Samsung Start Shipping 15.36TB SSD Drives

Samsung is one of the key companies when it comes to providing memory to everything from your phone to your PC. With their latest revelation being the creation of a 256GB flash memory chip, it was only a matter of time before they made the news again. Today they’ve done just that by releasing to the public the 15.36TB SSD.

Stored within a 2.5-inch enclosure, the latest evolution of the SSD means all that more trouble for traditional hard drives which have slowly been losing out to the SSD’s, winning only on cost per GB (something that solid state technology has been catching up on quickly).

While it would be amazing to plug this drive into your computer or laptop, it may be a while before your everyday device can deal with this drive as it requires a 12Gbps SAS interface, with sequential read and write speeds going up to 1,200 MBps.

While it is currently being released with memory choices going from 960GB to the 15.36TB version, a 480GB version is expected to be released later in the year for those needing a little less storage.

Do you use an SSD? What would you store on an SSD of this size? With no price detailed yet, what do you expect this monster will set you back?

Image courtesy of Gordan Mah Ung.

Clarkson Takes a Cheeky Shot at BBC in New Fire TV Stick Ad

It’s no secret that things between the BBC and Clarkson are a little up in the air, especially after his fairly regular outbursts, things he’s said on TV that weren’t exactly PC, getting into the now historical ‘fracas’ with a co-worker and, of course, him being fired over the matter and jumping ship to Amazon. To make good on their new deal, Amazon is wasting little time putting Clarkson, and no doubt his two buddies, to good use.

As you can see in the video below, Clarkson is touting the new Amazon Fire TV Stick, in pretty much the style we’ve come to expect from him. Of course, with the new show on the way in 2016, Amazon don’t want fans of Clarkson and his crew to miss out. Watching on your PC or mobile device is one thing, but the Fire Stick is great for watching streamed content on the big screen; unless you already have one of the few smart TVs that has actually got a decent app/CPU combo to be usable.

With Amazon spending £160m for 36 episodes, there’s no doubt that they’ll want a lot of people to tune in to recoup some of their investment.

Are you looking forward to the new Clarkson show? Let us know in the comments section below.

Solar Power At Home Now More Popular Than Commercial Solar Power

In the modern world, Solar Power is popular, with everything from solar-powered planes flying from Japan to Hawaii to advances allowing the absorption of infrared light to increase their efficiency. Either way you look at it solar power is becoming more and more popular and is constantly becoming a bigger part of the world.

In the US, the leading source of energy information has come from (no surprises here) the Energy Information Agency. This hasn’t been a very up to date system to measure energy though as it was geared towards traditional power grids, such as those fed into the system from large companies. As a result of the changing situation with commercial and home-generated energy though they analyzed the residential energy being fed into the US power grid.

Turns out that in 2014 Solar power generated by residential users accumulated at around 3.3 Gigawatts while large-scale facilities only accounted for around 2.9GW. The information gathered showed that Californians accounted for almost half of the residential energy, followed by Arizona and Hawaii.

Alongside this information, another piece of data was revealed, one that renewable energy enthusiasts will no doubt enjoy. The use of coal as a power supplier has dropped by over 10% in the last year.

More green energy, fewer greenhouse gasses and cheaper electricity for everyone? What’s not to like about this news?

Thank you ArsTechnica for the information.

New 3D Display Scraps Glasses, Uses Tiny Spherical Lenses Instead

The most common method of creating a 3D illusion is said to be based on autostereoscopic display, which uses parallax. The method involves presenting each eye with a slightly different angle of a scene with the help of microlenses that project a small amount of light.

While this method has a lot of pros and is used in commercial products such as the Nintendo 3DS, the narrow viewing angle it produces presents a challenge to larger displays.

However, researchers at the Chengdu Technological University and Sichuan University are said to have corrected the issue by replacing the microlenses with microsphere lenses. A prototype based on this technology has been built, which demonstrates that the large curvature of spherical lenses increases the viewing angle from 20-30º to 32º and a theoretical viewing angle of up to 90º.

