ASUSTOR NAS Adds Comprehensive Search App QuikFynd

ASUSTOR’s latest NAS feature could be one of the most useful features yet to be added, but it does come with a few things that you should pay attention to before you get too excited. The new feature is called QuikFynd and while it sounds like a frying pan from IKEA, it is an awesome search feature for your NAS.

The first thing that might come between you and the usage of QuikFynd is that it is limited to the x86 based models. This is however a logic limitation as it is a feature that requires some proper performance in order to deliver a workable experience. Also, most ASUSTOR NAS are X86 based, so users of ASUSTOR 2, 3, 6, 31, 50, 51,61, 62, 70 series devices combined with the latest ADM 2.5.2 version and onwards can now find the comprehensive search app QuikFynd in their App Central.

“With data become digitized in exponential amounts, businesses and individual users alike, all face the problematic task of accurately searching for items from amongst thousands of files and terabytes of data. QuikFynd provides a convenient search solution, allowing users to quickly search for target files stored on their NAS according to content, file name or tags.”

After installation, users can open the dedicated interface from the ADM desktop and begin searching or use one of the mobile apps that also should be available now. You have the full privacy of your files as everything is stored on your own server at home.

There is one more thing with ASUSTOR’s QuikFynd that you should pay attention to. There are two different versions of this feature, a Lite version that is free or a Pro version that you’ll need to pay for. Both versions offer search by names and meta-data tags, streaming over local networks, search history, recent items, access from a browser, and access from mobile apps. The Pro version also allows for full-text search, location details from GPS tags, search text within images, stream to remote devices, and result-highlighting.

ASUSTOR is letting you try the Pro version for 3-months without costs, but after that, you’ll have to pay either $20 for a year’s subscription or $60 for a lifetime subscription to the QuikFynd Pro features. As previously mentioned, the apps can be found through your App Central within the ADM and you can find all the details and subscribe on the official website.

Rumours Surround Acquisition of AMD by Microsoft

Word has spread that in an effort to start its own chip design operations Microsoft is planning to buy Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). It appears that Microsoft initiated the talk several months ago, if this move is true, will hit a vast swath of industry major players across the globe as AMD itself is the only hardware supplier to Microsoft’s own Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. Apple also uses AMD tech when it comes down to the professional graphics cards included in Mac pro and some MacBook models.

As this is an unofficial rumour, we can only state that current negotiations remain unclear, especially regarding Microsoft’s exact proposal to AMD. However, it’s good to keep in mind that Microsoft has operating funds of $95.3 billion, while AMD is capitalised right now at somewhere around $41.81 billion; so the possibility of an offer that AMD can’t refuse from Microsoft is still very much possible.

This is just how very fragile the balance of the IT industry is at the present moment. It is held only at the will of the big contenders such as Microsoft and Samsung if a similar move were to be played by Samsung or even Sony, this would cause chaos with smaller companies and even larger companies that depends on companies like AMD to provide excellent products with enough profit to build a solid brand.

We have heard many stories regarding the acquisition of AMD lately, do you think this rumour is true?

Thank you SOFTPEDIA for the information

Prosthetics Get a Huge Leap Forward with Brain-Powered Technology

A lot of research has been made in terms of prosthetic and the technology to use them as naturally as possible. So far, we’ve seen some pretty amazing ways advanced prosthetics make use of hydraulics and computerized algorithms to simulate limbs and use them more naturally. However, they also cam with limitations in terms of how you could use them.

However, an Icelandic company by the name of Ossur might have propelled this technology far beyond everyone could hope. I’m talking about using prosthetics with the power of your mind. This apparently was the idea over at Ossur, who is now making large-scale clinical trials with its technology.

Ossur’s prosthetics plans to replace today’s prosthetics with their advanced technology, which apparently requires nothing more than a small 15-minute surgery to get the controller in place. After that, people are said to be able to use their prosthetics like they were their own limbs.

The lag between impulses is said to also be significantly small, which they say can improve the performance and health of existing muscle and biological limbs by using the prosthetics more naturally compared to other lower-tech stuff.

If you are worried about battery life or that you need to have it replaced periodically, don’t be. Ossur states that no battery power is required to operate the prosthetic and once the implant is made, it’s there for life.

Past small-scale trials are said to have passed significantly well, with a lot of hope for this next large-scale trial they are currently involved in. Now let’s just hope this is something our health insurance policy will cover in the future.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information
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Chinese Scientists Invent Liquid Metal Machines That Move by ‘Eating’ Substances

Chinese scientists from the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the medical school of Tsinghua University have reportedly invented liquid metal machines that can change shape similar to the T-1000 robot in the Terminator 2 movie by ‘eating’ substances.

The machines are stated to ‘eat’ small pieces of aluminium and move spontaneously in various solutions and structured channels for more than an hour at a speed of 5 centimeters per second.

“The biomimetic mollusk is highly self-adaptive and closely conforms to the geometrical space it is in,” scientists wrote.

The power for the liquid metal motor comes from the endogenous electric field of liquid alloys, metal and hydrogen generated by the electrochemical reactions. Based on the latter theory, the researchers then developed several liquid metal machines that move in alkalescent, acidic or neutral electrolytes.

“Such liquid metal transformers and locomotors could provide on-demand use given specific designs,” according to the researchers’ paper

Scientists and engineers alike share the dream of advanced intelligent machines that are flexible and are able to spontaneously shape-shift, therefore real-world application possibilities granted from the prototypes developed by the Chinese researchers are infinite.

