ASUSTOR Launches Powerful High-Capacity AS6208T and AS6210T

ASUSTOR launched two new high-capacity enterprise-class NAS units, the AS6208T and the AS6210T. The only difference between the two units is that one has 8 drive bays and the other one has 10 drive bays. They are powered by an Intel Celeron (Braswell) 1.6GHz quad-core CPU with Boost speeds up to 2.24GHz. This is backed by 4GB dual-channel DDR3L memory which is expandable.

This is a great base for a powerful system that comes with hardware encryption support and 4K capabilities. All that power can be connected through the four built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports for a read and write performance up to 398 MB/s and 355 MB/s respectively in a RAID 5 setup.

There are plenty of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well as two eSATA ports. With that amount of extra ports, you can expand the systems even further than with the 8 and 10 internal bays that each support up to 8TB drives.

It’s probably unlikely that a system like this will be used for as a multimedia hub, although it would be perfectly suitable for it. Instead, it is much more likely to be used for surveillance tasks. It is well equipped for both scenarios with its direct usage ability. It features both an HDMI 1.4b connector and an S/PDIF audio link.

As with all other ASUSTOR NAS units, these two new ones come with a 3-year warranty and a suggested retail price of $999 for the AS6210T and $899 for the AS6208T. That’s actually not bad at all.

Key Hardware Specifications

  • Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (Automatic Overclocking to 2.24GHz)
  • Read Speed of up to 398+ MB/s and Write Speed of up to 355+ MB/s Under Link Aggregation and RAID 5 Configurations
  • 4GB Built-in Dual-Channel DDR3L High Speed Memory (Expandable up to 8GB, 4GB x2)
  • 4 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Front of Device: 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Port
  • Back of Device: 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports, 2 x eSATA Ports
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b Port
  • 1 x S/PDIF Audio Output Port
  • Infrared Receiver
  • Supports RAID Volume Management: Single, JBOD, RAID 0/1/5/6/10, RAID 0/1/5/6/10+Hot Spare
  • Supports Hot Swappable Hard Disks
  • Disk Tray Locks
  • LCD Panel
  • Supports Largest Capacity Hard Disks on the Market (8TB)
  • Smart Fan Temperature Control

The AS6208T and AS6210T both come built-in with the latest ADM 2.5.4 firmware providing RAID data protection, high-grade AES-NI hardware encryption technology, a 256-bit data encryption mechanism, firewall, network defender, antivirus software for installation and other safety mechanisms to keep data safe and secure. But you will be able to upgrade to the newest firmware very soon as ADM 2.6 is scheduled to be released in April.

Key Software Specifications for ADM 2.6

  • Seamless Cross-Platform File Access (Windows, Mac, Unix-Like Operating Systems)
  • Virtualization Support: Citrix, Hyper-V, VMware (NFS)
  • Scheduled and Automatic iSCSI LUN Snapshots
  • Virtual Machine Support with VirtualBox (ASUSTOR Portal and ADM Web Interface)
  • Comprehensive Backup Solutions (Public Cloud, Local Device, PC, Mobile Devices)
  • Integrates Windows AD, Windows ACL Permissions and Batch Importation of Accounts
  • SNMP Network Management Protocol Support
  • Instant System Event Notifications (Email, SMS or Push Notification)
  • Supports 3-Step Seamless System Migration
  • Supports Online Capacity Expansion and RAID Level Migration
  • Supports N-1 MyArchive Hard Disks with Encryption and Binding of USB Devices as Encryption Keys
  • Newly Added File System Support for MyArchive (EXT4, NTFS, HFS+) Increases Compatibility of MyArchive
  • Disks.
  • Remote Access via Cloud Connect Technology
  • App Central App Repository Features Rich Variety of Apps for Multimedia, Business Productivity and More.
  • Surveillance Center Supports up to 25 Camera Channels

Thecus Announces N2810 2-Bay NAS with 4K Support

With the advances in storage capacity on our drives, more and more people realise that a 2-bay NAS actually is enough for most people. With 8TB drives, you can have up to 16TB raw capacity or 8TB in a mirrored RAID setup, which honestly is plenty for most people. And storage doesn’t even have to be expensive. For example, you can get the 8TB Seagate Archive HDD for just £157.02. With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at Thecus’ newest family member, the N2810 2-bay NAS that is equipped with the newest generation Braswell CPU, supports encryption, and also 4K playback and transcoding.

