Commodore Is Back and Targeting the Smartphone Market With New Android Phone

For those of you too young to know who Commodore is, you should know that it was a big tech company back in the ’80s who went into the Guinness record for selling thousands of Commodore 64 desktop units daily. The craze for the Commodore 64 was so big that it was named ‘the single biggest-selling computer ever’, selling around 17 millions worldwide.

But enough about what the company did in the past, let us focus on the present and the future. If you thought Commodore’s days are over, think again! There have been a bit of confusion when Commodore Amiga, a potential Apple Mac Mini rival, was announced back in 2012, but we haven’t heard anything about it since then and it also seems the Commodore USA website which delivered the latter information went offline.

However, the latest news from Commodore is that the company seems to shift its focus on the smartphone market. Besides the Commodore 64, their first desktop computer was named Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor). Well, their first ever smartphone bears the same name, so say hello to Commodore’s new PET smartphone!

The new, improved and ‘miniaturized’ version of the PET seems to be running on Android 5.0 and features a 5.5-inch IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution display. In terms of performance, it comes with a Mediatek 64-bit Octa-Core CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz and features the ARM Mali T760 GPU. Even the battery seems promising, coming with a huge 3,000 mAh pack.

Other features consist of a 13-megapixel back camera made by Sony, with a f/2.0 aperture, being able to snap pictures at a resolution of up to 4096×2304 pixels and record 1080p HD videos. There is also a 8-megapixel front camera with an 80° wide-angle, which can also be triggered by the side shutter button. You won’t be disappointed in terms of connectivity either, having the handset come with dual-sim support, 4G LTE compatibility.

To bring forth the nostalgia of old times, Commodore said to have built in a VICE C64 emulator and the Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulator and is working with some software developers to port its old ’80 Commodore games to the latest PET handset. So now that some, if not all of you are excited about the information, let’s move on to the most important bit… when will we see it on the market? You’ll be more hyped by that information.

The Commodore PET is said to launch later this week in two versions. The ‘light’ version is said to feature 2GB of RAM, 16 GB storage and be priced at around $300, while a higher-end version will be featuring 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage and a price tag of $365. In terms of storage space, you should know that the handset is said to already be fitted with a 32GB microSD card, but information states it can support microSD cards of up to 64GB. So, this means you can get your very one portable Commodore PET with a total of either 80 or 96 GB, depending on what model you fancy.

The initial launch will be in Europe with the first countries to see the handset named to be Italy, France, Germany, and Poland, but more are bound to be added to the list in the near future. Given the old Commodore fans are still out there, demands for the new PET smartphone is likely to build up really quick. Will you order one? Let us know!

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Microsoft May Release Two Variants of Intel Core M Broadwell-Powered Surface Pro 4

There have been a lot of talks about Apple’s upcoming iPad, the iPad Pro, which is said to be a device more oriented to the business side rather than the multimedia/entertainment market. However, Microsoft is looking to release an equal rival this year too.

The company is said to be working on a new Surface Pro 4, which may pick up where its predecessor left off. There might be two variant of the device, a 12-inch and a 14-inch model, both featuring a 2160 x 1440 resolution.

Under the hood, the Surface Pro 4 is said to boast Intel’s latest Core M Broadwell silicon-based 14nm technology CPU, which would make the tablet one of the first full-powered mobile devices shipping without a cooling fan. This rumor would most likely lead to the conclusion that the tablet will be much thinner and with a longer battery life.

While memory and storage is yet to be confirmed, speculations lead to the tablet coming with 8 or maybe even 16 GB of RAM and even bigger SSD storage than its predecessor. Microsoft is to be planning on releasing its new Surface Pro 4 in late Q2 2015.

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Intel Reveals Details Regarding Intel’s “Knights Landing” Xeon Phi Coprocessor

Intel has announcement the ‘Knights Landing’ Xeon Phi Coprocessor late last year, having released very few details about the lineup back then. As time passes, details are bound to be revealed and Intel is said to start shipping the series next year. This is why Intel apparently has decided to reveal some more details regarding the ‘Knights Landing’ Xeon Phi Coprocessor.