Thank you English.news.cn for providing us with this information

ASUS With All New White PCB Motherboard

ASUS have announced their new iteration of the white, Sabertooth series. Containing a white PCB and named the Sabertooth Mk S, this hot piece of tech is created on the Z97 platform and was previously seen under the codename ‘Sabranco’ at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan this year.

Similar in style to their previous white PCB models, the new version is said to offer a shroud and metal back plate both containing a snow camouflage design. The shroud design contains a small fan to help keep your board cool, alongside this board offering an advanced and extended shroud covering when compared to previous models.

As for features, the Sabertooth Mk S will feature four slots of dual channel DDR3 capable RAM bays, three PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots and 3 PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots to enable different methods of SLI or Crossfire configurations. The board also has your data storage covered with eight SATA 6Gbps ports, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports and supports display outputs of HDMI and Display Port and LAN capabilities through it’s two Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The shroud covering is said by ASUS to be manufacturerd to cover the generally ugly components located within a motherboard, allowing for a sleek and neat design.

This board offers a very love or hate style design we feel, the specifications of the board are rather impressive but it’s a little sad that DDR4 isn’t yet incorporated.

We’d love to see any white case mods that you may have at eTeknix, please feel free to send us PM with some images and we may very well share them on our social media.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

LEPA LPC501 Mid-Tower Chassis Revealed

LEPA has just revealed their latest mid-tower chassis series; the LPC501. There are two models available, the LPC501B which is a basic model and the LPC501A, which is the advanced model. The basic edition comes equipped with an embossed side panel and three pre-installed fans; the advanced model also comes equipped with acrylic side panels. The LPC501 features extensive ventilation thanks to a wide mesh design and supports up to six fans. There are three fans pre-installed, but the Advanced model features high-quality patented circular LED design fans. The LPC501 will support CPU coolers of up to 174mm tall.

High end graphics cards should have no issues here, with 294mm clearance and removing a hard drive cage takes that up to 414mm; more than enough room for virtually any graphics currently available. There are six tool free hard drive bays and three tool free 5.25″ drive bays. The chassis features an impressive 20mm clearance behind the motherboard for cable management and cable routing cut-outs around the motherboard tray. So there’s little doubt that you can fit a high-end and easily maintainable system into their new chassis.

The name isn’t the catchiest ever, LPC501 doesn’t exactly inspire me, but the chassis does look nice and the specifications are impressive given its affordable price tag. The LPC501A will be available at most major retailers right now, with an MSRP of $64.99 and the LPC501B is expected to follow in the near future.

Thank you Enermax for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Enermax.

GBA4iOS Deemed As The Best Game Boy Advanced Emulator for Apple’s Smartphones

It’s hard to find an original Game Boy nowadays or even buy games for it from a handful of 3DS eShops that still survived up until today. Game Boy fans have to resort to emulators in order to play their favourite old titles.

Smartphones appear to have become the best emulation alternatives in order to get that Super Mario Land game loaded and play it on-the-go due to the low hardware requirements needed to actually simulate the Game Boy and the game itself.

Up until now, Android users were able to emulate these games on their mobile devices. The Play Store has a variety of emulators, granting its customers a large list of applications to choose from. However, Apple has not been too kind when it comes to emulators, having them restricted from its AppStore.

Up until now, two Game Boy iOS emulators by the name of gpSPhone and GBA.emu were available and limited only to jailbroken devices, having them as the only options available for the platform at hand. GBA4iOS, developer Riley Testut’s creation, however aims to be a more simple and easy solution to iOS emulators. It is said to use a loophole in Apple’s app installation system, having the user set the smartphone’s date back one day. The app can be directly downloaded via the GBA4iOS website and the best part is that the app is free!

Besides the above mentioned, the app is said to be the best GBA emulator on any platform, having full support for Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy support, accelerated speed, multiple and locked save states, as well as customizable skins and Dropbox syncing for saves between multiple devices. It is said to even use some iOS features as well, such as AirDrop and the MFI Bluetooth controllers.

The app does however have some flaws. For example, it does not have any advanced emulation features such as video and sound filters. There is also word of a 2.1 update scheduled to be released at the end of the summer, which promises multiplayer support via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct.

THank you The Verge for providing us with this information

Futuremark Releases The Basic and Advanced Versions Of PCMark 8

 

Futuremark has finally released the basic and advanced version of its latest PCMark 8 benchmarking engine. PCMark 8 is similar to the well-known 3DMark, having a modified UI which is reported to be touchscreen friendly. It also breaks up the benchmark into five tests, which are Home, Creative, Work, Storage, and Applications.

The Creative test is a superset of the Home and Work tests, and likewise Home is a superset of Work, but the overall scores in each category can still vary depending on the capabilities of the device being tested. Storage focuses on your storage device, and it can take a while to run on an SSD never mind waiting around for a hard drive. The Applications suite is said to require Microsoft Office 2010 or newer and Adobe Creative Cloud in order to run. Also included as part of the overall package are battery life tests for the Home, Creative, and Work suites.

The Basic edition only includes the Home, Creative, and Work benchmarks, along with the battery life tests, while the Advanced version adds the Storage and Applications suites. PCMark is likely to be the most common choice of every gamer and enthusiast for the most accurate benchmarking statistics, having following in the steps of 3DMark. The Advanced version of PCMark 8 can be bought at a price of $49,95 (or from Steam at a limited 20% off sale – $37,49), while the Basic version can be downloaded from Futuremark’s website.

Thank you Anandtech for providing us with this information
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