Thecus new N2810 is using the Intel Braswell N3050 dual-core processor that has a base clock speed of 1.6GHz and a burst speed up to 2.16GHz. It also comes equipped with 2GB DDR3 ram that allows you to run a lot more at once from this device than a lot of other ones. N2810 also supports AES-NI encryption engine for increased performance and enhanced security. The memory is expandable all the way up to 8GB, in case the included 2GB shouldn’t be enough for you. It should however easily be enough for plenty of multitasking and seamless 4K playback.

The NAS has plenty of connection options with three USB 3.0 ports for maximized transfer speeds on externally connected storage as well as two LAN ports that allow for 7 modes of link aggregation. The N2810 is also equipped with an HDMI port for local playback and supports USB devices, Apple TV, and Chromecast. More traditional media apps such as Kodi (formerly known as XMBC) and Plex further increase the rich multimedia offering.

Thecus bundles both Intel Security and Acronis backup solutions with the N2810 to give an even bigger peace of mind when it comes to the security of your files as well as the device itself. Should local security and backup not be enough, then the N2810 also supports DropBox, Amazon S3, and ElephantDrive. There is also an app store with over 700 free apps and user profiles for Thecus OS 7.0.

The drive trays are lockable to prevent accidental ejection as well as keep people with long fingers away from your drives. The front USB 3.0 port comes with a one-touch copy button for easy backups to and from external drives.

“The N2810 steps up to the challenges that 4K playback creates and provides a robust hardware platform that is able to handle multiple tasks with ease,” said Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology Corp. “With the recent development of our newest operating system, ThecusOS 7.0, we are elated to announce that the N2810 will be the first Thecus NAS to be released with the new software.”

The new Thecus N2810 NAS will begin shipping globally in February. Since we now know that the N2810 will ship in February and come with the brand new Thecus OS 7.0, we know also have a time frame on the OS and can expect it to be rolled out to other Thecus NAS around the same time or shortly after.

MSI Unveils Cubi N Mini-PC

Modern PCs come in many sizes from huge full size ATX towers to tiny cases which can fit into the palm of your hand. In the last few years, ITX motherboards and efficient low power processors have helped to make downsize HTPCs and LAN rigs. As a result, companies are moving towards smaller solutions to try to enter the living room space.

MSI has just announced the Cubi N which is the smallest mini PC of its kind. The system supports Intel’s Braswell family of CPUs and utilizes a fanless design. In terms of dimensions, the chassis measures 112mm x 116mm x 45mm (HxLxD).

The Braswell architecture is built on a 14nm manufacturing process and consumes less than 15W, a 30% reduction compared to the previous generation. On another note, the system is capable of outputting 4K video content and utilizes a modular design to house an optional 2.5″ disk drive; in the default setup, there is an integrated mSATA drive.

Other notable mentions include a 3 in 1 card reader, Intel® 3165 802.11AC, optional BT 4.0, four USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI output, and D-Sub out. The basic setup contains 4GB DDR3L which can be upgraded to a maximum of 8GB, and an Intel® Celeron N3150 Processor.

The MSI Cubi N will be globally available by the of October 2015.

ASUSTOR Launches 31 Series of Braswell Powered 4K Multimedia NAS

ASUSTOR just launched the new 31 series of NAS designed for the multimedia prosumer and with built-in 4K capabilities. The new series consist of two devices, the 2-bay AS3102T and the 4-bay AS3104T. The new NAS units are built around an Intel Celeron N3050 1.6GHz dual-core processor with a 2.16GHz Boost speed. It comes with 2GB built-in dual-channel DDR3 memory and can provide around 110MB/s transfer speeds in a RAID 1 setup.

The NAS connect through a single Gigabit Ethernet Port, which also explains the transfer speed ratings. They also come with one USB 3.0 port on the front and another two on the rear for extra storage connectivity. There is an Infrared receiver on the front and an HDMI 1.4b port on the rear that supports 4K UHD resolutions that make it ready to hook directly up to your 4K TV or monitor.

“ASUSTOR’s 31 series devices provide smoother multimedia playback via their enterprise-class core hardware and dual-channel memory,” said Johnny Chen, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “The 31 series lowers the barriers for home users and prosumers who require 4K multimedia playback and secure cloud storage.”

