Thecus Adds Seagate 8TB Enterprise HDDs to Official Compatibility List

Thecus announced the addition of Seagate’s impressive 8TB Enterprise 3.5-inch hard disk drives to its official compatibility list. By incorporating Seagate’s 8TB HDD, Thecus NAS users will be able to maximize storage capacity while experiencing enhanced performance and reliability.

Hard drives aren’t just hard drives and there is a lot of difference in them and it’s quite important to pick one that is suited for your task, especially when your dealing with mission critical data. The Seagate 8TB Enterprise HDDs boast the industry’s best response times and are on their own over 100% faster than their own previous generation. These drives are naturally designed to support 24/7 performance and can stand up to a workload of 550TB per year. Other advanced technologies including PowerBalance, PowerChoice, and Raid Rebuilt enables users to customize their big data requirements and optimize TCO.

“Providing compatibility to new, cutting-edge technologies is essential to Thecus and allows users to utilize the best the industry has to offer with their Thecus NAS,” said Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology Corp. “Pairing the 8TB Seagate Enterprise 3.5 Hard Drives with Thecus NAS empower organizations using big data with a reliable, high-capacity storage solution.”

The drives are available as both SAS 12Gbps, SAS 6Gbps, and SATA 6Gbps versions, allowing you to make the right choice depending on what Thecus NAS you might be running. You can check out the full compatibility list for your Thecus model on the official website.

Xbox One Gets 43 Games Added to Backwards Compatibility List

One of the biggest announcements at this years E3 wasn’t a new AAA title or gaming console, it was Microsoft Announcement of backwards compatibility on the Xbox One to play old Xbox 360 games on the new console. A feature that had been requested by users for a long time. Right of the start there were close to hundred games announced to be compatible and now 43 games have been added to that list, including Wither 2 and Dark Souls 2.

The recently released Windows 10 brings even more benefit to the table as it allows you to stream your Xbox One games to the PC and play them there – and soon you’ll be able to do the same with a long list of Xbox 360 games. The new feature is scheduled for a November release, something that should provide Xbox owners with a lot to do over the holidays.

Finder.com.au has been putting together a list of Xbox 360 titles that will be backwards compatible and that is where the 43 newly added games can be found, bringing the total up to 130. Particular highlights of the latest additions include: Dark Souls II, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, I Am Alive, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Saints Row The Third, Soul Calibur IV, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Trials Evolution and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

Current Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility List

  • A Kingdom For Keflings
  • A World Of Keflings
  • Alan Wake
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation: HD
  • Assassins Creed
  • Assassins Creed Revelations
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Bayonetta
  • BioShock
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Borderlands
  • Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
  • Call of Juarez Gunslinger
  • Call of Juarez: Bound By Blood
  • Cars
  • Child of Eden
  • Civilization Revolution
  • Clash of Heroes HD
  • Dark Souls
  • Dark Souls II
  • Dead Space
  • Defense Grid: The Awakening
  • Endwar
  • Fable 2
  • Fable 3
  • Fallout 3
  • Far Cry 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  • Forza Horizon
  • Forza Motorsport 2
  • Forza Motorsport 3
  • Forza Motorsport 4
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgement
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfare
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfare 2
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Halo 3
  • Halo 4
  • Halo Anniversary
  • Halo Wars
  • Halo: O.D.S.T
  • Halo: Reach
  • Hexic HD
  • I Am Alive
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Killer is Dead
  • Madden NFL 16
  • Mass Effect
  • Monster High: New Ghoul in School
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • N+
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • Ninja Gaiden 3
  • Pac-Man CEDX
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Prototype
  • Prototype 2
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Risen
  • Risen 2
  • Risen 3: Titan Lords
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Sacred 3
  • Saints Row
  • Saints Row The Third
  • Shadow Complex
  • Shadowrun
  • Shoot Many Robots
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Soul Calibur IV
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction
  • Splinter Cell: Double Agent
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Toy Story 3
  • Trials Evolution
  • Trials HD
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise
  • Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Worms 2: Armageddon

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LEGO Dimensions to be Backwards Compatible

Remember a few weeks back we brought you the awesome news that LEGO will be making an interactive console game based around the same principle as Skylanders, Disney Infinity or Amiibo? No? Go check it out.