“The greatest significance is that we propose a cheap and simple way to fabricate a lens array which can bring a wider viewing angle,” said lead author Guo-Jiao Lv at Chengdu Technological University.

Another disadvantage in microsphere lenses is crosstalk, meaning when light from the right and left channels leak into each other. The problem has been resolved by concentrating light from each lens into a small area, but at the expense brightness and overall optical efficiency which the scientists claim to be able to solve in the near future.

Thank you Phys.org for providing us with this information

Ad for ‘Thinnest Smartphone’ Banned in UK for Sexualising Women

An ad for “the world’s thinnest smartphone” has been banned in the UK. The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), said that the ad was “likely to cause serious offence” due to its “sexually suggestive” nature.

The ad in particular, for the Kazam Tornado 348, was banned by the ASA after they said that “much of the ad focused entirely on the actor in her underwear, including scenes that featured several close-up shots that lingered over her breasts, buttocks and lips.” The commercial seemingly focused on the woman a little too much, with not many references to the actual product itself. The ASA added that “the focus on the woman bore no relevance to the advertised product.”

The manufactuer of the phone, Kazam, said that the ad was only making reference to someone getting ready to go out and struggling to find their phone because it is too thin.

What do you think? Watch the ad below.

Source: The Verge

Apple Debuts New Ad During Oscars, Filmed Entirely on iPad

As per usual, Apple debuted a new ad during the Oscars last night. The company has for many years used a slot during the ceremony to show off a brand new ad. Well this year, Apple’s ad is all about movies of course, but movies made on the iPad in particular.

Martin Scorsese narrates the ad, with a message about filmmaking. But perhaps the most significant thing about this commercial, was that it was completely shot on the iPad. It’s fitting then that the ad is about making films with iPads, showing students tasked with producing a video utilising a number of iPad apps like iMovie and accessories such as iPad tripod mounts, to put the whole thing together.

It’s not the first time Apple has done such a thing – on January 24th last year Apple released an ad online celebrating 30 years since the Mac’s launch on January 24th 1984. That entire ad was filmed with the iPhone.

You can get a look at the latest ad below.

Source: MacRumors

BitPay Launches First TV Campaign to Promote Bitcoin

More and more is pointing in the direction that Bitcoins are here to stay. We recently saw the eRetailer iDIAMONDS starting to accept the virtual currency and now the electronic payment service BitPay launched the first TV Campaign to promote the virtual currency. The campaign is aimed at making Bitcoin transactions more appealing to business owners. The ads are conceived by Felton Interactive Group and the two new ads promote Bitcoin and BitPay as a secure alternative to traditional credit-card transactions.

Both spots are focused on business owners who want to increase their revenue by not paying credit-card transaction fees, which BitPay mitigates using Bitcoin. Based on the spots’ positive feedback on social media, FIG founder Ryan Felton told Campaign that the ads may run again later in January.

BitPay Television Commercial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm7wgmwKiAk

BitPay Professionals Commercial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxknhTa8Zx8

At this point, I’d like to thank youtube for showing me ads before I watched these ads, that’s service.

Thanks to CampaignLive for providing us with this information

Image and video courtesy of BitPay

German Smartphone: Linshof i8 with 80GB of Storage

Equipped with a 5-inch 1080P screen, utilizing super AMOLED IPS technology and with 80GB of internal storage – this German smartphone offering by Linshof is named the i8 and seems to be one of the first top-notch smartphone offerings out of this country.

Reports claim that there will be two produced models of this phone, both featuring 80GB of storage. This storage offering is reportedly designed in the form of a 64GB memory chip added into the device alongside an additional 16GB memory chip. This is said to not only provide more storage, but also faster transfer speeds – something we haven’t really seen before offered commercially, thus we are interested in seeing the release results.

This phone will come pre-installed with Android 5.0, using Linshof’s own “hardware acceleration” user interface which looks somewhat similar to that of a Windows OS phone –  this is due to it’s ‘panel’ like design.