The compact sized NAS units with the elegant looking diamond pattern pack quite a punch thanks to the Braswell generation CPU that provides enhanced multitasking and supports AES-NI encryption engine for increased access speeds on encrypted data. The systems don’t use drive trays that are hot-swappable, but drives can be swapped toolless thanks to the thumbscrews on the rear and inside.

ASUSTOR’s LooksGood app can be used on the AS31 series to view videos over the Internet as well as to watch and record live digital TV. LooksGood also features ASUSTOR’s Hyper-Transcoding technology which provides at least a tenfold reduction in video conversion times. This series also support real-time transcoding that allows users to enjoy a smoother streaming experience where the playback device otherwise could have limits in capabilities and bandwidth.

ASUSTOR Launches Four Braswell Powered NAS Units

ASUSTOR has just launched four new NAS units and they are all part of the World’s first Braswell powered NAS units. The new NAS devices are the AS6202T 2-bay and AS6204T 4-bay NAS powered by quad-core processors while the AS6102T and AS6104T are powered by dual-core processors. The choice of CPU brings along quite a few advantages besides having an overall more powerful chip in your back and would be a great choice for both prosumer and SMB users.

Along with the new Braswell CPUs, the four NAS units feature EAS-NI hardware encryption, expandable memory, plenty of USB 3.0 and eSATA ports as well as HDMI and audio out for Ultra HD 4K direct connections. The system is utilizing dual-channel memory and can expanded up to 8GB.

The new units also come ready and pre-installed with the latest version of ASUSTOR’s operation systems, ADM 2.5, that brings along a lot of improvements and strengthening of the core functions. Better backup features and security, enhanced network recycle bins, and iSCSI LUN snapshots are just a few of those.

The four new NAS units from the 62 and 61 series are currently launching in global markets and should be available for purchase very soon. A four units include a 3-year warranty.

Key Features for the AS6202T and AS6204T

  • Intel Celeron N3150 1.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor (Automatic Overclocking to 2.08 GHz)
  • High-Performance Read Speeds of up to 223+ MB/s and Write Speeds of up to 220+ MB/s Under Link Aggregation and RAID 1
  • Pre-installed Dual-Channel 4GB SO-DIMM DDR3L High-Speed RAM (Expandable to 8GB)
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) Port on the Front
  • 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports and 2 x eSATA Ports on the Back
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b Port
  • 1 x S/PDIF Port
  • Infrared Receiver
  • Supports Hard Disk Hot Swapping and Online RAID Migration
  • Supports Seamless System Migration
  • Supports RAID Volume Management RAID 0/1, Single, JBOD (AS6202T)
  • Supports RAID Volume Management Single, JBOD, RAID 0/1 /5 /6 /10, RAID 1 /5 +Hot Spare (AS6204T)
  • Maximum Supported Capacity of Hard Disks: 12TB/ 24TB (AS6202T/AS6204T)
  • Disk Tray Locks
  • LCD Panel (AS6204T)

Key Features for the AS6102T and AS6104T

  • Intel Celeron N3050 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Processor (Automatic Overclocking to 2.16 GHz)
  • High-Performance Read Speeds of up to 220+ MB/s and Write Speeds of up to 188+ MB/s Under Link Aggregation and RAID 1
  • Pre-installed Dual-Channel 2GB SO-DIMM DDR3L High-Speed RAM (Expandable to 8GB)
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) Port on the Front
  • 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports and 2 x eSATA Ports on the Back
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b Port
  • 1 x S/PDIF Port
  • Infrared Receiver
  • Supports Hard Disk Hot Swapping and Online RAID Migration
  • Supports Seamless System Migration
  • Supports RAID Volume Management RAID 0/1, Single, JBOD (AS6102T)
  • Supports RAID Volume Management Single, JBOD, RAID 0/1 /5 /6 /10, RAID 1 /5 +Hot Spare (AS6104T)
  • Maximum Supported Capacity of Hard Disks: 12TB/24TB (AS6102T/AS6104T)

ASRock N3150 Braswell Motherboard Round-up Review

Introduction and Specifications


Integrated processors and motherboards aren’t really in the direct interest of the enthusiast, where the focus is more on; in the word of Jeremy Clarkson, “POWAH”. With limited output options and they very rarely have PCIe slots for additional add-in cards, they don’t stack up to make the best option for the consumer market; so why are these even produced?