In the newest turn of events, the creators behind LEGO Dimensions have now stated that newer kits will be backwards compatible with the original ‘portal’. This comes as a surprise considering the other main three offerings all have specific compatibility and different game versions. I guess this is to incorporate the whole ‘this is LEGO, it’s compatible with sets from back in 1970 to a set released today.’

“Future expansion pack purchases will continue to work with the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack, even in the fall of next year. No compatibility chart necessary” a spokesperson stated. So the starter packs we get this Autumn will be compatible with sets in the future and vice versa. I guess the only issue that could arise is when a new console comes out that requires a new portal, but we’ll cross that bridge in a few years.

I’m really excited for this, I had to buy the Disney Infinity kit recently; OK the figures look fine, but you couldn’t exactly play with them once the game is over. Why not check out the newest video trailer for the game.

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Nubem Start to Offer a Free Dynamic DNS Service

Nubem, an emerging service providers in cloud computing technologies, has announced that it will start offering a Free Dynamic DNS service to all customers.

For those who do not know, Dynamic DNS, or DDNS, is the process of keeping up-to-date DNS record used by a computer with a dynamically assigned IP address. The DDNS service automatically updates with record of IP addresses, without the need for anyone to manually input it in its memory.

Also, DDNS allows a fully qualified domain name to be associated with a dynamically assigned IP address. This is why Nubem is founded on open standards, being widely compatible and supporting almost any devices.

In order to get the service, users can navigate to Numbem’s page, click on the ‘Get Your Free Dynamic DNS’ button and follow the instructions given on-screen.

Source: Nubem

OkCupid Follows in Facebook’s Footsteps, Admits to be Experimenting on Humans

After the Facebook fiasco and their little research on human behaviour, it seems that its time for OkCupid, the online dating service, to do the same. The service is said to have admitted that it too had manipulated what is shows users in order to see what would happen.

Three examples of the experiment are said to have been posted by OkCupid’s co-founder, Christian Rudder, in an article entitled “We Experiment On Human Beings!”. It can be viewed over at the site’s OkTrends blog.

“OkCupid doesn’t really know what it’s doing,” said Rudder. “Neither does any other website. It’s not like people have been building these things for very long, or you can go look up a blueprint or something. Most ideas are bad. Even good ideas could be better. Experiments are how you sort all this out.”

It is said that when talking about Facebook and its experiment that involved manipulating users’ news feeds in order to study their real-life reactions, Rudder stated the following:

“Guess what, everybody,” he says, “if you use the internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.”

The first experiment is said to have happened in January 2013, when the website removed all user images and called it “Love is Blind Day”. The user count is said to have been low on that day, but those who were online proved to have responded 44% more often to messages.

The second one involved the user’s rating, a score given to them by other users. Rudder attempted to see how much the user’s profile image counts when rating someone by presenting a small subset of users with their profile text hidden. He stated to have found that only 10% of the typical user’s score is based on what they write about themselves, while 90% is based on the profile image.

The final experiment is stated to have been more “controversial”, having OkCupid tweak with the users’ “match” rating. It is basically used to show people’s “compatibility” rating based on the information given by the user.

“In the back of our minds, there’s always been the possibility: maybe it works just because we tell people it does. Maybe people just like each other because they think they’re supposed to? Like how Jay-Z still sells albums?” Rudder stated

OkCupid has then tweaked the compatibility ratings for most of its users and noticed how many single messages led to a full conversation. The experiment noted that most users do not talk to each other due to the low compatibility ration, for example 20% or 30%. Change those to a 90% and it seems that ‘weird things happen’.

