigine Heaven 4.0 Score: 1223 / 1438

Unigine Heaven 3.0 fps: 75.6 / 97.4
Unigine Heaven 3.0 Score: 1906 / 2454

Cinebench 11.5 OpenGL: 112.1 / 77.17

SPECviewperf 11 64 bit
Catia-03: 12.65 / 13.27
Ensight-04: 51.47 / 47.04
Lightwave-01: 34.81 / 21.88
Maya-03: 16.83 / 16.34
Proe-05: 4.81 / 1.72
Sw-02: 35.85 / 13.28
Tcvis-02: 9.32 / 1.19
Snx-01: 16.19 / 4.31

EUROCOM X3 Specifications:
•       Display: 15.6-inch FHD 1920-by-1080 pixels; Matte or Glossy; LED Backlit Display
•       Chipset: Intel HM87 (Haswell)Mobile Express Chipset
•       Processor: 4th Generation Intel Mobile i7 Core; up to i7-4930MX Extreme
•       Memory: up to 32GB; DDR3-1600; 4 RAM sockets
•       VGA Technology: MXM 3.0b; Easy to Upgrade; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, 770M and 765M with Optimus and Turbo Boost 2.0; AMD Radeon HD8970M
•       Storage: up to 5 drives; 2x HDD/SSD (SATA3) + 2x mSATA (SATA3) + 1x HDD/SSD via ODD Bay (SATA2); RAID 0/1/5/10
•       Card Reader: 9-in-1 MMC/RSMMC/SD/miniSD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo
•       Optical Drive: DVD-RW or Blu Ray-RW or extra HDD/SSD
•       Keyboard: Illuminated, backlit with customizable 7-colours
•       Webcam: 2M FHD 1920x1080; 30fps; with Samsung HD sensor
•       Audio System: Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3; external 7.1CH audio output; headphone out, microphone in, S/PDIF and Line-in port; two built-in ONKYO Speakers (2.2W)+ Subwoofer (2.5W)
•       Ports: DisplayPort 1.2; HDMI out; Mini Display 1.2; 1x eSATA/USB 3.0; 3x USB 3.0 (1x Powered USB AC/DC); 1x USB 2.0; S/PDIF; Headphone; Mic; Line-in; Firewire-400; RJ45 (LAN)
•       Weight and dimensions: 3.3kg (7.26lbs); WxDxH 375x268x22-45mm (15x10.72x0.88-1.8 inch)

G.Skill breaks world record for fastest quad channel DDR3: 4072MHz


G.Skill has broken yet another world record in the world of high-performance memory. In just a week after the official release of Intel's Ivy Bridge-E processors, G.Skill has managed to push the limits of its quad-channel DDR3 memory to extreme limits never before seen.

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G.Skill has managed to overclock a 16GB kit (4x4GB) of its TridentX line of DDR3 to an astronomical clock speed of 4072MHz. The company says this is the first instance of a quad-channel DDR3 memory kit breaking the 4GHz barrier. The amazing feat was accomplished with the aid of an Intel Core i7-4960 CPU and an ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard. The overclock was achieved with a healthy dose of extreme cooling provided by liquid nitrogen.

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Another look at the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone


We were greeted with quite the tease a few weeks back of the Nexus 5, at the time when Android 4.4 KitKat was announced. But between now and then the teases have slowed down, that is, until now.


The latest news on the Nexus 5 smartphone is a quick video of the device, which seems to be running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and not what most expected: Android 4.4 KitKat. We should still expect to see a 5-inch (or bigger) Full HD display, mixed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC and Android 4.4 KitKat. I'm guessing that the Nexus 5 in this video is running an older OS because it's an older prototype of the N5, maybe?

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

LUXA2 Groovy Wireless Stereo Speaker Review

LUXA2 describes itself as a 'premier designer and manufacturer of unique and functional mobile accessories', and that is what it's trying to deliver with the Groovy Wireless Stereo Speaker that we're looking here.

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LUXA2 makes countless mobile accessories, ranging from smartphone cases to portable batteries, to this portable, Bluetooth wireless speaker sets. LUXA2 probably isn't the first company you'd think of when looking at the portable speaker market, but if the Groovy Wireless Stereo Speaker is anything to go by, you might want to start paying attention. LUXA2 has a stylish, light, 'groovy' and very capable wireless stereo speaker on its hands, so let's jump right into the review.

LUXA2 has provided its Groovy Wireless Stereo Speaker with some decent specifications, where we have Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity and an 1800mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery. The Groovy Wireless Stereo Speaker features a beautiful brushed aluminum body, and includes a leather carry handle, which is interchangeable with a spare handle that comes in the package.

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Connectivity is extended from Bluetooth to include wired connectivity in case your device doesn't feature Bluetooth, so LUXA2 has provided an auxiliary input. LUXA2 has made the midrange and woofer from polyethylene fiber glass, which gives it some punch in the audio department, considering it's both portable and light.