Alongside the 1080p display, the i8 will be complete with a 3100mAh battery, GPS support, Blutooth 4.0, an electronic compass, gyroscope and 3D support. This comes alongside HDMI 1.4 support, NFC connectivity and WiFi/LTE (4G) capabilities.

Expected to be released to the public for $380 US, this product is priced extremely competitively into the market and is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2015. Alongside the i8 release, there’s an expected upcoming tablet release predicted.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more product release information.

Image and information courtesy of Chiphell and ITHome

Fly from New York to China in 2 Hours by 2020

Have you ever sat in your 19 floor beach-side mansion and thought to yourself: “If only I could fly to Bejing and back in one day, that would make it much easier to attend Francine’s ballet recital”? Well now for those with copious amounts of funding, it’s going to be made possible.

Set for release in 2020, Sub-orbital commuter flights will be jet setting the worlds top 0.01% across the globe at a blistering pace of 40,000 miles per hour. Compared to the current 500 mph of commercial airliners, the speed does however come at a great price – between $90,000 and $250,000 we’ve learned.

Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson has indicated he’s looking into this business model to bring it to the public sector.

Aaron Pressman from Yahoo Finance commented on some issues with this technology development, showing it’s not quite ready for the general business man or woman:

“These [jets] can only take off and land in very special places like the spaceport that’s in New Mexico . That’s not going to help the 0.1% get from New York to London or Australia. So it’s going to take a while before these rockets become more like normal airplanes that can land at normal airports. [sic]” Yahoo

However, if this technology is worked on and improved, we could possibly see our grandchildren jet-setting across the globe in minimal time for current commercial airliner pricing.

Image courtesy of Neowin

CoreOS Launches First OS-as-a-Service, Ending The Upgrade Cycle

CoreOS released its CoreOS Managed Linux distribution, now available for $100 (£58) per month, being promoted as the first OS-as-a-service.

Administrators don’t have to worry about updates, with patches and necessary fixes provided whenever needed.  This helps companies reduce likelihood of downtime to upgrade software, which can help ease workload and boost functionality.

If administrators don’t want certain software patches to be updated, they can use the CoreUpdate dashboard to assign which updates go live – and can use a roll-back feature, if a software update proves unstable.

Here is what Mike Abbott, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers general partner, said in a press statement:

“The technology behind CoreOS is game-changing.  CoreOS is solving infrastructure problems that have plagued the space for years with an operating system that not only automatically updates and patches servers with the latest software, but also provides less downtime, furthering the security and resilience of Internet architecture.”

CoreOS also uses up to 40 percent less RAM than other Linux server installations, as designers tried to streamline hardware requirements.

Although companies enjoy providing free Linux distributions to customers, offering commercial subscriptions – which Red Hate, Suse, and others already do – helps generate revenue and attract a stable client base.

Even though the majority of PCs and laptops run Microsoft Windows, various flavors of Linux distributions remain popular for IT administrators and servers in the workplace.

Thank you to CoreOS for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of CoreOS

Father and Son Develop Service Which Offers Multiple Language Support in a Single Video

Sometimes it is frustrating to watch a foreign film, especially when you have to read between the lines and make sense of a minimally translated dialog. A father and son thought about it and came to the same conclusion, so they went on developing a piece of software which will change all this.

The software resulted is called Alugha, which translated from Swahili means ‘one language’, having the software currently be in beta. Bern and Nikolas Korz, the people behind the software, are working to achieve native-language translation of movies, available within the original file, helping viewers concentrate more on the movie’s action. The idea behind Alugha was born when Bern was doing videos on YouTube and his own Channel, at which point he was asked to translate them in English. He later found out that the process was hard and time-consuming, therefore another alternative needed to be found. While searching for some piece of software to translate his movies, he found out that there was nothing of the sort available.