All in all, what Facebook and OkCupid did are far from ethical, but it still underlines a solid truth in all. When information is available on the internet, we tend to trust it more than we trust ourselves. Do we really need a webpage or app to tell us who to love or what to believe in?

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Latest iOS 7 Jailbreak Release To Lack Cydia, Has TaiG Chinese Alternative Instead

Following the release of Evad3rs’ new iOS 7 jailbreak for all iOS 7.x versions including 7.0.4, we now hear that it is not as expected. Meaning, the jailbreak posted on Evasi0n does not include a Cydia build in the jailbreak software, but a chinese alternative instead.

@saurik posted a series of tweets not long after the release informing us that he had no clue of the release, yet alone an early access to embed the official Cydia build in the jailbreak, pointing out that Mobile Substrate is bound to have issues. His presumptions were right as Mobile Substrate tweaks were not allowed to work “out of the box”.

The Evad3rs team quickly replied through @pod2g , one of the member’s account, stating that there will be a release soon with the Mobile Substrate issues fixed.

After the release, users reported that the Cydia build was missing from the jailbreak, and instead they were greeted with a Chinese alternative named TaiG.. Rumors has it that Evad3rs were paid off to include the Chinese build in the jailbreak release, and afterwards a recording followed by a letter to the community were revealed. However, Evad3rs state that they approved of it being bundled under two conditions: one is for Cydia to also be bundled in, and the other is for TaiG. to have a remove option.

Something else to add to the pile here is that TaiG has examples of piracy content in it as @saurik also mentioned. Not looking so good or ‘legitimate’, however Evad3rs’ letter also mentions that if TaiG does not resolve its piracy content, it will be removed from the jailbreak. On the other side of the barricade, @saurik agreed to work on a separate jailbreak with a goal of finding a jailbreak solution which didn’t include a “piracy-laden” bundled app. He also expresses frustration at the rushed launch, and mentions he handed an iOS 7 compatible version of Mobile Substrate out September 30th.

From a developer part of view, the whole debate gravitates around two main faults. The first is the lack of information about the TaiG app, it is installed without the user’s knowledge if the computer’s language is set to Chinese, and the other is that developers of major tweaks and Cydia itself were not given early access to the jailbreak for them to have time to work out a user-ready jailbreak software.

The story continues to unfold and fixed are in the works for a stable jailbreak tool that everybody is familiar with. What’s left now is to wait a few days for the dust to settle and a proper jailbreak tool to be released.

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First Google CTS-Certified CyanogenMod Phone To Be The Oppo N1

The Oppo N1 which will arrive with CyanogenMod 10.2 out of the box has recently passed Google’s compatibility test suite, meaning that it will officially be able to support Google’s Play Store and that Oppo N1 owners will be able to install apps of their choice.

This is the moment which marks the very first time that CyanogenMod has been certified by Google for a smartphone device. Oppo also shared that the smartphone which will run on CyanogenMod 10.2 will be made available starting December 24th, but it remains to be seen whether the price will still be $599 or more expensive now. But at least there is another addition to be considered other than the upcoming smartphones like the Nexus and Google Play Edition handsets, if you are in the market for a close stock Android experience.

Still, it is nice to see that enthusiasts will be able to finally enjoy Google Play the legit way instead of performing a sideloading process. Fans of CyanogenMod will be eagerly awaiting the release of these Google certified CyanogenMod Phones.

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LG Google TV Models To Get Updated To Android 4.2.2

A lot of updates do not always meet their deadlines, and that’s quite fine. Maybe the more time required, the more fixes and features will be packed. The Android 4.2.2 Google TV update that LG promised back in May may be late, but it’s here, well at least for some models. This is big news for people who have invested in Google’s television offering, as it bumps the platform up from a rather old Android 3.2 Honeycomb base.

The bad news is that some things are lost in transition. While updated Google TVs will have better mobile app compatibility thanks to the Android NDK support, the Chrome browser has changed from the PC to the Android version, meaning there’s no Flash support. There’s no Crackle, no Hulu, and no watchESPN. But there’s a bit of good news through all this, and that is a new Vudu application.