To some, it’s not about overall performance, but “will it run internet explorer, play 1080p videos and let me do basic work on?” I know many people who have an Intel Core i7 2600k (or similar) in an HTPC that is turned on once a week to play the odd movie from a pen drive. That’s serious overkill for the task and not to mention the heat it would produce, or the cost of the build. Onboard processing (SoC) options are not only perfect for less demanding tasks but also run passively thanks to a built-in heat sink.

How much does something like this cost? It can be as low as £50 for a no fuss setup, when it would roughly cost that much for just a CPU in most cases. Along with it being cheap, they are also efficient, drawing as little as 15W, so even the most budget friendly PSUs could run them (although we wouldn’t recommend buying cheap power supplies).

The sole purpose for Soc options like this is for media playback and web browsing, but how much different are they from the current top dog enthusiast CPU, the Intel Core i7-4770k? Let’s find out.

Key Features

Despite these Braswell based motherboards being at the lower end of the spectrum, they do feature some nice features.

  • At least 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • Power gear
  • Power Spike Protection

For more information on these functions, please visit the N3150M, N3150B-ITX and N3150-ITX product pages.

ASRock Provide Exclusive Details on Beebox @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Yesterday we saw a line-up of small NUC’s from ASRock called Beebox. These look like a typical mini-PC with nothing special, however at a VIP press event today; we have been given exclusive information.

The Beebox uses the latest Intel Braswell SOC for the most power efficient and powerful NUC computing experience. The case is small with subtle designs so will fit into a wide range of existing living room environments. What really sets this apart from the rest of the mini PC market is that it supports 4k the right way. Many others offer 4k in a single channel mode, the Beebox offers it in a high stability dual channel mode. This little NUC will also be the world’s first to host a USB Type-C port.

The Beebox will be available later this month with pricing starting from $140 for the barebones kit to $220 for the full system without Beebox OS. If you opted for Windows 10, you could snag a complete system for under $200.

 

 

This is an ongoing press event, we will update you as soon as we have the information.

ECS Showcase Durathon Series Motherboards @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – After the press event yesterday, ECS has invited us down to take a closer look at some of its motherboard. We took a keen interest in the ‘Durathon 2’ range. These will offer the highest quality components to ensure lasting performance and longevity.

They boast some pretty impressive specifications, DDR4 on the Intel 170 chipset and DDR3 on the rest, ample of storage connections, high-quality audio, and fast ethernet connections. Due to the colour themes and lack of distinctive heatsinks, I would assume that these will be primarily targeted at the OEM manufacturers rather than enthusiast market.

We look forward to seeing more from ECS in the future and we will keep you updated with any news or events from the rest of Computex 2015.

ECS Presents Nano PC’s @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – During the amazing show offered by ECS, they casually presented a small range of the Mini PC’s that the company offers.

The two main shown were offerings that we’ve previously covered at CeBit 2015, featuring the brand new Braswell Mobile processors based on 14nm technology. They both support M.2 SSD cards and offer WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity; some impressive specifications for pint-sized PC’s. Thanks to the new 14nm Braswell CPU’s, these Mini PC’s can run completely passive and stay cool to the touch.

These products were not only shown over a larger projector, but also shown to the audience by showgirls.


We are planning multiple reviews regarding the Mini PC’s in the future, so keep your eyes peeled. We will keep you updated with any more news and events from Computex 2015.

ASUS Quietly Launched Cherry Trail SoC MATX Motherboards

Just because a processor is designed with one field in mind, doesn’t mean you can’t take it for something else. A previous prime example of this was the AMD Neo II, but this time ASUS have taken the 14nm Cherry Trail platform designed for tablets and packed it onto two new motherboards.

The two new motherboards silently launched by ASUS are the N3050M-E and N3150M-E and the only difference between the two is what SoC they’re using.

The motherboard numbering follows the CPU and the boards come with either the Intel Celeron Dual-Core N3050 SoC or Quad-Core N3150 SoC onboard Processors that have a TDP of 4W and 6W respectively. This allows for a passive and completely silent cooling while the mATX form factor still allows for plenty of customization.

You get one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot that runs in x1 mode and two normal PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and two U-DIMM RAM sockets for a maximum of 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Non-ECC dual-channel memory.