One of the extra features that LUXA2 has given the Groovy speaker is the ability for it to act as a speakerphone. This just involves your smartphone being connected to the Groovy speaker through Bluetooth, and then once you're in a call, the audio will blast out of the Groovy speakers, and pick up your voice through its built-in microphone.

Nokia's upcoming Sirius tablet is quite serious if new leak is true

We learned just a little bit more about Nokia's upcoming RM-114 tablet. It appears that the device will be renamed to the Sirius and will feature a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor with graphics being augmented by an Adreno 330 GPU.


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Recently leaked benchmark results point to the name change and lead us to believe that the tablet will in fact run a version of Windows 8. Additionally, rumors are surfacing that suggest the tablet will sport a 10.1-inch 1920x1080 resolution screen with technology allowing it to be viewed under bright sunlight. 2GB of RAM is said to be present alongside 32GB of internal storage, which can be augmented by a microSD card.

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Rumors also suggest that the tablet will optionally feature a QWERTY keyboard-equipped cover with an embedded battery that will increase the tablet's uptime from 10 hours to 15+ hours. Industry experts are widely expecting to see the Nokia Sirius released on September 26 during the Lumia 1520 phablet launch event.

Mark Zuckerberg now worth $19 billion, now the 20th richest American

Mark Zuckerberg has once again reclaimed the number 20 spot on Forbes 400 Richest Americans list. He previously held the spot back in 2011 but fell to number 36 in 2012 after Facebook's IPO flopped. Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Facebook, the world's largest social network.

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Last year, Zuckerberg's net worth was reported at $9.4 billion, but in the last year this figure has more than doubled with a newly reported net worth of $19 billion, which landed the number 20 spot on the Forbes list. This new wealth comes after Facebook stock has risen from an all time low of $17.55 in 2012 to an all time high of more than $45 per share last week.

Zuckerberg is among good company with Bill Gates taking the top spot at $72 billion, Jeff Bezos who is ranked number 12 with $27.1 million, and he pushes out Steve Ballmer who is now rated number 21 with a net worth of $18 billion. Other notables on the list include: Google's Larry page at $24.9 billion and his colleague Sergey Brin who is worth a mere $24.4 billion.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Samsung Introduces New Smart Oven‏

Samsung today announced the introduction of its new Smart Oven (MC32F606), featuring a range of smart features such as sensor technology, high-quality cooking performance and a sleek aesthetic, all designed to provide convenience for busy households and also allows consumers to save time and effort when preparing healthy, great-tasting meals.

The new Slim Fry Smart Oven (MC32F606) includes a range of smart features such as sensor technology, high-quality cooking performance and a sleek aesthetic, all designed to provide convenience for busy households, and allow consumers to save themselves time and effort when preparing healthy, great-tasting meals.

The Samsung Smart Oven (MC32F606) is now available at $649 at major consumer electronics stores.

For more information, please refer to the attached media release. High-res images can be downloaded via this link: https://edelmanftp.box.com/s/0mwgmasp3yx98fs00ix1

Key Highlights of the Slim Fry Smart Oven (MC32F606):
·         Features Slim Fry technology which prepares crisp meals without the use of additional oil, eliminating excess fat
·         The Smart Multi Sensor Technology reads the food’s surface temperature each second and judges whether the cooking stages are complete based on surface temperature. This eliminates over-or under-cooked meals as it cooks any dish at the appropriate temperature
·        Includes pre-programmed recipes make whipping up meals a breeze while the yogurt maker mode removes the need for a separate device to whip up healthy yogurt for breakfast, dinner or dessert
·         A ceramic enamel surface provides a durable interior that allows grease and oil to be easily cleaned off

Google acquires mobile startup Bump for $30 million

Tech startup Bump announced that it has been acquired by Google in what industry analysts say is a deal worth between $30 million and $60 million. Bump was the first app that allowed users to "bump" their iPhones together to automagically transfer files from one phone to the other.


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The original app has been downloaded over 100 million times. In the years, the company has expanded to feature a group photo sharing app called Flock. While the price tag of $30 million seems to be a home run for the company, it had already raised about $20 million from backers including Sequoia Capital, making the deal not so sweet.

"Bump and Flock will continue to work as they always have for now," Bump CEO David Lieb wrote in a blog post today. With the company now being owned by Google, it leaves many industry insiders to believe that we will see deep integration of Bump's IP into Android 5.0


"The Bump team has demonstrated a strong ability to quickly build and develop products that users love, and we think they'll be a great fit at Google," said a Google representative. Google declined to comment further on where it will integrate the Bump team at Google.

PS4 is 50% faster than the Xbox One


Well, well, shots fired from a certain developer according to an interview with game developers that Edge spoke to, who said that the PlayStation 4 runs most non-optimized games 50% faster than the Xbox One. Edge's sources have said that memory reads are around 40-50% faster on the PS4, and the built-in Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU) is also around 50% faster.