All in all, the difference should not be all that stark. Menus may be reorganized, but don’t expect a radically different interface. The update has been spotted on some GA6400 series models, however it should roll out to more, including the G3 series, before the end of the month.

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Galaxy Gear To Finally Support Galaxy S4, SIII, Note 2, and other Samsung devices

One of the Galaxy Gear’s most unfortunate drawbacks was the watch being incompatible with anything except the Galaxy Note 3. It seems that this is not the case from now on. Beginning this month, Gear will finally spread its horizons and play nicely with other Galaxy devices.

Samsung announced Wednesday that Galaxy Gear will now work with the Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II through the latest Jelly Bean update. Samsung will also extend Gear compatibility to other Galaxy devices through a separate software update beginning at the end of October. Expect Gear compatibility to make its way to the Galaxy S4 mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and S4 Zoom.

In the run-up to the Galaxy Gear announcement, everyone was hoping for an open device that could work with all mobile devices, but were disappointed to learn that Samsung seemed to view Gear as little more than an accessory for the Note 3.

While this new approach may help Gear survive beyond this Christmas season, it is probably not a viable long-term strategy. With the bounty of smartwatch competition coming down the pike, the market winner will be the one that successfully embraces the largest pool of varied mobile phone spectrum, not just a narrow band.

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Thecus Adds New SSDs To Compatibility List

Like any NAS manufacturer, Thecus is always on the hunt to improve compatibility with drives from a large number of vendors. As a part of increasing the spectrum of drives that their systems support, Thecus have today announced that they have added a number of SSDs from OCZ to their compatibility list.

Whilst many people tend to stick with more traditional hard drives as their storage medium, there are a wide range of users who want faster storage solutions and thus they turn to solid state drives to install in to their systems. Over had drives, SSDs offer up superior IOPs performance along with faster read and write speeds and for the likes of data centres, this is crucial.

Keeping the compatibility list up to date, Thecus systems with firmware version 2.04.01.2 will now support OCZ’s Vector and Vertex 4 drives ranging from 128GB – 512GB in the case of the Vector and 64GB right up to 512GB in the case of the Vertex 4.

The update mainly applies to the following models – N12000 / N16000 / W8900 / W12000 / W16000 / N8900 / N8900V / N12000V / N16000V / N12000PRO / N16000PRO , whilst smaller systems should see a compatibility update in the near future.

If you’re in the line to buy a new system from Thecus and you are concerned about drive compatibility, the latest full compatibility list can be found on their website here – Thecus Drive Compatibility List and the latest firmware version can be downloaded from here – Thecus latest firmware.

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QNAP Turbo NAS Sytems to Support Latest Red Drives From Western Digital

Geared for the 1-5 bay NAS market, Western Digital’s Red line of drives have certainly made an impact on the performance of small NAS systems for home and small business users alike. Since their initial release however, we have seen their capacity grow and even more recently we have seen the launch of a 2.5″ variant of the network storage designed drives.

Offered in capacities of up to 4TB in a 3.5″ format and 750GB or 1TB in a 2.5″ format, the Red drives offer up enhanced performance capabilities over standard desktop drives as well as better reliability for the data throughput that they are expected to handle.

With this update in both capacity and form factor, QNAP have announced that all of their latest Turbo NAS products will fully support these latest drives and older units too will support the drives with their firmware updates.

Taiwan’s Country Manager for Western Digital said in a statement “The drives are designed and extensively tested for compatibility in the unique 24×7 operating environment and demanding system requirements of home and small office NAS. Our exclusive NASware technology enables seamless integration, robust data protection and optimal performance for NAS and RAID environments.”

The latest Red drives are available to buy now online with the 4TB 3.5″ drive retailing for around £162 whilst the 750GB and 1TB 2.5″ will be on sale for around £60 and £85 respectively.

Source QNAP