The motherboards have two onboard SATA3 ports that support Intel’s Smart Connect Technology, Realtek TRL8111H1 Gigabit Ethernet, Realtek ALC887-VD2 8-channel HD Audio and both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports with UASP support and onboard headers for both.

The boards should also last quite well with five times protection, over 1000 devices tested for compatibility, and with over 7000 validation hours. The five protections include LANGuard that protects your network connection, enhanced DRAM overcurrent protection, 5K-hr solid-state capacitors, stainless-steel back I/O and ESD Guards for protection against electrostatic discharge.

There is a lot of potential in these small SoC’s, they even support native 4K UHD resolutions and come with UEFI BIOS for easy configuration.

MSI Launches 3 Braswell Based ECO Motherboards

MSI debuts their first Intel Braswell based Mini-ITX ECO motherboards: the MSI N3050I ECO, N3150I ECO and N3700I ECO. The passive cooled ECO motherboards come with onboard 14nm dual-core and quad-core Intel Celeron and Pentium processors and MSI’s power-saving design that together result in a ultra-low power consumption with just 6W for the SoC. These boards will run cool and silent, and barely consume any power. Perfect for a bed or livingroom setup.

The new MSI Braswell based ECO motherboards feature a wide variety of multimedia solutions such as H.265 (HEVC) hardware decoding, support for 4K output, Blu-ray playback and 8-channel HD Audio via HDMI. You can add up to 8GB DDR3L-1600MHz SO-DIMM RAM in the two slots and attach two high-speed drives to the SATA 6Gb/s ports. There is one PCIe slot for expansion and onboard Gigabit Ethernet, COM port, and USB 3.0.

The new Intel Braswell processors come with improved graphics core and have full support for the upcoming DirectX 12 and Windows 10. The boards still come packed with MSI’s Military Class 4 components that ensure your system runs stable even under extreme conditions. The key components have all passed the seven tests of MIL-STND-810G military class which are performed by independent laboratories.

Feature summary

  • 3 New ECO models featuring Intel Braswell onboard SoC
    • MSI N3700I ECO with Intel Pentium Quad-core N3700, 2.40GHz SoC
    • MSI N3150I ECO with Intel Celeron Quad-core N3150, 2.08GHz SoC
    • MSI N3050I ECO with Intel Celeron Dual-core N3050, 2.16GHz SoC
  • HDMI 1.4b – High-Definition Multimedia Interface Version 1.4b with 4K output support
  • USB 3.0 – Fully Supports High-speed USB Storage Devices
  • M-FLASH – Simply Update & Backup Your BIOS
  • FAST BOOT – Quickly Boot Up And Enter OS In A Few Seconds
  • LIVE UPDATE 6 – Easily Update The Latest BIOS & Drivers
  • Military Class 4 components

No word on pricing or availability yet, but we’ll keep you updated as more information and photos get released.

Thanks to MSI for providing us with this information

Intel Launches Braswell Entry-level SoCs

Intel has launched the brand new Braswell SoCs that will take the place of the current Bay Trail-D SoCs. The four new SoCs are built on the same 14nm process as Broadwell CPUs, with two dual-core and two quad-core models.

The two new dual-core Braswell parts that are in the Celeron line, the N3000 and the N3050. They both have GPUs with a base frequency of 320MHz and boost to 600MHz and 1MB of L2 cache. The Celeron N3000 has a base clock of 1.04GHz and boosts to 2.08GHz. The N3050 is clocked higher with a base clock of 1.60GHz and a boost of 2.16GHz.

The quad-core Braswell parts both have 2MB of L2 cache with a 640MHz GPU that will boost to 700MHz. The Celeron N3150 comes in with a base clock of 1.6GHz and boosts up to 2.08GHz.  The Pentium N3700 has the same base of 1.6GHz but boosts higher, up to 2.4GHz.

All Braswell SoCs support up to DDR3-1600 memory and have a TDP of 6W, all except the N3000 which comes in with a TDP of 4W.

Source: TechSpot

Intel Braswell Delayed Again

The Braswell SoC chip was originally scheduled for Q1 2015 release date, but back in July we heard that the production of Braswell had been pushed back and it customers would have to wait at least until March 2015, but more likely April or May.

Now it has been pushed once again and delayed by another quarter due to slower than expected sample validation. Current “Ready To Ship” dates of Braswell microprocessors are June to August 2015 and their production is expected to start in April to June 2015.