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What will this result in for gamers? A PS4 rendering a high-quality scene at around 30FPS at 1920x1080, while the Xbox One will struggle with just 20FPS... but at just 1600x900. Edge said that one developer event went as far as saying that the Xbox One's ESRAM is a "pain." Does this news coincide with the latest reports that Microsoft has been increasing the CPU and GPU clocks speeds of the Xbox One in the weeks leading up to mass production? It would sure as hell make sense now, wouldn't it?

One developer that Edge spoke to said: "The clock speed update is not significant. It does not change things that much. Of course, something is better than nothing." Before you jump to conclusions, remember that the PS4 won't be better at everything, as this is just for "non-optimized games." The Xbox One does have some parts of its internals that are superior to the PS4, such as complicated rendering techniques like raytracing and procedural generation.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Google dumps Oracle's MySQL database in favor of MariaDB

At the Extremely Large Database conference being held in Stanford California, Google announced that it will be migrating its MySQL systems over to MariaDB. Google has assigned one of its engineers to the MariaDB foundation to aid in the migration.


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"Were running primarily on [MySQL] 5.1 which is a little outdated, and so we're moving to MariaDB 10.0 at the moment," said Google senior systems engineer Jeremy Cole in a presentation he gave on the general state of the MySQL ecosystem.

Cole said that Google has been working with the MariaDB foundation since the beginning of the year in an effort to make the migration over to MariaDB as smooth as possible. He went on to say that the migration involves thousands of MySQL servers within the Google ecosystem and that Google's MySQL team is looking forward to working with the SkySQL MariaDB team to advance the reliability and feature set of MariaDB.

MUSHKIN SCORPION DELUXE PCIE SSD REVIEW (480GB)

Imagine that you could simply plug a PCIe SSD into your PC and immediately realize performance of over 2GB/s data transfer speeds.  For the average PC user that may not seem like much, but for the media professional, or even enthusiast, being able to manipulate and move large amounts of media in seconds can save both time and money, as well as providing some pretty decent bragging rights. Our last PCIe SSD review saw the KingSpec 1TB MultiCore PCIe SSD transfer 29 HD video files in 36 seconds which is just over a second per.
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Today, we’re bringing you an exclusive look at the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe ‘LSI SandForce Driven’ PCIe SSD and not only are we going to stand it beside the KingSpec for comparison, but also, we’ve thrown in our all time favorite OCZ Revo 3×2 PCIe SSD just for kicks.  Hows this picture of all three PCIe SSDs running simultaneously look?  Here’s a bit of confirmation from the OS itself…
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The reality of the PCIe world, at least at the enthusiast to small business level, is that finding an affordable, reliable and easily installed solution was next to impossible.  For the most part, the OCZ Revo 3×2 has done very well with little to know competition, it’s recent EOL designation perhaps an indication that the OCZ Vector PCIe is just about ready for prime time.  Even preliminary vector specs, however, don’t touch what the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe is claiming today.  More than ever though, pricing is going to be a key factor as the PCIe SSD contingent grows.
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The Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe is a PCI Express x8 SSD that is available in capacities of 240, 480, 960, and 1920GB.  Sold with a three year limited warranty, performance specifications are listed at 2160MB/s read and 1960MB/s write with up to 107K IOPS at 4k aligned write disk access.  To our knowledge, these specs make this SSD the fastest single form factor SSD that can be purchased from e-tailers such as Amazon, NCIX and…that other popular internet hardware outlet.
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The operating temperature is listed as being from 0-70DegC and we measured the outer casing at just over 60DegC when we were testing at steady state 4K access.  As we received an e-mail from an ecstatic new Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe owner just prior to publishing, availability should be ramping up at most major e-tailers soon enough.  Pricing could be found at $559 (240GB). $794 (480GB) and $1276 (960GB) but we couldn’t find a suggested price for the 2TB capacity.
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Apple hit with iWatch delays due to low yields


Samsung may have already announced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Omate has impressed the world with its TrueSmart 'smartwatch 2.0' device, but it looks like the previous market leader, Apple, may be behind considerably with its own smartwatch, the iWatch.

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DigiTimes has released a new article stating that the Cupertino-giant, who just launched its new iPhone 5S andiPhone 5C smartphones, is experiencing low yield-rate problems, with upstream supply chain sources of DigiTimes stating that Apple is only receiving 30-40% of its original order volumes: "The iWatch is built using powder metallurgy technology and then processed by CNC equipment. Since Apple requires the iWatch be thin and light and still features an elegant design, it has been known that this will pose a great challenge to the device's chassis suppliers as well as related component makers and back-end process service providers."

Apple is expected to launch its iWatch device sometime in mid-2014, with manufacturers Inventec and Quanta Computer the companies behind the manufacturing muscle for the iWatch.