The announcement from last year points to the Knights Landing taking the jump from Intel’s enhanced Premium 1 P54C x86 cores and moving on to the more modern Silvermont x86 cores, significantly increasing the single threaded performance. Furthermore, the cores are said to incorporate AVX units, allowing AVX-512F operations and provide bulk Knight Landing’s compute power.

Intel is said to offer 72 cores in Knight Landing CPUs, with double-precision FP63 performance expected to reach 3 TFLOPS, having the CPUs boasting the 14nm technology. While this is somewhat old news, Intel revealed some more insights at the ISC 2014.

During the conference, Intel stated that the company is required to change the 512-bits and GDDR5 memory present in the current Knights Corner series. This is why Intel and Micron have apparently struck a deal to work on a more advanced memory variant of Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) with increased bandwidth.

Also, Intel and Micron are said to be working on a Multi-Channel DRAM (MCDRAM) specially designed for Intel’s processors, having a custom interface best suited for Knights Landing. This is said to help scale its memory support up to 16 GB if RAM while offering up to 500 GB/s memory bandwidth, a 50% increased compared to Knights Corner’s GDDR5.

The second change made to Knights Landing is said to include replacing the True Scale Fabric with Omni Scale Fabric in order to offer better performance compared to the current fabric solution. Though Intel is currently keeping this information on a down-low, traditional Xeon processors are said to benefit from this fabric change in the future as well.

Lastly, compared to Intel’s Knights Corner series, the Knights landing will be available both in PCIe and socketed form factor, mainly thanks to the MCDRAM technology. This is said to allow the CPU to be installed alongside Xeon processors on specific motherboards. The company has also emphasised that the Knights Landing version will be able to communicate directly with other CPUs with the help of Quick Patch Interconnect, compared to current PCIe interface.

In addition to the latter, having the Knights Landing socketed would also allow it to benefit from the Xeon’s NUMA capabilities, being able to share memory and memory spaces with the Xeon CPUs. Also, Knights Landing is said to be binary compatible with Haswell CPUs, having the company considering writing programs once and running them across both types of processors.

Intel is expected to start shipping the Knights Landing Xeon Psi Coprocessor somewhere around Q2 2015, having the company already lining up its first Knights Landing supercomputer deals with National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center with around 9300 Knights Landing nodes.

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14-inch Armadillo Multi-Touch Ultrabook Launched By Eurocom

Eurocom is reportedly launching the 14″ Armadillo Ultrabook, a thin, light and multi-touch enabled notebook. The 14″ notebook has a FHD 1920×1080 pixels display with 10 point multi-touch feature, maximizing user interaction with Windows 8 features with the help of multi-touch technology, scroll and select with intuitive gestures.

“The EUROCOM Armadillo is a perfect complement to our line of thin and light notebooks from 11.6″ to 15.6″ as it focuses on the pleasure of computing combined with a beautiful 14″ design. The EUROCOM Armadillo has the power, speed and slim build that can’t help but turn heads, who knew an Armadillo could be so beautiful!” said Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

The notebook weighs only two kilograms ( 4 lb. ), has a 22 mm thickness and is said to have a battery endurance of 9 hours. It is made with a sleek brushed metal exterior. It has two hard drive bays, supporting a 1.4 TB hard disk space, and can be used by combining a standard SATA-3 storage drive with a mSATA solid state drive. You can choose from an mSATA SSD of 120 GB, up to a 480 GB SSD.

In terms of specs, the Eurocom Armadillo Ultrabook can take up to 16 GB of DDR3 RAM ( 2 x 8 GB modules) boasting a frequency of 1600 MHz, having an Intel low-powered i7-4500U clocked at 1.8 GHz (with up to 3.0 GHz in turbo mode) and Intel HD Graphics 4400. There is also a 6-in-1 card reader present on the side, granting easy access to download your data, photos or videos off your memory card.