Braswell is the future entry-level Intel desktop and mobile processors that will be built on 14nm technology. The Braswell SoCs will feature 2 or 4 “Airmont” CPU cores  capable of out-of-order execution  and 8th generation graphics with 16 Execution Units.

Both the CPU and the GPU cores will support burst technology. The chips will also incorporate 1 MB or 2 MB L2 cache, dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, security engine and several modern I/O interfaces. The processors are going to replace current generation of “Bay Trail-M” and “Bay Trail-D” budget products.

Thank you CpuWorld for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Intel.

Intel’s 8th Generation HD Graphics Detailed

To say that Intel’s HD Graphics are good enough for discrete class gaming is a lie, but to say that Intel’s HD Graphics have improved massively over the past few years is very much the truth. In early 2015, Q1 to be exact, Intel will bring its 8th generation of HD graphics to the table with the 14nm Braswell parts, further improving graphics performance for the masses. For those who don’t know Braswell will be the successor to the current Bay Trail line of products. This means Braswell will mainly be for the compact and mobile segments (such as net-tops, tablets, notebooks, chromebooks, etc.) where having stronger integrated graphics is vital because discrete graphics are not viable options due to cost, power and thermal requirements. Intel’s 8th Generation HD graphics will come with 16 EUs (execution units) which means they are fairly modest: the HD 4600 GT2 graphics on desktop chips like the Core i7 4770K have 20 EUs. However, compared to current Bay Trail chips this is a massive upgrade – they have just 4.

The 16 EUs means the Intel Braswell chips will have similar graphics performance to Intel’s Ivy Bridge desktop parts which had 16 EUs too, of course expect the frequencies to be a little slower as Braswell chips have to scale within smaller thermal envelopes. The Intel 8th Generation HD Graphics will offer full hardware support for video encoding and decoding and possible 4K support although this is still to be confirmed. Impressively the Braswell chips will be able to support three independent displays with resolutions up to 2560 x 1600. The Braswell parts should arrive as Pentium and Celeron J series products in order to properly distinguish them from existing Haswell and Bay Trail parts.

Source: Fudzilla

Image courtesy of Intel

Intel Bay Trail Successor “Braswell” Coming January 2015

Intel announced its successor to the current Bay Trail platform a few months ago – Cherry Trail. Under the new platform the 22nm Silvermont architecture used in the Bay Trail platform gets replaced with the new 14nm Braswell architecture. Like Bay Trail Cherry Trail is low power, cost effective and can run Android, Chrome OS, Linux and Windows operating systems. Braswell SoCs will be available in dual and quad core varieties with 64 bit operation, improved graphics performance, DX11 compatibility and triple screen support.

The latest news from China suggests we will see the new Intel Cherry Trail platform arrive during January 2015. This means the launch is alongside the Consumer Electronics Show where Intel is hoping to push the new platform. Intel is seeking to achieve its long running goal of making entry level Windows and Android tablets even more affordable, it hopes Braswell will offer that,

Source:Expreview

Image courtesy of ZDNet

LinkedIn Facing Lawsuit over Access of Email Accounts

LinkedIn has been ordered to stand trial by a U.S Federal judge over allegations from users that they have been sending and accessing emails without consent.

LinkedIn has been found to be accessing users email accounts, copying their address books and using this information to solicit business. This is seen as a loophole by some as users do agree upon sign up to allow LinkedIn to use their contacts to send an initial recruitment email – but give no authorization to send further reminder emails.

US district Judge, Lucy Koh (San Jose, California) stated:

“This practice could injure users’ reputations by allowing contacts to think that the users are the types of people who spam their contacts or are unable to take the hint that their contacts do not want to join their LinkedIn network.

“In fact, by stating a mere three screens before the disclosure regarding the first invitation that ‘We will not … email anyone without your permission,’ LinkedIn may have actively led users astray.”

Koh has given customers the green light to pursue their claims that LinkedIn has violated their right of publicity. She has dismissed other claims however, such as violation of federal wiretap laws.

Crystal Braswell declared on behalf of LinkedIn:

“We are pleased that the Court rejected plaintiffs’ unfounded “hacking” claims and found that LinkedIn members consented to sharing their email contacts with LinkedIn. We will continue to contest the remaining claims, as we believe they have no merit.”

View the full information on the class action lawsuit here.

Image courtesy of Ben Scholzen