Bernd and his son Nikolas then set out to solve the problem at hand and came up with the current software, Alugha, concentrating at first on YouTube. The piece of software comes under the shape of an extension for all browsers. Furthermore, with the help of their HTML5 player, users can embed their own videos without the need of using the YouTube service. Producers can create and upload audio files in any language to the Alugha servers, having them connect to the same video on the back-end. Also, description and titles are translated to help viewers read them in their own language without the need of third-party software.

Alugha accepts audio files limited to 20 MB, having users restricted to upload them under the MP3 or WebM format. The audio file specs have been set to 160 Kbit/s or 190 Kbit/s rates for MP3 or full HD rates for WebM formats. Users can choose to switch languages in real-time, even when the video is playing, and Korz seen the piece of software a benefit to motion pictures, games, trailers, speeches and product demos. Having support only for YouTube at the moment, it is said that popular platforms such as Facebook and Vimeo are considered in the future, as well as support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications.

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In terms of language support, Alugha features most registered ISO-638-3 languages, focusing on the 50 most popular ones. Korz adds his opinion towards Alugha, stating it is a ‘massive energy saving’ piece of software when producing a movie, giving the option to attach different language tracks and increasing traffic to a single video while adding additional benefits to those using AdSense and Advertisements in their videos.

Alugha is said to come out of beta in August, bearing various extensions and a download section on the product’s website with links to different platforms and browsers. The software will have a free scheme for producers, providing the most basic support, with additional charges for those who want more features.

Thank you TheNextWeb for providing us with this information
Images and video courtesy of TheNextWeb

Telescopes, Lunar Landers And Commercial Developement On The Moon

We are perhaps taking the first step in colonizing our Moon. The last time a human visited the Moon was in 1972, since then only unmanned spacecraft have visited the Moon. Wired.com recently reported that two companies are working together to create a scientific and commercial base on the moon, International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA ) is heading off the project with help from Moon Express are aiming to start construction as soon as 2016.

The two companies will start off by placing two telescopes as well as a 2-meter radio antenna atop a lunar mountain located on the moon’s south pole. This location would give optimal viewing of the center of the Milky Way galaxy giving us perhaps the clearest view possible .

One main concern will be how to design equipment to sustain the harsh temperatures of the moon, reaching highs over 120 degrees Celsius in the sun, and lows below -170 degrees Celsius. Electricity shouldn’t be much of an issue, as they will be able to collect plenty of energy from solar panels.

Moon Express, which aims to become the FedEx of the stars has yet to land a lunar lander on the moon as of yet, but they aim to land their first payload in 2015 in order to win 20 million dollars from the Google Lunar X-Prize. As well as delivering ILO-X, a small telescope in order to test ILOA’s hardware as well as software.

We have so much that we have yet to discover on Earth, I can’t help but wonder why all of this interest in the Moon, and Mars, why not build factories under the ocean.

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Wired.

Heineken Removes Man From Technology, Drops Him In Alaska

Heineken lager beer producer in Amsterdam, Holland tends to bring us some fairly obscure advertising. Recently they seem to be hitting online users with a sort of reality commercial on YouTube. Though, I have some doubts on its authenticity since the video doesn’t seem to have come out on the main Heineken YouTube page.

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Dropped, just under 2 minute episode we hear from Rikar. If Rikar is selected he would like to go to a nice warm place where he wouldn’t need “Not too much clothes”. Instead Heineken seems to have a sense of humor, and decide to drop him in Alaska, “The only way is down” being dropped on a mountain in Alaska.

It appears that Heineken will drop people in random places around the world, with some simple tasks. In Rikar’s experience, he was dropped in Alaska by a helicopter with only a simple sign with an arrow pointing the way he needs to go. At the end of the episode we get to see Rikar fall flat on his face while trying to reach a phone that has been placed in the middle of nowhere.

It’s another interesting example of how companies are using technology to promote their products, viral videos have proven a popular marketing tool in the past and the concept of trolling fans of the beer by dropping them on mountains is certain to grab them some attention, not sure if it will sell more beer, but at least it’s entertaining.

So eTeknix fans, what would you do for a Heineken? More importantly where would you want them to drop you off?

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