The base model for the notebook starts at a price of £624, however you can also choose to further upgrade the Ultrabook to a whooping £1748 notebook. More information about the notebook and customization can be found here.

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USB 3.0 DataTraveler Locker+ G3 For Personal Security Announced By Kingston

Kingston Digital Europe Co LLP, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company Inc., announced the launch of the DataTraveler Locker+ G3 (DTLPG3) USB 3.0 Flash drive for personal security. The new, next generation DataTraveler Locker+ G3 offers USB 3.0 speeds and a sleek durable metal casing with a built-in key loop leaving photos, personal documents and other files safe and easy to access.

Kingston’s DataTraveler Locker+ G3 password protects and hardware encrypts data giving consumers the best in personal security with USB 3.0 speed. The DTLPG3 boasts higher speeds than the previous generation DataTraveler Locker+ G2, with read speeds up to 135MB/s and write speeds up to 40MB/s. All the security is built-in with no application installation required making this drive very secure and easy to use.

“We are excited to offer a USB 3.0 drive for personal security where consumers can keep their data safe.” said Nadine Frost, Business Manager Flash. “This is a great product for someone looking to store their sensitive personal documents on a safe, easy to use and nicely designed USB drive all at an affordable price.”

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Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 Features and Specifications:

  • Hardware encryption: the best in personal security to keep your data safe
  • Superior password protection: user sets a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Easy to use: no application installation required
  • Versatile: works interchangeably between Mac OS X and Windows systems
  • Secure: drive locks down and reformats after 10 invalid login attempts
  • Stylish: durable metal casing with built-in key loop
  • Co-Logo Program available: customize DataTraveler Locker+ G3 by adding your logo and/or digital files and instantly increase your organization’s brand recognition. The Customization Program offers unique packaging, custom profiles, color adjustments, content loading and more, all with easy and convenient ordering.
  • Supports: Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Vista®, XP & Mac OS X
  • Guarantee: five-year warranty with free technical support
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Speed:
  • USB 3.0 speed:
  • 8GB: 80MB/s read, 10MB/s write
  • 16GB: 135MB/s read, 20MB/s write
  • 32GB–64GB: 135MB/s read, 40MB/s write
  • USB 2.0 speed:
  • 8GB: 30MB/s read, 10MB/s write
  • 16GB–64GB: 30MB/s read, 20MB/s write
  • Dimensions: 60.56mm x 18.6 mm x 9.75 mm
  • Minimum System Requirements:
  • USB 3.0 compliant and 2.0 compatible
  • Two (2) free consecutive drive letters required for use
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)

DataTraveler Locker+ G3 is available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities and is backed by a five-year warranty, free live technical support and Kingston reliability.

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Postage Stamp Size SSD Unveiled By Mach Extreme

Mach Xtreme Technology has just unveiled what is the smallest SATA-interface SSD on the consumer market. The new DIY SATA 2 Series SSDs are barely larger than a postage stamp, and is designed to serve as a boot drive for your operating system of choice. It is designed with hardware-modding enthusiast in mind, giving them a great tool that helps and gets the job done.

Mach Extreme says that the new DIY series uses the latest storage technology for extreme performance while offering hardware-modding enthusiast a fast, yet flexible storage solution that is 10 times smaller and lighter than a standard 2.5-inch SSD. Read speeds are said to be in the 220MB/s range while writes are performed at 80MB/s. Mach Xtreme manufacturers the DIY Series in both vertical and horizontal configurations, and packs them with storage capacities of 8GB up to 64GB.

