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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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.

Thank you Kingston for providing us with this information
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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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Samsung Rumored To Release a Note 3 Developer Edition Handset

Sources report that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Developer Edition will be released soon. A teaser page is already live at the official Samsung site announcing the device which is expected to arrive soon. No details on the exact date or price has been revealed yet however its estimated price might be somewhere near $699.99 ( £438 ).

A developer edition is a device that usually has the same hardware as the original non-developer version the only difference is that it’s easy to unlock the bootloader. This makes it an ideal device to have for those interested in tinkering around with different custom ROMs.

The technical specs listed are mostly common to a non-developer Note 3. A 5.7″ Full HD Super AMOLED having 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Krait 400 CPU, 13MP rear and 2 MP front cameras and a 3200 mAh battery. The only difference is that the developer edition will pack 32 GB of internal storage.

Another unique feature to this model is that it is so far the only device that is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Gear. If you,as a developer, are planning to make applications which use the Galaxy Gear then this is the handset for you.

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Viper 3 Low Profile Series Memory Kits Revealed By Patriot

Patriot has revealed its latest memory which is dedicated to overclocking and extreme gaming. The Viper 3 series is about 3cm tall, providing clearance for large CPU coolers. Its heat shield does not limit CPU cooling options and provides thermal dissipation to extend the lifetime of the modules. Those who are looking for no hassle plug-and-play performance, these Viper 3 Low Profile modules provide full support for Intel XMP to make overclocking easy. Simply install the Viper 3 Low Profile Series modules in any XMP 1.3 enabled system and it will automatically select the maximum overclocking performance. No further tweaking is required to obtain maximum performance from these memory modules.

Built using high quality materials and hand-tested to ensure compatibility with the latest Intel and AMD processors, more specifically they are compatible with Intel 7 and 8 and AMD’s AM3+, FM1 and FM2 series processors. The Viper 3 Low Profile Series modules are dual and quad channel packed, being available in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB Kits, with speeds of 1600 MHz – 1866 MHz – 2133 MHz.

A price has not yet been revealed for the Viper 3 Low Profile Memory kits, but those interested in more details about where to buy or all available memory kit combos can head over to Patriot’s official website for more information.

Thank you HardwareZone for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Partriot.