Features:

  • SATA2 interface
  • No SATA signal cable needed
  • Driver-less Installation
  • Power Consumption: up to 1.2W
  • Max. Read Performance up to 220MB/s (64GB)
  • Max. Write Performance up to 80MB/s (64GB)
  • Dimensions: [V] 25.28 x 39.54 x 6.8mm / [H] 21.5 x 29.5 x 10.0 mm (LxWxH)
  • Weight: 6.5g [V] / 4.5g [H]
  • Certification: ROHS, CE, FCC
  • Capacity: 8GB (MXSSD2MSLD8G-V/H), 16GB (MXSSD2MSLD16G-V/H), 32GB (MXSSD2MSLD32G-V/H) and 64GB (MXSSD2MSLD64G-V/H)
  • Warranty: 2-Years

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Advanced Series USB OTG Flash Drives Announced By Monster Digital

Monster Digital has released their own version of Advanced Series dual connector Mobile USB OTG Flash Drive, helping users transfer files and perform back-ups on and to their smartphones and tablets without the need of Wi-Fi or Cloud services. Monster Digital is a leading innovator and provider of premium quality memory and storage solutions, specializing in the rapidly growing flash-based memory category.

The Advanced Series USB Flash Drives are USB On-The-Go (OTG) compatible, and vastly expand on the usefulness of mobile flash drives in today’s digital ecosystem. Most beneficial to users is the dual USB connector feature, consisting of a standard-sized type-A USB connector, as well as a micro USB connector. Micro USB is the standard format common to most Android based smartphones. So photos, media files, contact information and other vital content can easily be transferred to the drive, saved there as a back-up or, using the standard-sized USB connector, moved onto a Windows PC or Mac.

The drive also allows users to view videos and photos from smartphones, tablets or computers a large screen without any additional players or cables on TVs and other home entertainment equipment that have USB support available. Transferring and storing data over the web can sometimes be slow, unstable and unreliable. Also, the drives provide a fast, easy and cable-free option for an increasing number of users who are concerned about the privacy and security of the cloud.

The Advanced Series USB OTG Flash Drives also have multiple features to ensure a quality user experience. Advanced error correction ensures data integrity, static and dynamic wear leveling adds to the life of the drive, and both USB connectors are retractable for protection. The drives transfer files very quickly at data rates up to 80 MB/s and are also compatible with USB 2.0 devices.

The Advanced Series OTG Flash Drives are available in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB capacities at retail price of $16.99, $23.99, $39.99 and $74.99.

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Team Group To Launch The T133 Java Sparrow Flash Drive

Team Group has launched the new T133 Java Sparrow flash drive. It, as stated by Team Group, learns from nature, integrating the design with simplicity and organic life. The drive features a matte finish along with low profile and unique design. The appearance consists of striking contrast of black and orange colors, a superb and appealing combination.

Special auto-retractable device

There is a patent auto-retractable cap-less design. One push with your thumb is all you need when you are using the flash drive. The plug retracts automatically as soon as the drive is pulled out from USB port, saving all your troubles while using the device.

Combination of Java sparrow look and ergonomics

The flash drive features a unique Java sparrow design, having the beak as a button along with the special auto-retractable device, making it an amazing combination of ergonomics and craftsmanship design. Team Group also states that users will feel incredible smoothness when push it out or retract it. Whether this feature is indeed useful or not, it’s up to everyone to find out on his/her own.

Unique aesthetics of simplicity

The T133 apparently abandoned the rectangular design, and instead incorporated round corners and curved edges. The perfect curve is said to bring out the smoothness, as Team Group apparently brags about its design. The casing features a matte finish which prevents the surface from staining and scratches, having the eye-catching color combination of black and orange, along with the “thoughtful” auto-retractable device.

Team Group has the T133 in three flash drive capacities, a 16 GB model, a 32 GB model and a 64 GB model, all variations using the USB 3.0 interface. The flash drive apparently comes with a lifetime warranty as well. There is no word on pricing or availability at the moment, but should be available in the following days.

The T133 Java Sparrow full specifications can be viewed below:

Overall, the flash drive does look quite brilliant, though we wonder if its performance is as good as its exterior design.

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